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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. All who identify as female are welcome.

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


Upcoming Events

33rd WTS Sisterhood Shabbat Service 
Five Monday Evening Sessions January 9, 16, 23 and 30, and February 6, 7:00 – 8:30pm

We are excited to begin the process of creating our 33rd WTS Sisterhood Shabbat Service. Come share in this opportunity for women’s minds and voices to come together to discover, reinterpret, and write your own Shabbat prayer in a supportive atmosphere. No previous experience is necessary. You don’t have to have been part of the Torah Study do be in the service. Join WTS and be a part of this inspiring tradition. Our first meeting will be on Zoom. The remaining meeting locations will be determined by the group.

Registration is closed.


 

Exploring your Resilience
Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 7:00pm, Zoom

What makes something traumatic? Has everyone experienced trauma? What are the different types of traumas, and how can the Enneagram be helpful? Renée Siegel, a mental health practitioner for over 40 years and the co-author of “Reclaiming You”, will discuss these issues and share some thoughts about what you can do to address the traumas in your life.

Register here by January 30.


LADIES’ MOVIE DISCUSSION NIGHT Featuring the short documentary “Beautiful Music” starring Devorah Rothstein Schramm & Rasha Hamad and narrated by Brooke Shields    
Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm, Zoom

“Beautiful Music” is the remarkable story of Devorah Schramm, piano teacher, and Rasha Hamid, piano student. Devorah is an American-born, Orthodox Jewish pianist, composer, and teacher who relocated to Israel with her family. Rasha was a nine-year-old orphan at the time of their meeting who was blind, severely autistic, and Palestinian. An exceptional true journey which took place in the midst of the Intifada. Watch this moving 38-minute short documentary in the comfort of your own home. “Beautiful Music” can be viewed on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Tubi TV. After you register, you will receive the Zoom link to join the discussion.  

Register here by February 10. 


Vashti's Den
Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 6:30pm, Albers Chapel & Sacred Garden

All Temple female-identifying members are invited to join us in Vashti’s Den on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30pm. We'll enjoy a vegetarian dinner catered by Abbas Hummus, Purim sweets and special Purim spirits concocted by our own WTS bakers and baristas! You will be engaged in Israeli dance, Vashti discussions, creative crafts, tattoos, mani-decals and more fun than you’ve had in a long time! With your added donations this event will benefit Indigenous Women Rising (iwrising.org) which provides funds for abortions and abortion related costs to indigenous people across the country. RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited! 

Register here by February 17 or until event is full. 


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 Shelley Hubner 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.

2022-23 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 Estelle Baum or Sabina Cohen (Co-Chairs).

Mon, February 6 2023 15 Sh'vat 5783