Women of Temple Sinai (WoTS)

Women of Temple Sinai

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We are a 21st century sisterhood that nurtures connections among the diverse women of Temple Sinai. We embrace contemporary Jewish values through service, education, spirituality, and social events; and we enhance the Temple Sinai community.  Critically, we strengthen the voice of Jewish women worldwide through Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).

WOTS offers vibrant, relevant opportunities for participation with a focus on sisterhood as we engage small and large groups of women in social, spiritual, educational, and service programs.  These programs offer a woman’s perspective on current cultural, social, political, and religious concerns as well as complement other Temple Sinai programs.

To get involved and learn more about WoTS contact President Laura Fehl.

WRJ Atlantic District LogoTo learn more about the local Women of Reform Judaism, visit the Atlantic District's website.

Our monthly programs include many opportunities for learning and hand-on experiences with women in your community.

WoTS Cooking Class

Join us every month and learn from a local chef their favorite recipes.  Leading up to holidays, WoTS Cooking Classes are the perfect way to learn new recipes to enliven the senses. Can't wait for the class? Pick up a copy of our cookbook, From Our Kitchen to Yours, available by emailing [email protected].

Rosh Chodesh Group

What is Rosh Chodesh? The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is historically associated with women. According to tradition, because women didn’t participate in the sin of the golden calf, they were given the holiday of Rosh Chodesh. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become a monthly occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. 
What are our meetings like? Our Rosh Chodesh group, founded by Ruth Reidbord, has been meeting in members’ homes for more than 16 years. We open with a reading, introductions, candle-lighting and wine blessings, a summary of the month’s holidays and historic events and a bio honoring an interesting or eminent woman who died during the 
month; this year it’s Temple Sinai or Pittsburgh women. The heart of the meeting is a lively and provocative discussion of a short story, essay, memoir or midrash (creative interpretation of a Biblical or Talmudic story) written by a Jewish woman. We close with a song and refreshments. For Rosh Chodesh information or story PDFs please contact Lynn Magid Lazar at [email protected]. Read more about Rosh Chodesh.

Brunch & Lecture Series

Beginning in the fall and every month until spring, enjoy brunch with the congregation and a panel of speakers discuss a wide array of relevant topics. Past topics have included the current political spectrum, disability awareness and road safety. For more information contact [email protected].

Women, Wine and Working Wonders

Knitting, Crocheting, Adult Coloring and Crafts for donation or personal projects.  Instructors in Knitting or Crocheting will be available.  Some materials will be available, but people may also supply their own.  Hats, blankets, or pictures may be given to people in need.

For more information contact Susan Cohen ([email protected] or 412-363-7745) or Carolyn Schwarz ( [email protected] or 412-421-1268)

Youth Scholarship

Do you want to join…A trip to Israel? A Jewish summer camp? A Jewish Youth leadership Development program?

The Women of Temple Sinai is offering a scholarship to help defray the cost of a Jewish educational experience while you’re in school and through the summer after you graduate from college. 

Who are eligible?
To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a student in grades K-12 or in college at the time of the application.
  • Have at least one Jewish parent or guardian who is a member in good standing of Temple Sinai.
  • Have attended at least 3 months of Jewish education.
  • Have not received more than 2 WoTS Scholarships for a total amount of $750.

Scholarship Amount: up to $750 
Applicants are encouraged to apply to other sources of funding such as Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Birthright Israel, etc.

Application Requirements: 
Completed application form with an essay on what you expect to learn or achieve through the educational experience. An interview (in person or by phone) may be substituted for the essay. 

Where to obtain the application form: 
Pick up a printed copy from the Religious School Office or click here to download a form

When/where to submit? 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received no later than 60 days before the start of the educational experience. Submit by mail or email to: 

Mailing address:
Scholarship Coordinator     
Women of Temple Sinai
5505 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  15217

[email protected]

Celebrate Shavuot

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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