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Scholar In Residence
Rabbi Michael Cohen

Judaism and The Environment

January 31 – February 1, 2020

Join Sinai and Rabbi Cohen as we celebrate Shabbat together and reflect and learn Judaism’s teaching about the environment, and our responsibilities to it.

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Jewish Journeys Film Series

This Weekend - Fig Tree (2018)

Set in war-torn Addis Ababa, Ethopia in 1989, this award-winning coming of age film is based on 16 year-old Mina’s memories of her Jewish family escaping to Israel. English subtitles. Discussion to follow. Presented by Temple Sinai in partnership with Ohavi Zedek, UVM Hillel, and Jewish Communities of Vermont.

Anti-Semitism – A four part class with Rabbi Edleson

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Are you interested in learning more about the sources, causes and history of anti-semitism and to better understand some of the events happening around us? The class will explore anti-semitism in early writings of Christianity, in medieval literature, and in modern times.

Get more information – dates, price, and sign up

Contact Stacie with any questions.

Newly added!

Read the latest update to Jan Orlansky’s Getting to Know You profiles of Temple Sinai members. This month, an interview with Beverley Bettmann. See them all on the Getting To Know You page.

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Upcoming Services (January 17-18)




Saragail Benjamin Join Saragail Benjamin and Allyson Tazbin for a celebration of Shabbat geared to children 1-7 years of age and their families. Sing, play, and dance while learning about Shabbat and Torah. A joyful way to connect with family and community as well as Shabbat!


A Shabbat Service Honoring Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Rabbi David will be away this Friday night. Join Mark Leopold, Eric Friedman, and representatives of the Social Action Committee in a service to welcome Shabbat and inspire us with songs of struggle and justice. There will be readings by and about Dr. King and verses from this week’s Torah Portion, Sh’mot, which tells of the enslavement and suffering of the Israelites under a new Pharaoh in Egypt. 

Following the service, join us for Kiddush and an Oneg in the Weisbein Social Hall.


SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE (Shacharit) – 9:30 am

A one-hour, peaceful chanted service, mostly in Hebrew, with a focus on the “greatest hits” of Shabbat Shacharit services, plus some new tunes – a great way to get to know the service and start your day. Service will be led by Dr. Bruce Chalmer. All are welcome.

TORAH STUDY – 10:30 am

Torah study with bagels/donuts and coffee will begin at 10:30am and go until Noonish. 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! This week’s session will be led by Dr. Bruce Chalmer. 

This week has a special connection to this year’s remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We begin the book of Exodus with Parashat Sh’mot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1). In this portion, the new king of Egypt enslaves the Hebrews and calls for the drowning of male children in the Nile. A Levite woman places her son in a basket and sets him afloat, to be found and adopted by the daughter of Pharoah. He is given the name Moses. Moses grows up and slays an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew. 

Later in this portion, Moses is called by God by a bush that burns but is not consumed, and is told that he will lead the people out of Egypt. Also, and Moses and Aaron first ask Pharaoh to let the Israelites go to worship in the desert.

Read the Parashat (Hebrew & English)  Torah Commentary (reformjudaism.org)

This week, as we move into the book of Exodus, we transition from learning about Joseph to learning about another Jewish leader: Moses. Rabbi Rick Jacobs wonders what it means to be a Jewish leader, and how leaders like Joseph, Moses, and others can inspire us to lead and serve in our communities today.

Upcoming Events

  1. Wed 22

    Jewish History Study Group

    Explore Jewish History through the reading
    Jan 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Thu 23

    Religious school

    Jan 23 @ 3:45 pm - 6:15 pm
  3. Thu 23

    Torah Chanting

    Jan 23 @ 6:15 pm - 6:35 pm
  4. Thu 23

    Hebrew Crash Course 2

    Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Fri 24

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Sat 25

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Jan 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  7. Sat 25

    Torah Study

    Jan 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  8. Sat 25

    Seudah Shlishit

    Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  9. Sun 26

    Anti-Semitism Class

    Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Become a Temple Sinai Ambassador!

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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.

Free Rides to and from TempleChaverim has you covered!

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.

Contact Chaverim

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!