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Worship is an activity of many tasks and rewards. It provides an opportunity for self-discovery, for returning to one's center, and reconnecting with our spiritual resources: God, Torah and the community.  It is a time for song, both congregational and cantorial. Worship includes Torah study and practical interpretation for contemporary living. Worship draws on traditional text but also sparks creative expression in modern idiom. Our commitment to prayer and study in community at Temple Sinai seeks to incorporate all these facets of worship.

Our Friday evening services in the Nash Sanctuary are conducted from "Mishkan T'filah" prayer book, several times a month with Torah reading, as well as a sermon or study session. Once a month we enjoy Shabbat Zimra, our musical service with instruments and creative liturgy. We also conduct monthly family-oriented services in which our students participate. We offer a weekly Tikvah Shabbat for our pre-schoolers. Our temple bulletin, the Shofar, lists our monthly schedule and details.

Each Shabbat morning we hold services from 10 a.m. year around, and we gather in the Goodman Chapel for study of the weekly Torah portion at
9 a.m.

Members and friends of the congregation are encouraged to participate actively in Shabbat services, which are followed by an Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush in the Samson Social Hall.  Music, congregational participation, and learning make our services memorable.

Individuals and families within the congregation often search for ways to connect with one another.  A monthly Shabbat dinner at 6 p.m., before services, is one way to bring everyone together and introduce our newest members.

All the Jewish holidays are celebrated at Temple Sinai in a warm and spiritual manner.  High Holy Days begin with a S'lichot program and service.  During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, we encompass the needs of every age group with an early service for children 3-8 years old, followed by service for families with children 9-12 years old, and simultaneous adult services.

Erev Sukkot is celebrated with a family and congregational picnic in Temple Sinai's Sukkah.  We also gather for a fun Purim service, and have a large Purim Carnival on our grounds every year..