26-27 Nisan 5778
11-12 Day of Omer
April 11, 2018
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar

Yom HaShoah begins at sundown tonight through sundown on Thursday
Yom HaShoah Lecture @ UVM
Tomorrow | 7:30pm

UVM will be hosting a special Holocaust Lecture at 7:30pm in the Memorial Lounge of the Waterman Building.  Prof. Richard Sugarman will be leading the lecture.  The entire Jewish Community is invited to attend.  Click the image for more information about the lecture.

This Friday, April 13 | 7:30pm

Join us for worship this Friday and experience a different style of Shabbat service at our Rock Shabbat.  Our house band, Dahg, will be leading this upbeat worship experience.
In This Issue
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd
Grade Classes | April 12

Students and Parents, please join us during Religious School  for this special program offering that will focus on modern Israeli Holidays.

This time of fun and learning will be led by Saragail Benjamin.
Mah Jongg
Sisterhood Mah Jongg Marathon
Sunday, April 15 | 10:00am

Dine, Worship, Socialize
Friday, April 20 | 6:30pm

Join us  Friday, April 20 at 6:30pm for a Community Shabbat Dinner, followed by a Youth Lead Traditional Service. 

This service will be co-led by our
7th Grade Religious School Class.

Follow the service, please join us for a special Oneg hosted by the Rabbinic Search Steering Committee in honor of all the wonderful and hard work done by the four Rabbinic Search Subcommittees (Survey & Assessment, Search, Contract, and Hospitality) during our successful Rabbinic Search process.

All are Welcome to
Dine and Worship and Socialize with Us!
From Our Mailbox to Yours

Temple Sinai Friends,

I would like to thank those of you who reached out to me directly and through my husband, Michael, while I was at NYU for surgery. Your phone calls, emails, text messages, cards, and gifts of candy and flowers made a painful and difficult recovery a bit easier to bear. I would also like to thank those of you who offered to provide meals, transportation to medical appointments, and in home assistance once I returned to Vermont. Although it wasn't necessary for me to accept your offers, they meant a great deal to me. Although I still have several months of recovery ahead of me, my surgeon assures me I'm healing and progressing well. The pain and physical limitations I still have should resolve themselves in time.  

-- Aliyah Levine
Judy Alexander  &
Bruce Chalmer

For this installment of our blog, "Getting to Know You," we learn about our Director of Congregational Education and her husband. Click their photo to read about them.

In an effort to learn more about one another, we started this blog several years ago.  This and all of our past interviews are available to read on our website at www.templesinaivt.org--Just go to the Community Tab at the top of the page and click on "Getting to Know You."

If you are interested in being interviewed for this blog, please contact  Jan Orlansky .
Saturday Mornings | 9:00am

Torah Study will meet
this Shabbat

Please join us for this
time of study and discussion
Adult Education Offering
Next Class will be on April 22 | 10:00am

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.

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

??? Questions ??? Please email  iEngage@templesinaivt.org
Jewish History Group
Wednesdays at 11:00am

Temple Sinai's Wednesday Morning Jewish History Group is currently reading, Bad Rabbi, by Eddy Portnoy.

Book is available at Amazon (click the image above to order), on Kindle or Nook, or Barnes & Noble will order it for you. Class meets every week on Wednesday from 11:00am-12:00pm at Temple Sinai. 

For a fun read into stories of our past, please join us when you can. If you don't have a book, not to worry, you can listen too.
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.
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Join us in wishing them a wonderful day and many more!



  April 13 ~ Linda & Dean Snider









April 11 ~ Robin Goodwin

April 11 ~ James Valastro

April 13 ~ Patricia Levi

April 16 ~ Steven Schreer

April 17 ~ William Ryder


April & May Birthdays Celebration
Friday, May 18


Please join us on Friday, May 18, for worship at 7:30pm, after which we will have a special Oneg in honor of your Birthday. 

No need to RSVP,
just come for some cake  and to CELEBRATE!
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Upcoming Community Events
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Interested in Forming a
Dragon Boat Team?

Are you interested in having fun and supporting cancer survivors at the same time?  

Linda Retchin is forming a Dragon Boat Team, the Gefilte Fish, and needs your help.  She needs 22 paddles to form the team.  There is a fee of $75 per paddler, which goes to the cancer survivor fundraiser.

If you are interesting in joining the team, please contact Linda.

Here to Email


New Offering at Ohavi Zedek
Second Saturday of the Month | 10:30-11:30am

Movement and flow with Adam Bluestein.

Sliding scale, suggested donations, drop-ins welcome

Contact 802-864-0218 with questions.

Across the Abyss | April 22

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue is pleased to invite the Burlington community to join them on Sunday, April 22nd, at 2:00pm for a presentation by two esteemed scholars actively engaged in working for peace in the Middle East.

"Across the Abyss: How a Former Anti-Semite and a Former Jewish Extremist Are Changing the Muslim-Jewish Relationship"

Growing up in Turkey, Imam Abdullah Antepli saw Jews as evil and read the classic anti-Semitic work, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Growing up in Brooklyn, Yossi Klein Halevi was attracted to the militant politics of the Jewish far-right. Today, Abdullah heads Muslim Affairs at Duke University, while Yossi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Together they run a revolutionary program, the Muslim Leadership Initiative, that is changing the way Muslims and Jews understand and relate to each other.  
This event is free and open to the public.  Click HERE to open larger image.
Click the image for a calendar  of upcoming events.

UVM  Miller
Center for 
Holocaust Studies
Throughout Vermont

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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.