Congregation Sinai helps our community celebrate the Sabbath prayers as well as all Jewish Holidays with special events and services. You can join us live from your home or attend in person with safe social distancing and special limits. Virtual Friday Night Services, Adult education and Torah Study Sessions have been introduced to help those who are homebound.
All Services & Events are being held virtually using GoToMeeting as well as in-person with social distancing and with limited attendance. Weekly updates are shared with our members and subscribers by email-member subscribers, feel free to contact us for the weblinks to each event at: Please put "Weblinks Request in the subject line.
We celebrate Shabbat every Friday night starting at 7:30 PM with prayers, music and song. We are happy to announce births, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and our club events! Joe also leads us in fun evenings of prayer with creative & rock Shabbat Services influenced by popular melodies. During our services' Mishebeyrach Healing Prayers, we include the names of individuals for anyone who contacts us ahead of time.
Shabbat Morning Services
Morning prayers are held most Saturdays starting at 10AM followed by Torah Study.
High Holy Holidays
We invite all of our members to join us on Rosh Hashanah as we celebrate our Jewish New Year. It is a time for rejoicing as well as for serious introspection. It is a special time to celebrate beginning another year while taking stock of one's life. The first two days of Rosh Hashanah usher in the Ten Days of Awe which culminate on the major fast day of Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement. The shofar is sounded as a special wake-up call to prepare for our Tishrei Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah is regarded as the Day of Judgement when people are inscribed in the Books of Life or Death and our fates which are sealed on Yom Kippur. High Holiday tickets are included with membership. Affordable High Holiday tickets are available for non-member singles, couples and families.
Healing Services: We often hold special Mishebeyrach Services on the first Friday of the month starting at 7 PM
Jewish Holidays: We welcome you to celebrate the High Holy Days, Passover, Sukkot and all the Jewish Holidays with us. We traditionally hold a large community Passover Seder event. We observe all Yizkor services during the year.
Worship Services are conducted by our cantorial Spiritual Leader, Joe Goldovitz, who engages us with delightful guitar music and song. He delivers a brief yet thoughtful sermon based on the week's parshah. All services are held virtually online, using GoToMeeting video conferencing.
Oneg Shabbat: We love to celebrate together! Onegs are great opportunities to socialize, meet new friends and enjoy a nosh. If you are interested in sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat, please contact us for more information at 352-243-5353 or Please put "Onegs" in the subject line.
Congregation Sinai is an inclusive congregation and welcomes the participation of our non-Jewish family members in life cycle events. For more information, please contact us at 352-243-5353 or email at Please put "Life Events in the subject line.
We celebrate the great blessings of a newborn with a ceremony that confers upon them a Hebrew name. Blessings are said during the ceremony acknowledging that the child has been entered into a brit, a covenant, with G-d. Baby naming events are offered to anyone whether or not they are members. Each family receives a beautiful certificate with their child's Hebrew name.
Our young people prepare for this significant milestone through a combination of religious and Hebrew classes, plus tutoring and consultation with our Spiritual Leader. We take pride in our process that embraces the child and his/her parents and helps them travel that amazing path from childhood to emerging adulthood.
It's never too late to have a bar or bat mitzvah, whether you're sixteen or sixty. Our congregation has created an adult bar/bat mitzvah program for individual or group instruction. If you missed celebrating becoming a bar/bat mitzvah, please contact us. It can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your adult life.
Weddings or Conversions
Congregation Sinai offers the ability to conduct and officiate for all Jewish life-cycle events, including weddings and conversions. We are honored to share these very special moments with you. Weddings can be as traditional or nontraditional as desire. Ceremonies can be held at our synagogue or elsewhere. Conversion classes and completion are tailored to the individual.
Grief & Mourning
We observe all Yizkors during the year. End of life issues can provide seemingly insurmountable challenges. When a loved one dies, the sense of loss can overwhelm. During a Shiva Minyan, family and friends come together with prayer, words of love, comfort, and shared memories. This holy work holds congregants in the warmth of their community as they begin to mourn their loss.
Safety & Security: We implemented security measures to protect our visitors and our families.