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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 us at sinaiwts@oaklandsinai.org.

See membership information below or click here to become a member.


Upcoming Events

GenderExpression 101
Sunday, March 3, 9:40am, Stern Hall

“I want to support the LGBTQ community, my children/grandchildren, but I don't know where to start!”
Join us to learn from educator Lisa Levy, as she covers the basics of gender and gender expression, common terminology, and how we as a community can support our LGBTQ friends and family. Lisa Levy received her MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a parenting coach and the founder of Parenting Out of the Box which specializes in helping parents raise their LGBTQ+ or neuro-diverse children to be authentically themselves. Lisa has delivered Gender 101 programming to administrators, counselors, teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and other community members and professionals at many places throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Lisa has three wonderful children, two of whom are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This program is co-sponsored by Women of Temple Sinai and the Kesher Program. 

Register here by February 25.


Crip Camp Movie Viewing and Discussion
Sunday, March 10, 1:00pm, Albers Chapel

Join congregant Denise Sherer Jacobson in a viewing and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated film, CRIP CAMP: A Disability Revolution. Denise was a story consultant as well as a featured personality in the documentary produced by Higher Ground (Barack and Michelle Obama’s production). Get an inside perspective on the making of the film, its premier at Sundance, and the whole Crip Camp experience.

Special Guest, Bruce Burger, aka Rebbe Soul, the son and nephew of the co-founders of the camp will be sharing anecdotes about his youthful summers at Camp Jened (Crip Camp). This free event is co-sponsored by the Access Committee and WTS. It will take place in Albers Chapel and is wheelchair accessible.

Register here by March 6


Jewish Identity and Art
Sunday, March 17, 1:00 – 2:30pm, Albers Chapel 

Your Jewish identity is unique to you. Join us for a guided art exercise with Sarah Turtletaub as we use visual art to explore, express, and connect with our Jewish identities. No art experience needed! The $18 registration fee covers all supplies (and snacks!). There will be time to create and share in conversation with one another;you'll come home with a framed piece of art that only you could have created.

Register here by March 10


Annual Women's Seder and Potluck Dinner
Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Stern Hall

Join Rabbi Mates-Muchin, Rabbi Bressler and women of all ages as we celebrate the Passover story and enjoy the power of community by sharing in an inspiring women’s intergenerational seder. Experiences from the recent congregational trip to Israel will be shared. Invite your daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, and friends. Wine, ceremonial foods, and Haggadah are included. After you sign up, you will receive a link to SignUp Genius to participate in the pot-luck. Wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $18 for WTS members and non-members over 18. Girls 7-17 are free.

Registration forthcoming.


Ladies' Movie Discussion Night Featuring: Golda
Thursday, February 8, 7:00pmIn-Person or Thursday, February 15, 7:00pmon Zoom

Golda is a ticking-clock thriller set during the tense 19 days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Helen Mirren) faced with the potential of Israel’s complete destruction, must navigate overwhelming odds, a skeptical cabinet, and a complex relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Liev Schreiber), with millions of lives in the balance. Her tough leadership and compassion would ultimately decide the fate of her nation and leave her with a controversial legacy around the world. For those watching at home, Golda can be viewed on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, and YouTube. If you sign up for the in-person option, the movie will be shown during the gathering. Remember to sign up by February 2 for ONE option — in person on February 8, or watch at home and meet on Zoom on February 15.


Additional Film Nights/Zoom
Thursday,  May 16, 7:00pm, Locations TBD


Rehearsal for WTS Shabbat
Date TBD


WTS Shabbat
Friday, March 29, 2024


WTS Closing Picnic
Date TBD


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. 


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    

 

Join Women of Temple Sinai  
You can join WTS using this link

You can also join by downloading the WTS Membership form and following instructions on the form.

For more information, please contact us at sinaiwts@oaklandsinai.org.

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