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What is a Culture of Belonging? 

Temple Sinai is embarking on a new congregation-wide initiative that will invite our entire membership to engage in a deep, and we expect fascinating, exploration of what we are calling our Culture of Belonging (CoB).  Together we will seek to understand what makes people feel connected to our synagogue community today and how we can evolve to sustain and deepen that connection in the years ahead. 


It was nearly a decade ago, after numerous listening and learning sessions with a significant portion of our membership, that we developed a strategic plan for the congregation, Imagine Sinai; it has served as an impactful blueprint for our community and helped bring us to our current place of strength.  Ten years later, it is once again time to seriously explore our future and delve into the significant question of “what’s next?” for Temple Sinai, and we need your voice in this critical effort!    

CoB Lab Team

We have engaged the consulting firm Insyte Partners to facilitate a bold, year-long exploration.  With their guidance, we will imagine, define, and act on ways we at Temple Sinai want to adapt in order to thrive in a constantly changing Jewish world.  A broad, representative cross-section of our diverse congregational family has been formed (aka the CoBLab team) and will partner closely with Insyte to guide this process.

Your Involvement!

This congregation-wide initiative invites our entire membership to engage in a deep exploration of belonging through a variety of conversational settings, both individual and communal, and we are ready to hear from you! Your voice is imperative and will help to inform and shape the ultimate outcomes of our CoB initiative. 

Listening Forums (All will take place at Temple Sinai)

We have scheduled several Listening Forums focused on specific demographic groups. These facilitated, open space gatherings will allow participants to connect with fellow Sinai members and share input on topics of importance to you. Please register for one or more relevant listening forums.  As well, please note that additional age, stage, and interest area listening forums are still to be scheduled; watch for more information in the coming months.  

Noar Parents - Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am RSVP Here

Founding and Charter Members and NAVON (65+) - Wednesday, December 14, 2:00 pm RSVP Here

Temple Sinai Preschool Parents - Wednesday, January 18, 9:30 am RSVP Here

Multi-faith Families - Sunday, January 22, 6:00 pm RSVP Here

We have also scheduled one Listening Forum that is topic driven. We would love to invite all in our community, regardless of age, to attend the Social Action/Social Justice listening forum where individuals will have an opportunity to share thoughts about this important topic. Our expressed hope is for a plurality of voices expressing a multiplicity of opinions, leading to robust conversations.  
Social Action/Justice (open to all) - Sunday, January 8, 2:00 pm RSVP Here

If you can’t attend one of these sessions, please share your thoughts here: 

Questions about Culture of Belonging?  Please email Avery Friedman here

Sat, December 10 2022 16 Kislev 5783