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Rabbi David Wolpe

WHY I GIVE

Judaism is what we Jews do that is good and holy with the gifts we are given. By contributing to others, we uphold our history and fashion the future.

– Rabbi David Wolpe

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PROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS

Adult Education Fund

The Adult Education Fund supports the production of various programs, lectures and learning opportunities for our members. Lectures feature world-renowned authors and scholars, political figures, policy experts, artists and businesspeople who share their knowledge from their respective fields with our community. This fund also supports Judaism 360, Sinai Temple’s offering of daytime and evening classes featuring our clergy and local experts on a wide range of topics, including Israel, the Torah, lifestyle, history and prayer.

Board of Governors Fund

The Board of Governors, made up of Sinai Temple past presidents, independently reviews and discusses issues and policies that are important to Sinai Temple. The Board supports our lay leaders, clergy and staff by developing, hosting and sponsoring religious and cultural activities at the synagogue. Funds donated to the Board of Governors provide support for these activities.

General Fund

Sinai Temple plays a vital spiritual, educational and social role in the collective lives of our members. The General Fund enables the synagogue to provide a variety of services for our members, such as Bnai Mitzvah, wedding and Jewish life cycle events, in addition to a range of cultural, social and recreational activities for our congregants, our school programs and the entire community.

Library Fund

The Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library provides our congregation and community at large with opportunities to learn through direct access to over 30,000 books, journals, electronic reading materials and multi-media sources for both adults and children. The Library creates and promotes free access to a vast array of ideas and information by supporting lifelong learning in a welcoming environment. Special programs are also offered including visits by authors, book clubs, movie screenings, classes, story time for children, and our annual Jewish Book Month breakfast. Funds donated to the Library supplement the maintenance of the facilities and learning resources, staffing, and programmatic support to ensure that everyone has access to the incredible collection. 

Memorial Fund

Gifts to the Memorial Fund are made in memory of a loved one’s passing, usually on the occasion of a yahrzeit, and go to support the general operating budget, in addition to the maintenance of our memorial plaques and daily Minyan activities.

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CLERGY

Rabbi David Wolpe Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes. The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Rabbi David Wolpe’s Discretionary Fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

Rabbi Nicole Guzik Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes. The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Rabbi Nicole Guzik’s Discretionary Fund are used at her discretion for the above stated activities.

Rabbi Jason Fruithandler Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes. The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Rabbi Jason Fruithandler’s Discretionary Fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

Rabbi Erez Sherman Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes.  The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Rabbi Erez Sherman’s Discretionary Fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes. The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Rabbi Zvi Dershowitz’s Discretionary Fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

Cantor Marcus Feldman Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes. The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Cantor Marcus Feldman’s Discretionary Fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

Cantor Emeritus Joseph Gole Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes. The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Cantor Joseph Gole’s Discretionary fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

Ritual Director Discretionary Fund

Clergy Discretionary Funds are used by clergy members for charitable, educational and professional purposes.  The funds are used to support individuals and Jewish organizations, to buy books and other materials for study and teaching, to help students pay for school, summer camp or Israel trips, to offset travel and conference fees as they relate to clergy’s professional activities, to help families facing financial crises, or to help with medical bills and other similar needs. Donations to Ritual Director Discretionary Fund are used at his discretion for the above stated activities.

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RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Beit Bracha Special Needs Religious School & B’nai Mitzvah Fund

Sinai Temple’s Beit Bracha program, meaning a “great miracle” in Hebrew, is a religious school/B’nai Mitzvah training program for children with special needs in our community. The program allows students to partake in a synagogue-based education program that takes into account their individualized educational needs as a child with a developmental disability, while also allowing them to partake in an important Jewish rite of passage in the comfort of their own synagogue. Funds donated to this program support the provision of teachers and teaching assistants, classroom and education materials, tutoring and scholarships to ensure that every child with special needs in our community has an opportunity for a bar/bat mitzvah.

Religious School - Hannah Lippert General Fund

The ST✡RS (Sinai Temple Religious School) program seeks to teach our children the skills necessary to enable them to enjoy the richness of Jewish life, thereby creating a meaningful experience that will empower them throughout their lives. The program focuses on spiritual, intellectual, emotional and creative development, thereby ensuring a greater love and commitment to Judaism as they mature. The Hannah Lippert General Fund, established in memory of long-time Sinai member Hannah Lippert, supports the day to day operations of the Religious School, including but not limited to the purchase of educational materials, special events, teacher support, supplies, etc.

Religious School - Margaretz”l & Jamesz”l Flesh Scholarship Fund

The ST✡RS (Sinai Temple Religious School) program seeks to teach our children the skills necessary to enable them to enjoy the richness of Jewish life, thereby creating a meaningful experience that will empower them throughout their lives. The program focuses on spiritual, intellectual, emotional and creative development, thereby ensuring a greater love and commitment to Judaism as they mature. The Margaretz”l & Jamesz”l Flesh Scholarship Fund, established in memory of long-time Sinai members Margaretz”l & Jamesz”l Flesh, allows all children in our community the ability to receive a Jewish education through our ST✡RS program regardless of financial circumstances.

Religious School - Ebrahim & Lida Simhaee Scholarship Fund

The ST✡RS (Sinai Temple Religious School) program seeks to teach our children the skills necessary to enable them to enjoy the richness of Jewish life, thereby creating a meaningful experience that will empower them throughout their lives. The program focuses on spiritual, intellectual, emotional and creative development, thereby ensuring a greater love and commitment to Judaism as they mature. The Ebrahim and Lida Simhaee Scholarship Fund, established in honor of Sinai Members Ebrahim and Lida Simhaee, allows all children in our community the ability to receive a Jewish education through our ST✡RS program regardless of financial circumstances.

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MILLENIAL DEPARTMENT

Atid Fund

Atid is Los Angeles’ premiere Jewish Young Professionals group (ages 21-39). Atid’s goal is to help young professionals explore and celebrate Judaism through spiritual, cultural, educational and social events. Events include FNL monthly Shabbat services and dinner, hikes with Atid Outdoors, Jewish learning classes with Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, Wednesday night basketball & yoga, and much more. Events provide an opportunity for singles to meet, couples to connect, and professionals to network while  strengthening Jewish identity and building Jewish community. Donations to the Atid Fund help support the above listed activities, programs and events.

Tedz”l and Hedy Orden & Family Friday Night Live Fund

Friday Night Live was originally created by Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman to bring young Jewish adults together to celebrate Shabbat. It has recently been rebranded to “FNL” featuring the next generation of Sinai clergy – Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, Rabbi Erez Sherman and Cantor Marcus Feldman as well as the FNL Band. Blending traditional prayers with inspiring speaks and joyful music, FNL is the premiere young professionals Shabbat experience, featuring free happy hour and Shabbat services, followed by a catered Oneg Shabbat dinner.  

Teen Center Fund

The Teen Center trains and prepares the Jewish leaders of tomorrow through leadership boards, skill building, speakers, advocacy, social action, religious engagement, community building, education, event planning and new friendships. We instill in our teens a love of synagogue, community and Israel, the foundation for a strong Jewish identity and the skills to lead the next generation.  The Teen Center is also an active participant and chapter in the Far West region of United Synagogue Youth. Gifts to the Teen Center Fund support events and programming for our teen participants.

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MUSIC & RITUAL

Family Minyan Fund

Family Minyan is a warm, traditional, lay-led service held primarily in Kohn Chapel. In addition to weekly Shabbat services, Family Minyan provides social and educational programs, High Holy Days services, holiday celebrations, and weekly kiddush following Shabbat services. Family Minyan encourages participation of all ages to read Torah and to lead prayers. Funds raised for Family Minyan cover the costs associated with weekly Kiddush, holidays and programming. 

Feit Family Shabbat Live Fund

The Feit Family Shabbat Live Fund brings the energy and excitement of FNL (formerly Friday Night Live) to Shabbat mornings. Mixing the beautiful traditional nusach of our Cantors and the innovation of our Sinai clergy, Shabbat Live has proved to be an enormously popular addition to our services. Gifts to the Feit Family Shabbat Live fund help supplement speakers, musical guests, and audio-visual needs for the Shabbat services. 

Music Fund - Cantor Marcus Feldman

The Music Fund underwrites musical programming at Sinai Temple to mark special occasions, Jewish holiday celebrations or concerts featuring local, national and international musical talent. Funds donated are used at the discretion of Cantor Marcus Feldman.

Music Fund - Organist Aryell Cohen

The Music Fund underwrites musical programming at Sinai Temple to mark special occasions, Jewish holiday celebrations or concerts featuring local, national and international musical talent. Funds donated are used at the discretion of Organist/Choir Director Aryell Cohen.

Ritual Observance Fund

The Ritual Observance Fund is used to purchase ritual objects, such as prayer books (siddurim), the Five Books of Moses (chumashim), prayer shawls (tallitot), and phylacteries (tefillin) for services during the year, festivals and High Holy Days. The fund also provides for the repair and refurbishment of ritual objects as needed.

Torah in the Round Fund

Torah in the Round is a family service that stresses sing-along melodies and up-beat tunes, held in Gold or Barad Halls on the third Shabbat of every month.  Bnai Mitzvah families and guests are given special honors such as opening the ark (peticha) and the recitation of the Torah blessings (aliyot) and more. Parents participate in the service by reciting a blessing when presenting their child with a tallit. The Torah is passed from generation to generation and dancing ensues around the bimah. Families are asked to familiarize themselves with the Torah in the Round service and to lend a hang greeting and ushering. Donations to the Torah in the Round Fund support costs associated with Kiddush, services and programming.

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ISRAEL

Israel Center Fund 

The Sinai Temple Israel Center is the first synagogue center to provide programmatic resources and avenues for Los Angeles Jewry to establisdh cultural, professional, spiritual and economic ties to the land of Israel. It helps foster ties between our community and Israel. The goal is the build on the legacy of the past to help draw our children and our community closer to our brethren in Eretz Yisrael, our cherished and sacred homeland. Gifts to the Israel Center Fund support programmatic expenses to help educate about and advocate on behalf of Israel.

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AFFILIATE GROUPS

Dor Chadash Fund

Dor Chadash provides social and religious activities designed to integrate young children (ages 5 and under) and their parents into the Sinai Temple community. The goal is to encourage commitment to the synagogue and to develop future leaders of our  congregation. Donations to the Dor Chadash Fund provide support for High Holy Days services for young families, Shabbat programming such as Jammies ‘N’ Jeans, Shabbat in the Park and Tot Shabbat, holiday celebrations, and social programming. 

Men’s Club Fund

Please visit the Affiliate Group Memberships  page to join the Men's Club, or renew your membership.

Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club provides a unique and warm environment in which members meet for programs and simply have an enjoyable time with one another, sharing Jewish values, a commitment to Israel and desire to lead and give back to the Sinai community. Donations to the Men’s Club Fund support engaging speakers and programming, social and wellness activities, and supplement event costs for a wide range of services for our participating members.

Sisterhood - General Fund

Please visit the Affiliate Group Memberships page to join the Sisterhood, or renew your membership.

Sinai Temple Sisterhood is a group of Jewish women of varying backgrounds and ages who gather to observe and promote Jewish values and traditions while enjoying warmth and friendship in the process. Sisterhood promotes personal growth through classes and programs, supporting the larger Sinai Temple community, Conservative Judaism and the greater Jewish community through social action programs and fundraising efforts. Sisterhood supports Israel and many local Jewish organizations, including providing funds for our synagogue and our schools, scholarships to Camp Ramah and its Tikvah program for children with special needs, and supporting Torah Fund which supports the education of rabbis and cantors in the Conservative Movement. Gifts to the Sisterhood Fund go to support the above mentioned activities.

Sisterhood - Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund

Please visit the Affiliate Group Memberships page to join the Sisterhood, or renew your membership.

Each year, Sinai Temple Sisterhood helps enable the children of Sinai Temple families attend Camp Ramah through camp scholarships. Camp has been found to be critical in ensuring a continued connection to Judaism for children. Your contribution allows for the continuation and expansion of this support.

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CARING COMMUNITY

Bikkur Cholim Fund 

Sinai Temple is dedicated to providing a caring community for our members. The Bikkur Cholim, or “visiting the sick” in Hebrew, provides comfort and support for members of our community who are ill, homebound, isolated, or in distress. Donations to Sinai Temple’s Bikkur Cholim Fund allow for the Bikkur Cholim Committee to visit patients in a hospital, rehabilitation center or nursing home, or to reach out to community members who are restricted to their home based on physical and psychological impairment or social isolation.

Chevra Kadisha Fund

Sinai Temple is dedicated to providing a caring community for our members. The Chevra Kadisha Committee works in conjunction with our clergy and Mt. Sinai Mortuary to ritually prepare a body for Jewish burial. The ritual preparation consists of washing and dressing the deceased in shrouds as well as placing the deceased in a casket. Prayers and psalms are recited over the body for compassion, salvation and guidance of the soul by members of the committee. Support of the Chevra Kadisha Fund allow for the committee to continue their holy and sacred work by providing the funds available to support the ritual components of this process.

Jacob Weisbarth Hospice Center Fund

Sinai Temple is dedicated to providing a caring community for our members. The Jacob Weisbarth Hospice Center helps guide families toward caring and compassionate end of life care for their loved ones. For those facing a terminal illness, the Hospice Center will provide information and referrals to a licensed hospice care provider that offers pain management, emotional support, medical equipment, supplies and medication. Trained and certified Sinai volunteers are available, offering a variety of services to patients and their families including arranging for visits by our clergy members, reading to the patient, providing essential breaks to care givers, offering comfort to adult family members as well as addressing the needs of dependent children, meal preparation, music, art or pet therapy, visits on Shabbat and bereavement support.  Support of the Chevra Kadisha Fund allow for the committee to continue their holy and sacred work. 

Shiva Committee Fund

Sinai Temple is dedicated to providing a caring community for our members. Shiva, the seven day mourning period following the passing of a family member, is an important part of the grieving process. Friends and family gather in the home and receive visitors during this period. The Shiva Committee plays an important role in this process by providing emotional support to the bereaved, guidance on preparing the home for the shiva period, meal delivery to those sitting shiva, volunteers to lead services at the house, coordination to make a Minyan, prayer books and special mourners’ chairs to the house, and support to the family during the shiva week and continuing through the shloshim period. Funds donated to the Shiva Committee help provide this critical support and comfort to congregants who have experienced a loss.

Sinai Temple Community Health Fund

The most precious gift is our heath. When our health is compromised, we're suddenly challenged in every way possible: physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Sinai Temple has always offered support to families facing a health crisis through its spiritual services. Now, we are taking the next step by creating the Sinai Temple Community Health Fund, a clergy-directed fund designed to provide immediate short-term financial support when it’s needed most. Together, let's ease the burden so our community members can focus on healing.

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SINAI AKIBA ACADEMY

SAA General Fund

Sinai Akiba Academy provides an outstanding general and Judaic education from Kindergarten to 8th grade, engaging children in the joy and discipline of learning. Students are introduced to a life of personal growth, sensitivity, responsibility and intellectual inquiry, shaped by Jewish practices and informed by a respect for diversity of thought. Gifts to the SAA General Fund help to supplement and enrich the educational programs that support every child in every area of learning, from new computers in the lab, to expanded  programs in the arts, sciences and Judaic studies.

The Douglas Family Early Childhood Center Fund

The Douglas Family Early Childhood Center is committed to the cognitive, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development of children in our community ages 2 – 5. The Center utilizes a unique approach to early education – helping children learn how to learn. The Center’s goal is provide an opportunity for children to develop self-esteem, self-discipline, compassion for others and an overall love of knowledge and the learning process. Funds go to support the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Sinai Akiba Academy – Tuition Assistance Fund

Donations to Sinai Akiba Academy’s Tuition Assistance Fund help offset tuition costs associated with attending private school, ensuring that all children in our community have the ability to receive a Jewish education through Sinai Akiba Academy, regardless of financial circumstances. 

Sinai Akiba Academy – Head of School’s Discretionary Fund

Sinai Akiba Academy’s Head of School’s Discretionary Fund is under the direction of Dr. Sara Shulkind for charitable, educational and professional purposes as it relates to the day-to-day operations of Sinai Akiba Academy. This allows the Head of School to respond quickly to urgent, unforeseen needs or educational opportunities that arise throughout the academic year. 

Sinai Akiba Academy – Curriculum & Instructional Resources Fund

The Curriculum and Instructional Resources Fund provides professional growth opportunities for Sinai Akiba Academy teachers. The fund offers annual grants to teachers for research or for significant curriculum development projects. 

Sinai Akiba Academy – Orchestra Fund

The Orchestra Fund allows for Sinai Akiba Academy to maintain a vibrant music program, cultivate students’ knowledge and love of orchestral music, develop students’ creative skills, and help parents and teachers bring classical music into children’s homes and classrooms. Music plays a transformative role in the cognitive development of children and engagement in the arts can have a profound effect on their health and well-being. Funds donated to the Orchestra allow for the purchase and maintenance of equipment,  support for concert performances, and musical training for student participants.

Sinai Akiba Academy – Learning Support Fund

Funds donated to Sinai Akiba Academy’s Learning Support Program provide academic support and remedial instruction for students from the ECC through eighth grade in both general and Judaic studies. The purpose of the fund is to ensure that every student  experiences academic progress and success. Learning support services seek to build understanding and knowledge of learning differences for students, faculty, and parents, provide communication and collaboration between teaching staff, administration,  students, and parents, and are provided individually, in small groups, and in the classrooms. Academic success results in highly motivated students who develop a love of learning despite differences in their learning styles. Our program has allowed students with a broad range of abilities to receive a Jewish education and has prepared them for high school and university educations after they graduate from Sinai Akiba Academy.

Sinai Akiba Academy – Technology Endowment Fund

Technology plays a critical role in guiding our students’ development of reading, writing and math so that they are empowered to take responsibility for making important contributions to their own learning and to their learning community. Through Sinai Akiba’s  vibrant learning environment, we are committed to connecting students’ natural capabilities with cutting-edge developments in technology to transform teaching. In order to provide our students with these powerful tools and experiences across the curriculum, support for our Technology Endowment Fund is critical. SAA maintains a large network of more than 200 computers with both wired and wireless network access, a computer lab featuring 26 workstations and an interactive Smartboard. In addition, many  of our classrooms include Smartboards, Elmo document cameras, student workstations, with access to mobile iPad and laptop carts, digital cameras, and LEGO Mindstorm Robotics. Funds donated to the Technology Endowment enable Sinai Akiba Academy to purchase and maintain these tools and to provide proper instruction on their usage.

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