We live in an age where something is always beeping on our bodies. A Temple Sinai service is a good time to take a rest from the always-on and always-available life. Please turn off cell phones and pagers during services or place them on vibrate to avoid creating a distraction.

Recommended Dress Code for Shabbat and Holiday Services

Dress for services at Temple Sinai is business casual or business attire. Men are required to wear a Kipot and Tallit, which are optional for women. However, everyone being called to the Torah for an Aliyah should wear a Talit and a headcovering.

Children and adults should please respect the sanctity of religious services by refraining from wearing inappropriate clothing such as shorts, jeans, sweatpants, or sports uniforms.

Shabbat and Jewish Holidays are Sacred Days

When do Shabbat and the Holidays Begin:
Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sunset on Friday and ends 25 minutes after sunset on Saturday night. If you look on the upper right corner of the Friday box on our monthly “Bulletin” calendar, there are two little candles with the candle-lighting time. This begins Shabbat. The time on the upper right-hand corner on Saturday signifies the end of Shabbat. Yom Tov days during the week have candle-lighting and ending times in the same place in those days’ blocks.

How do we keep Shabbat and Yom Tov days sacred at Temple Sinai?

  • No manner of work, including cooking, may take place at Temple Sinai, on its grounds or on its behalf anywhere, on these holy days, especially not for events that are not part of the direct Yom Tov or Shabbat celebration.
  • No items, including food, may be bought on a Festival Yom Tov or Shabbat or brought into Temple Sinai. All items need to be brought in before candle-lighting.
  • Please refrain from making phone calls, sending e-mails, mailing letters or flyers or doing any form of Temple Sinai business.
  • Vendors and non-vital maintenance/repair workers may not be solicited or do work on these holy days (neither may our own members).
  • Items, such as rummage or items for the office may not be left at the Temple on our sacred days.
  • No event, meeting or activity may begin before one-half hour after the end of Shabbat or Yom Tov unless it is part of its celebration.

Need some guidance? Just ask Rabbi Marmon, who is our friendly Jewish authority on these matters.

Concerning High Holiday Services

  1. Be sure to bring your tickets to Services and show them at the door for security reasons.
  2. The doors of the Sanctuary are kept closed at all times and the Ushers will direct you when you may enter. The Sanctuary doors remain closed…
    • When the Ark is open
    • When the congregation is standing
    • When the Torah is moving or read
    • During the Haftarah
    • During the Rabbi’s talk
    • During the Yizkor service
  3. While waiting to enter the Sanctuary, please keep your voices to a whisper. The President’s Hallway (just past the coat room, down the steps, on the way to the Chapel) or outdoors is a good place to visit and let your children stretch.