West Houston’s Warm and Friendly Reform Synagogue
With a history that spans more than 30 years, Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish Synagogue serving Houston, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land, Cy-Fair and other communities in Western Harris County, Northern Fort Bend County and Southern Waller County. Led by Rabbi Annie Belford, Temple Sinai is a growing synagogue that embraces traditional Jewish practices within a framework of inclusion, diversity and respect. Our synagogue includes both individuals and families with diverse backgrounds, varying levels of religious observance, and all age groups. Interfaith families are welcome at Temple Sinai and will experience an accepting and supportive atmosphere. Religious services are joyous and uplifting affairs, filled with song, music and meaningful prayer. Join us for Shabbat and learn why Temple Sinai is the Warm and Friendly Congregation!
Our synagogue offers a wide range of religious, educational and social activities for members of all ages. Visit us and explore all the things that Temple Sinai has to offer.
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Mayan Works Kippot
Last week we started selling MayanWorks kippot!!! This has been a huge hit with parents and students alike.
The cost for each kippah is $10.
At its core, MayaWorks is about creating work for women so that they can financially support their families and become fully contributing members of their communities.
MayaWorks helps women transform their skills into a means of financial support for their families by creating a market for the traditional arts of Maya artisans. Textile products are distributed within wholesale and retail markets and are also sold by U.S. women in their local communities.
Giving Guatemalan women an opportunity to earn an income from their skills gives them self-confidence and hope for themselves, their families and their communities. For U.S. women, reaching across borders to give a hand up to help women in developing countries allows them to participate in economic justice on a global level.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chava!
Director of Congregational Learning
13875 Brimhurst Drive
Houston, Texas 77077
Gently used stuffed animals wanted for the Stuffed Animal Rehoming Project
It’s that time again that we are asking you to please clean out your closets and find some cute little animals looking for new homes. This Holiday Season, the Social Action Committee is collecting stuffed animals to re-distribute to the kids at the Westside Homeless Partnership Holiday Program.
Please consider taking a look and donating some well-cared-for stuffed animals for these deserving children, and bring them to the Temple on or before December 6th. We will have collection boxes located in the foyer.
Help Brotherhood support the community!
Save The Date! Schlep Sunday
Sunday, December 6, 2015
On Sunday, December 6 from 9 am - 12 pm, Brotherhood will be sponsoring Schlep Sunday Collection Day. This event is an opportunity to give "gently used" clothing, toys, and household items to those in need during the holiday season and all year long.
Do you shop at Kroger? Would you like to help support the temple at no additional cost to you? It's easy!
Temple Sinai Sisterhood participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Just go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and sign up for a Kroger Plus Card or register the card you already have. We're listed in Community Rewards as Temple Sinai Sisterhood (NPO # 82708). Sisterhood funds are used to support various Temple Sinai programs.
We have multiple adult learning opportunities coming up. Please join us for any or all:
Thursdays @ 12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn Thursdays: Parshat HaShavuah/Weekly Torah Discussions
Please bring your own lunch - we will provide cold drinks.
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POSTPONED - Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Fairtrade Chocolate Havdalah and Tikkun Olam Program
Hundreds of thousands of children in West Africa, often enslaved and trafficked, work hard to bring us our favorite chocolate treats. They spend long hours, working in hazardous conditions, not going to school, and losing their childhoods. But we have a choice. We can choose chocolate that supports farmers, is grown sustainably, and is guaranteed free from child labor. Join Temple Sinai for an exploration of chocolate’s sweet and bitter sides (including some amazing fair trade chocolate treats).
RSVP to Chava at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sunday, November 15, 10:45 am – 12 pm
Bringing Judaism Home With Nina Train
Nina will explain to us what makes the Shema a central part of our Jewish lives, why we place the words of the Shema in our mezuzah, and how we can teach Shema to our children or use the teachings in our adult life. Please join us for this exciting program!
Meet the Rabbi
Shalom! My name is Annie Belford, and I am filled with joy and a sense of deep honor to be a part of the only Reform Synagogue in West Houston. My rabbinate has been defined by bringing Jewish learning to life, allowing tradition to speak to us as modern, liberal Jews, and being fully present to members of my community in times of struggle as well as times of joy. The personal connections I form with people are the heart and soul of why I am a rabbi, for I believe that in these very human connections, we find connection with God. One of Judaism’s fundamental beliefs – the one that I believe most strongly – is that all people are made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. Because of this fundamental belief, I recognize the image of God in everyone—regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, or background. I strive to honor the holiness in each person and greet them with openness and kindness. I am truly in love with Judaism and its teachings; I look forward to the struggles our tradition demands, and I rejoice in the ways it uplifts my life. Judaism has the power to move us, change us, and shape our lives—a power that only comes fully alive in a community such as Temple Sinai.