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THIS WEEK
Friday, May 11
6:00 PM Prozdor (appetizers)

6:30 PM  Confirmation Shabbat Service

Saturday, May 12
9:15 AM Torah Study

10:30 AM Family Shabbat Service with Better Together participation & Kiddush Luncheon. RSVP now.

10:30 AM Shabbat Service - Bar Mitzvah of Eli Reisman

5:30 PM Shabbat Mincha Service - Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Selfridge
Celebrate Mother's Day at the 4th Annual Tricia Davis 5K Walk/Run for Sinai House!
Sunday, May 13 
Hains Point/East Potomac Park (New location!)
There is no registration on race day!  Click here to register today.

Proceeds from this event will directly fund Sinai House's programs aimed at enabling families to move from homelessness to independence by providing safe and affordable housing, comprehensive social services and financial support. The lives of over 44 families, including over 84 children, have been changed thanks to the work of Sinai House. This Mother's Day event is a fitting tribute to Tricia Davis, who was a founder and early supporter of Sinai House.
  • Join a Competitive or Social Race Team
  • One-mile Fun Run for Children
  • Strollers and dogs welcome!
  • Munch on Bullfrog Bagels
  • FREE Parking for Race Registrants until 10 AM at National Park Service Lots B & C
Race bib and T-shirt pick-up on Friday, May 11 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Temple Sinai foyer and on Race Day, Sunday, May 13 from 7-7:30 AM at the Start/Finish Line.

Check out who else is signed up by looking at the names on the footprints going up the stairway near the classroom wing at the temple! Help us reach 400 registrants!
Book Whisperers Needed for TS May Book Fairs
May 10 -11 (Highland Elem., 3100 Medway St., Silver Spring) and May 17-18 (Browne Educ. Campus, 850 26th St., NE, Washington, DC)
No special experience or knowledge required. Spend a few hours helping 3rd or 4th graders pick books to read over the summer. Previous volunteers have raved about this experience! Call or email Debby Litt for more info and to sign up , (301) 652-8562 (h), (301) 785-8591 (c). 

Wednesday, June 6 at 7 PM at Temple Sinai
Cant make it to a book fair? Help us pack!  We need volunteers to pack the books for the two book fairs and make sure each participating child receives the books he or she wanted. 
In the Library: Jerusalem Day, Mother's Day, & Shavuot
Get ready to celebrate with books for kids & adults & some cookbooks too! All on display in the library. Jerusalem Day & Mother's Day are this coming Sunday, May 13 and Shavuot begins the evening of Saturday, May 19.  
Donate Your Used Books, CDs & DVDs
Books Pile
In partnership with Turning the Page the Temple is collecting used books, CDs and DVDs. The collection box is located immediately to your left as you enter the Temple Library.
 
Turning the Page sells these items to fund its work with elementary and middle schools parents in Wards 7 and 8 to build home libraries, develop stronger parent-teacher relationships, and inspire their children to learn. Look for their pop-up bookstore, Carpe Librum, opening in Mazza Gallerie in May.     
TSNS Diaper & Supply Drive
May 7-11
Please join Temple Sinai Nursery School In supporting the Greater DC Diaper Bank's Baby Pantry, and helping families in need.  We are collecting:
  • Diapers and pull ups (open packs welcome), wipes, and diaper rash cream
  • Formula (new, unopened only)
  • Baby food and toddler snacks 
  • New and unopened bottles, nipples, and pacifiers
  • Tampons/Pads (open packs of individually wrapped products welcome)
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste for adults and children
  • Lotion for adults and children
  • Toilet paper
  • Potty training seats
  • Baby bathtubs
There will be collection bins by the temple entrance and entrances to the nursery school.
IN THE COMING WEEKS
Daytimers
daytimers
Monday, May 14 at 12:45 PM
We welcome  Josh Rogin, Washington Post Foreign Policy Columnist for "Trump's Foreign Policies: An International Update." Learn more.


TSWRJ Annual Meeting: Cocktails & Conversation
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
Enjoy drinks and light fare as we explore a few of today's hottest social justice issues and have meaningful conversations that will influence the future of TSWRJ. 
We will also elect and install our officers and honor our Woman of the Year, Liz Dunst. RSVP now.
Social Action Recognition Shabbat Service & Dinner
Friday, May 18 at 6:30 PM
Come celebrate Sinai social justice work with a joyful and festive Shabbat service honoring our many projects and leaders, from Gun Violence Prevention to Green Team, from So Others Might Eat to Summer Book Fair, from Sinai House to immigration and refugee advocacy and more! This is an opportunity to find out what's happening.

And, if you're working on a Sinai social action team or project and we haven't already been in touch with you, we need to hear from you ASAP -- please email Barbara Kraft or Cathy Goldwyn!  Please  RSVP for dinner so we know how much food to order. 
 
Save the Date: Thursday, June 7, 7 - 8:30 PM
WIN Citywide Action featuring DC Council Chair candidates speaking on issues identified by members of WIN congregations across DC. Location TBA.  More info, or for a ride, email Barbara Kraft.  
Sinaites Year-End Event
Saturday, May 19
Join 8th-12th graders on our Year-End event to Hershey Park. We will start the morning with a quick breakfast and Sinaites Board elections, and then get on the bus and head to glorious Hershey, PA! We will spend the afternoon noshing on candy, flipping upside down on roller coasters, and showing off at carnival games! RSVP by May 17.
People of the Book Club
Tuesday, May 22 at 10 AM
Rabbi Goldstein will lead a discussion on  The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping, Aharon Appelfeld's latest and final novel. No RSVP necessary.  Learn more.
SHAVUOT
On Shavuot, our Jewish communities around the world celebrate the moment Moses received Torah at Sinai. This year, Shavuot begins the evening of May 19, and continues into May 20. You can learn more about Shavuot on My Jewish Learning here.
Shavuot Jammy Jam
Sunday, May 20 at 9 AM
We are SO excited for this new program! We'll gather together, in our PAJAMAS for a yummy brunch (complete with Bloody Mary's and Mimosas for parents), and spend some time playing, learning, and celebrating Shavuot in a fun and dynamic program for families. Activities will be appropriate for families with children ages K-6.  RSVP here.
Shavuot Festival Service with Yizkor followed by Lunch
Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 AM
All are invited to a Shavuot Festival service with Yizkor, which will be followed by a Kiddush Luncheon.
SOCIAL ACTION
Join the Poor People's Campaign
Mondays in May and June
During the URJ Biennial, Rev. William J. Barber II called upon the Reform Movement to join The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The PPC will unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality. This 40 day campaign will consist of moral non-violent direct action on Capitol Hill and in 39 state capitals every Monday during May and June (May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, and a culminating rally on Saturday, June 23). Interested in learning more and getting involved? Email Rabbi Goldstein
Help Refugee Families
Household Items and Job Opportunities Wanted
We are delighted to report that one of the refugee families Temple Sinai has been assisting -- Chef Mina from Foodhini.com, her husband, son and daughter -- has just moved into a rental house not far from Wheaton Mall.  They are thrilled! In the weeks to come we will try to assist them to replace dilapidated furniture, including beds, and we hope to help Davoud, who had a construction firm in Iran, to find work closer to home than his present job at a commercial bakery in PG County.  If you are able to help with household items or job opportunities, please contact  Catherine Ribnick .

Laptops Wanted
Through our work with the refugee community, we are working with a family of 6 from Syria who is unsponsored (unlike the family Temple Sinai has been helping support this past year). The family has 4 daughters, grades 6, 5, and 1, as well as a 3 year old, the oldest of whom are struggling in school. We are hoping to find a couple of laptop computers to help the kids work at home to practice their language and math skills. Ideally these computers would be up to date and in excellent working condition (since they can't afford to fix them). If you have access to one or two laptops that fit this bill, please contact  Andrea Dettelbach. 
PASTORAL NOTES
We Extend Condolences to...
...Niesa Halpern (James) on the death of her sister Libby Brateman.
...James Koppersmith (Vivienne Azarcon) on the death of his father, Roy Koppersmith.
...Daniel Radack ( Jesselyn) on the death of his father, Alan Radack.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM
Temple Sinai Annual Meeting. Learn more. 

Friday, June 1
6:00 PM: Tot Shabbat Service & Participatory Dinner. RSVP for dinner.
8:00 PM: Shabbat Service with Board Installation followed by a Festive Oneg

Saturday, June 2 at 10:30 AM
Kehillat Shabbat Service followed by Adult B'nei Mitzvah Lunch & Learn. RSVP.

Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 at 10 AM
Adult Ed Class: M.W. Shapira and his Nemesis C.D. Ginsburg. Learn more and RSVP.

Friday, June 8 at 6:30 PM
Pride Shabbat Service preceded by a Festive Prozdor at 6 PM 

Sunday, June 10 at 4:05 PM
Nats-Giants Game with TSMRJ. RSVP.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Attention Sinai Members Living in DC!
Insist our Council follow through on $2.5M in immigrant legal aid in DC's FY 2019 budget. Call or email Council Chair Phil Mendelson, (202) 724-8032, pmendelson@dccouncil.us. Tell him you support the full $2.5M in the Council budget, and that you oppose the Mayor's meager $900,000 allocation. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) ends within the year for many DC residents. Having a lawyer increases exponentially one's chances of remaining in the U.S. The time for Council to fix the budget runs out in a few days. Your call can make a difference!

JScreen Pop-Up: Take Control. Take Action. Get Screened
Wednesday, May 16, 4 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC (16th and Q Streets NW)
Whether you are single, dating, married, or already have a child and are planning to add to your family, genetic screening is important for every member of our community. JScreen, a non-profit dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases, will be "setting up shop" at the DCJCC on Wednesday, May 16, in an effort to provide as many as possible with an easy and affordable opportunity to get tested. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged. Read more and pre-register here.

Pathways to Parenthood
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC (16th and Q Streets NW)
Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive? Please join us for an informal discussion about different paths to parenthood. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a representative from the foster care system, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more! After the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community building. Gay and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish -- all are warmly welcomed.  Register here.
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