History of Temple Sinai

April 12, 2005
Speaker: Executive Director, Phyllis Weinkle

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Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Temple Sinai, founded in 1946, is dedicated to the sacred task of bringing to our people the message of Judaism that has grown out of the historic and religious experience of the Jews over more than 5,000 years.

Phyllis Weinkle is the Executive Director of Temple Sinai and has served in this position for ten years. Uniquely, her parents are Charter Members of Temple Sinai, and are still active members of the congregation. She is a NATIVE of Squirrel Hill and a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School. She and her husband still live in Squirrel Hill, as do her son and daughter-in law, and her grandson.

Senior Rabbi James A. Gibson is dedicated to the vibrant and dynamic exploration of the Jewish heritage. Rabbi Gibson was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1983. His special interest is teaching, whether it be formal college lecturing or informal discussion groups. His concerns encompass the issues faced by our congregants, from youth to senior adults. Rabbi Gibson has made special efforts in the areas of interfaith relations, social action, and promoting harmony between diverse Jewish groups. From officiating at life-cycle events to programming, from teaching to providing spiritual support, Rabbi Gibson stands ready to help make real the hopes and dreams of our Temple Sinai family.

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