Questions? Contact us at 310-481-3232 or teencenter@sinaitemple.org.

Chai School is a program of the Sinai Temple Teen Center and part of the L.A. Jewish Teen Initiative, co-funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Program partners include UpStart, Etzah, an Initiative of the AJU Graduate Center for Education, and BJE Impact.

Fall Courses

Sunday dates: 10/27. 11/10, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

What Does it Mean to Be a Persian Jew?

Taught by Tabby Rafael

Sundays 9:45am-11am

10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

Persian Jews play an important role in our local Jewish community. This course will weave history, storytelling, incredible imagery, and group discussions to enable students to think about the Persian Jewish experience beyond basic references and inaccurate stereotypes. Open to students of all backgrounds. 

Confirmation

Taught by Rabbi Rotenberg

Sundays 11:15am-12:30pm

10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

The foundations of our tradition, distilled into 5 sessions. Participants must attend at least 4 of the sessions to complete the confirmation program. Topics include: Themes of the Torah, Jewish law, Jewish History, and Modern Jewish living.

Hebrew for Travel

Taught by Michaly Lachat

Sundays 9:45am-11am

10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

 

Planning to visit the Holy Land but scared you’ll get lost in translation? Not to worry. This course will teach you all the Hebrew necessary to successfully travel around Israel.

Israel Ambassador: History and Geography

Taught by Jason Druyan

Sundays 11:15am-12:30pm

10/27, 11/10, 11/24. 12/1, 12/8

In this course we will highlight key moments, people, and places in Israel's history from the biblical age to modern day.  Come learn about key sites, battles, political figures.  This isn't your Aba's Israel course!  

 

Winter Courses

Sunday dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23

Tuesday dates below

Sundays 11:15 - 12:30pm

8th-12th grade

 

Judaism has always had a rich culinary history.  Join us as we experience Israel through food.  Learn about the origins of your favorite holiday dish, what different Jewish communities in Israel eat, as we explore Israeli society world through our food!  Come hungry as we will be cooking (and eating!).

Tastes of Israel

Sundays 9:45am-11am

8th-12th

How are Jews portrayed in movies and television? Are the portraits accurate? What is the real hisotry of Jews in Hollywood?  Using popular television shows and movies, we will look at what they teach us about being Jewish and what image non-Jews get of the Jewish people. We will use contemporary and older movies, as well as current releases and television shows!

Netflix and Jew

Taught by Rabbi Rotenberg

Sundays 11:15am-12:30pm

8th-12th

BIG Jewish Questions: You bring the questions, and Rabbi Rotenberg brings the answers. Well - kind of. The bigger the question, the more broad the answers, the deeper the discussion. This is your opportunity to have the Jewish conversations you always wanted to have.

BJQ: Big Jewish Questions

 

Tastes of Judaism

Big Jewish Questions

Spring Courses

Sunday dates: 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/19, 4/26

Tuesday dates below

Jews in Sports!

Taught by Jason Druyan

Sundays 9:45-11am

8th-12th

 

  From Krav Maga to basketball, we'll be experiencing the sports we're learning about so come in clothes you can move in!  Come learn about what Judaism says about exercise and fitness.  Learn about famous Jewish athletes including the inventor of Krav Maga and one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time!

Women's Torah Group

Taught by Rabbi Guzik

Tuesdays 4:45pm-6pm

Dates TBD

8th-12th

 

Self-confidence, body image, gossiping, telling the truth, jealousy…we study it all…from a women’s perspective. Join Rabbi Guzik as we learn about these topics and more, all women, safely discussing some of the hardest topics that women face within a Jewish framework.  This is a women only class.

The Intersection of Religion and

Pop-Culture

Taught by Sammy Rosenbaum

Sundays 11:15 - 12:30 pm

8th-12th

This course will explore the relationship between Judaism, Pop-Culture, and the Hebrew Language.  We will look at Israeli pop music, American Jewish music, and how Hebrew as a language shapes our experience of the music itself.  The course involves dissecting song lyrics, analyzing musical composition, and recognizing patterns of Jewish expression that are woven into the many layers of Israeli and American Jewish pop culture.

Neighborhood Israel

Taught by Rabbi Rotenberg

Sundays 11:15am-12:30pm

8th-12th

 

Israel has a fascinating relationship with her neighbors. This class focuses on Israel's relationship with her closest neighbors, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, as well as her relationship with the USA and Russia. From wars to peace treaties, to spy stories and sabotage, these stories are biblical in proportion. 

Leadership is Action, Not Position: Become a Global Citizen

Taught by Amy Cecil

In Partnership with Jewish World Watch

Sundays 9:45 - 11:00 am

8th-12th

 

Jewish World Watch invites you to take just 5 Sundays to become a more knowledgeable and effective version of yourself.  A better speaker, a more critical evaluator of information, a stronger advocate, more impactful leader, and a Global Citizen.  Earn your Teen Ambassador certificate while you learn about genocide and mass atrocities taking place intoday's world and what you can do about it RIGHT NOW!