Temple Sinai’s Evolving Response to COVID-19
As our community continues to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt accordingly, Temple Sinai remains your spiritual home for community, worship and Jewish learning. Despite the physical distance this virus has placed between us, our clergy and staff are dedicated to ensuring you remain connected, spiritually fulfilled and taken care of.
Temple Sinai has worked extremely hard to transition all services, classes and programs online. Our daily minyan and program schedule can be found on our website and is emailed out daily. Until further notice, all content will remain virtual. In order to receive the latest content (live and pre-recorded), don’t forget to “subscribe” to our emails and all of our Social Media pages.
While our clergy and staff are working remotely, we remain fully accessible via phone and email.
Please remember that you remain part of a warm, caring community concerned for your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Should you or a family member experience any illness, injury, loss, or simply wish to talk to someone, please reach out to us immediately. Your Temple Sinai family is here for you.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself & Your Family
Wear a mask or face covering.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If no tissue is available, use the crook of your elbow. Never sneeze or cough directly into your hand.
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces, especially your phones!!!
Eat well, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest to help strengthen your immune system.
Have a family emergency preparedness plan that includes care coverage and back-up support, if possible.
Practice social distancing.
For additional information and the latest community health updates, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control – cdc.gov
World Health Organization – who.int
United States Health & Human Services – hhs.gov
Commonwealth of PA - https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
We are writing to update you on the current situation regarding COVID-19.
Earlier this afternoon we received the news that Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all schools, universities, gyms, entertainment venues and community centers in Montgomery County beginning Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 27.
In light of this announcement, and in consideration of the paramount importance of Pikuach Nefesh (“saving a life”) which serves as a guide in all of our decision-making, Temple Sinai will be closing at this time. All services (Shabbat and weekday), classes (Preschool & Religious School), programs, meetings and activities will be suspended through Friday, March 27. During this period, we will inform you of the virtual and on-line offerings as they become available, and assess when we will be able to safely re-open our facility.
As you know, this situation is extremely fluid, and we advise you to monitor the news for any new developments. We will do the same and will let you know as soon as we can how long our closure will remain in-force.
For B’nei Families: For the time-being, bar/bat mitzvah lessons will be conducted either on-line or by phone. If your family is planning for a ceremony at Temple Sinai in the next 3 months, we will be in touch with you directly.
For Students in our Adult Education Classes: We are planning to offer our classes online (so that you can participate via your phone or your computer) and will let you know once that option is up-and-running.
Unquestionably, this is a challenging and uncertain time in many respects and certainly for our congregation. While we will all have to adjust to a reduction in face-to-face encounters, we will pursue new ways of being here for you and we encourage you to do what you can to be there for one another. We will take advantage of the technologies available to us and in which we have invested in order to maintain our contact with you.
Should you find yourself in need of pastoral care or an ear to bend, Rabbi Wohlberg and Rabbi Hollander would be happy to visit with you either virtually or over the phone. (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Please take every precaution necessary to remain healthy. We are praying for a quick resolution to these trying circumstances.
Rabbi Adam Wohlberg
Lauren Gladstone - President
Ben Wachstein - Executive Director
Beth Rabinowitz - Early Childhood Education Director