2-3 Shevat 5779
January 8, 2018
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar
This Friday

Please join us for the first of our Community Shabbat Dinners & Youth Led Services for 2019. From January through May, one Friday evening service per month will will be co-lead by different classes from our Religious School. This first of the five services will be co-lead by our 6th & 7th grade class.
Before each service at 5:30pm, there will be a Congregational Dinner hosted by the parents of the students and different Committees within Temple Sinai.

Please plan to join us in this time of socializing and worship on Shabbat.

~ 6:30pm
Join us for the start to Shabbat followed by kiddush and an Oneg in the Social Hall.

~ 9:30am
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.
~ 10:30am
Torah study with bagels/donuts and coffee will begin at 10:30am and go until Noonish. 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


All members should have receive an email from the Temple Administrator concerning your 2019 Dues Commitment.  This email provided you with information regarding your Dues Category and amount for the 2019 calendar year and to request that every member household submit the newly created Dues Commitment Form.
The Dues Commitment Form will provide us with essential information so that we may process your dues commitment and payments more efficiently.  This form also incorporates the Dues Abatement/Reduction request for households who need assistance.  This entire form is simple and will only take 5-10 minutes to complete and submit.
Please click the link below to complete the Dues Commitment Form.  If you have any questions during the completion of this form, please contact the Temple Administrator. 
We ask that all households submit a form regardless of your current situation (prepaid already, autopay in the past, etc.).

We respectfully request that EVERY HOUSEHOLD complete and submit this Dues Commitment Form NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2019.

Tu B'Shevat Seder & Service
Friday, January 18 | 5:30pm

Join us for the
 Temple Sinai Tu B'Shevat Seder & Service
 on Friday, January 18, beginning at 5:30pm

In Vermont, it is the depth of winter, but in Israel, the almond trees will soon have tiny buds as the land looks toward the beginning of spring. In Jewish tradition, Tu B'Shevat is the special new years for trees. Originally, this had to do with the ancient tax year, since trees were one of the ways a person's wealth was counted, but in the middle ages, mystical Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition transformed Tu B'Shevat into a celebration of God's gift of nature, and the divine flow of energy in nature and in us. We will have a very special Friday night service, that combines some of our normal prayers with a Tu B'Shevat Seder, a meal where wine, fruits and nuts native to Israel are eaten ceremonially, and with readings that celebrate nature and the power of trees. Please join us!

WHAT TO BRING:   Please, bring red wine and white wine, and a dish for the pot luck meal
TIME: Jan 18, 5:30. (Note: we are starting early because it is a meal/Seder/service)
A Special Martin Luther King Shabbat Service w/ Song of the Sea Torah Reading

Saturday Morning, January 19 at 9:30am,  please come and help us celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on a very auspicious Shabbat when we read the Song of the Sea, the song of celebration at freedom led by the Miriam and the Israelite women once they were safely out of Egypt.  Instead of our usual Torah Study, we will have a Torah reading, (so please come and help make sure we have a minyan!)  If you have favorite short readings from Dr. King, please email Rabbi so he can include them.
Apres-ski Torah Study
& Havdalah

On Saturday Afternoon, January 19 at 4:00pm, w e will have our usual engaging and participatory Torah Study, followed by a short Havdalah service.  Everyone is welcome.  We will be considering the Torah portion, BaShalach, in light of modern notions about freedom and liberation, particularly those of Dr. King and the Women's Movement.
Informational Meeting
Sunday, January 20 | 11:00am

Many of you have been in touch about an adult bar or bat mitzvah. We are (at last) having our informational/organizational meeting on Sunday, January 20, at 11:00am at Temple We will talk about what the program will be, and figure the levels, etc., that are needed. If you are interested but can't come, please let the Rabbi know. Otherwise, we will see you there. (If you are interested in pursuing a bar or bat mitzvah, and you already have basic Hebrew skills, please strongly consider singing up for Judy's Hebrew II class starting January 17, see below for more info about the class.)
Social Action Commitee Meeting

We will be having an organizing meeting
of the Social Action Committee on

January 22  | 6:30pm

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Committee Chair, David Shiman
via email  or at  802-881-4583

Click Photo to Read Interview
Susan Leff

In an effort to get to know each other better, this page on our website was started a few years ago. Members are interviewed and share stories and events in their lives. This month, we meet our newly elected 1st Vice President, Susan Leff. Click her photo to read about her.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this page, please contact  Jan Orlansky.

Oneg Coordinator Needed

Do you enjoy getting to know your fellow community members?  Do you like organizing food for events?  Then we have a place for you as our Oneg Coordinator.

If you are interested,
please contact the   Temple Office
Level II Hebrew Reading
Crash Course

This follow-up course enables participants to strengthen their Hebrew reading skills for increased fluency. Participants read (and even sing) passages in the text and develop their reading comprehension by learning to identify prefixes, suffixes and root words. Participants will also learn approximately 100 new vocabulary words. Each participant will receive a Level II student text.  
You do need to have taken Crash Course I, you just need to know how to read basic Hebrew.   
Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, & 21

4:15pm ~ 6:15pm
This course is free and open to anyone with a desire to improve their prayer reading skills.
RSVP to Judy Alexander or 802-862-5125

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.

Click the image to read
more about the book

Please join us on Wednesday as we read and discuss this work.  All are welcome!
Birth Announcement


Theodore Karsif Chalmer

January 6 | Rosh Chodesh Shevat



Theodore was born to Jessie Karsif & Eli Chalmer,

and is the grandchild of Temple Members

Bruce Chalmer and Judy Alexander

Anniversaries & Birthdays

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



~ None this Week









January   8 ~ Glenn Harple 

January 14 ~ Joshua Kalfus

Birthdays Celebration  Oneg
Friday, January 18


Mark your calendars, and join us
Friday,  January 18, after the 6:30pm worship
for a special 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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Women Preventing
Gun-Related Domestic Violence

We are in the process of setting up a meeting of those who expressed interest in helping shape Temple Sinai's work in the larger community by being on the Social Action Committee. If you are interested, please email David Shiman. Meanwhile, we wanted to share this upcoming event that was shared with us by a new resident of the area who is Jewish and has been deeply involved in the fight against gun violence.
Ohavi Zedek Event
Saturday, January 19 | 6:30pm

OZ members Kathryn and Josh Kernoff used to run a trivia night company, and they are generously offering up a free fun night of questions + games for us all.

Saturday, January 19th at 6:30 pm in the OZ Social Hall, bring your friends (or make new ones), and join us for free pizza + drinks. We're asking folks to BYOB-- maybe you're into local cider or beer? Some tasty wine? Bring some + share for a fun night.

Feel free to bring your kids and let them romp, or to leave them at home with a babysitter and enjoy a date night out with friends. Please spread the word to your community-- this is open to all! No need to be an OZ member.
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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.