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d’var sinai

February 2016

February is Jewish Accessibility Awareness Month (JAAM) February is Jewish Accessibility Awareness Month (JAAM)

February 2016

Every Shabbat in February will include a special blessing for those living with special needs and their caregivers. Additionally, join us for these special services: Friday, February 12, 6:30 pm - Full Radiance Dance performing at Shabbat Services Friday, February 19, 6:30 pm – Sensory Sensitive Tot Shabbat Friday, February 26, 6:30 pm – Dialogue in the Dark Shabbat

Sinai at Habima Theatre: Shrek the Musical Jr. 8

Thursday, February 25, 7:30 pm - Showtime Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd. Limited tickets are available through Sinai for $15 each. Temple Sinai is proud to join with other congregations around the country in observing February as Jewish Accessibility Awareness Month. Throughout the month we will highlight our efforts at inclusion and accessibility, efforts that were recognized this past November at the URJ Biennial when Temple Sinai was named an Exemplar Congregation. We are proud of this recognition and of our Accessibility Committee, called “Hineini (Here I Am),” who have shepherded important changes to our physical plant and our programming so that Temple Sinai can be more accessible. While our work in this area is not complete, we celebrate the fact that we are at the forefront of “doing it right.” The following reflection was written by Sinai members Jan and Gregory Jay: Our son Jared’s Bar Mitzvah was a beautiful illustration of how Temple Sinai is dedicated to inclusion. Jared has autism and is non-verbal; he also has a hard time remaining still. As his date approached, we wondered how we would celebrate his Bar Mitzvah ceremony. How do you have a service for someone whose autism totally interferes with his desire and ability to communicate and socialize? We decided to celebrate him as we will our daughter when she turns 13; his being born with a disability would not take away this important rite of passage for our whole family. Through Temple Sinai’s willingness to embrace our special circumstances we were able to celebrate and recognize Jared’s uniqueness, perseverance and challenges. The culture of Sinai empowered us as parents and the staff and clergy suggested unique ideas and provided flexibility in creating Jared’s service. As his Bar Mitzvah ceremony occurred just prior to Thanksgiving, each of us shared why we were thankful for Jared and how much he has taught us. His sister Rachel delivered a speech and discussed how relationships as siblings transcend disability in that her relationship with Jared is much stronger than that of Jacob and Esau, whose story was retold in Jared’s Torah portion. Jared used his communication app to lead the congregation in the blessings before and after the Torah portion as well as the recitation of Shema. For his mitzvah project, with help, Jared will be preparing social stories* for our library and other synagogue libraries, stories which detail what happens when one becomes a Bar Mitzvah. Our experience broadened the view and value of a Bar Mitzvah and allowed Jared and our family - to be equal participants in the Jewish community. We feel lucky and appreciative to be a part of this amazing congregation and for Jared to have achieved this milestone at Temple Sinai. * A social story is a tool used by individuals with autism to prepare and better understand social situations and occasions.

Temple Sinai Board of Trustees & Staff To reach President Scott Zucker, email To reach staff via email, please use first initial last Ex: Spiritual Leadership Rabbis Ronald M. Segal Bradley G. Levenberg Elana E. Perry Philip N. Kranz, Emeritus Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer Administrative & Programming Staff Executive Director Jack J. Feldman Facilities/Event Director Lillie Janko Director of Operations Shelly Dresdner Program Director Judy Thomas Communications Associate Kathleen Trella-Newland Accountant Errol Atlan Member Services Manager Simone Bonnejonne Executive Assistant to Clergy Rachel DeLine Assistant to Clergy Lori Jassen Receptionist Abigail Baughman Facilities Manager Andre Parker

Your Journey. Your Home.

Education Staff


Director of Education Marisa Kaiser Religious School Director Caren Feingold 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 Interim Preschool Director Jamah Maman Preschool Administrative Assistant Jennifer Adams

Board of Trustees President Scott Zucker President-Elect Marcia Nuffer Immediate Past President Stephen M. Berman Vice President (Education) Larry Weiner Vice President (Membership) Kevin Levingston Vice President (Ritual) Elaine Brill Vice President (Community) Sari Earl Vice President (Development) Brad Marcus Secretary Milton Crane Treasurer David Mann Assistant Treasurer Ira Blecker Members Dan Balser Lainie Bardack Aaron Earl Teen Trustee Larry Faskowitz Lauren Gersten Lawrence Kass Jeff Kerker Jack Koransky David Kurzweil Janet Lefkowitz Tracey Lurey Adam Mayer Susan Pepper Penina Richards David Rubinger Robyn Tanenbaum Josh Tolchin Brotherhood Trustee Lori Zwecker Neshamot Trustee

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Accessibility Services

Did you know Temple Sinai has a committee dedicated to making our Temple accessible to everyone, regardless of ability? HINEINI - which means “Here I am,” is Temple Sinai’s accessibility committee. Committee members ensure we are welcoming and accessible to all who wish to participate. Need assistance? Have questions? Temple Sinai has concierge services available to assist and connect individuals and families with disabilities with resources both at Sinai and in the community. Please contact our Hineini Concierges, Ina Enoch, at or Jan Jay, at

From My Perspective | Rabbi Brad Levenberg

Hence why I am so very proud that Temple Sinai partnered with JF&CS way back in 2006 to offer regular programming at Sinai and why I am so proud that I am able to serve on the Board of JF&CS. Of all of the wonderful services offered by the organization, one of the best programs for young families is coming up in just a few short weeks. On February 21, JF&CS will offer ArtScape, a program that provides children ages 18 months to 10 years with

Steve Labovitz, Board President Sari Earl Rob Baskin Mark Silberman Rabbi Brad Levenberg Mazel Tov as well to Jason Evans, co-chair of Guest Programming! We are all enjoying the fruits of your labor and wish you continued success with the 2016 festival…and beyond!

The best part of the program is that, while it is a great opportunity for families to spend an afternoon NOT in front of technology, the proceeds from ArtScape go to supporting the many counseling services offered by JF&CS. I am privileged to co-chair this event with Sinai member Liann Baron this year and want to invite all those in the Sinai community to consider attending. ArtScape is on Sunday, February 21 from 3:30-5:30 pm (Patron families are admitted at 2:30) at Sensations Therafun (1704 Chantilly Drive). You can purchase tickets at the door or online ahead of time at calendar/events/artscape/artscape-tickets. Please do consider supporting this program…and all of the other wonderful work of JF&CS. Warmly, Rabbi Bradley Levenberg

NEW FOR FAMILIES! Family Shabbat Service Fridays at 6:30 pm February 26 March 25 April 29 May 20 “My children have ‘graduated’ from Tot Shabbat – what’s next?” Join us for our NEW monthly Shabbat service specifically created for families with children ages 6-11. Engaging music and an interactive service will combine to ensure a Shabbat experience for both children and parents to enjoy together! | 404 . 252 . 3073

Mazel Tov to our Temple Sinai members who serve on the Board of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the world’s largest Jewish Film Festival and the largest Film Festival in the South!

opportunities to have hand-on experiences with visual and musical arts as well as dance. The program includes a zip line, a drum circle, an opportunity to climb a rock walk wall, to dance with Zumba, to puppeteer with the Center for Puppetry arts and to perform with teachers and talent from the Alliance Theater. As well, Sugandha Rosenhaft of La Dee Da is running art activities for kids of all ages.


I truly believe that one of the great gems in the crown that is the Atlanta Jewish Community is Jewish Family and Career Services (JF&CS). A social service organization at its core, they are oh so much more. Yes, JF&CS provides career counseling and bereavement support and assistance to those struggling with addiction. Yes, JF&CS offers limited financial assistance to those who are having difficulty making ends meet. Yes, JF&CS provides services to assist aging adults in need of care and support and, yes, JF&CS provides assistance with those living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Yes, JF&CS runs the Ben Messell Dental Clinic and, yes, JF&CS is the organization that rents centerpieces for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs where proceeds go to charity. And this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all that JF&CS offers to our community.


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Message | Ira Blecker Assistant Treasurer “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware”. This saying embodies my personal journey through Temple Sinai bringing me to where I am today. When Melissa and I joined Temple Sinai, my first goal was to get involved more than just coming to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services. Some of the choices were obvious. Our son was almost two-years old, and Tot Shabbat and Daddy & Me became regular activities. We quickly began to meet other families with small children and make new friends. We started a chavurah group with some of these friends to engage in activities inside and outside the Temple Sinai walls.

Your Journey. Your Home.

The next step in the journey was to engage in personal activities and become involved outside of the family unit. My first endeavor outside of family activities was Brotherhood. In addition to Sunday softball games, I attended other events such as Sunday brunch and poker tournaments. I had the privilege to assist in starting the Sinai Business Alliance and to participate in the Atidaynu leadership program as well. Tapping into my professional strengths, I volunteered for the finance committee and became the treasurer of Brotherhood. Each of these stops on my Temple Sinai journey was unplanned but very welcomed. These are just a few examples of my journey through Temple Sinai.


Implementation of Imagine Sinai in the future is the opportunity to unlock those secret destinations for each of us. We have the chance to ensure that the destinations of our journey through Temple Sinai are not a secret. The core strategies of Imagine Sinai will assist in guiding the journey for the future. These strategies will engage each of us differently. As the father of young children, I am looking forward to new and creative approaches to engage in the Jewish educational journey with our sons. You may desire to participate in activities to deepen your Jewish spiritual life. Perhaps a neighborhood or affinity-based group of congregants is the key to you getting more involved. As a congregation, we are at a critical point in the evolution of Temple Sinai. The implementation of the Imagine Sinai core strategies is underway, and some ideas have already been realized. Over the past 6 years, I created my own “Sinai Journey”. Start your journey today.

BURN THE MORTGAGE at Casino Royale We are closer than ever at paying off the mortgage carried by Temple Sinai with a mortgage balance of under $200,000. The Board of Trustees has therefore determined that the proceeds from this year’s Casino Royale fundraiser on March 19 will go to help pay off the remaining balance. Your generous sponsorship and support of the fundraiser will enable us, with great fanfare and celebration, to literally “burn the mortgage” as part of this year’s festivities! We hope you will help to make this happen and plan to join us for an evening of fun and fellowship on Saturday evening, March 19th. Visit the Temple Sinai website for more information about Casino Royale and a special letter from Rabbi Ron Segal and President Scott Zucker.

March 19, 2016 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Temple Sinai

The night includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeurves, music & dancing, Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold ‘Em, a grand prize raffle and silent & live auctions.

General Admission Tickets: $100/guest Young Adult Tickets (age 36 and under): $50/guest Invitations were mailed to the congregation in late January and include more details about sponsorship opportunities and ticket prices. Proceeds from our Casino Royale fundraiser will enable Sinai to



Please RSVP at or call the office at 404-252-3073.

Thank you to our sponsors* Ace of Spades Sponsors

Anonymous Candy & Steve Berman Lori & Gary Brochin Joy & Alan Greenberg Gina & Sam Shapiro Robyn & Martin Tanenbaum Arlene & Bruce Turry Laura & Larry Weiner Anonymous Amanda & Daren Becker Shirley & Gary Bernes Amy & Chuck Fox Lauren & Mitchell Gersten Debbie & David Kurzweil Marcia & Kevin Nuffer Lynn & Lewis Redd Penina & Bruce Richards Judy & Arnie Rubenstein Jill & Ron Segal Craig Seligman Melanie & Scott Zucker *Sponsors current as of January 7, 2016

Anonymous (2) Toni & Joel Adler Nancy & Jason Brener Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care Sari & Olen Earl Susan & Bernie Eisenstein Nikki & Jack Feldman Susan & Marc Greenberg Leslie & Doug Isenberg Marisa & Michael Kaiser Regina & Jeff Kamean Sydney & Howard Katz Candace & Jeff Kerker Ellen & Jack Koransky Phyllis & Lew Kravitz Janet Lefkowitz & Jonathan Leepson Rebecca & Brad Levenberg Simone & Kevin Levingston Rita & Bill Loventhal Tara & David Mann Robin & Adam Mayer Lori & Alan Peljovich

Queen of Diamonds, Continued Elana & Craig Perry Debbie & Richard Pinsky Ellen & Sandy Schwartz Lisa & Daniel Seigle Linda & Mark Silberman Arlene & David Taylor Lara & Josh Tolchin Ellyse & Warren Zindler

Jack of Clubs Sponsors

Shelly & Andrew Dresdner Lila & Steve Fair Lindsey & Karlo Vicente

Special Thank you to our In-Kind Corporate Sponsors Bold Catering Classic Tents & Events Monte Carlo Productions POP’S! Wine and Spirits PostNet The Flower Buds The Wine Shop

• 2 tickets 20,000 S | 404 . 252 . 3073

King of Hearts Sponsors

Queen of Diamonds Sponsors

We look forward to celebrating with you on March 19!


Sinai Night at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 8

Adult Education

Time to Say Goodbye, LeFont Theater Saturday, February 6, 7:00 pm

Temple Sinai has secured a limited number of tickets for the showing of Time to Say Goodbye at the AJFF. The film features a lovesick German boy faced with the aftermath of losing his family—and a slice of his manhood—in this laugh-out loud coming-of-age comedy. Join Temple Sinai for the viewing of the film and an after-movie dessert reception at Double-Zero Napoletana, sponsored by Temple Sinai’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Limited number of tickets for the film are available through the Sinai office. Reservations for the film and after-party can be made online.

Town Hall Meeting 8 Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am | 404 . 252 . 3073

This Town Hall Meeting will include a discussion of the synagogue’s development and sustainability plans, a review of proposed changes to the membership commitment program, an update on education programs and planning and an update on the Imagine Sinai strategic initiatives. The town hall is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and become involved in the ongoing process of strengthening the Temple Sinai community. Refreshments will be provided. Please register online.


Adult Education Mini-Series A Historical and Interactive Look at Jewish Humor

Wednesday evenings, March 2, 9 and 16, 7:30 pm In preparation for the joyous holiday of Purim in this Hebrew calendar month of Adar, join Rabbi Segal for an adult education mini-series exploring the important role humor has played in the Jewish community over the centuries. Each of the sessions will focus on distinct themes and approaches to Jewish humor. Our tradition teaches that those who help to welcome in and celebrate the month of Adar increase the amount of joy in the world. Come learn, perhaps laugh, and help add joy to our community.

Sinai T’micha

A monthly support group held at Temple Sinai for parents of: children with learning differences; children who need behavioral support; children with special needs; children for whom you are not sure if these categories fit! Contact Stacey Geer for more information, 2016 meeting schedule Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm

Save the Dates for these Upcoming Adult Education Programs Sunday, April 3, 6:30 pm Adult Education Film Series with Rabbi Perry Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 pm Chyatte Lecture Ethical Wills with Scott Zucker Sundays, April 10 and 17th, 10:00 am Adult Education Miniseries with Rabbi Perry Children and Spirituality Sunday, May 22, 6:30 pm Adult Education Film Series with Rabbi Segal featuring the film Rosenwald

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Brotherhood Upcoming Events

Sisterhood/Neshamot Upcoming Events

Superbowl Party 8

Rosh Chodesh 8

Sunday, February 7, 5:00 pm

Brotherhood Speaker Series 8 (open to the entire Sinai Community)

Sunday, February 21; Brunch 9:30 am, Speaker 10:00 am Our special guest speaker will be Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer, Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States. Ambassador Varnai Shorer is a nearly 40-year veteran of the Israeli diplomatic corps. She is a former ambassador to both Hungary and BosniaHerzegovina as well as a former minister of congressional affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. Her most recent post was desk director at the Center for Policy Research. Cost is $10.00 for non-Brotherhood members and free for Brotherhood members.

Save the date for upcoming brotherhood events. Visit: for details.

Brotherhood had a great turnout for our Semi - Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on December 17. Congratulations to winner Mike Herskowitz, who also came in second place last May. He became the first person to be engraved twice on the Sinai Poker Champion Trophy. Charlie Stark came in second place and Brian Unell came in third. Our next poker tournament will be in May.

On The Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao 8

Sunday, March 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Complimentary for Sisterhood Members $10 for Non-Members, spouses, and guests

Come meet author and Chocolate Historian Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz for an evening of learning, tasting and fun. • Take a delectable journey through the religious and Jewish history of chocolate. • Enjoy wine and chocolate pairings with a local sommelier. • Taste special chocolates brought to us by an Atlanta based chocolatier. • Visit around our Coffee Bar and design your own drink. • Experience international chocolate recipes from citrus salads, cakes and cookies to chocolate charoset truffles. • Celebrate the sweetness with Sinai friends. Unwrap a piece of chocolate and partake in an expedition into Jewish and religious history through cultures, countries, centuries and convictions. It will be a real treat! Register on the Temple Sinai website by February 28

Save the date for the Sisterhood Women’s Seder, April 14 | 404 . 252 . 3073

Sunday, March 13 Brunch Speaker Series with Nefesh Committee Thursday, March 24 NCAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball and Billiards Men’s Night Out

Based on her bestselling book “Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman”, author, speaker, teacher and former CNN executive Gail Evans will share words of wisdom about women, success, and solidarity. Join us for what promises to be an inspiring and fascinating discussion!

Sisterhood/Neshamot & Brotherhood

Once again Temple Sinai Brotherhood will host a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7 beginning at 5:00 pm with pre-game excitement. It’s hard to tell as of this printing who will be in the Super Bowl. Bengals? Patriots? Steelers? Who knows who the winner will be, but we know we’ll have a winning time watching the game on our big screen in the large social hall. We’ll have pizza, wings, salad, veggies and dip, fruit, popcorn, cookies and soda. You can sign up for Mah Jongg and Bridge if you wish. The cost is $8 per person. Bring your own beer or wine. Fun for the whole family! RSVP today! For questions, contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073.

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm “Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman”: A Conversation About Living a Powerful Life


Family Purim Carnival 8 Sunday, March 20

10:15 am Family Megillah Reading, Sanctuary 10:15 am Sensory Sensitive Megillah Reading, Chapel 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Carnival, Everywhere There will be food, games, prizes, and fun for the whole family! TWEEN ZONE! Activities for our older kids grades 3-7. Purchase admission & food tickets online in advance at *Religious School begins at 9:30 am, followed by the Family Megillah reading. Students must be dismissed to parents at 11:00 am to join the carnival.

Mah Jongg Madness 8

Your Journey. Your Home.

Tuesdays, 10:00 am - noon, Beginners 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Seasoned Players Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Small Social Hall


We have three games right now that are offered on a weekly basis. We will have Mah Jongg on Wednesday nights as long as it doesn’t interfere with Adult Education classes. Even if you are a regular player, please use the doodle each week. To sign up for the day time Mah Jongg games, use this link: https:/ We are in need of more daytime players if you are available. To sign up for Wednesday night Mah Jong games, use this link: http://mahjongwednesdays. All Sinai members and their friends are encouraged to attend. It is free. For questions, contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073.

Purim Carnival Volunteers are Needed! 8 March 20, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

It takes more than 100 volunteers to run a successful Purim Carnival and we need YOUR help! We are offering 30 minute shifts. Volunteers must be age 13 and up. We are happy to validate service hours. There are several areas where you can volunteer: food, ticket sales, games, prizes, cake walk and decorations. This is a great way to meet other Sinai members and to begin a leadership track at Temple Sinai. Just ask Marcia Nuffer – this is where she started! You can sign up to volunteer online at or contact Judy Thomas if you are interested in a leadership position on the Carnival Planning Committee.

Canasta Anyone?


We are offering our first Canasta Game at Temple Sinai on Wednesday, March 9 at 10:00 am If you already play Canasta and want to play with others, or are interested in learning how to play Canasta, please let us know. There is no fee but reservations are required. For questions and to RSVP, contact Judy Thomas at 404-252-3073.

Those wild Romeos are at it again – this month The ROMEO Club will will dine at: Canton Cook II. Please rsvp to Charlie Stark at Save the date for the next ROMEO lunch on Thursday, March 15 at Hudson Grill.

Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 am

Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 pm Canton Cook II 6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Sinai Business Alliance Welcomes the Return of Joey Reiman 8

Sunday Morning Running Group Sunday Mornings, 9:45 am

Temple Sinai’s new Running Group is meeting each Sunday morning when there is Religious School in the The Sinai Business Alliance is happy main lobby . This group is for people who are interested in running 4-6 miles at a conversational pace. This to bring back by popular demand initiative is chaired by Michael Warshauer. Congregants Atlanta advertising guru Joey are having fun meeting new people, doing something Reiman who will discuss: “What healthy, getting a little Jewish discussion happening and Singular Thing Will Most Change getting to know one other. the Way Business is Conducted Today?” Reiman is an amazing speaker and always leaves the room with Michael says, “The Temple Sinai running group has had participants feeling like they were greatly inspired and two group runs and a great time was had by all. As the learned more about themselves and business. Space will group grows, it hopes to have various pace and distance be limited, so you will want to RSVP as soon as possible. groups for both experienced and beginning runners. Wine and cheese and light refreshments will be served. The first run was a pleasant run down Mt. Vernon and We will have networking from 7:30 pm until 8 pm when back to Temple Sinai; the second ran from Sinai down Reiman will speak. More networking will be available to the River to Columns Drive and back. Please contact from 8:40 until 9:00-ish. Bring your business cards and Michael Warshauer at if you RSVP early online. Cost is $8 in advance, $12 at the door. have any questions. For questions, contact Judy Thomas 404.252.3073. Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 pm Canton Cook II 6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Golf Club Forming – Get Ready to Tee Off! Tuesday, April 5, 10:30 am Stone Mountain Park Golf Course

Tai Chi Chih (pronounced tie-chee-chaw) is a wonderful, invigorating way to balance your energy and make you feel both relaxed and invigorated. Taught by Sheryl Adair, the class will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in the Chapel on the following dates: January 6 through February 10. Courtesy of Sheryl, the class is complimentary. She is an amazing teacher and will help you learn in a kind, non-judgmental way. If you are looking to improve your balance mentally, physically and spiritually then Tai Chi Chih is for you. If you are interested in participating, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073. | 404 . 252 . 3073

We are putting together a monthly golf game for men and women of all skill levels to play during the week. The women of the Juliet Club are taking no backseat to Teams of four will be divided up based on skill level. This the ROMEO Club and seem to be getting off to a great is an excellent opportunity to get to know other Sinai start. Join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, members and have a list of people who want to play February 17 at 1 pm at Canton Cook II. The food will be golf with others in between the monthly sessions. Our delicious, the price is reasonable and the company is first outing is scheduled Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30 am simply perfect. Save the date for the next Juliet meeting at Stone Mountain Park Golf Course. Carpooling from which will be held on Wednesday, March 16. RSVP by Temple Sinai is available. More details to follow. Thanks emailing Judy Thomas at to Michael Gamburg who will be spearheading this initiative. For questions, please contact Judy Gallery Tour Thomas at 404.252.3073. Thursday, February 18 12:00 pm Lunch Tai Chi Chih 8 (Season’s 52 Buckhead, NW Atlanta, GA 30305) Beginner Tai Chi Chih Classes 2:00 pm Gallery Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Thomas Deans Gallery, 690 Miami Circle NE, Suite 905) Join us for a tour of the Thomas Deans Gallery where we will be viewing the work of American abstract painter Lisa Pressman. Her paintings incorporate oil, collage, wax, and other mixed media. She focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory. Lisa has given classes and workshops at the Art Institute, Ringling School of Art, Penland School of Arts and Crafts, and the Newark Museum. For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at 11:30 am at Regions Bank located on Roswell Road and Abernathy in Sandy Springs. Please respond by Friday, February 12 to Andy Steinman at andysteinman@ or 404.406.4650.

Adult Programs



Youth & Education Programs

Religious School (K-6th) 6th Grade – Part Two of our Two Session Family Workshop on the Holocaust in Partnership with the Breman Museum

Sunday, February 7, 9:30 am – noon Hosted at Temple Sinai with Breman Museum facilitators. Your support and participation will help pass on the legacy and lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation.

Parent Learning Connection – 4th Grade (Parents Only!)

Sunday, February 21, 9:30 am - 11:00 am Join one of our rabbis for an opportunity to meet other 4th grade parents, have a conversation about what your children are learning (on an adult level), and of course enjoy bagels and coffee.

Shabbat Family Experience for Grades 5 & 6 & Club 56 Lock-In

Friday, February 26 5:30 pm: Family Shabbat Dinner 6:30 pm: Family Shabbat Service, with engaging music and prayer especially for families with children in 1st through 6th grades 7:30 pm: Lock-In begins Bring your family for Shabbat dinner and Shabbat service. Then the 5th & 6th graders stay over night!

Family T’filah – Grades 3-6

Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am - 10:00 am Join us for our monthly family t’filah experiences on Sunday mornings. The one in February is for our 3rd through 6th grade families. It is a great way to be a part of your child’s education experience…and a great way to start off your day!

Your Journey. Your Home.

Kindergarten Family Workshop


Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am - noon A great opportunity to come and learn together with your child.

Pictured Above and Right: Religious School students engaged in fun learning experiences

Youth and Teen Programs Mark Your Calendars Teen Lounge (9th-12th Graders) Wednesday, February 17 JR. SCRUFY Event (7th & 8th Grade) Friday, February 19 CLUB 34 Event (3rd & 4th Grade) Saturday, February 27 CLUB 56 Lock-In (5th & 6th Grade) Friday - Saturday, February 26 - 27 SCRAPPY (K - 2nd Graders) Sunday, February 28

Temple Sinai Preschool is Now Enrolling!

The very talented children in the Temple Sinai Preschool entertained family and friends with the Annual Preschool Chanukah Celebration. The singing and dancing were fantastic!

Mom & Tots: Young Chef’s Academy 8 Saturday, February 13, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 230 Hammond Drive NE #368 Have a tot that loves to help in the kitchen? Join other moms from Temple Sinai with their kids at the Young Chef’s Academy. Mom and tots will work side by side learning how to create spinach pasta from scratch, and we get to eat it! Cost: $25/mom and child, additional children are $15. Recommended ages: 2-5 years old. Please register by February 7, 2016. (A minimum of 15 participants is required.) Mom and Tots is a program designed for moms and their children through age 5 to enjoy fun and fellowship. All Temple Sinai moms and their young children are welcome. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Early Childhood Engagement at Temple Sinai

Early Childhood Education & Temple Sinai Preschool

We are currently accepting applications for children 12 months through Transitional Kindergarten for our 2016-2017 preschool year. For more information on enrollment or to schedule a private tour, please contact the Temple Sinai preschool office at 404.255.6200 or email

Daddy & NOT Me - Scotch Tasting! 8 Sunday, February 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join friends for an (adult only!) scotch tasting at Temple Sinai. Historically, the Daddy & Not Me events have been a well attended, fun night for Dads with kids under 5. You and a non-Temple sinai friend can attend for a $20 contribution, which helps offset the cost of the evening’s beverages. Please RSVP on the Temple Sinai website.


Learn to be a Jewish song leader! Sunday, February 28, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 20, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, April 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm The Weber School, 6751 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328 Ever thought about being a song leader for a Jewish summer camp, youth group, or synagogue? This program is for you! Learn how to plan and lead camp-style song sessions during the 3-day Ruach Retreat! Visit for more info and to register.


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Wo/men’s Infertility Support Havurah presents: HOT Monogamy! February 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm “I remember when you were a twinkle in your Mother’s eye.” Whether dealing with infertility or secondary infertility, would-be parents long to say those words. But what about when the procedural nature of infertility—scheduled sex, IUIs, and IVFs— takes that steamy twinkle away? Come join WISH for a saucy post-Valentine’s Day twinkle spectacular: HOT MONOGAMY with guest speaker and Temple Sinai member Dr. Mitzi Rubin, M.D., on February 18, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm. Come discuss how to get your twinkle back!

Your Journey. Your Home.

For those interested, an optional licensed clinician (Kerri Golding, LCSW or Jana Glass, LPC/MAC) facilitated support group will immediately follow the main meeting.


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*WISH is a co-ed, multi-denominational support group for men and women in the Atlanta area. We meet at Temple Sinai, located in Sandy Springs.


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Nobody should have to face infertility challenges alone. WISH is here. All are welcome. WISH, Wo/Men’s Infertility Support Havurah, is open to same-sex couples, heterosexual couples, Jewish and non-Jewish people from any synagogue and any denomination. Come WISH with us!

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7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton; Mah Jongg

10 am Tai Chi Chih

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

7pm - Mussar Class

6:30 pm - Rock Shabbat Service

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah 7 pm - Sinai Night at the AJFF (away) 7:30 pm Preschool Fundraiser (away)

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

4:45 pm - Hebrew School 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg; Teen Wednesday Night Program







9:30 am - 6th grade Family Workshop; 7th Grade Action Days; Confirmation Class; PreK (RelSch); Religious School 11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 12:15 - Hebrew Chavurah 5pm - Superbowl Party

7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton; Mah Jongg

10 am - Tai Chi Chih

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

1:30 pm - Book Talks with Rabbi Kranz

6:30 pm - Shabbat Service



4:45 pm - Hebrew School

President’s Day Office Closed Preschool Closed 7 am - Traditional Service

4:45 pm - Hebrew School


9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah

6 pm - Atidaynu Program

6:30 pm - Sinai T’micha; Teen Wednesday Night Program, Mah Jongg






11:30 am - Juliet Club 4:45 pm - Hebrew School 5:30 pm - SCRUFY Teen Lounge 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

12 pm - Gallery Tour (away)

6:30 pm - Jr. SCRUFY; Sensory Sensitive Tot Shabbat Service; Shabbat Service

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah

Preschool Closed 10 am - Mah Jongg 1 pm - Romeo Club (Away) 4:45 pm - Hebrew School

11:30 am - Moms & Tots (away)

7 pm - Mussar Class

7 pm - WISH Meeting; Mussar Class

6 pm - SCRUFY








9:30 am - Brunch Series with Israeli Consul General; Confirmation Class; MAP; Parent Learning Connection 4th grade; Religious School; Torah Tots

7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton; Mah Jongg

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

7 am - Traditional Service

9 am - Torah Study

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

6 pm - Sinai Night at the Jerry Habima Theater (away)

5:30 pm - 5th & 6th Grade Shabbat Family Experience

6:30 pm - Rosh Chodesh

9:45 am - Running Group

7 pm - Mussar Class

11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah

7 pm - Daddy & Not Me



9:30 am - Sinai T’micha Kindergarten Family Workshop; PreK; Religious School

7 am - Traditional Service

11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah 12:30 pm - SCRAPPY Program

6:30 pm - NJAAM Shabbat Service 6:30 pm - Family Shabbat Service 7:30 pm - Club 56 Lock-In

12:15 pm - Social Action Sunday

9:45 am - Running Group

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah 6 pm - Club 34 (away)

Our Sinai Family

Booking a vacation?

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Jaime & Michael Binnicker on the birth of their son, James Ellison Binnicker. Mimi & Alan Gould on their 68th Anniversary. Terri Heyman & Marc Cohen on their engagement.

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Sheri & Jim Libby on the birth of their grandson, Henry David Libby.

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Hannah & Martin O’Donoghue on the birth of their son, Ronan Sean O’Donoghue.

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Renee & Steven Zweigel on the birth of their grandson Thomas Reid Miller. Mazel Tov to his parents Dr. Jason & Melissa Miller.

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Mazel Tov to... Cory & Alan Begner on the engagement of their son, Henry Begner, to Rhianna Appel.

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Renee & Steven Zweigel on the birth of their grand daughter Mia Bryn Zweigel. Mazel Tov to her parents Scott & Elizabeth Zweigel.

Condolences to…

Randy Baras on the death of his father, Buddy Baras. Condolences to Zachary French, grandson, as well. Mort Epstein on the death of his father, Morton Epstein Sr. Lorie Lewis on the death of her mother, Marilyn Myerson. Meredith Sidewater on the death of her mother, Janet Roberts. Condolences to Karen Steinberg, sister, and Miranda Shapiro, niece, as well. Marcia Spielberger on the death of her mother, Libbie Abramson. Condolences to Lori Silverman, step-granddaughter, as well. Cheryl Spitalnick on the death of her mother, Nancy Ruth Mazur.

Welcome New Members

Margo & Douglas Diamond; Ryan & Alanna Katie & Jonathan Gordon; Amelia & Lydia Hope & Craig Kaufman; Drew & Max Zilah & David Messica; Libi & Eva Mindy Pincus & Richard Wagman; Emily & Matthew Stacey & Jordan Weitzner; Ivy Cynthia & Michael Wilson; Thomas & Philip

New Faces at Temple Sinai

Kathleen Trella-Newland, Communications Associate Kathleen began with Temple Sinai in July as a part time Communications Associate. She recently transitioned to full time, providing graphic design and marketing for Temple Sinai. During her time at Temple Sinai Kathleen has been instrumental in preparing the monthly D’var Sinai newsletter, event marketing, brochures and communication collateral distributed to the congregation. An Atlanta resident for twenty years, Katheen is originally from Buffalo, NY and a graduate of Kent State University. Kathleen is also a talented photographer and fine artist, she has exhibited regionally and won several awards for her work. We are happy to have her on our team.

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Abigail Baughman, Front Desk Associate We are excited to welcome Abigail Baughman to the Temple Sinai family as our Front Desk Associate (aka “Director of First Impressions”). A recent graduate of Marist College in NY, and originally from Fairax, VA, Abigail moved to Atlanta over the summer and started her role at Temple Sinai in January 2016. Abigail will be able to assist you with reservations, processing tributes and will happily answer any questions you might have about Temple Sinai and our upcoming programs and initiatives.













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Contributions | December 2015

Beth Schafer Discretionary Fund in honor of Jared Jay’s Bar Mitzvah Simie & Larry Faskowitz Oneg/Shabbats in honor of Devin Rubin’s Bat Mitzvah Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in memory of Dennis Hoffman Ralph Turry Richard Klaus Wendy Sheron Candy & Stephen Berman Leadership Development in memory of Ida Richards Morton Epstein, Sr. Chesed fund in memory of Ida Richards Congregant Relief Special Fund in memory of Betty Hendelberg Maxine Lapat Bauer Philip Hendelberg Early Childhood Fund in honor of Eden Royal Todd, Meghan, Jordy and Reid Koransky Family Promise in honor of The Birth of Nathaniel Sage

Your Journey. Your Home.

in memory of Anita Maziar Morris Ida Richards


Fred Ellman Culinary Enrichment in memory of Della Stadiem Fred Ellman Peggy Ellman Greenbaum General Endowment in honor of Temple Sinai in memory of Alan Bragman’s Mother Anita Maziar Morris Dennis Hoffman Hortense Kolker Ida Richards

George Robbins Enrichment Endowment in memory of George Robbins Gladys Fishman Paula Hartstein Marx Goldie V. Morris Music Enrichment Endowment in memory of Benjamin Fagin Lala Greene Naomi Walker Robert E. Morgan Harvey White Teen Endowment in memory of Ida Rubenstein Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in memory of Eric Sidewater’s Mother Reuben Peltzman Robert Zucker Jan & Warren Epstein Cultural Arts Endowment in memory of Arnold Lincove Florence Epstein Monte Epstein Kesher Special Fund in appreciation of A wonderful weekend in honor of Hosting Our Judaism Program Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Stephen & Alice Byrne’s B’nai Mitzvah Temme Barkin-Leeds 75th Birthday in memory of Bernard Goldstein Bess Doochin Bruce Morris’s Mother Buddy Baras Diane Guzy Gup Dora Triff Ida Richards Jack Greenberg Joseph Hoffman Marilyn Meyerson Morton Epstein Sr. Rita Coelho Saul Pearl Your best friend, Lala Greene Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Endowment in honor of Jack Koransky in memory of Jacob Epstein Louis Leitz

Michael Alembik Memorial Endowment in memory of Bessie Skibell Sylvia Cohn Operating Enhancement Special Fund in honor of Charley Ackerman in memory of Dick Goodman Jean Rowan Saunders Myrna Bragman Paul Barry Seymour Hart Operating Enhancement Special Fund praying for Refuah Sh’laymah for Laura Lee Dwoskin Rafe Levine Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in memory of Anita Morris Ida Richards Irena Cabot Margaret Sharony PNK Learning Center Special Fund in honor of and gratitude to Rabbi Kranz in memory of Emery E. Klineman Ethel Levenson Harold Matison Herman Pollock Janet Roberts Mollie Ekstein Morton Epstein Sr. Rona Balser Rabbi Kranz 36th Anniversary Fund in honor of Addison & Trevor Jones Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Brad Levenberg Rabbi Levenberg’s Officiation of the Berger/Feingold Wedding in honor of Bernard “Buddy” Unell’s 90th birthday Jared Jay’s Bar Mitzvah Rabbi Brad Levenberg in memory of Guy Zoghby Helen Shipley Irena Cabot Philip Turner Rosa Horesh

Rabbi Perry Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Elana Perry in honor of In Celebration of Andrew and Dana Posner’s First Wedding Anniversary Stephen & Alice Byrne’s B’nai Mitzvah The Berit Mila of Noach Avraham in memory of David F. Piha Janet Roberts Rona Balser

Religious School Special Fund in memory of Ida Richards Richman Spiritual Relationship in memory of Brad Deloach Ellen Deloach Morton Epstein Sr.

Rabbi Richard Lehrman Memorial Endowment in memory of Lala Greene Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Ron Segal Rabbi Segal hosting the Chanukah Celebration in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Jay Satisky’s Bar Mitzvah Rabbi Ron Segal Ron & Jill Segal for a Great Chanukah Afternoon Simone & Kristopher Bonnejonne’s Wedding The Bris of Bryce Freeman

Robert S. Janko Children’s Enrichment in memory of Abram Rozen Arthur Raphael Eunice Janko Murray Rozen Paul Miller

in memory of Alex Glazer Gay Lenner Harry Alpert Helene Horwitz Ida Richards Lala Greene

“The whole worth of a benevolent deed lies in the love that inspires it.” - The Talmud Contributions can be made online using the Tributes & Contributions icon on the home page of our website or by mail.

Stanley & Shirley Cohen Bldg & Grounds Endowment in honor of Charles Arthur Janko’s Bar Mitzvah Ellen and Todd Cohen’s Anniversary Shirley & Stanley Cohen’s Anniversary Zanden Ryan Cohen’s Birthday in memory of Cathy Berman’s Father Charlotte Spector Mort Epstein, Sr. Morton Epstein Zachary Raider Cohen Susan & Jay Levitt Outreach Endowment in memory of Irwin Berger Torah Learning Special Fund in honor of David Kuniansky’s Birthday Torah study in memory of Charles Schwartz

in memory of Allen Lewis Doris C. Levin Ida Richards Lilyan Bardack praying for Refuah Sh’laymah for Rafe Levine

NEW Merrill and Sheila Wynne Judaic Scholarship Thanks to a generous donation by Merrill and Sheila Wynne, longtime members of Temple Sinai, an annual scholarship to enhance Jewish educational experiences for teens and young adults has been established. The scholarship consists of one annual stipend or award of up to $5,000. Scholarship funds can be used toward any Jewish education, camping, social organization, or Israel travel program. This may include, but is not limited to, Jewish Day and High School tuition, Jewish camping experience, Jewish social organization conference or convention, Israel trip such as Birthright, or Judaic studies program at any accredited college or university. More information about scholarship requirements and application process is available on the Temple Sinai website. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Thank you for your generosity!

Second Helpings Special Fund in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Mark & Brenda Lichtenstein’s Anniversary

Sophia & Irving Hite Kesher Endowment in memory of Lala Greene

Contributions | December 2015

Max Greenberg Morris Piha Morris W. Frank Morris Thompson Rona Balser Ruth Glazer Samuel Lewis Strause Sylvia Alsher William Alterman


B’nei Mitzvah

January B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies

Temple Sinai Welcomes a New B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator We are pleased to welcome Sharon Clark as our new B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator at Temple Sinai. Sharon assumed this role in January, though she is no stranger to our community or our B’nei Mitzvah program. Sharon has been a member of Temple Sinai since she was a child, and has been one of our B’nei Mitzvah tutors for the past several years. As she embraces this new role with wonderful experience and tremendous enthusiasm, we know that Sharon will help to usher Sinai families and students through the meaningful milestone of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with warmth and wisdom.

Matthew Aronin is the son of Nikki and Michael Aronin Matthew dedicated his time to volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald Houses are a “home away from home” for families who come to Atlanta so their seriously ill or injured children can receive medical care. He also led a drive to collect supplies for the Ronald McDonald House and for cancer patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Matthew found a way to honor the many family members who have been affected by cancer.

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January B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies, Continued

Sophia Scharff is the daughter of Leah and Michael Scharff Sophia has been going to a sleep-away summer sailing camp on the coast of North Carolina called Camp Seafarer. This past year she realized how much it costs and that many girls don’t have such an opportunity. Sophie decided to pair her loves…baking and Camp Seafarer to help send a girl to camp. She is selling and delivering homemade cupcakes to patrons and donating the proceeds to Camp Seafarer. Sophie has raised more than $1,000. She has been thrilled with the success and plans to continue her efforts indefinitely. Her fundraiser can be found at https://www.youcaring. com/camp-seafarer-422109

Elena Dollinger, daughter of Kimberly and Daryl Dollinger Elena is going to raise awareness for a rare disease named NeuroMyelitis Optica. (NMO) Our close family friend has been diagnosed with this disease for a few years now, and due to the rareness of the disease, we decided to try to get others involved. Since the disease if often misdiagnosed, we really thought that we should get it more out in the open. Eli Mautner is the son of Becky and Ken Mautner For his T.A.G. project, Eli collected baseball equipment, and donated it to an organization called “Revitalizing Inner City Baseball”. This organization works with inner city kids in Atlanta, to form baseball teams. The only way for these kids to have the opportunity to play baseball is to receive donations of equipment. Eli believes that all kids who want to should have the chance to play baseball. He asked his community for equipment through emails, flyers, and posters. Through generous donations, old equipment that might have been thrown away is now being used by kids who are excited to have it! | 404 . 252 . 3073

Eli Minsk is the son of Susan and Harry Minsk Eli worked at the Community Assistance Center for his T.A.G. project. He worked stocking the food pantry and organizing the tremendous amount of donations that are delivered to the center. In addition, Eli and his family regularly participate with Second Helpings and are proud to say they delivered over 400 pounds of food in one visit to the pantry the day after Thanksgiving. Eli also donated over 100 gently used children’s books to the Community Assistance Centers’ library. Seeing the people waiting outside of the center, children included, to request food items they would like, Eli was honored that was he was able to help. Eli will continue to work and support the CAC, as they support the people of Sandy Springs who need it the most.

Sylvia Rockman is the daughter of Robin Miller and Jason Rockman After volunteering with Temple Sinai at New American Pathways, Sylvia was determined to do more to help families in need. Having the opportunity to deliver basic necessities and spend time with the familes at New American Pathways made her realize how everyday items can mean so much. With the cold months approaching Sylvia partnered with the Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs and committed to collecting 1,000 pairs of socks. Over the months, Sylvia has leveraged social media, friends, family, and school to meet her goal. She created a campaign called “Lots of Socks” and worked to generate awareness of her efforts to gain support. This was done in the hopes of keeping as many feet warm this winter as possible! Sylvia has collected over 900 pairs of socks.

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Department’s “PAL” program, which provides children with mentorship, sports and safe afternoon care. Jonah, along with his friend, Gray Schneider, organized and led sports and activities for children at the CCC/PAL Fall Festival at Anderson Park in southwest Atlanta. Jonah and Gray also collected sports equipment for donation to the Anderson Park Rec Center for use during and after the Fall Festival. In addition to working with CCC/PAL, Jonah volunteers as a player “buddy” with the Christopher League, a baseball league with Northside Youth Organization for children with disabilities.


Social Action Sunday – It’s all about hunger 8

Social Action

Sunday, February 21, 12:15 pm

February Social Action Sunday will benefit the hungry men and women at the Atlanta Union Mission. We’ll make 1000 sandwiches. We will also make 25 onepot meals to benefit food insecure families at the Community Assistance Center. People of all ages are encouraged to join us. As usual, we’ll have pizza at 12:15 pm and will start making sandwiches around 12:30. Volunteers are needed to help drop off the sandwiches when the project is complete. This is a popular activity at Temple Sinai. Reservations are requested so we can be sure to have enough food to go around.

Save the Date – Social Action Sunday 8 Sunday, March 6, 12:15 pm

Our March Social Action Sunday will benefit the Children’s Restoration Network. This wonderful organization assists homeless children living in shelters and group homes all across the greater Atlanta area. We will decorate and assemble shoeboxes full of much-needed toiletries, socks, and non-perishable snacks for the kids. From now through the beginning of March, please consider donating travel size toiletries (hotel toiletries are great for this!), non-perishable single-serve snacks, and socks (all kid sizes are terrific). If you have any extra shoeboxes lying around, please bring those too. We are so grateful for your support and look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, March 6, 12:15-2:00 pm for pizza, camaraderie, and mitzvah time! All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please RSVP online so we can know how much pizza to buy. All ages are welcome

2016 Hunger Walk/Run at Turner Field Sunday, March 13 12:00 pm Registration 2:00 pm Walk Join the Temple Sinai Striders to stomp out hunger! This is a HUGE annual event, in partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, to raise money to feed hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community. Join Temple Sinai in helping stomp out hunger! How you can help: WALK Take the next step against hunger by walking/running with us on March 13. Be a Sinai Strider! DONATE on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member. Every dollar helps! To join the team or donate, visit the Temple Sinai website.

Your Journey. Your Home.

FAMILY PROMISE: It’s time to open our hearts and our doors Family Promise is one of many Temple Sinai organizations that enables our congregants to become involved in the lives of those less fortunate by giving of themselves through time or donations. This month, Temple Sinai will again be hosting up to four families that are in need of temporary housing (February 7-14). Let’s show them some Sinai love on Valentine’s Day! Please consider donating your time to be an overnight or Saturday day-host, to help provide meals, to launder linens, or to help with moving the families in/out of Sinai. Your participation is greatly appreciated by the guests and is truly a wonderful act of kindness and generosity. Questions? Please contact us: Ready to Volunteer? Go to:


February Collections Temple Sinai will collect travel size toiletries, non-perishable single-serve snacks, kid size socks and empty shoeboxes for the Chilren’s Restoration Network and March Social Action Sunday Program. Money placed in the Temple Sinai tzedakah boxes in the month of February will support the Atlanta Union Mission. Temple Sinai did an amazing job this year in our December Collections and in our Social Action Sunday activities to benefit veterans and their families. In this photo, Temple Sinai member Leah Thomas delivered one of our 143 gift bags to veterans living at the Carl Vinson Home in Dublin, Georgia. In addition, through the United Military Care, Inc. 13 veterans and 9 military families received a bounty of gifts all donated by our generous temple members. Representatives of both the Carl Vinson Home and the United Military Care, Inc. were very appreciative of our kindness and generosity.

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As a result, we are in serious need of a few caring volunteers to drive our (not huge!) refrigerated truck on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from donor businesses in Sandy Springs and deliver food to nearby partner agencies. Other volunteers will be available to help load and unload the truck. Both Tuesday and Thursday pickups require a 3-4 hour commitment, beginning around 9 am. Our 10-foot box truck is easy to drive and requires only a regular driver’s license. An experienced volunteer will train you. Extras that come with the assignment include an opportunity to work with the fun and fabulous staff of several donors. And of course there’s the chance to get thousands of pounds of food on the tables of the hungry rather than in the trash. It’s the perfect gig for those who are retired, looking for work, in school, or home with kids. The satisfaction that comes with the job is huge! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Labovitz today at or sign up on our website, Click on the “Volunteers” tab. | 404 . 252 . 3073

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Philip N. Kranz Learning Center

Learning Center News Mary Baron Much of our attention has been devoted recently to the 2016 presidential election and later this month we will be celebrating President’s Day weekend. In honor of these two events, why not stop by the Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center and take a look at the many books devoted to the subject of American Presidents and their relationship to the Jewish community and Israel.

state of Israel. Author Denis Brian goes back to the founding of America when Jewish colonist Haym Solomon saved the newly created country from financial disaster. Brian also examines the tensions between presidents’ private attitudes toward Jews and their public stances, as well as their varying motives in supporting the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

When General Grant Expelled the Jews. Just weeks before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, General Grant issued the most notorious anti-Jewish order in American history – he expelled all Jews “as a class” from confederate territories under his command because he believed the Jews were responsible for the black market smuggling of supplies into the area. Although the order was rescinded by Lincoln, the incident unleased a firestorm of controversy that made headlines and terrified the American Jewish community who feared that anti-Semitism had reached America. This book looks at the events surrounding General Grant’s order as well as the repercussions which followed him throughout his political career and presidency.

FDR and the Jews. This well researched and detailed book explores President Roosevelt’s evolving response to the Holocaust and America’s entry into World War II. Professors Richard Breitman and Allen J. Lichtman specifically address the contentious debate over whether FDR turned his back on the Jews in Europe and conclude that he struggled to do the best he could given the constraints of dealing with anti-Semitic forces within Congress.

The Elected and the Chosen: Why American Presidents Have Supported Jews and Israel. From George Washington to Barack Obama, American presidents have admired and befriended Jews and supported the

Upcoming Programs in the PNK Learning Center Book Talks with Rabbi Kranz

Your Journey. Your Home.

Thursday, February 11, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PNK Learning Center Rabbi Kranz will be discussing Significant Letters in American Jewish History Blind Date with a Book Thursday, February 18, 1:30 pm Dessert & Coffee. Come and reveal the book you read.

We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry. This book examines Lincoln’s relationship with the Jewish community in America and how Jews later came to honor and identify with him. Topics covered include Lincoln’s early encounters with central European Jewish immigrants, Lincoln’s Jewish political allies and the question of amending the U.S. constitution to legislate the country’s so-called Christian national character.

Happy Birthday to the following children who have become Birthday Book Program honorees: Ian Belinfante, Joshua Dwoskin, Ryan Seigle

Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild Susan & Fred Feinberg, Elise Halpern, Jo Jones, Phyllis Kravitz, Barbara & Alan Rucket, Arnold & Barbara Katinsky, Nancy Ghertner, Rita Loventhal

For more information about the Learning Center programs, please call Librarian Adelle Salmenson, 404.252.3073 ext. 320.


Our new website has a new look and navigates differently from the previous site. Here are some tips to make navigating easier.

Two New Options on the Menu Bar The menu bar is a great tool to navigate the website. Have you noticed the “Manage Membership” and “Blog” options that recently appeared? These are exciting new features that will enhance your experience and connection to Temple Sinai. Manage Membership will take you directly to the Chaverweb portal. Emails have been sent to all congregants with information and instructions on how to access your personal Chaverweb account. Using Chaverweb, you can update your personal contact information and view/pay your oustanding commitments to Temple Sinai.

Navigating the New Website

Tips for Navigating the New Website

The Temple Sinai Blog is new and improved! Here we will be cataloguing all of the clergy’s weekly Shabbat to Shabbat messages, as well as other relevant and timely articles to share with the congregation. And don’t forget the wesbite is fully searchable, so if you don’t know where to look for something, click on the magnifying glass to open the search page.

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Temple Sinai February Worship Schedule Friday, February 5 6:30 pm Rock Shabbat Service 

Saturday, February 20 10:00 am Shabbat Service  5:30 pm B’not Mitzvah ceremony of Danielle Saturday, February 6 Barnard, daughter of Laura Barnard and 10:00 am Shabbat Service  John Barnard; and Lindsey Lewis, daughter 10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah ceremony of Helena of Amy and Bryan Lewis. Harris, daughter of Mark and Deanna Harris; and Isaac Jaye, son of Friday, February 26 Jeanne Boudreaux and David Jaye. 6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service Dialogue in the Dark Shabbat Service  6:30 pm Friday, February 12 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, February 27 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am B’not Mitzvah ceremony of Emily Butler, Saturday, February 13 daughter of Jane and Scott Butler; and 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Brooke Sard, daughter of Karen and 10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah ceremony of Jacob Lane, Jonathan Sard. son of Michelle and Sid Lane; and Samuel Edens, son of Heather and William Edens. Friday, February 19 6:30 pm Sensory Sensitive Tot Shabbat Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 

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February D'var 2016  
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