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.

Religious School Update

Important Announcement – School Start Delayed

Religious School Registration is OPEN

Registration Information

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This fall, Temple Sinai will proudly offer the Shalom Learning program for grades K-7. This modern approach to Religious School combines three components:

  1.  A values-based curriculum that explores Jewish values.
  2. A Hebrew curriculum that teaches children how to read Hebrew, chant prayers, and understand their meaning.
  3. A virtual classroom that provides real-time interaction between students and teachers, from any Internet connected location.

Contact Religious School Director Judy Alexander Visit the Shalom Learning website

Young Families Holiday Services

We can’t all be together this year, but we can still celebrate! Join us for fave sections of High Holiday services (Shofar, anyone?) for kids ages 1-7 and their families. Songs, stories, and key themes of the New Year with Saragail Benjamin and Rabbi Edleson.

See Upcoming Events below for links to join the celebration!

High Holidays Scavenger Hunt for Families

Grab your family members and rediscover the High Holidays in and around your home. You may not find exactly what you are looking for, so be creative and use what is around you to make the objects you are looking for. Post your findings on the Temple Sinai Facebook page or email Morah Judy.

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Upcoming Services (September 18-20) via ZOOM logo

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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 The passwords will NOT be published on the website or included in ZOOM links.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.



This year, we have had many reasons to reflect on the fragility of life, and the thin line that separates life from death. As we enter our spiritual new year, let’s appreciate the power of life and the beauty of creation as we renew our relationship with God.

Watch the weekly newsletter or check back on Friday to view or download any new materials related to the service. Our service will be from Mishkan HaNefesh – Machzor for the Days of Awe.

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. Our focus will be, “What are you going to work on, this year?” You’ll have to provide your own wine, Challah and snacks!




The key parts of Rosh HaShanah re-imagined for little Jews and their friends. Songs, stories, and key ideas of the New Year with Saragail Benjamin and Rabbi Edleson.

Join Us on ZOOM at 9:00 AM (password required*)


Judaism teaches that every person is created in the image of God. What would it mean to live our lives and build our society according to this radical idea?

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

Join Us Online at 10:00 am (password required)

TASHLICH – 4:00 pm

This year, we will symbolically let go of some of the angst and tensions we have built up over the year, and cast our sins symbolically into the water. Those who feel safe gathering outdoors, please join us at the Winooski waterfront for this ritual. Those who can use our ‘Tashlich do-it-yourself” kit (just add bread!) with audio guide, along with maps to other places you might go near you to enjoy nature and perform your tashlich ceremony.

DIY Tashlich – Short (PDF) DIY Tashlich – Background and Prayers (PDF)

Map for Community Tashlich in Winooski

Tashlich with Local Map Links (PDF) Prayers for Nature Walks (PDF)

Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 20

    Shofar Drive-thru

    Drive through the parking lot with
    Sep 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
  2. Wed 23

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Sep 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Thu 24

    Assembly Grades K-3 (Religious School)

    Led by Saragail Benjamin Join Zoom
    Sep 24 @ 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  4. Thu 24

    Assembly Grades 4-7 (Religious School)

    Led by Rabbi David Edleson Join
    Sep 24 @ 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Wed 30

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Sep 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Sat 03

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Oct 03 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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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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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.

Repair the World!