December 2018
Message From Our Co-Presidents
Dear Friends,

Hanukkah starts tonight and it is a time to celebrate the holiness of light and enjoy latkes and jelly doughnuts. It is also a time for stories, playing dreidel and singing songs. This past week, Sisterhood held a festive Hanukkah Party featuring music by our talented clergy and staff. This coming week, we will sing and play dreidel with family and more friends. 

Hanukkah is a holiday of hope. We wish you joy and blessings throughout the eight special days and the months ahead.

Warmly,
Lisa Pompan & Leslie Wachtel
Have You Joined Us Yet?

Click  HERE  to learn more about membership.

For more information, contact Membership Vice-Presidents:
Nora Chaouli Rakow:  nora.rakow@gmail.com

Sisterhood is an affiliate of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the international network of Conservative Jewish women.
Meet Our Members
Click HERE to read our farewell to Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, who moved to New York earlier this year. While he may not technically be a Sisterhood member, he remains an honorable member in our hearts.

Mazel Tov to Rachelle Marcus on her election to the Beverly Hills School Board! We are so proud!
Sisterhood Lifecycle Events & Donations
Click HERE for a list of December birthdays and anniversaries for our Sisterhood members.

Click HERE for a list of all Sisterhood tribute donations from the past month. We thank you for your support.
Supporting Alice and Nahum Lainer School
Every year, Sisterhood supports our exceptional day school by purchasing an ad for the Annual Gala and providing holiday treats for the students on Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Tu B’Shevat. This year, we are also supporting “A Night at the Pier” and providing valuable resources to Adeena Fitterman and Rebecca Kekst, who are organizing a group of Sinai Temple and Lainer School community members traveling to Poland for the 2019 March of the Living. Click HERE to learn about the mission. Registration is still open.
Volunteer Opportunity: Supporting STRS
Are you a fluent Hebrew reader? Do you have time between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday mornings to work with Religious School students? If you answered “yes” to both, please contact Danielle Kassin at dkassin@sinaitemple.org or (310) 481-3271.
Torah Fund
"Without Torah fund, we would have fewer scholarships, facilities, Rabbis and teachers. It has been, for all of us, indispensable." - Rabbi David Wolpe
 
Our annual Torah Fund campaign is underway. Please help Sisterhood support the education of our rabbis and cantors. Donate at the Benefactor level or above and receive the beautiful new “ATID” pin (pictured above). Click HERE to donate and explore the flyer below to learn more about the campaign. 
Community-Wide Holiday Drive
Items Collected Today- Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sinai Temple has chosen Bienvenidos as the benefiting organization of its 2018 community-wide holiday drive. Bienvenidos is an LA-based organization whose mission is to heal children and young adults, strengthen families and transform communities through comprehensive services and advocacy. We are collecting new and gently used items, which can be dropped off in the black Social Action “bins,” to the left of the security desk. Items being collected include toys for girls and boys (ages 1-13), gift cards (for clothing stores, grocery stores, Target, etc.), movie tickets, hygiene items, gently used or new clothing (especially warm coats and new socks), gently used or new board games and educational toys, electronics and anything for teens! For more information on the drive, please contact stcommunications@sinaitemple.org
December Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is cordially invited to our December board meeting. Our officers and board members look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas.
Rosh Hodesh Tevet
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Private Residence

Rachel Polansky, Sinai Temple’s Program Manager, will present "Jewish Women and Stereotypes in Pop Culture.” For further information and reservations, please call Edie Nitzberg at (310) 471-0886. 
Hanukkah In Song
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This free community concert celebrates the festival of lights with music. Enjoy musical selections by Cantor Marcus Feldman, Cantorial Intern David Childs, Organist/Choir Director Aryell Cohen, and the Sinai Temple Youth Choir and Jewish Community Children's Choir, both led by Dr. Michelle Green Willner, all followed by a Hanukkah sing-along and sweets!
A Spoonful of Hesed
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Do a mitzvah and lend a hand (And a ladle!). Join Sisterhood, Social Action Committee and Rabbi Nicole Guzik as we make food for those in need. Adults and children ages 10+ are encouraged to join! RSVP to nguzik@sinaitemple.org .

Spoonful of Hesed will be our December Sisterhood program, and we look forward to having many Sisterhood members participate.
Los Angeles Jewish Community Sing
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

A community that sings together, stays together! Join us for a free community event for all ages, open to the entire LA Jewish community. Come one, come all, and sing together! The program will be led by Dr. Michelle Green Willner, accompanied by musical friends.
2019 March of the Living Mission
April 29-May 6, 2019

Sisterhood is honored to present powerful March of the Living group trips, which expose travelers to impactful remnants of the Holocaust. The 2019 Lainer School trip will be held April 29-May 6 , led by Rabbi Nicole Guzik, and is open to the entire Sinai community. Learn more and register via the link below.
Please note that classes will resume in January.
More information to come.
Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz
Session information coming soon
Immersive, intermediate/advanced workshop.
Calligraphy
Mondays, through December 10
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Explore this very popular and classic style of writing.
Chai Body Workout
Tuesdays and Thursdays, through December
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
For weight loss, flexibility, strength, and fun! 
Torah Study: A Woman's Perspective
Tuesdays: January 15, March 12, & May 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
$18 per session or $65 for full series
Price includes lunch
Join women of all ages for a Torah study group, led by Rabbi Nicole Guzik . Explore historical and contemporary commentaries, and how the Torah applies to our lives as women. RSVP to rpolansky@sinaitemple.org or online HERE .
For more information and to register for classes, please contact
Please stop in if you would like to purchase some of our Hanukkah items. We have menorahs, dreidels, gelt, and lovely gift items.
Leslie Wachtel, Editor
 Sinai Temple | 10400 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024 | (310) 474-1518 |  info@sinaitemple.org