Temple Sinai and Coronavirus

We have set up a page/blog so our members and families can keep up with our latest thinking, cancellations and schedule changes as part of Temple Sinai’s response to Coronavirus 2019. Also included are links to numerous resources at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As the situation and our recommendations change, posts will be added to the Alerts page.


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.

Important Changes to Temple ZOOM Meetings

One of our ZOOM-based meetings was recently “zoombombed, ” which is to say it was invaded by malign actors with antisemitic views. This has necessitated our adoption of stricter security measures for our online events. Members will receive details by email. ALL ZOOM MEETINGS WILL NOW REQUIRE A PASSWORD. WATCH THE TEMPLE NEWSLETTER OR CALL THE OFFICE.

Rabbi Edleson on vacation August 1-8

Rabbi David will be on vacation during the first week of August. If you have a need that can wait, please hold off until his return on Monday, August 10. If you have an urgent need, call the and leave a message or contact our Temple Administrator.

Social Action Voting Initiative – Round 2!

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HELP GET OUT THE VOTE! We’re doing it again!

We need even more volunteers.

All you need to do is sign up. You will get a packet of 20 postcards, stamps, and a list of addresses of unregistered eligible voters around the country. You write the address and a short note (sample provided), attach a sticker, and put them in the mail.

This needs to be done by September 1st to meet state deadlines.

To sign up or get more information contact the Social Action Committee at tikkun-olam@templesinaivt.org by August 16th. Your packet should be available by August 20th. We will let you know when and where to pick up your packet.

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Upcoming Services (August 7-8)*via ZOOM logo


NOTE: We continue to use ZOOM for our Worship and Torah Study Events

ZOOM events that originate with Temple Sinai are all passworded. The passwords will NOT be published on the website or included in ZOOM links. WATCH THE TEMPLE NEWSLETTER OR CALL THE OFFICE for more information.



In the absence of Rabbi David (he’ll be back for Saturday night’s Havdalah!), we welcome Rabbi Jan Salzman of Ruach HaMaqom, who will lead our service with Cantorial soloist Mark Leopold. Click below to view or download a handout for this service.

View/Download Special Service (PDF)

We may reference the service we’ve been using for the past few months, downloadable below.

View/download the service we’ve been using. (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*)

*Contact the office 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!



Even though we won’t be having services together on Zoom, take this time to step into prayer in your own way, with your own words, and at your own pace. Maybe outside?


We will not be having our regular Saturday morning Torah Study this week. That said, here are the details on this week’s portion, Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)

“And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the LORD your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers:” – Deuteronomy 7:12

In this portion, Moses tells the Israelites that if they adhere to God’s laws, the nations that dwell in the Promised Land will not harm them. He also reminds the people of the virtues of keeping the Commandments, indicating they will conquer the lands beyond because those nations are idolatrous, not because the Children of Israel are unusually virtuous, and tells them the Land will overflow with milk and  honey if the people obey the Commandments and teach them to their children. Sound familiar? 

Read the text (Hebrew and English) on sefaria.org  Commentary from RJ.org




A Kumsitz (meaning ‘come sit” in Yiddish) is a musical gathering, where we sit around the camp fire and sing songs. Even though we can’t gather in person, we will get together (at your own fire if you have service and data) and sing campfire songs in English and in Hebrew, and we will have our Havdalah together.

The ZOOM link for this event can be found on the Ohavi Zedek calendar page.


Upcoming Events

  1. Mon 10

    Temple Board Meeting

    Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Wed 12

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Aug 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Fri 14

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Oneg

    Join us to welcome the Sabbath
    Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Sat 15

    Shacharit Morning Service and Torah Study

    Get online with ZOOM for a
    Aug 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  5. Wed 19

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Aug 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Fri 21

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Oneg

    Join us to welcome the Sabbath
    Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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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

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Dealing with COVID-19?

Are you concerned about whether your small business can survive the COVID crisis? Do you have questions about financial steps you can take to address your business’ situation?

If so, the SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, can help. SCORE provides education and mentoring to business owners free of charge. If you are interested, Steve Greenfield is a certified SCORE mentor and will be happy to speak with you.

Email Steve!

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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