Chanukah is a time of miracles and wonder!
We light the candles, eat delicious latkes, and look for the perfect gift for loved ones. Temple Sinai invites you to enhance your holiday this year by GIVING BACK to our community and BRINGING LIGHT to our world. Each day, an email will appear in your inbox providing opportunities to give Tzedakah toward one of our crucial programs. Our hope is that by practicing #8NightsOfGiving, we can fulfill Temple Sinai’s mission of Tzedakah & Tikkun Olam. May our end-of-year giving bring light and joy to the world around us!
First Candle – Sunday, December 2: Helping the Homeless
Homelessness continues to be a major problem not only in New York City, but also across Long Island. This first night of the #8NightsOfGiving campaign is dedicated to helping the Homeless. As the prophet Isaiah teaches: “Take the homeless poor into your home.” (Isaiah 58:7)
Hand-in-Hand Teen Program
Hand-in-Hand is one of Temple Sinai’s outstanding Teen Programs. Our teens lead social and educational activities for children currently experiencing homelessness in New York City. Our partner, the NYC Department of Homeless Services, busses children from two shelters to Temple Sinai for this program on Sundays. To donate to Hand-in-Hand please click here.
Second Candle - Monday, December 3: Supporting Israel
On this night of Chanukah, our thoughts turn towards the State of Israel. As Yehudah HaLevi, reminded us in the Middle Ages, “My heart is in the East, even though I am in the West.” At Temple Sinai, Israel is always in our prayers and in our hearts.
Israel Trip Scholarship Fund
Every three years, Temple Sinai sends 30+ teens to Israel to explore the sights, connect with Israelis, and do Tikkun Olam. This trip takes place over the February break and is considered to be a life-changing experience by the participants. No teen is ever turned away due to financial hardship. To support the Israel Trip Scholarship Fund, please click here.
Third Candle - Tuesday, December 4: LGBTQ Inclusion
Temple Sinai is committed to being a safe and welcoming space to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. May our work together continue to create a safe space for all LGBTQ adults and teens and their families. As the Torah teaches, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
Kulanu, Temple Sinai’s LGBTQ & Allies Club, works to make Temple Sinai an inclusive and welcoming space for all members of our congregation. Help support them in their work around LGBTQ Advocacy, Social Events, and Educational Programming. To donate to Temple Sinai’s Kulanu group, please click here.
Fourth Candle - Wednesday, December 5: Honoring the Elderly
Jewish tradition teaches of the importance of honoring the elderly members of our community. We are reminded of the ideal treatment of the seniors in our community: showing deference and respect and learning the stories of their lives. “You shall rise up before the aged and show deference to the old” (Leviticus 19:32).
Sinai Social Club
The Sinai Social Club offers opportunities for our senior members to get together each month to learn, be entertained, connect with one another, and meet new people. To donate the Sinai Social Club, please click here.
Fifth Candle - Thursday, December 6: Feeding the Hungry
Jewish tradition reminds us of the importance of feeding all those who are in need of sustenance. There are too many people on Long Island who are searching for their next meal. On this night of Chanukah, we reflect upon the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Is not this the fast I desire… to share your bread with the hungry?” (Isaiah 58:7).
Social Action Fund
Temple Sinai’s Social Action Committee provides hands-on community service projects to help those in need, as well as providing financial support to local service organizations. Whether it’s our annual Mitzvah Day, the ever growing “Cooking for a Cause” program, or our monthly supply drives, the Social Action Committee is dedicated to making a difference. To donate to the Social Action Fund, please click here.
Sixth Candle - Friday, December 7: Creating Jewish Community
Our Jewish tradition teaches that each and every Jew has a responsibility to help the community. For we learn in the Talmud, “All Israel is responsible for one another” (Shevuot 39a). On this night of Chanukah, join us in helping build our Jewish present and our Jewish future. Tonight we will celebrate both Chanukah and Shabbat with a service filled with light and warmth. Join us!
For seventy years, Temple Sinai has carried out the vision of its founders; to be a warm and caring Jewish community dedicated to perpetuating Reform Judaism and meaningful Jewish expression. Throughout the years, thousands of individuals and families have entered the doors of our synagogue to pray together, learn together, and share both happy and sad occasions with their Temple Family. To donate to Temple Sinai please click here.
Seventh Candle - Saturday, December 8: Welcoming Children with Special Needs
On this night of Chanukah, we think about all children with special needs. We reflect upon the words of the Creation story, “God created Human Beings in God’s image.” (Genesis 1:27) Today and all days, we join together to welcome children with special needs and to be a supportive community to their families.
Chazak Program for Children with Special Needs
Chazak is Temple Sinai's outreach program for children (age 6-14) with developmental differences/special needs and their families. Through this program, families within our congregation and in neighboring communities have the opportunity to provide their children with meaningful Jewish learning. Chazak continues to advance the Temple's efforts to include ALL families and children in the Jewish learning process. Support Chazak by donating here.
Eighth Candle - Sunday, December 9: Visiting the Sick
At Temple Sinai, we not only pray for healing, but we work together to bring a sense of comfort and wholeness to the members of our broader community. As our tradition teaches, “Whoever visits the sick helps that person to recover.” (Nedarim 40a). May our visits help bring healing to all those who are searching for comfort.
Temple Sinai’s Caring Committee provides comfort and support to all of our Temple members. Whether it’s a call to a homebound member, visiting congregants in the hospital, giving a lift to those who need a ride, or having seasonal parties for our senior members, Temple Sinai looks to support all in our community. To donate to the Temple Sinai Caring Committee, please click here