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1102 East Lasalle Avenue
South Bend, IN, 46617
United States

(574) 234-8584

Sinai Synagogue – an integral part of the South Bend community since 1932.

Sinai Synagogue is a proud part of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, a dynamic blend of our inclusive, egalitarian approach and a commitment to Jewish tradition.

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The New Voice of Yiddish Song: Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell in concert December 1

Steve Lotter


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Don’t miss Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell in concert at Sinai Synagogue on Saturday, December 1st at 7 PM! Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door, and can be purchased at or in person at the Sinai office. Ages 12 & under are FREE.

About the concert
Four years after his San Francisco Opera Company debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell decided to devote himself to the music of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975) one of the twentieth century's most prolific performers of chazzanut, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish art song. In The Sidor Belarsky Songbook, Anthony delves into the rich, vibrant world of Ashkenazi Jewish culture and song with a performance of selections from the Sidor Belarsky Songbook.

Jewish education opportunities for adults

Steve Lotter


Developing Our Ritual Prayer Skills:

This year a goal for our congregation is to increase the number of individuals who can lead worship services on Shabbat and weekdays, and recite Torah and Haftarah as well as Gabbaim to help with the Torah service. There will be opportunities for group lessons on weekdays and Shabbat and one on one. John Roncz has offered to work with people interested in learning Haftarah and Rachel Bruell is willing to work with people on Torah reading. Please let Rabbi know if you would like to develop these skills!

Intermediate Judaism Class:

On Mondays starting October 22 - December 10 at 7:30 pm.

We are going beyond basics in this class and our focus will be on Jewish texts. Our study text will be Back to the Sources. The 8 topics will be: Biblical Narrative; Biblical Poetry; Talmud; Midrash; Medieval Bible Commentaries; Medieval Jewish Philosophy; Kabbalistic texts; and Teachings of the Hasidic Masters. Classes will begin on Mondays, October 22 to December 10 at 7:30 PM (8 weeks in a row). We are working on making use of distance learning software so people can also learn over the internet. Please let Rabbi Friedland know if you’re interested in joining this class.

8th Night of Hanukkah Dinner, Karaoke & Candle Lighting!

Steve Lotter


Sunday, December 9th at 5PM

“Vos zogt ir? Hanukkah karaoke” with emcee Balabusta Rhymes!

Are you Sinai’s next karaoke star? Sing your favorite Hanukkah and Jewish folk songs with the Sinai house band, featuring Steve Gerber, Rob Weber, Veronica and Chris Kozelichki. Songs will be chosen by spinning a wheel. Sing a solo or get a group together. Prizes for participants. All ages welcome to participate.

But BEFORE that we’ll feast on a dinner featuring lasagna, salad, doughnuts and desserts, followed by the lighting of all 8 candles on our Hannukiot!

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"Women Leading a Dialogue" to visit Sinai on October 27th

Steve Lotter


Please join us for services on Saturday morning, October 27th as we welcome a delegation of fifteen Israeli women of diverse religious backgrounds from Western Galilee to Sinai Synagogue. On the weekend of October 26th, our local Jewish Federation will be honored to host the interfaith delegation called “Women Leading a Dialogue” for a full weekend of events. In addition to the community event at the Federation at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 28th, the delegation will also be the guests of Sinai Synagogue for Shabbat services and the Kiddush luncheon on Saturday, October 27th. Please join us for this unique opportunity to interact with our guests. If you plan on attending services and the Kiddush luncheon, please RSVP by emailing the office -

“How should a Diverse and Democratic Society Deal with Issues of Religion?” Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 AM

Steve Lotter


Presenters: Frances B. O'Connor CSC & Becky S. Drury, Ph.D., CFRE

Sunday, November 11th at 11 AM (RSVPs not required)

The combination of faith and politics, of political and religious identity is more powerful right now than perhaps at any time. How should a diverse and democratic society deal with issues of religion? Should religion be used in the political arena – to win votes or to guide political action?

Join in this lively discussion as two leading advocates and scholars on women’s roles and in general, roles within the political process and religion present on this important and timely topic.


About the presenters:

Frances B. O’Connor, CSC, a Holy Cross Sister was a Hesburgh Scholar at the University of Notre Dame from 1994 – 2010, and currently teaches an adult theology seminar.

Becky S. Drury Ph.D., CFRE is a retired Professor of Research Methodology, Advanced Writing, Rhetorical Criticism, and Interpersonal Communications among other courses at Purdue University, Indiana State, and the University of Notre Dame: a consultant to many Colleges and local agencies , and an author Of over 15 publications and presentations. She is locally known to Sinai Synagogue as its highest ticket sales person for our annual spaghetti dinner!

Special performance for Kol Nidre

Steve Lotter

This year our Kol Nidre service on Tuesday, September 18 will begin at 7:15 p.m., twenty minutes earlier than usual, with a special musical presentation of Kol Nidre and Avinu Malkeynu by Eyal Sherf with Steve Gerber and Lara Turner accompanying on piano and cello. We want to thank Steve Gerber for initiating this and making it possible. Kol Nidre will begin at 7:15 p.m. sharp.