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Temple Sinai

50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-5888

SINAI UPDATE  |    Week of June 11-17,  2017  | Parashat  Sh’lach L’cha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)




This Shabbat at Temple Sinai 
This Friday – Distinguished Service Award to be presented to Robin Orwant – 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for Erev Shabbat services this Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary as we honor Robin Orwant, the recipient of the 2017 Harry Wheeler Distinguished Service Award. This honor is given annually to a Temple Sinai member who has made exceptional contributions to our synagogue. Robin has been active in temple life since joining in 2007. She has served in many roles, including overall co-chair of the Caring Committee, chair of the Music, Prayer and Ritual committee, coordinator of High Holiday honors, and Secretary for the Temple Board of Trustees.   Robin is passionate about Jewish education and has taught both Adult Learning and Adult Bar Mitzvah classes here. In addition, during Shabbat services this Friday, we will dedicate memorial plaques for late Temple Sinai members Yale and Elaine Berry and their daughter Patrice Harrington. 

The oneg Shabbat is co-sponsored by Glenn Kaplan and  Diane Ring in honor of the bat mitzvah of Caroline Kaplan, and the Distinguished Service Award Committee, coordinated by Rose Mandelbaum, in honor of Robin Orwant.     Please join us!

Shabbat morning services, this Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.
Please join us for Shabbat morning services, this Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m., including the Bat Mitzvah ceremony for Anna Kaplan, daughter of Glenn Kaplan & Diane Ring. The entire congregation is encouraged to join us. Anna will read from the Torah, and deliver a thoughtful D’var Torah on God’s punishment of the doubting Israelites and the meaning of forgiveness. We offer our wishes of Mazel Tov to Anna and to her entire family! Please join us.

In our lives….

I am very sorry to inform you of the death of David Frank, brother of our member Dr. Deborah Frank, who passed away on Monday, June 12, after a brief illness. He was 67 years old, and was a beloved teacher at Roxbury Latin School for over 30 years, a teacher of English and Drama.
Debbie and her family will be observing Shiva on Thursday evening, June 15, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., with a Shiva minyan at 8:00 p.m., at their home at 45 Longwood Avenue, #211, Brookline. Temple Sinai members are encouraged to attend. We offer our condolences to Debbie, her husband Rabbi Neil Kominsky, and their entire family.
–       Rabbi Andy Vogel

Come Visit Israel, the trip of a lifetime! Temple Sinai’s Israel trip, February 2018
Join Rabbi Vogel for our first Temple Sinai trip to Israel since 2013. We’ll explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Golan Heights & the Galilee, Haifa Masada and the Dead Sea, and more! Come celebrate Shabbat in Israel! This trip’s focus will include Israel and social justice, Arab-Jewish co-existence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel’s LGBT community, person-to-person experiences, and more   Experience the ancient history of Israel, and her beautiful and complex present and future, with Rabbi Vogel and your Temple Sinai community! A great trip for first timers or for those who have not traveled to Israel in a few years. To learn more, contact Rabbi Vogel: A detailed website will be available soon.

Can you sponsor a Pre-Service Nosh this summer?  
Once again this summer, Temple Sinai will hold Shabbat services every Friday evening throughout the months of July and August. These summer services, held in Temple Sinai’s air conditioned Ehrenfried Hall, begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evenings and are slightly more informal than during the other months of the year. About half of these brief services are led by members of the congregation, while the others will be led by either Rabbi Vogel or Rabbi Shoshana. If you would like to sponsor an oneg on June 30 or a  pre-service “nosh”  during the months of July and August, please contact Kathy Arnstein,

Shabbat Torah Yoga – last session of the year  this Saturday , June 17 in Ehrenfried Hall

Experience the relaxation and joy of Shabbat through the flow of our monthly Torah Yoga, on Saturday, June 17, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., led by Rabbi Shoshana and an experienced yoga instructor.   The session takes place in Ehrenfried Hall.  Please enter through the garden door at the corner of Sewall and Charles Streets.   Join us! 

Summer Adult Learning – “Holy and Unholy Objects,” Wednesdays in July, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The Tanach briefly but evocatively describes a variety of sacred (and not-so-sacred) objects, some of which are quite familiar. The Ark of the Covenant, for example, even starred in its own movie. Other objects are more obscure. What do you know about Moses’ bronze snake, Neshutan, and why, hundreds of years after its creation, King Hezekiah felt the need to destroy it? We will visit the texts, midrashim, and commentaries on these and other objects, including the Urim and Thummim and the golden mice of the Philistines. Using the lens of holy and unholy objects, we will shed light on life in ancient Israel and explore our own theological commitments. No background is necessary. Come to one or all of the sessions.

Meet for dinner and drinks at Otto’s on July 10 – to benefit Temple Sinai’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Project!
Dine in or take out from Otto’s in Coolidge Corner from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10. A percentage of the sales that evening will be donated to JFS Metrowest to support our Syrian Refugee family. Please consider helping out in this way. (They even have gluten free pizza!) And invite you family, friends and neighbors to participate, too!
            ~Jill Winitzer and Mel Stoler, Co-Chairs, Temple Sinai’s Syrian Refugee Project

New Families – register for Religious School online
Please make sure you register your K – 12 child by visiting To reserve your child’s place, kindly send in a $100 (per child) deposit to Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02446. Questions? Contact Director of Education, Heidi Smith Hyde, at 617-277-5883 or

From Tzedek@Sinai…..
An  important opportunity to learn how we can support and stand with our Muslim neighbors and friends:
~Tuesday, July 25 – GBIO’s next Muslim Teach-In will be held at Temple Isaiah, (55 Lincoln Street, Lexington) at 7:00pm. Look for further content information to come within the next several weeks.
For questions or to request more information, email Scot Osterweil at or Amy Shulman Weinberg at Also, we’d like to know who from Temple Sinai plans to attend, so please let us know. Thank you!
From the Climate Team:

~Free compost pick-up for your Brookline home!
Do you want to compost but you don’t have anywhere to put it? Do you know about the compost drop off bin at the Brookline teen center but you don’t have time to drop your compost off? We are a group of high school students who would love to help you to participate in Brookline’s composting system! What we will do: We will pick up your compost from your place of residence, and bring it to the compost drop off bin at the Brookline Teen center. What you will do: collect your compost through the week in a biodegradable bag or a container. This service is free of charge, donations welcome. Contact to sign up.

Support the Campaign for Temple Sinai!
It’s never too late to make a pledge or donation to the Campaign for Temple Sinai.  Reminder: donations of $1,000 or more can be spread over five years and, if received by June 30th, will be eligible for an alphabetical listing on our Donor Recognition Wall. Visit our website at If you have already pledged or donated, thank you!

Check it out! Read about Temple activities over the past year
Chairs of Temple committees, project task forces and members of the staff have written reports describing their activities and programming over the past year. These have been compiled into a document available to all members.  The report is posted on our website. Click  Annual Meeting Report 2017. Read the report and learn something new about Temple Sinai!

The Rabbis’ and staff offices have moved!  
In preparation for the renovations at Temple Sinai, last week the staff moved to temporary office space in Brighton where they will work for one year until construction is complete.   While religious services and most other Temple activities will continue to take place at Temple Sinai, the staff is now located  in a suite of offices on the lowest level of the  Chestnut Park Senior Housing facility, 19 Chiswick Road in Brighton, MA.  Telephone numbers and address for mail remain the same.