22-23 Shevat 5778
February 7, 2018
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Ben Eisenberg & Molly Nilan

For this installment of our blog, "Getting to Know You," we learn about one of our new Temple Board Trustees, Ben Eisenberg. Click their photo to read about Ben, his wife Molly Nilan, and their family.

In an effort to learn more about one another, we started this blog several years ago.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this blog, please contact Jan Orlansky .
In This Issue
The Rabbis have visited, so what happens next?
Great question!
Visit the Rabbinic Search Blog for the latest
by clicking the banner above to find out

A New Posting will be made tomorrow at Noon!
NEW Adult Education Offering
Class continues this Sunday, February 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
Saturday Mornings | 9:00am

Torah Study will meet  this Saturday

Please join us for this time of
study and discussion
Zentangle Class
A Sisterhood Event

Open to Sisterhood and All Temple Members- Bring Your Friends, Partners, Kids (10 and up).

WHEN:   Saturday February 10th
WHERE:  Temple Sinai
TIME:  10am - 12pm
COST:  $35/pp For Starter Kit   (10% of proceeds donated to Sisterhood)

Pre-registration is required for supplies.   RSVP to Jan Orlansky by February 4th 
Led By Jan Orlansky - Certified Zentangle Teacher
What Is Zentangle?
No experience is needed to create Zentangle art.  Create your own images by drawing patterns of dots, lines, curves, orbs etc.  Every Zentangle is unplanned so there is no worry about the result.  Enjoy an increase in focus, creativity, self-confidence and sense of well-being.
Click this link for more Zentangle information:  

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Can't Make the Sisterhood Class?

Hadassah is sponsoring another class.  See below for information to sign up for their class if you could not make or missed the deadline for the Sisterhood event.

WHEN:   Sunday, February 25th
WHERE:  Ahavath Gerim Synagogue/Ruach haMaqom
TIME:  1pm - 3pm
COST:  $35/pp For Starter Kit   (10% of proceeds donated to Hadassah)

Pre-registration is required for supplies.   RSVP to Jan Orlansky by February 12th.
Purim Event sponsored by Temple Sinai

Vermont's  greater Jewish Community is hosting a Purim Masquerade Ball and Political Theater w/dance and merriment!  

Come  celebrate springtime and be entertained as we witness the wild re-telling of the Book of Esther and the skewering of our political leaders and recent events. The Ball is non-religious and dedicated to the experience of turning everything upside down and inside out. Led off by the Brass Balagan Orchestra, the evening will be filled with dancing to the sounds of Barika and strong spirits. There will be a cash bar and an awesome live band!  this is a 21+ event!
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 February 28.  Also, if you're interested in helping out with this event, contact Deb.
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!



No for this week!










February 7 ~ Sue Gordon

February 9 ~ Kimberly Dauerman

February 11 ~ Pattie Greenfield

February 12 ~ Zoe Prue

February 12 ~ Sean Tooley

February 13 ~ Marissa Needleman




They Say It's Your Birthday!

Calling all
January & February

Please join us on Friday, February 23 so that we can celebrate another year with you. No need to RSVP. Come for cake and to celebrate.

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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.