Today is October 21st, 2017 -

Temple Sinai

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

SINAI UPDATE –  Week of July 30 -August 5,  2017

SINAI UPDATE  |    Week of July 30 –August 5,  2017  | Parashat Va’etchanan

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

Join us this Friday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m. for Erev Shabbat services in air-conditioned Ehrenfried Hall, led by Rabbi Andy Vogel and Cantorial Soloist Cherina Eisenberg. Please enter through the garden entrance at the corner of Sewall and Charles Streets.
We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us during  the months of July and August plus the Shabbat of Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 1, when Temple Sinai holds Shabbat services on Friday evenings in Ehrenfried Hall at 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you would like to sponsor a pre-service “nosh” or an oneg  in August or anytime during the upcoming year, please contact Kathy Arnstein,

In our lives….
Jessica Lowenthal and Phil Weber, daughter and son-in-law of temple members Larry Lowenthal and Pauline Gerson, welcomed a baby boy into their family last week. Baby Louis was born on July 27.     I’m pleased to report that everyone is healthy and very happy.
            ~Rabbi Andy Vogel

Open House tomorrowThurs., August 3, 6:00pm, 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, tomorrowThursday, 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, click to to view the draft itinerary, and learn about how to register and make your deposit.  Or, for any other information, please contact Rabbi Vogel:  

Our first Shabbat dinner of the year is September 8.  Please join us!
Our first Shabbat dinner of the year follows Shabbat@ Six services on Friday, September 8.  Please join us as we once again join together to celebrate Shabbat with good food, singing and prayer.  Registration is now open!

Update on the Syrian Refugee Family
We are excited to let you know that the family will be moving to a residential neighborhood in Framingham on September 1. This is a large and well priced apartment which is also near other Syrian families.
Funding News
~Through your generous donations we have raised enough money to pay for rent and utilities for a year for the family. Thank you! Going forward, all donations will assist with their upcoming move to their apartment, grocery shopping and many other miscellaneous expenses.
If you haven’t yet made a donation, please make your check out to Temple Sinai and put Syrian Refugee on the memo line, or go to
~Also, if you have a car and would be willing to transport one or more family members for medical appointments, errands, visits with other Syrian families and/or help them get to know their neighborhood, please let us know! We are in need of additional drivers to assist with rides and would welcome additional volunteers. When the father is alone and needs a ride, we need a male driver to accompany him. Thanks so much for considering this mitzvah!
~Jill Winitzer,; Mel Stoler,

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

Register Now for the URJ Biennial Convention, December 6-10 – at the Hynes Convention Center!
Join the Temple Sinai community at the largest convention of American Jews anywhere when the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convenes for our Biennial Convention in Boston, December 6-10 at the Hynes Convention Center!  Every two years, 5,000 Reform Jews (yes, 5,000!) gather to learn, pray, share ideas, dance, sing and celebrate our movement.  Temple Sinai members can attend the whole convention (WednesdaySunday), or part of the gathering (either Weds-Fri or Fri-Sunday) — and everyone is encouraged to celebrate Erev Shabbat services with the Biennial convention on Friday night, December 8 at the Hynes — come sing and pray with 5,000 Reform Jews! (We’ll be coordinating a bus from Brookline to the convention center — look for information soon!)  Temple Sinai committee chairs, Board Members, leaders and activists are encouraged to register now (registration closes on October 10); click to  For more information, contact temple president Nora Abrahamer,

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 for construction 
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.