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January 2016

Camp Jenny Fundraiser - Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Camp Jenny Spaghetti Dinner, Sponsored by SCRUFY

Friday, January 22 8 Shabbat Service - 6:30 pm Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser - 7:30 pm

Join the Temple Sinai teens for our annual Spaghetti Dinner and auction and help raise the much needed funds that make Camp Jenny a success year after year! Please RSVP Online. Price: $10.00 for ages 13 - adult. $8.00 for ages 4 - 12 years. Ages 3 & under Free. Lock-in for 9 - 12 graders following dinner.

Every year, our teens led by SCRUFY, raise money to send campers to Camp Jenny. Last year our teens raised $4000, enough money for an entire cabin to experience Camp Jenny. We hope you will join us in supporting our teens again this year. Camp Jenny is a teen-led weekend at URJ Camp Coleman every Memorial Day weekend for elementary school students from inner-city Atlanta. This fantastic program gives children the opportunity to receive love from big “brothers and sisters”, eat three nutritious meals a day, and enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, and a variety of sports and team building programs. Unfortunately, these are rare luxuries for most of the children who attend. Camp Jenny is sponsored by NFTY-SAR and NFTY-STR, the Southern regions of the Union for Reform Judaism’s youth branch, and subsidized by Camp Coleman. Camp Jenny is planned and run by Jewish teens from across the Southeastern United States. Synagogue Youth Groups fundraise all year to provide this experience for these children. Despite the fact that the entire staff is voluntary and must arrange their own transportation, the cost to send one smiling face to Camp Jenny is $500. Camp Jenny strives to provide children an opportunity to set goals in life and give the hope for a bright future. Most importantly, Camp Jenny has allowed these kids to be kids in a beautiful and safe place. You can support our own Sinai teens as they contribute to Camp Jenny by attending the Camp Jenny Spagetti dinner (details above) or by making a donation (contact

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 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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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 Elana Perry

Of course we cannot literally become trees, but we can aim to be like trees. We can aspire to resemble them in their resilience, in their ability to provide great gifts to others, and in their connection to that which nurtures them. It is with this intention that I offer the following words of blessing to our congregational community: The book of Hosea tells us “His beauty shall be like that of the olive tree.” The olive tree’s beauty lies in its massive roots. These can extend underground over twenty feet, and are so strong that in times of drought, when other trees die, the olive tree is still standing. The tree can produce olives for hundreds of years; even after it looks as if there is no life left in it. So, too, may our friendships extend far and wide, and may they be strong enough to help us endure through the toughest

Pictured to the right top: Scott Zucker, Board President; Rabbi Jack Romberg, Rabbi Joe Black, Rabbi Ron Segal, Beth Schafer, Rabbi Elana Perry, and Rabbi Brad Levenberg at Beth’s Installation Service. It was a joyous Shabbat evening and celebration.

The book of Ezekiel describes “a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches and shady thickets, of lofty stature, with its top among leafy trees.” The cedar is known for its distinctive soaring height. Its trunk is towering and graceful, and its bark emits a sweet fragrance. So, too, may we stand tall, and grow taller still because of the support of our community. May we bless all who come into our presence with grace, beauty, and a sweetness that lingers. The book of Proverbs tells us: “Whoever tends the fig tree shall enjoy its fruit.” The fruit of most trees is gathered all at once, while the fig tree’s fruit is gathered little by little. The more one tends it the more figs one finds on it. So, too, may we continuously tend to and nurture ourselves, and may we, day by day, always enjoy the delicious fruits of our accomplishments. “It is a Tree of Life to those who cling to it, and all who support it are happy” (Proverbs 3:18). This month, may we all cling to our Jewish learning with passion and devotion, may we support it with all of our strength, and may we live lives that are full and happy. Amen. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Pictured above: Frances Bunzl poses with Beth Schafer, Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair, at her Installation Service.

of circumstances. May we find wellsprings of inspiration and nourishment from deep within ourselves, and may we continue to discover our own fruitful gifts for many years to come.


This month we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, known as a kind of Jewish Arbor Day and often called the New Year for Trees. It’s a common custom to plant a tree on Tu B’Shevat. However, our tradition teaches us that not only should we plant a tree, we should also BE a tree, as Deuteronomy 20:19 says “man is a tree of the field.” Last time I checked, none of us were sprouting leaves or branches, so how can we be trees?


NEW FOR FAMILIES! Family Shabbat Starting Friday, January 29, 6:30 pm

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!

“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!

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 Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 pm Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm

Your Journey. Your Home.

Wo/Men’s Infertility Support Havurah presents Jewish Perspectives on Fertility Thursday, January 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Come in from the January cold and join WISH* for its monthly meeting! Join Rabbi Perry and our special guest, Rabbi Analia Bortz of Congregation Or Chadash, on January 14, 2016 at 7:00pm for a discussion of fertility from the Jewish perspective. Topics will include Jewish spiritual approaches to fertility, Jewish legal status issues, Jewish rituals, and more. No cost to attend. Open to people needing fertility support and those who love them. For those interested, an optional support group facilitated by a licensed clinician (Kerri Golding, LCSW or Jana Glass, LPC/MAC) will immediately follow the main meeting. *WISH is a multi-denominational support group for men and women in the Atlanta area. See our website for more information,

Open to all Ritual Committee Meeting Sunday, January 10 11:30 am Bagels, 11:45 am Meeting Join us for our annual open meeting of the Ritual Committee. Save the date

Celebrate Purim with Sinai Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 20 New this year: Tween Zone for older students! 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 125 volunteers needed! If you are interested in helping to plan these events or would like to volunteer, please contact Anna Roberto at 404.252.3073, ext. 323 or

Board of Trustees Message | Larry Weiner

I have been thinking about what Dr. Wolfson challenged us to do and what it means to us. Often times we find ourselves describing Temple Sinai in terms of programs and what is happening inside and outside our walls. Specific programs are mentioned such as blood drives, mitzvah activities, Family Promise, Second Helpings, etc. We describe Sinai as “warm and caring and a welcoming place.” As a result we describe our synagogue by personifying it. Sinai is not a person, it is a building made of stucco and mortar. It doesn’t create programs or create a welcoming place. Our members do. Many of us call Sinai our second home. It’s a place where we can experience secure relationships. A place where people can share and understand each other. Sinai is a “safe place” where one can speak their mind and be open to hear others. This only happens when a synagogue takes on the qualities of its members.

Town Hall Meeting 8 Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am This Town Hall Meeting will include a discussion of the synagogue’s development and sustainability plans, a review of proposed changes in 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.

If you wish to nominate a qualified member of the congregation to serve on the Board of Trustees (including officers), please send your suggestion(s) to the Chair, Stephen M. Berman at You may also contact any of the other members of the nominating committee. Our Board is extremely vibrant and active. It is a pleasure to continue to be of service to Temple Sinai. Sincerely, Stephen M. Berman Chair, Nominating Committee | 404 . 252 . 3073

Can we do a better job of making people feel more comfortable and more connected? Of course we can. I believe Dr. Wolfson wants us to continue doing what has worked for us for almost fifty years. But he also asks us to work a little harder so more of us feel like Sinai is their second home. So let’s work a little harder and make Temple Sinai the friendliest congregation in Atlanta.

Stephen M. Berman, Chair Milt Crane Jeff Diamond Jan Epstein Howard Feinsand Shirley Leaderman Andy Much Alan Rolnick Arnie Rubenstein Josh Tolchin Stephanie Wyatt

Board of Trustees

A few weeks ago we had the wonderful experience of learning with our scholar in residence, Dr. Ron Wolfson. Dr. Wolfson started a conversation with us about “relational Judaism.” Essentially, Dr. Wolfson hypothesizes that a synagogue that doesn’t enhance the relationships between its members may fail spiritually. Congregants come to Sinai for programs but want to leave with relationships.

Pursuant to Article V, Section 1(e) of the Temple Sinai By-Laws, notice is hereby given that the following individuals will be serving on the Nominating Committee:


Adult Education Mini-Series Sinai Night at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Time to Say Goodbye Saturday, February 6, 7:00 pm

Sinai Book Club The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman Tuesday, January 19, 7:30 pm The Marriage of Opposites is set in the 19th century St. Thomas and Paris. It is the story of a young woman who becomes the mother of impressionist painter Camille Pissaro. While he creates with paint, Alice Hoffman’s medium is words. Greg Changnon-Reviewer.

Rabbi Kranz will lead this three part mini-series focusing on Jewish composers who have contributed significantly to the world of classical music. The series will be part lecture, part discussion, and lots of listening. Additionally, Rabbi Kranz will attempt to answer the questions “What makes music Jewish” and “Is there really a distinctly Jewish music?”

Adult Education

A lovesick German boy faces the aftermath of losing his family—and a slice of hismanhood—in the laugh-outloud coming-of-age comedy Time to Say Goodbye. Join Temple Sinai for “Sinai Night at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival” at Lefont Theaters. The feature film will be “Time to Say Goodbye” and will be followed by an after-party dessert reception sponsored by Temple Sinai’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Limited tickets are available through the Sinai office for the film. They will go on sale on Monday, January 11th at 9 am (limit 4 tickets per person) both in person and on our website. Visit the Temple Sinai website and see the weekly Shabbat to Shabbat email for more details.

What Makes Music Jewish January 6, 13, and 20, 7:00 pm

92nd Street Y Harold S. Kushner and Rachel Cowan: Living Well, Aging Well—Rebroadcast Sunday, January 24, 4:00 pm

Harold Kushner, the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and 13 other landmark books, including a new title, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life, is joined by Rachel Cowan, author of Wise Aging, for what is sure to be an inspiring and uplifting discussion about what it means to live a good life. Join these great thinkers as they discuss faith, life lessons, wise aging and other significant issues we should all be thinking about.

Sacred Words: Universal Messages

Temple Sinai and Holy Innocents Episcopal Church host a weekend with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

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Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament & Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us for a shared weekend among Temple Sinai and Holy Innocents. One of America’s most sought after professors of scripture, Dr. Levine brings warmth, humor, and a provocative approach to reading holy scripture. Always challenging, she will bring great insight to sacred texts as she leads us in Biblical study from both the Jewish and Christian viewpoints. Event Schedule: Friday, January 8 at Temple Sinai 5:45 pm: Mix and Mingle with old & new friends 6:30 pm: Shabbat Service - “Common Mistakes Jews/ Christians Make about One Another” 7:30 pm: Shabbat Dinner - RSVP on line ($18.00 pp) Saturday, January 9 at Temple Sinai 9:00 am: Torah Study - “How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently” Sunday, January 10 at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church 9:00 am: Worship Service - “The Good Samaritan in His Jewish Context” 10:10 am: Adult Ed. - “Jesus Parables as Jewish Stories”

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Call me to test drive any of our new or used cars!


Brotherhood Upcoming Events

Sisterhood/Neshamot Upcoming Events

Sinai Night at the Hawks with Brotherhood 8

Rosh Chodesh: Women, Judaism & Mental Health Thursday, January 21, Temple Sinai 8

Sisterhood/Neshamot & Brotherhood

Monday, January 18, 5:30 pm

Brotherhood has secured 100 tickets to the 5pm MLK Day Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic basketball game at Philips Arena. We have also arranged for a limited number of spots for a once in a lifetime opportunity for Temple Sinai kids (ages 6-16) to join the Hawks players at center court during the National Anthem, sit on the Hawks bench during pregame warm-ups and to ‘high-five’ the Hawks players in the tunnel prior to the start of the second half. Tickets are $45 for lower (100) level seats and $30 for second (200) level seats. EVERY ticket comes pre-loaded with a $10 Philips Arena food and beverage credit. There are still a limited amount of tickets available through the Temple Sinai Website.

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

Sunday, February 21; Brunch 9:30 am, Speaker 10:00 am

Your Journey. Your Home.

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 40year 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.


The Brotherhood will be having many more events and it’s never to late to join if you have not already done so. Be sure to join the Temple Sinai Brotherhood Facebook Page to find out more about future events and to connect with other members. We would like to thank all who came out for the Brotherhood Bowling Night.

6:30 pm Light Dinner, 7:15 Program It is a sacred obligation to take care of ourselves. This includes being mindful of not only our physical health, but our psychological and emotional well being, as well. Join us on January 21st for a conversation about women, Judaism, and mental health. We will discuss psychological trends and mood disorders that are particularly prevalent in women. Rabbi Perry will also guide us in a discussion about what Jewish tradition has to say about mental health issues.

On The Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao Sunday, March 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Complimentary for Sisterhood Members $18 for Non-Members.

Join us for a fun evening of learning and tasting. Author and Chocolate Historian Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz will take us on a delectable journey through the religious history of chocolate! Explore the Jewish and religious connections; experience wine and chocolate and delicious desserts with Sinai friends. Unwrap a piece of chocolate and partake in an expedition into Jewish and religious history through cultures, countries, centuries and convictions.

Mah Jongg Madness 8

Tuesdays, 10:00 am - noon, Beginners 11:30 - 2:00 pm, Seasoned Players Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Small Social Hall Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games have seasoned and new players. If you are interested in signing up to play on Tuesdays, please visit mahjongtuesdays to make your reservation. Wednesday night Mah Jongg games, use this new link: http:// Please update your RSVP at least 48 hours before play time.

Romeo Club – More Members Keep Coming! Tuesday, January 12, 1:00 pm 5 Seasons Brewing Co.,Prado Shopping Center 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs

Thank you to all who came out for the Brotherhood Bowling night. Eric Hartz and Rabbi Ron, pictured above.

There were 22 retired old men eating out at last month’s meeting. It is gaining in popularity, mostly because there are incredibly nice guys who attend. You don’t have to be retired to attend. Please RSVP to Charlie Stark at

Sinai Business Alliance 8 Culture: What Is It and What Does Yours Look Like? Speaker: Dr. Sheila Margolis

Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 am Breakfast, 8:00 am Speaker

Gallery Tour

Thursday, January 21, 12:00 noon Miller Union Restaurant 999 Brady Avenue, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318, (678) 733-8550 Kai Lin Art Gallery (next door), 2:00 pm

Please join us for a day trip outing to the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. The museum is a certified National Park Service Trail of Tears interpretive center. We will have lunch in the Reinhardt University food emporium and then go to the museum for a guided tour. We’ll be back at Sinai around 4:00 pm. $25 includes lunch, museum admission and transportation. All participants must pay for the trip by Tuesday, January 5 and you may register online or drop a check off at Temple Sinai. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Thomas at 404-252-3073.

Calling all 50’s and 60’s – Don Your Dancing Shoes for a Dinner Dance! 8 Saturday, January 23, 6:30 pm - 10 pm Temple Sinai

Temple Sinai’s 50’s & 60’s will don their dancing shoes and learn popular dance steps. We’ll revisit the Electric Slide and the Macarena and learn the Cupid Shuffle. Singles and couples are encouraged to attend – no partners required! While you’re moving on the dance floor, enjoy an array of Mexican food and plenty of drinks. $25 per person. Wear something shiny and glittery to show off your new-found moves! Brought to you by your amazing 50’s & 60’s co-chairs: Sharon Corenblum, Ellen Miller and Alyson Spector. Questions? Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073. RSVP online.

Tai Chi Chih 8

Beginner Tai Chi Chih Classes to Start Again in January Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tai Chi Chih (pronounced tie-chee-chaw) is a wonderful, invigorating way to balance your energy and Food 101 make you feel both relaxed and invigorated. Taught by Wednesday, January 13, 11:30 am Sheryl Adair, the class will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in the Chapel on the The Juliet Club will be meeting this month at Food 101 in following dates: January 6 through February 10. the their private room. The Juliet Club is open to any Courtesy of Sheryl, the class is complementary. She is woman of near retirement age, 60+. During lunch we eat, an amazing teacher and will help you learn in a kind, get to know one another and engage in a topic or question non-judgmental way. If you are looking to improve your of the day. Lunch is dutch. Please RSVP online. For balance mentally, physically and spiritually then Tai Chi questions contact Paula Azoulay at Chih is for you. If you are interested in participating, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073, ext. 330.

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We will be viewing the work of two local artists. The first one is Lela Brunet who graduated from Kennesaw State University and who produces figurative compositions. Her work is of female subject matter and greatly influenced by art nouveau. The second artist is Elliston Roshi, who received his B.S. and M.S. from The Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is currently a teacher and abbot at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. His work uses traditional sumi and watercolor media in large scale pieces in a non traditional style. 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. To RSVP, please email Andy Steinman at

Thursday, January 7, 10:30 am

Adult Programs

Culture is your company’s hidden asset. It should motivate and drive you to achieve, and excel. Discover how to define and shape your organization’s culture and use these prime core principles to guide your daily practices. Uncover the purpose, philosophy and priorities of your organization. Dr. Margolis helps leaders use their distinctive culture to drive organizational change. Dr. Sheila Margolis holds a doctoral degree in Human Resource Development and is President of Workplace Culture Institute. She has written four books on organizational culture and change. She is a professional member of the Academy of Management, and the Academy of Human Resource Development. $8.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. Please RSVP online.

Tour for Retirees at the Trail of Tears Museum 8 Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University


Youth & Education Programs

Religious School (PreK-6th) Family T’filah – Grades K-2

Sunday, January 10, 9:30 am - 10:00 am Join us for our monthly family t’filah experiences on Sunday mornings. The one in January is for our Kindergarten through 2nd 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! First grade parents are invited to stay a few minutes for a special book presentation to all of our 1st grade students.

3rd Grade Family Workshop

Youth & Teen Programs: Mark Your Calendars Youth Group Events:

CLUB 56 Event (5th & 6th Grade) Saturday, January 9, 6:00 pm

JR. SCRUFY Event (7th & 8th Grade) Friday, January 8, 7:00 pm

Jewish Teen Summer Experience Expo (hosted by the Jewish Federation at Stars and Strikes) Sunday, January 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm For 6th-12th graders and their families

Sunday, January 10, 9:30 am-noon 3rd graders and parents. A great opportunity to learn together with your child.

NFTY-SAR Winter Regional (9th-12th Grade)

2nd Grade Family Workshop & Parent Hebrew Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 5:30 pm

Friday, January 15 - Monday, January, 18

Teen Lounge (9th-12th Grade)

Sunday, January 24 9:30 - noon – Family Workshop (2nd Graders and Parents). A great opportunity to come and learn together with your child.

CLUB 34 Event (3rd & 4th Grade)

Shabbat Family Experience for Grades K-2

Friday, January 22, 7:30 pm

Friday, January 29

5:30 pm: Family Shabbat Dinner 6:30 pm: Family Shabbat Service 7:30 pm: Fun Oneg

Sunday, January 24, 12:30 pm

Camp Jenny Spaghetti Dinner (open to everyone) and Lock-In (9th-12th Grade) 11th & 12th Grade Lunch N’Learn with Rabbi Ron Sunday, January 31, 12:30 pm

Parent Learning Connection – 5th Grade Parents

Your Journey. Your Home.

Sunday, January 31, 9:30 - 11:00 am Join one of our rabbis for an opportunity to meet other 5th grade parents, have a conversation about what your children are learning (on an adult level) and of course enjoy bagels and coffee! (Parents Only!)


6th Grade – Two Part Session Family Workshop on the Holocaust in Partnership with the Breman Museum

Sunday, January 31, 9:30 am – noon: at the Breman Museum (bus transportation provided for those who want it)

Our families participated in the 5th grade family workshop where they trained to be Maccabees! Here they are building a chanukiyah out of their bodies.

Sunday, February 7, 9:30 am – noon: at Temple Sinai with Breman Museum facilitators. Your support and participation in both sessions will help pass on the legacy and lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation. Families celebrating Shabbat together at the Family Shabbat Experience for 3rd & 4th Grade families.

Postive Discipline

Below: Temple Sinai Preschool staff participated in an interactive professional development class sponsored by PJ Library with Jewish musician Joanie Leeds.

Temple Sinai Preschool is partnering with Holy Innocents to bring an interactive and informative evening to parents in the community about Postive Discipline. Join best-selling author Jane Nelson as she discusses Positive Discipline in this parenting session. No cost to attend.

Daddy and Me

Saturday, January 30, 11:00 am SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park 1425 Market Blvd, Roswell, GA 30076

Mom & Tots: Mud Monkey 8 Saturday, January 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am 2385 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite A1E, Atl., GA 30305

Mom & Tots: Young Chef’s Academy 8

Saturday, February 13, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 230 Hammond Drive NE #368 Sandy Springs, GA 30328 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 have fun and fellowship. All Temple Sinai moms and their young children are welcome.

Pajama Havdalah Tot Shabbat & Picnic Saturday, January 23, 5:00 pm

Back by popular demand! Bring your own picnic dinner, come in pajamas, and celebrate Havdalah with us! 5:00 dinner; the service begins at 5:30 and will conclude by 6:00! Co-sponsored by the Temple Sinai Early Childhood Engagement Committee and PJ Library Below: The entire preschool enjoyed a special performance of “Twirl and Zip- A Chanukah Trip” by Temima High School. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Come with your tot(s) and unleash your creativity as you paint pottery! This is a great opportunity to meet other moms from Temple Sinai while having fun with your little one. Cost: Price of pottery piece (Between $15-$25/piece). Please RSVP online for this event by January 5, 2016 as spaces are limited. Mom and Tots is a program designed for moms and their children through age 5 to have fun and fellowship. All Temple Sinai moms and their young children are welcome.

Please join us for an energetic and fun afternoon with other Dads and kids. Jump on it! RSVP to

Early Childhood Education & Temple Sinai Preschool

January 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Holy Innocents Episcopal Church 805 Mount Vernon Hwy. NW, Atlanta


Dr. Amy-Jill Levine University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us for an extraordinary weekend shared among Temple Sinai and Holy Innocents. One of America’s most sought after professors of scripture, Dr. Levine brings warmth, humor, and a provocative approach to reading holy scripture. Always challenging, she will bring great insight to sacred texts as she leads us in Biblical study from both the Jewish and Christian viewpoints.

Event Schedule FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

5:45 PM 6:30 PM

Shabbat Service

“Common Mistakes Jews/Christians Make about One Another”

7:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner

RSVP online at the Temple Sinai or Holy Innocents’ website. ($18 per person)

Mix and mingle with old and new friends


SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 9:00 AM 10:10 AM

Sunday Education


“How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently”

Text Study

Worship Service


Our Communities will Worship and Learn Together Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10


Pre-Service Reception

9:00 AM

Sacred Words: Universal Messages


“The Good Samaritan in His Jewish Context” “Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories”

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9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service

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8:30 am - Teacher Workshop

7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton

10 am Tai Chi Chih

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

10:30 am - Trail of Tears Museum Day Trip

6:30 pm - Rock Shabbat Service featuring Dr. Amy Jill Levine

11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew

6:30 pm - Sinai T’micha Teen Wednesday Night Program

3 pm - Bernstein and Bahr Preview the AJFF


7:30 pm Shabbat Dinner w/ Dr. AmyJill Levine

7 pm - Adult Education Miniseries

9 am - Torah Study Text Study w/ Dr. Amy-Jill Levine 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony 11:30 am - Moms & Tots (Away) 6 pm - Jr. SCRUFY (Away); Club 56, (Away)








9:30 am - Religious School; PreK; Torah Tots; 3rd Grade Family Workshop 11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 11:45 am - Ritual Committee Open Meeting; 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah; Social Action Sunday

7 am - Traditional Service

7:30 am - SBA

10 am Tai Chi Chih

10 am - Melton

11:30 am Juliet Club

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

9 am - Torah Study (Away)

1 pm - Romeo Club

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

1:30 pm - Book Talks with Rabbi Kranz

6:30 pm - MLK Shabbat Service

10 am - Shabbat Service (Away)



2016 NFTY SAR Winter Regional

24 9 am - Blood Drive 9:30 am - 2nd Grade Family Workshop; MAP; PreK; Religious School 11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah 12:30 pm - Club 34 4 pm - 92nd Street Y (Rebroadcast)

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

7 pm - Adult Education Miniseries

10:30 am - Bat Mitzvah Ceremony

7 pm - WISH Meeting

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MLK Jr. Day Office Closed Preschool Closed 7 am - Traditional Service 5 pm - Sinai Night at the Hawks




10 am - Melton

10 am Tai Chi Chih

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

7 am - Traditional Service

7:30 pm - Sinai Book Club

5:30 pm - SCRUFFY Teen Lounge


7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton

9:30 am - 6th Grade Family Workshop (Away); Parent Learning Connection 5th grade; Religious School; Torah Tots 11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah 12:30 pm - 11th & 12th Grade Lunch n Learn w/ Rabbi Ron


6:30 pm - Rosh Chodesh

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg 6:30 pm - Shabbat Service 7:30 pm - Camp Jenny Spaghetti Dinner 9 pm - SCRUFY Lock In

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony 5:30 pm - Pajama Havdallah Tot Shabbat & Picnic 6:30 pm 50’s & 60”s Dinner Dance



7 am - Traditional Service

5:30 pm - K - 2nd Grade Shabbat Family Experience

2 pm Gallery Tour

7 pm - Adult Education Miniseries




4:45 pm - Hebrew School 7 - 9 pm - Positive Discipline (Away)

27 10 am Tai Chi Chih 4:45 pm - Hebrew School 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg 6:30 pm - Family Shabbat Service

30 9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony 11 am - Daddy & Me (Away)

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Edith Silverstein on her 88th birthday. Shannon and Jeffrey Sugarman on the birth of their son, Nathaniel Sage Sugarman. Mazel tov to grandparents Beth and Ed Sugarman as well. Renee Zweigel on the birth of her granddaughter, Mia Bryn Zweigel.

Condolences to… Cathy Berman and Mark Lewis on the death of their father, Allen Lewis. Charles Fox on the death of his step-mother, Teresa Louise Fox. Marc Greenberg on the death of his father, Jack Greenberg. Arthur Heyman on the death of his sister, Elinor Wittenstein. Condolences to Terri Heyman, niece, as well.


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Bobbi Kornblit on the death of her step-father, Amnon DeNur. Myla Lind on the death of her mother, Dolores Schneider.

Melvin Marsh on the death of his grandmother, Mary Marsh. Bruce Morris on the death of his mother, Anita Maziar Morris.

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Bruce Richards on the death of his mother, Ida Richards. Barbara Rucket on the death of her aunt, Shirley Needles. Martin Throne on the death of his uncle, Albert “Bob” Schilling. Julie Weiser on the death of her father, Samuel Strause. Edward Wirtz on the death of his father, Edward J. Wirtz III. Scott Zucker on the death of his brother, Robert “Bobby” Zucker.

Highlighting Two Sinai Teens

Congratulations to Samantha Stahlman and Max Rubenstein on their dedication to making the world a better place.

Max, son of David and Ali Rubenstein, created a charity, Game Givers, to raise money to supply hospitals with video games for young patients. Max was one of 20 Georgia students chosen by the nonprofit Giving Point to create a charity. His inspiration came from his grandmother, who recently died from ovarian cancer and loved to play games. Max has raised over $5,500; much of that money has come from generous donations, but Max also hosts game tournaments to show the money was going to good use.












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Samantha, daughter of Beth and Jon Stahlman, was one of eleven recipients of the 2015 Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award presented by Governor Nathan Deal at the State Capitol in October. This prestigious award honors metro Atlanta high school students who, through community involvement and personal initiative, best exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by former President Woodrow Wilson. Samantha was also recognized as a 2015 Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.



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Contributions | November 2015

Beth Schafer Discretionary Fund in honor of Beth Schafer’s Installation Lindsey Geer’s Bat Mitzvah Adult Education Fund in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in honor of Adam Turry’s Birthday Sherry & Cary King’s Anniversary Sherry King’s Birthday in memory of Bobby Zucker Dennis Hoffman Ruth Hoffman Candy & Stephen Berman Leadership Development in honor of Candy & Steve Berman’s New Home Chesed Fund in memory of Allen Lewis Matthew Goddess Congregant Relief Special Fund in memory of Bobby Zucker Cultural Arts Special Fund in honor of Beth Schafer’s Installation Early Childhood Fund in honor of Harper Brielle Cosgrove

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Ellyse & Warren Zindler Technology Fund in honor of Caren Feingold Charles Ackerman Fred Halperin in memory of Bobby Zucker Dolores Schneider General Endowment in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday The Birth of Nathaniel Sugarman in memory of Bobby Zucker Mathew Morton’s Sister Wendy Sam Barron


George Robbins Enrichment Endowment in honor of Miles Wallace Bar Mitzvah

in memory of Betty Jacobson Joseph Troop

in memory of Paula Marx

Loventhal Scholarship Endowment in memory of Bobby Zucker

Gerzon Parzen Holocaust Endowment in memory of Joel J. Hecht Goldie V. Morris Music Enrichment Endowment in memory of Bobby Zucker Harvey White Teen Endowment praying for Refuah Sh’laymah for Erica Aronin Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in honor of Jared Jay in memory of Allen Lewis Bobby Zucker Elinor Wittenstein Jack Greenberg Louis Taratoot Horwitz & May Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of Linda Horwitz

Murial Torch Eichel Education Endowment in memory of Dolores Schneider Operating Enhancement Special Fund in honor of Cindy Gibbs’ Birthday Stephanie & David Covall Will Hopkins’ Bar Mitzvah in memory of Allen Lewis Arthur Young Gertrude Young Bessie Shoulberg Bobby Zucker Elinor Wittenstein Gay Lenner Jack Greenberg Joseph Wener Rona Balser Rose N. Cohen Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday

Jan & Warren Epstein Cultural Arts in memory of Endowment Bobby Zucker in honor of Beth Schafer’s Installation as Bunzl Family PNK Learning Center Special Fund Cantorial Chair in memory of Dennis Hoffman in memory of Lillian S. Wassner Bobby Zucker Elinor Wittenstein Pre-School Fund in honor of Kesher Special Fund The Birth of James Ford Kilberg in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday in memory of Milton Light in memory of Allen Lewis Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund Barbara Rucket’s Aunt in honor of Bobbi Kornblit’s Step Father Rabbi Levenberg for the Installation of Bobby Zucker Rabbi Alexis Pinsky Elinor Wittenstein Asher Jackson Barry’s Bris Jack Greenberg Miles Wallace’s Bar Mitzvah Josef Saidman Morris Rudin in memory of Chuck Fox’s Grandmother & Stepmother Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Stan Golden Endowment in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Melanie Katz

in memory of Al Grossberger Esther Kaplinsky Reuben Kessler Stan Golden Rabbi Richard Lehrman Memorial Endowment in memory of Elinor Wittenstein Jean Michalove Richard Lehrman Samuel Krick William Levitt Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Ron Segal in honor of Michael Moses’ Bar Mitzvah Miles Wallace’s Bar Mitzvah The Celebration of the Berman’s House Dedication The Marriage of Russell Gilbert & Emily Weinstein The Naming Ceremony of Harper, Sophie, & Lila Ames

in memory of Bobby Zucker Buddy Nash Geraldine Greenwald Hyman Polk Jack Greenberg Julius J. Horwitz Leslie Soleg Pearl Polk Samuel Gold Shirley Gurvey Stan Golden Richman Spiritual Relationship in honor of Hannah Richman’s 21st Birthday in memory of Harry Richman Robert S. Janko Children’s Enrichment in memory of Bella Berlin Murray Rozen Rose & Marvin Sugarman Library Endowment in memory of Rose & Marvin Sugarman Sandybeck & Alan Lease Visual Arts Endowment in memory of Freda Kamil Sheridan Second Helpings Special Fund in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Laura Labovitz’s Birthday Will Hopkins’ Bar Mitzvah

in memory of Agnes Isenberg Richard Gurvey Sadye W. Stillman Sophia & Irving Hite Kesher Endowment in honor of Irving Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Stanley & Shirley Cohen Bldg & Grounds Endowment in honor of Stanley Cohen’s Birthday in memory of Allen Lewis Dennis Hoffman Elinor Wittenstein Gene Kaplan Taylor & Greenberg Religious School Scholarship Endowment in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday in memory of Aunt Ronnie Bobby Zucker Elinor Wittenstein Lillian Greenberg Torah Learning Special Fund in honor of Irv Schoenberg’s 90th Birthday Youth/Teen Program & Scholarship Fund in honor of Lindsey Geer’s Bat Mitzvah in memory of Florence Jarmulowsky Scheer Gloria Scheer Leder Nathan Noah Fleisher

Contributions can be made online using the Tributes & Contributions icon on the home page of our website or by mail.

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Contributions | November 2015

Rabbi Perry Discretionary Fund in honor of Lindsey Geer’s Bat Mitzvah Miles Wallace’s Bar Mitzvah Rabbi Elana Perry

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Temple Sinai honored as an Exemplar Congregation for Accessibility Efforts

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has recognized Temple Sinai as an Exemplar Congregation of the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center. As a result of our work toward including those with special needs in all aspects of Sinai life, we received an award at the URJ Biennial in November. This is a very prestigious award and we thank the Hineini Committee for their efforts. If you would like to get involved in our inclusivity efforts at Temple Sinai, email Rabbi Brad Levenberg at

February 2016

February is Jewish Abilities Awareness Month (JAAM)

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: February 19, 6:30 pm – Sensory Sensitive Tot Shabbat February 26, 6:30 pm – Dialogue in the Dark Shabbat

Sinai at Habima Theatre: Shrek the Musical Jr.

Thursday, February 25, 7:30 pm - Showtime Marcus Jewish Community Center 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338 Limited tickets are available through Sinai for $15 each.

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December B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies

Alice and Stephen Byrne Alice and Stephen Byrne became adult B’nei Mitzvah on December 19, 2015. Their daughters Caitlin and Lauren, both of whom became Bat Mitzvah here at Temple Sinai, celebrated the day with their parents, each chanting Torah in honor of the occasion! | 404 . 252 . 3073

Charlie Janko, son of Angie and Shawn Janko Charlie has been helping out for a few years with an organization called Buddy Baseball at Sandy Springs Youth Sports. This is an organization that allows kids with special needs to get out and hit, catch and throw a ball along side a buddy from the park. Charlie always loved helping and wanted to do more for this amazing program. Charlie, along with another baseball friend, Bradley Friedrich, started a fundraiser called Buddy Baseball Blast. One morning in May, the boys invited all of their friends to come out for a homerun derby, kickball game and bake sale with all the proceeds going to raise money for the Buddy Baseball Program at Sandy Springs Youth Sports. A big thank you goes out to all their teammates, friends and family for participating in this memorable morning.

Devin Rubin, daughter of Kim Rubin For her Chesed project, Devin wanted to make a difference. Devin never had the chance to meet her grandfather, Cary Rubin, who died of colon cancer three months before she was born. She decided to devote herself to raising both awareness and money for colon cancer. She committed herself to her own health and began an exercise regime. Her goal was to ready herself for a 5K race, the Atlanta Undy Run/Walk, this past October. She involved her family and friends and asked them to support her through making donations to the Colon cancer Alliance. Devin is proud to say that she not only completed the run, she was one of the top three individuals who raised the most money for her personal team. Colon cancer is a cause near and dear to her and she would like to thank all of you who supported her and contributed to that cause. She hopes to continue her efforts to raise money for all types of cancer in the future.

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Anna Behrman, daughter of Alan and Sheri Behrman and Rachel Behrman While Anna spent more time with her gymnastics family over the past 5 years sweating through long hours of skill building, physical fitness, and injury in order to compete at her very best, she managed to find time to show others how much she cared. For her T.A.G project, she raised money for breast cancer awareness and finding a cure for this disease. She participated with her stepmother Sheri in their “Will Walk for Noni” for Find a Cure. She also handmade her own Tzedakah box and made regular contributions to it from her own money and through her own work. She then donated that money to Find a Cure to help them with their ongoing research.


Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Temple Sinai

Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service Friday, January 15, 6:30 pm, Temple Sinai Featuring music of freedom sung by clergy, the Temple Sinai adult choir and Sinai Singers (youth choir) Again this year!

Shabbat Morning at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Saturday, January 16 Meet at Sinai, 8:15 am National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 8:30 am 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, Georgia 30313 Join us for Shabbat morning at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. We will have a bus leaving from Temple Sinai at 8:15 am or you can meet us there at 8:30 am. Breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 am. 9:00 am Torah study and our 10:00 am service will be held there that morning; NO Torah Study or Morning Service (10:00) at Sinai that morning! Individuals may be able to peruse the center starting at 11:00 am; those riding the bus will leave at 12:15 pm to return to Sinai. Please RSVP on the Temple Sinai website.

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According to the 2015 Report on Homelessness: Georgia’s 14,000*, approximately 30% of Georgia’s total homeless population is comprised of families with children.

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Temple Sinai is doing their part to combat this unfortunate statistic. The issue of homelessness can feel overwhelming. However, as a member of Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb, Temple Sinai and our Family Promise volunteers have found a way to feel empowered by providing temporary housing, meals, and services to homeless families.


Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb, is a local chapter of the national non-profit organization that helps homeless and low-income families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity through a coordinated local community effort. Our local chapter is comprised of thirteen inter-faith congregations that provide transitional housing for up to four families. Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb goes to great lengths to make sure participating families are a good fit by performing rigorous background checks and drug testing. Selected families typically have one or two children and a single working mother who is striving to become self-sufficient. Although these families may stay for a maximum of 90 days, they move from congregation to congregation every Sunday. Temple Sinai hosts these families for five weeks each year. In 2015, Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb provided housing and support for 17 families, which included 29 children. Hosting five times this year, Temple Sinai provided 35 days of temporary housing and hospitality to these families. So far, 12 of these families have secured independent housing, which means Temple Sinai and our volunteers helped to save 21 children from homelessness this year alone. Sinai’s support and our incredible volunteers are truly making a difference! Thank you! “Little by little, bit by bit, family by family, so much good can be done on so many levels.” - Elinor Ostrom *Georgia Department of Community Affairs, September 2015

Social Action

Second Helpings Atlanta: Your One-Stop Resolution! If you’re like most of us, New Year’s resolutions (whether it’s “this” New Year or “that New Year”) are hard to keep. From the ever-popular weight loss to calling your mom more often, it’s tough to follow through.

Nothing Replaces Blood - Please Donate Sunday, January 24, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Just one blood donation can save up to three lives! Join us Sunday, January 24, 9:00 am until 2:00 pm when Temple Sinai hosts another Red Cross Blood Drive. In our November blood drive we exceeded our goal for the number of pints collected and we can do it again. It is easy to sign up. Just go to redcross. org and follow the prompts to Temple Sinai’s blood drive. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073, ext. 330. Remember, only blood replaces blood and your pint counts!

January Social Action Sunday January 10, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Give back to the community. Knowing you’ve put nutritious food into the hands of people who need it close to home is incredibly satisfying. Make new friends. Second Helpings Atlanta Volunteers are a wonderful group of people who care about the things you care about. Join a team and gain a friend. Get out of your rut. Whether you’re single, working or retired you’ll love the pleasant break from routine. Spend more time with the family. Pack up the kids and participate together. Taking steps to eliminate hunger is a wonderful and meaningful family activity. The more volunteer drivers we have, the more food we can rescue (more than a 750,000 pounds projected in 2015!). Make 2016 the year you resolve to help Drive Out Hunger, One Mile at a Time! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Labovitz today at or sign up on our website, Click on the “Volunteers” tab. | 404 . 252 . 3073

January’s Social Action Sunday is perfect for everyone because it is all about encouraging reading. The projects will benefit the Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy which is a program sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women. We will be sorting books and putting stickers in each book, in addition to revising our “All About Me” training books. We will also create gift packages for the students affiliated with this program. We’ll have pizza at 12:15 and then begin our projects at 12:35. PLEASE feel free to bring or buy new or gently used books for children grades K-3. We are also collecting Eglish-Spanish picture books. This is a perfect event for people of all ages. It is a good day to do a mitzvah. Please make reservations online. For questions, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073, ext. 330.

We believe spending 90 minutes a month as a Second Helpings Atlanta volunteer driver will make it easier to reach goals including these. Get in shape. Rescuing food and delivering it to our partner Agencies gets you up and moving. If strength building is on your list, some routes are downright physical.


Philip N. Kranz Learning Center

Learning Center News Mary Baron Blind Date with a Book Thursday, February 18, 1:30 pm Last year the Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center held an intriguing program in which participants had the chance to try something new, unexpected, and just a little bit risky – they were “set up on a blind date” with a book. It was a very successful event and many members mentioned they would like to do it again, so the Learning Center will be holding another Blind Date with a Book event this year. Here’s how it works: We’ll carefully select a variety of interesting books, wrap them up in secretive wrapping paper and you won’t know the “identity” of your blind date until you get it home. Will it be fiction or non-fiction? Funny, informative, a mystery, true-crime, historical??? You may choose any wrapped book in our “Blind Date with a Book” display. We’ll also give you a short survey to complete and bring back to share your opinion of the book at our Book Talk in February. This will be a great opportunity to hear about the books other library members read and get recommendations for books you might be interested in.

bought a dwelling that had been occupied by a Jewish family before World War II. She becomes intrigued and begins investigating what happened to this family, in particular the daughter Sarah. Moving back and forth from present day to 1942, the story centers around the events of the French round up of its Jewish citizens in July 1942 and the subsequent fate of this Jewish family. The Day I saw Your Heart. This French comedy tells the story of the dysfunctional relationship between a quirky 60 year old father, Eli and his two grown daughters. When Eli, who has recently remarried a much younger woman, announces that they are expecting a baby, his daughters are appalled given the terrible job they did raising them.

Book Talks with Rabbi Kranz

Monthly, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, PNK Learning Center Upcoming Date: Thursday, January 14 Rabbi Kranz will be talking about “The Jewish Experience in China”

To participate, please attend the January 14th Book Talk at 1:30 pm or drop by the Learning Center any time during Library Hours. Then go home, unwrap your present, read the book and come back and tell us what you thought on Thursday, February 18th.

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New DVDs available The Learning Center is continually updating its collection of interesting films so if you are a movie lover stop by and check out what’s new. The films represent different genres, from documentaries to comedies, and many of the films have been shown at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The following are just a sampling of what is available.


Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Viviane Amsalem is an Israeli woman who has been trying to get a divorce from her husband for several years with no success. This compelling courtroom drama takes us inside Israel’s legal system, which in the case of marriage and divorce, follows strict orthodox rules. Since divorce is only allowed in extremely limited circumstances with the cooperation of the husband, Viviane becomes frustratingly trapped in her loveless marriage. Sarah’s Key. In this movie based on the bestselling novel by Tatiana De Rosnay, a journalist, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, discovers that her French husband’s family

Pictured above: Winter Book Review with Rabbi Kranz Happy Birthday to the following children who have become Birthday Book Program honorees: Kate Jonas Hannah Ruda Ellis Balser Joshua Dwoskin For more information about the Birthday Book Program, call the Learning Center

Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild Betty Furst Robert Sherman Renee Brown Frank Joseph Cathy & Alan Gottlieb

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

Tips for Navigating the New Website Our new website has a new look and navigates differently from the previous site. Here are some tips to make navigating easier. Interested in seeing what’s coming up at Temple Sinai? The calendar feature on the new website makes it even easier to view upcoming events with an option to filter events by category. To view the calendar, select “calendar” from the top menu bar and you then have the option of viewing upcoming events in a list view or calendar view. By selecting the calendar view you can narrow down your view to filter upcoming programs and events based on a specific category or categories of events. Categories include: Social Action, Adult Education, Committee Meeting, Worship, Membership and grade level groupings. If you want to see more information about a specific event and/or register, simply click on the event title and any pertinent information or registration forms.


Filter Events by category by selecting from the dropdrown at the top right of the calendar view.

The Adult Education category is selected from the dropdown, so the calendar view is only showing upcoming January adult education events.

How to Know if Your Child is on the Right Track


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Look for red flags. Does your child seem to be doing fine in school yet your gut instinct tells you learning is harder than it should be? Or does he or she seem much more capable than the work being produced? Difficulties in acquiring new learning can be typical, but they also can signal a learning disability or autism.

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Temple Sinai January Worship Schedule Friday, January 1 6:30 pm Rock Shabbat Service 

Friday, January 22 5:00 pm Pajama Havdalah Tot Shabbat 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, January 2 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Saturday, January 23 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, January 8 10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah ceremony of Eli Minsk, son 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  of Susan and Harry Minsk, and Sylvia Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy-Jill Levine Rockman, daughter of Robin Miller and Jason Rockman.  Saturday, January 9 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, January 29 10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah ceremony of Matthew 6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service  Aronin, son of Nikki and Michael Aronin, and Jonah Glenn, son of Kimberly and Saturday, January 30 Marc Glenn.  10:00 am Shabbat Service  B’nei Mitzvah ceremony of Elena Dollinger, 10:30 am Friday, January 15 daughter of Kimberly and Daryl Dollinger, 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  and Eli Mautner, son of Becky and Ken Mautner.  Saturday, January 16 10:00 am Shabbat Service at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Can’t make it to synagogue? 10:30 am Bat Mitzvah ceremony of Sophia Look for the  icon indicating that Scharff, daughter of Leah and Michael the service will be streamed live. Scharff.  Visit to watch!

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