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March 19, 2021

Temple Sinai stands in solidarity with the Asian-American community in the face of bigotry and violence, and we mourn the tragic loss of lives. We condemn any hateful expressions of prejudice, threat, or violence because of race, religion, culture, gender, or nationality. We urge elected officials to denounce hate crimes and to ensure safety providing the needed resources to combat inequality and xenophobia. We remain undeterred in our pursuit of justice for all.   

Rabbi Debbi Till
Cantor Renata Braun
Rabbi Alan J. Katz, Emeritus
Keith Greer, L.C.S.W., President

February 25, 2021

Temple Sinai recognizes with sorrow that after the pain from the horrific treatment of Daniel Prude this summer, and again of a nine-year-old little girl last month, the grand jury’s choice not to indict the police officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death is yet another painful blow to the Rochester community, especially to Black community members and people of color, including Black members of our Jewish community.

  We are obligated “not to stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Leviticus 19:16) for the sanctity of human life is of utmost importance.

We offer our prayers for the Prude family. We will support the efforts in our community to reform and create a public safety and health system that responds appropriately to individuals in need of mental health services, honors the lives of all people and upholds racial and social justice.  

Rabbi Debbi Till
Cantor Renata Braun
Rabbi Alan J. Katz, Emeritus
Keith Greer, L.C.S.W., President
Congregation of Temple Sinai


 

January 6, 2021

We are outraged and condemn all involved in the violent attack at the United States Capitol Building.  Those in leadership who incited the violence along with those who perpetrated the crimes, should all be held accountable. This direct assault on American democracy and attempt to thwart a peaceful transition of presidential power is a clear act of sedition. The fierce work for peace, safety, dignity, and freedom must continue. Let our actions, our courage of conviction, and commitment to non-violent debate guide us through these tumultuous days and let our prayers strengthen our resolve:

Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Bless our country, that it may always be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate among the nations. May contentment reign within its border, health, and happiness within its homes. Strengthen the bonds of friendship among the inhabitants of all lands and may the love of Your name hallow every home and every heart. Blessed is the Eternal God, the Source of peace.

Rabbi Debbi Till
Cantor Renata Braun
Rabbi Emeritus Alan J. Katz
Keith Greer, President 


 

October 27, 2018

We write this note to share our unequivocal condemnation of the hateful act of anti-Semitism and violence, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, this morning. Our hearts are broken at news of the terrible shooting and we are praying for those directly impacted, along with all those who will providing them care in the days and weeks ahead. We are in the process of planning a community gathering of solidarity for tomorrow (Sunday) evening and will share those details with you are soon as they are confirmed.

Please also note, that our security protocol was recently reviewed in conjunction with law enforcement, and we remain steadfast in our work to ensure that Temple Sinai is welcoming and safe.

We are here should you need us,

Blanche Fenster, President
Rabbi Alan Katz
Rabbi Debbi Till
Cantor Renata Braun

Sun, September 26 2021 20 Tishrei 5782