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.
Synagogue News Feed
Simchat Torah family celebration
Sunday, October 23
6 PM - 7:30 PM
Come join us as we celebrate the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. There will be singing and dancing (and candy!) as the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times.
The annual ERJCC Jewish Book and Art Fair is coming!
October 29 - November 13
Please join us for the West Houston Bookfair event on November 1 at 7:30 PM at Congregation Or Ami. The speaker is Howard Blum, author of "The Last Goodnight". Admission is $15 or $36 with book and reserved seating.
Temple Sinai's College Connection for Passover included Passover cards wishing students a Happy Passover and a successful end of the year and treat bags with candy and glitter Wildebeest Plague stickers. If you are interested in signing your college student up for next year, please email Cindy at the temple or Esther Treistman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful summer!
On Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm we will have a brief Shabbat service before your 1st Night Seder. There will be no Oneg or babysitting.
Passover Second Night Seder
Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Please join us for our Second Night Seder on Saturday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm. Our menu includes a Gefilte Fish appetizer plate, matzah ball soup, baked chicken, salad bar, roasted potatoes and carrots, and lotsa matzah! Please bring a Pesach dessert to share.
The cost is $18 per adult (13 and older) and $10 for children (5-12 yrs). If you haven't made your reservation yet, please RSVP to Cindy by calling the office 281/496-5950 or email@example.com.
Annual Congregational Meeting & Celebration
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Temple Sinai’s annual congregational meeting and celebration will take place on Sunday, April 24th, from 12:15 – 1:30 PM and I hope you will plan to join us. We will also be adding a very special “thank you” to every member of our synagogue for all that you have done throughout the year for your Temple Sinai community.
To celebrate, we will start the day with our annual Brotherhood Matzah Brei Breakfast at 11:30 am.
Temple Sinai added 2 new photos.
A hearty Mazel Tov to Zoe Berman, daughter of Dale and Lynnette Berman, on her election to the 2016 - 2017 NFTY Regional Board as Programming Vice=President.
Your Temple Sinai family wishes you well in this endeavor. We are proud of you!
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
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.
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.