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

  • Bamidbar-May 22, 2020

    This Shabbat:

    Friday Candle Lighting: 7:36 PM
    Shabbat Ends: 8:37 PM


    Torah Message:


    Every tribe had only one leader. While there were certainly many people qualified to “manage” others, there was just one leader amongst the entire group. What is the difference between someone who’s capable of managing others as opposed to one who can lead them?

    The first thing to understand is the reason a leader is such a rare breed is that it’s never a unilateral decision to become a leader. A leader requires the consent of those he wants to lead. A leader is only a leader if others choose to follow. If they don’t want to follow – or do so against their will – then these people are merely being managed and not being led.

    This distinction, once understood, can have a very positive impact on your day-to-day life. We all in some way want to make a difference and change the world. To think that this is something that can be done independently of others is foolish. To achieve true and lasting change will always requires the consent, will, and desire of others to follow a leader to accomplish a larger mission.

    The key to getting others to follow you enthusiastically is to first get them committed to your project or idea. (And remember, before you can get others to believe in anything you have to first believe in it yourself.) Once you have a cause to which you’re totally and completely committed, you will naturally radiate enormous enthusiasm. And your ceaseless energy, coupled with a clear plan for success, will attract flocks of followers to your cause.

    The last key to your success will be never to forget to keep the mission as your primary and sole objective – and never make it about your own ego or personal spotlight. If you can do this, you’ll continue to have countless people believing and joining your efforts with a legitimate chance of leading them all to the Promised Land.


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