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!

 

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Temple Sinai
February 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Reminder - February 14 is Yom Limmud

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston will host its annual Yom Limmud or Day of Jewish Learning on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood, in southwest Houston.

Yom Limmud provides a unique opportunity for Jews from all denominations and walks of life to come together in one place at one time to learn, exchange ideas, and share experiences.

For more details, including a schedule of classes, please visit http://www.houstonjewish.org/houston-education/yom-limmud-2016

Our very own Rabbi Annie will be presenting a seminar from 9 - 9:50 AM titled "Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Rabbis":

Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Rabbis
Rabbi Annie Belford
Room A-31

Stories of overindulgence and out-of control behavior fill the news of our time, but did you know they can also be found in ancient rabbinic literature? In this course we will study some
rabbinic stories of addiction, overindulgence and eventually a path for spiritual recovery.

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Temple Sinai
February 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Scholar-In-Residence Rabbi Dr. Jonathan K. Crane
Weekend of February 12 & 13, 2016

A special welcome and thank you to Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Crane. Dr. Crane is one of this year’s Barish Shabbat Limmud Scholars. His visit is co-sponsored by Temple Sinai and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston in partnership with the Barish Family/The Chair King. In addition to his presentations at our synagogue during Shabbat, he will also be presenting at the Federation’s annual day of learning, Yom Limmud, on Sunday, February 14 at Congregation Beth Israel.

Friday, February 12 @ 7:30 pm
Topic: "From Stem Cells to Solitary Confinement Cells: Jewish Ethics in the Real World"

During services, Rabbi Crane's sermon and discussion will touch on a wide variety of current events to introduce the Temple Sinai community to the topic of Jewish ethics and how they relate to our every day lives.

Saturday, February 13 @ 9:30 am
Topic: "Narratives and Jewish Bioethics"

Our Shabbat morning "Bible & Bagels" will focus on a text study of Rabbi Chananya ben Teradyon and his unfortunate interactions with the Romans, and how this connects to current debates on euthanasia and other bioethical topics.

Saturday, February 13 @ 5:30 pm
Topic: "Who's Your Mama? Motherhood Reconsidered through the Lens of Leah and Rachel!"

Join us for rollicking discussion and a potluck dinner and Havdalah for a special Seudah Shlishit/Third Meal of Shabbat before our weekend of learning ends. Please bring a dairy vegetarian dish to share!

Temple Sinai
January 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston will host its annual Yom Limmud or Day of Jewish Learning on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood, in southwest Houston.

Yom Limmud provides a unique opportunity for Jews from all denominations and walks of life to come together in one place at one time to learn, exchange ideas, and share experiences.

For more details, including a schedule of classes, please visit http://www.houstonjewish.org/houston-education/yom-limmud-2016.

Our very own Rabbi Annie will be presenting a seminar from 9 - 9:50 AM titled "Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Rabbis".

Temple Sinai
January 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Interesting article about the rituals performed prior to a Jewish burial and the role of the Chevra Kadisha (holy society). If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer, the article contains information about a unique training opportunity on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Levy Funeral Directors, 4525 Bissonnet Street in Bellaire.

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The Chevra Kadisha: It’s what a body needs

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January 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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A Glendale mother was gathering donated baby carriers to help refugees who are forced to walk miles carrying children in their arms. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

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January 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

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SoCal Mom Donates Baby Carriers to Refugees

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A Glendale mother was gathering donated baby carriers to help refugees who are forced to walk miles carrying children in their arms. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

Meet the Rabbi

Shalom! My name is Annie Belford,Temple Sinai Rabbi 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.

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