2-3 Tishri 5779
October 1, 2019
Worship Times
Weekly Torah

Chant and Meditation Service
For this special Shabbat which falls between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, we will focus on teshuvah , or spiritual renewal, this service is meant to open us up to the sacred and remember the divine spark within. We will chant short Hebrew and English kirtan-style call-and-response chants paired with short visualizations from the Mussar ethical tradition of Judaism. This intimate Shabbat, with music from harmonium and drum, is a great option for people who might not connect spiritually with a more traditional service.
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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.  At this High Holy Day Torah Study, we will look together at the key texts of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Torah study is participatory, reflective, and includes both traditional commentaries and modern scholarship. You don't need to know Hebrew and be familiar with the texts to enjoy this opportunity to deepen your connection with these ancient texts.  Our Torah  Study is a vibrant exchange of ideas , 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.

Cemetery Memorial Service
As is traditional during the High Holy Days, we gather to show our respects in this service of poems and psalms. This year we will be gathering at the Temple Sinai Cemetery located at 189 Patchen Road in South Burlington.
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.


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!


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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!

Temple Sinai Sisterhood
wishes you and yours a
Sweet New Year
& Easy Fast!

Shana Tova!

Please join them for their 
Sisterhood Kick-Off Brunch
Sunday, October 20 | 9:30am

Click below for details
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

Anniversaries & Birthdays

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





October 2 ~ Joan & Lawrence Chesler

October 2 ~ Pam & Garrett Levin

October 5 ~ Adriana & Noah Saipe








October 3 ~ Debra Stern

October 5 ~ Lucy Orringer

October 5 ~ Cynthia Pasackow

October 6 ~ Ross Fenderson

October 7 ~ Beth Damon

Celebration  Oneg

Mark your calendars, and join us
Friday,  October 18, 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!
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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.