Welcome to Temple Sinai

New Orleans’ First Reform Congregation – Founded in 1870

sanctuary-exterior350pxFounded in 1870, Temple Sinai is the oldest Reform congregation in Louisiana, and the state’s largest Jewish congregation overall. We are proud of our history of both inspired rabbinic leadership committed to tikkun olam and service to the spiritual needs of our diverse membership. Our clergy and lay leaders strive to create a congregation that serves as a spiritual presence in the lives of its members in order to help cultivate and satisfy their religious, musical, cultural, emotional, and intellectual interests and needs.

Susan Hess and Sandy Levy Earn Awards

Temple Sinai is extremely proud to announce that two of our members, Susan Hess and Sandy Levy, have recently been recognized for their many years of leadership and activism in the community. On October 15, Susan received the 2018 Hannah G. Solomon Award from the...

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High Holy Days 5779/2018 Information

The High Holy Days are almost here! The holiday season begins Saturday, September 1, with our Selichot program and dinner. Rosh Hashanah is on Monday, September 10, and Yom Kippur is Wednesday, September 19. For a complete schedule of our services, click here. Want to...

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Announcing New Executive Director Liz Yager

We are pleased to announce that Liz Yager has joined Temple Sinai as Executive Director. Liz brings over 30 years of marketing and non-profit management experience to Temple Sinai. Most recently, she was Development Director for the Jefferson Council on Aging, where...

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Announcing New Director of Education Avital Ostfield

Dear Temple Sinai Family, It is with great pleasure that we announce that Avital Ostfield is Temple Sinai's new Director of Education, effective as of August 1, 2018. We couldn't have found a better match in an educator. Avital will help us achieve the goals that our...

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Musical Family Havdalah July 21

We had a blast at our our Musical Family Havdalah on July 21! A dozen families came out to enjoy the musical stylings of Miriam Greenbaum Solomon, a meaningful service led by Rabbi Reimer, and a delicious dinner of pizza and salad. Thank you to...

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Sinai Summer News

Temple Sinai has been very busy this June! First, we hosted Pulitzer and Emmy award-winning WWL-TV investigative reporter Mike Perlstein at our June 8 Shabbat service, where he gave a talk titled "How the News Media Has Never Been More...

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Temple Sinai Kicks Off Summer 2018

Summer 2018 at Temple Sinai started off with a bang! First we had our Religious School closing assembly, where students received awards and parents, students, and staff celebrated another year of fun and learning. On May 19, our Confirmation students wowed...

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Interfaith NOLA Tricentennial Prayer Service

On April 17, the New Orleans Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, and indigenous communities joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu in the St. Louis Cathedral for a special tricentennial service to celebrate New Orleans' diverse heritage and affirm the importance of...

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Temple Sinai Spring Gala 2018

On Saturday, March 3, Temple Sinai held its annual gala presented this year in honor of three couples for their years of service and friendship to Temple Sinai and the greater New Orleans community: Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel and John Haspel, Pamela...

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Temple Toddlers Thanksgiving Havdalah November 17

Join Rabbi Reimer and a special songleader guest on Saturday, November 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai for an afternoon of fun, singing, edible crafts, and community as we bid farewell to Shabbat! All are welcome! This event is geared for children ages...

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Brotherhood Lunch with Cantor November 28

Join Brotherhood and Cantor Colman for a lunch at Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão (614 Canal St.) on Wednesday, November 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost for lunch (market table steak) is $34. RSVP to clahr@templesinaino.org or (504) 861-3693 by November 26....

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Friday – 6:15 p.m. Abbreviated Shabbat Service at Temple Sinai
8:00 p.m. Installation of Rabbi David Gerber at Gates of Prayer (4000 Esplanade Ave.)

Saturday – 9:00 a.m. Torah Study
10:15 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Rachel Chamness

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November 14, 2018
November 16, 2018
  • Abbreviated Shabbat Service with Kaddish
    November 16, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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  • Installation of Rabbi David Gerber
    November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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November 17, 2018
  • Torah Study
    November 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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  • Bat Mitzvah of Rachel Chamness
    November 17, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
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  • Young Family Havdalah!
    November 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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November 18, 2018
November 19, 2018