Congregants Targeted in Phishing Scam

WE HAVE BEEN TARGETED by a nationwide phishing scam using rabbis’ email addresses. The perpetrators pull names of clergy from websites, create a similar (but fake) email address using the name of a rabbi, then send out requests for money.
Please note that all our fundraising efforts are publicized temple-wide. Should you receive a monetary request that is said to be from a member of our clergy or staff, please report it to the office immediately.
If you have received an email that you believe is fraudulent or have information about an incident connected to this email gifts card scam, you can report the incident connect to this email gift card scam, you can report the incident to the Secure Communities Network by emailing: or call 844-SCN-DESK (844-726-3375)

Temple Sinai and Coronavirus

We have set up a page/blog so our members and families can keep up with our latest thinking, cancellations and schedule changes as part of Temple Sinai’s response to Coronavirus 2019. Also included are links to numerous resources at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As the situation and our recommendations change, posts will be added to the Alerts page.


While Temple Sinai’s building is closed to protect the safety of our community, we will be using ZOOM web conferencing for worship services, classes, and meetings. You can still contact us by phone and email..


Temple Sinai’s building will be closed to the public until further notice. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please call or email!

Continuing Education

Deuteronomy vs. Isaiah – Nationalism & Universalism in Hebrew Bible

Sunday, March 29 | 2:00 pm

Online class with Rabbi David Edleson
Based on a 2019 class given by Dr.Israel Knohl, Hartmann Institute, Jerusalem

Click to Join on Sunday 3/29

Presented via ZOOM

Religious School Families, Young Families and the Young at Heart
Camping Havdalah

June 27, 2020

Caring for the environment and celebrating the natural world are prime values in Judaism and of course, at Temple Sinai. What better way to keep those values alive than by gathering with our kids, savoring the beauty of the outdoors, enjoying campfires, stories, singalongs, cookouts, s’mores, swimming, and just being together? What a special way to end Shabbat and our wonderful year of programs, before we break for the summer. 

Learn More!

Newly added!

Read the latest updates to Jan Orlansky’s Getting to Know You profiles of Temple Sinai members. Several “blast from the past” interviews have been posted. See them all on the Getting To Know You page.

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Upcoming Services (March 27-28)*via ZOOM*


We're ZOOMing our Worship and Torah Study Events

In lieu of holding Shabbat services and Torah study at Temple, we are using the ZOOM online conferencing tools. Links will be provided for each event, which can be used just prior to the start time of each event.



Rabbi’s Video Greeting and more!

Join us to welcome the Sabbath online! Our Kabbalat Shabbat service is filled with music, prayer, and reflection on this week’s Torah portion. We’ll be using a basic service you can download and print. We will separately publish Mourners Kaddish lists and other items each week.

View/download a PDF of the Service

Connect with ZOOM up to 15 minutes prior to our start time to make sure everything is working, and maybe schmooze a bit before service starts.

Join Here at 6:15 on Friday

Immediately following services, remain online for Kiddush and a virtual Oneg Shabbat. You’ll have to provide your own snacks!



Get online with ZOOM for a one-hour, peaceful chanted virtual service, mostly in Hebrew, with focus on the “greatest hits” of Shabbat Shacharit services, a great way to get to know the service and start your day. Plan to join our ZOOM session up to 15 minutes prior to start time.

Join Us Online 9:15 or later


Our online Torah Study (provide your own bagels/donuts and coffee!) will begin at 10:30 am and go until noonish. We strive to maintain our vibrant exchange of ideas about the weekly Torah portion, bringing both traditional commentary of recent scholarship to the bear on the text, even in the online version. It is a lively salon style, participatory Torah Study where all are welcome to click in, and no background or Hebrew is needed.

We are combining our morning Shacharit Service and Torah Study into a single online ZOOM meeting, so if you attend service, there is no need to reconnect for Torah Study.

Join Us for Torah Study

This week’s Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), opens the book of Leviticus. 

The Eternal One called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying: “Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle to the Eternal: You shall choose your offering from the herd or from the flock.” – Leviticus 1:1-2

This week introduces five different kinds of sacrifices to be offered in the Sanctuary: The olah, or burnt offering; the minchah, or meal offering; the zevach sh’lamim, sacrifice of well-being; the chatat, or sin offering; and the asham, or penalty offering.

Read the Parashat (Hebrew & English)  Torah Commentary (

How can we find modern meaning in ancient rituals? From our “greatest hits” collection comes this episode from March 2019, featuring Rabbi Rick Jacobs in conversation with acclaimed author A.J. Jacobs, perhaps best known for his book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally As Possible. Together, they talk Parashat Vayikra, the evolution of Jewish tradition, and adopting an attitude of gratitude.

Upcoming Events

  1. Sat 28

    Virtual Teen Meeting with Rabbi

    Check in; discuss Judaism and spirituality
    Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Sat 28

    Virtual Havdalah

    A short exploration of the meaning
    Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Sun 29

    Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Info Meeting

    Rabbi Edleson ZOOM meeting to talk
    Mar 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  4. Sun 29

    Deuteronomy vs Isaiah – Nationalism & Universalism in Hebrew Bible

    Zoom class with Rabbi Edleson.Based on
    Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Sun 29

    Meeting CANCELLED – Congregational Trip to Israel

    Watch the newsletter or Rabbi’s weekly
    Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  6. Mon 30

    Virtual Healing Circle

    Our weekly online healing circle to
    Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Wed 01

    Virtual Jewish History Group

    Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 509
    Apr 01 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
  8. Wed 01

    Virtual Healing Circle

    Our weekly online healing circle to
    Apr 01 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  9. Wed 01

    Virtual Healing Circle

    Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 949
    Apr 01 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Become a Temple Sinai Ambassador!

Membership Abassador Program logo

The Membership Committee is initiating a Membership Ambassador Program. The goal of the program is to connect each new member with a current member who will welcome the new member, check in with them periodically to answer questions, and invite them to services and/or special events to ensure that new members are feeling connected with Temple. 

If you would like to be an Ambassador or would like more information about the program please contact Stacie Gabert.

Free Rides to and from TempleChaverim has you covered!

Need help during the COVID-19 crisis? If you need assistance with shopping, household repairs, pet care, etc., please contact our Chaverim Committee, and we’ll try to help you out with .

Want to help people in our community who are sheltering or need help? Please let the Chaverim Committee know that you are available to help people in your area.

Contact Chaverim

Social Action Opportunities

Your Social Action Committee is developing a list of important volunteer activities. This list will be updated on a regular basis and will always be available on the Tikkun Olam-Social Action webpage.

Repair the World!