S.T.A.R. Groups

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Sephardic Tradition And Recreation (S.T.A.R.) is a thriving Jewish youth organization serving the Sephardic Jewish Community in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area. S.T.A.R. Provides monthly events for 4 age groups, Tikvah (7-9 Years old), Aviv (10-12 Years old), Mitzvah (13-15 Years old), Haverim (16-18 Years old). All events are age appropriate with a high Participant to Supervisor ratio to assure the safety of all of our members. The goal of S.T.A.R. is to provide meaningful after school programs to Sephardic youth to enhance their awareness of these six principles: Community, Values, Tradition, Preservation, Israel & Pride


Your donation and support will help Jewish children get in touch with their traditions and Jewish values.


The Magen Leadership Program is a 3 week experience of friendship, discovery and awareness in Israel. With an emphasis on Sephardim, Judaism, its’ people, language, history, traditions, heroes, places and values will all be brought to life through meaningful excursions filled with a sense of adventure. MLP participants will enjoy the best that Israel has to offer, with full access to Israel’s most sought after attractions. They will stay in fine accommodations and be treated to Kosher Israeli food and guided luxury transportation throughout the trip. Rabbi Yitzchak Sakhai of S.T.A.R., in addition to adult chaperons and an armed security guard/Medic, will accompany MLP participants. MLP participants will fly from LAX with Israel’s official airline El Al (non stop) to and from Tel Aviv.

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S.T.A.R. News

  • Toldot- December 2, 2016

    This Shabbat:

    Friday Candle Lighting: 4:26 pm
    Shabbat Ends: 5:13 pm

    Upcoming events:

    Teens Escape Room Dec. 18, 2016

    Kids Chanukah Party @ Castle Park Dec. 27, 2016

    Torah Message:

    The Calculus to Multiply

    “The children (Esav and Yaakov) agitated within her (Rivka), and she said, ‘If so, why am I thus?’…” (25:22)
    King Chizkiahu refused to procreate because, through prophetic insight, he saw evil people amongst his offspring.
    Yishayahu the Prophet criticized him, telling him he had no business entering into the calculations of Heaven: “What the Torah requires from you, that is what you do.” (Talmud Bavli, Berachot 11a)Therefore, if it not for a direct command from G-d, “Be fruitful and multiply,” Chizkyahu’s reckoning was correct. If you know that amongst your progeny there will be evil offspring, better not to have any at all.However, this only applies to the male of the species. Women have no Torah commandment to procreate.“If so, why am I thus?” With this we can understand Rivka’s question.
    Rashi tells us that whenever Rivka passed by the doors of a house of idol worship she felt her unborn fetus struggle to emerge. She knew that her child was destined to be an idol worshipper. “Why am I thus? Why should I labor to give birth to a child who will be evil; I am not Yitzchak. I am a woman, and I have no obligation to reproduce.”

    Source: Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveichik

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