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Yom Shlishi, 30 Shevat 5776
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Welcome to Temple Sinai

Welcome to Temple Sinai’s website! We hope you find it helpful, whether you are a member of the synagogue or just visiting.

Temple Sinai is a vibrant and welcoming Reform synagogue located in historic downtown Saratoga Springs. We have about 210 families and individual members who come from diverse backgrounds in Jewish practice and traditions.50th anniversary logo

Our unpretentious and egalitarian community includes interfaith families, families from the LGBT community, young families and seniors. Our members are committed to the study of torah, as well as tikkun olam, tzedakah, and miztvot.

We are particularly proud of our thriving Religious School, which has about 135 students. More than 90 percent of our b’nai mitzvah students remain enrolled in our confirmation program through high school.

Our charismatic rabbis, Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, are a married couple who have served Temple Sinai since their 1986 ordination. Their depth of Jewish knowledge and devotion to torah and mitzvot, their ability and willingness to minister to Jews of all backgrounds and traditions, and their commitment to tikkun olam have made them a beloved and respected part of Temple Sinai and the Saratoga Springs community.

Temple Sinai is committed to the mitzvah of Ahavat ger (loving the stranger) for those not yet connected or integrated into our congregation, as well as Keruv (drawing near all who are far) for the newest temple member to lifelong congregants.


  • 3rd Annual Jewish Storytelling Event - Feb 6

    Storytelling Opens Jewish Community Arts Series

    Storytelling is magic!  To hear a story is to have an experience that moves us to a time and place we’ve never been.  Stories help us feel and think and lead us to new worlds and new understandings. Listening to stories can connect us to the past, to each other, to deeper parts of ourselves, and to the vast possibilities that life can hold.

    In fact, almost every culture has storytelling in its past.  It was the way, long before books were available, that custom, culture, and morality were passed from one generation to the next. In 2016, with readily available books, movies, television, radio, internet, telephone, and more, storytelling is still a very popular genre. There are no shortages of events including festivals and conferences that provide many opportunities for listening to storytelling.  Such happenings geared to every age group, from the very young to the most senior, are available throughout our area.

    Storytelling is coded communication. Different people understand the words in different ways. Adults understand the sociology and history while children understand the action. Storytelling requires verbal clues and conventions. While the child and adult may laugh at the same words, they are hearing the same story on different levels.

    On February 6, Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, will be the venue for an enchanting evening of Jewish themed storytelling.  Jewish life has a long tradition of storytelling.  “To hear a Jewish story is to share the humor and warmth, wisdom and angst, earthiness and spirituality of an ancient and thoroughly modern, diverse, and irrepressible group of people bearing a most remarkable history.”   Storytelling has been a means of defining the Jewish identity, the ethnic distinctiveness as a Jew.

    As a member of a unique community, Jews tell and retell stories. The telling of stories is the way we share historical happenings and create a cultural history. “There is a captivating gift for storytelling,” says Phyllis Wang Coordinator of Saratoga Jewish Community Arts.  “It is not just a reading or recitation of a story.  It is a passionate interpretation of a tale so that the listener is transported through time and place.” 

    Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, with the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, presents its third Annual Storytelling Event featuring both local and regional storytellers retelling both traditional and contemporary tales.  What all of these individuals have in common is their love of storytelling.  In this program, they will share their passion for storytelling with the audience.

    Included in our lineup are Beth Sabo Novik - facilitator, teacher, and transformational speaker; Shawn Banner - artist, teacher of art, and an educator focusing on math intervention; Sandor (Sandy) Schuman - President of Executive Decision Services LLC, author, facilitator, and communications specialist; Jeannine Laverty - professional storyteller and co-host of Open Mic Storytelling at Caffe Lena; and Martina Zobel - Jewish Educator who uses story to enrich students of all ages. 

    Please join us for dinner, dessert, and a selection of stories to fill the mind, the heart and the soul. Experience the closing of Shabbat with the beautiful Havdalah ceremony and sit back for an engaging and entertaining family-centered evening of stories.  The dinner program will begin at 5:30 p.m.  A $10 donation per adult and $5 per child is requested.  For reservations, please email or call 518-584-8730, opt. 2.

  • Book Signing at Northshire Book Store - Jan 10 at 3pm

    Peter Golden, author of Wherever There is Light, will be at Northshire Bookstore this Sunday, January 10 at 3pm for a reading, discussion, and book signing.

    His book recounts the love between a Jewish refugee from 1920s Germany and the granddaughter of a slave, set against a panoramic account of 20th century America, and culminating in post-war Germany and the Nuremberg trials.

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