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Guest Speaker This Friday
Dec 8 | 5:30pm

Please join us for a special Shabbat service featuring the presentation Israel's Ultra-Orthodox and Us presented by Rabbi Leigh Lerner.  The evening will begin with a special Pre-Oneg at 5:30pm in honor and celebration of the retirement of our rabbi, James Scott Glazier, with the service beginning at 6:00pm.  A Retirement Celebration with catered dinner will follow the service for those who have RSVP'd to attend.

In explaining ultra-Orthodoxy to our congregation, Rabbi Lerner will also share why he wrote The Mossad Messiah and briefly give us insight into his novel.  Rabbi Lerner made extensive research into Israel's ultra-Orthodox communtiy and what their growing presence means for Israel and for all Jews.  In addition, he spent his 2012 sabbatical in Jerusalem helping our Israel Religious Action Center's program of "Freedom Rides," to intregrate Jerusalem buses, assuring women's right to sit in the front of the bus.

Rabbi Learner is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom, Montreal.  From the early '70s to the late '80s, he was Mount Zion's Senior Rabbi.  Currently, he is also the visiting rabbi at Shir Hadash Firenze and teacher of conversion classes at Beth Hillel Roma.
In This Issue
Begins on Thursday, November 30 at 3:00pm

Temple Sinai Sisterhood has stocked the tables with Menorahs, Dreidels, Gelt, Candles, Toys, Decor, Gift Wrap, and so much more. . . 
Cash or Check Only, please!

December 16 | 6:30pm

 Sisterhood Vodka and Latke Party

Christmas Day Food Delivery

Drivers are needed on Christmas Day to deliver food to seniors for the "Meals On Wheels" program.  Meet at Burlington High School on Christmas Day (Monday, December 25th) to pick up food and gifts to deliver to home-bound seniors.  Each car is provided a route to deliver approximately 4-10 meals and off you go!

Please know that due to the limited number, routes will be assigned to Temple Sinai members first, and then to friends of Temple Sinai.  The entire process only takes 1-2 hours.  This is such a worthwhile activity and allows other members in our community to celebrate their holiday with their families.

If you are interested, please contact Dave Chafetz by clicking below BEFORE 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 20th.
Garage Needed

As you all my know, Rabbi Glazier will be way on sabbatical from mid-January until late-June.  During his absence, he is seeking a garage to rent in order to store one of his vehicles.  If you can help, please email him at  rabbiglazier@templesinaivt.org
Running Short on Mitzvot?

Providing an Oneg is performing a Mitzvah for our community.   It can also be a way to remember a loved one, celebrate a family event,  or share good news with the congregation.

Consider hosting to commemorate yahrzeits, birthdays, anniversaries,  engagements, awards, graduations, B'nai Mitzvah, and other happy occasions.  Slots are available through the end of this year and all of next.  Sign up today by clicking the image above.
Art & Ginny Greenblott
 
In an effort to learn about one another, this blog was started.  This month, we feature Art and Ginny Greenblott.  Click on their photo to read more.

If you would like to be interviewed for this blog, please contact Jan Orlansky.
Saturday Mornings | 9:00am

Torah Study will meet  this Saturday

Please join us for this time of
study and discussion
NEW Adult Education Offering

Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel's future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of Modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.

This innovative course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 - following the 1917 Balfour Declaration - as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. The course engages Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines.
Course dates are: Jan. 14 & 28, Feb. 4 & 18, Mar. 11 & 25, Apr.  8, and May 6 at 10:00 a.m. Additionally, there are three webinars led by Scholars from the URJ and Israel on March 1, April 12, and May 17, all Thursdays, all at noon.
 
These video sessions originate from the Hartman Institute and are facilitated on site by Bruce Hicken.
 
This course is made possible by a generous grant from the URJ and ARZA and is being offered for free to Temple Sinai members and non-members.  Source readings will be provided for free in PDF format.  These readings are also available in a printed book, which you may order yourself from the Hartman Institute for $20.00.

Donations are gladly accepted. All participants do need to sign up in advance, even if you cannot attend all classes.  

To sign up, please email  iEngage@templesinaivt.org
Mah Jongg
Sisterhood Mah Jongg Cards

It's time to order Mah Jongg cards for 2018. Deadline to order is January 5, 2018. Please get your order in early as we have an early deadline this year.
 
Standard cards are $8 each.
Large Print cards are $9 each.
 
Please send your check made out to Temple Sinai Sisterhood to 500 Swift Street, S. Burlington, VT 05403, and include the following information:
 
Your Name,  Address,  # of Cards Ordering,  Regular or Large Print
Anniversaries & Birthdays this Week
Join us in wishing them a wonderful day and many more!

 


 

 

December 6th through 12 ~ None this week

 

 

 

 

 

 

  December 8 ~ Susan Bloom

  December 9 ~ Carol Stone

December 10 ~ Eli Marden 

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Share The Light
A Hanukkah Party & Benefit Celebration

This is a Temple Sinai co-sponsored event that will sell out.  
Click the menorah above to learn more and to
to purchase your tickets TODAY!
Click the image for a calendar  of upcoming events.

UVM  Miller
Center for 
Holocaust Studies
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Click the logo to view upcoming Jewish events sponsored by Jewish groups and houses of worship in VT.
Mission Statement
We are a diverse, egalitarian, and inclusive community of Jews and interfaith families.  We joyfully embrace Judaism as a way of life through prayer, music, social action, celebrating Jewish holidays, lifelong learning, and life cycle events.  Through these activities, we seek to promote spiritual growth, moral values, and the social welfare of our community.
 
Vision Statement
Temple Sinai strives to be a joyful, energetic, accepting, innovative, caring, and accessible faith community.  We choose to practice and teach Jewish traditions in our community, so that Jews and Judaism will continue to flourish, both in Vermont and in an ever-changing world.  We believe that support for a safe and prosperous State of Israel is an important part of our Jewish identity.