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  • “The Great Jewish Love Debate”

    3 weeks ago

    “The women are on this side, and the men are on that side. No exceptions.” 

    With those words, Brian Howie, author of “How to Find Love in 60 Seconds,” kicked off The Great Jewish Love Debate at Sinai Temple in Westwood on Oct. 27.

    Howie, who is not Jewish, founded The Great...

  • Rabbi Wolpe and Craig Taubman’s final Friday Night Live

    By Ryan Torok

    June 18, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    For their last time, after 16 years of collaboration, Rabbi David Wolpe and singer/songwriter Craig Taubman led the lively musical Shabbat service at Sinai Temple known as Friday Night Live to a packed sanctuary on the evening of June 13. 

    They did not go out quietly.

    “This is...

  • 2014 Shavuot services

    May 28, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Chabad’s “Conejo Mount Sinai Experience” celebration of Shavuot features a reading of the Ten Commandments on June 4 at 10 a.m., followed by a sit-down dairy lunch of pizza and cheesecake. Also featured: Mount Sinai Ice Cream Cones for everyone. Evening services June 3 and 4 at...

  • Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor

    May 23, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light.

    ...
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  • Wolpe Vows he will no longer address issue of ethnic percentages

    By Ryan Torok

    May 21, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Rabbi David Wolpe pledged in a sermon during Shabbat services at Sinai Temple on May 17 that he would no longer address the question of how many members of the congregation are Ashkenazi or Iranian or any other ethnicity. 

    “We are 100 percent Jewish,” the Sinai Temple leader said...

  • Is Your School Too Persian?  Is Beverly Hills Too Jewish?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 14, 2014 | 7:09 am

    There is an open wound that is infecting all Jews in Los Angeles.  While across the street UCLA students are battling rampant anti-Semitism, at many of our temples and schools, we are facing anti-Persian bigotry.  "This school is way too Persian. I wouldn't send my kids there." ...

  • Lessons in earthquake preparedness

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    If Los Angeles’ Jewish day schools are prepared for a major earthquake, they have the accreditation requirements of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education, an umbrella organization for local Jewish education, in large part to thank.

    BJE helps schools develop earthquake safety measures...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman turns 94: A community treasure

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 23, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    For decades now, as Rabbi Jacob (Jack) Pressman celebrated a milestone birthday, there was a gala show and dinner starring Rabbi Jack and his myriad show-biz friends to manifest and celebrate the many talents and achievements of this extraordinary man. Five years ago, Temple Beth...

  • AIPAC discouraged Rouhani overture, Rabbi Wolpe says

    By Jared Sichel

    September 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC “actively discouraged” an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to reach out to Iranian-American Jews in Los Angeles, according to Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe.

    During Shabbat services on Sept. 21, Wolpe informed his congregation,...

  • Concert celebrates simcha

    September 3, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl have a lot in common. Each of the late Austrian Jewish composers is renown for their contributions to the world of liturgical music. And each is a great-grandparent of Nathan Arnold Schoenberg.

    So to honor their memory on the occasion of the boy’s...

  • A time of transformation

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 3, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Many Jews will point to the Hebrew word het for sin, which is an archery term, and insist that Judaism teaches that sin is just “missing the mark.” That simplification does a grave injustice to the Jewish tradition. There are other words for sin in our liturgy — pesha, avon and...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    September 3, 2013 | 11:33 am

    From left: Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Laura Geller and Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    For the High Holy Days this year, the Jewish Journal invited three rabbis — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth...

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

  • We have no homosexuals here

    By Gina Nahai

    July 10, 2013 | 11:48 am

    First, an apology. 

    To the good men and women of the LGBT community at Sinai Temple and everywhere else in the world, on the subject of said temple’s recent announcement that it would henceforth perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, in reference to the mindless, intolerant and...

  • Mazel Tov, Israel; Shalom, Mayor Villaraigosa

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Photographs of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa play on a large screen. In one photograph, he’s with Israeli President Shimon Peres. In others, he is visiting the Western Wall, walking at a kibbutz and greeting Israeli soldiers.

    Meanwhile, Villaraigosa, in the flesh, is...

  • Eric Garcetti: A new Jewish face for L.A.?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    During a recent candidates’ forum at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti began his...

  • L.A. mayoral candidates keep things friendly at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 29, 2013 | 11:18 pm

    If the candidates alone got to select the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Jan Perry would win the city’s top job in a landslide.

    Asked by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, who moderated a forum with the five leading candidates at his synagogue in Westwood on Jan....

  • Schools amp up safety precautions following Sandy Hook tragedy

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 18, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    When Sarah Shulkind, head of school at Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood, was a child in Winnetka, Ill., a woman walked into the elementary school four blocks from Shulkind’s house and opened fire, killing one student and injuring five, as well as a college student. Shulkind was...

  • Multifaith concert to express ‘Unity’

    By Ryan Torok

    November 8, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Craig Taubman, the singer/composer/maestro known for bringing large-scale cultural events to synagogues and other venues across town, is hoping for an audience of 2,000 for his upcoming interfaith concert at Sinai Temple on Nov. 15.

    Billed as a “multifaith celebration of Israel,”...

  • Security could intimidate, so Sinai Temple moves polling places outdoors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Polling places often move around from year to year, but normally not on Election Day itself, as happened to the polls at Sinai Temple this year.

    On Nov. 6, when the day began, 14 booths were positioned inside the West Coast’s largest and oldest Conservative synagogue. But after...

  • High holy days and high political offices: an L.A. roundup

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Jewish and non-, Los Angeles’s politicians were out in the packed pews of synagogues around Los Angeles these past couple of weeks.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown may have commanded Yom Kippur’s highest profile gig, speaking about Prop. 30, his ballot initiative that would raise...

  • A benediction for the Democratic National Convention

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 5, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    Ribono shel olam, Dear God--

    We are grateful that our nation is founded on the highest principles of freedom and resourcefulness and creativity and ever renewed strength.  And we understand that those worthy ideals stand alongside the commitment to compassion, to goodness, our...

  • Why Wolpe spoke at the DNC

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2012 | 10:06 am

    This week David Wolpe, senior rabbi of Sinai Temple, delivered one of the invocations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Even for someone used to and deserving of such honors, this is a big deal.

    Indeed, the majority of the rabbi’s congregants were thrilled...

  • Sinai Temple welcomes new cantor

    July 11, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Congregants of all ages came to Sinai Temple’s main sanctuary on June 10 to welcome the newest member of the clergy, Cantor Marcus Feldman, who officially took over as the congregation’s senior cantor on July 1. Feldman’s first concert, performed with Sinai Temple Cantors...

  • Rabbi David Wolpe tops Newsweek’s L.A.-heavy list of ‘most influential’ rabbis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 2, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple is officially the top rabbi in America, according to Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

    The sixth annual installment of the “Top 50 Rabbis” list, published on April 2, included rabbis who head religious movements, rabbis who lead political and...

  • L.A. contingent has plenty to say at AIPAC Policy Conference

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 7, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the podium at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 5, it became clear why more than 13,000 Americans — most though not all of them Jews, and nearly 1,700 of them from Los Angeles — had come to attend...

  • Sinai Temple launches special-needs B’nai Mitzvah program

    By Ryan Torok

    December 22, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    Sinai Temple is partnering with Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services to add b’nai mitzvah training for children with special needs to its religious school. The program begins in January and is currently enrolling the children of nonmembers as well as members.

    Although Sinai...

  • The business of spirituality

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2011 | 11:58 am

    When Eric J. Diamond wants to understand something, he’s very methodical in how he goes about it. So when he was elected president of Sinai Temple in June, one of the first things Diamond did was to ask Howard Lesner, the synagogue’s executive director, to arrange for a tour of...

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