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At Temple Sinai, we seek to create a worship experience that is uplifting, inspiring, comforting, engaging, and participatory. Our worship style honors both Jewish tradition and the modern spirit that is the hallmark of Reform Judaism, combining a well-balanced blend of Hebrew and English, opportunities for contemplative reflection, and a thoughtful sermon or presentation. Because we believe that music is integral to a moving worship experience, services are filled with music, using both traditional and contemporary melodies, and accompanied in a variety of ways. But don't take our word for it; see for yourself.  Either join us for a Shabbat service or click here to see one of our recent Shabbat services streamed online.  

Erev Shabbat

Rock Shabbat

The first Friday night of every month is our Rock Shabbat service, at 6:30 PM in our sanctuary. Led by our in house band made up of congregants and our clergy, this service is enhanced by the music of two guitars, drums, a piano, bass guitar, and a saxophone.  The service also features multiple voices and harmonies. The energy is electric, with the liturgy sung by the whole congregation. This popular service regularly draws several hundred people of all ages, including many younger congregants in their 20’s and 30’s. There is a short d’var Torah given by one of the rabbis.


Shabbat Service

On other Friday nights, our regular Shabbat service is at 6:30 PM. This Erev Shabbat, led by one of our rabbis, is a warm and intimate service in both Hebrew and English. The service is frequently enhanced by the music of a guitar and, several times a year, our Accompanist participates.  This service includes a d'var torah by the rabbi. Services end by 7:40 PM in order for people to go off to their respective Shabbat dinners.


Tot Shabbat

One of our rabbis leads our exciting and engaging Tot Shabbat service at 6:30 PM once a month. Tots and their families enjoy Shabbat through an interactive service filled with song, stories, and dancing around the bima. We welcome Shabbat by lighting candles, drinking grape juice, and eating challah (after the fun of tearing it apart), as the rabbi teaches the prayers in a simple, meaningful way.  Tot Shabbat is also held several times a year in one of the neighborhood parks on a Shabbat morning.

 

Shabbat Morning

The 10:00 Service

Our regular Shabbat morning service meets from 10:00 AM until about 11:15 PM in the Chapel. Led by one of our rabbis or our talented Chevra T’filah (a group a lay volunteers), the service is a thoughtful, contemplative adult service. The service has a traditional feel, with most of the liturgy sung in Hebrew, accompanied by meaningful English poetry and commentary. Every word is transliterated so even non-Hebrew readers can fully participate in the prayer. Temple Sinai congregants frequently chant Torah and often people celebrate life-cycle events within the context of the informal community: an important birthday, a prenuptial blessing, and a wedding anniversary. Services are always followed by a short Kiddush.

 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service

Most Shabbat mornings at 10:30 A.M. in the sanctuary we celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the context of the Shabbat morning service. The service is led by the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, at least one of the rabbis and co-led by our Cantor Soloist. 

The Bar or Bat Mitzvah candidate or candidates deliver a short D'var Torah, and each service includes a charge directed to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah from the rabbi and the passing of the Torah through the generations of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah's family. So while this is in the context of a Temple Sinai public Shabbat morning service, it has the feeling of a personal family experience. B'nai Mitzvah are occasionally also celebrated on Shabbat afternoon within the context of a Shabbat mincha service and on Monday or Thursday in either the morning or the afternoon.