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Women of Temple Sinai

The Women of Temple Sinai (WTS), an affiliate of the Women of Reform Judaism, is the collective voice and presence of women in congregational life. Stronger together, we support the ideals and enhance the quality of Jewish living to ensure the future of Temple Sinai and progressive Judaism in North America, Israel and around the world.

WTS is an inclusive community for all Temple Sinai women — married, partnered, single, divorced, and widowed — with or without children — Jewish and non-Jewish. We have a long history of supporting youth and families, funding Temple endeavors, providing educational forums, getting involved in critical issues, and encouraging women's leadership development and personal growth in mind, body and spirit.

For more information about Programs, please contact Danielle Schanz or Susan Edelman.

Upcoming Events

Social Dancing Series
Sundays 5:00 – 6:00pm: May 1 (East Coast Swing)
The June 5 Hustle class will be rescheduled so it does not conflict with Shavuot

Discover the basics of partner dancing…..leading (an active life) and following (the music). We will learn a new dance on the first Sunday of every month. Meet Danielle and Doug, and other fellow Temple (and WTS) Members at The Beat in Berkeley: 2560 Ninth St #119, Berkeley, CA 94710. Limit 4 couples (8 people). Must be vaccinated and masked. Studio is well aerated and has air purifiers. Sign up for one or all the classes at

Registration for the East Coast Swing class is closed.

Ladies' Movie Discussion Night Featuring the short documentary “Love and Stuff”  
New Date! Thursday, June 9, 2022, 7:30pm

After her mother died, filmmaker Judith Helfand packed up her things, struggling with what to keep and how to let go. What treasures do you have from loved ones who have died? Bring one or two to our zoom discussion on June 9, share its significance and let's talk about the ‘act of letting go’.

Watch this thought provoking 10-minute short documentary in the comfort of your own home. "Love and Stuff" can be viewed on YouTube. Go to and in the search bar enter, Love and Stuff | Op-Docs | The New York Times, and then click on the hourglass search icon. 

Register here by June 3.

WTS Visit to the Oakland Zoo
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

Come walk on the wild side with WTS’s own Susan Forman, a docent at the Oakland Zoo. We will stroll the main Zoo with Susan and her fellow docents and learn about the various species, hear stories of some of the individual animals, and learn the history of the Zoo and its conservation efforts toward protecting animals all over the world. Following the tour, we will gather for a bring-your-own picnic lunch at the top of the California Trail. A cart is available for those with mobility issues. Adults only, please. $18 is for the (discounted) entrance fee to the Zoo.

Join waitlist here.

Mosaic Midrash
Wednesday, May 25, 4:00pm, Zoom

Join Retired Rabbi Gila Ruskin, childhood friend of WTS’s Susan Edelman, as she describes how she takes broken, everyday, found objects, makes something beautiful out of them, and in that process, engages in midrash, the interpretation of the sacred text of Torah. 

Register here by May 23. 

Bi-monthly Meetings

Second Wednesday of every other month
6:30pm via Zoom until further notice

All women are invited to attend WTS Board meetings to gain an understanding of our organization, contribute their ideas and get to know other women. Meetings largely focus on planning future events and critical issues activities, reports from the board and related business. However, some meetings also include special activities and/or speakers. Please contact Zell Nathanson for more information. 

Become a Member

How can you get involved? Become a member! 
There are many reasons why women join WTS and a lot depends on where they are in their lives:

  • Many women join for social reasons and attend events to meet and be with other Jewish women.
  • Some join because they have children and appreciate all that WTS does to support youth and families.
  • Many women join in support of social action activities and our critical issues agenda.
  • Often non-Jewish women join because their spouse or partner is Jewish and it's a great way to learn more about keeping a Jewish home and Jewish traditions.
  • There are women who join even though they know they don't have the time right now to participate, because they believe in what WTS and our national affiliate, WRJ, stands for and they want to show their support.

New Temple Sinai Members: Take advantage of our one-year complimentary membership!

Membership Dues: All WTS members are an equal part of our community regardless of dues amount. Women are asked to join at whatever level they are able.

2021-2022 Annual Membership             
    Basic Dues           $45     
"Contributing" Memberships             
    Basic Dues + Chai          $63     
    Basic Dues + Double Chai          $81     
    Basic Dues + Triple Chai          $99    


To join, please register on the Temple Sinai Portal or download the membership form and send it in along with your check made payable to Women of Temple Sinai to: 

Sabina Cohen
1555 Lakeside Dr., Apt. 182
Oakland, CA  94612

For more information, please contact Myriam Easton or Sabina Cohen (Co-Chairs).

Mon, May 16 2022 15 Iyar 5782