Category: Rabbi’s Blog
Shuly Nathan live (France, 1968)
Shuly Nathan, born March 16, 1947 in London) is an Israeli singer best known for singing “Jerusalem of Gold” (Yerushalayim Shel Zahav), written by Naomi Shemer. It was immensely popular shortly before the Six-Day War, and made her world-famous. It is still very popular in Israel and in Jewish communities worldwide.
Hello Temple Sinai!
How are we supposed to feel after another synagogue shooting, this time at the Chabad Center in Poway, CA? Heartbroken or numb? Angry or afraid? All of the above? Last Saturday, we had a particularly lovely Passover morning service, and then a moving service for Adam Weinstein’s becoming bar mitzvah, so it was particularly wrenching to learn at the end of that day about the shooting. California is far away, and it is comforting to tell ourselves that Vermont is different – and it is – but I think we all know such an event could happen anywhere in America today. It could happen in a church, a mosque, a synagogue, or a school. At the same time, anti-Semitism is a particularly stubborn and deadly form of bigotry…
May 1 2019 email
Two events introduce Rabbi’s new Book Club – Sefer v’Sefel*
*Sefer Ve Sefel – Book and a Mug (of coffee) is a beloved Old Jerusalem used book store and café.
Saturday, May 4 at 5:00pm, POSTPONED! Watch for more info. Meet at Temple Sinai for a discussion of Yossi Klein Halevi’s New York Times Best Seller, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.
Then, on Sunday, May 12, we will gather at 7:30 pm to chat before joining a Facebook Live discussion with Yossi Klein HaLevi. I want to have an occasional book club with any who are interested and so I thought we could jump in on this first Zioness book club event. Zioness is an organization that works to make sure progressive activist circles, particularly those focused on women’s issues, remain open and welcoming to those who also identify as Zionists.
Yossi Klein HaLevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor has garnered praise and criticism for its attempt to find common ground between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. It is a great opportunity for our ongoing conversations about balancing Israeli and Palestinian needs and rights, and we will deepen our discussions by considering a range of reviews about the book. We will have 10 FREE copies of the book by Friday for the first ten people interested in joining our series of discussions of the book. If you are interested, please let Michael Levine know!
Hello Temple Sinai!
Our community Seder was a blast! The room was beautiful and well over a hundred of us had a big time singing, reading and connecting. I hope it is a tradition that grows as we create new Sinai traditions, readings and songs.
A big shout-out to all those that helped make such a successful Community Seder…
I hope the season brings you joy, connection, comfort foods, and a celebration of being free, and a sense of connection with all those who struggle for greater personal and communal freedom. To that end, please check out the Tikkun Olam Shabbat on April 23 (more below).
We had a great community weekend celebrating Emma Marden’s becoming bat mitzvah.
Rabbi David Edleson
April 10, 2019
So, let me start with a question. Show of hands, who in here has been on a special diet of some sort in the past few years?
- Who’s not eating Gluten?
- Who’s not eating Dairy?
- Who’s doing Paleo, or Low-Carbs?
- Who’s not eating red meat?
- Low salt? Low sugar?
- Who’s vegetarian? vegan?
It seems that as Americans, we are very comfortable with all sorts of diets, all sorts of food restrictions, but for many of us, not eating bread for week seems like way too much. I can’t tell you the number of Facebook posts I get each year with Jewish friends taking a selfie of eating a sandwich, or doughnut, or other yeasty treat with a big spiteful grin on their faces.
This is Shabbat HaGadol, the GREAT SABBATH, and not just because it is Emma Marden’s Bat Mitzvah!