Calcutta Fundraiser ($2500 Grand Prize!)
Fun, Food, Dancing!
The Vermont Jewish community invites you to join us in fundraising to support the legal need of those in detention. Our community knows to well how the trauma of detention can impact generations. From now until Yom Kippur, we join together to raise funds for three organizations (one local, one national, one focused on the southern border) that are providing legal support and bail for those in need.
Continuing/Adult Education News
Adult B’nei Mitzvah Classes
General Classes – September 18,25; November 6, 20; December 18
These classes will consider the meaning of a bat or bar mitzvah, and explore the concept of “hiyuv” or duty to the Jewish people and the mitzvot in the context of Reform Judaism. We will also explore the Sabbath Service in more depth and discuss issues of Jewish theology.
Since a good part of the bat or bar mitzvah is reading Torah, Judy Alexander will be offering the following courses:
Hebrew for Beginners
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM: October 17 – December 19, January 9, 16
If you struggle to read Hebrew, or never learned, this class will kickstart your learning!
Torah Cantillation for Adults (with 6th gr. Religious School class)
Thursdays, 6:15-6:35 PM: October 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19
As our young b’nei mitzvah learn to chant Torah, you can learn with them, a great opportunity for inter-generational learning.
Torah Cantillation Boot Camp
We will also be setting up a couple of longer workshops for those who want to learn Torah cantillation in a more concentrated way.
Introduction to Judaism – with Rabbi Edleson
Sundays, 4-6 PM: November 3, 2019 – February 9, 2020
From the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), this 15-session course is perfect for those interested in learning more about Judaism from a Reform perspective. Dating someone Jewish? Interfaith couple? Thinking of converting? Jewish, but not raised with much information? This is the class for you!
Support for Introduction to Judaism is provided by the National Center to Encourage Judaism.
Services and Events for this Weekend (September 20-21)
TOT SHABBAT – 5:30 PM
KABBALAT SHABBAT SOCIAL ACTION SERVICE – 6:30 pm
Join us for a Social Action Shabbat service. There will be a presentation about the new Food Pantry in South Burlington.
Our Kabbalat Shabbat service is filled with music, prayer, and reflection on this week’s Torah portion. Following the service, join us for Kiddush and an Oneg in the Weisbein Social Hall, sponsored by the Temple Sinai Social Action Committee.
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE (Shacharit) – 9:30 – 10:30 am
Join us for our Shabbat morning services every week. Our one-hour service is rooted in the traditional chanting of prayers, but includes English readings and song as well so that all can be included. (This service does not include a Torah service.) The service is a lovely, meditative, and peaceful way to start the day. Whether we have five or fifty, we’ll be mixing traditional chanting with songs both old and new tunes to create a prayerful space for connection.
TORAH/BIBLE STUDY – 10:30am – Noon
Our Torah Study is inclusive and discussion-centered. We endeavor to understand the Torah portion of the week, and relate it to the issues of the day and the issues in our lives as modern people. Join our vibrant group of people for an intellectual and spiritual reflection and exchange of ideas. It is a lively, participatory Torah study where all are welcome, and no background or Hebrew is needed.
In Torah, we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8). The Israelites are told to tithe ten percent of their crops for the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. They are commanded to display the Ten Commandments. The Israelites are told that if they obey God’s mitzvot faithfully, they will receive every blessing imaginable. The people are also told that if do not fulfill their brit with God, many curses will descend upon them Finally, Moses reminds the Israelites of the miracles they witnessed in the wilderness and commands them to observe the terms of the covenant so that they may succeed in all that they undertake.
In the Book of Joshua, we will read Chapters 13-14. We will consider the ancient city of HAZOR, and what has been learned about it through archeology. Please join us.
SELICHOT – 7:00 pm
Selichot, “songs of forgiveness,” marks the beginning of the High Holy Days. We will consider where we have “missed the mark” in living up to our ideals, considering how we can suffer less, live more joyously, and connect more fully with others and with God.
This service of haunting melodies and prayers for forgiveness, both ancient and modern. It has been a focus of Jewish music, its beautiful melodies balanced with quiet moments of reflection.
Become a Temple Sinai Ambassador!
The Membership Committee is initiating a Membership Ambassador Program. The goal of the program is to connect each new member with a current member who will welcome the new member, check in with them periodically to answer questions, and invite them to services and/or special events to ensure that new members are feeling connected with Temple.
If you would like to be an Ambassador or would like more information about the program please contact Stacie Gabert.
Need a ride to or from services and/or Temple events? Please contact our Chaverim Committee, and they will help arrange a ride for you from someone in your area that is coming to that service or event.
Coming to a service or event at Temple Sinai and willing to provide a ride? Please let the Chaverim Committee know that you are willing to give rides to people in your area.