26-27 Av 5778
August 7, 2018
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar
Join Us As We Celebrate
Our Young Adults
This Friday | August 10

Dahg, back at it again. . . Friday Night. . .
Always a good night for a little Sabbath!

Join us for a special Rock Shabbat  celebrating our Young Adults!

PreOneg at 5:30pm | Service at 6:00pm
Service followed by a special Pizza Oneg!

Let's give a great big Temple Sinai "Mazel Tov!" to  our recent high school graduates,   students heading off to their  first year of college,  students returning to college,  and those starting new adventures.
It's an exciting time for our Temple Sinai Family!
Worship With Us
This Weekend
Join us for this start to Shabbat  with a Pre-Oneg at 5:30pm and services starting at 6:00pm. Also, following the service, there will be a special Pizza Oneg in honor of our young adults. 
Join us for our Shabbat morning services every week from 9:30am - 10:30am. The service is a lovely, meditative, and peaceful way to start the day. Whether we have five or fifty, we'll be mixing traditional chanting with songs both old and new tunes to create a prayerful space for connection.
TORAH STUDY ~10:30am
Torah study with bagels and coffee will begin at 10:30am and go until 11:45ish. We'll look at both modern scholarship, traditional commentary, and considering how these ancient texts can help us explore our own spiritual lives, our values, and what it means to be human.
In This Issue


High Holy Day Opportunities

SINGERS : We need singers for the choir. Rehearsals are mostly on Tuesday evenings, and we are especially in need of men.

READERS :  The Rabbi plans to have some rehearsed readings of certain prayers and poems during the High Holy Days. If you would be interested in doing a reading with a few other people for dramatic effect, please let Rabbi know and he will set up a one hour rehearsal before the holidays to practice.  

UKULELES :  If you play Ukulele, and could learn the chords to one easy song, Rabbi would like to invite you to work on one song for the Evening of Rosh Hashanah. If there is energy for it, we could add a song for the afternoon of Yom Kippur

GREETERS :  If you like to schmooze and welcome people, consider being a greeter for the holidays. You would help Sinai connect with new people, welcome them, and give them any information they might need. This is a key way to help build our community.

If you are interest in any of these opportunies,
please contact the Temple Office as soon as possible
Are you willing to host a Shabbat Dinner?

One key way of creating community is eating together in one another's homes. Studies shows that the connections made in homes are more lasting, and help people feel part of a community. To that end,  Rabbi Edleson is wanting to find (at least) 12 people who are willing to have 8-12 people come to their homes for Shabbat dinner during the upcoming year. Here's how it would work:  The host would invite 2-3 people they know well and are comfortable with, and then the Temple would arrange for another 4-5 people to join you; these could be old members, new members, prospective members, Hillel students, etc. You would light candles, say a short kiddush and motzi, and then enjoy one another's company.  It's also a guilt-free pass on services that night!   If you are willing to host such a dinner, or want more information, please let Michael know.
Rabbi David Edleson &
Tim Owings

In an effort to get to know each other better, this page on our website was started a few years ago.  This month, we meet our new rabbi and his partner.  Click their photo to read about them.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this page, please contact Jan Orlansky.
Does This Interest You?

We have heard from several members that they would like to study for an Adult Bar/Bar Mitzvah. This is an excellent way to become more connected, confident, capable in your Jewish life, and who doesn't need a celebration in this difficult times. Rabbi Edleson and Judy would like to start a class for this after the High Holy Days, so if you are interested, please let Michael know! They are very excited to start working with you!


Jewish History Study Group
Wednesdays | 11:00am

Our Jewish History Study Group is currently reading the book, The Jewish Contribution to the Modern World. It  is details the the stories of extraordinary post-emancipation, Jewish participation in the shaping of 20th and 21st Century civilization. The book explores an impressive array of Jewish talent and creativity. Award-winning journalist, Joe King of Montreal, profiles some 250 brilliant Jews, spelling out the immense and disproportionate influence they have had on shaping the world in which we live.

Due to the expense of the book, copies have been purchased to share during the class sessions.  Please join in this time of study, discussion, and socializing.
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Annual Hadassah Luncheon
Sunday, August 26 | Noon

This year's luncheon is honoring
Temple Sinai Member
Louise Stoll

Temple Sinai is sponsoring this event

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


August 9 ~ Jill & Tom Glaser

August 9 ~ Andrea & Mark Nash

August 11 ~ Ann Mindell & Sean Toohey

August 12 ~ Ingrid & Robert Pels









August 7 ~ David Wright

August 8 ~ Dean Snider

August 9 ~ Judy Alexander

August 9 ~ Vincent Smith

August 11 ~ Nancy Levine

August 13 ~ Alissa Kenwood

August 13 ~ Molly Nilan

August 13 ~ Warren Schaeffer



August Birthdays Celebration
Pre-Oneg |  Friday, August 17


Mark your calendars, and join us Friday, August 17, before worship at 5:30pm, for a special Pre-Oneg in honor of your birthday. 

No need to RSVP,
just come for some cake  and to CELEBRATE!
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Upcoming Community Events
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Team Gefilte Fish

Team Gefilte Fish had a respectable showing at the Lake Champlain Dragonboat Festival this past weekend. We were a team from Temple Sinai, OZ and friends.

We had a great first heat landing us in Division C, our second heat we had a rough start. A great time was had by all. What a great community effort.

Paddles Up!

Special Thanks to Linda Retchin and Jeff Solomon for organizing Team Gefilte Fish!
Cartoonist and Grapic Novelist of MAUS

The MacDowell Colony will award cartoonist Art Spiegelman its 59th Edward MacDowell Medal during a free public event on Sunday, August 12 at the MacDowell Colony's campus in New Hampshire.


The ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 12, 2018, beginning at 12:15pm at the MacDowell Colony grounds at

100 High Street
Peterborough, NH

For more Information
Third Annual Film Festival

The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) is pleased to announce the third annual Stowe Jewish Film Festival.

All screenings will be held at JCOGS.

For more information about the films and costs, please click HERE
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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.