An Invitation to Participate

Dear Friends,

Temple Sinai is a vibrant community with many exciting opportunities to find meaningful connections. As Membership Director, I am here to help you explore and connect with the programs, classes and leadership opportunities available at our congregation. Below are just a few of the many possibilities . . .

Ways to Participate – Programs & Activities 

  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah – We warmly encourage adults to have their own Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony. We offer supportive preparation and welcome adults of all levels of Jewish education and practice.
  • Adult Education Classes – Jewish education is a life-long endeavor. We offer a variety of classes covering everything from basic Judaism, to Hebrew, to Jewish history and philosophy.
  • Brotherhood – Temple Sinai men plan programs and activities open to every member of the community. They write and lead an annual Shabbat service, sponsor a softball team, organize poetry readings, host a golf scramble, and many other programs.

  • Choir, Adult – Joining the choir is a great way to get involved in Temple life. You do not need to be a "professional singer" & there are no auditions. The ability to read music is helpful but not required.

  • Choir, Junior – The choir is made up of children in the 3rd – 7th grade who love to sing and meet new friends. There are no auditions, and a firm commitment to the choir is encouraged.

  • Literacy Programs – We help school children learn to love reading and books, by partnering with four schools in the Oakland Unified School District.

  • Women of Temple Sinai – Temple Sinai women of all ages and backgrounds serving the needs of the Temple and community while building bonds of friendship. Sisterhood sponsors Rabbi's Book Reviews, the Sisterhood Shabbat, the Gift Shop, and more.

  • Youth Programs – exciting opportunities for youth in grades 4th – 12th to become directly involved in their Jewish community. These programs seek to combine an interactive mix of fun, social action, religious oriented programming and leadership training.

 

Leadership Opportunities – Committees 

  • Access Committee – endeavors to make Temple Sinai as accessible as possible, addresses access issues, and serves as an educational resource to congregants, committees and staff.
  • Building Committee – advise in the physical care and maintenance of the building.
  • Caring Community – coordinate a variety of activities to provide support, celebrate simchas, and reach out to each other in times of crisis and need.

  • Cemetery Committee – helps oversee the cemetery's care, sets policies & issues as they arise.

  • Budget/Finance Committee – monitors the Temple's financial status, helps to develop the Temple's annual budget, and sets financial policies.

  • Education Committee – assesses the educational needs of the congregation (religious school, adult education, community celebrations) and helps to guide programming efforts.

  • Endowment Committee – oversees the development of the Temple's Endowment Fund.
  • Fundraising Committee – helps to bring much needed funds to the Temple via the annual campaign, capital campaign and planned giving.
  • Hospitality/Oneg Committee – coordinates Friday night onegs and arranges food for some holiday celebrations.

  • Leadership Development – develops programs to recruit and train future Temple leadership.
  • Legal Committee – serves as a resource for the Temple when legal issues arise.
  • New Members Committee – welcome new members, deliver welcome baskets and coordinate a member mentoring program.
  • Out & About (GLBT) – This group hosts Shabbat potluck dinners, coordinates the Temple's march in the SF Pride Parade, organizes a group outing to the Jewish Film Festival and hosts a Chanukah party in a member's home.
  • Outreach / Interfaith – events intended for interfaith couples and their extended families, for Jews-by-choice, for secular Jews, and for those considering conversion to Judaism. Attend events and help us plan new ones.
  • Personnel Committee – reviews and makes recommendations on staffing issues (labor law, benefits, contracts, etc.) Also serves as a management resource for the Temple's staff.
  • Preschool Parents Committee – develops parent education programs and coordinates social gatherings, oversees Preschool tzedakah and social action projects, fundraising for Preschool, and works with the Preschool Director to discuss policy.

  • Ritual Committee – works with the Rabbis and Cantor to discuss and develop religious services & holiday celebrations. Create and lead a monthly congregant-led alternative service.

  • Scholar-in-Residence – A special guest is invited each year to provide a weekend of communal learning. This committee helps plan the weekend's events.

  • Social Action Committee – initiates and supports local community projects, provide informative programs to the Temple community meant to inspire tikkun olam, and conducts advocacy around social justice issues

If you have any questions, desire to get connected, please call me at (510) 451-3263 x302 or email me. I very much look forward to speaking with and getting to know you. 

Sincerely,

Lisa Hanauer  
Membership & Communications Director