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Yom Shabbat, 12 Sivan 5775
  • photo by Larry Novik
  • photo by Larry Novik
  • photo by Larry Novik
  • Annual Picnic Softball game
  • Annual Picnic

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

  • New Sanctuary Chairs & Basement Reno

     

    The long awaited new Sanctuary chairs, paid for with a generous grant from Chai Life have arrived. Thank you to Dan Wagner, Larry and Beth Novik, Pattie Cornute and some of my family for helping in the various stages of taking apart the two huge boxes at the curb containing 60 chairs and moving them to the Sanctuary, disposing of huge amounts of recyclable packing material, inspecting the old chairs and separating the usable from the unusable. The wait was well worth it. Come see for yourself!

     

    And, while checking out the chairs take a walk downstairs and see the finalized renovation generously contributed by Temple Sinai members Jay and Georgia Horner to create a beautiful children's bathroom for our youngest congregants.  

    Shawn Banner then painted a most tasteful mural for the walls that will bring smiles to the children's faces.  Additionally, with Georgia Horner's urging, other parts of the downstairs were decluttered and set up with shelves to create neat storage areas.  All are good things to enhance the environment of Temple Sinai.

     

     

     
  • Congregational Meeting & Burning of the Mortgage

    Thank you to Congregants who attended or completed proxies for the congregational meeting this past week.  The proposed amendments to the Constitution were unanimously adopted.  After adjourning the mid- year meeting, we all joined together outside the synagogue door as Jerry Silverman, Chair of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, set aflame the paid up Temple Sinai mortgage papers.

     


     

    The long awaited new Sanctuary chairs, paid for with a generous grant from Chai Life have arrived. Thank you to Dan Wagner, Larry and Beth Novik, Pattie Cornute and some of my family for helping in the various stages of taking apart the two huge boxes at the curb containing 60 chairs and moving them to the Sanctuary, disposing of huge amounts of recyclable packing material, inspecting the old chairs and separating the usable from the unusable. The wait was well worth it. Come see for yourself!

     

    And, while checking out the chairs take a walk downstairs and see the finalized renovation generously contributed by Temple Sinai members Jay and Georgia Horner to create a beautiful children's bathroom for our youngest congregants.  Shawn Banner then painted a most tasteful mural for the walls that will bring smiles to the children's faces.  Additionally, with Georgia Horner's urging, other parts of the downstairs were decluttered and set up with shelves to create neat storage areas.  All are good things to enhance the environment of Temple Sinai.

     

    Rabbis are three months into their sabbatical (I hope you have followed some of their blog writings). Our dedicated volunteer lay leaders  continue to carry  out the multiple roles and responsibilities integral to our Congregation ....and so many more volunteers have stepped up to fill additional needs such as synagogue opening and closing, providing refreshments for Onegs, clean up and laundering of table linens and towels, etc.....and very importantly, attending services!! We are delighted at the level of support we have had from our Temple Sinai family for those who have willingly taken on so many Synagogue responsibilities.

     

    One challenge we have is collecting outstanding dues and fees especially as the year winds down.  Whether the year- end has black ink or red depends on whether Temple Sinai receives the dues and fees which it budgets. As a reminder, Temple Sinai policy is to identify a member in good standing as one who meets the commitment to which they personally agree. Temple Sinai does not ask questions, review tax returns or look into bank or checking accounts. Only members in good standing can Chair committees, vote, maintain registration for religious school and other privileges.

     

    While many congregants contribute the suggested dues level or make a commitment for an amount they can reasonably afford others avoid the communication and make it uncomfortable for both themselves and the volunteer leaders who ultimately must follow up.  Starting today and over the next few weeks the finance committee will be contacting congregants who have not arranged a current year plan for payment or have not kept to their pre-arranged plan in an effort to avoid a significant projected year end deficit. Please review your records and determine if you have overlooked arranging a plan or the payments due on your plan.

     

    Thank you for your continued support and ongoing confidence in Temple Sinai leadership. 

     

    Phyllis

    Phyllis Wang

     

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