For over 90 years, Jewish families in this area have made Temple Sinai the center of their Jewish lives—their spiritual home. We invite you to enter in and make it your home, as well. Here you will find warm community, joyous celebrations, meaningful study and learning, rich spirituality and sacred moments.
At Temple Sinai, families and friends join together in true community. We celebrate each other’s joys, and we comfort each other’s sorrows. We support those in need, and we rejoice in friendships, new and old. You will find our congregation to be a place of heartfelt connections that extend well beyond our synagogue walls. We have active youth groups for our children, and engaging social groups for our adults, including Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and Chavurah (friendship) groups.
At Temple Sinai, each person grows in Jewish wisdom and understanding, whether you are one year of age or 91 years of age. We have a vibrant religious school and Hebrew school for our children. For adults, we have many stimulating and enjoyable learning opportunities. Torah, prayer, history, holy days, ethics, Hebrew, theology, social justice, politics, biographies, and humor—these and so much more, make up the curriculum of our Jewish lives.
At Temple Sinai, everyone nourishes the soul — connecting with God and one another in worship, prayer, and song. From our awe-inspiring High Holy Day Services to our playful Tot Shabbat Services, we provide a host of worshipful moments to experience the holy and sacred. Each month offers varied opportunities for inspiration, celebration, comfort, and song.
We invite you to learn more about all the engaging and meaningful programs that Temple Sinai has to offer you and your family. Come join us and experience the joy and fulfillment of being a part of our congregation.
Q: MY KIDS ARE GROWN. WHAT DO I NEED A TEMPLE FOR?
While we offer many family-oriented programs, that doesn’t mean that we are only open to families with younger children. In fact, so many of our programs are for adults, as we seek to nurture a mature development of spirituality and Jewish connection for people at every stage of their lives. We focus on community building, with Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Adult Education, TS Social action programs, and other special Shabbat programs. The Temple endeavors to enhance your connection with other Jews and your personal search for connection and meaning,
Q: MY SPOUSE/PARTNER IS JEWISH AND I AM NOT. IF WE JOIN WILL I BE WELCOME AT TEMPLE SINAI?
Yes, all family members are warmly welcomed at Temple Sinai. We encourage members to attend as a family so that the family unit can become closer and understand Jewish history, traditions, and culture.
Q: WHEN WE JOIN TEMPLE SINAI, WILL MY NON-JEWISH SPOUSE BE EXPECTED TO CONVERT?
No. We are grateful for the support given to the Jewish spouse/partner and to participation at Temple Sinai as well as within the home. We believe that conversion is a personal decision made only after heartfelt consideration, Such a decision needs to begin within an individual and we would not ask anyone to seek that path or push them in that direction. If however, someone did want to inquire about conversion, our Rabbis will guide you through the conversion process and the congregation will joyfully celebrate if and when the decision is made to convert to Judaism.
Q: WHEN WE JOIN TEMPLE SINAI, WILL MY NON-JEWISH SPOUSE BE CONSIDERED A MEMBER?
Yes. When a family/couple joins Temple Sinai all immediate family members/partner are considered full members. All non-Jewish spouses/partners are welcomed and encouraged to participate on all levels including our committees, attend classes and holiday events.
Q: DO YOU HAVE OTHER INTERFAITH FAMILIES AT TEMPLE SINAI?
Yes. Temple Sinai has almost 50% interfaith couples/families. Our goal is to welcome and include all members regardless of their religious upbringing.
Q: WHAT WILL BE THE STATUS OF MY CHILDREN IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY?
Since 1983, the Reform Movement has recognized the children of either the Jewish parent (mother or father) as Jewish if they are raised and educated as Jews. There are many children in our congregation’s Religious School who have other religions in their extended families and our teachers have been trained to be sensitive to this.
Q: WE ARE CONSIDERING ENROLLING OUR CHILD IN RELIGIOUS SCHOOL. ARE PARENTS WHO ARE NOT JEWISH WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN RELIGIOUS SCHOOL PROGRAMS?
Jewish tradition places a high value on family life. We encourage both parents to be involved in their child’s Religious School experience and we welcome your participation. We offer specific educational programs just for adults that are taught by our rabbi, designed to help parents learn and understand what their child(ren) are learning at Religious School. In addition, we have family programs and Shabbat dinners designed for students and their parents.
Q: WILL MY NON-JEWISH SPOUSE BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR CHILDREN’S BAR/BAT MITZVAH?
Yes. At Temple Sinai we include the entire family. Both parents pass the Torah to their child as a concrete symbol of their support for Jewish education and in raising their child to the age of Jewish responsibility.
Q: WHAT ABOUT MY MEMBERSHIP COMMITMENT?
At Temple Sinai we ask you to pay your “fair share self-assessment.” No one will be denied membership due to financial circumstances. All Jews, or those with Jewish spouses or partners, are welcome to become members. Individuals and families who have questions about our membership commitment program may work with our Membership Director to determine a mutually agreeable commitment.