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

25 October 2021

Power of Posture

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
26 October 2021

Pilates

9:00 am - 10:00 am
28 October 2021

Power of Posture

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
01 November 2021

Power of Posture

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
02 November 2021

Pilates

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Find Your Connection — A Benefit of Membership

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 noon
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.

Fall Session: October 5 to December 21
Cost: $65

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 programme using breathing and core engagement to strengthen and lengthen muscles. 

For more information or to join, click here.

Instructor: Natasha Leeson-Cooke

Mondays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
(Please note time change)

Fall Session: September 13 to December 20
Cost: $80

and/or Thursdays from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Fall Session: September 2 to December 16
Cost: $80

  • 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.

Growing our Gardening Connections! 
Tuesdays 3.00 p.m. bi-weekly 

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.

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.

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 Library 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

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 low-impact aerobic exercise, when the snow falls, join us for an outing.

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

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416.487.4161 ext. 228

What our members say...
More than just a religious institution, Temple Sinai is an important part of my and my family’s Jewish life. I feel included and welcome while I enjoy the “community centre” aspect of our synagogue. I participate in activities, attend lectures, and of course, film festivals—all within the context of Reform Judaism. I have also made many good friends through Temple and I treasure that part of my participation.

Susan Gordin, Renaissance Group

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:50:44-04:00

Susan Gordin, Renaissance Group

More than just a religious institution, Temple Sinai is an important part of my and my family’s Jewish life. I feel included and welcome while I enjoy the “community centre” aspect of our synagogue. I participate in activities, attend lectures, and of course, film festivals—all within the context of Reform Judaism. I have also made many good friends through Temple and I treasure that part of my participation.
When I began organizing the Sinai Connections initiative, I could never have conceived its eventual trajectory, or how it would change my place within Temple. I’ve met wonderful folks on my journey and hope I’ve helped Temple effect some positive change. Standing before hundreds of Temple members at Kol Nidre services, embracing Torah while beholding family and friends was magical. I felt part of something greater than myself. It was a personal “WOW” moment that I will cherish forever.

Marilyn Cuckier, Co-Chair of Sinai Connection

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:51:29-04:00

Marilyn Cuckier, Co-Chair of Sinai Connection

When I began organizing the Sinai Connections initiative, I could never have conceived its eventual trajectory, or how it would change my place within Temple. I’ve met wonderful folks on my journey and hope I’ve helped Temple effect some positive change. Standing before hundreds of Temple members at Kol Nidre services, embracing Torah while beholding family and friends was magical. I felt part of something greater than myself. It was a personal “WOW” moment that I will cherish forever.
We decided to get involved with the Young Families group because it is essential for us to be a part of a strong and vibrant Jewish community. We want our son to grow up surrounded by others who share our common values, history and traditions. We know that it’s important for him to make these connections at a young age so that he can build amazing lifelong relationships.

Karen Lidor

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-02T19:37:24-04:00

Karen Lidor

We decided to get involved with the Young Families group because it is essential for us to be a part of a strong and vibrant Jewish community. We want our son to grow up surrounded by others who share our common values, history and traditions. We know that it’s important for him to make these connections at a young age so that he can build amazing lifelong relationships.
I have met many people who share the love of learning through literature and current events. Book club attendees, library users, co-committee members, and Temple staff all provide a rewarding and stimulating connection experience.

Saul Kaufman, Temple Sinai Reads

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:40:36-04:00

Saul Kaufman, Temple Sinai Reads

I have met many people who share the love of learning through literature and current events. Book club attendees, library users, co-committee members, and Temple staff all provide a rewarding and stimulating connection experience.
I absolutely enjoy the class, and it is wonderful to see some folks who have been part of the Temple Board or committees/task forces now becoming fellow exercisers with me. This is a special hour in my week, and I look forward to coming to class. In addition, I have also had the opportunity to meet some new people, which is also delightful.

Susan Zimmerman, Power of Posture

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:41:27-04:00

Susan Zimmerman, Power of Posture

I absolutely enjoy the class, and it is wonderful to see some folks who have been part of the Temple Board or committees/task forces now becoming fellow exercisers with me. This is a special hour in my week, and I look forward to coming to class. In addition, I have also had the opportunity to meet some new people, which is also delightful.
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