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Temple Sinai

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

SINAI UPDATE  —  Week of July 9-13,  2017

SINAI UPDATE  |    Week of July 9-13,  2017  | Parashat Pinchas 




This Shabbat at Temple Sinai 
Erev Shabbat Service, 6:00  p.m. Ehrenfried Hall 

Please join us this Friday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. for Erev Shabbat services in Ehrenfried Hall led by Alyssa Smith and Staci Rosenthal. The pre-service nosh is  sponsored by Alyssa Smith and Staci Rosenthal. Please enter through the garden entrance at the corner of Sewall and Charles Streets.
During  the months of July and August, plus the Shabbat of Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 1, Temple Sinai holds Shabbat services every Friday evening in air conditioned Ehrenfried Hall at 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you would like to sponsor a pre-service “nosh” during the months of July and August, please contact Kathy Arnstein,

  “Holy and Unholy Objects”  7:30 – 9:30 P.M. – Continues tonight 
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. Taught by Jeremy Wolfe and Robin Orwant, he class will take place on Wednesdays in July, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. In Ehrenfried Hall.  (Please enter through the garden entrance at the corner of Sewall and Charles Streets.)  Come to one or all of the sessions.

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

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.

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 are 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   
During renovations to the Temple Sinai school building, the staff has moved to temporary office space in Brighton.   Religious services and most other Temple activities continue to take place at Temple Sinai, but 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.