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Rabbi Dr. Janise Poticha

Rabbi Dr. Janise Poticha accepted the position as Rabbi of Temple Sinai of Massapequa in 1998. Her rabbinate is defined by her love of learning and teaching, Israel, American and world Jewry and creating an inviting and warm worship atmosphere where all feel welcome!   Before coming to Temple Sinai, Rabbi Poticha was the Hillel Director at both City College and Hunter College (NYC), after having served four years at Temple Shaaray Tefila of Manhattan.

Exhibiting her enthusiasm for Israel, in 2002 Rabbi Poticha accepted the position at the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), as Director of the initiative Israel Matters: Our Commitment to Israel.  The goal was to educate and engage Reform Jews about Israel, including travel to Israel and to design curriculum and advocacy in support of Israel.  Creating bridges between Israel and Diaspora Judaism was an important way for Rabbi Poticha to address the need for American Judaism to connect intimately with Israel.

On September 11, 2001, Rabbi Poticha quickly moved to employ her EMS and chaplaincy skills.  After working at “ground zero” of the World Trade Center during the initial days of America’s tragedy, Rabbi Poticha assisted the City of New York and the American Red Cross establishing Family/Help Centers.  She volunteered at St. Paul’s Chapel as a First Responder, as well as participating in Memorial Services sponsored by the City of New York.  As a certified First Responder and Team Leader for New York Disaster Chaplaincy Service, Rabbi Poticha is passionate about volunteer chaplaincy.

Before fulfilling her calling to the rabbinate, Rabbi Poticha was a Landscape Architect. Compelled by a desire to explore her Jewish heritage and connect with Israel, Rabbi Poticha lived and worked in Israel for more than four years.  After living on kibbutz and completing an IDF army program, she accepted a position as Landscape Architect with a prominent landscape architectural firm in Tel Aviv.   Deeply moved by her spiritual, physical and intellectual connection to the history, the land and the people of Israel, Rabbi Poticha began her rabbinical studies.

Rabbi Poticha received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature in 1991 followed by Rabbinic Ordination in 1992 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

With an interest in interfaith and inter-denominational study and learning, Rabbi Poticha  studies with scholars and clergy of Jewish and other faith traditions, and sits on boards of various inter-faith  and environmental organizations.  She has participated in local, national and international inter-faith dialogues, is a member of the Board of Governor’s of the New York Board of Rabbis, the Long Island Interfaith Clergy Coalition and is an intern Fellow with GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental coalition.  She is deeply committed to these efforts, in addition to sharing her love and enjoyment of Judaism with others.  Rabbi Poticha offers her professional officiation for ceremonies of both sorrow and joy.

An avid traveler, Rabbi Poticha has spent time in Egypt, Hong Kong, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe and lived in Israel.  Rabbi Poticha takes great pride marching in the annual “Celebrate Israel” parade in Manhattan with members of Temple Sinai. She also enjoys a good Talmudic debate, joyous simchas, and almost all outdoor activities, golf and cycling being recent activities of choice.  She is an avid art collector and enjoys antiquing and flea markets.

Celebrate Israel parade 2011


Temple Sinai: A warm and friendly Reform congregation where all are welcome!

Temple Sinai of Massapequa, a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the only Reform synagogue in Massapequa, is a warm and friendly, all inclusive congregation where all are welcome. Our members and friends have created a friendly community where all participate and commit to the future of Temple Sinai.

Through membership and participation in our community everyone has the opportunity to partake in worship, adult education, religious school, volunteering, hosting a simcha, and so much more:

Connect: see old friends and make new friends;
Engage: connecting with our synagogue and neighborhood;
Celebrate: observe Shabbat and Holidays.

Please see the links on the left for detailed information about Temple Sinai of Massapequa.
Facebook page 



Temple Sinai
Celebrates Chanukah

Every night we " zoom gather" - 
joining as a community to light our chanukiot (Chanukah menorahs)
First Night: Thursday, 10 Dec.
Want to join in?
email: templesinaimassapequa@gmail.com

Due to COVID-19
Temple Sinai continues to offer Virtual Shabbat worship @ 7:30pm -
The joy of Shabbat worship from
the  safety of your home on your computer or device.

If you would like to join us
send your email request to: Temple Sinai 
Stay Safe!

We hope you are well.

Interested in religious school for your children (or grandchildren)?
Our religious school is looking for your children.

Religious School is meeting in person adhering to strick NYS & CDC COVID guidelines.
Safety, health & well-being are priorities for Temple Sinai.

We believe that learning and fun go hand-in-hand.  Send us an email of your inquiry.

We operate with your support.
If you would like to make a contribution, click.
In advance, thank you!

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If download is very slow, please see our Facebook page 

Psalm 27

Come celebrate Shabbat with us.
Worship: 7:30pm
First Friday of every month: Family, Inclusive Shabbat 

for information: Temple Sinai of Massapequa
Due to COVID-19 the NYC 5-Borough Bike Tour was cancelled.
Stayed tuned for next year's participation.
Bike into the future with Temple Sinai!

It was an honor to host & be in dialogue with
Professor Isma Chaudhry
from the Islamic Center of Long Island
during our Shabbat of Social Justice

Rabbi Poticha with Prof. Chaudhry

Temple Sinai's Member: Louis Guzman
in Newsday:
Keeping Faith: How Religion, Spriituality 
Sustain Long Islanders As They Age.

! Join us for Shabbat Worship !

Family Shabbat Worship
First Friday of every month: 7:30pm

See our Facebook page for exciting photos of
Temple Sinai marching in Celebrate Israel Parades.

Shabbat Under The Stars 5778

For joyful pictures of both 
Temple Sinai's Golf / Game Day 
in honor of our 60th anniversary
the retirement of our religious school principal 
and long-time temple leader
see our Facebook page!

Hurricane Relief
If you would like to make a contribution to help in what will prove to be
long-term disaster relief, please see the list below.  
The organizations listed below are actively working on hurricane relief.

Hurricane Florence:

Jewish Federations: 

NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster
Positively Furever Dog Rescue:  


ZAKA International Rescue Unit 


Questionnaire for (prospective) college students & parents regarding the level of anti-Semitic activity on campus.

Curious about membership?
If you are interested in a membership packet, please email: Kathy


Once again Temple Sinai had a wonderful 
turnout for the Celebrate Israel Parade.
It was a great day to show our support for Israel

click for more pictures on our Facebook page


  What can you do?  
Here are two opportunities to contribute.

Lone Soldiers Program of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Lone Soldiers are those whose families live abroad and who choose to leave their countries of origin to serve the State of Israel.

Comment and prayer from Rabbi Poticha

See photos of the 2014 Temple Sinai
Bowling Extravaganza!

A Prayer for Living With Purpose

Photos from the
New York City People's Climate March
can be seen on our Facebook page

click for pictures/Facebook : 2014 Celebrate Israel Parade
Temple Sinai proudly marched up 5th Avenue for 50th Celebrate Israel Parade, NYC

See wonderful pictures of our trip to Israel.
ore to come

Temple Sinai was truly honored to host the Dramatic Reading of the Book of Job
Temple Sinai, our community and award-winning actors marked the 1-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy.   

                                Mayor Pravato,  Rabbi Poticha, Assemblyman Saladino

 Zach Grenier, Kathryn Erbe, Harris Yulin



Blessing Of The Pets: https://www.facebook.com/templesinaimassapequa



For membership information, please contact Asha at: asharotstein@gmail.com

Superstorm Sandy: Relief and Donors

As you know many of our congregants were very seriously damaged/affected by superstorm Sandy. 
Our Temple Sinai building was also damaged.
Below is a list of individuals and organizations, beyond those of our own members, who contributed to our rebuilding and renewal. 
These contributions were monetary or otherwise.
We are very grateful for their support.

Jerry & Linda Bernstein
Margie Chebot
Joel Harris (z"l)
Marilyn Plotz
Revera Poticha
Jay & Harriet Weintraub

Houses of Worship
Congregation Gates of Prayer, Metarie, LA
Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Manhattan, NY
Temple Emanuel, Kennsington, MD.
Temple Shalom, Naples, Fl.
Temple Shalom, Woodbury, NY
The Garden City Jewish Center, Garden City, NY
Westchester Reform Temple (Men's Club)

AJC – (American Jewish Committee)
CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis)
New York Board of Rabbis  & Rabbi Joe Potasnik
URJ (Union for Reform Judaism)

Fairway Market
Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys

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