Arabic Sallam, Hebrew Shalom, English PeaceOur hearts break with yours.

The congregation of Temple Sinai offers our condolences, solidarity, and prayers for peace and comfort to the Islamic Society of Vermont, and all Muslims at this time of senseless loss.

Salaam. Shalom.

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Shushan Rhapsody

~ The Megillah According to Queen ~

Saturday, March 23

6:00 PM – Munchies and BYOB Happy ½ Hour
6:30 PM – Shushan Rhapsody! Rated Q (of questionable taste)
7:30 to 10:30 – BYOB + Appetizers, Dance to DAHG & Karaoke
Suggested donation – $10

Just in Time for Purim!


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Drivers Needed!

Our local Meals On Wheels project is in need of drivers on an occasional or regular basis to deliver meals in Chittenden County.

Their most immediate need is for Thursday, March 21

If you are interested in this Tikkun Olam opportunity please contact the Temple Office for more information.

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Services and Events for this Shabbat (March 15-16)

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Friday, 3/15

TOT SHABBAT – 5:30 pm

This Friday, we will have a “Tot Shabbat”, which is a service geared for children 10 years of age and under with their families (not just ‘tots’). The service will begin at 5:30pm, include some simple songs, a few prayers, a children’s blessing, Israeli dancing, and “S’Torah-telling” around the Torah. The service will end by 6:15pm. Let your friends with younger children know! 

One song we’ll be singing, in case you want to let your little ones listen to it, is: 

KABBALAT SHABBAT – 6:30 pm, Oneg to follow

Singing together is universal in human culture; it touches something joyful and lovely in us. And though we sometimes don’t realize it, few groups have a more vibrant singing culture than we Jews. Come to our prayerful, song-filled joyful service. It sometimes feels like a schlepp to get to services, but afterwards, you’ll feel energized and connected—much needed in these times. Oneg to follow.

We’ll be singing two songs we introduced last week:

Saturday, 3/16

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE with TORAH READING (Shacharit) – 9:30 – 10:30 am
This is SHABBAT ZACHOR, the Shabbat before Purim, where we read the story of Amalek, the ancestor of Haman in the Purim story. In it, we are commanded never to forget what Amalek did to us, but is it ever really good to hold onto to something long after it is done? How do we balance ‘never again,’ with the importance of forgiveness? And is it ever right to blame people for the actions of their ancestors?

Because Temple Sinai has not had regular Saturday morning services with Torah readings, often one of the first such services our students have is at their own Bat or Bar Mitzvah. To help give their B’nei Mitzvah more context and familiarity, we are having a few Shabbat Shacharit (morning) services with Torah Reading. The Morning Service this week is one of these. This is a beautiful start to the day, so please plan to join us . Also, note that our weekly Torah Study will be taking place at 4:00 pm rather than after the morning service, due to the extended time needed for the Torah reading.

Torah study will begin at 4:00pm and will be followed this week by a Havdalah Service to close out Shabbat. This week we begin the book of Leviticus, with Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1−5:26), wherein God instructs Moses on the five different kinds of sacrifices to be offered in the sanctuary. The Reform Movement actually skipped Leviticus during the first decades of its existence, arguing that since we are against animal sacrifices and a priesthood, it makes no sense to read it. However, there is much of great interest in Leviticus. For example, the word for ‘sacrifice’ has the same root in Hebrew as to ‘draw near,’ and ‘to offer’, and in English, it shares meaning with the word ‘sacred.’ How does sacrifice draw us closer to God and the sacred? What of value do we sacrifice today? 

Our Torah Study is a vibrant exchange of ideas about the weekly Torah portion, bringing both traditional commentary and recent scholarship to bear on the text. It is a lively salon style, participatory Torah study where all are welcome, and no background or Hebrew is needed. Bring friends – No prior knowledge is needed!


Upcoming Events

  1. Tue 19

    Board Meeting

    Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Wed 20

    Erev Purim

    Purim is one of the most
  3. Wed 20

    Ta’anit Esther

    Fast of Esther
  4. Wed 20

    Jewish History Study Group

    Explore Jewish History through the reading
    Mar 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Thu 21


    Purim is one of the most
  6. Fri 22

    Shushan Purim

    Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled
  7. Fri 22

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Fri 22

    Passover Wine Tasting during Oneg

    Tasting of Kosher for Passover Wines
    Mar 22 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
  9. Sat 23

    Parashat Tzav

    Torah: Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 Haftarah:


Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting

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Friday, March 22
During Shabbat Oneg

Brotherhood will be sponsoring a Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting at the Oneg on Friday, March 22. We plan to have four wines from Israel, two reds and two whites, available for tasting, and we will have a few bottles of each available for sale. Please plan to join us for this annual tasting. 

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Is Coming

Sisterhood Annual Passover Tasting

Passover foods - A Taste of Passover

March 26 | 6:00 pm
Temple Sinai Social Hall

Bring A Passover Dish To Share: Appetizer, Main, Side, Salad or Dessert

Bring A Copy Of The Recipe!

For more info, contact Marjie Sheppard

Oneg Coordinator Needed

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Do you enjoy getting to know your fellow community members? Do you like organizing food for events? Then we have a place for you as our Oneg Coordinator!

If you are interested, please contact the Temple Office.

Purim Spiel 2019

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~ The Megillah According to Queen ~

Sunday, March 17 | 10:00 am


Sisterhood – Join Today!

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Joining and supporting Sisterhood is an easy way to stay connected, to make new friends, and to keep reform Judaism as a vital part of the fabric of Vermont. Your yearly dues of only $36 goes far. It helps to keep Temple a hopping, happening place and it reaches out to the communities around us.

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Reform Movement Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Initiative to Bring the Racist Otzma Yehudit Party into the Government

URJ Press Release

February 26, 2019 – The Reform Movement strongly condemns the recent initiative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring loyalists of racist Rabbi Meir Kahane into the Knesset. Those who espouse an ideology of hate, intolerance, and incite violence have no place in the Jewish State let alone in her government.