Michael Dinin (z”l) Shabbaton

About the Shabbaton

At the Michael Dinin (z”l) Shabbaton Retreat we offer our students a unique opportunity to put into practice the values and traditions to which they are exposed in the classroom. The program is comprised of interactive, socially, and educationally exciting activities that integrate learning, playing, and Jewish living centered on various themes we select each year, and of course special creative traditional prayer services. The beautiful scenic campground provides the ideal setting in which to conduct our program. We have outstanding counselors and dedicated staff members who work hard year-long to plan the retreats and make them a unique memorable experience, so that students will enthusiastically return year after year. One of the highlights is the Saturday night talent show where students perform. A bonus feature of the Shabbaton is that students are not charged for attending the Shabbaton as it has traditionally been a fully subsidized component of the school curriculum.

Michael Dinin (z”l) Shabbaton Program

Family Founded LA Hebrew High

Michael Dinin’s (z”l) family was deeply involved in the Los Angeles Jewish Community. In 1949, Michael’s father, Dr. Samuel Dinin (z”l), then head of the L.A. Bureau of Jewish Education, and his father’s best friend, Rabbi Max Vorspan (z”l), officially started Los Angeles Hebrew High School.

Impacted 100s of Students

Michael came to LA Hebrew High as a teenager. He even carpooled with former County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Michael really loved his teachers, particularly Dr. Michael Singer (z”l) and Eliezer Slomovic (z”l).

Camp Ramah played a huge role in his life, his friendships and his love of Judaism. Michael spent his youth at Ramah as a camper, counselor and Winter Camp Director.

After receiving his Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and serving as Hebrew School principal in multiple communities, Michael joined LA Hebrew High’s faculty. We were very lucky to have Michael as a committed teacher who impacted the lives of 100s of our students – he touched so many lives.

Unfortunately, Michael dealt with the debilitating effects of MS for many years. Especially during his illness, LA Hebrew High enabled Michael to continue to make a difference, which had great meaning to Michael and his family.

Michael Dinin Shabbaton Program

Michael’s great passions were Judaism, celebrating Shabbat, Camp Ramah, teaching and most of all, his beloved family.

With this in mind, we are so excited to announce the establishment of of the MICHAEL DININ SHABBATON PROGRAM!

We cannot think of a more meaningful way to honor Michael’s memory, his enormous contribution to our school and students and his amazing legacy.

The Baran-Spiwak Family has a special and long-standing relationship with both LA Hebrew High and Michael and his family.