Hello Temple Sinai!
Jewish tradition has some key teachings for what we are living through:
- To save a single life is to save an entire world.
- Faith, daily prayer and meditation can help us to remain grounded and calm even in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.
- Much is out of our control, but we must do what we can to reduce risk of harm to others.
- Even when facing difficult challenges, the key is not to be afraid.
As a synagogue, we are doing our best to live up to our tradition, avoiding panic and overreaction, while being responsible for reducing risk. We have been talking daily to Vermont health officials, others synagogues and churches. This morning, based on that information and feedback from staff and board members, we have decided:
A rich variety of Tikkun Olam opportunities exist in our community. Which are you drawn to?
MEALS-ON-WHEELS: Temple Sinai has the opportunity to adopt a route in South Burlington and provide regular delivery of food to those in need. If we create a Temple Sinai delivery team, we can deliver 1, 2, 3 or 4 days a month. We decide and commit to a schedule. The route takes about 2 hours to complete(9:00-11:00) and we would deliver to 10-12 homes. It’s good to have 4-6 people to make up the team, although one person can handle the route on any given day. We also would need a coordinator. It’s really quite simple. Interested in exploring this further? To learn more, visit the Age Well Meals On Wheels page or Contact David Shiman.
PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE: We will celebrate our exodus from Egypt with another food drive supporting the South Burlington Food Shelf. This will probably take place during the first week in April. Look for future announcements.
The Food Shelf also has all sorts of volunteer opportunities to help meet the pressing needs in our community. Contact Peter Carmolli.
CAMPAIGN FOR A STRONG FAIR AND IMPARTIAL POLICING POLICY (FIPP) IN SOUTH BURLINGTON OR BURLINGTON: There are groups advocating for stronger policy statements than presently exist. The campaign for FIPP is called No Mas Polimigra, which is a combination of Spanish word “poli” for police and “migra” for immigration authorities. The major goal is to end collaboration of police with immigration agents. If interested, make the initial contact yourself, but please inform us that you are getting involved. For South Burlington, Contact Nancy Hellen; For Burlington, Contact Madeline and/or Ashley.
DRIVER FOR MIGRANT JUSTICE: Drivers are needed who can, at very short notice, drive to Massachusetts to deliver bail money and return to our area with a bailed-out Migrant Justice worker who had been arrested by ICE. Person should be able to speak some Spanish and be able to give up an entire day. There is a pool of potential drivers, but there is always a need to add more to the pool. If interested, contact David Shiman for more information.
Other News – Planning Opportunities
PROGRAMS AT A SENIOR RESIDENCE: We are exploring possibility of collaborating with a senior residence facility to offer a “program” once a month. This might be a musical presentation, talk on topics of interest (e.g., income tax, travel experience, poetry reading) children’s performance, etc. Temple Sinai would recruit members of our congregation to present. Might you be interested in this? Contact committee chair David Shiman
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ACTION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: Let us know what actions you are engaged in. Suggest actions the Committee should consider. Contact Us.
Add your name to our committee mailing list to receive meeting minutes, occasional articles, and action opportunities. And join our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month(6:00-7:00). Contact Committee Chair David Shiman for more information.
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June 27, 2:00 PM – June 28, 4:00 PM
SWIMMING! PLAYING! HIKING! DANCING! SINGING!
Cookouts, Havdalah under the stars, stories around the campfire.
Saturday, June 27
2:00 – Arrive Kettle Pond State Park and set up camp
3:00 – Swim in Kettle Pond, hike, play games, do crafts, sing, dance, whatever we feel like doing!
5:00 – Start our cookout–Temple Sinai will provide burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers, campers bring the rest
When 3 stars appear–Havdalah under the stars!
6:30 or so until bedtime – Stories, singing, dancing
Sunday, June 28
Wake up whenever we want!
Breakfast – Temple Sinai will provide fixings for pancakes and eggs, campers provide the rest
10:00 – Break camp
11:00 – Check out of Kettle Pond (Park rules)
11:15 – Reconvene at Boulder Beach State Park, just a few minutes away from Kettle Pond – our Kettle Pond passes gain us admission. Boulder Beach has a wonderful swimming beach, great playground equipment.
Through the rest of the day – play, swim, hike at Boulder Beach. Campers provide their own lunches.
Where will we camp?
We’ve reserved 9 lean-to’s on the shores of Kettle Pond, and we’ll have lots of room for tents. Compost toilets will be available, but no running water, we’ll have to bring in our own.
If you’ve never camped before, give it a try! Camping is a wonderful way to turn off the noise of the world and connect with friends, family, and the peace of Shabbat!
If you can’t stay overnight, join us for the day!
- Kettle Pond overnight campers–$10 per person
- Kettle Pond day use (6/27) – $6 Adults, $4 kids
- Boulder Beach day use (6/28) – $4 Adults, $2 kids
To reserve, call Stacie Gabert at Temple Sinai (802) 862-5125
More details coming as the event gets closer!
Got questions? Email Saragail or call her at (914) 500-7157
Judaism and The Environment
January 31 – February 1, 2020
In anticipation of Tu B’Shvat
Join Temple Sinai and Rabbi Cohen as we celebrate Shabbat together and reflect and learn Judaism’s teaching about the environment, and our responsibilities to it.
- KABBALAT SHABBAT, Jan 31, 6:30 pm – Join us for a song-filled service focused on the environment with Rabbi Cohen giving the d’var (sermon).
- SHABBAT DINNER, Jan 31, 7:45 pm – After services, join us for Shabbat Dinner with Shabbat table songs and more teaching from Rabbi Cohen.
- SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES (Shacharit) Feb 1, 9:30-10:30 – A spiritual chanted morning service with all the greatest ‘hits’ of Shabbat morning.
- JUDAISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Feb 1, 10:30-Noon – Judaism is filled with deep and profound messages about our relationship to the environment; our shared home. In place of our usual Torah Study, we will explore with Rabbi Cohen many of those sources from our tradition, drawing on Rabbi Cohen’s extensive work with the Arava Institute in Israel. Bagels and donuts provided!
- HAVDALAH AND DUAL NARRATIVE APPROACH TO CONFLICT. Feb 1 5-7 pm – The Balfour Declaration & Resolution 242: A Dual Narrative Approach. Resolution 242 and the Balfour Declaration are two seminal documents from the Arab-Israeli Conflict. In a conflict that seems overwhelming to understand these two documents provide a way to understand both sides when viewed through the Dual Narrative approach; or as Hillel said (Mishna Avot 2:4), “Do not judge another until you are in his place.”
RABBI MICHAEL COHEN graduated, with a B.A. in History, from the University of Vermont, and in 1990, he was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and become the first full-time rabbi of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, Vermont. Since 2000, he has divided his time between Vermont and Kibbutz Ketura, Israel, and has written extensively about the environment and the Middle East peace process in North American and Middle Eastern publications and is the author of Einstein’s Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul. Rabbi Michael is a faculty member at Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action..
THE ARAVA INSTITUTE is an environmental and academic institution in the Middle East, dedicated to preparing future leaders from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and around the world to cooperatively solve the regional and global challenges of our time. The Institute advances cross-border environmental cooperation and cross-border environmental discourse, regardless of political conflict, in the Middle East.