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Congregation Sinai needs community help and support


This small congregation located in Minneola, Fla., has been serving the Jewish community of Central Florida since 2003. After providing successful community service for the past 15 years, they have just received an unexpected lease non-renewal notice, with no reason given, from Cactus Management.

Under the spiritual leadership of Joe and Lynn Goldovitz, the congregation provides a spiritual environment for observance of Jewish traditions and celebration of member’s lifecycle events. Congregation Sinai’s membership ranges from age 6 to 96, and the average member is retired. They regularly supply donations of food and supplies for the local schools as well as food and clothing for Puerto Rican and US Virgin Islands relief. They also hold ongoing food drives for the needy and interfaith activities to promote understanding among different cultures.

Congregaton Sinai has an active Sisterhood with special events and an annual fashion show for women across the community. They also host various women’s outreach programs. The Men’s Club holds monthly movies, fundraising events, charitable programs and an annual golf tournament.

Congregation Sinai serves as a house of prayer, assembly and study in which the spectrum of Jewish expression is cultivated, protected and nurtured. They hold Shabbat services every Friday night with Torah readings, Bible and Bagel study workshops, healing services, as well as special services for every major Jewish holiday.

Congregation Sinai is in need of funds, land, and/or a building to lease of approximately 3,000 sq. ft. (with adequate parking). They need to be reasonably close to Minneola as most of the membership can’t drive any distance at night. For those who would like to assist, please contact the synagogue president, Peter Sobel at petesobe@gmail.com. Congregaton Sinai is a 501©3 institution, so donations are tax deductible.


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