Weekly Message – October 17, 2018

Hello Temple Sinai!

Thanks to all the people that turned out on Friday night for Kabbalat Shabbat services and oneg. We also had a full house at Torah Study on the story of Noah and the flood, and I look forward to studying the beginning of Abraham and Sara’s story this week.

Since there are no special services this Shabbat, I wanted to start by asking if some of you will consider stepping onto two committees crucial for Sinai’s growth: the Social Action committee and the Spiritual Committee. David Shiman and Karen Cote are helping me revitalize the Social Action Committee, and Mark Leopold and I are focused on the Spiritual Committee. Here is an announcement for each, so take a moment to see if one of them might be a good place for you to put your energy this year.

Social Action – Where does your commitment to social justice take you?

Over the years, Temple Sinai members have been engaged in a variety of efforts: food drives, clothing drives, refugee resettlement support, Christmas food delivery, to name a few. With the arrival of a new rabbi, we seek to rethink the nature of our social action efforts, reconstitute our Social Action Committee, and launch some new initiatives.

Are you interested? We will hold an initial meeting within the month to begin our conversation. Everything is open! Join us!

Email David Shiman, Rabbi Edleson or Admnistrator Michael Levine

Read more on the URJ Social Action blog

Spiritual – How can Temple Sinai better meet the spiritual needs of the

What spiritual needs and forms of expression aren’t being met? How could our services better meet the needs of our community and be as inclusive as possible? Sinai already hosts a vibrant variety of services, and Rabbi Edleson has brought other new ideas, but we need people who can help us reflect the community more fully and creatively in our synagogue.

Help us do that!

Email Mark Leopold, Rabbi Edleson, or Michael Levine

Services for this Shabbat

KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICE 6:30 pm, oneg to follow

Come welcome the sabbath with singing, poetry, and community. The sermon will consider Abraham’s journey, Lech Lecha, and what it is like to be on a spiritual life’s journey without knowing where we will end up. In honor of Abraham and Sarah’s journey, we will be singing this beautiful Debbie Friedman song, L’chi Lach

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE (Shacharit) 9:30 – 10:30 am
If you want to build a regular spiritual practice on Shabbat, or want to become more comfortable with the Hebrew service of Saturday morning, please consider joining  us for our chanted one-hour Shabbat morning service. If you know this service, you would be familiar with a Shabbat morning service anywhere you might travel.

TORAH STUDY – 10:30am – noon – Noah
This week we read the beginning of Abraham and Sarah’s journey. Lech Lecha is full of interesting stories about our earliest ancestors, so come and consider what it is like to realize something that those around you can’t see, and what is means to be on a sojourn with no clear destination. Bring friends – No prior knowledge is  needed!



For students of the Winooski school system who need winter-clothing, including many children from refugee and immigrant families (30 languages are spoken by the students!). Karen Cote agreed to help organize this, and so we are asking those in the Temple Sinai community to consider donating by the deadline of Nov 3:

  • Good warm coats for K-12, in good shape
  • New packages of cotton underwear and athletic-style socks for boys and girls, sizes 3T-5T (toddler) as well as Youth Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

Karen Cote has kindly set up boxes in the social hall for you to bring your donations, so please do! Please do your best to give! This is Tikkun Olam, making the world more fair and just, so let’s put our donations where our Reform Jewish values are!


How many Jews does it take to install a rabbi? Please save the date of Friday, November 30, 2018 for the Installment Ceremony of Rabbi David Edleson at Temple Sinai. The celebration will continue on Saturday. Invitations with further details will be forthcoming.