Mission & Values

Temple Sinai


Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Temple Sinai’s vision is to be a place where Jews live and grow as Jews by creating and sustaining a welcoming, relationship based community rooted in our deepest Jewish values.
Our mission is to enhance and transform each other through spiritual connection, learning, and acts of love and kindness for each other and our community.
Temple Sinai’s mission is founded upon core values:  
We live as a family that embraces God, Torah, and peoplehood and is committed to a progressive view of all three. We embrace diversity among all who enter our community. This includes embracing interfaith families, same-sex families, those who live with disabilities, as well as those from differing ethnic backgrounds. We celebrate our differences as we affirm our unity in God, Torah, and with Israel. We help all in our midst to grow, explore, and live as Jews so they can fully participate in Jewish spirituality, caring, social justice, and learning both at Temple Sinai and in the larger Jewish community, including Israel. 

We care for each other through acts of mutual responsibility as well as acts of love and kindness. Our goal is that those forming a commitment to Temple Sinai be comfortable in lending a hand as well as receiving help when in need. 

We commit ourselves to the ongoing vitality of Israel as a Jewish state and celebrate our  relationship with Israel through visits, study, and shared experiences. We pledge to work in partnership with ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) and our Reform brothers and sisters in Israel topromote the values of tolerance and Jewish diversity in order that Israel live up to its promise to be a homeland for all Jews, regardless of their practice of our faith. 
We accept responsibility for “repairing the world” consistent with the Torah’s call for a just society (tikkun olam). We are guided in this activism by our understanding of the demands of our faith.

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Celebrate Shavuot

Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period, the Omer, between Passover and Shavuot. One of the three pilgrimage holidays mentioned in the Torah, it celebrates both the harvest of the first fruits and the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago.

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