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Upcoming Events

We value the partnership between family and school, and as part of this partnership, we strive to offer programming that supports parents in their journies to raise thoughtful children who contribute positively to our world. Our goal is to not just educate children, but also to enrich the lives of our families. Throughout the year, we are excited to offer speakers and events that do just that, providing learning and networking opportunities for our community. In addition to this programming, please also review our Parenting Center offerings for a variety of parenting classes and more. 


Israel: Then and Now — Historical and Contemporary Jerusalem - November 12

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Israel Center and Sinai Akiba Academy, join us for a new program for all ages, which will explore the historical context and contemporary implications around Israel’s most pressing issues. In particular, we will discuss how to speak about Israel’s pressing issues with our children and grandchildren.

This session, Historical and Contemporary Jerusalem, will be led by Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz, Rabbi of Adat Shalom and producer of Roadmap Jerusalem.

Light Breakfast Provided - Free for all

Permission to Parent - December 10

Join us for "Permission to Parent" with Robin Berman, M.D. Dr. Berman is an associate professor of psychiatry at UCLA and the author of "Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits."

The event takes place on December 10 at 8:15 am. During the talk, Dr. Berman will cover:
  • How to teach kids to regular their big feelings (how parents function as emotional coaches).
  • Building resiliency in kids - bringing the helicopter down for a landing
  • Setting limits with love and respect and the power of mindful language in shaping behavior.
  • The importance of building character over résumés.

How to Have a Productive Dialogue About Israel in the Age of Social Media - December 17

Join us for the third event in our Israel Then & Now Series, featuring speaker Yoni Saadi, AIPAC Southern Pacific Regional Synagogue Initiative Director.

Free for all and light breakfast is provided.


What is the BDS Movement and How Do We Address this Issue with Our Children? - January 14

Join us on January 14 for a conversation with Dr. Saba Soomekh '90 and Zev M. Hurwitz.

Dr. Soomekh, assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at the American Jewish Committee, returns to her alma mater for a conversation about the BDS movement and how to address the issue with children. She is joined by Zev Hurwitz, Director of Campus Affairs at the American Jewish Committee.

Past Events

Forget Happiness, Master Resilience Instead

Dr. Zalana Montminy, behavioral science and author of, "21 Days to Resilience"

Our unrelenting quest for lasting happiness is leading us and our families astray. We anchor our goals in a fleeting feeling that sets us up for failure. Research shows lasting success and contentment aren't about happiness after all - truly thriving in today's world requires resilience. The good news is that resilience is a skill we learn, not something we're born with or without. We know resilience is important but we have not been trained to access it in our day-to-day life. How we actually become resilient is left out of the conversation. Until now. Dr. Montminy will explain what it takes to create a resilient mindset for ourselves and our children, how to shift perceptions, and deliver tools we can use to flourish.

Israel: Then and Now — Israel as a Democracy: September 10

Join us on Tuesday, September 10 for the first session of the "Israel: Then and Now" series, "Israel as a Democracy: Understanding Key Issues in Israel's Upcoming Elections"

Speaker: Dr. Tomer Persico Research Fellow and Scholar-In-Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley

The Self-Driven Child

Brought to you by the Sinai Akiba Academy Parent Association: Join us for the upcoming talk, "The Self-Driven Child" with Dr. Bill Stixrud on May 1 at 8:15 am. Plus, don't miss a special breakfast for dads that same morning, starting at 7:45 am. 

Dr. Bill Stixrud, neuropsychologist and author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, will present ways adults can give kids the gift of age-appropriate autonomy.  Help your children develop resilience and self-motivation to point them toward rewarding futures.


Sinai Akiba Academy is hosting the SSALA event with David and Nic Sheff as they share their family's very personal, emotional and, often times, heart-breaking journey through addiction and recovery. We hope parents (and teens) struggling with addiction and mental illness within their own families will find hope and encouragement as we learn about David and Nic's many failures, roadblocks and, ultimately, success on the road to recovery. More information is available online.

Keeping Kids ... Kids: A two-part event

February 20 at 7:00 pm - Conversation with Dr. Gail Dines and Rabbi Wolpe - Register online
In partnership with Sinai Temple, Sinai Akiba Academy presents Dr. Gail Dines, professor, author and activist, who joins Rabbi David Wolpe for a candid conversation about the hyper-sexualization of modern culture, the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture, and how these societal changes impact our children.

February 21 at 8:15 am - Break out workshops - No registration required
Follow up the conversations with a panel discussion and breakout sessions led by educational and child development experts including:
  • Dr. Nina Tepper, a child and adolescent psychologist and our school’s Human Development specialist
  • Alon Shwartz, co-founder of unGlue, focusing on responsible and moderate use of the Internet,
  • School IT specialists (through conference call) Dyvar Anderson and Doug Hinko
  • School Counselor Daisy Perez, and School Psychologist, Dr. Andrea Ackerman
  • Rabbi Andy Feig, Geoff Agnor, Shelley Lawrence
This event is free of charge for Sinai Temple members and SAA parents, and $25 for non-members.
Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center

Sinai Akiba Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

10400 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90024
310 475 6401

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