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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

Sisterhood Shabbat Service Series
Mondays, December 14, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7:00-8:30pm
We are excited to begin the process of creating our 31st WTS Sisterhood Shabbat Service. This year, it will occur during Purim, so along with our female perspectives, the Book of Esther will influence the reinterpretations of the Sabbath prayers. No previous experience is necessary. Join WTS and be a part of this inspiring tradition.
Register here by January 4.

Coping and Thriving in the time of COVID Series
Thursdays, January 7, 21 and February 4, 4:00-5:30pm 
Together we’ll explore how our choices, thoughts, feelings and actions interact and influence each other. We’ll learn techniques to cope and feel better, and to improve our relationships and health. Drawing on proven research and values from Judaism and other traditions, we will learn about coping strategies for developing resilience and internal peace during COVID and beyond.
Register here by December 31
Email for late registration

Kitchen Series #3: Rugelach with Joanne Rocklin
Sunday, January 10, 3:00-5:00pm
An interactive, step-by step class to demystify the baking of this delicious and easy-to-make delight. Joanne will also share her best cookie-baking secret! Attendees will receive a recipe, ingredient list, and equipment suggestions, a week or so before the workshop. Note: this is not a workshop specifically aimed at kids, although they will certainly enjoy the class experience alongside an adult.
Register here by January 7.

WTS Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 13, 6:30-8:00

Film Series #2 Ladies Film Discussion Night on Zoom "Little White Lie"
Thursday, January 14, 7:30-9:00pm

After you register, you will receive the Zoom link to join in the discussion. Talented filmmaker Lacey Schwartz uncovers the lie that haunts her Jewish parents’ marriage and her own confused self-image. This film explores family secrets, denial, identity and, ultimately, race in America. Watch “Little White Lie” in the comfort of your home before the evening of our discussion on January 14. It is available on Kanopy, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and iTunes. (This is a Ladies Night Only event.)
Register here by January 8.

Swing Into the New Year with Danielle Schanz. Dance Series #1, Intro West Coast Swing
Sundays, January 24, 31 and February 7, 11:00am-12:00pm      

In order to participate in the dance lessons you will need:
1) A partner; an adult human of any gender will do, but you have to decide who will lead and who will follow. 2) A space for dancing (wood floor is best, but just make sure you won’t trip on anything or bump into things as you swirl around). 3) A pair of shoes, suede or leather sole shoes are preferable because they allow you to turn and spin easily.
Register here by January 17.

Critical Conversations, Anti-Racism Series #2 with Discussions around the book "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi
Thursday, January 28, 7:30pm

Part 2 of this series will focus on the book "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi. Maya Florsheim, Psy.D student at the Wright Institute will lead this vital discussion. Second in series of three. Open to WTS members and non-members. Please read "How to be an Antiracist" which is available in libraries, at local bookstores, and online. As an additional resource, view an interview with the author here.
Register here by January 22.

WTS Shabbat
Friday, February 26

Passover Desserts, Kitchen Series #4 with Sandy Goldberg
Saturday, March 7, 3:00-5:00pm

WTS Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-8:00

Film Series #3 Discussion on Zoom
Thursday, March 11, 7:30-9:00pm

April TBD

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

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

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


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.

Fri, January 22 2021 9 Sh'vat 5781