WEEKLY NEWS
21 Tevet 5781
January 5, 2020

Weekly Torah



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Friday, January 8th
6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat
Service

Join us for services! 
via Zoom
Meeting ID: 148 242 561

Winter Service Handout

Please call the office if you need the password. Same password we have been using.
9:30 am
Virtual Morning Service followed by Torah Study. Join Rabbi Edleson as he leads our usual chanted morning service.

TORAH STUDY:  Sh'mot Exodus 1:1-6:1
 
Click HERE to jump to the URJ page on this portion, and HERE  for the text itself on Sefaria.  

Join us or Zoom Meeting ID#: 173 694 164

THANK YOU for your donations to the 5781 Annual Appeal!!

What a success!! 

We had 60% of the congregation donate and raised
$33,341.50!!

 
2021 Dues Commitment Form

If you are a member of Temple Sinai, Thank you!! 

We ask that ALL members please complete the Commitment Form indicating your commitment to Temple Sinai for the 2021 calendar year.

It's quick and easy!

Are you interested in joining? For more information check out our website here.

Contact Stacie, the Administrator, if you have questions.
Happy New Year! Let's hope that this year brings good things to all of us including, eventually, much more togetherness!

If you happen to drive past Temple Sinai next week you may see some construction activity taking place.

What's happening??? We are installing crash barriers to protect the building and add definition to our entrance. In addition to protection against moving vehicles (accidental or intentional) the barriers will serve as planters and will create a welcoming space in front of the synagogue. We wrote a successful Homeland Security grant last year that is paying for this work, along with some other security enhancements that have already been put in place.

It was lovely to bring in the new year last Friday by celebrating Shabbat with so many fellow congregants. It has been a long year, and it will be a long winter for many of us. If you haven't joined a virtual service-maybe you are still not comfortable with Zoom or can't imagine a virtual service-I invite you to give it a try. If you need technical help, we can give you that help. Be in touch with Stacie. The services are satisfying (although I'd love to bake some lemon cake to share with you at oneg.) It's really nice to interact with the congregation, so please join us!

I hope to see you before too long!

Susan Leff
Melissa and Lee Ann Potter
Melissa and Lee Ann live in Lancaster, NH. They have 5 adult children and two grandchildren (so far!). Melissa is also a member of Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, where she learned to love Rabbi Edleson's services and Torah studies. Melissa and Lee Ann are both retired civil servants, having worked for the US Army as civilians in New Jersey. 
Welcome!
Zoom Meeting ID: 823 3778 2312
PW: Temple Sinai's usual password - call the office if you need it
Social Action Lecture Series
First Lecture Tuesday January 19th at 7pm
(Registration not needed - please make sure you know the password)

Wednesday Book Group
 11am - 12pm

We decided today to go with this book as our next read:

Please order at your leisure. We're still a few weeks out. We won't start this book until some time in January.
Anti-Racism Book Group
January 11th 7pm-8:30pm

The next book we will be reading is James Baldwin's Go Tell It On the Mountain.  
"Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a semi-autobiographical novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves."  Goodreads

Baldwin's preacher stepfather, who was the only father he knew, died of tuberculosis in a mental hospital in 1943. 
This novel will be a change from the books we've been reading, opening an exploration of race and culture though literature.  


WE WILL MEET FOR ONE SESSION ONLY. Hope to see you then on zoom.  Please remember to register with
Stacie ahead of time.
Temple Sinai Religious School
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Visit the page HERE and ask to join!
NEW COURSE: URJ Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults
Starts March 14, 2021

Get started with the aleph-bet! Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community. Learn the shapes and sounds of the Hebrew alphabet, with a warm and supportive educator to guide you and a group of classmates for practicing together. Recognize and understand common Hebrew words and phrases that are often heard in Reform congregations and in Jewish prayer. Perfect for Intro to Judaism alumni and other adults, this course assumes no prior Hebrew experience. 10 one-hour sessions, $180

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

2 ~ Kathy Batty and David Gurtman
24 ~ Cynthia and Jay Pasackow


2 ~ Norman Rapoport
3 ~ William Camp
       Eliana Halevy
4 ~ Doug Todd
5 ~ Sonya Epstein
7 ~ Daniel Laskarzewski
7 ~ Lior Rosenthal
8 ~ Glenn Harple
9 ~ Garrett Levin
14 ~ Joshua Kalfus
17 ~ Eric Wolinsky
18 ~ Judy Hettena Wright
19 ~ Tom Glaser
        Elaine Eldridge Punia
          Linda Roberts Greenblatt
20 ~ Barbara Hicken
21 Hannah Hauser
Morris Silver
Edgar Strokoff
22 ~ Samuel Edwards-Kuhn
24 ~ Pamela Mittel
25~ Marti Sterin
26 ~ Jill Glaser
Sarah Lorber
28 ~ Neil Buckley
Barry Stone
29 ~ Rose Fenderson
    Howard Kalfus
    Amelia Murtha
30 ~ Tony Blusius
              Alec Collins     
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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.