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A rich variety of Tikkun Olam opportunities exist in our community. Which are you drawn to?
MEALS-ON-WHEELS: Temple Sinai has the opportunity to adopt a route in South Burlington and provide regular delivery of food to those in need. If we create a Temple Sinai delivery team, we can deliver 1, 2, 3 or 4 days a month. We decide and commit to a schedule. The route takes about 2 hours to complete(9:00-11:00) and we would deliver to 10-12 homes. It’s good to have 4-6 people to make up the team, although one person can handle the route on any given day. We also would need a coordinator. It’s really quite simple. Interested in exploring this further? To learn more, visit the Age Well Meals On Wheels page or Contact David Shiman.
PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE: We will celebrate our exodus from Egypt with another food drive supporting the South Burlington Food Shelf. This will probably take place during the first week in April. Look for future announcements.
The Food Shelf also has all sorts of volunteer opportunities to help meet the pressing needs in our community. Contact Peter Carmolli.
CAMPAIGN FOR A STRONG FAIR AND IMPARTIAL POLICING POLICY (FIPP) IN SOUTH BURLINGTON OR BURLINGTON: There are groups advocating for stronger policy statements than presently exist. The campaign for FIPP is called No Mas Polimigra, which is a combination of Spanish word “poli” for police and “migra” for immigration authorities. The major goal is to end collaboration of police with immigration agents. If interested, make the initial contact yourself, but please inform us that you are getting involved. For South Burlington, Contact Nancy Hellen; For Burlington, Contact Madeline and/or Ashley.
DRIVER FOR MIGRANT JUSTICE: Drivers are needed who can, at very short notice, drive to Massachusetts to deliver bail money and return to our area with a bailed-out Migrant Justice worker who had been arrested by ICE. Person should be able to speak some Spanish and be able to give up an entire day. There is a pool of potential drivers, but there is always a need to add more to the pool. If interested, contact David Shiman for more information.
Other News – Planning Opportunities
PROGRAMS AT A SENIOR RESIDENCE: We are exploring possibility of collaborating with a senior residence facility to offer a “program” once a month. This might be a musical presentation, talk on topics of interest (e.g., income tax, travel experience, poetry reading) children’s performance, etc. Temple Sinai would recruit members of our congregation to present. Might you be interested in this? Contact committee chair David Shiman
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ACTION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: Let us know what actions you are engaged in. Suggest actions the Committee should consider. Contact Us.
Add your name to our committee mailing list to receive meeting minutes, occasional articles, and action opportunities. And join our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month(6:00-7:00). Contact Committee Chair David Shiman for more information.
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June 27, 2:00 PM – June 28, 4:00 PM
SWIMMING! PLAYING! HIKING! DANCING! SINGING!
Cookouts, Havdalah under the stars, stories around the campfire.
Saturday, June 27
2:00 – Arrive Kettle Pond State Park and set up camp
3:00 – Swim in Kettle Pond, hike, play games, do crafts, sing, dance, whatever we feel like doing!
5:00 – Start our cookout–Temple Sinai will provide burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers, campers bring the rest
When 3 stars appear–Havdalah under the stars!
6:30 or so until bedtime – Stories, singing, dancing
Sunday, June 28
Wake up whenever we want!
Breakfast – Temple Sinai will provide fixings for pancakes and eggs, campers provide the rest
10:00 – Break camp
11:00 – Check out of Kettle Pond (Park rules)
11:15 – Reconvene at Boulder Beach State Park, just a few minutes away from Kettle Pond – our Kettle Pond passes gain us admission. Boulder Beach has a wonderful swimming beach, great playground equipment.
Through the rest of the day – play, swim, hike at Boulder Beach. Campers provide their own lunches.
Where will we camp?
We’ve reserved 9 lean-to’s on the shores of Kettle Pond, and we’ll have lots of room for tents. Compost toilets will be available, but no running water, we’ll have to bring in our own.
If you’ve never camped before, give it a try! Camping is a wonderful way to turn off the noise of the world and connect with friends, family, and the peace of Shabbat!
If you can’t stay overnight, join us for the day!
- Kettle Pond overnight campers–$10 per person
- Kettle Pond day use (6/27) – $6 Adults, $4 kids
- Boulder Beach day use (6/28) – $4 Adults, $2 kids
To reserve, call Stacie Gabert at Temple Sinai (802) 862-5125
More details coming as the event gets closer!
Got questions? Email Saragail or call her at (914) 500-7157
On Tuesday, President Trump released the details of his and Jared Kushner’s plan for a settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. As in most anything this president does, it has been met with very strong and polarized reactions ranging from strong support to “hair on fire” condemnations. As you might be learning about me, I try to avoid instant reactions especially on issues of the Middle East, since cause and effect can be notoriously difficult to untangle there, because we as Americans don’t have enough direct experience in the matter, and because the gap between ideals and realpolitik there is so wide there on all sides.
Instead of focusing on my own reactions, I want to share some articles for you to read, inform yourselves, and come to your own informed conclusions. To that end:
- Here is the full text of the actual plan: TRUMP PEACE PLAN
- Here is a short statement by URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs on the plan and Netanyahu’s announced plan to unilaterally annex territories.
- Here is a very critical article from POLITICO written by three Israelis with impressive resumes: Ami Ayalon (former director of Shin Bet, Israel’s top security agency), Gilead Sher (former Chief of Staff or Ehud Barak and senior peace negotiator) and Orni Petruschka (an Israeli high-tech entrepreneur): Trump’s Peace Plan Is Immoral, Impractical — and Could Blow Up the Middle East
- David Ignatius wrote this article for the Washington Post, that captures some key aspects of what this deal reflects about realpolitik in the region: The Trump peace plan is a squeeze play against the Palestinians. It might work.
- Here is an article from THE NATIONAL REVIEW that is supportive of the president’s approach: The Israeli–Palestinian Peace Plan Is a Much-Needed Dose of Reality
- Here is a thoughtful article from The Atlantic, by Shadi Hamid about the emotional cost of the plan for Palestinians: The Israeli-Palestinian Dispute Is Only Partly About Land
- Here is a very critical article of American Policy for decades by Nathan Thrall that places Trump’s plan in a context of American policy: Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth
I spent about three hours writing some thoughts on this proposal, but the more I wrote, I’ve decided not to share those, and let the articles be enough for now. I will only say that I believe in the rightness of self-determination, and the rightness of peace and the necessity of justice. Which road might actually take us in this conflict – where those in power rely on the perpetuation of conflict to remain in power and both side are convinced justice is on their side – that is a question for prophets, not rabbis. All we can do is be among the disciples of Aaron, seeking peace and pursuing peace as best we can.
Jewish Journeys: A film series from around the world
In partnership with Ohavi Zedek, UVM Hillel, and Jewish Communities of Vermont, Main Street Landing Film House (60 Lake Street, Burlington, above Skinny Pancake) presents three internationally acclaimed films, each on the third Sunday of the month.
This Sunday (1/19) –