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Religious School Programming

At Temple Sinai Religious School, our concern is more than just teaching about Judaism; our concern is with the shaping of Jewish souls. We provide rich Jewish educational experiences to more than 150 children and their families, ranging from Kindergarten through seventh grade. Our full-time educator, Amy Ritell, and faculty offer a wide host of classes (grades K-7) and Monday/Wednesday afternoons (Grades 4-7). Following Bar/Bat Mitzvah and graduation, our students are strongly encouraged to continue their Jewish studies at Tichon Sinai high school program while maintaining their connections with Temple Sinai through membership in SoSTY, (Sinai of Stamford Temple Youth) and working as madrichim (teacher aides) in the Religious School.

 

B'nai Mitzvah Training

The B'nai Mitzvah is one of many high points in a Jewish child's life, the marking of a most significant milestone. At Temple Sinai, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a family experience from the first steps of receiving the date to sharing the bima together as a family on the day of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our program includes training and teaching with Rabbi Jay TelRav, Scott Newman, and Cantor Micah Morgovsky. In addition to their Religious School and Hebrew School studies, every student receives individual lessons beginning approximately six months prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date. Each student does a Mitzvah project and prepares a D'var Torah for the day of the celebration. In addition, families are expected to participate in family education programming during the 7th grade year, and 7th grade students go on a retreat to Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in September. It is the hope of Temple Sinai that a positive and relaxed program has been created which emphasizes the meaning of family and the meaning of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah itself.

 

Click here for the B'nai Mitzvah Handbook.

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Confirmation

Confirmation led by Rabbi Jay TelRav

Led by Rabbi TelRav

Sunday mornings (11:30am – 12:45pm): Sept. 17; Oct. 29; Nov. 12; December 3; January 7, 21; February 4, 18; March 11, 18; April 18

Wednesday evenings (5:45pm) October 16; November 29; December 20; April 18; May 2 (5:30pm)

At Temple Sinai, Confirmation takes place in the 10th grade year and is part of our Schiff Tichon Sinai Program. Confirmation studies teach young adult Jews that they are entering “a sacred community” in which they can question, challenge, and debate Jewish questions without being judged. The confirmation model also encourages youth to work together as a community to contribute to the world around them. While Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies focus on an individual child becoming a Jewish adult, Confirmation ceremonies focus on a community of young adults confirming their commitment to Judaism. Join us on Friday, May 18, at 7:30pm for the Shabbat Confirmation Service.

FEE: $360

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SoSTY

SoSTY

SoSTY (Sinai oStamford Temple Youth) Senior Youth Group

SoSTY is a member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) whose mission is to instill Jewish identity, to increase synagogue participation among high school youth, to encourage long-term commitment to the ideals of Reform Judaism and to shape the Reform Jewish congregations of the future. SoSTY hopes to live up to these goals and values, and to make Temple Sinai a second home for Jewish teens in Stamford and surrounding areas.

SoSTY includes 8th through 12th graders in a wide variety of programs.

SoSTY programs include:

1. Social interaction of Jewish teens

2. Social justice and Tikkun Olam

3. Leadership opportunities for teens 

Want to learn more? Want to be added to the SoSTY e-mail list? Please contact Erica Santiago at youthdirector@templesinaistamford.org

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Schiff Tichon Sinai

SCHIFF TICHON SINAI: A PROGRAM FOR 8TH, 9TH AND 10TH * GRADERS

Led by Rabbi TelRav, Cantor Morgovsky and Educator Amy Ritell
Sunday mornings from 11:30am – 12:45pm, Sept. 17; Oct. 29; Nov. 12; Dec. 3; Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4; March 11, 18; April 29

Wed. evenings (5:45pm) Oct. 18; Nov. 29; Dec. 20; Apr. 18; May 2 (5:30pm)
Schiff Tichon Sinai will enable 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade teens to experience joy in Jewish learning, pride in being Jewish, and a commitment to participation in Jewish life. When our teens are connected to the temple they learn about Jewish life by actively experiencing it. Schiff Tichon Sinai combines the best of classroom-based and experiential education in a program that fosters Jewish identity development and community-building.
The goals of this program are to meet students where they are providing appropriate challenges for growth, to build leadership among our teens, to give them ownership of their learning, to provide multiple points of entry into Jewish life and to promote Jewish identity formation. Most of all, it will bring our kids together to have fun!
Activities will include: Discussion of ethics and contemporary issues, hands-on/tikkun olam experiences, trips to NYC and a fall weekend retreat. 
Once again, 7th grade students who are post B’nai Mitzvah are invited to join the Schiff Tichon Sinai Confirmation classes. 
*10th Graders will join Rabbi TelRav for additional confirmation activities


FEE: 7TH GRADE: INCLUDED IN REGULAR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL TUITION; 8TH – 10TH  GRADERS: $360

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RUJU

RuJu (Temple Sinai's affectionate term for “Ruach Junior”) is a children's musical ensemble for religious school students in third grade through sixth grade. These students, under the direction of Cantor Micah Morgovsky, meet weekly on Sunday mornings to prepare for their monthly appearance at the grade Shabbatot. RuJu's goals include making beautiful music and learning about Jewish prayer but, most importantly, the members of RuJu enjoy being part of a musical community of children, singing together and enjoying their Judaism through music.

School children of all ages welcome, no audition required

Led by Cantor Micah Morgovsky

Rehearsals, Sundays from 11:30am - 12:30pm, see Cantor for schedule of dates.

Learn and perform songs of our Shabbat services, holiday favorites and more. Develop musical and vocal skills and become comfortable on the bima and stage.

Sing for the Grade Shabbat services, as well as occasional holidays and family services. This is a great way for children to feel at home in the synagogue and gain confidence in their prayer-leading abilities.

Contact Cantor Micah to join! 

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B'nai Mitzvah Songs

Adonai S'fatai

Tue, January 15 2019 9 Sh'vat 5779