Welcome to Temple Sinai
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 embraces traditional Jewish practices within a framework of inclusion, diversity and respect. Temple Sinai provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for individuals and families to participate in the Jewish experience. The membership is comprised of individuals and families with diverse backgrounds, varying levels of religious observance, and all age groups. Both traditional Jewish families and interfaith couples are welcome at Temple Sinai.
Temple Sinai 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.
Temple Sinai News Feed
TEMPLE SINAI'S ANNUAL MEETING AND CELEBRATION Hope to see you this Sunday!A Thank You to our Congregation! Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 1:00 pmFree Family Concert by the United Nation's Association International Choir - The UNAIC, conducted by Dr. Eric Esparza, is comprised of singers from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds who live and work in the Houston area. The choir has over 100 members, representing over 30 nations, who speak more than 15 different languages, with ages ranging from 16 years old to 80 years young. The UNAIC is the only United Nations Association choir in the country. Described by Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker as Houston’s “singing global ambassadors.” The UNAIC performs international choral works in their unique style and languages. Voting on the Annual Budget and Board of Trustees Slate for 2014-2015 Bestowing of the Benefactor's Award Live Auction Items - the list of exciting items will be sent to everyone in a separate email next week!
Holocaust RemembranceFriday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm On Friday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm there will be a special Brotherhood-sponsored Yom Hashoah service, during which our seventh-grade class will contribute readings from their year of studying the Shoah. Please consider joining Temple members for this event. An appeal letter and candle was sent to all Temple members. Please consider a donation. Also, bring your candles to the service to help remember this special Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Please save the date!The Temple Sinai Brotherhood is honored to invite you to a presentation of the book, Humanity, NOT!, Captured Emotions of the Holocaust, by award winning author Ari Babaknia.Humanity, NOT! takes an in-depth look at the captured emotions of many of the individuals involved with the Holocaust. Reading first-hand horrifying experiences of the victims, as well as some thoughts from philosophers and scholars, helps each of us empathize with those victims, sharing their fears and some of their actual suffering. It has been said that “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” When a tragedy claims many lives, we often care less than if only it had claimed a few. This book will help you, as the reader, appreciate the perspective of each of those individuals’ suffering. According to Babaknia, education about the Holocaust is key but not enough. “You need to have passion, understanding, and sensitivity to the suffering of others. Otherwise, another Holocaust could happen.”Please join us for this very special evening at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 13th in the Temple Sinai Sanctuary. We are located at 13875 Brimhurst; Houston 77077. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.
Sisterhood & CAPSSunday, April 20 @ 10:30 amIf you Love Animals, Come to Temple on April 20 at 10:30 am. We’ll be offering six, adorable arts & crafts projects (doggie & cat toys) that we’ll help your children (all ages) make and decorate for their animals. CAPS volunteers also will tell you and your children all about their animal facility and program for rescuing unwanted animals and having them adopted by the public. So, if you’re interested in a new pet, today or sometime in the future, CAPS is an excellent place to find a healthy animal. The volunteers will tell you all about how to adopt a pet from CAPS. DONATE. This party is being made available to you and your children at no cost. However, in return, we ask that your child donate something to CAPS. A can or bag of dog food or cat food, or old newspapers, or rolls of paper towels would make a perfect donation. Get Licked & Kissed Two special, tiny dogs, dressed in clothing to honor the day, will be waiting for your and your children in a kissing booth in the Temple’s atrium. Those of you who are not allergic to animals can come and get licked and kissed.
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.