Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto

Sinai Connections

“Taking the time to build community, to get to know your people will have long-lasting benefits” — Clifton Taulbert
Upcoming Connections
26 February 2021

Earlybird BYOBagel

7:45 am - 8:30 am
01 March 2021

Mahjong Connections

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
01 March 2021
02 March 2021

Canasta Connections

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
03 March 2021

Temple Sinai is our community with members from different backgrounds, ages and a multitude of interests and talents.

Sinai Connections is an opportunity for members to get to know each other in the most unexpected, satisfying ways and become involved through shared interests. Now entering its sixth exciting year, embrace the opportunity to join an existing group or form a new group that interests you.

Have a great idea for a group? Let us know and Sinai Connections will help.

Why Join a Sinai Connections group?
• Explore an experience or activity with others in your 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

What is a Sinai Connections group?
Sinai Connection groups are formed around common interests. They can meet at Temple, in a member’s home, a member’s office or anywhere that works. They usually consist of between 5 to 18 people and meet frequently enough that the participants have an opportunity to get to know each other.

A Benefit of Membership

Nordic Pole walking

 

Sundays and Mondays
at 10.00 a.m.

Nordic Pole walking is a low-impact exercise that provides the highest benefits for health, wellness and fitness. Normal walking utilizes muscles in the lower half of the body while pole walking adds the use of your upper body muscles, your arms, back, shoulders and neck. Pole walking turns your walk into a whole-body activity. It also complements our Power of Posture fitness program.

Mahjong

Mondays at 1.30 p.m.

All levels welcome

Join us for our renewed Monday Sinai Mahjong Connections!
We will meet on Zoom (on your tablet, computer or phone), visit a bit and then head off into breakout rooms when it’s time to play.

You will need to create your own Real Mahjongg account (realmahjongg.com) on your computer or tablet to play. If you need help, we can assist you.

Canasta

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

All levels welcome

Enjoy an afternoon with friends from anywhere! 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 the Canasta Junction (available from the App Store or canastajunction.com for $9.99).

Please note: The app is not compatible with the Android platform.

Through the Camera Lens –
A Window of Connection

Every 3rd Monday of the month at 3.00 p.m.

 

Photography for the Fun of It!

Interested in photography?
Then 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.

Men Telling Stories Over Coffee at Sinai

Once a month,
Mondays at 7.00 p.m.

Everyone loves a good story! What’s yours?

Come 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.

Pilates Studio

Tuesdays at 9.00 a.m.

Led by our member Bonnie Tepperman
Wake up your body and mind with this gentle mixed-level mat workout.

Temple Sinai Stitchers

Wednesdays at 1.00 p.m.
and every 2nd Monday of the month, with exceptions.

Do you knit or crochet? Have you ever been a knitter or crocheter? Or have you been thinking of starting?

Sinai Stitchers welcomes you. Let’s meet, have a coffee, get to know other Temple members and connect.

We began our connections with the intention of knitting together — either to learn or to help others or to just come and create something that would be appreciated by others.

New!
Yoga Connections 

Wednesdays
from 7.45 p.m. to 9.00 p.m

Led by Alysa-Beth Engel

Temple member and certified yoga instructor Alysa-Beth Engel will guide you through postures, breathwork and meditation through a Jewish lens to strengthen and stretch your body while calming your mind.

To get the most out of this class, a mat and some previous experience practicing yoga are recommended. A signed waiver is required to participate in this class.

Power of Posture

Thursdays, from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. 
and Mondays from
12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m 

Led by Natasha Leeson-Cooke

A mix of core strengthening, aerobic exercise and stretching, Power of Posture focuses on improving health and vitality. The class is geared to all levels of fitness and capabilities. Come and find out the remarkable affects that one hour can have on your body and spirit.

Growing our Connections!

Tuesdays at 4.30 p.m.

Welcome to Garden Connections

As spring is just around the corner (according to the groundhog), join us to discuss spring plants, seeds and bulbs.

Come and share your gardening tips and stories!

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

Snowshoeing Connections

Come and blaze new trails with us!

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 an easy low-impact aerobic exercise when the snow falls, join us on Zoom to work out the details together.

Book Break:

A Lewis David Katzman Library Initiative

Join fellow Temple member book lovers for a chat on the latest award-winning books with a Jewish theme.

Each book discussion will host a local reviewer.

ISRAEL CONNECTIONS

 

Join a group of enthusiastic lovers of all things related to Israel. We are a group of dedicated members at Temple Sinai that support our Jewish homeland. We do this by learning about this amazing country, providing support for Israelis’ innovative initiatives and acting as advocates.

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

For more information or to join, please contact Marcie at programs@templesinai.netm.

La connexion française

 

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.

Bridge Connections

Kitchen Bridge is what we play. Come and join us!


Curling Connections

Temple Sinai’s Curling Connection is in full swing! We have ice time and teams. Rocks will be thrown and ice will be swept.

Curling is one of the most popular sports in Canada! It is a game of intriguing strategy that can be played by people of all ages. It’s a great way to meet new people and stay active.

If you would like to join us, no experience is necessary; only enthusiasm to meet your fellow Temple community members and have some fun together is needed.


First-Time Parents

Are you expecting your first child? Do you know someone in our Temple community who is? Bringing a child into your family is an exciting and significant life event. Share your experiences with our new group of first-time expectant — pregnant or adopting — parents.


Sinai Lawyers

We’re well prepared to hold court. Many of us have ventured into the field of law. We spread across the GTA in various fields, both private and public. We share a passion for justice. Our opening lunch and learn included a teaching by Lorne Sossin, Dean of Osgood Law, on the fusion of Judaism and law.


Spanish Speaking Sinai Connection

Our lives are all about connections and interactions with people, our family, friends or those around us; however, sometimes it is hard to find the time or the venue to connect.

On November 9, I “connected” with other Spanish speaking members of Temple, as part of the Sinai Connections project.

Most of us moved to Canada and have that in common. Some were born here but shared the language. It was amazing, by just that shared connection, how a room full of strangers could feel like a room full of friends. Conversations started right away, stories were shared, and food was enjoyed, delicious food from many different parts of Latin America! Plans are already on the way for our next meeting and hopefully many more after that.

I applaud Temple’s initiative to find shared connections within the community. Connecting doesn’t seem so hard anymore. — Debbie Gaysinsky


Yiddish

You are invited to speak a bissel Yiddish with us on Sunday mornings.We hope to deepen the relationships that you make within our Temple Community.Practice what you already know or learn new words in a supportive, fun environment.We hope you will join us for many lively,friendly get-togethers.


Ukulele Connections — You Can Ukulele!

Have you ever thought about learning to play the ukulele?
Be part of our Ukulele Connections.

Sinai Connections is all about bringing our Temple family closer together. If you would like to be part of any of these existing groups or have an idea that will bring our Temple family closer together, please contact us.

Our Team

Johanna Novis
Director of Community Engagement
johanna@templesinai.net
416.487.4161


Marcie Goldberg
Programs and Operations Coordinator
programs@templesinai.net
416.487.4161

Pursue a passion.
Seize an opportunity. Discover your next connection!
Create and participate in common interest groups with fellow Temple members.
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What our members say...
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

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:45:22-04:00

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

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:46:12-04:00

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.
One takes a ball of yarn, casts on some stitches and in the end, one has a toque for the soldiers, a hat and scarf for the homeless, or a blanket for the women’s shelter. This is very satisfying to me.

Gert Rossman, Temple Sinai Stitches

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:46:57-04:00

Gert Rossman, Temple Sinai Stitches

One takes a ball of yarn, casts on some stitches and in the end, one has a toque for the soldiers, a hat and scarf for the homeless, or a blanket for the women’s shelter. This is very satisfying to me.
My family joined Temple Sinai four years ago and we’re so pleased we did. Joining Maj Connections has proved a very positive way for me to connect with others at Temple; new friendships have developed.

As a result, I’ve accessed other Temple programs such as KIDushat Shabbat, delivering fresh produce to seniors, and being asked this past year to consult on the committee involved with redoing the Al Green Hall.

Pam Charkow, Mah-Jongg Connections

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:48:00-04:00

Pam Charkow, Mah-Jongg Connections

My family joined Temple Sinai four years ago and we’re so pleased we did. Joining Maj Connections has proved a very positive way for me to connect with others at Temple; new friendships have developed. As a result, I’ve accessed other Temple programs such as KIDushat Shabbat, delivering fresh produce to seniors, and being asked this past year to consult on the committee involved with redoing the Al Green Hall.
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