Schedule, Liturgy & Music
Friday Shabbat services are held at 6:00 p.m., except during select summer months.
Our Saturday Shabbat typically begins with a 9:15 a.m. Torah study and breakfast, followed by an abbreviated service and Kaddish. Saturday Torah study will end at about 9:45 a.m. the morning of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and otherwise will conclude at 10:30 a.m. Saturday times will change in the summer, when Temple Sinai rotates services with Gates of Prayer and Touro Synagogue.
Liturgy & Music
Temple Sinai uses multiple prayer books, including the Mishkan T’filah, the Mishkan Hanefesh for the High Holy Days, and our own Sinai Siddur. Services for special occasions are prepared and conducted by Temple groups like Sisterhood and Brotherhood, as well as the rabbi and cantor.
The music at Temple Sinai is as diverse as the congregation itself and an integral part of the worship experience. Music ranges from mid-nineteenth century composers such as Lewandowski, Sulzer, and Naumbourg through twentieth century composers like Isadore Freed and Max Janowski to contemporary singer-songwriters such as Julie Silver and Debbie Friedman.
An organist and pianist accompanies Shabbat evening and morning services, and Family and Youth services are generally guitar-led. For High Holiday and B’nai Mitzvah services, Cantor Colman is joined by a professional choir. Our Temple Sinai Ruach Band plays at select services throughout the year.