Rabbi Annie Belford

Rabbi Anne Belford, a native of El Paso, Texas, received a BA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles in 1998, an MA degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2003 and rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR in 2004.

Rabbi Belford is honored to serve Temple Sinai since July, 2009, as one of the first women serving as a solo rabbi in a Houston congregation.  Between student pulpits, High Holy Day pulpits, and full-time pulpits, she has previously served congregations in Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, and Bombay, India.  She also worked for the Union for Reform Judaism Press and is the author of A Teacher’s Guide to a Taste of Text.  She enjoys working with numerous interfaith and community organizations, and is passionate about k’lal yisrael, the entire community of Israel.  She loves teaching people of all ages and falls in love with Torah—again—every time she studies it.  She is an avid reader, enjoys travelling, and loves nothing more than spending time with her amazing children Lev, Eiden, and Ahava.

Director of Congregational Learning - Chava Gal-Or

As a mother of two nearly grown sons, a Jewish educator, a writer and a friend, Chava Gal-Or thrives on the connections she makes with all living creatures, as well as through her weaving of words. Living consciously as a Jew is part of her essence; she actively strives to continue her own Jewish journey which ultimately leads others to do the same. Her workshops and writing both focus on embracing a life filled with conscious living, sustainability, simplicity, and a sacred space within Judaism.

Chava loves both children and adults and has been a Jewish Educator since she was 16 years old and a teaching assistant; she has taught nearly every grade in the classroom, directed several congregational schools, and facilitated workshops for colleagues, teachers, families, and congregants.

Her passion is meeting people where they are and inspiring them to grow. Over the years, Chava’s professional derekh, path, has inspired many people by living up to her personal motto. ‘Embrace, Empower, Engage – Everyone!’ Embrace people where they are; Empower them to want to grow; and look for ways to Engage each person in their learning process. Everyone matters.

Coming to Houston for Chava was a gift. She has fallen in love with the Temple Sinai community and is always looking towards meeting people and finding out what they want to learn.

In her free time, Chava actively seeks Tikun Olam opportunities that will enable her to make a difference not only in the Jewish Community, in Israel, but also the larger world. She also loves hand drumming, hiking, and hanging with her family.

Administrator - Cindy Crump

Cindy Crump is proud to have been working for Temple Sinai for the past thirteen years as our Administrator. Prior to coming back home to Houston, she worked at Temple Israel in Memphis and HBO & Company in Atlanta. She is the mother of five wonderful children, and grandmother of two precious grandchildren.