Dear Temple Sinai Members–
Thank you to all those who attended our Annual Meeting on November 22. And thank you for bearing with me for perhaps what was one of our longest meetings on record. We covered a lot of territory; addressed important issues.
I am delighted that we re-elected Rabbi David Edleson to a new five-year term. I am delighted with our new Board Members: our new president, Susan Leff, our new VP of Communications, Michael Rosenberg, and our new trustees Hannah Weiss and David Gladstone, as well as those members who were nominated from the floor and agreed to step up into positions of senior responsibility at Temple — Adam Winter, our new First Vice President, and David Collins and Joel Goldberg, our new Co-Treasurers. I am delighted that the hard work of the Financial Team and the Board as a whole paid off as the budget and all our other recommendations were approved. And I am delighted that both Sisterhood and Brotherhood will have a seat at the “table” at our next Board Meeting.
As the outgoing President, I want to thank everyone for all you have done for our community over the past two years and, especially, during the pandemic. If anything, the pandemic has served to bring us closer together spiritually and emotionally despite social distancing. And the pandemic highlights two facts. One, that we are a treasure; and two: that so many people work so hard to maintain our singular status as a vibrant and creative community.
So thank you to all our members. Thank you to our staff. Thank you to our Board and committees all of whom did such wonderful work. And to all our members, I hope I served you well.
One last thought. If I could characterize the tenor of the Annual Meeting, it really felt like a bit of a celebration: a celebration of our new spiritual leadership; a celebration of our unity of purpose and spirit during the pandemic; a celebration of all the amazing accomplishments we have managed during this time; and a celebration of our future.
Truly, if we could have met in person, my feeling is — what a party our Annual Meeting would have been!
So with plans already forming to have that party, to have that celebration, whether in conjunction with Shavuot or Simchat Torah, or some other event, I look forward to the next time we can share the same space to sing and dance together. Until then ….
Shalom ve l’hitraot,
DONATE A TURKEY PLUS
November is a great time for Temple Sinai members to make contributions to Feeding Chittenden (formerly the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf).
There are different ways that members and friends of our community can help:
- Bring frozen turkeys or non-perishable food items to 228 North Winooski Ave, Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 3 PM. Deliveries are taken at the rear of the building.
- Make a donation on-line. The Feed Chittenden Donation page connects you with a variety of ways you can donate money, including ways to support specific programs such as food drives, or where to send your check by mail.
Feed Chittenden prefers on-line monetary contributions to reduce person-to-person contact. If possible, let them know that your contribution is on behalf of Temple Sinai.
You can contact Feed Chittenden directly at 802-658-7939 to arrange for donations.
CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOUTH BURLINGTON FOOD SHELF
While not accepting turkeys for Thanksgiving, the South Burlington Food Shelf really needs monetary and food contributions.
The Food Shelf Donation page includes an online donation form as well as other options for payment.
Food donations may be delivered Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30. To volunteer your services, contact Peter Carmolli or (802) 858-5267.
GIVE BLOOD ON DECEMBER 24
Help serve our community by donating blood for hospital patients in need. Join members and friends of Temple Sinai to give blood on December 24, 2020 from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Temple Sinai social hall. Your donation can help save up to three lives!
The Red Cross is strongly encouraging appointments during the pandemic. Many drives are not accepting walk-ins at all. To make an appointment online for this drive, visit our Red Cross signup page or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The collection of blood donations is an essential service under COVID guidelines. The Red Cross takes very seriously its role in helping protect the public and the blood supply. Learn more here.
You can contact our blood drive coordinators, David Punia and Karen Cote, for further information or for help making your appointment.
JOIN US AT A SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING
We will meet via ZOOM on Thursday, November 19th AT 6:00PM. Beginning in December 2020, meetings will be scheduled for the third Thursday of the month. Watch the home page and Temple Calendar for details and ZOOM links for the meetings.
Shalom Mishpachot/Dear Families:
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry'”
We had a run through with the teaching staff and things did not go well. Rather than begin a new school year with technical problems, we are going to take more time to work them out.
This week we will work on the tech issues and next Thursday (Sept. 24), we will have a technical run through with all of our Religious School families to make sure everything is working. We won’t have regular class, just a chance to see if you can all get into the assembly and your classes. It will be a great opportunity for you and your child to meet your teachers and iron out all the glitches.
Then, if everything is good, we will begin school in earnest on October 1st.
Watch your email and the weekly announcements for all the updates. And, as always, feel free to call, text, or email me with any concerns or suggestions.
Five Ways You Can Get Involved To Make A Difference In Our Community
Reform Judaism’s beliefs grow from the Hebrew Prophets’ calls for social justice. We are to do what we can to make those values manifest and real in our community. Here are four things you can get involved with or attend with Temple Sinai to make a difference:
- Anti-Racism Book Group
- Speaker Evan Traylor
- Help Get Out the Vote
- Support the South Burlington Food Shelf
- Get Involved With Our Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee
MASK MAKING CONTINUES
Chaverim’s small, but dedicated mask making army continues their sewing. To date we have made 1170 masks. Chances are, by the time you read this, the count will have changed! At this time most of our efforts are for Howard Mental Health. They have approximately 1500 employees and so far we’ve made 400 masks for them.
Thanks to Barb Hicken for securing a donation of mask kits from Vermont Teddy Bear Company for us. This is a big help in our efforts to make the world safer one mask at a time!
GRANDPARENTING AT A DISTANCE
Staying in touch with my grandchildren has been a big challenge during COVID and will continue to be challenging for some time to come, I imagine. I’m thankful for Skype, Zoom and Facetime calls which have enabled us to stay in touch. Now if someone would just invent “Hug- a-Vision,” I’d be happy. A newly acquired friend was telling me about JEWISH GRANDPARENTS NETWORK and how it’s been helpful to her during COVID in maintaining contact with her grandkids. I checked it out and it has some wonderful resources. I invite all you grandparents to check it out, if you’re not familiar with it.
Another resource this friend mentioned was the Caribu app. You can video chat with kids and it integrates stories and other fun things. It’s free. I’ll be checking it out this week and will update you on my experience with it in coming weeks.
CALLING CHICKS WITH STICKS
Chaverim is reigniting the knitting group at Temple. Henceforth, we shall be known as the KNITZVAH CREW. If you knit or crochet, consider joining us to create items to be donated to various local organizations. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact the Temple office. I hope to have a virtual meeting of the group sometime in August so we can decide where we want our efforts to go for Fall/Winter 2020.
We are working on putting together a Family Game Night for some time in August. More details to follow.
We also are hoping to start an Interfaith Women’s Book Group with women of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faith to explore each other’s faith systems and our experiences. This would a non-political group. Hopefully, it will be a vehicle for great understanding and friendship between our groups. If you’re interested in such a group, let us know. I hope we can do this face to face rather than via Zoom. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, if you or someone you know is in need of support with meals, transportation or a phone call, let us know. You can email us or leave a message on the Temple phone, 802-862-5125, and we’ll be in touch. Stay safe. And wear your mask, please!