Rabbi Michael Dolgin
Rabbi Michael Dolgin has served Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto since 1992. He is proud to have fostered a culture of innovation and tradition during his decades as senior rabbi.
Rabbi Dolgin has worked with his professional colleagues to create a new, cultural approach to prayer and spirituality, bringing into the synagogue many forms previously found only in the theatre. His personal creative work is expressed in a three volume original siddur, Mikveh Yisrael used at shabbat, daily, and holiday services at Temple Sinai.
Rabbi Dolgin’s love for learning and teaching traditional text has helped him to create a treasury of brief lessons housed on the Temple Sinai website on topics such as prayer and mitzvah.
His work is imbued with the values of inclusion and welcoming, seeking to help Temple Sinai grow as an exemplary community with a warm place for all who wish to make it their spiritual home. Rabbi Dolgin is passionate about community engagement, interfaith and intercultural understanding and tikkun olam. His commitment to the State of Israel and its Reform and Progressive Movement is essential to his identity as a Jew and his work as a rabbi.
Message from the Rabbi
Honouring Rabbi Michael Dolgin
In recognition of his many years serving our congregation, long-standing dedication to our community and supporting Israel, Rabbi Dolgin was honoured at the Jewish National Fund of Toronto’s Negev Dinner.
High Holy Days 2019
High Holy Days 2018
- Parashat Va-y’chi is a Reminder to Keep Hope Alive, December 2020
- Counting Our Blessings and Sharing the Light, December 2020
- Everyone Owns the Words of Torah, December 2020
- The Most Painful Parts of Joseph’s Story Can Teach Us about Ourselves
- When Do We Know We’ve Completed the Struggle? December 2020
- The Power of Our Dreams, Both Asleep and Awake November 2020
- The Greatest Threat to Civilization, as Taught by Torah
- What Torah Can Teach Us about Overcoming Loneliness, November 2020
- The Divine is No Ordinary Parent: Lessons from One God to One People, October 2020
- What Does it Mean to Be Human? October 2020
- Sivan and the Raptors, June 2019
- Tisha B’Av and Israeli Democracy, July 2018
- Shabbat Hazon, July 2018
- The Chasidic World of Elie Wiesel z”l (November 2016) 1 2 3
- The Birth of Modern-Day Zionism — Herzl and Other European Leaders (October 2017)
- New Frontiers in Zionism: Voices Your Parents Would Not Recognize (September/October 2018) 1 2 3
- An Interview with Rabbi Michael Dolgin by Brittany Lee – Instagram
- The shofar must go on: Jewish High Holy Days will feature radio broadcasts, drive-in services and other untraditional elements — The Star
- A Seder in the time of COVID-19 — CJN
- “I set up a green screen to make it look like I was in the synagogue”: How this Toronto rabbi hosted a Seder over Zoom — Toronto Life
- A Year on, Western Wall Plan Still Stymied by Ultra-Orthodox — JPost
- Luncheon with Rabbi Dolgin: “Understanding Judaism Through Chanukah” — Intercultural Dialogue
- The Canadian Way — Reform Judaism
- Toronto curling league breaks down religious barriers — Toronto Star
- With these Rocks, the Friars Briar Bonspiel Builds a Global Community — The Globe and Mail
- Concerns Raised about Physician-Assisted Death Policy — CJN
- Temple Sinai Leader Honoured for 25 Years in Rabbinate — CJN