Dear Temple Sinai,
In this message:
– Greetings and update from the URJ Biennial
– The New Jersey Shooting
– Regarding President Trump’s executive order to include Jewish college students under Title VI.
-Thanks to all the young families that came to the Chanukkah Party this past Shabbat, and yashar co’ach to Saragail Benjamin for her creative, engagement, and joyous way of leading the program.
-Congratulations to David Shiman, chair of our Social Action Committee here at Sinai, who was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Human Rights Educators U.S.A.
-Save the Dates: Hanukkah Events
-Hanukkah Music Videos for Kids & Adults!
First of all, I want to congratulate David Shiman, chair of our Social Action Committee here at Sinai, who was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Human Rights Educators U.S.A.
This week’s Torah portion is Vayeitzei, from Breishit, or Genesis. It starts in medias res after Jacob has stolen Esau’s birthright and tricked Isaac into getting the blessing for the first born. Both of Jacob’s parents have told him he needs to go immediately to Abraham’s old home in Harran, but for completely different reasons. Rebecca tells him to flee because his brother Esau might kill him for stealing the blessing.
Happy Thanksgiving Temple Sinai!
Giving thanks is central to Judaism. Most of our prayers each day and each week are focused on thanksgiving. For those of us that pray in the mornings, the first series of blessings gives thanks for each step of waking up: hearing the alarm, opening our eyes, putting our feet on the floor, getting dress, getting to the bathroom, etc. This sort of mindfulness about the little things is one thing I deeply value about Jewish practice.
– Farewell Michael Levine
– Blessed SIGD, Holiday of Ethiopian Jewry
– Shabbat Services & Torah Study
– Rabbi Angel Buchdahl’s Sermon on Whether Legailty of The Settlement is The Right Question
As a follow up to the articles I shared last week on the Trump administration’s announcement that the US now considers the Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be legal, reversing decades of policy. As another approach, here is Rabbi Angela Buchdahl’s sermon last Shabbat on the whether the question of legality is really […]
In Genesis, when God creates humankind, it reads:
הִ֖ים בָּרָ֣א אֹת֑וֹ זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בָּרָ֥א אֹתָֽם׃ הִ֤ים ׀ אֶת־הָֽאָדָם֙ בְּצַלְמ֔וֹ בְּצֶ֥לֶם אֱ וַיִּבְרָ֨א אֱ
And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. It is a curious line, that God creates man, and then it says, “male and female He created them.” Is it him or them? Is it one or more?
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