Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto

“There is no way to get from here to there except by joining hands, marching together.”

– Mishkan T’Filah, a Reform Siddur; page 17

Join a Sinai Connections Group
and enjoy the benefits that Temple Membership has to offer

Sinai Connections’ ultimate goal is: To strengthen Temple’s culture by developing innovative and inclusive ways for Temple members to connect and enhance their relationships with each other and Temple.


Who are we?  What do we do?

Temple Sinai is our community, made up of members from different backgrounds, ages and multitudes of interests and talents.

Sinai Connections provides an opportunity for members to get to know each other in the most unexpected, satisfying ways and become involved through shared interests.  As we move into our seventh exciting year, our connections are still going strong despite the obvious challenges.

What is a Sinai Connections Group?
Sinai Connections groups are formed around common interests.  They can meet at Temple, in a member’s home, a member’s office or anywhere that works. The size of the groups varies.  They can start with as few as Four people who meet frequently enough that participants have an opportunity to get to know one another.

During the Covid lockdown our groups have been growing in number and size as the need to connect with others in the Temple community has never been more important.  Most meetings have migrated to an online format though some outdoor activities have continued, but have been modified to comply with social distancing rules.

Why Consider Joining a Sinai Connections Group?

  • Explore an experience or activity with others in your Temple community
  • Share conversations, celebrations and other life situations
  • Deepen your connection with members who share similar interests or life stages
  • Support and be supported in times of need

If you have a great idea for a group or a passion you’d like to share with others,
click here to start the conversation.

Upcoming Connections

16 August 2022

Pilates

9:00 am - 10:00 am
16 August 2022

Mindfulness for Healing

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
16 August 2022

Canasta Connections

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
17 August 2022
18 August 2022

Power of Posture

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Find Your Connection — A Benefit of Membership

Thursdays, June 2,  9, 16, and 23 from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Clubyish is a competitive card game with bidding and trick-taking. It is a game of skill, and what makes it unique is that it is so much fun. It moves fast; it has strategy and tactics and can surprise you. It is also a social game. Most Clubyish players fondly remember their early Clubyish experiences and the people they played with. Many learned to play years ago from family – often a grandparent – or childhood friends.

The game has a long tradition – it has been a favourite in Jewish communities for many years. It was played in Holland in the 1800s and spread widely through Europe before making its way across the Atlantic and all over the world. Today versions of the game are played in the Netherlands, Germany, France, South Africa, Scotland, Canada and the USA.

The game pits you and your partner against an opposing two-person team. The cards are dealt, you bid in turn to select the trump suit, and you play out the hand a trick at a time to earn points. The first team to accumulate 750 points wins the game. If you enjoy card games like Euchre, Hearts, or Bridge you are bound to enjoy Clubyish.

If you would like to register or have questions, please contact [email protected].

We look forward to playing Clubyish with you!

The Telephone Friendship Connection brings together Temple members to engage in friendly conversation with adults who feel lonely or isolated. In the comfort of their own home, participants will connect, listen, and share stories by phone.

Making these social connections can be fun, help reduce loneliness and make us healthier. This group contributes to Sinai Connections’ theme of kindness.
Become a Sinai Connections Telephone Friendship buddy and join us in developing an outreach strategy and bringing compassionate conversation into the lives of some of our Temple members.

To become involved, please contact Marcie at [email protected].

For more information or to join, click here.

Wednesdays 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
and/or
Evening Knitting Connections - Temple Sinai Stitchers
Second Monday of every month 7.30 p.m. with exceptions

Do you knit or crochet? Have you ever been a yarn crafter and want to start again? Or have you been thinking of learning? Then Sinai Stitchers welcomes you!!

We began our connections knitting together — sharing, learning, helping others and having fun. Together we continue to create items that are appreciated by others. Whether knitting something for yourself, friends and family, or a charitable project, together, we stitch a stronger world.

Come join us! Meet, get to know other Temple members, and... Connect!

For more information or to join, click here.

Tuesdays 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon with Temple friends! Play on your tablet, computer or phone. If you have another device, bring it along to chat on Zoom during the game.

To play, please download Canasta Junction (available from the App Store or canastajunction.com).

All levels welcome.

For more information or to join, click here.

FacilitatorRachel Kampf, Registered Psychotherapist
Tuesdays 11.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
Cost: Pay what you can.
Payment required with registration.

This group is for people who want to support and enhance their health and well-being. In these sessions, led by a professional facilitator, healing is enhanced through the benefit of group support and the cultivation of mindfulness skills.

In a safe, professionally-led setting, participants learn and practice mindfulness-based techniques such as relaxation, meditation and creative visualization. These techniques have been proven to stabilize mood, decrease psychological stress, boost the immune system and reduce pain perception.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be understood as a state of insightful awareness, a skill, a therapeutic technique and even a way of life. It is achieved by focusing attention in the present moment without judgement. It is cultivated through relaxation, meditation and creative visualization.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

People who have trained in mindfulness exhibit decreased psychological distress, anxiety and depression, enhanced mental health and functioning through increased flexibility, equanimity and resilience, as well as greater ease with themselves and others.

What are the benefits of group membership?

Psycho-social self-help groups have long proven to help their members feel part of a community of people who share similar concerns. In a confidential and safe setting, members have an opportunity to develop new skills and share freely without fear of judgement or shame. As one member put it, "I am in a group with people who are walking the same path as myself and I am learning to manage and cope with my specific anxieties."

For more information or to join, click here.

Instructor: Our member Bonnie Tepperman
Tuesdays 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.

Spring/Summer Session: May 3 to August 30
Cost: $110

  • Payment required with registration
  • A signed waiver is required to participate in this class.

Start your day with this Pilates mat class. The class offers a full body exercise program using breathing and core engagement to strengthen and lengthen muscles. 

For more information or to join, click here.

Instructor: Natasha Leeson-Cooke

Thursdays from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Spring/Summer Session: May 5 to August 25
Cost: $140

  • Registration required with payment.
  • A signed waiver is required to participate in this class.

Good posture is the foundation to overall good health and requires core and especially back strength! The mix of strengthening, light aerobic exercise, balance work and stretching offered in this class will leave you feeling energized, taller and in better overall shape!

For more information or to join, click here.

First and third Friday of every month 9.00 a.m.

BYOB . . . Bring Your Own Bagel or rice cake and stay for the friendship.

An opportunity to chat in small group breakout rooms with old friends or meet a new friend!

For more information or to join, click here.

One Tuesday each month 8.00 p.m.

In a world of COVID-19, our smachot will be like none that have come before. While we still have online family learning sessions, the schmoozing that happened in previous years is missing. Wouldn't it be nice if we could recreate the intimate and meaningful connections that are typically made in the classrooms and hallways? 

Please join us in creating a COVID-friendly space for B'nei Mitzvah Parents to connect, chat and explore simcha ideas. 

For more information or to join, click here.

Let’s create a greener world together!

Looking for a way to improve the health of our environment?

Join us for an intriguing conversation on living a sustainable, environmentally conscious, connected lifestyle. Explore how to green your homes, workplaces, Temple, and community.

For more information and to register, please contact Marcie at [email protected].

Let’s be part of the solution!

Havdalah is a Hebrew word that means “separation” and is the ritual that ends Shabbat, separating it from the start of the new week. We will come together, once a month, for a brief ceremony to mark the moment we say goodbye to the beauty of Shabbat and pledge to carry its gifts into the week to come.

Come and join your fellow Temple Members once a month, sing, listen to music, share musical talents, hang out together and chat.

This Sinai Connections group is for everyone, all ages and stages. Come as an individual or family.

For more information or to join, click here.

Monthly 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Join a group of enthusiastic lovers of all things related to Israel. We are a group of Temple Sinai members who are dedicated to our Jewish homeland. Together we learn about this amazing country, providing support for Israelis' innovative initiatives and acting as advocates.

Participate in our dynamic discussions, provocative Israeli movies, contribute and socialize with passionate Israel Connections members. We hope to see you at our next connection!

For more information or to join, click here.

One Monday each month 7.00 p.m.

Everyone loves a good story! What's yours?

Under the guidance of David Cooper, join and share your favourite stories, life narratives or made-up tales with other interesting and interested men. Or just come and listen!

It's a safe, fun and rewarding atmosphere with no politics and no jokes and no cost.

For more information or to join, click here.

One Monday each month 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Photography for the Fun of It!

Interested in photography?  Join the Sinai Connections Photography Group. Under the guidance of Lance Gitter and Mark Wolfson, the group will share images, learn from each other, create new photos and have fun with photography.

For more information or to join, click here.

Second Monday of every month 7.30 p.m. with exceptions

Do you knit or crochet? Have you ever been a yarn crafter and want to start again? Or have you been thinking of learning? Then Sinai Stitchers welcomes you!!

We began our connections knitting together — sharing, learning, helping others and having fun. Together we continue to create items that are appreciated by others. Whether knitting something for yourself, friends and family, or a charitable project, together, we stitch a stronger world.

Come join us! Meet, get to know other Temple members, and... Connect!

For more information or to join, click here.

A Lewis David Katzman Fund Initiative
Book Break Brings Book Lovers Together!

Do you love to read? Would you like to be part of a group that helps choose the authors and books that Temple presents? Book Break is a quarterly book group that offers the best of online Jewish authors from around the world. From established New York Times notable authors to rising stars, there is a Book Break session for adults of all ages. Currently online, Book Break will transition to a refreshed approach as circumstances change.

For more information or to join, click here.

The Spanish Connection brings together Temple Sinai members and their families who:

  1. have knowledge (basic to advanced) of the Spanish language and would like to practice it during the social events we organize.
  2. are interested in the Spanish and Hispanic (Latin America/Caribbean) cultures, traditions, music, and foods.
  3. are originally from Spain, Latin America or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean or descend from families with roots in these countries.

Our events to date have been social in nature as we love to mingle, eat, sing, and why not, dance. Due to the pandemic we have not met for a while but would like to organize Zoom get-togethers on a quarterly basis to schmooze, stay connected, and celebrate our members' birthdays.

Did you know there are at least four different Happy Birthday songs in Spanish, depending on the country? And did you know a fruit or vegetable is called a different name depending on the country?

For example: 
banana=guineo=cambur=platano; 
avocado=aguacate=palta;
kidney beans= frijoles=caraotas=judias.

For more information or to join, click here.

Seasonally, weather permitting

Sundays at 1.00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 1.30 p.m.

Winter is a great time to get outside. The air is fresh and crisp, and the snow-blanketed landscape is beautiful and quiet. Snowshoeing is a wonderful social activity for all ages and abilities.

If you are looking for a fun and low-impact aerobic exercise, now that the snow is here, contact Marcie at [email protected] to get the details.

For more information or to join, click here.

Growing our Gardening Connections! 
Do you enjoy gardening? Do you want to learn and share gardening tips and stories? Do you have favourite container plants? Would you like to share plants, seeds and experiences?

If you love gardens and gardening, join us to cultivate your ideas and sow the seeds of connection.

For more information or to join, click here.

Vous parlez français et avez envie d’échanger?

Whether you speak French fluently or are looking for an opportunity to practice
and improve your French, join the conversation, socialize, meet other Temple
members and connect in French.

For more information or to join, click here.

For more information or to join, click here.

Pursue a passion.
Seize an opportunity.
Discover your next connection!

Create and participate in common interest groups with fellow Temple members.

Join us!

Our Team

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Johanna Novis
Director of Community Engagement

[email protected]
416.487.4161

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Marcie Goldberg
Programs and Operations Coordinator

[email protected]
416.487.4161 ext. 228

What our members say...
Since joining the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir about five years ago, I’ve made some wonderful new friends. Singing together, under the direction of the talented and charismatic Charles Osborne, we’ve shared many moving and spiritual moments as well as moments of hilarity and fun. Music draws people together and gives us the opportunity to communicate without words. I treasure our Tuesday evening rehearsals and the wonderful performances we’ve had the privilege to participate in.

Carol Sevitt, Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
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Carol Sevitt, Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir

Since joining the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir about five years ago, I’ve made some wonderful new friends. Singing together, under the direction of the talented and charismatic Charles Osborne, we’ve shared many moving and spiritual moments as well as moments of hilarity and fun. Music draws people together and gives us the opportunity to communicate without words. I treasure our Tuesday evening rehearsals and the wonderful performances we’ve had the privilege to participate in.
Many participants in Canasta Connections are lifelong Temple friends with whom we have socialized for decades. But we’ve also met some new people. We’re learning something every week as we become better at the game. I do wish more men would join us! I’ve mentioned Canasta Connections to a few guys, but no takers yet. Its lots of fun and it’s certainly a new experience being the only man among the participants.

Nina and Mark Sokoloff, Canasta Connections

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Nina and Mark Sokoloff, Canasta Connections

Many participants in Canasta Connections are lifelong Temple friends with whom we have socialized for decades. But we’ve also met some new people. We’re learning something every week as we become better at the game. I do wish more men would join us! I’ve mentioned Canasta Connections to a few guys, but no takers yet. Its lots of fun and it’s certainly a new experience being the only man among the participants.
As a Saturday Library volunteer, I have rekindled so many “old” friendships from school, politics and the community. Temple Sinai has become dynamic this past twenty years—diverse opinions, challenges for our younger members, shared programs that delight young and older members and a rabbi who is “with it”. On their way to the sanctuary, members pass the library, where meeting and greeting is much fun. It’s been over 30 years of just saying “hello”.

Patricia Starr, Lewis David Katzman Library

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:44:37-04:00

Patricia Starr, Lewis David Katzman Library

As a Saturday Library volunteer, I have rekindled so many “old” friendships from school, politics and the community. Temple Sinai has become dynamic this past twenty years—diverse opinions, challenges for our younger members, shared programs that delight young and older members and a rabbi who is “with it”. On their way to the sanctuary, members pass the library, where meeting and greeting is much fun. It’s been over 30 years of just saying “hello”.
Spanish Connections gave me the opportunity to meet a variety of terrific people. I feel part of a community that resonates with me and my family. It has led me to become more involved in the synagogue’s many events.

Alex Israel, Spanish Connections

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Alex Israel, Spanish Connections

Spanish Connections gave me the opportunity to meet a variety of terrific people. I feel part of a community that resonates with me and my family. It has led me to become more involved in the synagogue’s many events.
As a recent retiree, I was interested in participating in new activities and became aware of the Pilates Connections class through a fellow Temple member. The class appealed to me as something I could participate in, not only to improve my own well-being, but also as an opportunity to connect or reconnect with like-minded Temple members. The class has exceeded my expectations, and I thoroughly enjoy being involved in this program.

Susan Sandler, Pilates Connections

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Susan Sandler, Pilates Connections

As a recent retiree, I was interested in participating in new activities and became aware of the Pilates Connections class through a fellow Temple member. The class appealed to me as something I could participate in, not only to improve my own well-being, but also as an opportunity to connect or reconnect with like-minded Temple members. The class has exceeded my expectations, and I thoroughly enjoy being involved in this program.
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