While Temple Sinai’s building is closed to protect the safety of our community, we will be using ZOOM web conferencing for worship services, classes, and meetings. You can still contact us by phone and email.

Check the newsletter and upcoming events below for the links to join events.

Continuing Education

Jewish Ways of Death and Mourning

Online class with Rabbi Amy Small and Rabbi David Edleson

Save the Dates: January 10, 17, and 24 at 10:00 am 

Want to learn more about Jewish approaches to death, burial and mourning? Wonder about your choices and options? This class will teach you the Jewish tradition and modern approaches to this important issue. The epidemic reminds us of our mortality, so use this opportunity to think more deeply about your choices.

Watch the calendar and newsletter for further information


Wednesday Morning Jewish History Study Group

Upcoming Book (January 2021) – Rescue: The Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews – Ruth Gruber

Rescue is the moving account of the lives, struggles and persecutions of the isolated black Jews of Ethiopa – and of their valiant journey across the country to their long-awaited rescue and absorption into Israeli society.

More about “Rescue


Race and Responsibility Lecture Series

Presented by the Social Action Committee, this series of 5 monthly lectures includes:

Tuesday, January 19th – Alan Steinweis (Dept. of History, UVM) Roots of Racism and Anti-Semitism in Europe

Tuesday, February 23rd – Sherwood Smith (Center for Cultural Pluralism, UVM) White and Whiteness: History and Meanings for Today

Monday, March 15th – Kesha Ram (Senator, State of Vermont) Acting for Social Justice in Vermont: Challenges and Possibilities

Wednesday, April 14th – Mark Levine (Dept. of Health, State of Vt.) Health Equity: Challenges in our State

Wednesday, May 5th – Stephanie Seguino (Dept of Economics, UVM) The Challenge of Reparations: Implications for Vermonters?

Learn more about the Series


Quick Links


Upcoming Services (January 22-23)




Join us to welcome the Sabbath online! Our Kabbalat Shabbat service is filled with music, prayer, and reflection on this week’s Torah portion.

We are using the latest(11/2020) handout for Friday night worship. 

View/download the latest service handout. (PDF)

Connect with ZOOM a few minutes prior to our start time to make sure everything is working and to schmooze a bit. You will be put into an electronic “waiting room” until admitted. 

Join Us to Welcome Shabbat! (password required*)

*Call the Temple Office (802-862-5125) if you need the password.


Immediately following our Kabbalat service, remain online for Kiddush and Oneg Shabbat. You’ll have to provide your own wine, Challah and snacks!



Get online with ZOOM to bid farewell to Shabbat. Our morning service is a one-hour, peaceful chanted virtual service, mostly in Hebrew, with focus on the “greatest hits” of Shabbat Shacharit services, a great way to get to know the service and start your day. Torah study will immediately follow worship at about 10:30 am, and runs until noon. 

Plan to join our ZOOM session a few minutes prior to start time.

Join Us Online at 9:30 am (password required)

TORAH STUDY – 10:30 am – noon

Our online Torah Study (provide your own bagels/donuts and coffee!) immediately follows morning worship at about 10:30 a.m. All are welcome!

We strive to maintain a vibrant exchange of ideas about the weekly Torah portion, bringing both traditional commentary and recent scholarship to the bear on the text, with a focus on Mussar. It is a lively salon style, participatory Torah Study where all are welcome to click in (with the password). No background or Hebrew is needed.

We combine our morning Shacharit Service and Torah Study into a single ZOOM meeting, so if you attend service, there is no need to reconnect for Torah Study.

This week, we read  Parashat Va-eira (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

“So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go that they may worship Me.” – Exodus 10:3

Parashat Bo continues the story of the Exodus and the plagues visited by God upon Egypt in light of Pharoah’s continuing rejection of the pleadings and warnings by Moses and Aaron. Pharoah finally relents after the final plague, the killing of the first-born Egyptian males, sparing the Israelites. God instructs Moses and Aaron to observe the Passover festival with a retelling of this story. 

Read the text (Hebrew and English) on  Modern (Reform) Translation and Commentary Podcast from

Additional links to commentary on this week’s portion for families:

 ✡ Bo for Tots ✡ Bo for Tweens ✡ Bo for Teens ✡ 

Join Us for Study if you’re not already online. (password required)


Temple Sinai and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue join together for Havdalah and an evening of music at the close of Shabbat. The program will feature talented musicians from OZ and Temple Sinai playing folk, bluegrass, jazz, Yiddish, Hebrew and more.

ZOOM Link on OZ Events page


Upcoming Events

  1. Thu 21

    Social Action Committee

    Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Fri 22

    Kabbalat Shabbat, Kiddush and Oneg

    Join us to welcome Shabbat online.
    Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Sat 23

    Shacharit Morning Service and Torah Study

    Get online with ZOOM for a
    Jan 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Sat 23

    Havdalah and Coffee House with OZ

    Temple Sinai and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue
    Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Sun 24

    Jewish Ways of Death and Mourning

    A 3-session online class with Rabbi
    Jan 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Wed 27

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Jan 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free Rides to and from TempleChaverim has you covered!

Need help during the COVID-19 crisis? If you need assistance with shopping, household repairs, pet care, etc., please contact our Chaverim Committee, and we’ll try to help you out with .

Want to help people in our community who are sheltering or need help? Please let the Chaverim Committee know that you are available to help people in your area.

Contact Chaverim

Social Action Opportunities

Your Social Action Committee is developing a list of important volunteer activities. This list will be updated on a regular basis and will always be available on the Tikkun Olam-Social Action webpage.

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