Membership Questions

Temple Sinai Welcomes You! Our Doors Are Wide Open!

Yours, mine, ours: Every couple begins with two individuals from different backgrounds. Reform Judaism has made a commitment to welcoming interfaith couples into congregations, embracing them and their children and offering support and education to their extended families. Each interfaith love story is unique, but many of them share common themes and concerns.

Temple Sinai offers an excellent range of opportunities for every member to build relationships and find a special place in the Temple community. For some, that means joining in our participatory Shabbat services, which have many opportunities for lay involvement, including Torah text study brought to life in a way that is relevant for today. For others, it means finding enrichment in volunteer committees, social action initiatives or adult Jewish learning programs. Families value our excellent schools and child/youth programs, designed for kids from 18 months to high school and beyond. Family oriented services and activities make Jewish holidays and traditions accessible.

Temple Sinai uses a fair-share model for calculating membership contributions, which takes into account each congregant’s or family’s financial resources. The objective of our model is to make joining our community manageable for each household, regardless of income level. Further, we recognize that tough economic circumstances can affect anyone. In response, Temple Sinai makes a practice of working with members through such difficulties and helping to ensure new members are not turned away from becoming a part of our community due to financial reasons.

Age 26—$36
Age 27—$54 
Age 28—$72
Age 29—$180 
Age 30—$270 
Age 31—$360 
Ages 32 to 36—$540

Is your family experiencing exceptional financial challenges this year? Does the membership contribution amount seem too high for your family? We don’t want the membership contribution amount to be a barrier to your membership. Please contact Rayner Conway, our executive director, at 416.487.4161. She will be pleased to discuss, confidentially, an amount that works for you and your family.

All of your contributions to Temple Sinai, including school fees, tzedakah and voluntary contributions, are eligible for a tax credit on your income tax return. The amount of credit you will receive is dependent on the amount of donations that you make in the year to all registered charities. Your tax credit could be up to 42% of the amount of your contribution depending on the total amount of all donations made during the year. Cemetery plots do not qualify.

Our doors are always open! Each member of the Temple Sinai team would value meeting with you. Please feel free to make an appointment with any of our senior staff.

OUR TEAM

Our Membership Services Coordinator can assist you with all of your membership questions.

Fran Isaacs
Membership Services Coordinator

fran@templesinai.net
416.487.4161

TESTIMONIALS
My family joined Temple Sinai in 1956 when I was three years old. We attended Shabbat evening services regularly, I went to Hebrew and Religious School at Temple, and I was in the Confirmation class. All of my family’s life cycle events took place at Temple Sinai. My faith, my commitment to Jewish learning, and my connection to Temple Sinai deepened over the years.

Rickey Miller

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:10:23-04:00

Rickey Miller

My family joined Temple Sinai in 1956 when I was three years old. We attended Shabbat evening services regularly, I went to Hebrew and Religious School at Temple, and I was in the Confirmation class. All of my family’s life cycle events took place at Temple Sinai. My faith, my commitment to Jewish learning, and my connection to Temple Sinai deepened over the years.
To me, Temple Sinai has represented the place where many major life cycle events have taken place: baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings . . . all defining moments in my life. I see it as a place that challenges my religious values. It is also a place where I have made great lifelong friends.

Berta Banks

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:10:55-04:00

Berta Banks

To me, Temple Sinai has represented the place where many major life cycle events have taken place: baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings . . . all defining moments in my life. I see it as a place that challenges my religious values. It is also a place where I have made great lifelong friends.
“Both of us find it difficult to put into words the overwhelming feeling of inclusion we have within Temple Sinai and its warm, generous and welcoming members. Rabbi Michael Dolgin and everyone at Shul have been major inspirations in our lives as a couple and, needless to say, we are so incredibly grateful for the spiritual influence provided for our two sons, Brett and Blake. Whether we attend regularly or infrequently, there is no doubt that we consider this Temple our home.”

Avi Ferdman & Gavin Posner

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:11:32-04:00

Avi Ferdman & Gavin Posner

“Both of us find it difficult to put into words the overwhelming feeling of inclusion we have within Temple Sinai and its warm, generous and welcoming members. Rabbi Michael Dolgin and everyone at Shul have been major inspirations in our lives as a couple and, needless to say, we are so incredibly grateful for the spiritual influence provided for our two sons, Brett and Blake. Whether we attend regularly or infrequently, there is no doubt that we consider this Temple our home.”
“When my father passed away, I was lost. But my experience coming to Temple Sinai as a new member to say kaddish was a complete surprise to me. I was welcomed. I was embraced. I was blown away by how much people truly cared.”

Zale Hambourg

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:12:11-04:00

Zale Hambourg

“When my father passed away, I was lost. But my experience coming to Temple Sinai as a new member to say kaddish was a complete surprise to me. I was welcomed. I was embraced. I was blown away by how much people truly cared.”
“My husband was the ultimate synagogue skeptic. Under no circumstance did he want to be a part of ‘that hocus pocus’. I was adamant, however, about being married by Rabbi Dolgin and in order to do so, my betrothed would have to set foot in the building. Now, more than ten years later, we have celebrated together two nursery school graduations, two consecrations, been present for countless tot and family Shabbat services, and been actively involved in Temple’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The warmth and support we have felt from being a part of the Temple community has not only ‘converted’ my husband, but has ensured our place in the Temple family for years to come.”

Shari Goldberg

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:12:52-04:00

Shari Goldberg

“My husband was the ultimate synagogue skeptic. Under no circumstance did he want to be a part of ‘that hocus pocus’. I was adamant, however, about being married by Rabbi Dolgin and in order to do so, my betrothed would have to set foot in the building. Now, more than ten years later, we have celebrated together two nursery school graduations, two consecrations, been present for countless tot and family Shabbat services, and been actively involved in Temple’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The warmth and support we have felt from being a part of the Temple community has not only ‘converted’ my husband, but has ensured our place in the Temple family for years to come.”
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