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Lay Leadership

A Message From Our President

Hello and welcome to TSND’s website! I invite you to explore it and become aquatinted with all that our Reform Synagogue offers:  Shabbat services, High Holiday Services, varied educational programs, and abundant social activities for all age groups: all in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.

My husband and I experienced heartfelt welcome and inclusion, when we first visited TSND six years ago shortly after we emigrated from Ecuador.  Now, TSND is our spiritual home and proudly: our Synagogue.

You are welcome to join us and become involved in one or several of our varied initiatives: Religious School, Early Childhood Education, Youth Group, Camp Sinai, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Empty Nesters, Jewish Living programs, Adult Education, Social Action, Choir, to cite a few.  Our synagogue has always something going on and something new being created.

Explore this website and join us!


Doris Pienknagura
President, Temple Sinai of North Dade


2017-2018 Board of Trustees


Doris Pienknagura  President
Bob Mirel 2nd Vice President
Lenny Bendell Treasurer
Carol Moss Secretary
Sue Klau Immediate Past President



Sharron Botwinick William Lehman
Lenny Feldman Ryan Sherman
Darren Friedman Elise Udelson
Henry Hirsch Renee Yeslow
Sage Kantor  
Robin Leader Landau  


George Berlin* Arnold Meyer*
Sam Bloom* Florence Nelson*
Rose Ellen Glickman Aaron Podhurst
Ralph Hollander* Kenneth Schwartz*
Jeannette Jacobson* Al Sherman*
Sue Shapiro Klau Daniel Supon*
Norman S. Klein Jon Sussman
Robert Layton Brian Tarasuk*
Murphy Leopold *in loving memory
Norman Leopold


Temple Sinai LEAP Program

Temple Sinai’s Leadership Education and Preparation course – L.E.A.P. – was created by the Board Development Committee in 2008 and is designed to strengthen our synagogue community by identifying and training talented and energetic partners who are trained to be knowledgeable about the synagogue, support our mission to nurture souls to a fuller Jewish life, and who are or will be ready to assume leadership roles.

L.E.A.P. is a series of 5 intense sessions culminating with a Shabbat graduation. It offers its participants opportunities for personal growth and development as well as training to accept a position of leadership. In a spiralling curriculum, L.E.A.P. participants learn about our campus, the history of Reform Judaism and Temple Sinai, the synagogue’s relationship to the wider Jewish community, the organization of the congregation including governance, finance, programs and education. There is a focus on spirituality and specific leadership lessons which come both from text study at the beginning of each session as well as from other activities.


Board & Governance

  • Getting Started
  • Bylaws, Policies, & Legal Issues
  • Staffing Issues
  • Leadership Development
  • Inside Leadership

Managing the Sacred: A Guide for Synagogue Board Members

For the Sake of Heaven: Committees in Congregational Life

Leadership Development

Inside Leadership, a monthly briefing for synagogue board members

Sat, June 23 2018 10 Tammuz 5778