Shabbat Service for Gen X/Y Jews in LA

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Friday Night Live service set for January 13th at 7:30 PM.

Friday nights in Los Angeles. The Key Club…The Troubador…The Standard…Sinai Temple? Sounds anachronistic, but as of late, thousands of young Jewish singles from the greater Los Angeles area would say otherwise. Friday night, January 13th at 7:30 PM, and the second Friday evening of each and every month, top-selling Jewish entertainer Craig Taubman and Rabbi David Wolpe will put together something called Friday Night Live. Call it a service or call it a concert, it’s making a lot of noise in the neighborhood. Thankfully for the 1,000 plus twenty-to-thirty-something guests who typically attend, that noise sounds more like inspiring Jewish music within the confines of Sinai Temple on Wilshire Boulevard.

Taubman and Wolpe, along with bandmates and supporters, have certainly taken their share of flak for tinkering with something as sacred as a Shabbat service. But the numbers don’t lie. Friday Night Live continues to grow in popularity, as the attendance has expanded from the low hundreds to nearly 1,000 for any given evening. What this particular evening promises is a stimulating Shabbat experience aimed at young Jewish professionals. In other words, it’s more for yuppies than for bubbies.

The upcoming service on January 13th will focus specifically on honoring the memory of Martin Luther King. It will feature special guests Reverend Mark Whitlock and the world-renowned Gwen Wyat Gospel Choir. Gospel on Shabbat? Only in LA. The inspiring music-filled service is followed by networking, dancing, and plenty of food. Attendance is free.

Friday Night Live is held at Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd (at Beverly Glen), January 13th and the second Friday of each month, at 7:30 PM. For more information on Friday Night Live, you can call Sinai Temple at 310-481-3244 or visit To sample music from the service, visit


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