Sinai Temple Gala

The 2020 Sinai Temple Gala has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
Questions? Contact

Howard Lesner


Sinai Temple
10400 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Cocktail Attire 


Howard Lesner

Executive Director & COO


A native Angelino, Sinai Temple is Howard’s second home. His family joined the Temple in 1955 and Howard attended Sunday School and became a Bar Mitzvah in 1964. He went on to run the Sunday School, served as Youth Director, and was the Founding Director of Camp Maoz at Sinai Temple. 

Howard graduated from UCLA in 1973 and from Pepperdine University in 1976, where he received a Master of Science in School Management and Administration. He served as a public school teacher from 1973-1979, and taught grades K-6. In 1979, Howard became principal of the largest elementary day school in Los Angeles at the time, at Stephen Wise Temple, and in 1992, he became Associate Executive Director of Stephen Wise.

In 1999, Howard returned home to Sinai Temple to serve as Executive Director and COO, where he has been a vital part of the community’s success for the past two decades. Howard calls these past twenty-one years “extremely rewarding” and feels lucky to have created relationships with Sinai’s outstanding clergy, professional staff, Presidents and countless lay leaders. 

Howard is deeply dedicated to the Los Angeles Jewish Community. He served as President of Los Angeles Hebrew High School for four years, and Vice President of the Pacific Southwest Region of United Synagogue for ten years.

Howard is a proud father of three and grandfather of five. Looking toward retirement, Howard is excited to travel, take painting classes, refocus on playing his violin, spend more time with his wife, Michal, and do more cycling.



 Questions about the Gala? Seating requests?

Contact Rachel-Ann Levy at or (310) 481-3256.

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