L’Chaim! “To save one life is to save a world” – Talmud “One blood donation can save up to three lives.” – American Red Cross Temple Sinai Blood Drive Tuesday, December 24 | 9 am – 2 pm | Weisbein Social Hall Hot Soup and Breads for a cold day T-shirt for every presenting donor […]
Dear Temple Sinai,
In this message:
– Greetings and update from the URJ Biennial
– The New Jersey Shooting
– Regarding President Trump’s executive order to include Jewish college students under Title VI.
-Thanks to all the young families that came to the Chanukkah Party this past Shabbat, and yashar co’ach to Saragail Benjamin for her creative, engagement, and joyous way of leading the program.
-Congratulations to David Shiman, chair of our Social Action Committee here at Sinai, who was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Human Rights Educators U.S.A.
-Save the Dates: Hanukkah Events
-Hanukkah Music Videos for Kids & Adults!
First of all, I want to congratulate David Shiman, chair of our Social Action Committee here at Sinai, who was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Human Rights Educators U.S.A.
This week’s Torah portion is Vayeitzei, from Breishit, or Genesis. It starts in medias res after Jacob has stolen Esau’s birthright and tricked Isaac into getting the blessing for the first born. Both of Jacob’s parents have told him he needs to go immediately to Abraham’s old home in Harran, but for completely different reasons. Rebecca tells him to flee because his brother Esau might kill him for stealing the blessing.
READ: HURWITZ – Chapter 5-7 pp 97-171 (I know, this is a lot of reading, so if you need to just read one thing, read Chapter 7.) HONORING TRADITION – Calendar and Shabbat 65-95 HESCHEL THE SABBATH – first part LISTEN ON BEING – Arnold Eisen: The Opposite of Good Is Indifference or RESPONSA RADIO: […]
Happy Thanksgiving Temple Sinai!
Giving thanks is central to Judaism. Most of our prayers each day and each week are focused on thanksgiving. For those of us that pray in the mornings, the first series of blessings gives thanks for each step of waking up: hearing the alarm, opening our eyes, putting our feet on the floor, getting dress, getting to the bathroom, etc. This sort of mindfulness about the little things is one thing I deeply value about Jewish practice.
– Farewell Michael Levine
– Blessed SIGD, Holiday of Ethiopian Jewry
– Shabbat Services & Torah Study
– Rabbi Angel Buchdahl’s Sermon on Whether Legailty of The Settlement is The Right Question
As a follow up to the articles I shared last week on the Trump administration’s announcement that the US now considers the Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be legal, reversing decades of policy. As another approach, here is Rabbi Angela Buchdahl’s sermon last Shabbat on the whether the question of legality is really […]
In Genesis, when God creates humankind, it reads:
הִ֖ים בָּרָ֣א אֹת֑וֹ זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בָּרָ֥א אֹתָֽם׃ הִ֤ים ׀ אֶת־הָֽאָדָם֙ בְּצַלְמ֔וֹ בְּצֶ֥לֶם אֱ וַיִּבְרָ֨א אֱ
And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. It is a curious line, that God creates man, and then it says, “male and female He created them.” Is it him or them? Is it one or more?
Over the past two years, a congregant family have been mentoring a teenage Somali woman. We are looking for one or two people that would be willing to sit with her once per week, for about 1.5 hours, and help her with her homework.