24-25 Tishrei 5779
October 3, 2018
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Temple Calendar

Worship With Us
This Weekend

~ 6:30pm
Guitars, drums, and more! Come for our monthly Folk Shabbat, where the service is informal and the songs are catchy. (Now at 6:30pm, instead of 5:30pm) If you play guitar, drums, violin, recorder, flute - you name it - if you can improv and play the tunes, it would be AMAZING to have you join us. After a busy week, it is great to let go, sing, and spend time connecting to the community. Bring friends!
~ 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.
Torah study with bagels/donuts and coffee will begin at 10:30am and go until 11:45ish. 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

Look Who Made
the Cover!

Rabbi Edleson and Temple Sinai are featured as the cover story in Seven Days this week.

Click the Cover Shot to Read the Article
Oneg Sponsors Needed
for This Month

Can you help by sponsoring an Oneg this month?  We have slots open through the end of the year and need your help filling them.  If you can help, please contact the Temple Office or email  Amy Collins as soon as possible.
Rabbi Edleson's High Holy Day Messages

Click below to read Rabbi's messages that were delivered during the
High Holy Days this year.  They will be available on our website soon.

 New Year,
      New Rabbi,
           Looking for New Ideas

We are reforming our Continuing [formerly Adult] Education Committee and I'd love to hear from many voices across our Temple spectrum. We will be calling together a meeting in the next couple of weeks and would love to include you.

Please let Judy Alexander know if you are interested in being on the committee,
or if you have any ideas for courses you'd like to see.

Does This Interest You?

We have heard from several members that they would like to study for an Adult Bar/Bar Mitzvah. This is an excellent way to become more connected, confident, capable in your Jewish life, and who doesn't need a celebration in this difficult times. Rabbi Edleson and Judy would like to start a class for this after the High Holy Days, so if you are interested, please let Michael know! They are very excited to start working with you!


Jewish History Study Group
Wednesdays | 11:00am

Our Jewish History Study Group is currently reading the book, The Jewish Contribution to the Modern World. It  is details the the stories of extraordinary post-emancipation, Jewish participation in the shaping of 20th and 21st Century civilization. The book explores an impressive array of Jewish talent and creativity. Award-winning journalist, Joe King of Montreal, profiles some 250 brilliant Jews, spelling out the immense and disproportionate influence they have had on shaping the world in which we live.

Due to the expense of the book, copies have been purchased to share during the class sessions.  Please join in this time of study, discussion, and socializing.
Sisterhood Kick-Off

Great turn out!
25% increase in attendance
~ Great food / Great conversation ~
-- Great guest speaker --
Our own Rabbi David Edleson
 answered the question...
"What was it like being raised by a Jewish Mother."
A Morning of Joy!
Are you willing to host a Shabbat Dinner?

One key way of creating community is eating together in one another's homes. Studies shows that the connections made in homes are more lasting, and help people feel part of a community. To that end,  Rabbi Edleson is wanting to find (at least) 12 people who are willing to have 8-12 people come to their homes for Shabbat dinner during the upcoming year. Here's how it would work:  The host would invite 2-3 people they know well and are comfortable with, and then the Temple would arrange for another 4-5 people to join you; these could be old members, new members, prospective members, Hillel students, etc. You would light candles, say a short kiddush and motzi, and then enjoy one another's company.  It's also a guilt-free pass on services that night!   If you are willing to host such a dinner, or want more information, please let Michael know.
Anniversaries & Birthdays
Join us in wishing them a wonderful day and many more!



October 8 ~ Kim & Jason Kenwood







October 3 ~ Debra Stern

October 4 ~ Danielle Mund

October 5 ~ Lucy Orringer

October 5 ~ Cynthia Pasackow

October 7 ~ Beth Damon

October 8 ~ Wendy Valastro 


September Birthdays Celebration
Oneg | This  Friday, October 26


Mark your calendars, and join us Friday, October 26, 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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Fall Foliage Paydate
at the Brown's

Vivien and David Brown invite you to their annual Open House for the Jewish Community on Sunday, October 7, beginning at Noon.

Throughout Vermont

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

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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.