S.T.A.R. Groups

Join The Excitement At S.T.A.R.

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.

S.T.A.R. News

  • Bechukotai- May 20, 2022

    This Shabbat:

    Friday Candle Lighting: 7:34 PM
    Shabbat Ends: 8:35 PM

    Torah Message:

    How Much Do You Love Really Your Neighbor?

    “I will turn my attention to you…” (26:9)

    Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rov, zt”l, was well known for his unwavering defense of Torah values. What is less known is that he was incredibly kind and generous. He was always in debt, but when people in trouble would come to him, he was unstinting in his giving and he poured out his heart and he emptied his pockets.

    As fast as the money came in, he would give it out. Once, a known conman managed to weasel his way in to see the Rabbi. This con spun the Rabbi a heart-breaking story. He said, “Rebbe, I have a wife and ten children. My wife is in a mental institution and one of my children is in debt and was thrown out of his apartment.” He poured out a tale of woe that would melt the heart of a metal robot. The . Rebbe gave him everything he had, emptying out his pockets. He said, “Go get your son an apartment and pay your wife’s medical bills. Here, take this!” He thrust money into the conman’s hands. As the conman was leaving, the Rebetzin, the Rabbi’s wife, came in. The Rabbi said, “You never heard such a terrible story as this man just told me. His wife is in a mental hospital. His son has been evicted!”

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