9-10 Iyar 5779
May 14, 2019
Worship Times
Weekly Torah


Join us for a very special Friday Night Service, where all the prayers will be sung to the tunes of well-known Broadway show tunes, almost all by Jewish composers.  Come sing along to tunes from Fiddler, West Side Story, Camelot, Chorus Line, Sound of Music, and others.  WE have a cast of singers and musicians, so this is a great night to bring your friends!
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Join us for our Shabbat morning services every week from 9:30am-10:30am. Our one-hour service is rooted in the traditional chanting of prayers, but includes English readings and song as well so that all can be included. (This service does not include a Torah service.) 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 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.
Dear Temple Sinai Members and Friends,

As I write this, I am still reeling from the wonderful honor you showed me at Teacher Appreciation Shabbat. 
Aside from the wonderful accolades and gifts, which I cherish and appreciate, I am so grateful to be part of this warm, loving community that has been such a huge part of my life these past 20 years. 
I am heartened to know that I have touched so many lives, but even more, my life has been so enriched by all of you. I am very humbled and honored to have the love and support of our Temple community.
Ben Zoma said: "Who is rich? Those who are happy with their portion." (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 32a also found in Pirkei Avot 4:1). I am, indeed, a very rich person.
Several folks have asked to see the necklace so I'm enclosing a picture. It contains the first line of the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6:24 -Yivarechecha Adonai viyishmirecha

May God bless you and guard you,

Judy Alexander
Bat Mitzvah of
Diana Larrow
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Saturday,  May 25 | 10:00am

Everyone in the community is invited to attend the Bat Mitzvah of Diana Larrow, daughter of Karen and Jared Larrow, on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 10:00am.  Please also join us in congratulating her on this achievement by staying for the Kiddush immediately following the service.

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Rabbi's Book Club
(Book and a Mug (of coffee), the name fo a beloved old Jerusalem used book store and cafe')

  (w/Coffee or Tea)
THIS Saturday, May 18 | 5:00pm

2nd BOOK DISCUSSION  (w/Coffee or Tea)
Saturday, June 1 | 5:00pm

This new program offering will begin by joining Zioness for their kick-off event, reading  Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi.  Zioness is an organization that works to make sure progressive activist circles, particularly those focused on women's issues, remain open and welcoming to those who identify as Zionists. This book which has garnered tremendous praise for its honesty and two-sidedness is a great way for us to continue our conversations about balancing Israeli and Palestinian needs and rights.
Raised Bed Project at Temple Sinai

Similar Project at a Synagogue in Boston
One of the rabbi's goals is to install some raised beds at Temple Sinai so that we include family gardening and pollinator-plantings as part of our education program for young and old alike. Now that it is spring, it is time to get started, so the rabbi would like to get a few people with expertise/experience to serve on a temporary work group to get the beds started and make sure the soil is as alive and healthy as possible. If you would be willing to help with this, please let Michael Levine know, and we will be setting up a meeting (face to face and Zoom) very soon.
Sisterhood Hike and Brew Event
THIS Sunday, May 19 | Open to All

The format of the Temple Sinai Sisterhood sponsored Hike and Brew event for this Sunday, May 19, has been changed.

Due to the recent rains, and the rains forecasted for the upcoming week in Stowe, The  Trapp Family Outdoor Center staff has advised us that they don't expect their trails to be open for hiking this coming weekend. 

We have tried to keep the theme of our Hike and Brew event the same, but we have changed the activities, venues, and times as follows:  
  • Same Date:  Sunday, May 19
  • Walk/Bike: 11:30 am - With weather permitting, we will walk or bike a portion of the Burlington Bike Path starting at the Boat House.
  • Lunch and Brew: Meet at 1:00 pm at the Vermont Pub and Brewery (Vermont's Original Craft BrewPub) at 144 College Street
We hope you will join us!
Please  RSVP to Irene at  sisterhoodevent@templesinaivt.org  
Please let her know if you plan to walk or bike and include your cell phone number for last minute changes and updates.
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After too long a hiatus the Chaverim Committee (AKA-Caring Committee) is back in action with Deb Leopold and Amy Collins as co-chairs. They are excited to be heading up this very necessary committee for our Temple community. If you enjoy helping friends in times of need, please consider joining our "non-committee" committee--no regular meetings, just the warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping others. Email us if you are interested at chaverim@templesinaivt.org
We have a number of initiatives that we are currently engaged in:
  • Card Team--sends birthdays cards monthly, get well and condolence cards as needed and we are always looking for helping hands for this.
  • Providing rides for members to Temple services/events.
  • Meals for members during difficult times.
  • Visits to home-bound members.
  • Comfort Shawls (please get out your knitting needles)
  • The third Friday of each month is designated Birthday Shabbat.  Chaverim provides a birthday cake, but we aren't able to host the entire oneg each month.  So, feel free to host one of the birthday onegs.
Coming soon-- Salsa Dancing. We are hoping to have a Salsa dance event sometime in June.  More details to follow as things develop.
Hebrew Language Class
Now Meeting Mondays

If you already know the basics of reading Hebrew and would like to improve your reading, writing, speaking, and grammar, then this course is for you.
Using the book, Hebrew: A Language Course Level One/Ivrit Shalav Aleph*, each week we will work on building your Hebrew language skills. This in NOT a liturgy-based course.
We started on Monday, April 8, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, but you are still welcome to join in the fun.

Each student is responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book.  You can purchase the book through Amazon by clicking on the photo of the book.  

This Class will be held at Temple Sinai | 500 Swift Street | South Burlington.

To Register for the Class, please contact Judy Alexander  or 802-862-5125.  The class is FREE and open to everyone.

Jewish History Study Group
Wednesdays | 11:00am

Our Jewish History Study Group has started a new book, The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire  (The Goldstein-Goren Series in American Jewish History) - Adam D. Mendelsohn.

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more about the book

Please join us on Wednesday as we read and discuss this work.  All are welcome!
Anniversaries & Birthdays

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



May 14 ~ Stefanie & Richard Marko

May 18 ~ Sue & Michael Gordon

May 19 ~ Deborah & Mitchell Norotsky

May 20 ~ May Chow & Andy Orringer




May 14 ~ Joan Kaye

May 14 ~ David Singer

May 15 ~ Scott Friedman

May 15 ~ Barbra Marden

May 16 ~ Barbara Burroughs

May 17 ~ Sage Kehr

May 18 ~ Tim Cope

May 19 ~ Diane Glitman

May 19 ~ Lenny Gluck

May 19 ~ Joanna Kamhi

May 19 ~ Lynne Leib

May 20 ~ Jennifer Rehkugler

May 20 ~ Eliza Weissberger


Birthday Celebration  Oneg

Mark your calendars, and join us
Friday,  May 17, after the 6:30pm
service  for a special Oneg
in honor of your birthday. 

No need to RSVP,
just come for some cake  and to CELEBRATE!
Temple Sinai Member to
Speak at Ohavi Zedek
Lunch and Learn

Temple Sinai Member, Tanya Lee Stone will speak on Global Education for Girls on

Thursday, May 16 | 12:00-1:00
at Ohavi Zedek's Lunch and Learn
NAACP Image Award Winner Tanya Lee Stone will be speaking on the topic of global education for girls with her newest book, Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time. She will be exploring what the major obstacles to education are for girls worldwide--where they happen, why they happen, and what we can do to help. Q&A will follow. 

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Throughout Vermont

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"Our Heritage
and Our Health"
Facts about Genetic Conditions
among the Ashkenazim
June 2 | 12:00pm

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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.