Programs & Events

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Tot Shabbat
Friday, Jan. 19, 5 PM 

Enjoy snacks and schmoozing with other parents of young ones, then a half hour of song and dance for the whole family! Learn the Shabbat prayers and stories together. Do you like to sing and dance? Do you want to get the Shabbat feeling? Are you looking for an informal, inviting way to teach your little ones about Shabbat and connect with other families? Join us for this exciting Children's Service. We will begin with snacks and schmoozing at 5 PM. At 5:30 PM we'll meet on the floor of the Leebov Sanctuary for Tot Shabbat worship service using a special prayer book.

 

Congregational Potluck Dinner
Friday, Jan. 19, 5:45 PM 

We’ll provide a delicious entrée prepared by Chef Drew. Please bring a non-dairy side dish, salad, or dessert (enough for 8–10 people). Click to learn more and register.

 

Shabbat After Hours
Friday, Jan. 19, 8:30 PM

Wine & cheese mix and mingle with young adults (ages 21-45) following services. 

 

Charles Morris Sing-Along
Saturday, Jan. 20, 1:45 PM 

In less than two hours, we sing our way through several units with old favorites, traditional Jewish songs and holiday tunes. As the residents reconnect with memories evoked by songs from their youth, the singing generates an infectious joy. Our mission is to bring laughter and make connections. Each month the experience is heart warming and meaningful, and the residents really appreciate it. Click to learn more.

 

Men's Discussion Group
Sunday, Jan. 21, 9:30 AM

Our Men's Discussion Group is a great way to connect with other men from Temple Sinai. We mix a little Torah study with a discussion of current events and the issues of our lives — and we have fun while we are at it. More than one person has said it ranks as one of the most worthwhile things he is a part of. So come and enjoy the company, share, and learn.

Location: Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Lay-Led TaNaKh Study & Discussion
Monday, Jan. 22, 6 PM (meets most Mondays - see full calendar for specific dates

Ever wanted to know what happens after Deuteronomy ends? We’re exploring the rest of the Hebrew Bible and grappling with some of the difficult texts that we rarely read. No experience or reservations necessary, just show up!

 

Rosh Chodesh Group (Sh'vat)
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 PM

We open each meeting with an introductory poem or reading, blessings for candle-lighting and wine, a summary of the month’s holidays and historic events that occurred during the month, and the bio of an interesting woman who died during the month. Then we get to know each other through introductions and move on to a presentation or discussion. For the past four years we’ve read and discussed short stories written by Jewish women in America, Israel, and Latin America. Click to learn more.

 

WoTS Annual Membership Appreciation Event Celebrating Tu BiSh'vat
Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 AM–1:30 PM

Join Women of Temple Sinai (WoTS) for a special interactive seder celebrating Tu BiSh'vat, Nature, and All Things Women! Featuring Cantor Laura Berman and Farm-to-Table's Erin Hart on Local Food Movement & Healthy Eating. Click to learn more.

 

Lay-Led TaNaKh Study & Discussion
Monday, Jan. 29, 6 PM (meets most Mondays - see full calendar for specific dates)

Ever wanted to know what happens after Deuteronomy ends? We’re exploring the rest of the Hebrew Bible and grappling with some of the difficult texts that we rarely read. No experience or reservations necessary, just show up!

 

 

 

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Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Thursday, Feb. 1, Noon (offsite)

Everyone – lay and clergy – are invited to participate in a monthly dialog. It was originally organized by Jewish and Christian clergy in the East End many years ago and continues today. Topics range from Biblical study to contemporary issues. It is convened by Jewish and Christian clergy. Click to learn more.

 

Mostly Musical Shabbat: A Sensory Friendly Experience, followed by oneg sponsored by WoTS
Friday, Feb. 2, 7 PM 

Join Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Rabbi Keren Gorban, Cantor Laura Berman, and the Temple Sinai Band for Mostly Musical Shabbat the First Friday of every month. 

The music is informal and lively. Come prepared to sing along, and maybe even dance a bit. ALL ARE WELCOME! STAY AFTER THE SERVICE FOR A SWEET TREAT! Click to learn more.

 

JDAIM Movie Night: My Hero Brother
saturday, Feb. 3, 5–7:30 PM 

In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, Temple Sinai is proud to present a special screening of My Hero Brother. We'll start the evening with Havdalah. Following the movie, Yonatan Nir, the director and producer, will join us via Skype for a Q&A session. Click to learn more.

 

Lay-Led TaNaKh Study & Discussion
Monday, Feb 5, 6 PM (meets most Mondays - see full calendar for specific dates)

Ever wanted to know what happens after Deuteronomy ends? We’re exploring the rest of the Hebrew Bible and grappling with some of the difficult texts that we rarely read. No experience or reservations necessary, just show up!

 

Dinner at East End Cooperative Ministry (Volunteer Opportunity)
Thursday, Feb 8, 6:15 PM

We will meet on the second Thursday of every month at 6:15 PM at the East End Cooperative Ministry at 6140 Station Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Dinner will be served at 7 PM. You do not need to serve. If you would just like to make a dish and bring it over, please bring it to EECM at 6:15 PM. Click for more information.

 

Downtown Lunch with the Rabbi
Friday, Feb 9, Noon

Would you like to learn with friends over lunch? Join Rabbi Keren Gorban for an uplifting discussion over lunch at an office downtown. Get away and enjoy yourself! Spend an hour expanding your horizons and making new friends. Click for more information.

 

Lay-Led TaNaKh Study & Discussion
Monday, Feb 11, 6 PM (meets most Mondays - see full calendar for specific dates)

Ever wanted to know what happens after Deuteronomy ends? We’re exploring the rest of the Hebrew Bible and grappling with some of the difficult texts that we rarely read. No experience or reservations necessary, just show up!

 

WoTS Cooking Class
Monday, Feb 12, 6:30 PM 

February features Purim Cooking with Mara Kaplan. Mara will create a menu for Purim featuring Vashti’s Banquet, a Persian great meal. It will include Sweet and Sour Persian Grape Leaves, Chicken Stew with Persian Limes, Jeweled Rice, and a surprise dessert. Cost: $10 Click for more information.

 

Tot Shabbat

Friday, Feb. 16, 5 PM 

Enjoy snacks and schmoozing with other parents of young ones, then a half hour of song and dance for the whole family! Learn the Shabbat prayers and stories together. Do you like to sing and dance? Do you want to get the Shabbat feeling? Are you looking for an informal, inviting way to teach your little ones about Shabbat and connect with other families? Join us for this exciting Children's Service. We will begin with snacks and schmoozing at 5 PM. At 5:30 PM we'll meet on the floor of the Leebov Sanctuary for Tot Shabbat worship service using a special prayer book.

 

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Shabbat Dinner
Friday, Feb. 16, 5:45 PM

Join us as we welcome members of the community who will share with us experiences of thriving with a disAbility and meet disAbility Scholar-in-Residence Lisa Friedman.

We’ll provide a delicious meat entrée. Please bring a non-dairy side dish, salad, or dessert (enough for 8–10 people). Click here for details.

 

Shabbat After Hours
Friday, Feb. 16, 8:30 PM 

Wine & cheese mix and mingle with young adults (ages 21-45) following services. 

 

Shabbat Meditation
Saturday, Feb. 17, 4 PM

Members of this group have a full range of experience, from beginning meditators to those with a mature daily practice. We work on cultivating the skills of mindfulness, concentration, and absorption in silence. Click to learn more.

 

Men's Discussion Group
Sunday, Feb. 18, 9:30 AM

Our Men's Discussion Group is a great way to connect with other men from Temple Sinai. We mix a little Torah study with a discussion of current events and the issues of our lives — and we have fun while we are at it. More than one person has said it ranks as one of the most worthwhile things he is a part of. So come and enjoy the company, share, and learn.

Location: Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Lay-Led TaNaKh Study & Discussion
Monday, Feb. 19, 6 PM (meets most Mondays - see full calendar for specific dates)

Ever wanted to know what happens after Deuteronomy ends? We’re exploring the rest of the Hebrew Bible and grappling with some of the difficult texts that we rarely read. No experience or reservations necessary, just show up!

 

Rosh Chodesh Group (Adar)
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 PM 

We open each meeting with an introductory poem or reading, blessings for candle-lighting and wine, a summary of the month’s holidays and historic events that occurred during the month, and the bio of an interesting woman who died during the month. Then we get to know each other through introductions and move on to a presentation or discussion. For the past four years we’ve read and discussed short stories written by Jewish women in America, Israel, and Latin America. Click to learn more.

 

Adult Purim Carnival
Saturday, Feb. 24, 6:30–11 PM

Purim Carnivals are not just for kids! Get a preview of the games in store for the kids, with some special "adult" twists! Prizes. Food and drinks. 21 and over. Tickets go on sale Jan. 15. Starts with Havdalah at 6:30 PM. Click to learn more.

 

Family Purim Carnival
Sunday, Feb. 25, 11 AM—12:30 PM

Join us for our Annual Temple Sinai PURIM CARNIVAL!! Enjoy games, food (cash only please), prizes, and MORE FUN! Click to learn more.

 

Lay-Led TaNaKh Study & Discussion
Monday, Feb. 26, 6 PM (meets most Mondays - see full calendar for specific dates

Ever wanted to know what happens after Deuteronomy ends? We’re exploring the rest of the Hebrew Bible and grappling with some of the difficult texts that we rarely read. No experience or reservations necessary, just show up!

 

Purim Dinner
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 PM

Join us for pizza and salad before the Purim festivities begin. Click to details.

 

Megillah and Songs of Purim
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:15 PM

Details TBD.

 

Purim Shpiel
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 PM

“Grease is the word!” “You’re the one that I want.” Join Cantor Berman, clergy, and congregants of all ages for a silly retelling of the Book of Esther. Click for more information.

 

The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:45 PM

Our esteemed panelists (including Nancy Polinsky Johnson, David Shribman and, back by popular demand, Lynn Cullen) will debate the merits of the latke or hamantash to determine which is the best. Hilarity and fun are guaranteed. Click to watch last year's debate!

 

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