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Donate Today to the Annual Campaign
After Thanksgiving, Americans across the country are planning their year-end charitable giving to the non-profit organizations that matter in their lives. Your Temple Sinai community is a place where 1200+ member families find comfort, meaning, inspiration, and belonging in their Jewish lives. However, annual membership financial commitments alone do not cover our full operating costs. Each year, the annual campaign serves to bridge the gap between the amounts raised through annual membership commitments and fees, and the actual cost of maintaining our vital Jewish community. Thanks to our members who have already made generous contributions and pledges totaling $105,000, we are already 51% of the way toward reaching our $205,000 goal-but there is much more to be done. Join our clergy and board by including Temple Sinai in your end-of-year charitable giving. We encourage all members to participate as they are able. Please  give today!
THIS WEEK
Friday, December 1
5:30 PM Prozdor (appetizers)

6:00 PM Tot Shabbat Service followed by a Participatory Dinner. RSVP for dinner.

8:00 PM Shabbat Service followed by a Festive Oneg Shabbat & Israeli Art Exhibit Opening
Saturday, December 2
9:15 AM Torah Study

10:30 AM B'not Mitzvah of Charlotte Cohen & Sabrina Kestnbaum-Cook

10:30 AM Kehillat Shabbat Service with Percussion followed by a Kiddush Luncheon

6:00 PM Shabbat Mincha Service - Bat Mitzvah of Lila Boyle
Tot Shabbat Service & Participatory Dinner
Friday, December 1 at 6 PM
Join us for our monthly Tot Shabbat service and plan to stay for the following participatory dinner. RSVP for dinner.
Shonim B'Yachad "Embracing Our Differences" Shabbat Service & Festive Oneg with  Opening of Art Show 
Friday, December 1 at 8 PM
The Israel Affairs Committee presents an exhibit of winning art work created by Israeli elementary and secondary students on the subject of tolerance, equality and valuing a shared society. During services, we will hear quotes from the students about their work and the art will be exhibited in the hallway outside the sanctuary.
Judaica Shop Hours
Chanukah
Friday, December 1: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM and  5:30-8 PM
Sunday, December 3: 10 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday, December 5: 6:00-8:30p 
Friday, December 8: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM and  5-6:30 PM
Sunday, December 10: 10 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, December 12 (1st Night of Chanukah): 6 - 8 PM Wednesday, December 13: 6 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 17: 10 AM - 2 PM
Project Mensch Coat Drive
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Monday, November 27-Monday, December 4
Time to clean out those closets?  Ready for the next size jacket? Kids complaining that their boots are too tight? Please bring your gently used and ready to wear winter clothing items to Temple Sinai for families at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring. We will be accepting winter coats, gloves, winter hats and snow boots for Project Mensch, a long-term partnership between the Temple Sinai community and Highland Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Silver Spring. There will be boxes set up by the entrances.  Please contact Amanda Miller if you have any questions or would like to arrange a separate drop off or pick up.
NEXT WEEK
Nursery School Winter Concert
Sunday, December 3 at 10 AM
Dance and play with the Grammy nominated Pop Ups. Tickets are $18/person (younger than 1 year old attend for free).   Purchase tickets  (also available in the TSNS office and at the door).


Rally for LGBT Rights and True Religious Freedom
Tuesday, December 5 at 8 AM 
on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States
In a few weeks, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether or not businesses have the right to discriminate against LGBT people. Join Temple Sinai Clergy for a rally along with many people of faith who believe that true religious freedom means treating all people with equality and respect.
 
Rabbi's Class: The Prophets
Tuesday, December 5 at 10 AM
Rabbi Roos teaches this ongoing class, which meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. All are welcome. Learn more.
TSMRJ Bowling Night
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Thursday, December 7 at 7 PM
All members of Temple Sinai are welcome to attend. The Brotherhood will cover the cost of your bowling, shoes, and beverages. The SPINZ Hand Crafted Food grill will be open if you want to order your own food. 

Two important notes:
1) You must arrive between 6:30 and 7:30 to get through the security gate (entrance onto the military base is on the northbound side of Rockville Pike - opposite side from the Medical Center Metro station on the Red Line). There will be someone at the gate with an ID who will get you past the security guards (only during this time window).
2) Reservations are not essential but are helpful with planning. Please RSVP and/or direct questions to Andrew Mannes.
Homes & Hearts Shabbat for Sinai House
Friday, December 8 at 6:30 PM
Be inspired by our featured speaker, "TG", a former resident who was able to achieve the American dream of purchasing a home last August, and now lives in Silver Spring with her three sons.  Clap along when the current and former Sinai House resident children join the Temple Sinai Junior Choir in song.

In honor of our featured speaker's heritage, enjoy Ethiopian food at the festive oneg immediately following the service. While listening to music from the Middle Matzah Conspiracy, chat with current residents, board members and the executive director to find out first-hand about Sinai House.
OTHER NEWS
For Families with Children Born in 2007
We are starting the process of gathering information in order to establish Bar and Bat Mitzvah dates for calendar year 2020. If you have a child born in 2007 who is eligible for bar/bat mitzvah in 2020, you should have received a letter and questionnaire to help us to coordinate the schedule.  If you have NOT received these materials by now, and have a child born in 2007, please be in touch with Linda Katz (202-363-6394 x206).

PASTORAL NOTES
Mazel Tov to...
...Tracy and Boris Getselman on the birth of their daughter, Rya Florence Getselman.
...Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner and Ross Kirschner on the birth of their daughter Maya.
...Mark Simakovsky and Dr. Sarah Solomon on the birth and naming of their daughter, Eva Tsilya Simakovsky.

We Mourn the Death of...
...Belle Broutman ( Charles), mother of Marlene Kaplan (David). A funeral service will take place at Temple Sinai on Friday, December 1 at 10 AM followed by burial at Judean Gardens in Olney, MD. The family will be sitting shiva at the Broutman home following the burial and on Saturday (12/2) and Sunday (12/3) from 7-9 PM.

We Extend Condolences to...
... Marvin and Sally Kranz on the death of their brother-in-law Robert Taines.

Member addresses can be found in the Membership Directory.
IN THE COMMUNITY
25th Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecture at UDC School of Law 
Wednesday, November 29 at 6 PM (4340 Connecticut Ave., NW, Moot Court Room)
Professor Stephen A. Bright will be interviewed by Wade Henderson on the topic "Race and Poverty in the Criminal Courts." Learn more and RSVP.

JUFJ & WIN Affordable Housing Meeting
Saturday, December 2 at 2 PM, Raymond Rec. Center (3725 10th St., NW) Interested in affordable housing at the old Hebrew Home in DC? Join JUFJ, WIN and other advocates at a meeting with the developers to hear an update on their plans and provide input. For more info, email Lauren Jacobson Spokane.

Therapeutic Yoga for Insomnia
Sunday, December 3, 2-5 PM at Washington Yoga Center (4000 Albemarle St NW, #100)
A good night's sleep is vital to our health, yet many of us suffer. TS member Robin Glantz will teach a special workshop on yoga poses and breathing exercises that help your zzzs. This will include lifestyle suggestions and 3 yoga practices for morning, early evening and in bed to help promote a good night's sleep.  All levels of yoga experience welcome. Cost $40. Register.  Questions? Contact Robin ( 202-438-3616).

Bradley Hills Village Presents: The Hamilton Cookbook, an Exploration of Cooking, Food and History with Laura Kumin
Sunday, December 3, 4-6 PM at the home of TS members Syma & Martin Mendelsohn (5705 McKinley Street, Bethesda)
If you live in the BHV area of Bethesda (Huntington Terrace, Bradmoor, Hillmead, Sonoma, Edgewood),  please join us for this special event. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Syma Mendelsohn (301-897-5765).
Author, food blogger and TS member Laura Kumin discusses the world of Alexander Hamilton with food  as the central theme.  Foods from the cookbook will be served.  Children interested in history and/or cooking are welcome.  Books will be available on the day of the event and if you would like to preorder, Laura has arranged for BHV to take advantage of the author discount at  Politics and Prose . Books are also available via Amazon. 

Chevy Chase DC Library presents Author & Illustrator Mark Siegel
Tuesday, December 5 at 4:30 PM
Illustrator of the Children's Hanukkah book Oskar and the Eight Blessings
A National Jewish Book Award Winner. Learn more.

5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence
Wednesday, December 6 at 7 PM, St. Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill
Stand with the families and survivors directly impacted by gun violence. RSVP.

Interfaith Worker Justice Awards Celebration
Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 PM, AFL-CIO (815 16th St., NW, Samuel Gompers Room)
Responding to the needs of undocumented workers, IWJ supports worker centers across the U.S. and has focused on women immigrants working in the poultry industry.  Learn more and purchase tickets. Questions? Contact jheaney@iwj.org or TS Social Action Committee Chair  Barbara Kraft.  

Washington Jewish Film Festival: December Films
Monday, December 11, 7:30 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC
A touching romantic comedy about a love story that starts in support group for people on the autism spectrum.
 
Tuesday, December 12, 7:30 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC
A laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski-great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor.
 
Tuesday, December 19, 7:30 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary about the life and career of Twist and Shout songwriter Bert Berns.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, December 11 at 12:45 PM
Daytimers. Learn more.

Friday, December 15 at 6:30 PM
Chanukah Shabbat Service and Catered Dinner. RSVP for dinner. 

Saturday, December 16 at 9:15 AM
Torah Study with a focus on Gun Violence Prevention

Sunday, December 17 at 9:30 AM

Religious School Chanukah Extravaganza & Family Sing-Along. RSVP now.

Friday, December 29 at 6 PM
Community Shabbat Service at Temple Sinai
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