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Temple Sinai

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

SINAI UPDATE  —  Week of July 16-23,  2017 

SINAI UPDATE  |    Week of July 16-23,  2017  | Parashat Mattot-Mas’ei

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

Join us this Friday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. for Erev Shabbat services in air-conditioned Ehrenfried Hall, led by Rabbi Vogel. The pre-service nosh is sponsored by Evelyn Ophir.  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 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,

In our lives…

We offer our condolences to our member Diane Ripstein on the recent death of her brother Richard (Rip) Ripstein, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, July 10, in Montreal at the age of 71.   Funeral services were held in Montreal on Friday. Diane will be observing the last day of Shiva in Brookline on Thursday evening, July 20, from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the home of Caryl Hull Leavitt & Jeff Leavitt, at 9 Stetson Street, #11, in Brookline, with a Shiva minyan to be held at 6:30 p.m.  (Please park on the opposite side of the street to avoid getting a parking ticket.)  Temple Sinai members are encouraged to attend and offer Diane our support and loving-kindness.
   – Rabbi Andy Vogel

“Holy and Unholy Objects”  7:30 – 9:30 P.M. – Continues tonight 
Where did the Ark of the Covenant go? It is described as a really important object. God talks to the People of Israel from just above its lid. It contains the tablets of the ten commandments. It was so holy that only the high priest could visit it and then only once a year. So where is it? Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark gave us one answer. Jeremy Wolfe and Robin Orwant will provide something a bit less cinematic in their third session on Holy and Unholy Objects.
7:30PM on Wed, July 19 in Ehrenfried Hall. You do not need to have been at the first two classes. We would love to see you.  (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 for the 2017-18 Religious School year 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

Open House on Thurs., August 3 for our Congregational Trip to Israel, February 2018
Join Rabbi Vogel for a special Open House on Thursday, August 3 for our upcoming congregational trip to Israel in February 2018!  Meet our Israeli tour guide, Lana Zilberman, and discuss the exciting plans for our trip.  (This open house is for all those who attended our most recent trip to Israel in 2013, and for those who are interested in learning more about our upcoming trip, too.)  The Open House will be held at the Brookline home of Renee and David Miller, on Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m., including a potluck vegetarian-dairy dinner.  Please RSVP to the Temple office at, and indicate what vegetarian-dairy dish you can bring. 
On the trip 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.