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Yom Chamishi, 25 Tishri 5776
  • photo by Larry Novik
  • photo by Larry Novik
  • photo by Larry Novik
  • Annual Picnic Softball game
  • Annual Picnic

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.



    Rosh Hashanah
    Sunday, September 13 (8pm) at Bernhard Theater, Skidmore College
    Monday, September 14 at Bernhard Theater, Skidmore College

    • 10am ‐ Morning Service
    • 10am ‐ Children's Service (meet at Bernhard Theater)
    • 4:30pm ‐ Tashlich ceremony (at Congress Park)

    Tuesday, September 15 (10am) at Temple Sinai

    Shabbat Shuvah at Temple Sinai
    Friday, Sept. 18, 8pm (oneg follows)
    Saturday, September 19, 10:30am (includes Bar Mitzvah of Arlo Zwicker)

    Yom Kippur at Bernhard Theater, Skidmore College
    Tuesday, September 22, 8pm ‐ Kol Nidre
    Wednesday, September 23

    • 10am ‐ Morning service
    • 10am ‐ Children's Program
    • Following services ‐ Walk in Skidmore North Woods
    • 3pm – Discussion Group
    • 4pm ‐ Afternoon, Yizkor (memorial), and Neilah (closing) services, followed by break‐fast

    Sukkot and Simchat Torah at Temple Sinai

    • Sun., Sept. 27, Family Service (6pm)
    • Mon., Sept. 28, Morning Service (10:30am)

    Rabbis' Sukkot Open House
    Monday, September 28, 4‐7pm (at the Rabbis’ home)

    Simchat Torah

    • Sun., Oct. 4, Family Service (6pm)
    • Mon., Oct. 5, Morning Service with yizkor (10:30am)
  • School Tools Project

    School Tools is a program designed to benefit school age children in the Saratoga County area. Members of Temple Sinai and the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church are collecting and sorting the supplies while the Franklin Community Center will distribute the donations beginning in the summer of 2016.

    The project is ongoing. Between now and the end of April 2016, please purchase the needed school supplies and place your donation in the collection boxes located at Temple Sinai. In May, committee members from both Temple Sinai and PNECC will organize and transport the items to the Franklin Community Center. Next summer, children from the area will be invited to come to the Center to gather what they need to help them begin a successful new school year.

    When you are shopping, please consider picking up items to donate to this important project. If you are interested in helping with this activity by donating, sorting, and storing the supplies, please contact Ronnie Silver ( for further information.


    • Back Packs
    • Markers
    • Colored Pencils
    • Whiteboard Markers
    • Boxes of Tissues
    • Crayons
    • Binders
    • Spiral Notebooks
    • Pencils/Pencil Cases
    • Glue Sticks
    • Scotch Tape
    • Folders
    • Dividers
    • Highlighters
    • Index Cards
    • Rulers
    • Composition Books

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Bread and TorahInspired by a passage from the Mishnah - "Without bread there is no Torah; without Torah there is no bread" - Bread and Torah is a learningBread and Torah Logo project and non-profit baking enterprise that seeks to provide the community and the region with a variety of educational offerings encompassing Jewish studies, arts, crafts, baking and cooking, nutrition and eating practices, health and wellness, creativity and change.

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