July 23rd, 2014

Sinai Update – Week of July 20-26, 2014

Parashat Masei

Shabbt Candles for Update

This Shabbat @ Temple Sinai  

Join us at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, July 25, for summer Shabbat services in air-conditioned Ehrenfried Hall, led by Temple Sinai members Jeremy Wolfe and Elyse Seltzer. The pre-service nosh is sponsored byTamar Petler  All are welcome!

Adult Learning:   “Elijah: The Prophet Who Comes Back” – tonight  July 23, 7:30 p.m. in Weintraub Auditorium  

Every Pesach, we make room for Elijah. Every week, we sing about him at havdalah at the end of Shabbat. We don’t do these things for Isaiah, Ezekiel, Amos, or any of the prophets even though they have whole books named for them in the Tanach. Elijah just appears in a few chapters of Kings in the Bible, but he looms large in rabbinic midrash and folklore. For Christians, Elijah also represents a critical link between the Tanach and the Christian New Testament. Please join Temple members Robin Orwant and Jeremy Wolfe this July as we investigate this fascinating character. The class will conclude on Wednesday evening, July 30th.  All are welcome!

Join with your friends to root on the Red Sox at  Jewish Heritage Night at Fenway Park! Register for tickets now! 

Sit with friends from Temple Sinai to root on the Red Sox, and join with hundreds of members of the Jewish Community from across Jewish Boston! Tickets for the game,  which takes place onWednesday evening, August 20, are available from the Temple office.  The   Right-Field Grandstand seats are $30 each (discounted from $40).  Please send a check, payable to Temple Sinai, by July 23, so we can order seats and sit together for a beautiful night of baseball & celebrating the Boston Jewish community!

Erev Tisha B’Av service – Monday, August 4, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A combined Tisha B’Av service for members of Temple Sinai, Temple Israel and Temple Ohabei Shalom will take place at Temple Ohabei Shalom on Beacon Street on Erev Tish B’Av, Monday, August 4. All are welcome

Temple Sinai  community discussion about Israel & Gaza - Tuesday, evening, August 5, 7:30 p.m.  

An opportunity to engage in conversation and share our thoughts with one another about the current violence and upheaval between Israelis and Palestinians.This community discussion is sponsored by Temple Sinai’s Israel Committee.  Your RSVP is appreciated:office@sinaibrookline.org

The Reform Movement supports the “Stop the Sirens” campaign

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is working to help support millions of Israelis in harm’s way, many huddled in bomb shelters. The Reform Movement has joined with the Conservative Movement and JFNA (the Jewish Federations of North America) to raise and distribute funds to provide emergency aid and alleviate the pain and suffering of our Israeli brothers and sisters. At times such as these we especially feel connected to our people. Please join the URJ in doing our part by contributing funds to this critical joint effort. To donate, click to: https://secure-fedweb.jewishfederations.org/page/contribute/operation-protective-edge

Interested in a Master Plan update? – Board of Trustee meeting, August 7

Please come to the next Temple Sinai Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, August 7. The Board will meet in Executive Session at 7:30 p.m. However, at 8:00 p.m. the Master Plan Committee and Architect Don Mills will present cost outlines for each of the potential areas of work identified in the Master Plan as a follow-up to the congregational meeting on June 18. We look forward to your input as the Board of Trustees works to define the priorities for Temple Sinai – with the understanding that only a portion of the items identified can be completed in Phase 1. All are welcome.


Save the Date: Board meeting September 4: The Master Plan Committee will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees at the Thursday, September 4 Board meeting and the Board members will vote on the recommendations at that time. All Board of Trustee meetings are open to the general membership and Temple members are welcome to attend that meeting, too.

Crane Lake logoSunday, August 10 - Come visit Camp Eisner and Crane Lake Camp

Want to learn more about the Reform Jewish overnight camps Crane Lake and Camp Eisner? If so, join Mike Klau and Heidi Smith Hyde on Sunday, August 10 when they lead prospective families on a day long trip and tour of URJ Crane Lake and Eisner Camps in the Berkshires. Parents as well as prospective campers are welcome and encouraged to attend. To learn more about our URJ camps, visit www.eisnercranelakecamp.urjcamps.org/index.cfm.

 “Parenting Through a Jewish Lens” class offered at Temple Sinai in the fall!

“Parenting Through a Jewish Lens,” sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, is a ten-week program that brings expert facilitators together with caring parents to foster greater understanding of their vital role in their children’s lives. Using the wisdom of our Jewish forebears – biblical, rabbinical and modern – the class is a launching pad for exploring what it means to be parents today, raising Jewish children of all ages. We are pleased to offer this course at Temple Sinai in the fall, beginning Sunday, November 2, from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting .

~Heidi Smith Hyde, Director of Education

Register NOW for trip to Eastern Europe, May 16-27, 2015!

You can now register for Temple Sinai’s congregational trip to Eastern Europe, including Budapest, Prague and Berlin, which will take place on May 16-27, 2015, led by Rabbi Vogel. Registration is limited to 30 participants, and will close when we reach that number, so register now through the ARZA Travel website, http://www.arzaworld.com/temple-sinai-brookline-europe-trip-2105-register.aspx. For more information, call ARZA or speak with Rabbi Vogel. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime tour with members of your synagogue community!

Oneg sponsors needed for our summer services  — and for next year, too! 

We are seeking  are sponsors for the “nosh” which precedes our summer services and for the onegs following services beginning in September.  .  If you have never sponsored an oneg/nosh before, written instructions are available and we would be happy to pair you with another member.  Many date choices available!  Please contact Kathy Arnstein, assistant@sinaibrookline.org if you can help.

Register for Religious School ONLINE

This year for the first time, we are doing ONLINE religious school registration. Please make sure you register your K – 12 child by visiting http://www.sinaibrookline.org/education/our-school/online-religious-school-registration/    In addition, 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 school@sinaibrookline.org.

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