UPDATE: Rabbi’s new Book Club – Sefer v’Sefel*

Due to conflicts with upcoming b’nei mitzvot, the book club dates have been changed:

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor - book cover

Next Meeting: Saturday, June 1, 5 pm. Coffee, Tea and Book Talk

Prior to our Temple Sinai meetings, on Sunday, May 12, Zioness will hold a Facebook Live discussion with author Yossi Klein HaLevi. Get a head start on our book club sessions by jumping in on this first Zioness book club event. Zioness is an organization that works to make sure progressive activist circles, particularly those focused on women’s issues, remain open and welcoming to those who also identify as Zionists.

About the book: Yossi Klein HaLevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor has garnered praise and criticism for its attempt to find common ground between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. It is a great opportunity for our ongoing conversations about balancing Israeli and Palestinian needs and rights, and we will deepen our discussions by considering a range of reviews about the book.

*Sefer Ve Sefel – “Book and a Mug” (of coffee) is a beloved Old Jerusalem used book store and café.

Chaverim is Back

Chaverim logoAfter too long a hiatus the Chaverim Committee (AKA-Caring Committee) is back in action with Deb Leopold and Amy Collins as co-chairs. They are excited to be heading up this very necessary committee for our Temple community. If you enjoy helping friends in times of need, please consider joining our “non-committee” committee–no regular meetings, just the warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping others. Email us if you are interested.
There are a number of initiatives in which we are currently engaged:

  • Card Team–sends birthdays cards monthly, get well and condolence cards as needed and we are always looking for helping hands for this.
  • Providing rides for members to Temple services/events.
  • Meals for members during difficult times.
  • Visits to home-bound members.
  • Comfort Shawls (please get out your knitting needles)
  • The third Friday of each month is designated Birthday Shabbat.  Chaverim provides a birthday cake, but we aren’t able to host the entire oneg each month.  So, feel free to host one of the birthday onegs.

Coming soon– Salsa Dancing! We are hoping to have a Salsa dance event sometime in June.  More details to follow as things develop.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Mon 20
  2. Tue 21
  3. Tue 21

    Safety & Security Committee Meeting

    May 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  4. Wed 22
  5. Wed 22

    Jewish History Study Group

    Explore Jewish History through the reading
    May 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Thu 23
  7. Thu 23

    Lag BaOmer

    33rd day of counting the Omer
  8. Fri 24
  9. Fri 24

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    May 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Oneg Coordinator Needed


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.

Garden Advisors Needed!
Raised Garden Bed Project

Raised garden beds photo

One of the rabbi’s goals is to install some raised beds at Temple Sinai so that we include family gardening and pollinator-plantings as part of our education program for young and old alike. Now that it is spring, it is time to get started, so the rabbi would like to get a few people with expertise/experience to serve on a temporary work group to get the beds started and make sure the soil is as alive and healthy as possible. If you would be willing to help with this, please let Michael Levine know, and we will be setting up a meeting (face to face and Zoom) very soon.