20-21 Adar 5778
March 7, 2018
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar
Folk Shabbat

This Friday | 5:30pm

Please join us this Friday at 5:30pm for our monthly Folk Shabbat Service.  The 5th and 6th grade Religious School class will be co-leading this service.  

A Congregational Dinner will follow the service.

Temple Sinai Brotherhood will also be holding its 3rd Annual Passover Wine Tasting again this year,  the first of which will be during the Congregational Dinner. A second tasting will be held during the Oneg on Friday, March 16,  so please plan to attend and enjoy a selection of Kosher for Passover wines from Israel.

All are welcome to worship and dine with us!
In This Issue
Adults Only Purim Party
Saturday, March 10

Kick off the shackles of winter, book the babysitter, throw on a costume and your dancing shoes and join us on Saturday, March 10 for our Adults Only Purim party. Do Purim like they do it in Israel--any kind of costume will do! Come ready to dance, sing and act a little crazy. Our house rock band, Dahg, will help us rock out. Meg Cossaboom will teach us a couple of "grown up" dances and David Wright will have the karaoke machine warmed up and ready to go! So, let your hair down and come party with us!! Beer, wine, apps and snacks provided. If you wish, bring your own spirits.

TIME: 7-10:30 PM
WHERE: Temple Sinai Social Hall
SUGGESTED DONATION: $18/person to cover the food and to benefit Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

So, come shake off those winter blues and have some fun and do a mitzvah at the same time. Please RSVP to Deb Leopold by March 7.  Also, if you're interested in helping out with this event, contact Deb.
Community Passover
Potluck Seder
Saturday, March 31 | 5:00pm

Interested in attending a 2nd night Passover Potluck Seder here at Temple Sinai?  If so, please click below to share your interest, so that we can plan for the event.

Please use PASSOVER SEDER in the subject line of your email, and remember to put the number of people in your party in the body of the email.


Linda Retchin & Jeff Solomon

For this installment of our blog, "Getting to Know You," we learn about two long standing members of our congregation, Linda Retchin and Jeff Solomon. 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 Saturday

Please join us for this time of
study and discussion
New Book | Jewish History Group
Wednesdays at 11:00am

Temple Sinai's Wednesday Morning Jewish History Group is happy to announce its new book selection, Bad Rabbi, by Eddy Portnoy.

With true stories plucked from the pages of the Yiddish papers, Eddy Portnoy introduces us to the drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were immortalized in print. There's the Polish rabbi blackmailed by an American widow, mass brawls at weddings and funerals, a psychic who specialized in locating missing husbands, and violent gangs of Jewish mothers on the prowl-in short, not quite the Jews you'd expect. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into an unknown Yiddish world that was.

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.
Adult Education Offering
Next Class will be on March 11 | 10:00am

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: Feb. 4, 11, & 18, Mar. 11, 18 & 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
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!



March 12 ~ Shelli & Arthur Goldsweig










March 8 ~ Russ Goodwin

March 9 ~ Tom Grocki

March 11 ~ David Chafetz

March 11 ~ Len Rubin

March 12 ~ Sabrina Davis


March Birthdays Celebration
Friday, March 23


Please join us on Friday, March 23, after our worship service for a special Oneg, in honor of your Birthday. 

No need to RSVP, just come for some cake 
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Upcoming Community Events
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Click the image for a calendar  of upcoming events.

UVM  Miller
Center for 
Holocaust Studies
Throughout Vermont

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.