6 Week class begins Thursday January 9 Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II is designed to improve students’ reading skills and fluency by introducing you to special pronunciation rules and basic Hebrew grammar to help you expand your Hebrew comprehension skills. Students will begin to recognize various parts of verbs and nouns, learn how to […]
Homework for Week 9 – Jan 12, 2020 READ: Hurwitz: Chapter 9 Honoring Tradition: “Eating our Values” 218 “Reform Jewish Sexual Values” 228 “Resolution of Reproductive Health 233 “The (Wedding) Ceremony 243 “The Ketubah” 250 “Rings and Vows” 252 “the Wedding Address” 256 “Divorce and Remarriage” 262 “Birth and Childhood 272-282 LISTEN Tablet Magazine – […]
READ Strassfeld HOLIDAYS: Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur 95-124 Sukkot-Simchat Torah pp 125-160 DO Mussar Soul – Trait Quiz Teshuvah: What steps can I take to be a better: Spouse? Father/mother? Brother/sister? Friend? Member of my community?
I hope you had a meaningful Hanukkah, and I pray that 2020 will see our community grow and flourish in safety. However, as 2019 comes to an end, we have seen a very real and disturbing spike in anti-Semitic incidents and violence. Closer to home, in the town of St. Albans, there have been a […]
Happy 2020 Temple Sinai!
I know it might not be the Jewish New Year, but it is American New Year and I wish you all a happy, healthy and meaningful year. I am deeply grateful for how much this community has done in the past year, and I am excited for some of our plans for the Temple this coming year. We are growing and I will do my best to help that growth continue even as we get to know one another more deeply, and connect more as a community. And have fun together!
In this email:
– Coming soon: Scholar in Residence on Judaism, anti-Semitism class, Dan Nichols and more!
– This week’s services and events
– About the recent incidents in St Albans (see separate post)
Hello Temple Sinai!
Thank you to everyone that made the Red Cross Blood Drive successful, particularly David Punia and Karen Cote, and to everyone that helped deliver Meals on Wheels on Christmas day, and particularly to Jeff Solomon who coordinated all the logistics. It is good to be part off a community that puts our values into practice. Thank you.
Thanks also to my Intro to Judaism class for making latkes and sufganiyot to take to Ru’ach Hamaqom for first night of Hanukkah, and to all the Sinai folks that showed up to celebrate there or at the statewide party at the Zen Barn on Monday night.
Also in this issue:
– MORE CHANUKKAH! Upcoming services and events, and the music I posted last week.
– JCOGS Israel trip planned for next summer.
HOMEWORK – December 22, 2019 Hanukkah READ Strassfeld HOLIDAYS: Pesach pp 5-46 Shavu’ot pp 69-84 Optional Readings: Honoring Tradition; Embracing Modernity: Any of the selections on Pesach and Shavu’ot or Hanukkah: pp 137-163 About JEWS, HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS From My Jewish Learning Jews and Christmas The December Dilema: A List of Articles From The […]
As you know, Hanukkah is not a holiday found in the TaNakh, the Hebrew Bible. The Mishnah, the first collection of Jewish law after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, barely mentions Hanukkah, and then in oblique ways. The early rabbis that preserved and transformed Judaism in this period, especially those living under Roman occupation, might not have thought celebrating a holiday of violent rebellion was a good strategy. And yet the holiday persisted and grew, and over time gained special prayers in the Amidah, and the holiday prayers called Hallel are recited.
There are a growing number of Jewish a capella groups that are doing fun Hanukkah songs and videos. Two of the most prolific groups, Maccabeats and Six13, are all male. The Fountainheads are a mixed group. I could not find an all women’s group with Hanukkah videos on; if you do, please share those with me! -Rabbi David
Hello Temple Sinai!
We had a BLAST!!! At the URJ Biennial, where 5,000 Reform Jews from all across North America and Israel gathered to celebrate, pray, and plan together.
In this email:
– Death announcement
– Israel trip
– Hanukkah and other upcoming events
– Social Action opportunities
– Blood drive
– Hanukkah music/videos