21-22 Heshvan 5780
November 19, 2019
Worship Times
Weekly Torah


Join us for this service to start the Sabbath. The service is filled with music, prayer, and reflection on this week's Torah portion. During this service, we will be observing the Transgender Day of Remembrace. Following the service, join us for Kiddush and an Oneg in the Weisbein Social Hall.
In This Issue



A one-hour, peaceful chanted service, mostly in Hebrew, with a focus on the "greatest hits" of Shabbat Shacharit services, a great way to get to know the service and start your day.


Torah study with bagels/donuts and coffee will begin at 10:30am and go until Noonish.  Our Torah  Study is a vibrant exchange of ideas about the we ekly Torah portion, bringing both traditional commentary and recent scholarship to bear on the text.  It is a lively salon style, participatory Torah study where all are welcome, and no background or Hebrew is needed.

Membership Survey--It's Not Too Late!

Just a friendly reminder that it is not too late to complete the survey. Survey links were sent to all Temple Sinai members last week and on Sunday of this week.
We ask that you please complete the survey by the extended deadline,
Friday, November 22
If you are a Temple member, and need the link resent to you,
please contact the Temple Office.
From Our Inbox to Yours

Click HERE to read a letter of thanks
received from Temple Member Beverley Bettmann
Upcoming Sisterhood Event

Mah Jongg Marathon
Sunday, December 8

Click HERE for details

Challenge (Nov. 15-22)

Temple Sinai and our Social Action Committee is challenging our members to take the 3Squares Vermont Challenge-to eat for a week (or a day) on the average benefit received by Vermonters who receive food assistance. For one person, that is $37 a week (or $5.29/day). We are doing this as we near Thanksgiving, to help us better understand what our neighbors and members on this program face in regard to food insecurity. We will also have a journals and a "Simple Meal" to conclude and reflect before Shabbat services on November 22. Click the following link for more information and to register (be sure to say you are from Temple Sinai!) 

Social Action

Questions or Concerns? 
Contact David Shiman
Chair of Social Action Committee

Donate to Feeding Chittenden for Thanksgiving

Deliver Meals on Christmas Day

On December 24
at Temple Sinai

Give to the new Food Shelf in our Community!

Click any of the graphics above for more information
Teacher Spotlight
Kitah Delet/Hey
Grade 4-5 Teacher, Adam Karp
אדם חיים
Adam grew up in Newton, MA, the youngest of three brothers. He's a busy guy, not only teaching here at Temple Sinai but also at OZ and Chabad, and sometimes attends services at Ruach HaMaqom (he's got all his bases covered!).

This is not surprising considering his vast knowledge of Judaism. This year in Grade 4-5 he is concentrating on teaching all about Shabbat. Says he, "It's the best and most important holiday and you can learn tons about Jewish history, philosophy and values just from zooming in on this anomaly. Shabbat is possibly the Jewish people's greatest gift to humankind. What could be better than inventing the weekend?" In fact, one of the more unusual Shabbat customs his family practices is throwing the Challah across the Shabbat table. This is an old Dutch custom and it represents the idea of receiving the bread directly from above. 

One of Adam's favorite Jewish memories comes from his time spent in Israel: "I had a friend who was learning in a Yeshiva in Israel. He had the best view from the roof of his school that overlooked the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. We used to eat dinner there on free nights just taking in the majesty of it all."

Among Adam's interests are Climbing, Biking, Good movies, Good Coffee, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Cinnamon Rolls. When I asked Adam what he'd like people to know about him, he replied, 
"That I want to know more about you!" So please, when you're here, get to know this engaging young man and let him know all about you!

Letter of the Week

Each week, our Religious School focuses on one letter of the Hebrew Alphabet (or Alefbet)

Click HERE to view examples of words
 that begin with the letter for this week.

Sunday Story Hour

We're thrilled that educator and popular children's entertainer, Temple Sinai member Saragail Benjamin, is leading Sunday Story Hour programs at Temple Sinai this year!
Once a month, we'll embrace our kids in the warmth of mishpachah (family) to create joyful first Jewish experiences.  We'll play, sing, dance, hear stories, seasoning our year with holiday celebrations and Jewish values.  A fun, wonderful way for young families to connect with each other and their heritage.  
For families with kids ages 1-7.  All are welcome to attend.

Watch the newsletter for details about the topic each month. Next Story Hour will be held on Sunday, December 8.
November Anniversaries & Birthdays

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


  •   2 ~ Molly Nilan & Ben Eisenberg
  •   2 ~ Abby & Colin Rehkugler
  •   8 ~ Mary & Jeff Grunvald
  • 11 ~ Barbara & Bruce Hicken
  • 14 ~ Kimberley & William Chatoff
  • 23 ~ Jackie Burke & Ed Carroll
  • 23 ~ Barbara Burroughs & Joel Goldberg


  •   1 ~ James Laskarzewski, Linda Snider
  •   3 ~ Lawrence Chesler, Rachel Green
  •   6 ~ Deirdre Fenderson
  •   7 ~ Shel Pomerantz
  •   8 ~ Suzanne Pilcher
  •   9 ~ Jonathan Bloom, Irene Epstein,                  Daniel Weinstein
  • 11 ~ Terri Goodwin
  • 12 ~ Mary Markle
  • 14 ~ Paula Cope
  • 16 ~ Cheryl Rubin
  • 18 ~ Mary Grunvald, Gabriel Taylor-Marsh
  • 19 ~ Ali Venet
  • 21 ~ Jennifer Wright
  • 22 ~ Marie Friedman
  • 24 ~ Ken Edwards
  • 28 ~ Neil Buckley, Christina Atkin
  • 30 ~ Ilene Snow

Celebration  Oneg

Mark your calendars, and join us
Friday,  December 20, following the service
for a special  Oneg celebration
in honor of your birthday. 

No need to RSVP,
just come for some cake  and to CELEBRATE!

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Throughout Vermont

Click the logo to view upcoming Jewish events sponsored by Jewish groups and houses of worship in VT.

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UVM  Miller
Center for 
Holocaust Studies

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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.