3100 Military Road NW Washington DC 20015 (202) 363­6394    templesinaidc.org
Temple Sinai Office Hours
The temple office will be open 9 AM-5 PM Thursday (tomorrow) and 9 AM-12 PM Friday (Kol Nidre). 
Yom Kippur Services
Friday, September 29
Kol Nidre

6:30 PM Kehillat Yom Tov Service
6:30 PM Early Sanctuary Service 
8:30 PM Late Sanctuary Service

Saturday, September 30
Yom Kippur

8:30 AM Tot Holiday Service 
9:30 AM Early Alternative Service at BCC
10:00 AM Sanctuary Service
10:00 AM Bet Am Service 
11:30 AM Late Alternative Service at BCC
1:00 PM Discussion Groups
2:15 PM Healing Service
3:15 PM Mincha (afternoon) Service
4:45 PM Yizkor (memorial) Service
5:30 PM Neilah (concluding) Service
6:45 PM Congregational Break-Fast
Yom Kippur Afternoon
Discussion groups begin at 1 PM
  • The Artistry of Worship--Through the Eyes of the Musician with Carole Tafoya Evans (Violinist, NSO) and Mark Evans (Cellist, NSO) moderated by Tara Sonenshine
  • Pursuing Truth with Jonathan Chait (New York Magazine), Matea Gold (The Washington Post), and Michael Schmidt (The New York Times) moderated by Rabbi Hannah Goldstein
  • Anti-Semitism in America Today with Doron Ezickson, ADL, Washington, DC, Regional Director
Afternoon services begin at 3:15 PM
Our Mincha service will feature "A Modern Jonah Story: Jeremy Ben-Ami" with guest speaker Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder and President of J Street. The Yizkor service will follow at approximately 4:45 PM and Neilah will begin at approximately 5:30 PM.

Learn more.
Ticket Information
Requested tickets will also be available at will call, located in the library at Temple Sinai or in the main hallway at BCC.

Will call and worship spaces open 30 minutes prior to all services except for the Late Kol Nidre service (8:30 PM), which will open at 8:15 PM and the Late Alternative service at BCC (11:30 AM), which will open at 11:15 AM.

Please note: The Yom Kippur morning service in the Bet Am  has reached capacity, but we are eager to welcome you to the rest of our morning services. Details can be found here.

Please keep in mind that we ask for notice of your payment plans or 1/4 payment of your member financial commitment for this year prior to the High Holy Days.
TSWRJ High Holiday Food Drive for the Capital Area Food Bank
Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism is once again coordinating the High Holiday Food Drive for the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). Please fill a grocery bag (or two) with healthy, non-perishable foods and bring it to Temple Sinai or Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School on Yom Kippur morning.  Thank you in advance for helping us carry on this successful tradition!
The temple parking lot is reserved for those who received a handicapped parking pass from the temple. When parking in the neighborhood, please be respectful of our neighbors and mindful of parking regulations; do not block driveways or hydrants. No parking is permitted at the Ingleside Retirement Community next door. Parking in the Carnegie Institution lot behind the temple is permitted for evening services only.
Prayer Books
Please remember to bring your own copies of  Gates of Repentance to services at Temple Sinai. A limited number of loaner books will be available on a first come, first served basis and must be shared. A transliteration guide was developed by our ritual team for certain sections of the High Holy Day liturgy.  Copies will be available on the information tables as you enter services at Temple Sinai. Feel free to pick them up, tuck them in your Gates of Repentance for reference for Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning services at the temple. 

Prayer books are not needed for the Alternative services at BCC High School. Service booklets will be provided. 
Friendship Heights Shuttle Service
Our neighbor Ingleside at Rock Creek has generously offered to provide shuttle service from Friendship Heights and Somerset to high holiday services. For more information, please contact SinaiCares coordinator Karen Auerbach (202-363-6394 x215).
Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 PM
Sukkot Festival Service & Learning followed by Festive Dinner. RSVP for dinner. 

Thursday, October 5 at 10 AM
Join us for a community Sukkot Festival Service followed by a kiddush luncheon at  Temple Emanuel.

Friday, October 6 at 6 PM
Join us for Tot Shabbat in the sukkah followed by dinner and activities. RSVP for dinner.

*Temple Sinai will be closed on October 5
Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
5:30 PM Dinner & Activities. RSVP now.
6:30 PM Festival Service followed by an Oneg

Thursday, October 12 at 10 AM
Join us for a community Simchat Torah Festival Service followed by a kiddush luncheon at Temple Shalom

*Temple Sinai will be closed on October 12
Memorial to the Lost: Volunteers Needed
Sunday, October 1, 11 AM-1 PM
Temple Sinai is again partnering with Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence to host the Memorial to the Lost during the High Holy Days. The memorial consists of t-shirts on stands; each represents a victim of gun violence and is personalized with the name, age, and date of death of that person.

The memorial will be disassembled on Sunday, October 1. If you would like to help or are interested in getting involved with Temple Sinai's Gun Violence Prevention Group, please contact Steve Klitzman.

Check out local media coverage of the display: NBC4 and WTOP.
TSMRJ (Brotherhood) Events
Golf Outing
Sunday, October 1
Temple Sinai Brotherhood will hold its third annual golf outing. This year we will be playing the North Course at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD. This is a space limited event so if you want more information and are interested in participating, contact Bob Loesche.  
MRJ Sukkah
Bourbon & Burgers in the Booth
Sunday, October 8 at 7 PM
We've invited a bourbon expert to offer us samples from a variety of brands to educate us about the differences among them. Also, served will be burgers gently charred on the grill. Alternative beverages for non-tasters and designated drivers will be available. This is the Temple Sinai Brotherhood's kick-off event for 2017-2018 (5778). Admission is free but limited to (all) Temple Sinai members (a designated driver might be advisable for enthusiastic tasters).  Please RSVP to MRJ chair  Drew Mannes.
Youth Events
Comet Ping Pong: Sinaites 5778 Kick Off Event
October 7, 6:30-9:30 PM
Join 8th-12th graders in the first teen event of the new year! Meet at Comet Ping Pong at 6:30 for unlimited pizza, salad, games, and soft drinks, followed by s'mores and havdallah back at Temple Sinai. RSVP online.
NFTY-MAR Fall Kallah
October 27-29 Raleigh, NC
Meet new people, see your friends from camp, and enjoy fun and interactive teen-led programming at this regional teen-youth group event. Sinai teens in 9th-12th grade are invited to wrestle hot topics and experiment with different approaches to spirituality. Registration ends October 11th. 
daytimersMonday, October 9 at 12:45 PM
Join us as we welcome guest speakers Neha Sahgal & Michael Lipka of the Pew Research Center for "Israel's Religiously Divided Society." Learn more.
People of the Book Club
Tuesday, October 10 at 10 AM
Join us for a conversation about A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman, led by Rabbi Hannah Goldstein. All are welcome, no RSVP necessary.
Refugee Resettlement Program
We are happy to introduce the Saadat family to the synagogue in a photo array you will see in the lobby.  Put names with faces and see the family the Temple Sinai community is so generously supporting. 

As many of you know, Temple Sinai is also extending a helping hand to a small number of unsponsored refugees whom we've come to know and care about and who are struggling without the substantial support the Saadat family enjoys. Two of these refugees desperately need cars to reach their jobs, attend ESL classes and otherwise meet daily needs.  Public transportation where they live in PG County can be extremely time-consuming or, in some cases, impractical.  If you would be interested in donating a reliable car to help these hard-working folks, please contact Catherine or Andrea.
Mazel Tov to...
...TS Finance Manager Lili Bender on the birth of her grandson Eli Michele. 

We Extend Condolences to...
...Marc Ginsky ( Elissa) on the death of his father, Victor. 

Rides to Temple Services & Programs
To request a ride, please contact SinaiCares Coordinator   Karen Auerbach (202-363-6394 x215) at least 4 days in advance.  

SinaiCares. Be part of our caring community.   Learn more.
Public Forum: Responding to Hate Incidents in Our Communities and What You Can Do About Them
Wednesday, September 27 at 7 PM at the Chevy Chase Town Hall
The Town of Chevy Chase will host a public forum to discuss recent hate incidents that have occurred in our community. The goal of the event is to educate and empower members of the community so that they are well-equipped to respond to hate incidents. The forum will be moderated by Town Council Member Joel Rubin and will feature presentations by civic leaders and public officials. This will be an inclusive event, and all are welcome to attend and contribute. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more and RSVP.

The Sacred Calling: Raising Our Voices in Story & Song
Sunday, October 15 at 4 PM at Washington Hebrew Congregation's Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD)
At this celebratory afternoon, Cantor Laura Croen, Rabbi Mindy Portnoy, and other female cantors and rabbis will reflect on their experiences and lift us up in song. It's a community-wide event for every age - babies to bubbes (and zaydes!). Purchase tickets.

Theater J Presents Sotto Voce
October 3-29 at Theater J (1529 16th St NW)
Love transcends all borders in Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz's passionate and lyrical Sotto Voce. A young Cuban man's research into the fate of the S.S. St. Louis leads him to a reclusive writer who refuses to talk about the ship of Jewish refugees that fled Nazi Germany only to be denied entry into both Cuba and the United States. As he strives to uncover the mysteries she's hiding, an old romance is relived and a new one blossoms. This dreamlike sonata explores the plight of the refugee, the resilience of love, and the sensuality of imagination.  Tickets and information at www.theaterj.org or 202-777-3210. 
Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 AM
Family Shabbat Service & Kiddush Luncheon.  RSVP now.

Sunday, October 15 at 3:30 PM
SinaiCares Caregiver Workshop. Learn more.

Sunday, October 15 at 4 PM 
1st Time B'nei Mitzvah Parent Gathering (offsite)

Tuesday, October 17 at 10 AM
Rabbi's Class begins.  Learn more & register.

Thursday, October 19 at 10 AM
A Taste of Talmud (4-session course with Rabbi Reiner)  Learn more & register.

Friday, October 20 at 6:30 PM
Shabbat Service followed by a Catered Community Dinner. RSVP for dinner. 

Sunday, October 22 at 3 PM
TSWRJ Mah Jongg Fun Day. Learn more.
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