Our congregation began in 1959 when two-dozen families came together to establish a new Reform congregation in the Rochester, New York area. Their goal to create a synagogue that lived up to Reform Jewish values and that provided a safe and inclusive environment for Jewish spiritual, educational and social fulfillment remains strong and vibrant today.
In these fifty years we have grown to a current membership of approximately 650 families. We are newcomers and old-timers, children and adults, Jews with abilities and disabilities,individuals, couples and families, gay and straight, Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses.
Even though we have been growing rapidly, the goals of our founders, stated above, live on as our goals today. We continue to think of ourselves as a small congregation because we do all we can to maintain a culture of warmth and connectedness with and among our congregants. We nurture and cherish our culture of inclusiveness, our sense of community and our sense of respect for all.
Temple Sinai is a diverse and welcoming congregation. Above all we regard all of our congregants as a very important part of the “Temple Sinai Family!”
Welcome to Temple Sinai!