Note: This course will be shaped by the interests of the participants, so this syllabus is only a rough outline. In addition to the course, we ask for participants to consider services at Temple Sinai, but also at a variety of synagogues so we can discuss those experiences and enrich our learning. BOOKS (Temple […]
TOPIC: What is Judaism? Who are the Jewish people? READ: HURWITZ Introduction pp ix-xxxi; Chapter 1 pp 3-28 HONORING TRADITION pp 5-18; 35-46 GENESIS 1:1 – 4:26 LISTEN: PEOPLE OF POD Sept 19, 2019 Minutes 10:12 – 25:45 (Interview with Sarah Hurwitz) DO: In Judaism, rest is not simply “not doing anything” but a […]
Shalom Horim/Dear Parents:
With the holidays now behind us (not counting Halloween*), we can get into a somewhat normal routine without major distractions.
In case you haven’t already received it, check out the school calendar. Please note when your child’s class service is (class services begin in January and are usually the first Friday night of the month to coincide with Folk Services). They begin with a Pot Luck dinner at 5:30 sponsored by the host class.
Hello Temple Sinai –
Bonjour from Toulouse, France! Tim and I are here for a week relaxing, recovering from the holiday marathon, eating French food, and soaking in the culture of Lanquedoc. Fortunately, Temple Sinai has a deep “bench” of people who can more than cover for me.
The details are in the services below, but a hardy thanks to them for always stepping up to serve…
“WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO BE OLD” – HAPPY 90TH TO BEV BETTEMANN
Psalm 90 tells us: Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;
So Bev, and all you others that are near or over 90, what is your secret? I think you are the superheroes that Marvel hasn’t made a movie about… yet.
But don’t get too full of your age-power. Remember that Sarah was 90 when she found out she was pregnant with Isaac…
Hello Temple Sinai –
– To ARIEL TOOHEY on doing such an outstanding job at her Bat Mitzvah. She led prayers and chanted her Torah and Haftarah beautifully, and made all of us very proud of our religious school here at Temple Sinai.
– To SISTERHOOD on their kick-off brunch success and much success in the all the events planned in the new year.
– To all the NEW STUDENTS IN OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL who were consecrated at Simchat Torah.
Beverley Snyder Bettmann, aka Bev, is a life-long learner who beats the competition when it comes to the number of Adult Education classes she has taken, including book groups and Torah study. She loves to learn and her mind is sharp. What strikes you when sitting across from her, as I did for this interview, was her beautiful smile and her alert eyes.
Hello Temple Sinai !
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS to Irene Epstein, chair, Dr. Lewis First, our emcee, and the entire
Harvest Hoedown team for a very successful and fun event. We raised a lot of money and had fun doing it! Thanks to everyone who hosted and who participated in the Calcutta.
This weekend we have a few big events:
Friday Oct 18 5:30pm Tot Shabbat
Friday Oct 18 6:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday Oct 19 10:00am BAT MITZVAH of Ariel Toohey
Sunday Oct 20 9:30am SISTERHOOD kick-off brunch
Sunday Oct 20 5:30pm SIMHAT TORAH dinner/service
“It is not in the heavens” This is a revolutionary statement!
Ancient religions of that time tended to see law as very much being in the heavens, and only a demigod, a mythic hero with superhuman strength or superhuman allies and power could possibly retrieve it. But here we have a radically different view of the source of the knowledge of justice.
Ya Ana Emtzaacha – WHERE WILL I FIND YOU?
This may shock you, but Jews tend to be very open in sharing our opinions. We talk about all sorts of subjects that others might shy away from, from politics to Israel to very personal relationship issues. But there is one subject that I find liberal Jews are very shy about and avoid talking about if at all possible; the love that dare not speak its name: Love of God.
But it is Yom Kippur, and after all, I’m a rabbi, so tonight, I want to touch on that third rail of liberal Judaism, God and the longing for connection with the Divine.