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Temple Sinai

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

SINAI UPDATE — Week of August 6-12, 2017

SINAI UPDATE  |    Week of August 6-12,   2017  | Parashat Ekev

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

Join us this Friday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. for Erev Shabbat services in air-conditioned Ehrenfried Hall, led by Rabbi Shoshana.   The pre-service Nosh is sponsored by Michele and Michael Klau.  Please enter through the garden entrance at the corner of Sewall and Charles Streets.
We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us during  the month of 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,

Prospective Member Shabbat, Friday, September 86:00 p.m.
We invite the community to our fall Prospective Member Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8. This is an opportunity for those who are seeking temple membership to join us for services, enjoy our Shabbat band, and meet our rabbis and members of the Sinai community. Prospective members are encouraged to join us for the pre-service nosh prior to the service and to attend the Community Shabbat Dinner which follows it. (An RSVP for the dinner is requested.  See below)  Prospective members can also call the Temple office, 617-277-5888, ext. 3 and we will send out a packet of information about our synagogue. Spread the word about Temple Sinai.

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!

A request from the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee
Do you drive and have flexibility during the workweek? We are looking for volunteers to assist with rides for the family and we would happy to discuss the needs in greater detail with you. Please call or email Jill or Mel.
And 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  
Thank you for considering performing these mitzvot!

Sinai U Website – new and improved!
Calling all teens and parents of teens! Check out our new and improved website for Sinai U. We have many programs and ways into Jewish life for teens at Sinai, and the website is a great way to look through what we offer and pick what calls to you. Many thanks to Alex Cooper for his help with the redesign. Contact Rabbi Shoshana with any questions – See you in September!

Looking ahead to September……

Adult Learning: Preparing Our Hearts for the High Holy Days -A Closer Look at the Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor, Sunday, September 17, 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur approach, come take the opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the Reform machzor (High Holy Day prayer book), published in 2016, as a way to prepare your heart for these powerful days of prayer and reflection. Copies of Mishkan HaNefesh (both volumes, for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) will be available as Rabbi Andy Vogel escorts us through an exploration of this beautiful tool for prayer, which is still very new to many of us.

First Tzedek Sundae of the year! – Sunday, September 17, 2:00 p.m.
Please join the Criminal Justice Team on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2-5:15 pm in Weintraub Auditorium. We will be showing the movie “The 13th .” a compelling documentary connecting the problems of today’s prisons and police with historical and systemic racism. Discussion will follow. Refreshments, including sundaes, will be served. Please contact Michael Nam-Krane at for more information.

Adult Learning: Introduction to Mussar – Sunday, September 24, 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice that focuses on personal growth through exploring our human characteristics and qualities – such as patience, tolerance, compassion, kindness – that inform and shape our lives. Join us for an introductory class led by Temple member Merry Arnold, a student and leader of Mussar, as a prelude to an 8-session Mussar study group will begin at Temple Sinai in October. Contact Merry at or 617-640-6278 for additional information.

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 (Wednesday-Sunday), 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,

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. 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! This is 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:

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.