Weekly message – November 6, 2018

Hello Temple Sinai,

What a turnout we had for the #ShowUpForShabbat solidarity service last Friday night! Over 200 people of all faiths from across the community came to express their support for the Jewish community, including clergy from local churches, the president of the Islamic Society, Mr. Taysir AlKhatib, and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. After the heartbreak of Pittsburgh, it was consoling to be reminded that we live in a caring community.

SIMAN TOV U’MAZEL TOV – The entire Temple Sinai community is invited this Sunday at 10:00am, to come to Temple Sinai for a baby-naming (and first birthday party) for Remi Louise McCorkel, the daughter of Charlotte McCorkel. Everyone is invited to the naming and the bagel brunch following, so please come and offer your blessing and support for Remi (Liora).

KABBALAT SHABBAT, Friday Nov. 9, 6:30pm
This Friday night is also the 80th anniversary of Kristalnacht (links to resources at end of email), an event that seems eerily resonant after the events in Charlottesville and Pittsburgh. However, after a week of emotional memorial services, I feel we also need to celebrate together and enjoy Shabbat, so we will begin the service with a short service in memory of Kristalnacht, (no images so as not to upset the little ones), and then we will shift to Kabbalat Shabbat and joyful singing of familiar songs. (We will also experiment with what Joey Weisenberg taught at O.Z. last shabbat as their Scholar in Residence.)

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE (Shacharit) — 9:30am-10:30am
Join us for the growing morning Shabbat minyan, offering a lovely one-hour chanted (mostly in Hebrew) Shabbat morning service.

TORAH STUDY – 10:30am -12noon Chayei Sarah
This week we read TOLEDOT, Genesis 25:18 – 28:9, in which Rebecca gives birth to Jacob and Esau, and Jacob steals the birthright and blessing. Here we see Rebecca continuing her sense of agency in a patriarchal world, while Isaac becomes more passive. We will consider what it means to have twins wrestling in the womb, and to have dueling impulses and “souls” within us wrestling to do what is right. Bring friends – No prior knowledge is needed!

WE STILL NEED PEOPLE TO STEP ONTO THE SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE. If we want Temple Sinai to be a force for justice in the local community, helping the marginal, poor and those in need, we must have a vibrant active Social Action Committee. I have had discussions with local leaders and there are some emerging opportunities to get involved in great work. Several people have stepped forward, but for the committee to represent the community, we need more people. This is a great place for young people to step forward, and all those who work for Tikkun Olam. Please let Michael Levine know if you are willing.

TOT SHABBAT – Next Friday Nov. 16, at 5:30pm we will have a short and sweet Tot Shabbat service for families with smaller children. The service will be about 40 minutes and all are welcome. If you have friends with small children who might be interested, this is a great time to invite them to check out Temple Sinai. We will still have our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30pm

KRISTALNACHT Resources – There are many excellent resources on the internet to learn about Kristalnacht. Here are a few:


Thank you text on colored canvasThanks To the Entire Community

We here at Temple Sinai would like to express our sincere “Thank You” to everyone in the community that has shown solidarity with us through these difficult times. We thank you for the calls, notes, and flowers. Your kindness will never be forgotten, just as the victims of hate and anti-semitism will never be forgotten.


Rabbi Edleson, Senator Mts. LeahyA special thanks to US Senator Patrick Leahy.
Senator Leahy called the Temple and Rabbi Edleson at home to express is grief over this recent event and his solidarity with the Jewish Community. Senator Leahy and his wife, Marcelle Pomerleau visited Temple Sinai this past Friday afternoon and meet with staff to personally show there solidarity and offer there support to our community. It was a great honor to have the Senator visit us and speak such heartfelt words.


Here is a sampling of the notes and letters of solidarity received after the Pittsburgh massacre.

letters of solidarity post Pittsburgh

We Need Your Help. . .

Calling All Bakers, Cupcake Makers

to bake desserts for
the Rabbi’s Installation on
November 30 & December 1

ALL TEMPLE MEMBERS WHO LIKE TO BAKE

We need HOMEMADE cookies, bars, mini cupcakes, Rugelach, and Mandelbrot/Biscotti
(Please no cakes or pies)

We are planning for 300 guests, so

Please RSVP to help by contacting Dianne Schreer, Kitchen Maven and Dessert Coordinator
by email or (802) 985-2166


Save the date - Rabbi Edleson installation


Voices Needed

Choir Practice for Installation

We are “rekindling” the choir and need your help. The theme of the Installation is “rekindle” and we will only need to work on a few songs, and some of those will be very familiar. We will be having rehearsals on the two Tuesdays before the Installation, Nov. 20 and Nov. 27. Let Mark Leopold know if you can make it. We plan to make this fun.

Sisterhood Mah Jongg Marathongraphic-3 figures locking arms, star of David above

November 18 | 9:30am ~ 2:00pm

Beginner Lessons and Regular Play

$18.00 or Free To Paid Up Sisterhood Members

Pot Luck Brunch Bring a breakfast or lunch dish to share!

Bring your set, card tables, and side tables

Diaper Drive – Bring a package or case of diapers – any size – to donate to Lund

For more information, contact Barbara Keller