Jewish Practice

“Judaism is not a religion of individual souls but that of a people…. In Judaism it is not only the individual who confronts God; the people as a people is committed to living in such confrontation. As it lives as a people in the presence of God, so it turns to God in prayer as a people.”

~Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits

Jewish Practice encompasses all times, as individuals and as a community, that we practice the traditions of our people. As both our most important and most frequent holiday, Shabbat is the cornerstone of Jewish practice. Below you will find the complete schedule of Shabbat services at the Temple, as well as a Shabbat blessings guide for your practice at home. You will also find a link to the melodies of Shabbat prayers we most commonly sing at Temple Sinai. In addition to celebrating Shabbat as a community each week, we also live by the rhythm of the Jewish calendar that brings meaning and embodied Jewish values into every season of the year.

Click to learn about the Jewish calendar of holidays.

We hope to welcome you to a Shabbat or holiday celebration at Temple Sinai very soon.

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  • “More than the Jewish people have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jewish people.”

    ~Ahad HaAm

    This Friday in-person services are ON! We will have in-person services and livestreaming services at Temple Sinai this week in the Sanctuary. Masks will be required to attend.

    Fridays at 7:30 pm both in-person and livestreaming on our website, on Facebook, and on YouTube

    In addition to meeting in person for services in the Temple sanctuary, we also livestream our Shabbat services and most other Sinai events to our Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as the live page of our website.

    Ways to Watch

    1. On the Live Page of our Website (no log-in necessary)
    2. On Facebook (with chat)
    3. On YouTube (with chat)

    Saturday morning Torah Study is held weekly via Zoom. Click here for details

    Here are some ways to follow along during services in the Reform Siddur, Mishkan T’filah, if you don’t have a copy of your own: 

    1. We have created a Virtual Siddur that we customize every week for use during that week’s service. Each Friday, you will be able to download the Custom Virtual Siddur for that week from this page and from the LIVE page of our website to view during the livestreaming broadcast of that week’s service

    2. If you have the tech-savvy, you can access a flipbook of the entire Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat from the CCAR.

    3. Purchase the ebook to download on your own device, it is currently only $4.99 on Amazon (click here) and can be read in the Kindle app on any device.

    Yisma’zoom – Virtual Oneg

    Grab some challah and wine (or juice) and join us for Yism’zoom, a special Oneg time where we can gather and chat with one another directly with live video after service. If you don’t have challah and wine, feel free to join us anyway! CLICK HERE IMMEDIATELY AFTER the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, or use meeting ID 819 6303 8475 to enter the virtual Oneg Zoom room.

    In-Person Onegs

    If you would like to host an Oneg Shabbat for a Friday service to celebrate a special event in your life with the community, click the button below or call the Temple office at 747-5508.

    PLEASE NOTE: in-person Onegs have been replaced by “To-GOnegs” while we have our in-person service mask mandate in place. Instead of gathering in the social hall for a nosh after services we have to-go bags ready to take with you as you leave Temple Sinai. You may still host an Oneg during this time, but please make it “to-go friendly” so that people can take it immediately with them as they leave.