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Overview

Temple Sinai offers a setting for the practice of Reform Judaism that is warm, caring and responsive.  We provide a place of worship and learning and a center for fellowship and Jewish consciousness within an extended Temple family.  Our 350 families come from all backgrounds and ages and our services, filled with beauty and inspiration, are conducted in language appealing to all.

Dedicated to the principles of Reform Judaism, modeled after the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, our sanctuary sits atop many beautifully wooded acres in North Stamford and is constructed of native fieldstone.  The windowed walls of our sanctuary provide worshipers with an ever-changing panorama of the seasons.

Membership is only the beginning.  We welcome your interest in Temple Sinai and encourage you to join and become involved.  No matter what your background or interests, there is something at Temple Sinai for everyone!  We offer many ways to participate and to meet fellow Temple members.  Sisterhood, Brotherhood and Temple committees welcome participation by new members.

Religious Leadership

Rabbi Jay TelRav

“Judaism provides us, not simply a way to connect to God, but just as importantly a way to connect with each other.” Rabbi Jay TelRav has spent years developing a rabbinate based on sacred relationship and brings the same focus and approach to Temple Sinai. He doesn’t believe in a Judaism for the masses but rather a Judaism for a collection of individuals and he says, “the doors of our congregation are open widely enough to allow all to enter. Our community has a place for you and it would be my pleasure to help you find it.”

Rabbi TelRav has focused on connecting the community’s members to what they love. For some it is worship, for others learning, and others prefer to become active in volunteerism. His work has allowed him to focus on both the centrally involved members of the congregation as well as those who are less well connected to the Jewish community. He has spent a great amount of his time and attention on the youth of the congregation. He has created meaningful relationships with other congregations in the area and has been a vocal partner in the Interfaith Clergy Alliance of Stamford and is currently serving as Board of Rabbis president.

“One of the most often asked questions I receive is, ‘What made you want to become a rabbi?’  I’m not sure that I can say that I ever wanted to be a rabbi.  Rather, I truly see our individual skills, gifts or inclinations as God-given.  I have always viewed my own as caring for and about people, having a knack for teaching all ages and loving life as a Jew.  When I factored those gifts together, it sure seemed like the Universe (or, if you prefer, God) was guiding me towards the path of the rabbi.  So far, based on the amount of existential satisfaction it provides, it seems like I made the right choice!”

Rabbi TelRav holds a degree from the University of Michigan in psychology, a masters of Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR in New York. He lived in Israel for more than three years studying, volunteering and supervising archeological digs. He has served as a Chaplain to the Sailors and Marines in the United States Navy and as rabbi to the Boy Scouts at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Congregations he has served are found in Michigan, Vermont, Ontario and Colorado. He writes about liturgical and ritual innovation and is powerfully influenced by tradition while living solidly in the present.

Known for his approachability and the open door to his study, Rabbi TelRav welcomes you to contact him to discuss whatever is on your mind: lifecycle needs, spiritual exploration, theological struggle, conversion to Judaism or any other topic.

Rabbi TelRav lives in Stamford with his wife, Dr. Julie TelRav and their children, Amitai and Nili Lu. He can be reached at the Temple Sinai Office or by email at ravtelrav@templesinaistamford.org

 

 

Cantor Micah Morgovsky
 

Cantor Morgovsky received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in 2001 with a major in English and Textual Studies and a minor in Psychology. She spent two years studying in Israel; one at Hebrew University in fulfillment of a junior year study abroad program, and one at the Hebrew Union College, for her first year of cantorial school. Cantor Morgovsky received a Masters of Hebrew Letters in 2005 and was ordained as Cantor in May 2006, both through the Reform movement’s seminary: Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music. Before joining the Temple Sinai clergy team in Stamford, CT, she served as Cantor and Director of Religious Education at North Country Reform Temple in Glen Cove, Long Island. Originally from New Jersey, Cantor Morgovsky now lives in Riverdale with her husband, Benjamin, their daughter Ayalah and son Jonah.

Cantor Morgovsky serves the Temple Sinai community by leading worship services alongside the rabbi, teaching music and conducting learning services in the religious school. She tutors B’nai Mitzvah students, and leads all of the congregation’s musical programs. She regularly collaborates with other cantors, singers, song leaders, musicians, and arrangers to bring new and creative musical experiences to her own synagogue members and to other communities as well. In addition to her cantorial endeavors, Cantor Morgovsky also enjoys singing secular music, and has organized and performed in several benefit concerts comprised of Broadway repertoire. 

You can email the cantor at: cantormicah@templesinaistamford.org

Mon, October 23 2017 3 Cheshvan 5778