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

  • Ki Tisa- March 5th, 2021

    This Shabbat:

    Friday Candle Lighting: 5:36 PM
     Shabbat Ends: 6:31 PM

    Torah Message:

    No Spare Tie

    “…and the people gathered around Aharon and said to him, ‘Rise up, make for us gods that will go before us, for this man Moshe who brought us up from Egypt — we do not know what became of him.’” (32:1)

    Let me give you, in my opinion, an essential “life-hack” — something that is going to save you a lot of time. It goes like this:

    There are two kinds of lost objects: the kind that will eventually turn up, and the kind that is irretrievably lost. Whenever you lose something, don’t try to find it. That’s just a waste of time. Do the following. Think to yourself, “Do I absolutely need this thing right now? Is there a work-around? Do I absolutely need to wear my pink tie with the little green elephants on it? I know I was really looking forward to wearing it today, but maybe I could just get by, if I really need to, with the yellow one with pink poodles.”

    Much, if not most, of the time we can substitute what we want with what we need. Looking for non-essentials is a complete waste of life. Because they will either turn up, one-way-or-another, or they are gone forever.

    Life is about distinguishing the essence from the nonsense.

    When Moshe failed to appear from Mount Sinai, the Children of Israel made a fatal mistake. They thought they could find a work-around. They thought they could replace their “lost object” — Moshe — with a golden calf.

    Nothing could replace Moshe. “There never has risen again in Israel a prophet like Moshe…” (Devarim 24:10)

    When it came to Moshe Rabbeinu —– there was no “spare tie.”

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