10 Tevet 5780
January 7, 2020
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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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.

Temple Sinai
Tot Shabbat 
Friday, January 17, 5:30-6:15 PM

Kid-friendly service with lots of singing, dancing, stories with Saragail Benjamin .

Thanks to our Kitah Vav for leading such a meaningful service on Shabbat about those times we feel like outsiders, and the need to be proud of being Jewish. 
A four part class with Rabbi Edleson

Are you interested in learning more about the sources, causes and history of anti-semitism and to better understand some of the events happening around us? The class will explore anti-semitism in early writings of Christianity, in medieval literature, and in modern times. 

Please click HERE for information including dates, price, and sign up. Contact Stacie with any questions.

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Scholar in Residence Weekend
January 31st - February 1st

Join the Temple Sinai community as we welcome Rabbi Michael Cohen for Shabbat on Judaism and the Environment. 
Click HERE to learn more about Rabbi Cohen.

Hebrew Crash Course 2
 Begins this Thursday, January 9th (for 6 weeks)
7:00-8:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai

Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II is designed to improve students' reading skills and fluency by introducing you to special pronunciation rules and basic Hebrew grammar to help you expand your Hebrew comprehension skills. Students will begin to recognize various parts of verbs and nouns, learn how to dissect words, and identify new words and phrases that will enable you to better understand the prayer book.  
This course is offered through Temple Sinai's Continuing Education program and is free and open to everyone.
You need to have some Hebrew reading skills to take this class. If you haven't already signed up with Judy Alexander, please email her:  directorjudyalexander@gmail.com  

Thank you to everyone who came to Burlington High School on Wednesday morning to deliver meals and gifts to 400 local senior citizens.  We made Christmas Day a little happier for many people.  You all did a great mitzvah!  Special thanks to Linda Retchin and Ian Solomon for their assistance.  If you have any improvement suggestions for next year, please let me know.
It's not too early to start thinking about next year.  If you would like to participate in the 2020 Christmas meals delivery, please send me an email (mealsonwheels-xmas@templesinaivt.org) and I will contact you after Thanksgiving next year.
Jeff Solomon, Volunteer Driver Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Sisterhood & Brotherhood go Bowling. 
January 12th  

Sisterhood Movie Night
January 14th

Sisterhood Goes X-Country Skiing
January 17th

Click on the images for info on each event!

Young Families
Camping Havdalah
June 27, 2020
Caring for the environment and celebrating the natural world are prime values in Judaism and of course, at Temple Sinai.  What better way to keep those values alive than by gathering with our kids, savoring the beauty of the outdoors, enjoying campfires, stories, singalongs, cookouts, s'mores, swimming, and just being together?  What a special way to end Shabbat and our wonderful year of programs, before we break for the summer.

Read more HERE

Teacher Spotlight
Kitah Bet
2nd Grade Teacher, Naomi Diamond
Just like our previous teacher profile, Sophie Dauerman, Morah Nechama, co-teaches Kitah Bet/Grade 2, (with Sophie).  Like Sophie, she too started school here in preK! Morah Nechama grew up in Williston and has one younger brother, Ari. She is a high school senior at CVU and loves ski racing, crossfit, cooking, hiking, and reading.

Some of the things she loves most to teach are the Jewish holidays and the history behind them. She says, "I think they are incredibly important to our Jewish traditions and customs, and [they are] fun to learn about." 

When asked about some of her favorite Jewish customs and memories, Morah Nechama tells me, "I love flourless chocolate cake on Passover and apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah. My favorite holiday is Rosh Hashanah because I love reflecting on the past year and starting a new one with family and friends." One of her favorite memories is traveling to Israel with her friends from Camp Judea and hiking Masada at sunrise. 

Morah Nechama is super passionate about "kids, Judaism, the outdoors, and I am so excited to be teaching at Religious School this year!"

And we're very excited to have Morah Nechama here at Temple Sinai!
January Anniversaries & Birthdays
Join us in wishing them a wonderful day and many more!

24~ Jay and Cynthia Pasackow

  2 ~ Norman Rapoport

  3 ~ William Camp

  7 ~ Daniel Laskarzewski

  8 ~ Glenn Harple

  9 ~ Garrett Levin

14 ~ Joshua Kalfus

17 ~ Eric Wolinsky

18 ~ Judy Hettena Wright, Stephanie Weiss

19 ~ Elaine Eldridge, Tom Glaser, Holly Glassman, Linda Roberts Greenblatt

20 ~ Barbara Hicken

21 ~ Hannah Hauser, Morris Silver

22 ~ Samuel Edwards-Kuhn

24 ~ Pamela Mittel

25 ~ Marti Sterin

26 ~ Jill Glaser, Sarah Lorber

28 ~ Neil Buckley

29 ~ Rose Fenderson, Howard Kalfus, Amelia Murtha

 30 ~ Alec Collins

Throughout Vermont

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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.