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1102 East Lasalle Avenue
South Bend, IN, 46617
United States

(574) 234-8584

Sinai Synagogue – an integral part of the South Bend community since 1932.

Sinai Synagogue is a proud part of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, a dynamic blend of our inclusive, egalitarian approach and a commitment to Jewish tradition.

Upcoming Events

Eyal Sherf: Shtetl to Broadway - February 3rd at 7:30 PM

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Celebrating the Jewish Songwriters who created Broadway's Songbook
Saturday, February 3rd, 7:30 p.m. at Sinai Synagogue

For the past 3 years, Sinai has been fortunate to have multi-talented cantor and performance artist, Eyal Sherf, travel from Israel to South Bend to help lead our High Holiday services. Now, we want to share him with the whole community!

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Lazer Lloyd returns to South Bend!

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Be our guest at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th for handmade latkes and a vegetarian lasagna dinner catered by Leon Eck. Dinner will be followed by candle lighting for the sixth night of Hanukkah (bring your menorahs!), and a special performance by Israeli-American guitar virtuoso Lazer Lloyd in the social hall.
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Donations for this event are greatly appreciated!

Then...Lazer Lloyd and his band make their Vegetable Buddies debut at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th in South Bend!

$10 General Admission (first come, first serve seats) 
$20 VIP (includes free signed CD and reserved seat in the front)
Click here to purchase tickets for Vegetable Buddies concert.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Show starts at 8 p.m.
Full dinner and bar menu available.

Vegetable Buddies is located at 129 N Michigan St in South Bend

"This past year tens of thousands of people have sent me personal messages sharing the pains and joys of their lives, writing to me about their own music, spiritual quests, guitar and songwriting questions, sending me their songs and their artwork.  I've made an effort to read through the massive number of messages and comments, replying as often as possible and getting to know many beautiful, amazing people, making many new friends.  I see that the songs really touched people, each in their own way. This is unbelievably gratifying and humbling to me.  Can't wait to see you all on the road..."   
-- Lazer

Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his Dad's love for playing and listening to music - records playing at home, family trips to festivals and concerts...

"I grew up with the great North American songwriters - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell - they are all huge influences on me.  I started writing songs in college and my lyrics reflect the long road of travels, days and nights on the road performing, raising my family, living in the Middle East for 20 years up close to both deeply painful tragedy and inspiration. I am an emotional man and my songwriting captures the fire and the tears, it keeps me balanced." 
"I first heard Stevie Ray Vaughn live at 14 and my father also took me to hear Santana live - those were life-changing experiences - seeing masters who performed on a level of prayer through music on stage. That set my mind and heart on playing music for life.  Stevie Ray taught the musicians of our generation where the blues came from. He wrote in his liner notes his beloved influences like Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and all the greats who paved the way for blues rock later.  So like a lot of kids, I looked up the names on his records and a new world of music was opened to me.  When I first heard Albert King I was stunned - it was just a killer sound - nothing like it."

"I was wild about Jeff Beck for years. A great experience for me was seeing Stevie Ray and Jeff Beck live at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987.  When I went to college to major in music at Skidmore Collge, I really started getting into jazz.  I studied under Milt Hinton, who was the bass player for Louis Armstrong, and with Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Gene Bertoncini who started with Carmen McRae and Buddy Rich and played with so many greats.  Under their guidance I listened to a lot of Louis, and on the guitar I was playing a lot of things from Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian who both inspired me and those sparks come out in my playing to this day."

After graduating, an A&R exec at Atlantic Records heard the young artist and organized to send Lloyd to Nashville to record with producer Garry Tallent (E-Street Band). However, his life took a different direction when Lloyd was moved to accept an invitation by singer/songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach to relocate his musical career to Israel. 
"After I married Ilana, whose parents were born and raised in Morocco and immigrated to Israel, I started to hear Middle Eastern music in my home for the first time and grew to love it. I wanted to learn the oud, but I realized that was going to take too long so I experimented with alternative tunings to incorporate it into my guitarplaying. I worked it into songs for example, like 'Moroccan Woman",  written for my wife, and released on the 2015 album, and "Back Porch" on my 2013 "Lost on the Highway" album."

In 1994 Lloyd started a decade with the psychedelic Israeli jam band Reva L’Sheva. Continuing solo work on the side, Lazer began to attract international attention with his self-released folk-rock CD “Higher Ground” in 2004. His blues-rock power trio Yood expanded the ripples capturing fans with “Passin’ Over” (2007) and “Real People” (2008). In 2011 he put out “Lazer Lloyd Unplugged”, “Blues in Tel Aviv”, and the Hebrew song collection “Haneshama”.  Then Lloyd’s 2012 “My Own Blues” electric release was named best blues album by the Israeli Blues Society and sent to the Memphis International Blues Competition.

Joe Morabia's Blues Leaf Records in Deal, NJ issued a solo Lazer Lloyd acoustic album, “Lost on the Highway” in August 2013, bringing in radio promoter Rick Lusher to expand airplay and charting in North America, Europe and beyond. His touring picked up steam with the addition of manager Yo Seidman. 
Lazer moved to Lots of Love Records in Chicago to put out "Insides Out" a best of collection combining acoustic and electric tracks from earlier albums with a few live performances like "Set My Soul Free" from the Jerusalem Woodstock Revival festival. 

Learn to make latkes for Hanukkah

Steve Lotter

Join your friends at Sinai on Sunday, December 3rd (10 a.m.) as we learn how to make latkes for Hanukkah. Latke expert, Judy Wein, will be on hand to show and teach you what to do...and what not do! All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

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Rabbi Arik Ascherman: "Why Should Zionists Care About Palestinian Rights?"

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Join us on Monday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m. as we invite special guest Rabbi Arik Ascherman for a talk titled: "Why Should Zionists Care About Palestinian Rights?"

Rabbi Arik Ascherman led Rabbis For Human Rights for 21 years, and is in the process of creating a new human rights organization, "Torat Tzedek (Torah of Justice). Rabbi Ascherman is a sought after lecturer, has received numerous prizes for his human rights work and has been featured in several documentary films, including the 2010 "Israel vs Israel."

Monday, December 4th
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - reception in the social hall (wine, cheese and appetizers)
7:30 p.m. - "Why Should Zionist Care About Palestinian Rights?" with Rabbi Arik Ascherman

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Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights with Fatma Mouhammd Nawaja from Susiya in the South Hebron Hills. Fatima's village is at risk of demolition. Palestinians must apply for permits in order to build in this area but only 1% of permits are granted, forcing people to build without permits and risk demolition. Rabbis for Human Rights help defend Palestinian communities in the area. (Photo: Eoghan Rice / Trócaire) Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights with Fatma Mouhammd Nawaja from Susiya in the South Hebron Hills. Fatima's village is at risk of demolition. Palestinians must apply for permits in order to build in this area but only 1% of permits are granted, forcing people to build without permits and risk demolition. Rabbis for Human Rights help defend Palestinian communities in the area. (Photo: Eoghan Rice / TrócaireAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Don't miss our Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Sofer Neil Yerman

Steve Lotter

Join us for an insightful weekend with our special guest and Scholar-in-Residence, Sofer Neil Yerman, November 17-19.

November 17th - Following our community Shabbat dinner, Neil Yerman will give a talk called "Sefer Torah: A Time-Traveler's Eye Witness Account."

November 18th (morning) - Neil Yerman will join us for Shabbat services in the morning and give a talk called "If You’re Coming to the Garden, Bring Your Crowns: What the Jots and Tittles on Letters in the Torah Mean."

November 18th (evening) -  Andrea and Will Turbow will be hosting Havdalah in the evening at 6:45 p.m (click here to request their address).

The program will begin with a short havdalah ceremony, refreshments and Neil Yerman's talk called "Alef-Bet: Torah Concealed/Torah Revealed - the Mystical Meanings of the Hebrew Alphabet."

November 19th - Neil will conclude his weekend at Sinai with a demonstration of the work of a Sofer as he repairs our Torah scroll, Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m.