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Our Featured Member synagogue for April 2008 is Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation in Worcester. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Temple Sinai was founded 50 years ago by a group of hard-working dedicated Jews who sought to establish a congregation with a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Temple Sinai is a warm and welcoming place in which to meet and make friends. New members are encouraged to become involved in a variety of activities from auctions and potluck suppers to holiday celebrations. It is a feeling of family that makes our congregation special, coming together in the tradition of Jews to worship, study and meet with friends in a serene setting. Ours is a congregation of caring and concern.

Weekly we can feel the Oneg, the happiness, of the Shabbat, and the Simcha, the joy, of Jewish worship. This year's Shabbat worship through Friday Night Live, Synaplex Shabbatot and special 50th anniversary services, we hope that in addition to spiritual uplift, congregants of all ages can feel with ongoing regularity the joy of being Jewish when we enter, we worship, and when we leave our sanctuary.

Worship is one way to bring joy into our sanctuary. We also bring joy when we place tzedakah into our tzedakah box in the foyer outside our sanctuary. We bring joy into our sanctuary each time we bring food for Shabbat dinner, a tray of pastry for an oneg Shabbat. We bring joy into our sanctuary when we bring a guest with us to services and when we bring items of food and clothing to those in need. Social action activities are a constant source of bringing joy into the lives of other people. The process of bringing such joy into other peoples lives begins with what we do in the sanctuary that is in our midst. In February, we brought back Rabbi Gary and Joan Glickstein into our sanctuary to joyously bless those whose lives were touched by Rabbi Glickstein's rabbinic leadership from 1977-1985. During March we held a Shabbat worship service in which our past Musical Director, Soloist and Cantors -- David Kaplan, Harriett Katz, Cantor Wendy Autenrieth, and Cantor Claire Metzger -- joyfully led us in our prayers. The possibilities of bringing joy into our sanctuary are truly without end.

For further information about the joys of Temple Sinai, call the synagogue office at 508-755-2519 or visit us at www.templesinaiworcester.org.

661 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Clergy: Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein; Cantorial Soloist: Robin Sparr-Rothman