Special Needs

Temple Sinai works to create and enhance inclusive and welcoming environments and accessible spaces to ensure that everyone is included in our programs and activities.

Disability Task Force

Our congregation is home to many individuals and families with special needs, and we invite you to begin a conversation with Mara Kaplan and Lisa Lederer, chairs of the Disability Task Force to share your hopes or questions about being an individual or family with special needs at Temple Sinai. This is a joint initiative of the B'racha and Tikkun Olam centers.

Accessibility

Temple Sinai's Leebov Sanctuary (including the bimah), Falk Auditorium, Nathan and Hilda Katzen Religious School, Barnett Chapel, and Rogaliner Lounge are all fully accessible. There are accessible restrooms located on the main floor.

Parking

The area on Forbes Avenue immediately in front of the main entrance is a drop-off area. Greeters are available to assist congregants during the High Holidays.
The Temple Sinai driveway in the rear of the building (Kittanning Way) may be used to drop off passengers.
There are a few reserved handicapped parking spaces in front and back for people with disabilities.

Nathan and Hilda Katzen Religious School

The Nathan and Hilda Katzen Religious School staff welcomes children of all abilities. Please contact Marilee Glick to discuss our program.

Need Assistance?

People who are hearing impaired:

Hearing devices which have a T-coil or Telecoil built in can receive sound directly from the Leebov Sanctuary’s and Falk Auditorium PA systems without a separate listening device. Ask your audiologist how to activate your hearing aids’ T-coil.

People who use wheelchairs or walkers:

If you require an aisle seat for yourself or your companion to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility device, please contact the Temple office and we will gladly reserve one for you. 

People who are visually impaired:

We have several large print prayer books for the High Holidays. If you require one, please let us know and we will have one waiting for you at the usher stand at the entrance to the Leebov Sanctuary. 

People who have autism:

If are you sensory-seeking, please join us on the first friday of every month for Mostly Musical Shabbat. The Malakoff Conference Room is available during services as a quiet space. A sensory-sensitive service is held in February during Jewish Disability Awareness Month. 

Do you have other needs?

If you need any accomodations, please contact Judy Mahan and we will work with you to make your experience at Temple Sinai a positive one.

 

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