It has become an annual tradition for Temple Sinai members to join with local nonprofit HANDS – Helping And Nurturing Diverse Seniors and others to help deliver some 400 Meals on Wheels to shut-ins and seniors throughout Chittenden County. Temple member David Chafetz took on the role of organizing this year’s participants.
Hello Temple Sinai,
Well, the Rock Shabbat and Great Brisket Bakeoff was outstanding! I had a blast and it was fantastic to see so many in the community come together to celebrate.
This weekend we have several special services I want you to know about. I hope you can come, and bring friends you think would be interested!
Hello Temple Sinai!
First of all, THANK YOU FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, MOVING, and FESTIVE INSTALLATION!!! I am deeply grateful to all the work people did to make it happen, all the donations and well wishes, and it seems a great kick-off to the future. Thank you!
Because it is Hanukkah, and the Installation took up most of the air lately, I wanted to send this special blast to focus on Hanukkah events this week. You’ll see them again in the newsletter, but I wanted to get this out pronto so you had time to plan.
Hello Temple Sinai,
I am so excited and honored to have my installation ceremony this Friday night. It is the service-version of signing my contract, like a wedding is the service-version of signing the ketubah. A lot of people have been working very hard on it, planning food, decorations, invitations, entertainment, and the service. I think we have a beautiful service planned.
Please be sure to RSVP by replying to the emails or going to the web.
See the schedule for the Installation weekend on our home page, along with the music we’ll be doing.
Hello Temple Sinai,
I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends, or that you will be getting some well deserved R&R (my plan!).
I also forgot to mention at service last Friday night that last week was Transgender Awareness Week, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance was on Tuesday, 11/20. We know that transgender people are far more likely to be victims of hate crimes and violence, suicide and death. As Jews who know what it is like to be targeted, and as a supportive, inclusive community, we want to take a moment and remember those who have been victims of such hate, even as we commit ourselves to stand against it.
I apologize for not mentioning at services Friday evening, but we will be reading list of those who we have lost to violence in the United States over the past year this Friday Evening. Please visit this website for a list of transgender individuals lost to violence throughout the world over the past year: https://tdor.info
Upcoming Events – See our home page for upcoming Shabbat services
THURSDAY – Nov 29
INSTALLATION CHALLAH SCULPTING
My installation will be on Friday, November 30, and I’m getting excited about all the plans and the service we are creating. On Thursday, November 29, before and during the Hebrew School, I will be working with any adults or kids who want to come play with dough, shaping a tree of life centerpiece of challah for the Installation. This is fun – so no experience needed.
Meanwhile, here again is some of the music for the service in case you want to familiarize yourself with it (or come join the choir rehearsal on Tuesday night, November 27, at 7:00pm.)
- We will start with “Hinei Ma Tov” by Nefesh Mountain, led by our “Jewkuleles.”
- We will have an “unplugged” version of Neil Young’s “Light a Candle”
- We will also sing “Shir HaMa’alot (Psalm 126)”, a psalm that is often sung before the aftermeal blessing, the “birkat hamazon”.
- We will sing Debbie Friedman’s “Ahavat Olam”.
Vermont Public Radio reports on #ShowUpForShabbat at Temple Sinai
Synagogues around the world—and around Vermont—invited Jewish people and those of other denominations to attend Jewish religious ceremonies this weekend. This came as part of the Show Up for Shabbat movement, a national campaign to show solidarity with the Jewish community after last week’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.