Religious School Families, Young Families and the Young at Heart
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.
Upcoming Services (March 27-28)*via ZOOM*
KABBALAT SHABBAT and ONLINE ONEG – 6:30 pm
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’ll be using a basic service you can download and print. We will separately publish Mourners Kaddish lists and other items each week.
Connect with ZOOM up to 15 minutes prior to our start time to make sure everything is working, and maybe schmooze a bit before service starts.
Immediately following services, remain online for Kiddush and a virtual Oneg Shabbat. You’ll have to provide your own snacks!
SHABBAT MORNING SHACHARIT SERVICE – 9:30 am
Get online with ZOOM for 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. Plan to join our ZOOM session up to 15 minutes prior to start time.
ONLINE TORAH STUDY via ZOOM – 10:30 am
Our online Torah Study (provide your own bagels/donuts and coffee!) will begin at 10:30 am and go until noonish. We strive to maintain our vibrant exchange of ideas about the weekly Torah portion, bringing both traditional commentary of recent scholarship to the bear on the text, even in the online version. It is a lively salon style, participatory Torah Study where all are welcome to click in, and no background or Hebrew is needed.
This week’s Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), opens the book of Leviticus.
The Eternal One called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying: “Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle to the Eternal: You shall choose your offering from the herd or from the flock.” – Leviticus 1:1-2
This week introduces five different kinds of sacrifices to be offered in the Sanctuary: The olah, or burnt offering; the minchah, or meal offering; the zevach sh’lamim, sacrifice of well-being; the chatat, or sin offering; and the asham, or penalty offering.
How can we find modern meaning in ancient rituals? From our “greatest hits” collection comes this episode from March 2019, featuring Rabbi Rick Jacobs in conversation with acclaimed author A.J. Jacobs, perhaps best known for his book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally As Possible. Together, they talk Parashat Vayikra, the evolution of Jewish tradition, and adopting an attitude of gratitude.
Become a Temple Sinai Ambassador!
The Membership Committee is initiating a Membership Ambassador Program. The goal of the program is to connect each new member with a current member who will welcome the new member, check in with them periodically to answer questions, and invite them to services and/or special events to ensure that new members are feeling connected with Temple.
If you would like to be an Ambassador or would like more information about the program please contact Stacie Gabert.
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.