Get involved with Sinai

Join one of our many Committees or Chavurot (interest groups)!  See below for all the fun and exciting things Sinai is doing and for contact info for each group.  There's something here for everyone!

Sinai Committees

Adult Learning

Help initiate, plan and carry out a variety of adult programs that will attract people and encourage personal growth and knowledge.

Contact:                         Gillian Rodger     


The Congregation Sinai Brotherhood is comprised of active, engaged and fun-loving members of our Congregation.  Of the more than 100 men who belong to our dedicated group, many offer a few hours of their time each year to participate in one of the numerous Brotherhood activities.  Some volunteer to help run programs, while others demonstrate their support through becoming Sustaining Members.

Contact:                         Jim Stillman        

Chesed: Our Caring Community        

Sends greetings to families for many life-cycle events, such as birth of a child, condolences etc.  Provides support during times of crisis.  Behind the scenes caring and personal contact to help congregants in need.  Delivers soup to those in need and funeral home watch.

Contact:                         Marjorie Laing         

Events and Development:

Coordinate congregational observance of synagogue holiday festivities such as Congregational Dinners, Social events and Fundraising events.

Contacts:                        Reva Fox              


Assist in the outreach and recruitment of unaffiliated community members, including those in their 20's and 30's, college students, those new to Milwaukee, etc. Help develop and execute outreach programs and partnerships.  Identify new and creative marketing and outreach strategies and tools to draw potential members.

Contacts:                        Josh Parkes          

Current Member Engagement and Stewardship   

Help strengthen current members' connections to Sinai through involvement in activities, committees and affinity groups. Integrate new members in congregational programs and committees through a "buddy system" and other mentoring. Encourage participation in congregational events. Develop stewardship programs for current and prospective donors, including recognition and appreciation campaigns.

Contact:                         Michelle Silverman    

Social Justice

Committed to Tikkun Olam, repair of the world, the committee sees its mission as providing an opportunity for all congregants to recognize their Jewish responsibility to help others in the community.   Plan and carry out programs and projects of social concern.

Contacts:                        Eva Hagenhofer 

                                         Julie Turetsky     

Women of Sinai      

The Women of Sinai is an organization of vibrant women of all ages who enjoy working together to enhance and enrich the lives of its members, the temple and the community-at-large.  Our programming is designed for women who work both inside and outside the home.  We offer diverse programming, study, religious enrichment, fundraising, and fellowship.

Contacts:                        Bobbi Rector       

Nancy Stillman

Youth Education

Determine policy and philosophy of our Judaica and Hebrew School activities, programming and curriculum evaluation.  Help plan and implement programs for families with young children, as well as coordinate Youth and Family Holy Day and Purim celebrations.

Contacts:                        Velia Tarnoff    


Sinai Chavurot (Interest Groups)

Acheinu - Men’s Spirituality Group  

The issues of God, family, relationship and connection come together with bagels, coffee and men.  Sponsored by the Brotherhood, come spend some time with fellow guys thinking, talking and listening.

Contact:                         Mitch Colton       

B’rit Nashim

B'rit Nashim (Covenant of Women) is a group of Sinai women who meet once a month for programs of personal interest and Jewish content. Through a commitment to our group, our purposes are: to build a community of women within the larger community of Congregation Sinai, to share interests, and to strengthen our connections to each other and to Judaism.

Contacts:                        Joanne Roberts    

                                             Toby Colton     

Culture Connection    

Get connected with the Milwaukee art and culture scene AND with fellow Sinai Congregants.  Adventure out to dinner, films, theater, Jazz in the Park…this is a perfect way to get to know other Sinai members in an intimate and fun setting.

Contact:                         Jen Moglowsky    

Interfaith Chavurah   

Interfaith Chavurah is for people from interfaith families to come together and get to know each other. We have a lot of fun and learn a lot from one another. The Interfaith Chavurah meets the Third Friday of every month following services. Led by Congregation Sinai Rabbi Emerutus Jay Brickman and Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Editor Rob Golub.

Contact:                         Rob Golub            

Israel Connection

The Israel Connection was established in recognition of Congregation Sinai's values to support Israel as the Jewish Homeland and feel connected to our history, religion, culture and Jewish identity.  The Israel Committee continuously explores ways to educate, support projects and events for Israel holidays and other community celebrations.

Contact:                         Avner Porat         

Itsy Bitsy Sinai (Birth - 4)

We value every member at Congregation Sinai – even our youngest!  Itsy Bitsy Sinai (birth-4) meets Sunday mornings or on Friday Shabbat to discover holiday and Jewish value programming filled with songs, stories and crafts. We want our youngest children to look forward to seeing synagogue as a place of joy and laughter and fun. We strive to help parents connect to others with similar aged children, to develop bonds that will enable them to share their Jewish journeys together.

Contact:                         Sami Stein Avner    

Mah Jongg!    

For anyone who wants to play Mah Jongg or learn how to play.  We have beginner and experienced tables. All players welcome. We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm. Join us!

Contacts:                        Carmel Sweet                 

                                         Deborah Wilk                 

Mensch Squad

Mensch Squad is a group of folks who have offered to be “on call” (or on a calling list) when Sinai is in need of help with parking lot traffic control,  ushering for large funerals, outdoor service set ups and tear downs and other Sinai events.  You will receive a call, text or email inquiring if you are available to help for a specific event.  Some may be during work days, others not.  The outreach will occur as soon as absolutely possible. We understand that you may not always be available to help and if it’s not this time, maybe next time.

Contact:                         Michael Hool      

My Sinai "Family"!     

Are you a Sinai family without Milwaukee family?  Let us connect you with other families to gather at homes for holiday and Shabbat celebrations and a chance to connect with other families with children of the same ages and common interests.  We want to help you find a "Family!"

Contact:                         Gabe Ziskin          

Sinai Brewing!

Brewing Beer for Sinai Events!  Are you interested in the brewing process? Join a group of beer lovers, chemistry lovers and those who enjoy cooking to learn how to brew from our Sinai Resident Master Brewers: Gordy Goldbaum and Alan Silverman. We will brew a couple batches of beer for Chanukah and the Summer Concert in the Sinai kitchen, bottle the beer, and create the name and designer label.

Contact:                  Gordy Goldbaum    

                                    Alan Silverman

Sinai Outside  

Sinai Outside was founded by a group of congregants who value the spiritual and social connections to be found in nature.  Adventures include hikes, mazes, camping…anything you can think of!

Contact:                         Bobbi Rector       

YAAS! (Young Adults at Sinai!)          

What does it mean to be a young, professional Jewish adult in Milwaukee? Are you looking for a point of entry into metropolitan Jewry? Do you have a child or know someone – affiliated or unaffiliated - that is looking to meet other young Jewish professionals or Grad students? YASS is for you.

Contact:                         Samantha Pollock