Volume 1819, Issue 4
Are You Ready to Light the Menorah?
The first night of Chanukah is this coming Sunday, December 2 . Does your child know the blessings? Why not reinforce what they have been learning in Religious School and have them practice at home so they are ready the big first night?

To help your family practice, we have included the prayers in English, Hebrew and the transliteration, as well as video of some of our students reciting the prayers .
The 6th Grade girls in Karen Feit's class sing all three Chanukah blessings
Listen to the 4th Grade girls in
Esther Appel's class sing the first Chanukah blessing
Ruth Kessler's 5th Grade boys present the second Chanukah blessing

The 6th Grade boys in Dalia Brody's class bring us the third Chanukah blessing
Check Out What's Happening at
Temple Sinai This Chanukah!
Shabbat Hallelu/Chanukah Service/Birthday Blessings
Friday, December 7
at 6:45pm

Bring your own chanukiah and be part of a special candle lighting on the Bimah as we fill the sanctuary with light and love!

Both the Adult and Junior Choirs will be performing.
Chanukah Happenings will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 10:00am until 12:00pm. There will be special learning and mitzvah sessions for our Hineni, Hevra, and Machane Sinai students. At 11:00am popular recording artist Jason Mesches will entertain us with his fun brand of music. After the concert, we will all come together as Jason leads us in singing the Chanukah blessings followed by a treat of sufganiyot .

For a sneak peek at Jason's music, watch this super-fun video!
Our Students Shopped Till They Dropped at the Chanukah Gift Boutique!
We would like to thank the members of Friend of a Friend/Chaverot and the Religious School parents who worked hard to bring our students another fabulous Chaunkah Boutique!
In Other News ...
On Monday, October 29, our 7th Graders and their parents had a very special learning session with Rabbi White. Since this class took place right after the tragedy in Pittsburgh, the students and their parents talked a lot about Anti-Semitism and feeling safe in our own community.
Performing Acts of Loving Kindness
Our Hineni and Hevra students have had a busy fall performing acts of G’milut Chasidim , acts of loving kindness.

In October, our students carried out the mitzvah of gleaning (which means to harvest or collect) at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm in Riverhead, when they picked fruits and vegetables that were donated to the food insecure.
On November 6, our Hineni students learned the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim , the mitzvah of visiting and extending aid to the sick, when they welcomed the Sunrise Association to Temple Sinai. The mission of the Sunrise Association is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings through their Sunrise Day Camps, year-round programs, and in-hospital recreational activities, at no cost.
On Veteran’s Day, Hineni students and their families carried out a variety of mitzvot, including feeding the hungry, by helping the less fortunate for a Thanksgiving Food Drive.
It Was a Magical Sharing Shabbat!
On Friday, November 16, Temple Sinai said "thank you" to our Nursery School and Religious School families, with a very special Sharing Shabbat. Magic Jeff put on a mesmerizing show, followed by a service and dinner. We love our students and their families!
Thank you, Lori!
We would like to give a special thank you shout out to Lori Yaspan , for doing such an amazing job on our bulletin boards. Not only do they beautify our hallways, they are also a wonderful source of information and learning. Thank you, Lori, for everything you do for the Religious School and for Temple Sinai!
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Religious School Office.
We are always happy to help our families!
Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz
or 516.621.8016