About Temple Sinai

509 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY
509 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY

Located in the historical district of downtown Saratoga Springs New York, Temple Sinai is a Reform synagogue that began in the early 1960’s as a study group of a dozen families. Their love of learning nurtured a growing cadre of interested individuals and, in 1965, Temple Sinai was established as Saratoga’s Reform synagogue.

Since that time, the congregation has grown to include more than 175 families and individual members representing a diversity of life styles, professions and religious observances, as well as an ever-widening geographic locale. Members of interfaith families, the LGBT community, young families and seniors all feel welcome and at home here.

Our congregation combines the benefits of both smaller and larger synagogues with its friendly, warm atmosphere, and programs that seek to meet the needs of the members as well as of the larger Jewish community. Our former rabbis, Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, served as our spiritual leaders since their 1986 ordination. Both are skilled teachers and counselors and are active in local community and interfaith efforts. Our Interim Rabbi (David Katz) started July 1, 2023, and will serve for a year before we place our next permanent Rabbi in July 2024.

Founding Members – 1964

  • Mrs. Gertrude Brandwin
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jacob S. Feynman
  • Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Glassman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Percy Helprin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Martin Oppenheim
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nat Oppenheim
  • Mr. and Mrs. Irving Pachter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Petker
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon W. Samuels
  • Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Taub

Rabbis Who Have Served Temple Sinai (1965-present)

  • Samuel Kehati
  • Irwin Sehor
  • Jeffrey Ballon
  • Cyril Arfa
  • Eric Milgrim
  • Robert Waxman
  • Richard Agler
  • Donald Weber
  • Ruth Sohn
  • Arthur Rutberg
  • Tuvya Bookman
  • William Berkowitz
  • Arthur Gross Schaefer
  • Hollis Seldner
  • Steve Cohen
  • Harry Rothstein
  • Co-Rabbis Emeriti Linda Motzkin & Jonathan Rubenstein
  • Student Rabbi Jesse Epstein
  • Interim Rabbi David Katz

Location & Directions

Temple Sinai is located in a lovely turn of the century house located on the north side of downtown Saratoga Springs at 509 Broadway (phone: 518-584-8730). Originally a physician’s residence, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is white with columns surrounding the front door. A 3,000 square foot addition was added to accommodate large Temple functions, meetings and community events.

From the South

  • Take the Adirondack Northway to exit 13N which places you on route 9 going north.
  • Take Route 9 about 3 miles, where it becomes Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.
  • Temple Sinai is located on the left at 509 Broadway.

From the North

  • Take the Northway to Exit 15.
  • Take a right on Rt. 50 towards Saratoga Springs.
  • Rt. 50 merges with Rt. 9.
  • Follow 50/9 as it turns left at traffic light.
  • Now you are on Broadway; Temple Sinai is on the right at 509 Broadway, immediately past the next traffic light.