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On Wednesday of this week, Xusana Davis, VT Director of Racial Equity, was asked to respond to the following question, “What can Vermonters do right now?” Her answer, “Do Something.” Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge before us. A simple step, large or small, can get us going. Acting begets more […]
Shalom Aleinu. May peace be upon us.
Every Yom Kippur we gather to read the words from Isaiah58, which begins:
Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Torah and Jewish tradition demand we raise our voices against injustice, to cry out, to not hold back. The murder of George Floyd has raised the prophetic spirit in people across this nation and the world, and particularly in the African-American community. These peaceful protests have shown some of the best in the American people: a passion for justice, an open heart for connection, a voice to speak truth to power, and conviction to take action. -more-
Also in this email:
– upcoming services and events
– Waters from the Well: A Gathering for Sustenance and Renewal at a difficult time
– JCVT Summit Thanks
– Anna Dauerman Bat Mitzvah
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19)
“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” These were George Floyd’s last words. Breath is life. In Hebrew, almost all the words for spirit or soul are connected to breathing. Soul is neshama, which is from ‘breath.’ Spirit is nefesh, which means windpipe, the very thing the police officer choked off in his killing of George Floyd. I grew up in Georgia during desegregation; I wish I could say I was shocked by the death of George Floyd, but I’m not; we know it is just one incident in a much longer and bloodier story.
On Thursday, May 28, join Burlington’s Ohavi Zedek Synagogue & Temple Sinai for Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot! Engage in this traditional Shavu’ot study and learning event from our clergy and members. The evening begins with and opening ritual and Ma’ariv service at 7. Learning sessions begin at 7:30, each comprising 2 consecutive 30-minute presentations. At the […]
Shalom Temple Sinai!
Not only the bulbs are blooming! Shavu’ot is coming, and there is a LOT happening in Vermont to celebrate. At Sinai, I’ll be doing a special Torah (Haftarah, really) study of “Ezekiel’s Vision” and a tea-time reading of the Book of Ruth on Sunday. Then, starting on Thursday will be the Jewish Community of Vermont’s statewide virtual Summit and Concert. As part of that, Judy Alexander will be leading a class on how to make her amazing blintzes, and Temple Sinai and Ohavi Zedek will be leading our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuo’t, an evening of study with clergy and teachers from our two communities starting at 7 pm (schedule details coming soon!)
Also in this email:
– More on Shavu’ot events and celebrations, including virtual concert with Nefesh Mountain
– Blood drive thanks
– Upcoming life cycle and other events
– Special Chodesh Sivan event – Book of Ruth
– Anti-semitism class returns
Anti-Semitism What is it? Where does it come from? What do we do about it? A four-part class with Rabbi David Edleson. Are you interested in learning more about the sources, causes and history of anti-Semitism, and better understand of some of the events happening around us? In this class, we will explore anti-Semitism in […]
WE NEED A WORKING GROUP TO CONSIDER REOPENING
Good news! Springtime is in the air: the forsythia have come and gone, the tulips have bloomed in our gardens, and the leaves have begun to appear. Just as springtime seeps into our lives, the State is slowly readying to reopen businesses and events. It is more important now than ever that we collectively begin to look toward our future, and continue to figure out the best way for us to continue to be “Temple Sinai.” We have already taken one important step to return to being “open” as Rabbi has been conducting services from the Bimah even while he and several other technologysavvy members work to better bring services and other programming to you at your homes. Other typical activities for this time of year are taking place as well. We have two Bat Mitzvahs scheduled for June which we believe we can hold in a limited fashion so as to comply with State guidelines about social distancing and congregating in groups of ten or fewer persons.
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