Hello Temple Sinai,
I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends, or that you will be getting some well deserved R&R (my plan!).
I also forgot to mention at service last Friday night that last week was Transgender Awareness Week, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance was on Tuesday, 11/20. We know that transgender people are far more likely to be victims of hate crimes and violence, suicide and death. As Jews who know what it is like to be targeted, and as a supportive, inclusive community, we want to take a moment and remember those who have been victims of such hate, even as we commit ourselves to stand against it.
I apologize for not mentioning at services Friday evening, but we will be reading list of those who we have lost to violence in the United States over the past year this Friday Evening. Please visit this website for a list of transgender individuals lost to violence throughout the world over the past year: https://tdor.info
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THURSDAY – Nov 29
INSTALLATION CHALLAH SCULPTING
My installation will be on Friday, November 30, and I’m getting excited about all the plans and the service we are creating. On Thursday, November 29, before and during the Hebrew School, I will be working with any adults or kids who want to come play with dough, shaping a tree of life centerpiece of challah for the Installation. This is fun – so no experience needed.
Meanwhile, here again is some of the music for the service in case you want to familiarize yourself with it (or come join the choir rehearsal on Tuesday night, November 27, at 7:00pm.)
- We will start with “Hinei Ma Tov” by Nefesh Mountain, led by our “Jewkuleles.”
- We will have an “unplugged” version of Neil Young’s “Light a Candle”
- We will also sing “Shir HaMa’alot (Psalm 126)”, a psalm that is often sung before the aftermeal blessing, the “birkat hamazon”.
- We will sing Debbie Friedman’s “Ahavat Olam”.