February 2023
To Our Wonderful Sisterhood Community
Joy and Light…these are two words that come to mind after our recent Shabbaton. It was a joy to gather with so many beautiful women of all generations on Shabbat morning. With months of planning, Sharona Rachmani, under the guidance of Rabbi Guzik and accompanied by Cantor Sugerman, brought her spiritual light to the services. It was a testament to the strength of Sisterhood women today and those who led us in years past. 

This Shabbaton was especially meaningful as we honored Frances Katz, z'l at the service, followed a Menorah Dedication and luncheon chaired by Michele Gabai. Thank you to everyone who made this Shabbat a special one.
Sisterhood has commenced our 4 series Tuesday evening Kabbalah classes under the guidance of Rabbi Deborah Silver. In addition, we hope you will join us the evening of February 16th for Sushi and Sake when Rabbi Guzik and Carolyn Hoffman will converse about “Ways to Enhance and Invigorate our Intimate Relationships”.

The evening of March 16th we offer a Family Craft Night where you will have an opportunity to paint Miriam’s Cup in preparation for Pesach. Finally, we are starting to form a committee for our temple wide Challah Bake which will take place on May 4th. If you enjoy making Challah and would like to share in the experience of planning or volunteering for this event, please email Marilyn Stern at marilynstern1@yahoo.com.

Our Sisterhood Community has many opportunities for learning and volunteering. If you are interested in finding out more, please reach out to Co-Presidents, Cici Hallegua at cicih2004@yahoo.com or Shan Farahi at shanfarahi@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Cici Hallegua and Shan Farahi
Renew or Join Sisterhood Today
Help us support our synagogue and schools provide programming and education for our members and community.

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For questions and information contact Lisa Pompan at lpompan@gmail.com
Your Sisterhood Needs You!
If you are interested in getting more involved in Sisterhood, please consider joining one of the following committees:

  • Torah Fund Luncheon Committee
  • Catering Committee
  • Challah Bake Committee

For more information, contact Cici Hallegua at cicih2004@yahoo.com or Shan Farahi at shanfarahi@gmail.com.
Sisterhood Lifecycle Events & Donations
Click HERE for a list of February, March, and April birthdays and anniversaries for our Sisterhood members.

Click HERE for a list of recent tributes and donations.
Marcy Melton and Joann Rodriguez

Sinai Temple Sisterhood is excited to announce that Marcy Melton and Joann Rodriguez will be the 2022-2023 recipients of the Ha’Yay Olam award. They each will be presented with the award at Sisterhood’s annual Torah Fund luncheon on March 28, 2023. Sisterhood hopes you will attend! More information will be sent out soon.
Over the years, Marcy Melton has held several positions on the Sisterhood Board and is Sisterhood’s immediate past President. Currently, she is Co-VP of Torah Fund. Marcy is also active in the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism. When she was President of Sisterhood, she served on the Pacific Southwest Board. She was also Sukkot Chair for three years for the PSW region. Marcy currently serves as PSW Torah Fund VP and as such, is a representative of PSW on the WLCJ. Since 1996, she has been the owner of Bullseye Solutions specializing in financial organizing for a variety of clients. Her husband, Frank Melton, is a lawyer who is also active in the Temple. Frank has two daughters from a previous marriage, and they have a daughter together.
Joann Rodriguez has been employed in Sinai Temple’s finance department for 9 years. She started as a Cashier, and accounts payable were soon added to her duties. She issued checks for Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and SAA PTA. She now holds the position of Accounts Payable Clerk. Joann has been indispensable in assisting Sisterhood with its finances. Joann has one daughter who is a lawyer.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 9:15 a.m.

Click HERE to join during the meeting time.  
Taught by Rabbi Deborah Silver
February 7th, & February 21st
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sisterhood Members: $72 for the series
Sisterhood Non-Members: $144 for the series

Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical tradition. This series covers an introduction to the four core concepts & considers how they relate to our own Jewish practice.

For more information, email Cici Hallegua at cicih2004@yahoo.com

Click HERE to register
Thursday, February 9th
7:00 p.m.
Church of The Good Shepherd
504 N Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 902102
Help pack fruit and toiletries for those in need

For questions or to RSVP, please email sac@sinaitemple.org
We are excited to welcome a new Rabbi to Sinai Temple in July. Come get to know our first candidate and help us showcase our wonderful community.

Saturday, February 11th
D'var Torah During Shabbat Services

Sunday, February 12th
Breakfast & Learn
9:30 a.m.
Upper Traub
Building Relationships: How do we Support & Healthfully Challenge?

Click HERE to register
Thursday, February 16th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Elikann Room

You are invited to join Rabbi Nicole Guzik and Carolyn Hoffman, LCSW in conversation about Ways to Enhance and Invigorate our Intimate Relationships 

$18 for members
$25 for non-members

Click HERE to register

For more info email Shan Farahi shanfarahi@gmail.com
The Rosh Hodesh Club is taking a hiatus in February. The next get-together will be March 23rd

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 9:15 a.m.

Click HERE to join during the meeting time.
Women’s League Pacific Southwest Region Presents:
Sunday, March 12, 2023: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is Being Strong and Courageous:
Helping Our Communities and Helping Ourselves

Greetings: Debbi Kaner Goldich
WLCJ International President

Morning Panel: Strengthening Our Communities Through Engagement, Volunteerism and Support
Moderated by California State Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel

Afternoon Panels: Strengthening Ourselves Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually
Moderated by Mindy Steinholz, MD, WLCJ Vice President, Health and Wellness Chair

Anthems and Mindfulness Meditation
with Cantor Lisa Peicott, Wilshire Boulevard Temple

COST: $36

Click HERE to register
For Registration Questions, Call Gina Seeman at 818-536-3273

Other questions, please contact:
Michele Gabai at michelegabai@gmail.com
Lisa Pompan at lpompan@gmail.com
Marcy Melton at PSWRTorahFundVP@gmail.com
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
More information will be available soon
Do you want to put your hands and mind to work creatively this year? Are you ready for the challenge? Join us! Questions? Please contact Rosa Berman Ruder, VP Education at rbermanr@yahoo.com

Art Workshop with Gail Rollman  
Eight Wednesdays, February 8 - March 29, 2023, 10:30AM-12:00PM. Explore different art media including collage, mixed media, watercolor, acrylic painting, and crafts. Have fun and learn new techniques each week from our instructor, Gail Rollman. A new project each session! Cost is $80 and covers cost of materials.

Click HERE to register
Balance Class with Larry Sarokin Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 AM. Zoom. 
Learn the principles of Chinese circle walking, which incorporate some tai chi movements, to enhance your balance and posture. Peaceful meditation at the end of each class. Co-ed, free. 

Join the session HERE during meeting time weekly.

Calligraphy with DeAnn Singh Mondays, 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Zoom. 
New 10-week session starts January 23-April 3, 2023. No class on February 20. Cost is $200. Will do Calligraphy on paper and objects. Put your creative skills to the test using various lettering styles on paper, boxes, pottery, and glass! Put your creative skills to use.

Click HERE to register
Click HERE to read a profile on DeAnn on ShoutoutLA! 

NEW! Mah Jongg with Estelle Marco
Eight Thursdays, February 9 - March 30, 2023, 9:30-11:00 AM. At Sinai. Have you wanted to learn to play Mah Jongg? Now is your chance! Bring your own Mah Jongg set and card, or if you don't have one, we will provide. This class is perfect for beginner and intermediate players. Cost is $100 for the 8-week session.

Click HERE to register

NEW! Needlepoint with Rachelle Marcus Rachelle is an experienced needle pointer and will be happy to guide you to create tallit bags, kippot, eyeglass cases, pillowcases, and picture frames.  Meet at Rachelle’s home on Wednesdays or Thursdays. 

 For more information, contact Rachelle at rachellemarcus936@gmail.com
We welcome you to our shop! We specialize in ritual items, including tallitot, kipot, tefillin, prayer books and so much more.

All proceeds help support our schools and synagogue.

For questions or an appointment, please contact Lisa Pompan at 310-498-8987
We would love to cater your dairy lunch! Contact us at least one month in advance. We cater for 75 - 200 people.

Call or email Jina Rezvanpour for more information at 310-991-2509 or rezvanpour@aol.com
Leslie Wachtel, Editor
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