Temple Sinai and Coronavirus

We have set up a page/blog so our members and families can keep up with our latest thinking, cancellations and schedule changes as part of Temple Sinai’s response to Coronavirus 2019. Also included are links to numerous resources at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As the situation and our recommendations change, posts will be added to the Alerts page.


While Temple Sinai’s building is closed to protect the safety of our community, we will be using ZOOM web conferencing for worship services, classes, and meetings. You can still contact us by phone and email. Check the newsletter and upcoming events below for the links to join events.

Important Changes to Temple ZOOM Meetings

One of our ZOOM-based meetings was recently “zoombombed, ” which is to say it was invaded by malign actors with antisemitic views. This has necessitated our adoption of stricter security measures for our online events. Members will receive details by email. ALL ZOOM MEETINGS WILL NOW REQUIRE A PASSWORD. WATCH THE TEMPLE NEWSLETTER OR CALL THE OFFICE.

Friday July 31st at 6:30pm
Join us for Shabbat with Evan Traylor

Sermon and Talk Back Session on Jews, Race, and Inclusivity

Evan is the URJ Presidential Fellow for Millennial Engagement; President of NFTY, URJ Board Member, Co-founder of Hillel International Student Cabinet


Continuing Education

Wednesday Morning Book/Jewish History Group.

NEW BOOK – We Lived There Too: In Their Own Words and Pictures Pioneer Jews and the Westward Movement of America 1630-1930 – Kenneth Libo

More about “We Lived There Too”


Social Action Committee
Anti-Racism Book Group
Monday Nights in August 7pm-8:30pm

Thank you to our Social Action Committees’ ongoing response and plans to engage issue of racism and privilege in the wake of the death of George Floyd and others.

Acknowledging that we have implicit prejudice does not make us bad. Prejudice is an ideology that is taught to us, from the time we are born. Learning about it and mitigating it makes us stronger and clearer. Are you interested in better understanding the challenges you face when discussing race and racism? Join us as we explore together.

The Social Action Committee is offering an Anti-Racism Book Group so we can study and learn together in an open, accepting environment. Our first book will be “White Fragility”, by Robin Diangelo, as this is where many of us hit barriers in the discussion of racism. We are aware that as Jews, many of us have difficulty with the label of “white”. We will be able to discuss this as well.

Obtain this short (170 pages) book yourself and read the first three chapters for the initial discussion. Identify sections or ideas that engage you to discuss with the group.

Please register with Stacie at info@templesinaivt.org by July 26th. 

Questions? David Shiman at tikkun-olam@templesinaivt.org


Protective facial masks

Headed up by our Chaverim Committee, a small army of congregants has been manufacturing fabric face masks for several weeks and donating them to various local organizations.

The group has sewn 675 masks for local  organizations and members (by request)! Anyone wishing to help out in this effort by sewing or donating materials is encouraged to contact the Chaverim committee, or make a monetary donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund!


Newly added!

Read the latest updates to Jan Orlansky’s Getting to Know You profiles of Temple Sinai members. Several “blast from the past” interviews have been posted. See them all on the Getting To Know You page.

Quick Links


Upcoming Events

  1. Wed 15

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Jul 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Fri 17

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Oneg

    Join us to welcome the Sabbath
    Jul 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Sat 18

    Shacharit Morning Service and Torah Study

    Get online with ZOOM for a
    Jul 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  4. Sat 18

    Facebook Live Havdalah

    Join us for a short Havdalah
    Jul 18 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  5. Wed 22

    Jewish History Study Group

    An online exploration of Jewish History
    Jul 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Fri 24

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Oneg

    Join us to welcome the Sabbath
    Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 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

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Dealing with COVID-19?

Are you concerned about whether your small business can survive the COVID crisis? Do you have questions about financial steps you can take to address your business’ situation?

If so, the SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, can help. SCORE provides education and mentoring to business owners free of charge. If you are interested, Steve Greenfield is a certified SCORE mentor and will be happy to speak with you.

Email Steve!

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.

Repair the World!