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We are so excited to be honoring Rabbi Stephen Einstein at our 2021 GALA!
Rabbi Einstein is a much-loved teacher and spiritual guide for Jewish converts.  As far back as the 1970s, he welcomed people who were curious about Judaism and considering conversion when other rabbis were rejecting such inquiries. 

And, over the past 50 years, Rabbi Einstein has made a difference in so many lives!

Our 2021 GALA – a lively, virtual celebration of Rabbi Einstein and his lifetime impact -- also highlights our mission at the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din: to sensitively and individually support ALL  candidates for conversion; to bring them, body and soul into the covenant of the  Jewish people.

Please join Co-Chairs Arlene Chernow and Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben as we honor Rabbi Einstein with heartwarming speakers, inspiring videos, musical interludes and tribute opportunities.  When you register, you will have the opportunity to choose your tribute size and submit your message and, if desired, an image.

Our 2021 GALA opens with music and tributes from friends, family, colleagues, candidates and converts -- your words of appreciation, respect and praise for Rabbi Steve.

LYDIA KUKOFF wrote Choosing Judaism, one of the first books available on Jewish conversion, which has been described as “essential and exhilarating.”  Over many years, Kukoff has made an enormous difference in the ways we think about those on the path to conversion. Kukoff will tell stories about how she and Rabbi Steve worked together to change lives, attitudes and practices.

PROFESSOR/RABBI DAVID ELLENSON, Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College (HUC), currently at Brandeis University, writes about Orthodox legal writings on conversion in Israel, North America, and Europe during the modern era.  He will describe how he worked with Rabbi Steve and others at HUC to change its training for rabbis who  welcome and support candidates for conversion.

CANTOR NATALIE YOUNG is a nationally recognized composer of contemporary Jewish music, and as the Cantor of Temple Beth El of Orange County, she is a local colleague of Rabbi Einstein. Cantor Young  also has the distinction of being married to Rabbi David Young who is currently the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek which Rabbi Einstein founded in Fountain Valley in 1976.

A CHORUS OF FORMER SANDRA CAPLAN BET DIN CANDIDATES will join in chanting the Shema, a prayer which is central to the ritual of Jewish conversion. Our “Convert Chorus” will be led in song and praise by our beloved Honoree, Rabbi Einstein. 

POET AND LITURGIST, ALDEN SOLOVY, all the way from Jerusalem, will provide a meaningful frame to our chorus as he reads his modern rendition of the Shema.

RABBI STEPHEN EINSTEIN, our beloved Honoree (and lover of giraffes!) will conclude our uplifting 2021 GALA sharing his experiences connecting with the hundreds of souls he has met through his joyful work in Jewish conversion.

Please join us in celebrating this amazing rabbi, mensch and mentor whose hospitality, generosity and loving kindness continue to provide an inspiring model for all of the rabbis who work with our candidates at the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din

We are a 501 (c)(3) EIN 45-5254684.

Thank you to our HOST DONORS!

(See our 2021 Gala Tribute Book)


George Caplan and Family


Lynn Beliak


Nancy and Irv Chase
Arlene and Eli Chernow
Muriel Dance
Rabbi Steven and Didi Carr Reuben


Rabbi Ruth Adar
Honey Amado
Rabbi Lisa Bock
Rabbi Elliot and Marlynn Dorff

Lynda Einstein

Lydia & Bernie Kukoff

Victoria and Max Roman
Rabbi Nico Socolovsky
Rabbi Gershon Zylberman


Andrea Alfi

Michelle Matusoff

Lisa and Doron Armory

Toni Mandel and Terry McDonald

Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome

Howard and Ellen Mirowitz

Rabbi Heidi Cohen

Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

 Rabbi Barry Diamond

Rabbi Steven Moskowitz

Rabbi Lisa Edwards

Rabbi Laura Owens

Susan Glass

Rabbi Robin Podolsky

Rabbi Larry Goldmark

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein

Rabbi Jason Rosner

Jacob Gonzales

Joseph Rotcher

Rabbi Adam Greenwald

Rabbi Zachary Shapiro

Rabbi Alan Henkin

Rabbi Karen Sherman

David Holtz

Rabbi Dan Shevitz

Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller

Miki and Steve Skolkoff

Rabbi Mark Hyman

Rabbi Elie Spitz

Arie & Amy Katz

Rabbi David Stein

Rabbi Jonathan Klein

Rabbi Rick Steinberg

Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz

Rabbi Marcia Tilchin

Rabbi Peter Levi

Rabbi David N. Young

and Cantor Natalie Young

Alexandra Mars
Rabbi Jill Zimmerman


Heath Einstein

Gary Kessler and Gayle Belin

Jennifer Einstein
Zack Einstein

Rabbi Rebecca Schorr


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