Inclusion Policy

Racial Inclusion

Temple Sinai is committed to the full inclusion of Jews of all races and ethnicities and welcomes any Jews of Color who make up almost 20% of the Jewish community (citation: Bechol Lashon). To aid in this inclusion, we rarely hire armed guards (we prefer other forms of security), and when we do, they all get an orientation given to them by the rabbi, reminding them that white supremacists are the real enemies of the Jewish community and that the people of color who approach our doors are our congregants.

Here at Temple Sinai, we try to walk-the-walk more than talk-the-talk about being an inclusive community.

Age Inclusion

We are a multi-generational community where you are just as likely to see someone in their 20s on the board as you are to see someone in their 50s. We value participation by everyone, and welcome babies, kids, teens, and adults of all ages to participate and come to any service.

Gender Inclusion

Temple Sinai is a fully egalitarian community with mixed-gender seating and mixed-gender leadership. We refer to God in English in gender-neutral ways in publications, curricula, and from the bima (though we do preserve the traditional masculine Hebrew to aid in communal worship). We welcome people of all genders and have non-binary English and Hebrew options available for all occasions.

LGBTQ Inclusion

The LGBTQ community is an important demographic in our community, and we seek to have LGBTQ Jews represented in the highest levels of our leadership. Our congregation participates in Northern Nevada Pride each year, and our rabbis happily perform same-sex marriages, help provide gender transition rituals, and teach queer Torah from the bima.

Disability Inclusion

Our facility is a single-level, wheelchair-accessible facility with ample handicap parking and wheelchair access through any door. Our religious school offers differentiated study for children and works with parents to help each child participate in the classroom when they can, and get individualized instruction when it is better for the student.

Socioeconomic Inclusion

Temple Sinai has a tiered dues structure where each member chooses the level they can afford. If any of our levels are a hardship, please contact us and we will work out a satisfactory level. We want you here!