We are now finalising the programme of virtual services and activities for this year’s High Holy days, starting with Erev Rosh Hashannah on Friday 18th September. We will soon send you a copy of the programme as well as a list of festivals for this year 5781 (2020 - 2021). The programme will also be here, on our website and there will be links in the weekly newsletter and on our Facebook page.
Most of our members will be able to participate in services from their own homes. We are trying to make arrangements for the few members who do not have access to the internet. If you are able to offer the mitzvah of hospitality to any of those members so that they can participate in a services with you, please email
This is the time of year for communal Tzedakah, in the form of our annual High Holy Day Appeal. This year, Sinai's appeal will be focussed on two charities to help ensure that our donations can have maximum impact at a time of increased need. The first is the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, and their Hope campaign. The second is Reform Judaism, and their Communities that Care initiative. Both causes have direct impact on both the Sinai and Leeds communities, and both are tackling, head on, the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the seeking to ensure those whose needs are greatest are, as best as possible, met. You will be able to hear and see Naomi Goldman making a powerful appeal for donations during Rosh Hashannah and services during Yom Kippur. There is a donation tab on the Sinai website for you to make your donation, or, you can send a cheque to the office payable to Sinai Leeds and marked HHD appeal. Please, this year particularly, give as generously as you are able.
It goes without saying that we wish we could all be together in our Synagogue building but that cannot happen this year. We look forward to being back with you as soon as is safely possibly. In the meantime we have planned services and activities in which you can participate on your own, with family or with others in your “bubble”. On behalf of the Trustees and the whole Sinai family we wish you g'mar chatimah tova (a good and final seal).
Rabbi Paul Moses Strasko avid J