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Temple Sinai

50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-5888
Email: info@sinaibrookline.org

9th Grade Programs

Design Lab

Sunday afternoons, 1-5pm: September 24, October 1, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12.

Sinai U Design Lab is an intensive program in which a team of Sinai teens go through a rigorous design process to address a real-world challenge at Temple Sinai. In fall of 2016, nineteen teens asked and answered the question: How might we use the Temple’s renovations to deeply engage members and infuse our physical space with the Temple’s core values? The teens conduct interviews, pitch ideas to the community, refine their ideas, make prototypes, and present to decision-makers. The Temple adopted ninety percent of last year’s recommendations. This year’s Design Lab will focus on creating a successful plan for the Weintraub Community Room Café. To register, visit http://bit.ly/SinaiUDesignLab2017.

Tikkun Olam Sundays

Sunday mornings 8:30am-12:30pm round trip from the Temple:
October 22, November 12, December 3, January 7, February 11, March 18, May 13

Tikkun Olam Sundays is a service-learning program in which teens volunteer at Jewish Family & Children’s Services Family Table food pantry. A Sinai teacher accompanies the teens both ways on the bus, helps with the tasks at the pantry, and offers a Jewish learning activity during the morning. Teens can sign up by the month. Come earn community service credit! To register email Heidi at school@sinaibrookline.org and tell her which months you’d like to do!

TSIPPY (High School Youth Group)

Monthly meetings & activities

TSIPPY is Temple Sinai’s Temple Youth Group and is a member of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. Members meet regularly with Rose and Rabbi Shoshana to hang out together, as well as plan and do hands-on activities that make the world a better place. In 2017, TSIPPY organized a successful fundraiser in which the teens made glazed ceramic bowls and home-made soup, and sold them to raise money for the Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). To get involved email Youth Advisor Rose Levenson at ilevenson@brandeis.edu.

Madrich Corps

Every other Sunday 9:30-12:30pm, or on Tuesdays 3:45-5:30pm

Our Madrich Corps members in grades 9-12 help in a religious school classroom on either Sunday mornings or Tuesday afternoons. On select Sunday afternoons, following religious school, Madrich Corps are treated to a special lunch and attend professional development workshops with Rose, our Sinai Youth Advisor. To express interest email Heidi at school@sinaibrookline.org.

Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

Once a month, time TBD, in participants’ homes

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing is based on the Jewish tradition of women’s New Moon celebrations. The program builds the self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills, and friendships of adolescent girls. The monthly meetings provide a supportive environment where girls can explore the social and cultural issues they encounter, while having fun. Open to all eighth and ninth graders who identify as female. (See ​Shevat Achim​ for male counterpart.) 

Shevet Achim (Boys group)

Once a month, time TBD, in participants’ homes

In Shevet Achim​, ​participants spend time in an all-guy space where they can explore what being Jewish means to them. The experience offers them a way to build self-esteem, explore Jewish identity and healthy masculinity, and deepen the bonds of friendship. The group offers adolescent boys a place to decompress from their lives and have discussions about what Judaism has to say about the challenges of their everyday lives. Open to all eighth and ninth graders who identify as male. (See ​Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing​ for a female counterpart). 

Sheirut Sundays

October 8  Sukkot on the Farm, 
December 3  
JF&CS: Chanukah craft project, likely 
December 25  Making Christmas dinner at the Anna Bissonette House,  
More dates coming!

Sheirut Sundays are one-time opportunities to volunteer at various local organizations with Temple members of all ages. Last year’s activities included helping Ganei Beantown: Boston Jewish Gardens with the fall harvest, delivering food with Family Table, making beautiful centerpieces for the Chanukah party at Hebrew Senior Life, cooking Christmas Dinner at the Anna Bissonnette House for formerly homeless elders, and organizing books for More Than Words, which empowers foster youth to run a business. To register email Sinai U member Guy Berreby at berrebyg@gmail.com.

General Temple Life

All our teens are welcome to contribute to and participate in general life at Temple Sinai. This can include everything from chanting Torah on Shabbat or the High Holidays to helping with monthly Shabbat@Six community dinners and holiday celebrations (such as Second Night Seder, the Purim celebration , the Chanukah party), or attending Adult Learning classes and Tzedek@Sinai social justice actions. To get involved email Rabbi Shoshana at rabbishoshana@sinaibrookline.org.

SINAI U External Programs

Legacies: High School Visits*

External program, exact dates and times TBD

Over the past few years, several Sinai U students have been selected to participate in Legacies: High School Visits. As a member of a Legacies cohort, 9th -12th graders learn more about the Holocaust by interviewing and working with older adult survivors. In teams of two, the teens interview the same survivor three times over the course of the year, create a meaningful project, and learn about life before, during, and after the war. This program provides 25 hours of community service. Training is provided. Application is required.

NFTY events*

Weekends in fall, winter, and spring

NFTY is the Reform Jewish youth movement. If you would like to meet Jewish teens from all over our region or the country, attending a NFTY-Northeast regional event or conclavette is a great way to go. TSIPPY is Temple Sinai’s Temple Youth Group, and is a member of NFTY, but any Sinai teen can attend a NFTY event! NFTY also runs transformative programs for teens over the summer in Israel and around the world. Info at northeast.nfty.org, nftyisrael.org.