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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.


Women of Temple Sinai Upcoming Programs and Events

Critical Conversation Series #3: Recognizing White Privilege and Moving Toward Antiracism
Thursday, April 8, 7:30-9:00pm
Part 3 of this series will utilize the book, ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by Layla Saad. Maya Florsheim, Psy.D student at the Wright Institute will lead this vital discussion. Open to WTS members and non-members. This date is also Yom Hoshoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event will include a short service.

Fundamentals of Investingfor Women Seminar
Wednesday, April 28, 5:00pm

Demystify the Stock Market with WTS member and former Wall Street Attorney Danielle Schanz. After you register, you will receive the Zoom link to join in the seminar. 

> Register Here by April 21 

Kitchen Series #2: Fast, Fun, Family Meal with Joanne Rocklin
Sunday, May 2, 3:00-5:00pm 

Joanne Rocklin will demonstrate several categories of EASY PEASY dinners during which you can cook along with her for dinner that very evening or the next! You will be able to contribute one of your own tried, true and fast recipes for a booklet that all registrants will receive. Attendees will receive recipes, ingredient list, and equipment suggestions a week or so before the workshop. Joanne would love some of your tried-and-true easy-peasy meals to share with the class. Please send them to and they will be included in the recipe book. Not a workshop specifically aimed at kids, but they will enjoy the class experience alongside an adult. 

> Register Here by April 29

WTS Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 12, 6:30-8:00

Movie Discussion Series #4 on Zoom
Thursday, May 13, 7:30-9:00pm 

Please watch the movie "Harbor from the Holocaust" in the comfort of your own home before May 13, 2021. It is available on YouTube, Amazon and PBS. Our guest speaker will be Dianne Jacob, who is in the film. Her parents were born and raised in Shanghai, and left the city after WW2 was over, in 1949. Dianne was born in Vancouver, Canada and has lived in California since the 1970s. She is an editor and writer specializing in food. There will be a question and answer period after Dianne’s presentation. After you register, you will receive the Zoom link to join in the discussion.

Register here by May 6


For More Information:

Kitchen Series: Joanne Rocklin
Film Series: Karen Tanner
Swing with WTS: Danielle Schanz
Critical Conversations: Susan Forman 
WTS Shabbat: Natalie Crouch
Women and their Finances: Danielle Schanz


Monthly Meetings

Second Wednesday of Each Month 
6:30pm via Zoom until further notice.

All women are invited to attend monthly 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 Sue Bachman 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.

2020-2021 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 to: 

Women of Temple Sinai
c/o Temple Sinai
2808 Summit Street
Oakland, CA 94609

For more information, please contact Susan Edelman.

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