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Worship

Count me in!
Torah at TempleI have been told that our founding rabbi, Jordan Pearlson z"l, used to say, “Jews invented the support group. It’s called the minyan.” Every day members stop at Temple Sinai to attend an early morning Shacharit or an evening Ma’ariv service. Each person has their own personal reason: some are saying kaddish for a loved one, others come for the community or for a moment of quiet meditation.

Imagine starting off each day with a group of people who will say hello as you walk through the door, pray with you and even share an early morning discussion. Or, after a long day at work stopping for a few minutes to reflect on a busy day, share a laugh with friends and leave feeling a sense of peace.

Our Shacharit (7.30 a.m.) and Ma’ariv (6.30 p.m.) prayer services provide each of us with the opportunity to lend support to one another and are led by wonderfully committed Temple lay leaders. We are truly fortunate that as a large congregation, we have the ability to easily support 10 adults required for a minyan.

Having been actively involved in Temple life over the past number of years, I have been asked to chair a Temple task force with respect to our Shacharit and Ma’ariv prayer services with the view to continuing to increase their attendance.

I have been told by many of our members who, while recognizing the importance of these services, assume that minyan attendance is being met on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As a result, our members must say Kaddish or celebrate important life cycle events without the support of a minyan .

What can we do together to help?
1. Each of us can set aside a couple of days a month to attend minyan services, in support of our fellow Temple members.
2. If you are saying kaddish for a loved one, bring a family member or friend for an even more meaningful experience.
3. Share the contents of this article with your family and friends, in case they did not have the opportunity to read it.

If you would like more information about including a life cycle (births, engagements, prayers for healing, yahrzeits) at a morning minyan, please contact the Temple office at 416.487.4161.

We hope to see you soon! — Jeff Nightingale

Shabbat
Shabbat is the heartbeat of the Jewish people, the most sacred moment in the life of every Jewish community. The atmosphere we experience at Temple on Shabbat is a basic expression of the identity of our congregation. Shabbat is a time when individuals come to pray and be part of the community. It is also a time when Temple families share in profound and personal celebrations in our second home. On Shabbat, mourners become part of our public life even during shivah. Whenever someone experiences Shabbat at Temple Sinai for the first time, we hope they will feel welcome and included and will choose to come again. Each time someone makes Temple Sinai part of his or her Shabbat observance, that individual experience helps to define our community.

Shabbat is a time when community is essential. Many of our practices are founded on our desire to express our belief that Shabbat belongs to all. Simultaneously, we wish to provide our members the opportunity to celebrate in ways meaningful to them in their communal home.

Gender Equality
Temple Sinai is a gender equal religious institution. We honour the absolute equality of men and women before God, and we reject those aspects of our tradition that would needlessly limit full participation in Jewish life and practice, based on gender distinctions. Torah honours are extended equally.