Are you getting ready for the High Holidays?

Temple Sinai has so many wonderful plans for the High Holidays this year! 

We may not be able to be together in our sanctuary but we will be connecting and visiting virtually in each-other's homes, in our sacred spaces, in our kitchens, with our families, entertaining and making a difference! 

To find the links and all the materials we have planned for your High Holidays, please continue to check your email, our Temple Sinai Facebook page or revisit our High Holy Days web page.

For now, we want to ensure you have the BIG PICTURE of all you can look forward to as you ready your soul, your spirit, your home, your family and your knowledge for the upcoming Days of Awe.

create a Mikdash Me'at

Together with Ahava, Rabbi Annie takes us through how they created their very own Mikdash Me'at.
Enjoy the video

Mikdash Me'at
A mikdash me'at is a temporary sanctuary we create and take down as needed. This year, while we observe the High Holy Days at home, we are being asked to create our own mikdash me'at, our own personal sanctuaries.

How do we go about doing this for the High Holy Days and beyond? Join Rabbi as we discuss this tradition September 12th at 6:00pm. Meanwhile, make your own using the tips below!
High Holiday Bags

With the High Holy Days fast approaching, there are so many things that we need to make these days special: candles, wine, items to help you create your sacred space, and perhaps most importantly, your High Holy Day prayer books/machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. You might be worrying about how you will pray without a prayer book this year... well worry no longer!

Temple Sinai has you covered with High Holy Day Ritual Bags brimming with all the essentials! 

  • Candles
  • Wine
  • Honey & Apples
  • Prayer Book
  • All the High Holy Day Information You Could Ever Imagine or Dream of Needing
  • And so much more!

We will have a streamlined drive-through process which will allow you to stay in your car, check out your books, and receive a bag. Our seniors and home-bound members will have their books and bags delivered to them.


September 6th
9:00 - 11:00 am

September 9th
10:30-2:00 pm

September 12th
1:00-3:00 pm

We hope these gifts, lovingly funded in memory of Fern Malinick, will help make your Holy Day worship a little bit easier, much more meaningful, and connected to your Temple Sinai family. 
The Learning Center
Preparing our Spirit

As we enter Elul we begin readying our minds for prayer and our hearts for forgiveness. This is a time to reflect on who we are, how we have affected those around us, and open ourselves to mindfulness as we move in to the holy days. 

Teshuva gives us an opportunity to reflect on things we can do differently. Every day we have a chance to do better for each other, ourselves, and the world.

Guided Meditation 1
Guided Meditation 2
High Holy Days Playlist

Listen to inspirational music videos while you contemplate next year. 

Six13 -Starting Over- 

Joe Buchannan -Return-

Michail HarPaz- Can't Stop The Feeling
(Rosh Hashanah Edition)

How much do you know about the days of Awe?

How to Blow the Shofar
Learn how to blow the Shofar.

Surely Rabbi Annie Can Blow The Shofar!

We would love to see and hear you practice. Send a short clip of yourself blowing the shofar, we'll post on our facebook page!

Family Learning with Chava
Stay Tuned for Family Learning offering from Chava. For now, share this video with your children to get them excited about Rosh Hashana.

Teen Corner
Did you know Temple is on The Gram?! Tag us in all of your High Holy Day pics.  

Should we join TikTok? Lets see a High Holy day themed TikTok dance using a song from the list above. 
Don't Worry,
We'll Text You
Email is great, but do you ever wish Temple would text you a reminder? Worried about receiving important information in a timely fashion? Concerned you'll loose track of time on Yom Kippur and miss all the fun?

We have you covered! Temple Sinai has set up a set of Remind "classes" to help you stay well informed. Remind uses the short code, 81010, to send alerts from Temple Sinai to you.

You may opt-in by using this Join page at join or by texting the class code directly to 81010. You may opt-out at any time by texting STOP to 81010.

Please be sure to sign up for each notification you are interested in receiving. Message frequency may vary by class. Standard message & data rates may apply.Text HELP to 81010 for additional information

Want more information about Remind? Click Here.
Sign Up
Emergency Notifications
Class Code @ts-911

 General Notifications
Class Code @ts-general

Services Notifications
Class Code @ts-service

High Holiday Notifications
Class Code @ts-hhd
Tikkun Olam
Dedicate your Yom Kippur fast to the millions of people worldwide who face hunger and starvation daily. Once again, we are being asked to reaffirm our commitment to tikkun olam through the actions we will take in the year to come.
Testy Food Drive
Drop off your Food Donations or a Check made out to Houston Food Bank benefiting the Houston Food Bank when you pick up your holiday bags and prayer books or when you return your prayerbooks after Yom Kippur.
Houston Food Bank
Temple Sinai has committed to a work shift of 25 people (18 adults, 7 under 15) for the afternoon of Saturday, September 26, the day before Kol Nidre.

09/26/2020 from 01:45 PM - 04:00 PM.

Please click here for additional information and signup details or  contact Howard Neuwirth-Hirsch at 832-264-8940

Adopt a route
-Meals on Wheels-

Deliver meals to our Seniors to help them stay independent and in their homes.  Sign up by contacting Melissa Collins at   713-533-4989 or email at  mcollins@

All volunteers will need to complete a background check. Cost associated with the background check is $9.00 per volunteer.

Specific route information coming soon!!!

Get Involved with our Upcoming Elections
RAC, (Religous Action Center) offers weekly webinars Every Voice, Every Vote: Every Week at, various topics are discussed including ways to help get out the vote. For additional information please contact
Donate to a Drive
New and gently used clothing and household donations are vital to MAM and the families they serve. MAM Resale is a thrift store benefiting the mission of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) to help families meet their basic needs and learn skills to build better lives. Donations are currently being accepted Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 10-1pm. 1625 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX 77080

Any questions about ways to aid MAM please reach out to Howard Neuwirth-Hirsch @832-264-8940
Holiday Eats
Something to challah about
Making the perfect round challah. It's the stuff dreams are made of! But, very few of us can actually accomplish the beautiful braid, much less the perfect combination of crunchy crust and pillowy sweet inside.
Keep an eye on The Shofar for more information to join the Rabbi for A Messy Bakers Zoom. We may end up covered in flour, but, we'll fill our hearts (and kitchens) with joy.

Want to practice? Check out this video on how to make the perfect Round Challah.
Feeling Really ambitious? Click here to check out an amazing Apple Challah

Jewish Comfort Foods

Temple Sinai has prepared a cookbook full of our congregation's favorite treats. Click here for a whole new way to enjoy a holiday feast with Temple Sinai.

How do we fast at home?!
Ahhh fasting on Yom Kippur… it is never an easy thing to do, but when we spend the day at synagogue at least we are removed from the easy temptation of the fridge and the pantry! This year, while we are worshiping at home, the temptation to go to the fridge will be much stronger!

Tips & Tricks