24-25 Elul 5779
September 24, 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.  Following the service, join us for Kiddush and an Oneg in the Weisbein Social Hall.
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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.
Join Us For the
High Holy Days!


Temple Sinai invites you to share the
High Holy Days with us this year.

We don't require tickets and all are welcome. Our service combines Hebrew and English readings and songs, traditional chants and popular songs, as well as time for personal prayer and reflection. Our music is accompanied by a variety of instruments and our choir and cantorial soloist sing some of the high points of Jewish music. Our egalitarian, participatory service is in the best traditions of Reform Judaism.

Click the Image for more information and/or to purchase your Ticket(s) and Calcutta Ball(s) TODAY!

Appetizers/Desserts Needed

We will be serving appetizers and desserts during the Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser.
If you would be willing to provide an appetizer
or dessert, please use the link below
to contact Patty Greenfield,
and she will send you a sign-up link.

Thank you for your
consideration and support!


Across North America, Jewish communities are taking action and raising money to help those in detention, separated from their families, and those seeking legal asylum.  In visits to the border, one need comes up over and over:  legal help.  In order to help with this, the Jewish communities in Vermont are joining together for a campaign from now to Yom Kippur to raise money for three organizations  (one local, one national, one focused on the southern border) that are providing legal support and bail for those in need.  Click the buttons below for more details about this campaign, or to DONATE today!

חַדָֹשוֹת בֵּית סֵפֶר
(First edition)

Religious School got off to a great start, with 11 new students this year in grades 1-6, and three new faculty members. In the coming weeks, we will be profiling our Morim/Teachers, so watch for it and make them welcome when you see them at services and other Temple gatherings.

The first week we asked families to send in some of their precious Judaica items, and we had a small 'museum' display in the lobby. We also sent home items for the children and their families to create their own beautiful Judaic items, as part of our Value of the Month curriculum, September's value being Hiddur Mitzvah/Enhancing the Commandment. In other words, creating beautiful Judaic objects to make the mitzvah even sweeter. Over the next few weeks we plan to display these items in our own 'museum.' When you come for the High Holidays, particularly Yom Kippur, we should have all our items for the museum on display.

Each week we are highlighting a Hebrew letter of the Alef-Bet, which is displayed on the bulletin board in the school. Also, our Value of the Month poster is on same bulletin board. Feel free to visit and see how many words you can think of with our letters. 

Do you have a special talent you would like to share with our schoolchildren? We'd love to have you. Are you able to read Hebrew, even a little bit? We're looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with some of our students. Let Morah Judy know if you would like to help in any way.

Wishing everyone a Shanah Tovah u'Metookah,
a Happy & Sweet New Year  /ֹ  שָנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה

Morah Judy

Jewish History Study Group
Wednesdays | 11:00am

Award-winning writer Matti Friedman's tale of Israel's first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff-but it's all true. 

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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!





September 24 ~ Linda & Andrew Suntup

September 28 ~ Tobi & Morris Silver








September 24 ~ Allison Norotsky  

September 24 ~ Daniel Weiss

September 24 ~ Tristan Schreiber

September 24 ~ Ryan Schreiber September 25 ~ Charlie Finkelstein

September 25 ~ Elle Finkelstein

September 25 ~ Jon Margolis

September 25 ~ Jennifer Prue

September 29 ~ Susan Dinitz

September 29 ~ Mitchell Stern



Celebration Pre- Oneg

Mark your calendars, and join us
Friday,  September 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!
Throughout Vermont

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UVM  Miller
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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.