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High Holy Days 5781

Temple Non-Members and Guests

About Temple Sinai

We are a Reform congregation with a long history in the East Bay. Our beautiful sanctuary is over 100 years old and is a historic landmark in the heart of Oakland. We are also a vibrant, progressive congregation that is committed to the cultivation of meaningful Judaism and a real sense of community.
In addition to worship services, Temple Sinai has many diverse offerings including a Preschool, Religious School and Adult Education courses. We are well known for our community-building programs and for our dedication to social action. For more information or to learn more about our community, please contact Executive Director Terrie Goren at (510) 451-3263, x304 for more information. 

Attending High Holy Day Services with Temple Sinai

We are delighted that you are considering joining us for the upcoming High Holy Days. In addition to celebrating and observing these special holidays, people often use these services as a way to get acquainted with our congregation and community. We welcome you to do so. 

This year, our services will take place via Zoom and Facebook. Please go to for specific times and links to services. 

Our members, who support our Temple year round, also absorb the overwhelming cost of our High Holy Days services. To help defray some costs, we ask non-members who are able to do so to contribute by making a donation.   

Your contribution can later be applied toward Temple Sinai membership if you decide to join before the end of the calendar year 2020.

Click here to make a donation.                 


Children's Services 

Rosh HaShanah (September 19) and Yom Kippur (September 28)
These afternoon kid-friendly services include singing, storytelling and lots of fun for families with children 5 and under. On Rosh HaShanah, the children sing Happy Birthday to the world and blow shofars. On Yom Kippur, parents and children use “boo boo Band-Aids” as object lessons and apologize to each other for any hurt feelings over the last year. 

Children’s Program (K – 3rd Grade)
The High Holy Days Children's Program coincides with morning services held on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.


Book of Remembrance

It is a custom at Temple Sinai to honor the memory of family members or other departed loved ones in a "Book of Remembrance” that is distributed at the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur at Temple Sinai. This year, Temple Sinai is featuring a Virtual Book of Remembrance that will be online and available all year long.

Click here to view our Virtual Book of Remembrance and submit the name(s) of your loved ones.


Sat, June 12 2021 2 Tammuz 5781