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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

Featuring the award-winning 2018 documentary, “RBG”
Thursday October 7, 2021, 7:30 – 8:30pm via Zoom 


Financial Education Club
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00pm via Zoom

Sorry, this class is full. Registration closed.


WTS Opening Event 2021: New Year, New Beginnings
Finding Strength and Navigating a COVID-Changing World 
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

We are excited to begin the New Year with this uplifting program focusing on providing coping strategies and finding opportunities for positive growth during this constantly shifting COVID landscape. Our keynote speaker, Winifred Reilly, is a marriage and family therapist, author and lecturer with a focus on helping people create loving and satisfying relationships. This interactive, online event will include: Workshop, Raffle, Dance, Qi Gong, and Goodie Bags delivered to your door!  
Registration closed.


Author! Author!—Write Your Very Own Book for the Kids in your Life
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 11:00am

WTS’s own Joanne Rocklin is a published children’s author who nevertheless found it a joy to create homemade booklets, using her personal photos, rhymes and prose. She will guide you as you create your own, but is also willing to share the generic text she wrote. She will also provide insight into writing for children in general. This fun, hands-on workshop will be at her home, outdoors, and is limited to 12 people. Must be vaccinated and have a mask.

The current session is full. Look for another session registering soon.


The Power of Your Story: A Writing Workshop in Three Parts
November 4, December 9, 2021, January 6, 2022, 5:00 - 6:30pm

Everyone has many stories that make up who they are. In our first meeting we will talk about vignette writing and how to choose a moment in time that is significant to who you are. During our second meeting, we will share the vignettes we have drafted. At the third meeting, we will share the final versions of the vignettes and discuss ways in which we would want to share our vignette with others. WTS member Judith O’Loughlin will lead this workshop. Sign up by October 28, 2021 at

Register here by October 28
After you register, you will receive the Zoom link. 


He’s My Man: Learning to Share Leonard Cohen, A Yahrzeit Remembrance
Sunday November 7, 2021 5:00 – 6:30pm

Leonard Cohen created an extremely intimate and personal experience through his poetry, music and persona. When he left us five years ago, on November 7, 2016, Leonard's fans came out of their candle-lit rooms to hold massive celebrations of his life. What quiet magic did Cohen create in such a noisy world? How did he speak to so many diverse fans and make each and every one feel that he was speaking only to them? Jannie M. Dresser, a member of Temple Sinai and WTS, will lead the discussion. For more on Leonard Cohen, please make your way to the Contemporary Jewish Museum for its “Experience Leonard Cohen” exhibit, at the CJM until February 13, 2022.

Register here by November 1
After you register, you will receive the Zoom link.


Beyond Chicken Soup: Food as Medicine
Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:30pm

Find out what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and cutting-edge research on nutrition can teach us about supporting women’s health in every season of life … painful periods, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and menopause ... and how cookies can help. ☺

WTS member Astrid Schanz-Garbassi shares her research and knowledge.

Register here by November 8
After you register, you will receive the Zoom link to join in the discussion.


WTS Presents Sharing the Powers of Flowers Welcoming Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:00am – 12:30pm

Join us as we explore the meaning of flowers as we welcome in Thanksgiving. Together we will experience the art of flower arranging from WTS Member Ricki Oleon at her home in Orinda. You will create your own floral arrangement to take home. Location is not wheelchair accessible, but contact us at to discuss possible alternative options. No experience required. Floral supplies will be provided, but participants will need to provide their own floral arrangement container for this project. More specific details will be shared two weeks prior to the workshop. Maximum 10 participants. After you register, you will receive the address of the workshop in Orinda and suggested tools to bring. This will be an outdoor activity, weather permitting.

Register here by November 10





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.

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).

Fri, October 15 2021 9 Cheshvan 5782