Social Action Committee Meeting

We will have an organizing meeting of the Social Action Committee on 

January 22, 6:30 PM

If you are interested in attending, please contact Committee Chair David Shiman.

Volunteer Needed card with a beach on backgroundOneg 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.

Adult B'nei Mitzvot Program logoAdult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Informational Meeting

January 20, 11 AM

Join us for an informational/organizational meeting. We will discuss what the program will be, and figure the levels, etc., that are needed. If you are interested, but can’t come, please let the Rabbi know. Otherwise, we will see you there. (If you are interested in pursuing a bar or bat mitzvah, and you already have basic Hebrew skills, please strongly consider singing up for Judy’s Hebrew II class starting January 17, see below for more info about the class.)


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Services and Events for this Shabbat (January 18-19)

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In Vermont, it is the depth of winter, but in Israel, the almond trees will soon have tiny buds as the land looks toward the beginning of spring. In Jewish tradition, Tu B’Shevat is the special new years for trees. Originally, this had to do with the ancient tax year, since trees were one of the ways a person’s wealth was counted, but in the middle ages, mystical Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition transformed Tu B’Shevat into a celebration of God’s gift of nature, and the divine flow of energy in nature and in us. We will have a very special Friday night service, that combines some of our normal prayers with a Tu B’Shevat Seder, a meal where wine, fruits and nuts native to Israel are eaten ceremonially, and with readings that celebrate nature and the power of trees. Please join us! 
WHAT TO BRING – Please, bring red wine and/or white wine & a dish for the pot luck meal.

Tu B’Shevat has some beautiful and fun tunes that celebrate trees and nature. Here are some we’ll be singing at the service. Several are particularly fun for smaller children.

January Birthdays Oneg to follow services – Join us after the Tu B’Shevat Seder/Service for a special Oneg in honor of all January birthdays. No need to RSVP, just come for some cake and to CELEBRATE!

Please come and help us celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on a very auspicious Shabbat when we read the Song of the Sea, the song of celebration at freedom led by the Miriam and the Israelite women once they were safely out of Egypt. Instead of our usual Torah Study, we will have a Torah reading, (so please come and help make sure we have a minyan!) If you have favorite short readings from Dr. King, please email Rabbi so he can include them. .

On Saturday Afternoon, we will have our usual engaging and participatory Torah Study, followed by a short Havdalah service. Everyone is welcome. We will be considering the Torah portion, BaShalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16), in light of modern notions about freedom and liberation, particularly those of Dr. King and the Women’s Movement.


Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 18

    Tu B’Shevat Seder & Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    In Vermont, it is the depth
    Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Sat 19

    MLK Shabbat Morning Service w/ Song of the Sea Torah Reading

    Saturday Morning, January 19 at 9:30am,
    Jan 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  3. Sat 19

    Torah Study & Havdalah Service

    We will have our usual engaging
    Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Wed 23

    Jewish History Study Group

    Explore Jewish History through the reading
    Jan 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Fri 25

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Sat 26

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Jan 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am