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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

Multimedia Purim Extravaganza - Wednesday, February 28th

Steve Lotter

Join us on Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m. for our annual Multimedia Purim Extravaganza!

Email the office if you would like to help volunteer with organizing or preparing our pizza dinner -

Once again, you can experience Rabbi Friedland's "Multimedia Megillah Extravaganza!" A multimedia Megillah reading with new songs! Don't forget your costumes! Mishloach Manot will be handed out that evening! Also that week, Thursday Hebrew School will be moved to Wednesday.

Then, on Thursday, March 1st, we will read the Megillah at our morning minyan at 7:30 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

Purim baskets fundraiser for Sinai Sisterhood

Steve Lotter

Be Happy, Adar is coming! As you may know, Sisterhood sponsors an annual Purim basket fundraiser, to fulfill the mitzvah of sending shalach manot during Purim. In your mailed bulletin there is an order form for sponsors, and we encourage everyone to participate. Whether you want to send just a few baskets to friends, or sponsor baskets for the entire congregation, the Sisterhood appreciates your contributions. Donations may be made online through our website, or by sending a check to the office. The form is only needed if you want to specify certain recipients. In the past, this has been our most successful fundraiser, allowing us to continue to support all the important work that Sisterhood does for Sinai and the greater Jewish community. Thank you all in advance for your generosity, and I hope you enjoy the goodies you receive! The baskets will be available for pickup at the Megillah reading starting February 28th, or any time in the following week.

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

Steve Lotter

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!

Steve Lotter


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.
Click here to RSVP.

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.