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Temple Sinai

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

SINAI UPDATE —  Week of June 18-24,  2017

SINAI UPDATE  |    Week of June 18-24,  2017  | Parashat  Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)




This Shabbat at Temple Sinai 
Erev Shabbat services, at 6:00 p.m. this Friday

Please join us for Erev Shabbat services this Friday, June 23, at 6:00 p.m., led by Rabbi Shoshana Friedman and Cantorial Soloist Rabbi Cherina Eisenberg.  The pre-service Nosh is sponsored by Elllen and Lucy Waldorf in honor of the bat mitzvah of Sarah Edelstein.  Please join us. 

Shabbat morning Torah Study this Saturday – last one before the summer!
Please join Rabbi Vogel for our final Shabbat Morning Torah Study Discussion before the summer, this Saturday, June 24, at 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Because of construction in the school building, we will meet in the Larkin Library – please enter the building through the Sunken Garden entrance at the corner of Charles Street & Sewall Avenue. We begin with Shabbat singing and a light breakfast, and then explore the ideas of the week’s Torah portion. After a break in July & August, we will resume Torah Study starting in September on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. All are welcome!
Shabbat morning services, this Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
The entire congregation is encouraged to join us for Shabbat morning services this Saturday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m., our final Shabbat morning service before the summer. We will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Edelstein, daughter of Karen Levy and Michael Edelstein. Please join us as Sarah is called to the Torah to read this week’s portion, and as she shares with us her thoughts on Korach’s rebellion in a beautiful D’var Torah. We offer Sarah and her entire family our wishes of Mazel Tov on this happy occasion! Please join us. All are welcome.

In our lives….

A Florida-based friend of a Temple Sinai member is seeking to return to Boston, and is looking for a room to rent in the area, or to be a live-in assistant for an elder in the community. She is a single woman, age 65, responsible and easy to live with. Please respond to Rabbi Vogel at, who will pass along your information. Thank you.


Softball news: Team Sinai/Ohabei makes the playoffs!!
Team Sinai/Ohabei played the final game of the season this past Sunday against Actons’s Temple Beth Elohim. Riding its four game winning streak, the team needed to win to keep its playoff hopes alive. The team continuing its magical season, played one of its best defensive games of the years prevailing 18 to 5, and ended the season with six wins and two losses. For the first time in team history the team had a winning season, and made the Shul League playoffs.
Sinai was well represented with players Paul Rosenstrach, Rob Ford, Alex Cooper, Aaron Altman, Gary Altman, Marc Cooper, Rich Gold, Jon Katz, and Mike, Andy and Zach Hogan. Thanks also to bat boy Jake Ford, and Jacob Katz, who had a busy day picking up the bats after all our hits. Because of the Team’s successful season, the Board of Directors rescinded its previous directive to fire coaches Cooper and Altman and extended their contracts for one additional year. Playoff tickets will soon be on sale.
~Gary Altman and Alex Cooper

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Shabbat dinner coordinator needed
Temple Sinai is looking for a member to take on the role of Community Shabbat Dinner Coordinator for the coming year. The Shabbat Dinner Coordinator plans the dinner with the caterer each month, helps with communications, and manages set up and clean up for each of the 10 dinners each year. Instructions are available and the previous coordinator would be happy to provide additional information. This is an especially nice role for new members to the Temple, as it allows them to meet and get to know many people in the Sinai Community each month. If you would like to learn more, please contact Linda Katz, 617-277-5888, ext 5 or

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,

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:

    ~The Town of Brookline is pleased to announce that Brookline Green Electricity rolls out this summer. This program uses bulk purchasing to offer residents and businesses savings and electric rate stability in a volatile market. In addition, it provides renewable energy options to reduce the Town’s reliance on carbon-polluting fossil fuels. Eversource remains the utility that will deliver the electricity, handle billing, and respond to emergencies and outages. All Eversource customers will receive a letter from the Town of Brookline announcing the new electricity supplier, describing the program’s three product choices and rates, and providing detailed instructions. Visit for more information, call the Town’s customer-support center at 800-931-6221, or email Senior Planner Maria Morelli at if you have questions.
    ~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.

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!

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!

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.   

In the community….

~At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery on Harvard Street, Brookline welcomes Dr. Esther Carmel-Hakim, an Israeli historian, Haifa University professor and author. She will share illuminating stores and insights about the work of Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon, a trailblazing reporter who wrote in Palestine from 1933-1950. Dr. Esther Carmel-Hakim, co-edited a collection of Bar-Adon’s writings about life in towns, kibbutzim, and Arab communities during the most stormy years of the 1930s and 1940s. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
~”Israel Story” presents a live radio show, Weds., June 28, at Brandeis The radio podcast “Israel Story” presents “68 and Counting,” a series that examines Israel’s short but dramatic history through a mosaic of stories about Israelis. This fascinating cross-section of Israeli society comes to Brandeis with a live presentation through film, radio style storytelling, live collage animation, music and more. Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shapiro Theater on the Brandeis campus. Tickets are $20, seniors $15. For reservations and more information, click to: