Hello Temple Sinai! In this email:
– 3SquaresVT Challenge
– Se’udah Sh’lishit – Saturday afternoon tea and conversation with the Rabbi
– Statement from the URJ regarding the Trump administration’s decision to reverse the US’s longstanding position on the Israeli settlements in the West Bank
– Shabbat Services and Torah Study for this weekend
This week’s Torah portion might be the one with the most well‐known stories packed into it. It includes the two stories we read at Rosh HaShanah each year, Sarah kicking out Hagar and Ishmael, and Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac, “the Akedah.” But it also has Sarah laughing when her angelic visitors tell her she is going to be pregnant at age 90, and it has Abraham arguing with God about destroying Sodom if he can find just ten good people. It has Lot’s wife turning to salt. It has Lot’s daughters…
Hello Temple Sinai!
It was so nice to see many of our new members at the new members’ brunch this past Sunday. I want you to know that if you would like to get together for coffee or a chat, just let me know. I don’t want to impose on people’s busy lives, but I very much want to get to know you better, so be in touch.
One of the ways I think Temple Sinai shows itself to be a welcoming and friendly community is…
community is at our Friday night Onegs
Hello Temple Sinai! It was great to be in France, but it is great to be back in Vermont. One way to know you are living in the right place is when you miss it when you are gone.
In this email:
– Shabbat Services
– Spiritual Committee meeting
– Tot Shabbat
– 3 Squares Vermont Challenge
Hello Temple Sinai –
Bonjour from Toulouse, France! Tim and I are here for a week relaxing, recovering from the holiday marathon, eating French food, and soaking in the culture of Lanquedoc. Fortunately, Temple Sinai has a deep “bench” of people who can more than cover for me.
The details are in the services below, but a hardy thanks to them for always stepping up to serve…
“WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO BE OLD” – HAPPY 90TH TO BEV BETTEMANN
Psalm 90 tells us: Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;
So Bev, and all you others that are near or over 90, what is your secret? I think you are the superheroes that Marvel hasn’t made a movie about… yet.
But don’t get too full of your age-power. Remember that Sarah was 90 when she found out she was pregnant with Isaac…
Hello Temple Sinai –
– To ARIEL TOOHEY on doing such an outstanding job at her Bat Mitzvah. She led prayers and chanted her Torah and Haftarah beautifully, and made all of us very proud of our religious school here at Temple Sinai.
– To SISTERHOOD on their kick-off brunch success and much success in the all the events planned in the new year.
– To all the NEW STUDENTS IN OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL who were consecrated at Simchat Torah.
Hello Temple Sinai !
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS to Irene Epstein, chair, Dr. Lewis First, our emcee, and the entire
Harvest Hoedown team for a very successful and fun event. We raised a lot of money and had fun doing it! Thanks to everyone who hosted and who participated in the Calcutta.
This weekend we have a few big events:
Friday Oct 18 5:30pm Tot Shabbat
Friday Oct 18 6:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday Oct 19 10:00am BAT MITZVAH of Ariel Toohey
Sunday Oct 20 9:30am SISTERHOOD kick-off brunch
Sunday Oct 20 5:30pm SIMHAT TORAH dinner/service
“It is not in the heavens” This is a revolutionary statement!
Ancient religions of that time tended to see law as very much being in the heavens, and only a demigod, a mythic hero with superhuman strength or superhuman allies and power could possibly retrieve it. But here we have a radically different view of the source of the knowledge of justice.
Ya Ana Emtzaacha – WHERE WILL I FIND YOU?
This may shock you, but Jews tend to be very open in sharing our opinions. We talk about all sorts of subjects that others might shy away from, from politics to Israel to very personal relationship issues. But there is one subject that I find liberal Jews are very shy about and avoid talking about if at all possible; the love that dare not speak its name: Love of God.
But it is Yom Kippur, and after all, I’m a rabbi, so tonight, I want to touch on that third rail of liberal Judaism, God and the longing for connection with the Divine.