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Temple Sinai Committees


Temple Sinai is a participatory congregation and all members are encouraged to join committees, activities and programs to enhance their membership experience. Please refer to the list of contacts and chairpersons for more information and volunteer opportunities.


In keeping with the mission of the temple to promote and support lifelong learning, this committee plans, promotes, and oversees educational programming for Temple Sinai adults. Responsibilities: to propose course ideas and find teachers for adult programming, publicize educational programming and to encourage attendance within the Temple membership. This committee plans and carries out the annual Scholar in Residence Program. Meetings occur 3-4 times per year.


Informs the congregation about what is happening in Israel, advocates for Israel and the Israeli people.


The College Connection is a committee that helps to keep our college students “connected” with Temple Sinai and Judaism. The committee sends out care packages 3 times a year to each student on the connection roster. Please let the Temple office know if you would like to add a student’s name to the list.


Develops and implements programs to meet the diverse needs of our congregation. 6 – 8 meetings per year.


Creates a short term High Holy Days sanctuary the JCC, moves temple property and supplies for Rosh Hashanah and back to the temple after Yom Kippur – 2 summer meetings.


The purpose of the membership committee is to encourage temple affiliation, welcome new members and promote temple member involvement in an effort to increase retention. Team members call prospective members to provide information about the temple, call new members to ensure a good experience and call resigning members to conduct exit interviews.  The committee also assembles and delivers new member welcome baskets, plans and implements the Congregant Dinner and two Get S'More Shabbat services and dinners, coordinates the membership directory program and maintains a registry of existing and forming chavurot.  Meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis.


This committee responds to families and individuals at times of joy and celebration as well as difficult times such as illness or death. Responsibilities include: preparation and delivery of “condolence baskets”, assisting with meals and transportation in times of need, purchase and delivery of gifts to newly married couples, families with a new baby or recent converts. Meetings on an as needed basis.


Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN)  
As a host congregation we provide shelter and hospitality to homeless families 4 times per year for one week intervals. Teams of volunteers plan and provide meals, shop for supplies, supervise and plan guest activities, set up and break down beds, etc.


The religious practices committee represents the temple membership by implementing and establishing guidelines designed to enhance the religious and spiritual life of TempleSinai. Focus team members participate in monthly meetings focused on a wide range of topics including templeKashrutpolicy, High Holiday planning and all aspects of Shabbat services.


The School of Jewish Life and Learning Council exists to facilitate communication between parents and the Temple Sinai School of Jewish Life and Learning in order to enhance the religious education experience for our families at Temple and at home.  The committee comprises parents who represent both sessions and all levels of the School of Jewish Life and Learning: Sprouts, K-7, Kesher and Bogrim.


The purpose of this committee is to involve the temple membership in issues of social concern and action within the local, national and international communities. Specific needs or problems in the community are addressed through projects with existing social service agencies and interfaith groups. The committee informs congregants about individual volunteer opportunities in the community, sponsors educational and discussion groups/forums on social and individual issues, advocates on behalf of the congregation for current social issues and keeps members informed via the Internet on current issues that require immediate attention. The committee participates in activities on Mitzvah Day and sponsors regular programs throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly.


The Temple Life committee organizes most of the social events that are held at Temple Sinai. Many of these are associated with holiday celebrations such as the Chanukah dinner, while others, such as a “coffee house evening”, are held to encourage Temple members to get to know one another in a comfortable setting. There are opportunities for those who want to become active members of the committee to help with the planning and carrying out of events. Working on this committee is a wonderful way to get to know others who are actively involved in making our congregation the friendly and lively organization that it is.


The Youth committee works closely with the two Temple Sinai youth groups and their advisors to assist in programming needs, providing adult volunteers, and to serve as a resource. Team also works with elementary age kids organizing fun social events for both school sessions.


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