Join us as we welcome Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, the new Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (and a new member of our congregation) will speak on "Fulfilling our Commandment 'to Till and to Tend' by Confronting the Catastrophic Climate Crisis". Afterwards at a creative, vegetarian feast we will continue the discussion and ask what we can do on individual, congregational, local, national, and global levels. To quote Rabbi Pesner, "Given the uncertainty in the wake of the recent election, it is more important than ever for the faith community to speak loudly and clearly in our sacred role as stewards of God's creation." For further information, contact Regina Ziegler or Robyn Miller-Tarnoff, co-chairs of the TS Green Team. RSVP for dinner.
Join Temple Sinai on this meaningful trip to the South. Learn on-location about the Civil Rights Movement and the impact the Jewish community had on this important chapter of American history. Highlights include: The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery; Visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; Creative Shabbat Tefilah at Edmund Pettus Bridge; Tour of Freedom Park and 16th Street Baptist Church.
$700 per participant ($575 for participants in their 20s/30s) $350 deposit due by February 17th. Cost generously subsidized by the Gendler Grapevine Project. Costs INCLUDE room and board but do NOT include flights. Participants should plan to meet the group in Atlanta on Thursday evening and our tour will end on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta at 2pm. Civil Rights Trek
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Join us as Temple volunteers celebrate Shabbat while “Praying With Our Feet” at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, MD. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe Shabbat through tikkun olam, repairing the world.RSVP
The ongoing onslaught of gun violence in our community and nation has spurred members of Temple Sinai to form the Temple Sinai Gun Violence Prevention Group (TSGVPG). Its mission is to educate and engage our community on gun violence and what we can do to reduce or prevent it. We invite all Temple members to join or support the GVPG. Contact Rabbi Rosenwasser, or Steve Klitzman, for more information.
Temple Sinai plans to help resettle a refugee family in our area. If we have enough volunteer support, we will join the Good Neighbors Program of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. In doing so, Temple Sinai would be joining many congregations in the metropolitan area, including Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church and Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, that are already co-sponsoring or engaged in the application process.
We can only move forward with this project if we have a sufficient number of Temple Sinai members willing to volunteer their time and resources. Resettlement activities include finding and subsidizing suitable housing (for a limited time), furnishing that housing, identifying translators, locating language education, addressing medical issues (if any) pending approval of an application for Medicaid, helping the family with paperwork, such as applying for a social security number and enrolling children in school. Of particular importance is providing transportation to various appointments a refugee family may have – especially in the first few months. LSS/NCA already has step-by-step plans for us to follow and they provide ample guidance for undertaking these tasks. In addition to working closely with a case worker at LSS/NCA, Temple Sinai teams would be able to consult with mentors at other congregations who are already assisting refugee families in this area.
Along with the volunteer support needed to aid the family, Temple Sinai is raising funds to provide for necessities including housing, furnishings and other staples. Thanks to an anonymous donation to the Rabbi Eugene Lipman Social Action and Tzedakah Fund we have the initial support to undertake this worthy endeavor. If you are interested in donating please contact Mark Spira, Director of Development.
To volunteer or learn more, please contact Catherine Ribnick or Andrea Dettelbach.
Project Mensch is a partnership between the Temple Sinai community and the Wheatley Education Campus. Through a broad range of programs, Project Mensch aims to support the staff and students of this pre-K-8th grade school. Learn more.
4th Sunday of the month at 7 AM (6:45 if it's your first time)Join other TS volunteers to serve breakfast, wash dishes, serve coffee, and clean up between seatings on the 4th Sunday of each month at SOME (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. Volunteers ages 13 and up are welcome; those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. SOME does issue community service credit upon request. SOME's Dining Rooms for the Homeless are located at 71 O Street, NW. For more information, please contact TS liaison Howard Oppenheim.
Temple Sinai social justice leaders are working to improve education, end homelessness, and create jobs in our nation’s capital.
Temple Sinai has built a partnership with Roosevelt High School, a struggling, comprehensive DCPS high school in Ward 4. Its student body is composed mainly of African-American, Hispanic, Continental African, and Asian students. Our Social Justice Education Initiative supports the school in its efforts to further college and career readiness, strengthen the curriculum, and modernize the facilities.
We also have a partnership with Wheatley Education Campus (Grades PreK-8). The school is located in Trinidad, one of the poorest areas of DC. The US Capitol is visible from its stairways. 99% of the students are African-American, and 92% or more receive free and reduced price meals. The Social Justice Education Initiative is working to help support and enrich the education provided to low-income children at Wheatley.
Temple Sinai has been fighting to end homelessness for more than 20 years. Through longstanding partnerships with Sinai House and Community Council at Friendship Place and our new partnerships with Manna,Inc. and Father McKenna Center, temple members advocate for policies that will end homelessness and volunteer with families that are currently facing homelessness.
In this difficult economy, focus on creating quality jobs and training people for those jobs is critical. Through WIN, Temple Sinai leaders are working on a citywide team to advocate for policies that would create and train DC residents for 10,000-19,000 jobs related to storm water abatement.
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5:30 PM Prozdor (appetizers)6:00 PM Tot Shabbat Service6:45 PM Particiapatory Dinner8:00 PM Shabbat Service followedby an Oneg Shabbat
9:15 AM Torah Study10:30 AM Kehillat Shabbat & Kiddush Luncheon10:30 AM Shabbat Service -B'nai Mitzvah of Elana Spectorand Alexander Spiegel