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a message from our president:
ellyn bender

Temple Sinai is built upon a myriad of relationships between parents and children, children and grandparents, Clergy and congregants, teachers and students. We learn from each other as we lean on each other.  We are an inclusive and diverse progressive congregation, welcoming and open to all who love and want to be part of a vibrant Jewish community.

We are strengthened as we stand together in good times and in difficult times.  We embrace the Jewish values of compassion, service, and social justice. We honor the bonds between ourselves and Israel. We explore and participate in all aspects of Jewish learning – from the study of Torah to the dialectic of Israeli politics.

The little ones in our Gan bring us joy, and our children in the Religious School bring us great pride. We reach out to those in need. We join together to pray, sing, chant, cry, and celebrate. We create friendships and memories to carry us through life.

Our Rabbi and Chazzan, new in partnership, continue to surprise and amaze us with innovation and soaring spirituality. We are on the cusp of renewed vision, revitalized worship, and re-imagined learning across all stages and ages of living.

I am proud, honored, yet humbled, by the privilege of being President of this warm, unique congregation.

You may always contact me with questions or comments at



temple sinai board of trustees: 2020-2021


President  - Ellyn Bender
Trustee - Jason Collier 
President-elect - Alan Chalfin
Trustee - Aryeh Weinstein
Trustee - leigh gordon
VP Administration - robert handleman
VP Development - Mark Criden
VP Education - Brian Hersh 
VP Facilities - David Weiss 
VP Finance - Marvin Rosen
VP Membership - Elana Margolis
VP Ritual - barbara pollack
financial secretary - sherry thomas
Secretary - sarah weiner
Parliamentarian - Peggy Miller 


Wed, January 19 2022 17 Sh'vat 5782