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Friday, November 17

Family Shabbat Dinner at 5:30 pm

Families of all ages and sizes are invited to join us for pizza.

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Homes & Hearts Shabbat Service at 6:30 pm

Join us for our annual service celebrating Sinai House featuring guest speakers

DC Councilmember Matt Frumin and Sinai House Executive Director Renetta Armstrong. Stay after the service for a festive oneg featuring live music.

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TS members are invited to drop off new or gently used costume jewelry, scarves, stuffed animals, and other items for our Secret Holiday Shop. Please drop items in the temple lobby through November 17. Items should be unwrapped and are subject to inspection.

Saturday, November 18

Torah Study at 9:15 am

Join us for our Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Cantor Rachel Rhodes.

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Climate Shabbat at Kehillat Shabbat Service at 10:30 am

The Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition (JCLC), of which Temple Sinai is a member, is recognizing the Shabbat of November 17/18 as Climate Shabbat. Please join us for our lay-led Kehillat Shabbat service along with the TS Green Team in observing Climate Shabbat and learn about how climate action is aligned with Jewish wisdom and values, about the Climate Action Plan that Temple Sinai is putting together as a member of JCLC, and how we all can become more active in responding to climate change.

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Save the Date: Shabbat Service with Installation of Cantor Rachel Rhodes followed by a Festive Oneg

Friday, December 1 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a special Shabbat service as we install our new Senior Cantor, Rachel Rhodes with guests Cantors Michael Shochet and Amanda Kleinman. The service will be followed by a festive oneg.

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Pastoral Notes

Mazel Tov to...

...Larry Mishel and Ellen Kurlansky on the birth of their grandson, Micah Mishel, son of Eli Simon-Mishel and Emma Mishel.

We Extend Condolences to...

...Sally Levie (Richard) on the death of her mother, Margaret Hargrove.

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Chanukah Mart This Sunday!

TSWRJ Chanukah Mart

Sunday, November 19, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Purchase holiday gifts from your favorite vendors, eat lunch, take food home, and see lots of your Temple Sinai friends!

Volunteer an hour or two at the Mart.

All proceeds from the Chanukah Mart benefit Temple Sinai WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism)

Capital Campaign Silent Auction

Bidding Open Through November 19

Check out Temple Sinai’s silent auction to benefit the Capital Campaign! Our Temple Sinai community has incredible members who are happy to share their time and expertise: artists, chefs, crafters, docents, musicians, photographers, podcasters, writers, and the list goes on. Other members share their favorite restaurants, books, and places to spend time with their families. Our amazing clergy will bake, host one-of-a-kind gatherings, and write music with you. Experience something new to you. Participate in the Temple Sinai online auction and enjoy a slice of the breadth of our community!

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TS Authors' Showcase

Sunday, November 19, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Stop by the library during the Chanukah Mart to meet many of Temple Sinai’s very own authors! Michael Dine, Leon Fink, Deborah Kalb, Sue Levine, Gail Rebhan, Ellen Sazzman, Susan Suleiman, Julie Segal Walters, and Kuri Yasuno will read from and sign copies of their books.

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The Davis Center for Social Justice

The Legacy of Housing Segregation: A Learning and Action Discussion for Temple Sinai

Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm

Up until the mid-20th century, law and government policy enforced strict racial segregation in many of the neighborhoods where Temple Sinai members now live. How does this legacy continue to affect our lives today, and what actions can we take, in the spirit of tikkun olam, to help set things right? Join Multiracial Sinai and Rabbi Hannah Goldstein for a Zoom discussion to inform yourself and identify opportunities for meaningful responses.


Israel Engagement & Social Justice

March for Israel

We are proud to have joined nearly 300,000 people to stand in solidarity with Israel, with the hostages held in Gaza, and against antisemitism. Approximately 100 members of Temple Sinai joined our clergy and staff at the march in different groups and areas. Learn more about our temple’s efforts related to Israel and ways to show your support here.

Read Rabbi Roos's sermon from November 10: On the Ambivalence of Marching Together

CIESJ Program with Rabbi Arik Ascherman

Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 pm

Since the October 7 massacre by Hamas, extremist settlers in the West Bank have accelerated the frequency and brutality of their attacks on Palestinian villagers intending to drive them out. Please come to hear Rabbi Ascherman discuss this increasingly hostile environment as a result of the extreme current government and his efforts to combat these assaults, which contradict our Jewish moral obligation to value the human rights of all people.

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CIESJ Recommends

The Committee for Israel Engagement and Social Justice has compiled materials meant to provide a range of thoughtful opinion and analysis pieces that supplement the basic factual reporting that people follow in their regular media intake.

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Families & Youth

Tot Shabbat Story Time

Saturday, November 18 at 9:30 am

Head to the TSLibrary for a special Shabbat Storytime with librarian Ruth Polk. We’ll also enjoy challah, juice, crafts, and have some time to browse the shelves!

No RSVP necessary. Best for children ages 0-5 and their families.

Weed Pull Event for Sinaites!

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Join Sinaites (TS teens) for an invasive weed pull event at Rock Creek Conservancy - Reservation 630 West (3031 Sedgwick Street NW). You can earn SSL hours, and donuts will be provided! Please contact Maya Tarnoff with any questions. 

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This Week at TSRS

Check out This Week at TSRS!  

Last week, 5th graders join Jaron, our songleader, in leading Tfilah on Sunday morning during services. We are so proud!

Young Adult Contact Info Wanted

We are collecting addresses for TS kids who are in college or doing other post high school activities. If you would like your child to receive communications from Temple Sinai, please provide their contact information here.

TSNS Admissions for 2024-2025

It’s time to think about enrollment at the Nursery School for next fall, and we are offering frequent tours for prospective TSNS families to see our beautiful spaces and our incredible faculty in action. Please invite your friends to come learn about our program and share about TSNS through your social media or other community channels - word of mouth is always our most powerful advertising! If you are interested in enrolling or have any questions, please reach out to us at or (202) 362-3836.

Adult Learning & Programs

Rabbi's Class

Tuesday, November 21 at 10:00 am

Join us in person or virtually as we study Chasidic teachings, especially as applied today outside Orthodox circles in what is commonly called “Neo-Chasidism.” This class is taught by Rabbi Jonathan Roos and meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month through Spring 2024.

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SinaiReads Book Discussion

Tuesday, November 28 at 10:00 am

Rabbi Hannah Goldstein will lead a hybrid discussion of The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. No RSVP or registration is required to join in person or virtually.

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From the TS Library: Chayei Sarah

Sarah Laughed: Modern Lessons from the Wisdom & Stories of Biblical Women by Vanessa Ochs (2005)

The legends of the biblical matriarchs spring to new life. From Eve's rebellious taste of wisdom to the righteous anger of Job's wife, each woman's story is retold in imaginative prose and accompanied by real-life rituals that can help us gain insight into various aspects of our everyday lives.

The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism by Tamar Frankiel (1990)

This examination of women in the Torah, explores female rhythms in the holidays, suggests what is to be gained by observing the holidays and daily mitzvoth, and addresses the need for further development of feminine perspectives in Judaism. 

To borrow these or other books email the librarian. To access the catalogue and see library news, visit our homepage.

In the Community

Kristallnacht: Finding Strength and Inspiration through Reflection and Learning

Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

Find inspiration and hope through a virtual learning session and text study honoring Kristallnacht featuring Rabbi David Wolpe, ADL Rabbinic Fellow. This session will offer a meaningful reflection about the events of Kristallnacht through the lens of Jewish thought leaders and foundational texts that offers hope in the face of rising antisemitism and hate today. Temple Sinai is a Kulanu congregation.

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Jewish Representation in Children’s Books

Sunday, November 19, 9:00-10:00 am

TS Librarian Ruth Polk will be at People’s Book in Takoma Park MD for a Jewish story time and signing with local children’s authors who will be reading from and signing their books. Come meet authors Anna Jordan, Laura Gehl, Erica Perl, and Danielle Joseph.

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Goods for Good

Goods For Good (G4G) has a mission to strengthen the community through collective acts of kindness. Join us in our monthly and ongoing projects. In November, we are collecting household goods and furniture to furnish the homes of residents in need in Wards 7 and 8, as well as recently resettled refugee neighbors. Or make meals for those living in shelters, create a birthday kit for a child living in a shelter, or donate clothes for our clothing pantry.

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In the Coming Weeks

Thursday, December 7 at 10:00 am

TSMRJ Volunteering at A Wider Circle

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Friday, December 8 at 6:30 pm

Chanukah Shabbat Service in the Round

Sunday, December 10 at 9:00 am


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Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm

Rededicating Ourselves to Democracy

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Security Reminder

As we continue to focus on security, only one entrance will be open at a time. Please look for signage in the parking lot indicating which entrance is open based on our scheduled activities. Bags are being checked and, at the discretion of the security team, individual bags may be disallowed in the building entirely. MPD is continuing patrols in our vicinity.

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