Shabbat Minyan (Alternative Shabbat Services)

The Temple Sinai Shabbat Minyan is a lay-led service that provides a place for:

* Deep and spiritually meaningful worship experience, using a liturgy that builds on the traditional Hebrew prayers, yet includes modern perspectives and texts
* Spiritual connections through the inspiration of musical leaders and the ru’ach of group singing and chanting
* Deepening understanding of the meaning and history of the liturgy and of Torah
* Enhancing skills in chanting, Torah commentary, and other participatory aspects of the service
* Building a strong sense of community and celebrating the joy of Shabbat through ritual and the sharing of kiddush lunch


Shabbat Minyan services are held on the second Shabbat morning of each month, in the Albers Chapel, and are organized and conducted by the Minyan Committee, a part of the Temple Ritual Committee.


The Minyan Committee welcomes volunteers who wish to participate, such as by reading Torah or Haftarah, by giving a D'var Torah or leading a discussion based on the Torah portion, or by reading or chanting a portion of the liturgy, in Hebrew or English. If you are interested, please contact one of the organizers:

* Dan Fendel: (510) 653-8520 or email him by clicking here.
* Steve Goldstein: (510) 523-3637 or email him by clicking here.
* Bob Knoll:  (510) 614-0809 or email him by clicking here
* Jan Taksa: (510) 526-7559 or email her by clicking here.
* Lora Thielbar: (510) 547-3625 or email her by clicking here.
* Bob Unger: (510) 547-3625 or email him by clicking here.

Please join us for our innovative celebration of the joy and mystique of Shabbat.


Please click on the links below to read Torah commentaries from these services:

Zoe Francesca - The Common Pasture, the Dust, and the Stars (Parashat Lech L'cha, November 12, 2016)
Robert Schoen - A Bloody Chapter (Parashat Acharei Mot, April 12, 2014)
Bob Knoll - Transitional Fire (Parashat B'Shalach, January, 11, 2014)
Michael Semler - Who is Being Tested? (Parashat Lech L'cha, October 12, 2013)
Robert Schoen - Korach, the Talmud, and the Average Jew on the Street (Parshat Korach, June 8, 2013)
Bob Knoll - To Tell The Truth (Parshat Va'eira, January 12, 2013)
Denise Jacobson - Outside the Box (Parshat Vayeishev, December 2012)
Trish Elliott - Drash for Minyan  (Parshat Ekev, August 2012)
Alysa Chadow - This Land Is Their Land (Parshat Pinchas, July 2012)
Robert Schoen - Kvetch, Kvetch, Kvetch - When Manna is Not Enough (Parshat B'ha'alotecha, June 9, 2012)
Jim Mavrikios - Counting Down to One (Parshat Emor, May 2012)
Bart Schenone – Balak & Balaam (Parshat Balak, July 9, 2011)
Joanne Rocklin – Drash for Minyan (Parshat Vayikra, March 12, 2011)
Mark Travis – Jacob's Ladder (Parshat Vayetze, November 13, 2010)
Dan Fendel – The (Rainbow) Arc of History (Parshat Noah, October 10, 2010)
Robert Schoen – The Cities of Refuge (Parashat Shoftim, August 14, 2010)
Bob Knoll – A Second Chance (Parashat B'har, May 8, 2010)
Zona Sage – About Moses (Parashat Sh'mot, January 9, 2010)
Lynn Simon – Ensuring the Tradition (Parshat Nitzavim, September 12, 2009)
Robert Schoen – Women's Rights in the Torah (Parashat Pinchas, July 11, 2009)
Joanne Rocklin – Moving in Torah and Life (Parashat Baha'alotecha, June 13, 2009)
Dan Fendel – The Sfat Emet on Emor (Parashat Emor, May 9, 2009)
Valerie Sopher – Iyyunei T'filah for Blessings (Parshat Vayechi, January 10, 2009)
Fred Isaac – How Do We Pray?  (Parashat Baha'alotecha, June 14, 2008)
Aviva Black – Metzorah and its Meaning for Us Today  (Parshat Metzorah, April 12, 2008)
Sherri Richards – In Celebration of The Torah, A Women's Commentary (Parshat P'kudei, March 8, 2008)
Laurie Earp – Drash for Minyan (Parshat T'rumah, February 9, 2008)
Sara Klein – Labeling Individuals, Especially Within Families (Parshat Toldot, November 10, 2007)
Sherri Richards – The Story of Dinah (Parshat Vayishlach, December 9, 2006)
Dan Fendel – Talmud and the Role of Halachah and Aggadah in the Torah (Parshat Vayeira, November 11, 2006)