We are all so proud of Kitah Gimmels’s (3rd grader) Emme Stein whose drawing for the Vermont DPS Division of Fire Safety’s annual calendar contest earned an Honorable Mention. Emme was invited to the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, where she was recognized for her contribution by none other than Governor Phil Scott!
Here are some current social action opportunities for the Temple Sinai community and others!
DONATE A TURKEY PLUS
Time for Temple Sinai members to make contributions to the Food Shelf program of Feeding Chittenden, formerly the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. You can bring frozen turkeys or non-perishable food items to 228 North Winooski Ave (deliver at rear of building) or to explore other ways to help, visit the Feeding Chittenden donation page. If possible, let them know that your contribution is on behalf of Temple Sinai. You can also contact them directly by email or at 802-658-7939.
VOLUNTEER AT THE SOUTH BURLINGTON FOOD SHELF
The newly opened South Burlington Food Shelf at 356 Dorset St. has many volunteer opportunities. You can work as few or as many hours as you chose. Give them a call at (802) 858-5267, or contact Peter Carmolli. You can also sign up here for email updates, or consider other ways to donate.
DELIVER FOOD ON CHRISTMAS DAY
For years, Temple Sinai congregants have led the way, delivering Meals On Wheels to shut-ins on Christmas Day. We will do it again. Jeff Solomon, a member of our congregation, has taken over coordination of the drivers who deliver food on Christmas day to those unable to get out. This is an important part of the work of the local nonprofit H.A.N.D.S (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors). Please contact Jeff for more information or to volunteer.
TO LIFE! GIVE BLOOD ON DECEMBER 24
Karen Cote and David Punia will lead this blood drive which will take place at the Temple. Blood donors and volunteers and are needed! The need for blood is critical. We would also like donation of food on the day of the drive. Contact the organizers for more information and:
JOIN US AT A SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: WE MEET NOVEMBER 14TH AT 6:00PM AND ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN SUBSEQUENT MONTHS.
Questions or Concerns? Contact David Shiman, Chair of Social Action Committee
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.
In addition to the class services, there are two Whole School Shabbats: the first on Nov. 9 and the next one of Feb. 15. This is a great way for your family to experience a Saturday morning service at Temple and for our students to practice the prayers they are learning.
This past week our Letter of the Week was Lamed, as in Lulav, which we shook on Sukkot.
Lulav, Night (Lailah), Lemon (Limon), Bread (Lechem)
Starting tomorrow, our Letter of the Week is Aleph.
Lastly, with all the events we’ve had at Temple involving food, A LOT of plates, containers, bags, baking pans, etc. have gotten left behind in the kitchen. Next time you’re here, please check to see if maybe some are yours. Additionally, we’ve got quite a collection of water bottles piling up. Maybe one of those is yours too?
Best wishes for a sweet and Happy New Year,
PS – if you know folks with young children, or you yourself have a child too young for school, please know that we have a monthly Tot Shabbat on the third Friday of the month and Story Hour on the first Sunday of the month. Next Story Hour is Nov. 3 at 10 am and Tot Shabbat is Nov. 15 at 5:30 pm.
*we do NOT have school Oct. 31