The goal of Jewish education at Temple Sinai is the deepening of Jewish experiences and knowledge to strengthen faith in God, love of Torah, and identification with the Jewish people through involvement and participation in Jewish life. We believe that Judaism contains answers to the challenges and questions confronting us daily, and that only a knowledgeable Jew can successfully discover these answers. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) embraces experiences and learning activities that encourage children, youth, and adults to become:
- Jews who affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word and deed;
- Jews who bear witness to the brit, the covenant between God and the Jewish people, by embracing Torah through the study and observance of Mitzvot (commandments) as interpreted in the light of historic development and contemporary thought;
- Jews who affirm their historical bond with Eretz Yisrael, the State of Israel;
- Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people;
- Jews who value and practice T’fila (prayer);
- Jews who further the causes of justice, freedom, and peace by pursuing tzedek (righteousness), mishpat (justice), and chesed (loving deeds);
- Jews who celebrate Shabbat and the festivals, and observe the Jewish ceremonies marking the significant occasions in their lives;
- Jews who have esteem for themselves and others, their own family and the family of others, and their own community and the community of others;
- Jews who express their kinship with K’lal Yisrael by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world; and
- Jews who support and participate in Temple life.
Such Jews will strengthen the fabric of Jewish life, ensure the future of Judaism and the Jewish people, and approach the realization of their divine potential.