In February 1968, thirty-three people attended a meeting to discuss the formation of a new Reform Jewish congregation for Atlanta. Guided by Alfred Messer (z"l) and James Smulian, these founding members enthusiastically supported and named the entity, "The New Northside Congregation." The following month, 145 families signed on as charter members and Rabbi Richard Lehrman was chosen as the congregation's founding rabbi.
In May 1968, the congregation officially chose the name "Temple Sinai," and the first worship service was held on July 5 at what was then The Birney School (now the Trinity School) on Northside Parkway. The religious school opened that fall with over 400 children in attendance. The first High Holy Day services were held at the Progressive Club. Over the next five years, the congregation met in a variety of locations until the permanent synagogue on Dupree Drive was dedicated during the weekend of September 7-9, 1973 . Rabbi Lehrman continued to serve the congregation as its rabbi until his death in November 1979. Rabbi Harvey Winokur served as the interim rabbi during the next year, and in July 1980, Rabbi Philip N. Kranz began what would be a twenty-six year tenure as Temple Sinai's Senior Rabbi. In July 1996, Rabbi Ronald M. Segal joined Rabbi Kranz as Sinai's first Associate Rabbi. Upon Rabbi Kranz's retirement and move to Rabbi Emeritus in 2006, Rabbi Segal became Temple Sinai's third Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg joined Temple Sinai's clergy in July 2006 and Rabbi Elana E. Perry joined the clergy team in July 2007.
Temple Sinai has experienced remarkable and exciting growth. Today our congregation proudly sustains a membership of approximately 1200 families. In May, 2004, Temple Sinai embarked on its first Capital Campaign in over twenty years with a goal of $9.5 million in order to provide a much needed major renovation and expansion to the existing building and grounds. On September 9, 2005 our beautifully renovated building, including a new chapel, expanded Learning Center, two-story education building and new spaces for congregational learning, working and socializing was dedicated. Today, the halls of Temple Sinai are filled with children and adults learning, worshipping, socializing and coming together as a vibrant, Jewish community