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Worship

What one word best describes what worship means to you? At Temple Sinai we use several. Praying. Meditating. Singing. Cooking. Dancing. Connecting.

We invite you to create a practice that connects your Judaism with your passion. Not sure where to start? We can guide you. Here are just a few of the regular worship programs we offer our congregants. Each one promises a chance to experience the sacred alongside your fellow seekers:

Ruach – Spirit – Our contemporary, high-energy musical worship service

✡ First Fridays – A family-friendly early service on the first Friday of each month

✡ Regular weekly services with thoughtful  teaching, stories and monthly Torah services

✡ Shabbat morning family services each month where kids can be kids and the material is geared toward all

✡ ZenTangle – A visual-art based practice that is as spiritual as it is meditative

Sandwich Making – Pray with your hands by making sandwiches for Stamford’s homeless

✡ Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz Memorial Bible Study – Weekly Shabbat morning study with others who value the art and tradition of Jewish engagement

✡ Mah Jongg/Canasta – The laughter, fun and connection that occurs over our weekly games will become a regular and sacred part of your week

✡ Mussar – A Judaism-informed approach to personal development and character refinement using ancient texts

Come join us.

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 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 Kutz Camp 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.

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Holocaust Scroll #1468

On Loan to Temple Sinai from the Memorial Scrolls Trust of London, England

In 1942 the Nazi occupiers of Czechoslovakia directed that the contents of the country’s synagogues be sent to the Jewish Museum of Prague. Hundreds of Torah scrolls, along with large inventories of gold, silver, and textiles artifacts were accumulated at the museum.

At war’s end Czechoslovakia became a free and independent country, only to then come under Communist control in 1948. The almost 1600 warehoused scrolls were left neglected until 1964 when a London philanthropist, Ralph Yablon, purchased them. At that time,1564 Holocaust scrolls came to London, England.

The Memorial Scrolls Trust was established at that time to ensure that these scrolls would become part of the life of Jewish congregations across the world. Many congregations around the globe are in possession of one of these Torahs.

In 1995, Scroll #1468 was entrusted to Temple Sinai of Stamford, CT. This scroll is from an unknown town in Bohemia or Moravia. It is prominently displayed in an enclosed glass cabinet at the entrance to our sanctuary. We are the keepers of this scroll, and it is our duty to ensure that it remains a memorial to the community that once looked upon it as central to its worship and ritual life.

Here you will find information about the goals and activities of the Memorial Scrolls Trust of London, England. We are proud to serve as the caretakers of Scroll #1468 and the legacy it represents.

http://www.memorialscrollstrust.org

 

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