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December 2016

The first night of Chanukah is Saturday evening December 24

Chanukah at Temple Sinai Friday, December 30 6:30 pm Service Celebration following service

Celebrate Shabbat and Chanukah with Temple Sinai at our family friendly celebration. Visit the Temple Sinai website for more information.

Alembik Lecture8

Chanukah Candle Blessings

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Chanukah. Blessed are You, Adonai, Ruler of the Universe, who sanctifies us with mitzvot, and commands us to kindle the Chanukah lights Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, she-asah nisim la-avoteinu bayamim haheim baz’man hazeh. Blessed are You, Adonai, Ruler of the Universe, who did wondrous things for our ancestors at this time in days of old.

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higi-anu laz’man hazeh.

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Blessed are You, Adonai, Ruler of the Universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

Sunday, December 4, 10:00 am Join us as psychologist Dr. Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist, Miller illustrates just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health. Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's, as well as their own, well-being.

Temple Sinai Board of Trustees & Staff To reach President Marcia Nuffer, email To reach staff via email, please use first initial, last Ex: Spiritual Leadership Rabbis Ronald M. Segal Bradley G. Levenberg Samantha A. Shabman Philip N. Kranz, Emeritus Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer

Board of Trustees President Marcia Nuffer

Administrative & Programming Staff Executive Director Jack J. Feldman

Vice President (Community) Lynn Redd

Facilities/Event Director Lillie Janko

Vice President (Development) Adam Mayer

Development & Campaign Director Dawn Painter

Vice President (Education) Asher Royal

Director of Operations Shelly Dresdner

Vice President (Membership) Kevin Levingston

Director of Membership Engagement Jaimee Boettcher Communications Director Andrea Fineman Communications Associate Alexie Malloy Accountant Errol Atlan Member Services Manager Simone Bonnejonne Executive Assistant to Clergy Rachel DeLine Assistant to Clergy Lori Jassen Front Desk Associate Abigail Baughman Facilities Manager Andre Parker Education Staff Director of Education Marisa Kaiser

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Director of Youth Education Emily Cohen Religious School Administrative Assistant Jenny Mopper Director of Youth & Teen Engagement Molly Okun B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator Sharon Clark Librarian, PNK Learning Center Adelle Salmenson Preschool Director Jamah Maman Preschool Administrative Assistant Jennifer Adams


President Elect Cary Rodin Vice President (Communications/ Secretary) Stacey Geer

Vice President (Ritual) Jeff Kerker Treasurer David Mann Assistant Treasurer Ira Blecker Immediate Past President Scott Zucker Members Dan Balser Daren Becker Chuck Berk Owen Dwoskin Larry Faskowitz Abbie Frankel Teen Trustee Lauren Gersten David Kurzweil Janet Lefkowitz Allan Nelkin Susan Pepper Mark Rosenthal David Rubinger Maurice Shemper Johanna Skid Lawana Streger Josh Tolchin Brotherhood Trustee Lori Zwecker Neshamot Trustee

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From My Perspective | Rabbi Sam Shabman

It's hard to believe it is already December, and the holiday of Chanukah is upon us. There are many associations and connections we may have with Chanukah: presents, dreidels, menorahs, jelly donuts, cold weather, time with family, the Maccabees, miracles and beyond. However, when we think of the holiday, the meaning behind the name “Chanukah” does not always come to mind. The word “Chanukah,” comes from the Hebrew word for “dedication." This is a reference to the Jewish rededication of the Second Temple in the second century B.C.E., after the Greeks desecrated the Temple by sacrificing animals and worshipping many gods within the Temple walls. The Hebrew root for Chanukah, “to dedicate,” is also the same root as the Hebrew word "to educate". To educate is to dedicate yourself to what you find meaningful and important in life.

Board of Trustees Message | Asher Royal

now have visibility into the additional paths for lifelong learning that continue past adolescence and teen years. Through the efforts of the great committee chairs, all ages of our congregation have the opportunity to be engaged through dynamic programing. Additionally, Imagine Sinai, which many of you participated in its concept and launch, is off to an incredible start. Dan Balser & Daniel Seigle are leading the education efforts, and helping to align Imagine Sinai with our Education Advisory Board. There has been, and continues to be, incredible collaboration amongst the groups, and it’s exciting to see the pillars come together as we collectively define the Center for Learning and Engagement. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities being provided by this group, and find those most interesting to you and your family. On behalf of the Education team, I look forward to seeing you at one of our events throughout the year. | 404 . 252 . 3073

As a new member of the Temple Sinai Board, I have the pleasure of serving our synagogue as the Vice President of Education. I, as well as our congregation, are fortunate to have a dynamic and engaged group leading the efforts for Early Childhood (Amy Ruda), Youth & Family (Heather Weiner & Marci Suddeth), Teen (Todd Gordon), Adult Education (Daren Becker & Marty Throne), and the Preschool Advisory Committee (Sarah Kass). As a parent of Temple Sinai Preschool graduates, I’m excited to continue to be engaged not only with the school, but now with all facets of our education programming. My children (Ari, 8, Remy, 6) had a wonderful experience through the preschool, and are now 2nd grade and kindergarten students at Heards Ferry. Temple Sinai Preschool prepared them for elementary school, and also established a foundation for Jewish learning. Sunday school continues this journey, and I

While the Jewish New Year occurred just over 2 months ago, we are now at the precipice of the secular New Year. Our calendar provides us with yet another chance to self evaluate, gauge progress, and make resolutions. To what have we dedicated ourselves during 5777? Have we been successful in our endeavors, and fulfilling our promises? Chanukah presents us with this sacred chance to re-evaluate and reposition ourselves for success in the coming secular year. The Chanukah story is a story of rebirth and success despite unthinkable odds. So, too, in our own lives, we think of what things come with daunting odds, and yet, perhaps, we can accomplish them with some intentional rededication. Let the light of the Chanukkah candles give us strength to dedicate ourselves to the causes and the people who are most important to us. By doing this, we will honor and affirm Chanukah's beautiful message of optimism and faith.


Travel to Israel with Rabbi Ron Segal - June 2017 We are excited to announce our next congregational family trip to Israel! Traveling to Israel with fellow Temple Sinai members, family and your rabbi is truly one of the most incredible, memory-making experiences and journeys one could hope to have. Experts guide educational experiences and fun activities tailored for travelers of all ages, a profoundly special B’nai Mitzvah service, amazing architectural highlights, spiritually rich and moving places and moments, old and new friendships… all of this and more will be shared in Israel, our Jewish homeland! Whether you’ve never been to Israel before, haven’t been in decades, or visited recently and now want to experience Israel with family and close friends, Sinai’s trip to Israel is for you. I encourage you to join us next summer - June 3-13, 2017 – for an amazing and memorable journey! Contact Rachel DeLine with questions and more information at | 404 . 252 . 3073

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We are so grateful to our Brotherhood for funding and building our new Sukkah.

Men’s Poker Championship8 Thursday, December 15 6:00 pm - Hudson Grille Are you Sinai’s best poker player? Do you want to be? Test your skills at Brotherhood’s Semi-Annual Texas Hold‘em Poker Tournament. The poker tournament will begin promptly at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded, and the top two players will have their name permanently engraved on the “Sinai Cup” trophy. Not a poker player? Not a problem. We will provide free Texas Hold’em poker lessons from 6-7 pm. Come enjoy the included heavy appetizers, desserts and cocktails. The cost for Brotherhood members is $10 and $30 for all others. If you want to play in the poker tournament, the charity ‘buy-in’ is $20 for everyone. Please RSVP on the Sinai website by Monday, December 12. This event is for Sinai members only. Save the Date! Brotherhood Brunch Sunday, January 8 9:30 am

Brotherhood and Family event at the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, January 15 3:00 pm - Philips Arena Brotherhood has secured 120 tickets to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks basketball game. We have also arranged for fantastic opportunities for Temple Sinai kids to join the Hawks players on the court during pre-game and halftime. Tickets are limited and few kids opportunities are still available. Check the Sinai website for more info and sign-up details.

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Eat. Pray. Namaste. 8 Sunday, January 22 1:00 pm - Burn Studios Join us for yoga for all ages and abilities with instructor Jana S. Learn from nutritionist Alisa Winters what to eat before and after a workout. Shop a trunk show of fitness clothes from Bia Brazil (Five percent of purchases will be donated back to Temple Sinai Sisterhood).

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Rosh Chodesh: Women and Chanukah8 Thursday, December 15 6:30 pm We will celebrate the holiday of Chanukah together and study the historical and Midrashic role of women in the Chanukah narrative.


Adult Education

An Intimate Night with the Inaugural Poet8 Sunday, December 4 7:00 pm Registration and Wine and Cheese Reception 7:30 pm Poetry Reading

Join us as President Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, speaks at our synagogue. Mr. Blanco captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. This event is free, but a $15 donation is suggested. Please RSVP online at: Presented by:

Sunday Morning Learning 10:00 am, PNK Learning Center The Sunday Morning Learning program continues to provide meaningful learning opportunities to all adults in our community. The topics are varied, the presenters are all phenomenal, and the conversation is lively.

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December 4: Alembik Lecture featuring Dr. Lisa Miller, Author of The Spiritual Child December 11: Shahidah Sharif of The Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam January 8: AJFF: Behind the Scenes with Max Leventhal January 22: Jewish views of Jesus with Rabbi Brad Levenberg January 29: Parenting in the 21st Century, sponsored by the Nefesh Committee


Film Series with Rabbi Ron Segal Sunday, January 8 6:30 pm Rabbi Segal will moderate a discussion on Raise the Roof, featuring an international team chasing an improbable dream to reconstruct one of the magnificent lost wooden synagogues of Poland. Despite seemingly impossible deadlines, hammering downpours and exhaustion, a profound relic slowly rises from the ashes. Beautiful to behold and buttressed by traditional klezmer melodies, Raise the Roof is an inspiring story of how combined talents in art and science brought back to life an artifact lost to history. This film was shown at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in 2014.

Mini Series with Rabbi Ron Segal Jews in Poland Throughout History Wednesday, January 11 7:30 pm Join us as Sally Levine, Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and Regional Educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC., speaks about the history of Jews in Poland. She studied in Poland with Holocaust educators, which was sponsored by the First Secretary of the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC. Jewish Life in Poland Today Wednesday, January 18 7:30 pm Pastor Steven Reece, a Southern Baptist minister and Jan Jaben-Eilon speak about Jewish life in Poland today. Pastor Reece lived in Poland for many years and started The Matzevah Foundation to maintain and restore Jewish cemeteries. He works every summer with Polish Jews and Christians as well as American Jews and Israelis, both young and old, to do this work and create community. Jan, a long-time journalist who also worked in the Atlanta Jewish community, holds both American and Israeli citizenship. She has created curriculum and taught the Holocaust to both youth and adults and she has been involved in the growing Jewish community in Warsaw.

Excess traffic getting to the synagogue… An overly stressful week at work… A recent argument with a family member… Simply not in the mood for schmoozing… If any of these scenarios or similar situations are weighing on you any Friday evening when you come to Sinai for Shabbat services, then you might consider taking advantage of our dedicated “Meditation & Reflection Space.” From 5:45-6:30 PM every Friday night, those who desire a little peace and solitude to help enter into the sense of Shabbat will find a space in the building, usually the Freeman Chapel, with appropriate lighting and music intended to help soothe an agitated spirit and calm the nerves. If interested, simply ask an usher or follow the signs to our Shabbat evening Meditation & Reflection Space. On December 2, Dr. Weisshaar will give a brief introduction to mindfulness practice with an emphasis on the importance of compassion – both self-compassion and compassion for others. This kind of practice is a beautiful way to transition from the hectic realities of our day into the peace and warmth of Shabbat. Gallery Tour Thursday, December 15 12:00 pm Lure Restaurant 1106 Crescent Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30309 2:00 pm Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Join the retired men of the ROMEO club for great food, interesting conversation and lots of fun. Contact Charlie Stark for more information and to RSVP at Save the Date for the ROMEO club's next meet up Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Temple Sinai Game Room Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Temple Sinai Game Room will be available for those congregants who wish to play Mah jongg, Canasta or any other card game. Classroom #176 will be set up with multiple card tables and chairs during the above hours for groups that wish to use Temple Sinai for their regular games. Sinai Book Club Tuesday, January 17 7:30 pm As Close to Us As Breathing, by Elizabeth Poliner is a rich novel about a Jewish family vacationing at Bagel Beach. A terrible accident occurs and a summer of hope transforms into a lifetime of atonement. Join the discussion! Sinai Updates We are continuing to offer “paperless statements” for individuals who do not wish to receive a hard copy statement. If you are interested in going paperless, please email Shelly Dresdner at You will receive a statement via email and can then view and pay your outstanding balances using the Chaverweb website. If you experience any problems or have questions regarding the Chaverweb portal, please reach out to Shelly for assistance. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Join us as we take a special sneak peek at the magic behind puppetry and explore puppet building workshops, scene shops, and museum exhibits (including puppets from Sesame Street) at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The center is the largest non-profit dedicated to puppetry in the United States and it's mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry. The cost of the guided tour is $8.50 per person (paid in advance) and is non refundable. Reservations are limited to the first 25 people who send in their checks. Make checks out to Andy Steinman and mail to 230 North Springs Court, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30328. For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at 11:00 am at Regions Bank located on Roswell Road and Abernathy in Sandy Springs. There is a fee of $5.00 to carpool. For more information please contact Andy Steinman at

ROMEO Club Tuesday, December 13 1:00 pm - El Azteca 5929 Roswell Rd Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Adult Programs

Special Guided Shabbat Meditation with Dr. Deb Weisshaar Friday, December 2 5:45 pm


Temple Sinai Preschool & Young Families

Upcoming Young Family Programs

Tot Shabbat Friday, December 16 5:15 pm Tot Supper Club8 6:00 pm Service Join us for Shabbat dinner and crafts before a fun Tot Shabbat service with a Chanukah theme. This month's service will highlight the Temple Sinai Preschool 3's class.

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Daddy and Me8 December 3, 11:00 am Join us at the Sandy Springs Fire Station – Station 3 on Raider Drive for a tour of the fire station.


Baby and Me8 Wednesdays beginning January 11 9:30 am Join us as we begin our new session of Baby and Me Music Class! This high-energy and interactive musical program will feature new and familiar songs, musical instruments, puppets, a parachute, bubbles, and more! Each 45 minute class will engage your child's creative, social, cognitive, gross and fine motor development skills, all while having fun! Great for children 6 - 24 months and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver. Classes will meet on Wednesdays 9:30- 10:15 beginning January 11th.



Buy a personalized brick to celebrate Temple Sinai Preschool’s 30th Anniversary and become a permanent part of TSPS history! Bricks will be paved outside the preschool. Purchasing a brick is a terrific way to support Temple Sinai Preschool and create a lifetime connection. Visit to buy your brick! Please contact Stephanie Jacobs (, Jen Freeman (jenbfreeman@gmail. com) or Barbie Bregen (barbie@

Havayah: Building Community Through Field Trip Experiences One of our most important goals at the Temple Sinai Religious School is to create community. When children feel connected to their peers, the experiences they have at religious school will be more impactful and fun! Havayah field trips are one exciting way we’ve begun to build community this year (Havayah is the Hebrew word for experience). Classes will travel off-site for a morning of experiential learning designed with the bigger goal of community in mind. Our 5th and 6th graders had a blast at their Messy Kehillah (Community) Olympics at East Cobb Park. Under the guise of a trivia competition, they got to know their

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classmates while getting covered in paint and shaving cream! Third and 4th graders went on a Noah’s Ark Scavenger Hunt at Zoo Atlanta where they learned all about Noah and the Jewish value of chesed, kindness. A important result of this was closer bonds with their classmates and the fun memories they made together. Since these off-site experiences take place during normal religious school hours, the whole class can participate. After our first two Havayah field trips, we believe even more strongly in the value of community and in the power of getting out and having FUN together! We cannot wait for the next Havayah field trip later this year!

Teen Action Days: Our first Teen Action Day took place on Sunday, October 30th at the Lost-n-Found Thrift Store where our volunteers processed and sorted the intake of donated items. Lost-n-Found is a nonprofit that assists homeless LGBTQ youth from ages 13-25 in stabilizing their lives, including preparing them for permanent housing and stable employment. Save the dates and get involved for the next Teen Action Days: December 11th February 5th March 26th All Teen Action Days start at 12:30 PM and vary in length depending on the activity. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Friday, December 9 5:30 pm 3rd and 4th Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Challah Making 6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service 7:30 pm Kids-Only Lock-In/ Overnight (3rd and 4th Grade) Experience Shabbat together with your family and friends. Build community with your friends, clergy, and staff and have the opportunity to meet other 3rd and 4th grade families at Temple Sinai.

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For Jonah’s Bar Mitzvah Project he is hosting a linen and towel drive on behalf of the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta collects and recycles gently-used furniture from the community and gives it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, and/or fleeing domestic violence, as well as many others struggling to make ends meet. The organization strives to turn houses into homes by enabling people who are transitioning into safe housing to have access to free furniture and household good items like towels and linens, as well as kitchen items like plates, glasses and silverware.

For Charlie's Bar Mitzvah project, he and his family launched a campaign called "A to Z: Connecting Kids from Atlanta to Zimbabwe." The purpose of the campaign was to raise money to support the building of a computer center at a primary school in rural Zimbabwe, and to connect students in Atlanta to students in Zimbabwe via an ongoing pen pal program. With support from his classmates, friends and family, Charlie raised over $16,000! To raise the money, Charlie wrote letters to his family, held bake sales and even organized a fun run, called Laps for Laptops. This summer, Charlie and his family traveled to the school in Zimbabwe, where they not only got to meet the administrators, teachers and students, but they also got a chance to see the new e-learning building and the solar panels that will power it. This project was such a rewarding experience for Charlie. Not only has he helped students from across the globe broaden their knowledge and future opportunities, he has learned that with a little bit of effort, every person, regardless of age, can make a difference in the world.

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Through the "Jonah’s Linen and Towel Drive", he aims o collect over 450 items. Jonah is finding this experience very rewarding and meaningful. He strongly believes that everyone needs to do their share in giving back to the community and helping those who struggle just to have the basics of a safe and stable home.

Kate Jonas, daughter of Lisa and Glenn Jonas Kate celebrated her Bat Mitzvah June 9 2016 in Israel. The setting made for an emotional and moving unforgettable experience for Kate and her family.

Kate continues to be dedicated to athletics and music. In addition to the rigors of schoolwork and play she has also decided to continue her religious studies at Temple Sinai and go on to confirmation. She is always looking forward to the next challenge.

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Kate was very busy prior to becoming Bat Mitzvah. Her TAG projects included a trip to Costa Rica to build a school for underprivileged children as well as a local project to deliver food to the hungry and poor Atlanta neighborhoods. Kate has learned that each of us can make a real difference in the lives of others, and that giving is more rewarding than receiving. She is committed to helping others in the future.




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Hineini Committee member Stuart Levenson on the Temple Sinai Bima

Recently, the Hineini Committee, which includes a sight-impaired member, arranged for a Braille map of the main floor and sanctuary to assist congregants and guests. This project was the culmination of months of collaboration and effort of the clergy, staff, Hineini Committee and a generous sponsor. Temple Sinai joined Georgia Institute of Technology, via the College of Architecture and the Accessibility Solutions & Research Center (AMAC), as a member. Through AMAC, Georgia Institute of Technology produced a map and partnered with the women of the Profit Prison Braille Program in Texas to develop the tactile map. This program provides those released to become successful and productive members of society. We invite you to take a look at the map, located at the front entrance of Temple Sinai. For more information, contact the Hineini Committee at

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Mazel Tov to… Rebecca & Brian Cohen on the birth of their daughter, Molly Erica Cohen. Mazel Tov to grandparents Lauren & Mike Mahady as well. Andrea & Robert Fineman on the birth of their son, Elliott Samuel Fineman. Mazel tov to great-grandmother Myra Fineman as well. Jane & Alan Fishman on the engagement of their son, Matthew Fishman to Jordan Arkin. Maggie and Jason Isenberg on the birth of their daughter, Lucy Blair Isenberg. Esther Ross on her 87th birthday. Edith Silverstein on her 89th birthday. Leslie & Stephen Walden on their 35th anniversary. Marvin Weintraub on his 87th birthday.

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Condolences to… Pam Brown on the death of her father, Daniel Burke. Helene Joseph on the death of her father, Gerald Ross. Anita Rottner on the death of her mother, Ida Resnick. Condolences to grandson Jay Rottner as well. Rebecca Schoenfeld on the death of her mother, Peggy Brown. Marlene J. Schwartz on the death of her aunt, Roz Goldberg. Condolences to grandniece Cindy Hopkins and grandnephews Jonathan Schwartz and Michael Schwartz as well. Janis Sheftel on the death of her mother, Anne Rothenberg. Janet Task on the death of her mother, Lillian Neihaus Green. Condolences to granddaughter Marci Suddeth as well. Linda Wand on the death of her mother, Carol Kohn. Condolences to granddaughter Debra Brown as well. Judy Wolbe on the death of her father, Albert W. Mizell.


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Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild: Warren & Jan Epstein Arnie & Barbara Katinsky Nancy & Phil Kranz Robert Sherman Michael Vaughn For more information about the Birthday Book Club or the Library Guild Program, call the Learning Center at 404-252-3073 ext. 320

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written five novels as well as a biography of her father. She was an officer in the Israeli Defense Force, served as Hopefully many of you had the opportunity to attend a member of the Israeli Knesset and has witnessed Israel’s the Book Festival at the MJCCA this year. It was a rare history from a unique perspective. She chronicles her opportunity in Atlanta to meet authors and hear them fascinating life and the changes in Israeli society in her speak about their work. The Rabbi Philip N. Kranz latest book Transitions. Learning Center has a number of books in its collection by In The Garden of Letters, Allyson Richman tells the story authors who appeared at the festival. of a gifted young cellist with a photographic memory who Jonathan Safran Foer’s latest novel, Here I Am, has joins the Italian resistance when her father is brutally received enormous acclaim since its release and the beaten by members of Mussolini’s fascist army. After the author has been praised as the successor to luminary Germans invade Italy she finds herself alone at the port in writers like Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow and Philip Portofino with forged identification papers trying not to get Roth. This book is about Jacob and Julia Bloch and their stopped by the Nazis. She is rescued by a kind stranger, the three sons, an American Jewish family living in present day town’s doctor, Antonio, who pretends to be her cousin and Washington D.C. The family is already in a fragile state brings her to his home where she begins to understand his and they must confront their issues and their identity as motives and find out about his own troubled past. Jewish Americans when an earthquake strikes the state of Meir Shalev is one of Israel’s most acclaimed contemporary Israel. authors. The Learning Center has several of his books Those interested in World War II history will enjoy The including A Pigeon and a Boy, The Blue Mountain, The Last Goodnight, a biography of Betty Packs, an American Loves of Judith and Two She-Bears. Each of his novels debutante who became an Allied spy during the war. explores a different facet of Israeli life from the early Zionist The story has not been told until now because many of settlers at the turn of the century to modern day. the documents detailing the life of this “Matahari from Alice Hoffman is a prolific author who writes about Minnesota” have been classified until recently. Blum unusual, diverse characters, sometimes with a touch of details the spy’s dangerous liaisons and death defying the magical present in every day life. In 2011 she wrote missions, such as obtaining the Polish code books that The Dovekeepers which tells the story of the siege of helped Alan Turing crack the Nazi telegraph code. He Masada from the perspective of four women who came to also examines the sacrifices and failures she made in her the fortress in very different ways. Hoffman weaves their personal life as a result. stories together in a well-researched and intriguing way. Yael Dayan is the daughter of Moshe Dayan and has

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Contributions | October 2016

Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in honor of Andrea Turry's Birthday Rabbi Kranz's Double Chai in memory of Naomi Turry praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Barbara Pollock Beth Schafer’s Discretionary Fund in honor of Adam Arkin's Bar Mitzvah Candy & Stephen Berman Leadership Development in memory of Billy Zucker Cantor Sid Gottler Music Endowment in loving memory of Aunt Evie

Your Journey. Your Home.

in memory of Albert Mizell Billy Zucker

General Endowment in memory of Agnes Pastor Billy Zucker General Endowment in memory of Judy Wolbe's Father Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in honor of Shirley Michalove and Arthur Heyman Kesher Special Fund in memory of Edith Kurzweil Maury Benamy Morton Engel to thank the Kesher Committee

in honor of Julie Silverman's Special Birthday

Merrill & Sheila Wynne Judaic Fund in memory of Ida Resnick

Chesed fund in memory of Janis and Lee Sheftel's Mother

Oneg Fund in memory of Rabbi George B. and Sylvia K. Leiberman

Cultural Arts Special Fund in memory of Billy Zucker Laszlo Rosenthal

Operating Enhancement Special Fund in appreciation of The Beatiful High Holy Day Services

Early Childhood Fund in memory of Mel Burstein Ellyse & Warren Zindler -Preschool Technology Fund praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Scott Selig in memory of Carol Kohn Ida Resnick


Fred Ellman Culinary Enrichment in memory of Fred Ellman Majorie Weinstein

in honor of Edward Sugarman's retirement Gary Grunbaum's 70th Birthday Judy and Jeff Diamond's 36th Wedding Anniversary Wendy, Jonathan, Ellie, Olivia & Madeline Siskin Sukkot in memory of Agnes Sherman Albert Beerman Albert Mizell Billy Zucker Dvorha Latvensky

David Zangvill Yacob Latvensky Emanuel Latvensky Wolf Zangvill Leah Arjeve Elya Arjeve Meer Vapne Edy Kurzweil Gerald Ross Ida Resnick Isidore Rooder Dorothy Tauber Jared Cohen Maury Benamy Carol Kohn David Apple Rosalind Apple Ruth Pinsky Shirley Butterfield Sid Gottler Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in honor of Ron Eichel's Big Birthday The High Holy Day Food Drive in memory of Billy Zucker Jon Wolf Josh Redd Martin Leiman Carol Kohn PNK Learning Center Special Fund in memory of Sidney Kamensky praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Arnold Katinsky Rabbi Phil Kranz Rabbi Shabman Discretionary Fund in memory of Fannie Margolin Freda Fine to thank Rabbi Sam Shabman Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund in honor of Adam Arkin's Bar Mitzvah Brad Levenberg's 40th Birthday Jeff and Judy Diamond's 36th

Ida Resnick Lily Oling Ross Frankel Samuel G. Begner Stephen Goot Wayne Leitz Wilburn Henry Boze Robert Pepper

to thank Rabbi Brad Levenberg Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in appreciation of The beautiful memorial service in memory of Sandra Goldberg in honor of Adam Arkin's Bar Mitzvah Bob Brourman's Birthday Bob and Suzan Brourman's Anniversary Rabbi Ron Segal Simone Nehmen's Recovery in memory of Abe Schaffer Billy Zucker Bob Menaker Max Granat Diane Granat Edy Kurzweil Gay Lenner

Stanley & Shirley Cohen Bldg & Grounds Endowment in honor of Stanley Cohen's Birthday Ron Eichel's Birthday

Richman Spiritual Relationship in honor of Judy and Jeff Diamond's Wedding Vow Renewal Reverend Michael Sullivan's new position (Holy Innocents Church) Our Clergy's Dedication during the High Holy Days Robert S. Janko Children's Enrichment in honor of Lillie Janko Belle Berlin

Steven Eichel Jewish Law Library Endowment in memory of Isidore Tyber Susan & Jay Levitt Outreach Endowment in appreciation of Jay Levitt

Contributions | October 2016

Anniversary in memory of Albert L. Beerman Amy Anhalt Barry Barry Goren Carol Doris Kohn Ida Resnick Rose Tuchman Shirley Butterfield

Taylor & Greenberg Religious School Scholarship Enowment FUnd in memory of Melvin Tye

Rose & Marvin Sugarman Library Endowment in memory of Rose Gilner Sugarman

Technology/Communications Special Fund in gratitude of Temple Sinai providing streaming of the High Holiday Services

Second Helpings Special Fund in memory of Carol Kohn Gerald Ross

Torah Learning Special Fund in memory of Elsie Weiser Ted Kopkin

Thank You to Sinai’s Special Parking Assistance (SPA) Contributors (contributions received as of November 2, 2016)

Louise & Edwin Rothberg Lynn & Jan Saperstein Rabbi Sam Shabman & Rabbi Natan Trief Gina & Sam Shapiro Leslie & Steve Walden Lorena & Sanford Zatcoff

At Temple Sinai, we strive to foster an inclusive and welcoming community. We realize that with an inadequate number of handicapped parking spaces and our challenging topography, too many congregants struggle to navigate the inclines from the parking lot to the building. This creates a deterrence to active participation in synagogue life for some in our congregational family. With your help, we are now able to continue to offer the Special Parking Assistance Program (SPA) for Friday night services. Endorsed by our Hineini Accessibility Committee, the Sinai SPA provides professional parking assistance for those who struggle with mobility issues. To sponsor SPA services, please visit or contact Dawn Painter at (404) 252-3073 Ext. 330 or | 404 . 252 . 3073

Anonymous Marilyn & Jonathan Arkin Nancy & Robbie Baron Rita & Herschel Bloom Nikki & Jack Feldman Marilyn & Paul Lavietes Marcia Nuffer Barbara & Marty Pollock


Social Action

How sweet 5777 will be for those in need and help of the Community Assistance Center (CAC)!

congregation for our success again this year. Also, on behalf of our Social Action Sunday Team led by Jamiee Boetcher leading up to our High Holy Days, thank you to all of you who contributed your time & creativity. Last but not least, I want to thank our Temple Sinai team for all of your support & help again this year. Abigail, Jamie, Shelly, Rachel, Andre & his staff & always Jack for your strong coordinating skills. May this New Year be a Happy, Healthy & Sweet New Year to all of you. Let's vow to make next year's High Holiday /CAC Food Drive even sweeter!

Our successful High Holiday Food Drive was very sweet indeed. Our congregants exhibited their generosity again with an abundance of bags filled with food and other needed items. Feeding needy families right here in our Sandy Springs Community is the sweetest feeling of all! I am very excited to report that the day of Yom L'Shana Tova Kippur we collected approximately 900 bags & weighed Simie Faskowitz 7,068 lbs of food. One bag feeds one to two people. Temple Sinai High Holiday Food Drive Chairperson We are very excited to have collected 7,912 lbs. of food to date! It really does "Take a Village" to coordinate this wonderful undertaking. The fabulous team at the CAC led by Debbie Olson along with Jackie, Glenn & Gary weighed each bag & loaded the CAC truck. Thank you also to Joe Labriola at Second Helpings and his fantastic crew of Jonathan, Ned & Bob for having all hands on deck. More importantly, the entire team of UPS volunteers led by Kevin Horgan made a big impact when unloading & sorting the food at the CAC that day. My deepest appreciation & thank you to our entire

Your Journey. Your Home.

Social Action Sunday Sunday, December 4 12:15 pm We will be assembling bags of toiletries and other supplies for veterans. Please RSVP online.


Monthly Collections During the month of December we will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for patients of the Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Please place items in the bin located in the lobby. Thank you for your donation! Family Promise Family Promise helps families who are in transition. Our synagogue hosts Family Promise three to four times a year. We are always looking for volunteers to bring food, visit with our guests and to help make their time at Temple Sinai meaningful. To be included on our volunteer list please send your email to:

Yahrzeit Candles Temple Sinai now has yahrzeit candles available for congregants observing a yahrzeit of a loved one. Simply ask at the front desk and we will provide a candle to assist with the mitzvah of remembering.

Temple Sinai is Going Green Temple Sinai is going green! In order to reduce waste and costs, we are offering an option to receive the D’var Sinai via email. You will receive an electronic copy each month in your inbox. We will have plenty of printed copies at Temple Sinai if you would like to take home a publication. Please note that this is only an option and we are not discontinuing the print verision. If you do not sign up to receive our online version, you will still receive the printed copy in the mail. Let us know if you would like to receive this copy electronically. Visit

December 201 6 | Kislev 5777/ Tevet5777 Sunday










10 am - Canasta Lessons

5:45pm Kabbalat Panim, Guided Shabbat Meditation by Deb Weishaar 6:30pm - Shabbat Service, SCRUFY Shabbat Dinner at Rabbi Ron's


9:30am - Religious School, Temple Sinai Tots

5 9:30 am - Baby and Me Music Class


9:30 am - Lullaby Club 10 am - Melton class, Temple Sinai Game Room 4:45 pm -Hebrew School

10 am - Alembik Lecture 11 am - 9th grade class, Adult Hebrew

7 9:30am - Baby and


Me Music Class

1 pm - Temple Sinai Game Room

5 pm- 3rd and 4th grade Shabbat Family Experience 5:45pm - Kabbalat Panim, Shabbat Meditation 6:30pm - Family Shabbat Service, Shabbat Service 7:30 pm - 3rd and 4th grade Lock In

2:45 pm - Hebrew Chavurah 6:30 pm - Teen Lounge, Teen Wednesday Night Program

12:15 pm - Social Action Sunday


9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 11 am - Daddy and Me 2 pm - Club 56


9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am Bat Mitzvah Ceremony 5:30 pm - Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

12:30 pm- Scrappy 7:00 pm - Richard Blanco Poetry Reading


9:30am - Religious School, Pre-K (Religious School), Family T'filah- Pre-K, MAP

12 9:30 am - Baby and Me Music Class

10 am Sunday Morning Learning, 5th Grade Family Workshop


14 9:30am - Baby and


10 am - Melton class, Temple Sinai Game Room 1 pm - ROMEO club 4:45 pm -Hebrew School

1 pm - Temple Sinai Game Room

6 pm Brotherhood Poker Night (away)


21 9:30am - Baby and

9:30 am - Lullaby Club

Me Music Class

2:45 pm - Hebrew Chavurah

12 pm - Gallery Tour (away)

6:30 pm - Rosh Chodesh

11 am - 9th Grade class, Adult Hebrew


5:15 pm - Tot Shabbat Dinner Club 5:45 pm Kabbalat Panim,Shabbat Meditation 6 pm - Tot Shabbat, Jr Scrufy 6:30 pm - Shabbat Service

17 9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

12:30 pm - Teen Action Day 4 pm - Tot Mitzvah

19 9:30 am - Baby and Me Music Class


8 am - Temple Sinai at the USO (away)


Office Closed

9:30 am - Lullaby Club




8 am -Temple Sinai at USO

10 am - Melton class, Temple Sinai Game Room

1 pm - Temple Sinai Game Room

Preschool Closed 5:45pm - Kabbalat Panim, Shabbat Meditation 6:30pm - Shabbat Service


28 29 1 pm - Temple Sinai



5:45pm Kabbalat Panim/ Oneg, Shabbat Meditation

9 am - Torah Study

10 am - Temple Sinai Game Room

Me Music Class

Game Room

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Temple Sinai December Worship Schedule Friday, December 2 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, December 3 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, December 9 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service  Saturday, December 10 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am Bat Mitzvah of Margo Kaye, daughter of Stacey and Steven Kaye  5:30 pm Bar Mitzvah of Alex Milburn, son of Cindy Lubitz and Nathan Milburn 

Can’t make it to synagogue? Look for the  icon indicating that the service will be streamed live. Visit to watch!

Friday, December 16 6:00 pm Tot Shabbat Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, December 17 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am Bar Mitzvah of Sam Durbin, son of Joan and Mark Durbin  Friday, December 23 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, December 24 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, December 30 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, December 31 10:00 am Shabbat Service 

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