Seeking Interim/New Religious School Director

Help lead a growing religious school at Temple Sinai. The Interim Religious School Director will work with the Rabbi and the Education Committee to maintain Temple Sinai’s Religious School Program in person and/or through a web-based program for the 2021-22 school year.

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Continuing Education

Ohavi Zedek and Temple Sinai Present

MAKING PRAYER REAL

  • Do you find prayer challenging?
  • Does Hebrew or God language get in your way while trying to pray?
  • Do you want to deepen your prayer life?

Join us for a class on “Making Prayer Real,” a curriculum by Rabbi Mike Comins and HUC College Commons, taught by Rabbi Amy Small, Rabbi David Edleson and Cantor Steve Zeidenberg. The class will run over a period of months, schedule to be determined.

The Making Prayer Real Curriculum

Whether you have lots of experience with Jewish prayer or not, whether you are new or rusty, this is a great class to engage your spiritual life in the context of Jewish prayer.

Upcoming Sunday classes: April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 6

Join Us on Sunday! (passcode required)

Wednesday Morning Jewish History Study Group

Current Book – 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


Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

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Week 2, Sunday, April 18, 11:00 am

Enjoy rich conversations with other parents on topics that matter.

A FREE 4-week course via ZOOM for families raising Jewish children.

Rabbi David Edelson of Temple Sinai and Rabbi Tobie Weisman of PJ Library in Vermont are co-teaching a new 4-week series online, beginning Sunday April 11, from 11-12:15.

Classes run from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm on ZOOM. Here is the schedule:

  • April 11 – How to Raise a Mensch
  • April 18 – How to Connect Ourselves and Families to Israel
  • April 25 – Parenting in Uncertain Times
  • May 2 – Hopes and Dreams for our Children

Register Here!

Presented by Temple Sinai, Jewish Communities of Vermont, with support from PJ Library and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Community

 

2021 Virtual COTS Walk

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Join the Temple Sinai Team!

This year only, the annual COTS Walk to benefit the Committee On Temporary Shelter will take place virtually on May 2. This year you can walk with us entirely online from your own phone or computer, to explore the COTS shelters, housing, and programs with special video messages from friends of COTS. This special online addition will go LIVE on COTS Walk Day – Sunday, May 2, 2021. Events will be taking place throughout the month of April, leading up to the online event.

Learn More 

Join the Temple Sinai Team!

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Friday

KABBALAT SHABBAT WORSHIP – 6:30 pm

Join us to welcome the Sabbath and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day!

Our Kabbalat Shabbat service is filled with music, prayer, and reflection on this week’s Torah portion.

Watch the weekly newsletter or check back on Friday to view or download any new materials related to the service. We continue to use the handout we’ve used since winter.

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.

View/download the latest service handout (11/2020). (PDF)


KIDDUSH AND ONEG SHABBAT – About 7:30 pm

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


Saturday

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. Torah study will immediately follow worship at about 10:30 am, and runs until noon. Check our home page late in the week for more information on Torah Study.

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 a double portion Parashat Tazria-M’tzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33)

“The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman at childbirth bears a male, she shall be impure seven days; she shall be impure as at the time of her condition of menstrual separation.” – Leviticus 12:1-2

In this double portion, the Eternal instructs Moses in great detail about the rituals surrounding childbirth; purification of the mother and the circumcision of a male child. The diagnosis and treatment of a variety of skin diseases is described, along with the purification of the clothing of those afflicted. Rituals are also presented for cleansing dwelling places. Various other impurities affecting males and females are described.

Read the text (Hebrew and English) on sefaria.org  Modern (Reform) Summary, Translation and Commentary Podcast from RJ.org

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

 ✡ Tazria-M’tzora for TotsTazria for Tweens

M’tzora for TweensTazria-M’tzora for Teens

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


YOM HA’ATZMAUT MUSICAL CELEBRATION WITH OZ – 8:00 pm

Temple Sinai and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue join together for a celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with an evening of Israeli music at the close of Shabbat. The program will feature clergy and musicians from Temple Sinai and OZ.

ZOOM Link on OZ Events page

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Sat 17

    Shacharit Morning Service and Torah Study

    Get online with ZOOM for a
    Apr 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Sat 17

    Yom Ha’Atzmaut Musical Celebration

    Join Ohavi Zedek and Temple Sinai
    Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Sun 18

    Parenting Through a Jewish Lens – Week 2

    A FREE 4-week course via ZOOM
    Apr 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Wed 21

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Apr 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Fri 23

    Kabbalat Shabbat, Kiddush and Oneg

    Join us to welcome Shabbat online.
    Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Sat 24

    Shacharit Morning Service and Torah Study

    Get online with ZOOM for a
    Apr 24 @ 9:30 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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