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Cyber Mitzvah - Our Team
Cantor Keith Miller

Cantor Keith Miller


Having grown up at Sinai Temple as a fourth generation member, it was truly an honor for me to return back to my home community in 2012.

My great grandfather, Abraham Silverman, Z'L', was Cantor of Sinai Temple in the 1920s-1941. My father, Ovvie Miller, was Bar Mitzvah at Sinai Temple when the congregation was located at 4th and New Hampshire, and I myself stood on the Bimah in 1977 as a Bar Mitzvah, leading the Shacharit service, with Cantor Gole beside me, and Aryell Cohen playing the organ. As a senior in high school, throughout college and beyond, I taught B'nai Mitzvah here at Sinai Temple, and eventually became the Director of B'nai Mitzvah Programming, preparing many hundreds of Sinai Temple youth for B'nai Mitzvah. I served in this position here in the congregation until 1992. My wife Laura and I were married here at Sinai Temple in 1989, and our daughter celebrated her baby naming here, as well in 1992.

I joined the Cantors Assembly in 1996, and earned my Cantors Commission in 1999. Over my more than 25 years in the pulpit I have had the good fortune of serving as Cantor and Educational Director of several Los Angeles area congregations. More recently, I've thoroughly enjoyed serving in the capacity of visiting High Holy Day Cantor at different congregations around the country, including Fort Campbell, KY in 2016/5777 and Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, IN in 2017/5778

The process of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is vitally important. I have observed that students who enjoy a positive experience during this holy time have a far greater likelihood in growing to become more deeply devoted to, and involved with, the Jewish community as adults. This is why I strive to remain dedicated to teaching each individual student in a loving, patient, warm and positive manner.

Mazal Tov to all of our B'nai Mitzvah candidates and families.

Cantor Marcus Feldman

Cantor Marcus Feldman


How good is our portion, how pleasant our lot, how beautiful our heritage.

I feel honored and privileged to be able to oversee our incredible B'nai Mitzvah program. B'nai Mitzvah, or becoming of age, marks an individual's transition from childhood into adulthood within the Jewish community. It is my hope that through this process, our students begin their lifelong journey exploring our texts, traditions, and values that have been passed down to us L'dor Vador, from generation to generation. I pray that they will cherish their place in the chain of our tradition, and be able to pass along our incredible heritage to yet another generation.

After our B'nai Mitzvah meet with our incredible team of mentors, I have the pleasure of working with each student for their final rehearsals in their individual Shabbat Morning service venue. I hope to be able to instill within them a love of Judaism through our liturgical, spiritual, and musical tradition.
I hope this experience provides light and inspiration to you and your entire family.

B'shalom,
Cantor Marcus Feldman

Aryell Cohen

Aryell Cohen


When I first came in to the "new main sanctuary" with my religious school class in the early 1960's, I knew then, that Sinai Temple was and is a special place. As you opened this website, you no doubt viewed all of the photos rotating on the home page. Among those photos, is one of Cantor Urstein and myself, on the day of my Bar Mitzvah, at Sinai Temple. Cantor Urstein was a wonderful man who I came to know, love, and revere. He gave of himself completely to the Sinai community, and especially to the children. It was his passion and the loving way he was, that has continually inspired me. I began teaching Bar and Bat Mitzvah students at Sinai Temple with Cantor Urstein in 1970.

Sinai Temple is about people, and the bonds we make with each other. Teaching your child for a milestone event such as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a responsibility not taken lightly. We strive for each student to achieve to the best of their ability, and to be happy and confident on "the big day". I am grateful for the good fortune of working with children of my former students, with bonds forming long, unbreakable chains. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you and your child, and providing an experience that will be a springboard to a long and productive Jewish life.

Bivracha,

Aryell Cohen

Shelby Ilan

Sarah Buchanan


Sarah Buchanan grew up in Sherman Oaks California. Sarah Graduated locally from Emek Hebrew Academy and studied at Santa Monica College. Sarah has an extensive background in the administration and financial field and has worked at Sinai Temple for over six years. Sarah has been a member here at Sinai Temple since elementary, and understands what our community stands for and lives a lifestyle of our core values. Outside of being the B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator here at Sinai Temple, Sarah continues to volunteer at Jewish and Battered Women's shelters and is currently studying for her business degree.

 

 

Lisa Peicott

Lisa Peicott


A classically trained soprano, Cantor Lisa Peicott earned her Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Music on scholarship from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, before entering into her Cantorial studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion of California. Under the guidance of Cantor Marcus Feldman, Cantor Peicott served as a Cantorial Intern at Sinai Temple for four years and is overjoyed to join our community as a cantor. Cantor Peicott is one of the primary B'nai Mitzvah mentors, and is actively involved with the Sinai Temple Religious School, teaching classes in trope and tefillah, and leading services for the students. Cantor Peicott leads the Daily Minyan at Sinai Temple, as well as Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services. She invites you to join her once a month for Shabbat Menucha, which focuses on appreciating the stillness of Shabbat, through guided meditation and chant. As a Cantor, she strives to lift congregants to a higher spiritual place in synagogue through the power of music and prayer, while also working to inspire our youth to build and maintain a strong connection to their Judaism, which will last a lifetime.

Alyssa Rosenbaum

Alyssa Rosenbaum


Alyssa Rosenbaum is currently in her second year of cantorial school at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. She grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Alyssa attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in German and minor in Linguistics. Her interest in German- and European-Jewish history guided her studies, and she worked as Editing & PR Intern at the Leo Baeck Institute of Jerusalem in the summer of 2012. Alyssa's passion for music has been lifelong; she has taken voice lessons for 14 years and has been involved in choirs for 18+ years. She was an active member of her hometown Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, where she served as a high holiday soloist for three years. Hazzan Steven Stoehr, a previous international president of the Cantors' Assembly and the cantor at Congregation Beth Shalom, has been a mentor to her. In addition to her studies at AJRCA, Alyssa currently teaches Hebrew and Trope in the Sinai Religious School and recently led the Atid High Holiday services.