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Welcome to Temple Sinai

Welcome to Temple Sinai’s website! We hope you find it helpful, whether you are a member of the synagogue or just visiting.

Temple Sinai is a vibrant and welcoming Reform synagogue located in historic downtown Saratoga Springs. We have about 210 families and individual members who come from diverse backgrounds in Jewish practice and traditions.50th anniversary logo

Our unpretentious and egalitarian community includes interfaith families, families from the LGBT community, young families and seniors. Our members are committed to the study of torah, as well as tikkun olam, tzedakah, and miztvot.

We are particularly proud of our thriving Religious School, which has about 135 students. More than 90 percent of our b’nai mitzvah students remain enrolled in our confirmation program through high school.

Our charismatic rabbis, Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, are a married couple who have served Temple Sinai since their 1986 ordination. Their depth of Jewish knowledge and devotion to torah and mitzvot, their ability and willingness to minister to Jews of all backgrounds and traditions, and their commitment to tikkun olam have made them a beloved and respected part of Temple Sinai and the Saratoga Springs community.

Temple Sinai is committed to the mitzvah of Ahavat ger (loving the stranger) for those not yet connected or integrated into our congregation, as well as Keruv (drawing near all who are far) for the newest temple member to lifelong congregants.

LATEST NEWS FROM TEMPLE SINAI

  • The War to End All Wars (Lecture and Discussion)

    Jewish Veterans, Saratoga Jewish Community Arts to Discuss Great War

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Jewish Community Arts presents its fall programming with a revealing lecture and discussion on Jews in the Military in World War I.

    The Temple Sinai community welcomes retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Lance Allen Wang, Congregation Beth El President in Bennington, Vermont, and Temple Sinai member Colonel Richard Goldenberg of the New York Army National Guard in marking the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War by discussing Jewish participation in
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    “The War to End All Wars” at Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

    The Saratoga Jewish Community Arts lecture and discussion on Jews in the Military will focus on the Jews of both the United States and Germany. Did they enlist or were they “drafted”? What role did they play? How were they treated? How did they perceive themselves and the war?

    Richard Goldenberg will discuss Jewish involvement from an American perspective, including the development of the Jewish Welfare Board and other organizations mobilized for the specific purpose of looking after America’s Jewish soldiers.

    Lance Wang will discuss the participation of approximately 100,000 German Jews in the Kaiser’s Army, its impact on Germany’s Jewish community, and the evolution of societal attitudes towards its Jewish veterans as Germany spiraled downward under the thrall of Nazism in the 1930s.

    “With so many Jewish veterans, past and present in our communities, and Veteran’s Day approaching with this 100th Anniversary we are pleased and excited to host this most interesting of programs,” said Phyllis Wang, President of Temple Sinai.

    Saratoga Jewish Community Arts is a diversified series of programs for the community presented between September and May and generously supported by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

    Jews in the Great War: October 28, 7 P.M. at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway Saratoga Springs.  $5 donation requested. Refreshments included. For reservations, click this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084baaa62aa7fd0-thewar1 or email office@saratogasinai.org.

     
  • Sisters Ami Book Club: The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

    Join the Sisters Ami Book Club on November 20th (7pm) at Cheryl Hoffmann's home.  RSVP and for directions, please call: 587-7870.  If you are not a member of the Sisters Ami, come and join (only $18 per year).

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