Jewish tradition teaches us that the world is built on three things: Torah, Prayer (avodah), and Acts of Loving Kindness (g’milut chasadim). Through worship and prayer we connect with God and with all that is holy – both with the world and with each other. Providing for and sustaining meaningful communal worship is at the core of Temple Sinai.
Worship at Temple Sinai is not a somber affair. In fact, it is infused with joy, song and music. Our approach to Jewish prayer is neither distant nor complex. It is about joining together to retell our collective story and orient our hearts and minds on the highest goods that we can imagine.
Our liturgy is drawn from ancient and modern poets in both Hebrew and English, and our melodies that weave words into prayers, are drawn from an eclectic mix of contemporary, chassidic and ancient sources. From a wordless niggun, an accessible melody without words, to simple and sophisticated musical settings that speak directly to our hearts, our voices lift our spirits skyward. Above all, our worship invites each person to participate, reading in English or Hebrew, and certainly raising their voices in song and prayer.
Shabbat is the centerpiece of the Jewish week. It celebrates both the creation of the world and the perfection of our lives through a more perfect redemption to come.
At Temple Sinai, our Shabbat is marked by joyous prayer on Friday evenings beginning with song and ending with sweets. And in between are the images and values that have maintained the Jewish People for millennia and sustain us to this very day. Once a month and whenever there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we also hold services on Saturday morning when we read and study Torah from the original hand-written scroll and we bind ourselves to the generations of worshipers who have come before us.
Friday night services begin at 7:30 p.m. After services we gather together for an Oneg Shabbat reception and schmooze.