21-22 Tishrei 5778
October 11, 2017
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar
Consecration & Simchat Torah
October 12 | 4:00pm

Please join us for  our Consecration/Simchat Torah service followed by a dinner. This will be held during Religious school hours from 4:00pm-6:00ish.

This is for everyone, as we consecrate and welcome our newest students into the Religious school.  Please let Judy know if your child did not get a mini-Torah (little kids) or a prayer book (older kids) last year. Additionally students in grades 3+ will receive a $200 gift certificate towards their first overnight summer at a URJ camp.

We will also celebrate Simchat Torah, the completion and beginning of the Torah reading cycle for the new year.

For the dinner following the service, we ask that families in grades K-4 bring a main dish, grades 5-6 bring a salad, and grade 7 bring dessert and beverage.
In This Issue
Bar Mitzvah of
Benjamin & Jakob Birnbaum

Please join us as we celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin and Jakob Birnbaum this Saturday, October 14 beginning at 10:00am.

Online Auction | NOW OPEN FOR BIDDING!

CLICK  the Postcard above to
Browse and/or Bid TODAY!
Annual High Holiday Food Drive
Extended until October 14

Please support the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf by filling a bag (some are available at Temple) and bringing it with you to the High Holiday Services!

To help feed those in need please bring non-perishable food such as:
  • Low Sugar Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Baby Food or Formula
  • Canned Soup, Fruit, Vegetables
  • Tuna
  • Pasta and Sauce

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Lane Series Event
Monday, November 13

UVM Lane Series presents the Semer Ensemble on November  13 at 7:30 pm (Pre-show Talk with Artists in Hall, 6:30pm).

Purchase your tickets through Temple Sinai.
"The Semer Ensemble has brought the musicians of 1930s Berlin back to life after decades of silence."- Songlines
In 1938, on Kristallnacht, in Berlin, the entire archive and storehouse of an important repository of Jewish records and music was destroyed. Believing that this material must still exist somewhere in the form of sheet music and records sold to patrons, German musicologist Dr. Rainer E. Lotz has made it his life's work to seek out these many rare examples of Jewish music produced by Semer Records. An all-star cast of musicians from Europe and the United States has formed the Semer Ensemble to bring this recovered music to the public for the first time. The often dramatic, emotional songs range from klezmer, to cabaret, to prayer music. Led by the great Alan Bern (Brave Old World) and including Yiddish vocalist Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics) and more, this is an astonishing evening of the Golden Age of Jewish Music that was almost lost to history and violence.
This is a chance to have a wonderful evening of music while also raising a little money for Temple Sinai.  Members and non-members may purchase tickets by  clicking the button below, logging in to ChaverWeb, and selecting the Events Button.  Tickets are limited, so order yours TODAY!
The Kalfus Family

In an effort to learn more about one another, this blog was started some time ago.  This month, the Kalfus Family is featured.  Click their photo to read about them.

If you would like to be interviewed, please contact Jan Orlansky.
Happy New Year from Sisterhood

Temple Sinai's Sisterhood announces their Calendar of Events for the new year, and invites you to participate in their Annual Kickoff Brunch next week.  Click the buttons below for more details.

Social Action Opportunity
(Updated Information)

For this Mitzvah Project, we plan  to create hygiene care bags for the Homeless and Women's Shelters in Chittenden County.

All congregants are asked to participate by bringing any new, unused personal care hygiene items (preferably travel-sized) to the Temple. Desired items for the bag include: shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, razors, chap stick, Kleenex, wash cloths,  new or gently used socks- mens, womens, children (no holes or stains), warm gloves and hats, small backpacks- new or gently used, gift cards to Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds, Bus passes. These items will be delivered to COTS, A NEW PLACE, and STEPS TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (New name of the Women's Shelter).

Items may be placed in the box located in the lounge area by the Administrative Offices.   For for more information or if you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Linda Snider at  802-777-2269 or l.sniderok@gmail.com.
Saturday Mornings | 9:00am

Torah Study will meet
this Saturday

Please join us for this time of
study and discussion
Jewish History Class
Wednesday Morning Adult Education

This Wednesday Morning Adult Education Class continues reading the book, The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience , by Jane S. Gerber.

This weekly group meets from 11:00am until Noon to read and discuss Jewish History books.  It is recommended that you purchase the book (click the photo), if you plan to participate in the class. The class is free open to everyone.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week
Join us in wishing them a wonderful day and many more!




October 11 ~ Nancy & Dan Smith

October 12 ~ Jane & Reid Grayson

October 12 ~ Jane & David Greenberg

October 13 ~ Heather & Mark Needleman






October 11 ~ Lloyd Grunvald

October 13 ~ Jason Kenwood

October 14 ~ Arielle Greenblatt

October 14 ~ Madeline Greenblatt

October 15 ~ Linda Retchin

October 17 ~ Stacie Gabert

October 17 ~ Gary Keller


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Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War | Oct. 15

On October 15 beginning at 6:30pm, the First Unitarian Universalist Society will be hosting an interfaith film screening and discussion of the PBS documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War.  This event is free and open to the public. 

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.