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Military Road Entrance Closed June 10-11

The driveway from Military Road and main entrance will be CLOSED for repairs and paving on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11. Whether you are driving or walking to the temple on these dates, please plan to enter and exit from Jocelyn Street and the school entrance.


Friday, June 7

Shabbat Service at 6:30 pm

Join us in person or virtually for our weekly Shabbat service.

Virtual Details

Join us starting at 6:00 pm for light snacks and an opportunity to mingle before the service. If you have joined Temple Sinai in the last year or are a young professional and plan to come this week, please reach out to Karen Auerbach.

Saturday, June 8

Torah Study at 9:15 am

Join us in person or virtually for our Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Roos.

Virtual Details

Shabbat Morning Service at 10:30 am

We celebrate the B'not Mitzvah of Mirabel Britton and Rebekah Roberts.

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Community Shavuot Morning Service

Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 am

Join us as we gather with Temple Emanuel to celebrate Shavuot at Temple Emanuel (10101 Connecticut Ave, Kensington MD). 

Note: Temple Sinai will be closed for the holiday.

Next Week: Family Shabbat

Friday, June 14 starting at 5:30 pm

Celebrate Pride and Shavuot with us! Services will be preceded by a casual family dinner and activities at 5:30 pm. After the service, we'll have an oneg with ice cream and popsicles.

RSVP for dinner

Pastoral Notes

We Extend Condolences to...

...Sara Gregerman, daughter of Alan Gregerman and Lisa Otterstrom, on the death of her partner, Joanna McKee.

...Doug Usher (Libbie Rifkin) on the death of his father, Michael Usher. Shiva will be at the Usher-Rifkin home tonight (Wednesday), and Thursday at 7:30 pm.

...Cinthia Schuman Ottinger (Larry) on the death of her sister Ronni Schuman Brown. Shiva will be at the Schuman-Ottinger home on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 pm.

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Renovation & Expansion

South Addition, Phase 2, Update 24

Several exciting milestones have been reached since our last update in early May! First, Temple Sinai has passed all of the inspections to receive a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the interior of the South Addition.

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Adult Learning & Programs

TSMRJ Book Discussion

Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 pm

We will discuss The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Eric Larson. We'll have beverages and snacks. Please RSVP to Howard Oppenheim.


Monday, June 10 at 1:00 pm

Join us via Zoom for "Vladimir Putin: From 'Accidental Czar' to Global Menace?" with Andrew S. Weiss.

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From the TS Library: Happy Pride!

Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, by Andrew Ramer (2010)

The author takes traditional Jewish texts, and improvises, elaborates, or moves their stories into a present-day context, looking at them with a queer eye to bring out aspects that are already there. 

Queer Judaism: LGBT Activism and the Remaking of Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel, by Orit Avishai (2023)

Drawing on extensive interviews, author Avishai illustrates how Orthodox LGBT Jews in Israel have created an effective social movement in just the past decade and a half.

The New Queer Conscience, by Adam Eli (2020)

LGBTQIA+ activist Adam Eli offers a candid and compassionate introduction to queer responsibility, calling on his Jewish faith to underline how kindness and support within the queer community can lead to a stronger global consciousness. Ages 12+

To borrow these or other books email the librarian. To access the catalogue and see library news, visit our homepage.

America's Jewish Future: What's Next on the Horizon? 

Over 800 people were in person and more than 700 people tuned into the livestream of last week's joint event sponsored by Temple Sinai and Washington Hebrew.

Watch the Recording.

The Davis Center for Social Justice

GVP Panel: Reframing the Conversation About Gun Safety and Gun Violence Prevention

Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 pm

The Gun Violence Prevention Groups of Temple Sinai (D.C.) and Temple Rodef Shalom (Falls Church, VA) invite you to a virtual presentation, conversation, and Q&A with Prof. Jonathan Metzl on his new book: What We’ve Become: Living and Dying in a Country of ArmsLearn more here.


WAMU Story-Undesign the Redline

WAMU's story about the ongoing exhibit at the Cleveland Park library features an interview with TS member Barbara Kraft.

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Israel Engagement & Social Justice

Kabbalat Shabbat with Congregation Ramot Shalom

Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am

Kabbalat Shabbat at 10:30 am??? Yes, when we are joining our matching congregation in Israel, Congregation Ramot Shalom at their 5:30 pm Friday evening service in Beer Sheva. Join the Committee on Israel and Social Justice in the Temple Sinai library for a watch party with bagels and coffee. Email us and let us know you will be joining us in the library or watch from home via Zoom.

CIESJ Recommends

The Committee for Israel Engagement and Social Justice continues to compile materials meant to provide a range of thoughtful opinion and analysis pieces that supplement the basic factual reporting that people follow in their regular media intake.

Read this week's recommendations

Families & Youth

Tot Storytime & Playdate

Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 am

Head to the TSLibrary to sing with Cantor Rhodes and read with librarian Ruth Polk. After we read, we'll have some challah and juice followed by an opportunity to head out to the playground for more fun! 

No RSVP necessary; best for children ages 0-5 and their families.

Teen Mitzvah Morning

Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 am

Head to Temple Sinai for a morning of volunteering and earn SSL hours! Teens ages 12+ and parents are welcome to join as well. Lunch will be provided. Can't make it this time? We have opportunities on August 15 and 20, too!


TSRS Madrachim

2024-2025 School Year

The Temple Sinai Religious School Madrachim program is a leadership opportunity for committed, compassionate, and responsible rising 8th-12th graders to help younger students in their TSRS classes.

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In the Community

The Way Home Campaign: Budget Walkarounds for Housing

Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 am

The Way Home Campaign, of which Temple Sinai is a member, is asking folks to turn out tomorrow to urge the DC Council to add funding for housing programs when they hold the next vote on the fiscal year 2025 budget. Show up at the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) at 10 am and everyone will be organized into groups with a designated leader. No need to know all the facts or even talk -- your presence will be enough.


Shabbat Afternoon Learning with Rabbi Noa Sattath

Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 pm

Rabbi Noa Sattath, the executive director of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), will be speaking at Temple Adas Israel. ACRI is the oldest and most influential civil and human rights organization in Israel. Rabbi Sattath’s insights into the ongoing struggle for democracy in Israel and the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are invaluable for understanding the current landscape.

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CUAH Taste of Communities United

Saturday, June 15, 2:00-4:00 pm

Please join Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) for tasty treats, a look at Youth Creating Change (YCC) students’ social justice projects, and an educational discussion on one of the top issues across the country.

Learn more and register

Celebrate Juneteenth in Montgomery County

June 15-19

The Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival is the region’s most prolific cultural event focused on the celebration and support of the historic Black communities of Montgomery County, Maryland. Spanning five days and 8 venues, the 2024 Festival is set to captivate with 23 events across the county.

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Moishe House Bethesda Resident Opening

Moishe House Bethesda is looking for a new resident between the ages of 22 and 32 to move in on August 1. Rent is subsidized in exchange for helping organize several monthly events for other local young adult Jews. The large house in Bethesda has free parking and is within walking distance of the Metro. A female roommate is preferred for this slot, but all applicants are welcome. Another slot will be open in the fall/early winter. For more information, please contact Thomas Pack.

In the Coming Weeks

Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 am

Coffee for Caregivers Drop-In Group

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Saturday, June 29 at 10:00 am

Poor People’s Campaign Moral March on Washington and to the Polls 2024

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Sunday, July 7 at 9:00 am


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Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00 am

SiniaReads Book Discussion

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Friday, July 12 at 5:30 pm

Family Sha-BBQ Dinner & Service

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