Welcome to Temple Sinai!
Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish congregation located in South Burlington, Vermont. We are egalitarian in spirit and action, accepting families of mixed religious background and warmly welcoming all people in the spirit of fellowship. Temple Sinai continues to embody its original goal of contemporary relevance to the beliefs and traditional practices of Judaism, and worship is conducted in both Hebrew and English.
In 1966, Temple Sinai was established by twelve Burlington Jewish families who sought a more liberal expression for their ancient traditions. Since the decision was made, by coincidence, on the eve of Shavuot, the festival commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, the name “Temple Sinai” seemed appropriate. Temple Sinai was the first Reform Temple in the state of Vermont.
How often do you have services?
We have services on Friday evenings and Shabbat mornings, along with special worship services for holidays. Please check the home page calendar for details.
How many members does Temple Sinai have?
We currently have about 165 families.
What do I get for my membership dues?
Oodles. On top of the regular benefits of membership like High Holy Day tickets, there are classes, social activities, congregation dinners, visiting speakers, musical events, Purim carnival, Hanukah celebrations and more. Our Rabbi, staff, and members will be there to support you through life’s challenges and joys. You will also be supporting our synagogue and the great programs we offer. Our members find they get back much more than they pay for and you will be supporting the vitality of Reform Judaism in Vermont.
What are the membership categories?
Under 30 (FREE MEMBERSHIP), Family, Family (One Adult Head of Household), Individual, and Associate. Click here for more information on these categories.
How do I become a member of Temple Sinai?
Complete a New Member Application and submit it to us. If you have any questions, please call our Temple Administrator at (802) 862-5125.
What if I can’t afford membership dues?
No one will be denied membership at Temple Sinai due to their inability to pay. Information about dues abatement and alternative arrangements is included as part of the Dues Commitment Form.
Come for a visit!
Join us for Shabbat or an event that interests you and meet our members, staff, and the Rabbi. If you’d like more information, we can send you a packet of information including a newsletter, calendar of upcoming events, schedule of services and school brochures.