Weekly Message – October 24, 2018

Hello Temple Sinai!

Parashat VayeraThis week’s Torah portion, Vayera, is among the most famous, and most confounding, as it contains both the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Akedah, or the binding of Isaac that we read on Rosh Hashanah. Both stories abound with conflicting interpretations, and both challenge us to figure out what they mean and what they meant to ancient Israel. Torah study should be very interesting this week!

Organ donation: I also want to share a letter from Tim and Paula Cope, whose nephew Ryan died recently and unexpectedly from a head injury. Their letter shares the process of going through an organ donation and is important for all of us to reflect on.

Oct 24 2018 Email-Letter

Attacks on Transgender Americans: This past week, we learned of a proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to define gender narrowly, as determined solely by sex organs at birth, an approach which is contrary to medical evidence and denies the life experiences of millions of Americans. The results of these proposed changes could be devastating: Transgender Americans, already facing discrimination, stand to lose federal civil rights protections based on their gender identity. This (PDF) document shares the resolutions of the Central Conference of American Rabbis , the CCAR (all Reform Rabbis), opposing this proposal and supporting the rights of transgender and gender-non-conforming people.

Last Week of Clothing Drive: for students of the Winooski school system who need winter-clothing drive, Karen Cote agreed to help organize this, and so we are asking those in the Temple Sinai community to considering donating by the deadline of Nov 3:

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

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!

I hope to see many of you at services.

L’shalom,

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