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Hello Temple Sinai!
Tim and I had an excellent vacation in southern Spain, but it is great to be back and I’m excited that Noam Wolf, a “shelicha”, or emissary from Israel to the UJA of New Hampshire is coming to Sinai this weekend. I had the pleasure of working with Noam at my previous congregation, and I have been wanting her to come do this “Israel 2048” poster exhibit and conversation since I heard outstanding feedback about it at my installation. Noam is also a jazz musician and singer, and it will be great to have her voice at our Shabbat services. There are links to some songs we are singing Friday night below.
Interview by Jan Zatzman Orlansky
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” E.B. White
Most of us know Charlotte and her adorable daughter, Remi, from seeing Charlotte attentively caring for her, first in a front pack as she rocked infant Remi to sleep during services, and more recently watching her follow a curious toddler around the Temple, making sure that Remi is safe. Remi loves music and always perked up whenever she heard it, even when she was dozing off. At Remi’s baby-naming ceremony, surrounded by friends and family, Charlotte articulated her wishes for Remi. They were not unlike those of most parents remarking on the strength of community and how supported she felt by family, colleagues, friends and Temple community. Remi Louise is 16 months old. Her special interests include eating yogurt with her hands, reading books and spending time with her Nana.
BUILDING A SANCTUARY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
PART I – Sacred Partnership
We are here tonight to celebrate Shabbat, but also to install our new Board of Directors, to pray for their success, and to offer our support to them.
It seems particularly fitting that our Torah Portion is Terumah, which describes the building of the Mishkan, or Tabernacle- or in other words, the original Temple. It tells us in great detail how to make every object, from the menorah to ark of the covenant, to the rings that hold up the curtains.
While every synagogue needs leaders and board to do the work of keeping things running and healthy, our Torah portion begins not with the leadership, but with the people,
Even the Torah has something to say about design and architecture.
What would YOU build to house your most precious possessions? Who would you hire as the architect? Furniture designer Rafael Kushick helps us understand the divinely architected blueprints for the holiest – and most confusing – building project ever attempted.
This is Episode 19 of the weekly Torah cartoon from G-dcast.com. Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current Torah portion…and then we animate it!
Last week, we got word that the Vermont House was going to vote on a bill (H.3) that aims to incorporate more education and data collection about racism, prejudice and bias, in part by ensuring inclusion of under-represented groups in the curriculum. After some of the racist events that have occurred in the past years, a working group was created to draft the bill, which did not pass when it was last introduced as part of a much larger education bill. This year, the group brought the bill as a stand-alone, and it was fast-tracked in the Vermont House. The bill was very good, and included issues of concern to African-Americans, LGBT people, Native Americans, Migrants, and other groups that were perceived as marginal or experiencing hate and bias. Unfortunately, the bill did not include anti-Semitism, or Islamophobic incidents.
Hello Temple Sinai!
Congratulations to the Fourth and Fifth grade class for leading such a thoughtful, engaging service for us, and a special thanks to Shelli Goldsweig for being such a skilled and encouraging teacher. Her class was able to connect Jewish history to Jewish values in smart and relevant ways. Thank you!
I’ll be leading services this Friday Night, but then Tim and I are off for a vacation to Madrid to visit my niece and then southern Spain to visit Jewish Andalusia and the Alhambra. We are very excited but we will miss you while we are gone.
At the end of this email is a REPORT ABOUT A BILL IN THE VERMONT LEGISLATURE that we’ve been working on, so please read that.
Brotherhood has many events and activities planned for 2019. Here are just a few:
- Bowling night with Temple Sisterhood, February 17
- Purim Party/Spiel in March
- Tastings of Kosher for Passover wines before Passover
- Sponsor a a group discussion and lunch following a Saturday morning Shabbat service
- Annual Temple Work Day in June
- Lead a Shabbat service and sponsor an Oneg
- Co-host with Sisterhood a summer family activity/BBQ probably at a local park.
- As usual, Brotherhood will coordinate the High Holiday ushering
- Construct/take down the Sukkah and host a dinner in the Sukkah.
Other events under consideration are participating in one or more social action/community service projects, and assisting with the annual “Welcome Back To Religious School” event.
Hello Temple Sinai!
It was great to see new young families at Tot Shabbat, and to do a Torah reading of the 10 Commandments at Shabbat services. We had about 30 people at our discussion about “Israel, Palestine and Anti-Semitism,” and I appreciated people’s willingness to share and to listen respectfully
Hello Temple Sinai!
You really surprised me this week – we had around 70 people come to our Tu B’Shevat Seder/Service on Friday Night. I also want to thank all the people who came to the first meeting of the revitalized Social Action Committee. These are all very good signs about our future.
I also want you all to know that a group of us is working steadily on a big shindig for Purim, with a wacky spiel that tells the story of Purim through the lens of…