23-24 Tevet 5778
January 10, 2018
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar
The Rabbis are coming!
The Rabbis are coming!

For the next three weekends, Rabbinic Candidates will be visiting our Temple.   The first of our Rabbinic Candidates to visit, Rabbi David Edleson, will be here this Friday.  Everyone is invited to worship with us beginning at 7:30pm.  An Oneg will immediately follow the service.
All congregants are encouraged to participate in the other events to meet and interact with Rabbi Edleson. Multiple events will take place to maximize the opportunities for congregational participation. All activities are open to the entire congregation, no RSVPs required!

Members, please watch your email inbox for more information about all the events scheduled this weekend.
In This Issue
Adult Education Program
January 21 | 2pm-4pm
Italian Association of Vermont

The Jewish Community in Italy, with Dr. William Tortolano of St. Michael's College
Explore the distinct culture of the Jews of Italy through a PowerPoint presentation with music and commentary.  Neither Sephardi or Ashkenazi, the Italian-Jewish community, centered in Rome for over 2,000 years, is one of the oldest in the world. There are today 17 synagogues in Rome, of which the Tempio (Temple) Maggiore (see photo) has 10,000 members. Italian Jews have a distinctive culture: music, art, food, worship (Italkim), and culture. No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to this vibrant community. 

Can't get to Rome? Come to this presentation!
William Camp Mitzvah Project

As his Mitzvah project, William has chosen to assist the Humane Society of Chittenden County.  He is collecting dog food, dog treats, and dog toys.  Any donations that  you could make would be greatly appreciated.  Items may be dropped off in the container located just outside of the Administrative Offices.  Thank you for giving and assisting in the worhy cause.
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.
Folk & Youth Service | February 2

Please join us for the first of our Folk & Youth Lead Shabbats for 2018.  From January through May, our Folk Services will be co-lead by different classes from our Religious School.  This second of the five services will be co-lead by our 3rd & 4th grade class.

Following each service, there will be a Congregational Dinner hosted by the parents of the students and different Committees within Temple Sinai.

Please plan to join us in this time of worship and socializing together on Shabbat.
Saturday Mornings | 9:00am

Torah Study will meet  this Saturday

Please join us for this time of
study and discussion
NEW Adult Education Offering
(Dates have changed)

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
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Join us in wishing them a wonderful day and many more!



January 12 ~ Danielle Mund & Adolfo Alonso-Lopez











January 14 ~ Joshua Kalfus


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Consider being a donor

A gentleman from Essex Junction asked us to share his search for a kidney donor with our Temple community.  Please see the attached and consider being a donor for him.
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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.