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d’var sinai

June & July 2016

Welcome New Clergy and Staff Welcome Samantha Shabman, our new Rabbi starting July 1. Samantha (Sam) Shabman was raised in Scarsdale, NY and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 2011. Just two days after graduating college, Sam flew to Israel, staffed a Birthright Israel Trip and then began her studies at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem...a campus and school that remain near and dear to her heart. Sam most recently worked as the Social Action Coordinator at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and has been a teacher for the HUC-JIR Miller High School Honors Program for the past four years. Some other highlights of Sam's years in Rabbinical school include serving as Student Rabbi at the North Fork Reform Synagogue in Southold, NY, learning at her home congregation Westchester Reform Temple, serving as President of the HUC-JIR Student Association, traveling throughout the world on Jewish service trips to places such as Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Russia, and completing two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (one in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center and another on the Palliative Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital). Sam hopes to build on her interests and passions as she serves Temple Sinai by advocating for women's reproductive rights, Food Justice and the State of Israel. In her free time, Sam loves to play sports, participate in outdoor activities (from a relaxing picnic in the park to a treacherous hike), listen to Jewish music, eat sushi and Chipotle, read fiction books about Israel, and laugh with friends and family. Sam is thoroughly enjoying the wonderful southern hospitality from Temple Sinai! Sam and her husband Natan (also a Rabbi) could not be more excited to be part of the Temple Sinai family. Save the date for Rabbi Samantha Shabman's installation weekend, August 12 - 13.

Welcome Emily Cohen, our new Director of Youth Education, beginning July 1. Emily is thrilled to begin working with the amazing team of lay leaders, staff, clergy and families at Temple Sinai. She is a student in the Executive Masters in Jewish Education Program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Her past experience includes working in programming and youth engagement at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis and serving as Assistant Director of Education at Congregation B'nai Amoona in St. Louis. Emily graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Nonprofit Management and an Area Certificate in Jewish Studies. Emily and her husband Brent are excited to move to Atlanta and join the Temple Sinai community this summer.


Temple Sinai Board of Trustees & Staff To reach President Marcia Nuffer, email president@templesinaiatlanta.org. To reach staff via email, please use first initial last name@templesinaiatlanta.org. Ex: rsegal@templesinaiatlanta.org 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 Director Andrea Fineman Communications Associate Kathleen Trella-Newland Accountant Errol Atlan Member Services Manager Simone Bonnejonne Executive Assistant to Clergy Rachel DeLine Assistant to Clergy Lori Jassen Front Desk Associate Abigail Baughman Facilities Manager Andre Parker

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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 Preschool Director Jamah Maman

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Preschool Administrative Assistant Jennifer Adams

Board of Trustees President Marcia Nuffer President Elect Cary Rodin Vice President (Communications/ Secretary) Stacey Geer Vice President (Community) Lynn Redd Vice President (Development) Adam Mayer Vice President (Education) Asher Royal Vice President (Membership) Kevin Levingston Vice President (Ritual) Jeff Kerker Treasurer David Mann Assistant Treasurer Ira Blecker Immediate Past President Scott Zucker Members Dan Balser Chuck Berk Owen Dwoskin Larry Faskowitz Abbie Frankel Teen Trustee Lauren Gersten David Kurzweil Janet Lefkowitz Allan Nelkin Susan Pepper Mark Rosenthal David Rubinger Maurie Shemper Johanna Skid Lawana Streger Josh Tolchin Brotherhood Trustee Lori Zwecker Neshamot Trustee

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From My Perspective | Rabbi Ron Segal Havdalah is a Hebrew term that might be familiar to many. Best translated as “separation” in English, Havdalah is the brief, yet spiritually significant, service we use to mark the conclusion of Shabbat each week. The ceremony involves the use of a cup of wine, spice box and braided candle, each symbolizing an aspect of Shabbat to which we bid farewell. The wine symbolizes the sweetness of Shabbat, the smell of the spices is intended to provide spiritual uplift until the next Shabbat, and the multiple wicks of the braided candle remind us of the extra soul with which we are imbued each Shabbat. Acknowledging that we are entering a week that will surely pale in comparison, the Havdalah ceremony then concludes with a blessing: Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, hamavdil bein kodesh l’chol – Blessed are You, God, Sovereign of the universe, Who separates that which is holy from that which is ordinary. But…what if this is simply not the case? What if the end of one beautiful Shabbat does not bring something ordinary, but rather ushers in a new and distinct form of sanctity? What might we offer as blessing instead? I am keenly aware that this column will appear in the June-July edition of the Dvar Sinai. As most undoubtedly know by now, this two month window of time also covers the period when we will say goodbye to Rabbi

Elana Perry (at the end of June) and almost immediately say hello to Rabbi Samantha Shabman (at the beginning of July). This is a profound moment of separation and transition – a Havdalah -- in the life of Temple Sinai. We are unquestionably concluding a span of time – not 24 hours, but 9 years! – that has been characterized by countless moments of spiritual beauty, holiness, wisdom and joy, but also ushering in a new period of rabbinic and spiritual leadership that we anticipate will be similarly defined by moments of holiness and sanctity in the years to come. As such, at this time of transition, a slight tweak of the Havdalah blessing is in order: Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, hamavdil bein kodesh l’kodesh - Blessed is the One Who separates and distinguishes holiness from holiness.” Our words of blessing at this remarkable time acknowledge the unique sense of dedication and sanctity with which Rabbi Perry has served Temple Sinai over the past nine years as well as the equally distinct sense of holiness that we anticipate Rabbi Shabman will infuse into our community in the years ahead. How fortunate we are to be able to go from holiness to holiness in the life of our congregation. May we appreciate and acknowledge the blessings which have come our way through Rabbi Elana Perry, and may we each do our part to serve as sacred partners with Rabbi Sam Shabman to ensure that the thread of blessing continues unabated in the days to come. Ashreinu – how fortunate we are to be able to go from kodesh l’kodesh!

We will join together as a congregation to celebrate Shabbat and Rabbi Perry's 9 years of service to Temple Sinai. Special Kabbalat Panim beginning at 5:30 pm Family friendly Kabbalat Panim with kid friendly appetizers. Complimentary babysitting will be available beginning at 5:30 pm through the end of services. Reservations are required. Shabbat Service honoring Rabbi Perry at 6:30 pm Lovely Oneg Shabbat following services Adult oneg with champagne, appetizers and desserts Let's send Elana, Craig, Lilah and Asher off on their new journey with love, warmth and good wishes! RSVP online.

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Save the Date - Friday, June 24

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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Message | Marcia Nuffer As I embark on my journey as president of Temple Sinai, many friends have asked me why I would take on this commitment… often phrased as “I don’t know whether to express congratulations or condolences.” I laugh and assure them that I feel only lucky to be in this role, for many reasons, but two that stand out: First, serving Temple Sinai is a labor of love for me. The congregation has been my home for the past 15 years. The clergy have been there for my family in times of need. My children are forming their Jewish identities here. I find my path to spirituality is here. I see my friends here. I am able to make a difference here. It is an honor to give back to this congregation that gives my family so much.

Your Journey. Your Home.

My second more important reason for taking this on is the opportunity to create a legacy… for my own children, but also for future generations of our synagogue. I want every congregant to feel as at home and welcomed at Sinai as my family has – and in fact, I want every non-congregant who has contact with us to feel the same way. I want to sustain our sense of being a congregational family, not just this year, but for the next 50 years. And I want to ensure that Temple Sinai is financially sustainable and affordable for future generations.

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This desire for an enduring and thriving congregation is at the heart of the Imagine Sinai visions and we are beginning to see changes to realize these visions, for example: • There has been more programming targeted at specific demographics. Over 600 people participated in Sukkot and Chanukah programs at the clergy’s houses. Almost 100 women participated in the fall Women’s Retreat, and a similar number joined the multi-generational Seder. Over 20 in-home sessions of “Take Out Judaism” have happened or are scheduled. • We are working to make our congregation as warm and welcoming as possible, with early efforts including nametags and open doors on Friday nights, more welcoming signage, and the SPA parking service for those with mobility challenges. • We have brought Hebrew school to families’ neighborhoods, creating the Hebrew Chavurah program. These chavurot replace weekday Hebrew School or private tutoring with group lessons, with our teachers, building peer and family connections. In the first year, fully 1/3 of our students learn Hebrew through Hebrew

2025 Vision: Imagine Sinai

• Is a congregational family where we all feel known and valued • Provides diverse pathways to deepen Jewish spiritual experience. • Creates learning experiences that inspire a love of Jewish life. • Attracts and engages a vibrant community of adults and families in their 20s and 30s. • Is an integral and relevant part of our lives, both within and beyond the walls of the synagogue. Chavurot • More diverse options for spirituality are being tried. The Mind-Body-Spirit Alternative service on Yom Kippur was standing room only. The chapel is now offered as a meditation space before Friday night services. And our Imagine Sinai Spirituality subcommittee is assessing the ways in which our facility and program can be most conducive to spiritual experiences. These are just the first steps towards our long-term vision. As our synagogue grows more diverse and as younger generations affiliate less with religious institutions, our offerings will need to evolve to remain relevant. You can expect to see more experimentation with new approaches - some of which will be successful, some of which will not. And you can expect to see an emphasis on financial sustainability, by ensuring we all contribute the sustaining membership commitment and by growing our endowment – efforts that will enable Temple Sinai to evolve while remaining affordable for all who choose to participate. We are all indebted to our immediate Past President, Scott Zucker, for championing our Imagine Sinai strategic vision during his presidency and for the tireless, values-driven leadership he provided throughout his two years in the role. He has surely left a stronger congregation, and I want to thank him on behalf of all of us. As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2018, our vision is that Temple Sinai continues to be a warm and welcoming congregational family, where everyone finds their place and feels known and valued. I invite you to join me in realizing this vision and in Imagining Sinai for the next 50 years. M’chayil l’chayil – May we all go from strength to strength.


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Adult Education

Adult Beginning Hebrew Learn the Hebrew Alphabet. Read Prayers in Hebrew. Become a more active participant in services. Keep up with your kids and grandkids. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is necessary! For more information, please contact Sharon Fagin at hebrew@templesinaiatlanta. org.

Movies, Music and Spirit - The Southern Roots of an American Revolution 1945 - 1960 8 Wednesdays, July 6 - August 10, 10:00 am Taught by Bob Bahr A series of six classes offered by Bob Bahr will examine and discuss the influence of film, popular music and American religious thought in the years following World War II during the late 1940s and 1950s. This influential period in American culture and thought helped to lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement and the changes in thinking about the role of women in American society. July 6, 13, 20th at Holy Innocents, July 27, August 3, 10th at Temple Sinai. Course fee is $49 for six sessions. Advance registration through the Temple Sinai web site is required.

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Sunday, June 12 10:00 am Service 11:00 am Lunch n'Learn The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the giving of Torah to the Jewish people. Understandably, Shavuot is considered to be a festival of great joy and sweetness. As with other festivals at Temple Sinai, we will join together for a holiday service at 10:00 am on Sunday morning, June 12, and will follow services with a delicious lunch/brunch n’ learn where we will study and explore contemporary interpretations of the Ten Commandments. As it is customary to eat dairy and sweet dishes on Shavuot, participants can look forward to enjoying blintzes and cheesecake!

Prospective Member Brunch Sunday, August 21 9:30 am Check-in 10:00 am – 11:30 am Brunch

If you are considering joining Temple Sinai or know someone who is looking for a synagogue home, this family-friendly brunch is perfect for you! Our clergy, lay leaders and staff will answer any questions you might have about life at Sinai, give tours of the building and provide information regarding membership. Please RSVP to Simone Bonnejonne at membership@ templesinaiatlanta.org by Thursday, August 11. If you know anyone else who might be interested in attending, please call the Temple Sinai office at 404.252.3073.

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Congratulations to the 2015/2016 Atidaynu graduates. The Atidaynu Program is a year long program that focuses on developing the future leaders of Temple Sinai. The program takes its participants on a journey of learning the various functions of Temple Sinai and its culture, while also helping to strengthen each individual’s leadership skills. It has been a great year and we look forward to the continued growth of each participant. Special thanks to co-chairs: Owen Dwoskin, Mark Rosenthal and LaWana Streger.

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Front Row: Leanna Rinzler, Marcy Fortnow, Honey Workman, Alisa Prager, Reg Kamean, Jan Epstein Back Row: Mark Rosenthal, Gail Cohn, Greg Jacobs, Jane Leavey, David Skid, Owen Dwoskin, Jason Karlin, Wendy Siskin, Jason Serotta, LaWana Streger, Gary Brochin


Brotherhood Upcoming Events

Sisterhood/Neshamot Upcoming Events Over 80 women joined together for Sisterhood/ Neshamot's joyful, musical, educational and spiritual Women's Seder on April 14. The evening was a wonderful success! Highlights included: an illustrated Haggadah created by Rabbi Perry and Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer especially for this event, a girls choir to entertain and inspire, Israeli folk dancing and of course a wonderful Seder dinner.

Sisterhood/Neshamot & Brotherhood

The Brotherhood Steakhouse Seder was a great success. There were 50 in attendance and it was a fun evening for fellowship and getting to know both Brotherhood members and non-members. The steaks were delicious and the single malts and wine were a perfect pairing. Both Rabbi Segal and Rabbi Levenberg led a fun program that was light-hearted. Be sure to save the date for next year's Men's Seder - March 30, 2017.

Women's Retreat, Save the Date 8

Sunday, November 6 - Monday, November 7 Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Lake Oconee

Save the Date for Upcoming 2016-2017 Sisterhood Events! Sunday, September 11, 2016 Opening Event: Bourbon Tasting at Local Three Sunday, January 22, 2017 Fitness/Health/Nutrition Happening

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You asked and we listened! New this year is more free time, no speaker, less programming and the same fun and inspiring atmosphere! Last year, 85 women of Sinai enjoyed making new connections with other dynamic women in our community. We relished some precious time away and enjoyed opportunities to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Could there be a better way to unwind from a busy Jewish Holiday season? Join us for the 2016 Nourish Yourself retreat! Registration is now live!

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Top Chef: Anything Matzah Cook Off Sunday, May 7, 2017 Fantastic Closing Event

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Adult Programs

Military Personnel Update

If you have served in the United States Armed Forces or in the Israel Armed Forces, please contact Judy Thomas (jthomas@templesinaiatlanta.org, 404.252.3073, ext. 330) as we are in the process of updating our files.

The Luminous Heart of Jonah S, by Gina Nahai Join the discussion! Part murder mystery and part family saga, this dramatic and often funny novel explores the history of Los Angeles's Jewish Iranian Community.

Blood Drive

Tuesday, June 14, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral and Cemetery Pre-planning

Temple Sinai will host a blood drive in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day. Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event is to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during man-made and natural disasters. The objectives of 2016 World Blood Donor Day are to: • thank blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and highlight the theme of blood connecting us all • create awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation, and inspire those who have not yet donated blood to start donating, particularly young people in good health • highlight the need to share life by donating blood.

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Sinai Book Club

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At Sinai on June 14, we will have pizza, drinks, salad and ice cream as well as the ever popular Nutter Buttercookies and many give-aways! If you can give blood, please do. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

Monthly Collections In June, we will be collecting new and gently used backpacks as part of The Backpack Project, a non-profit initiative started by Sinai member Zack Leitz. To learn more, follow this link: http://thebackpackproject.ngo. In July, we will be collecting school supplies to benefit the many homeless, abandoned, neglected and orphaned children affiliated with the Children’s Restoration Network. Your contributions and donations are much appreciated.


ROMEO Club

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Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 pm 5 Seasons Brewing Co.

Get to know Rabbi Shabman, our newest addition to Sinai’s clergy, as we enjoy a delicious dairy lunch. Cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP online or by contacting the temple office.

Tuesday, July 12, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm

If you would like to meet some of our temple’s nicest retired/almost retired/thinking about retirement men, then Retirees Head to Coolray Field to see the Gwinnett join us for interesting conversation, good food and a lot of Braves take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs fun. No women allowed! Please join us for these events Thursday, June 9, 12:00 pm and contact Charlie Stark to RSVP at nomadcs@gmail.com We’ll leave Temple Sinai at 11 am (or meet at Coolray Field) and enjoy the Braves farm team at Coolray Field. Juliet Club Seats are $44 per person. Refunds are available only if Wednesday, June 22, 1:00 pm tickets can be resold. Seats are limited. For questions, Rio Bravo please contact Judy Thomas at 404-252-3073, ext. 330. Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 pm Cheesecake Factory, Perimeter Mall

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Thursday, July 14 12:00 pm, Lunch, The Last Resort Restaurant 2:00 pm, The Georgia Museum of Art

Temple Sinai at the USO, Atlanta Airport Sunday, July 31, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

This 75th anniversary award was given to Temple Sinai to recognize and thank all the volunteers, led by Sarah Gail and Allan Hytowitz, who have helped to support our troops and the USO progam. If you are interested in volunteering with the USO at the Atlanta Airport, contact allanhytowitz@gmail.com.

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Not to be outdone by the ROMEO Club, join the Juliets for lunch. This is a terrific way to meet other women and to form new friendships. If you are interested in attending, We will have lunch at The Last Resort Restaurant, 174 please contact the Juliet Chair Paula Azoulay at drpaulaa@ West Clayton Street, Athens, Georgia. We will then gmail.com. proceed to the Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, Georgia 30602 and meet at 2:00 pm. Mah Jongg The phone number is (706) 542-4662. We will be viewTuesdays, 10:00 am ing three shows: Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller Wednesdays, 6:30 pm de Grafica Mexicana which offers an engaging survey of international contemporary art of 60 different artists. Join us for a game of Mah Jongg. Temple Sinai "Mah Jongg We will also view Turned and Sculpted: Wood Art from Queen," Harriett Simmons, has offered to teach Mah the Collection of Arthur and Jane Mason. Lastly we will Jongg to those who have never played before or need a view Frank Hartley Anderson: Forging the Southern refresher. Please contact Judy Thomas at Printmakers Society. There is no charge for these shows, jthomas@templesinaiatlanta.org if you are interested in however, if you are carpooling a suggested fee of $5.00 classes or in playing Mah Jongg. should be paid to your driver. For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at 10:45 am at Regions Bank located on Roswell Road and Abernathy in Sandy Springs. BBQ Picnic for 50s & 60s 8 Please RSVP by Friday, July 8th to Andy Steinman Sunday, June 5, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm andysteinman@yahoo.com or (404) 406-4650. Morgan Falls Overlook Pavilion Join us for some outdoor barbeque fun as we welcome the summer with a relaxing and enjoyable picnic. The cost is $15 per person which covers all alcohol, drinks and food (meat or veggie burgers). Please bring a side dish to share. We’ll have badminton, kickball, backgammon, and more to play. Let’s start the summer off right with some of your Sinai friends. Please RSVP online by May 31. If you have questions, contact your 50s & 60s co-chairs Sharon Corenblum, Ellen Miller and Alyson Spector at 5060@ templesinaiatlanta.org.

Adult Programs

Tuesday, June 21, 1:00 pm Ippolito's Italian

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Youth & Education Programs

Religious School & Teen Education Programs. Registration Going on Now! Register online at templesinaiatlanta.org

Be sure to read our new brochure with the entire 2016 - 2017 youth and education programs included.

SCRUFY 2016-2017 Executive Board:

Your Journey. Your Home.

On Wednesday, April 20th, SCRUFY (Temple Sinai’s 9th-12th Grade Youth Group) members elected their Executive Board for the 2016-2017 School Year. These teens are incredibly dedicated and passionate. They will work from August-May writing programs, promoting events, leading services, educating teens about community service projects, and much more! President: Abbie Frankel Programming Vice President: Lindsey Kessler Social Action Vice President: Max Palisoc Religious and Cultural Vice President: Nettie Leepson Membership Vice President: Kara Litwin Communications Vice President: Sarah Schafer

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Teen Leadership Opportunities: Madrichim (Grades 8-12) Teen Interns (Grades 11-12) Teen Action Day Committee (Grades 7-12) SCRUFY Committee (Grades 9-12) Jr. SCRUFY Advisory Board (Grades 7-8) Email Molly Okun at mokun@templesinaiatlanta.org for more information.

Temple Sinai hosts NFTY-SAR Fall Kallah: Temple Sinai has been selected to host NFTY-SAR (North American Federation of Temple Youth – Southern Area Region) Fall Kallah, November 4-6, 2016! This is an awesome opportunity for our congregation to engage our high school students as well as members of all ages - we will need lots of volunteers! NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, spirited communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, teens in NFTY pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. During the weekend Temple Sinai will host between 250 and 300 Jewish 9th12th graders. More information will come out over the summer about our volunteer needs, but mark your calendars now!


Mark your calendars! Tot Shabbat

Congratulations 2016 Preschool Graduates!

Tot Shabbat in the Park

Friday, July 15 Morgan Falls 5:30 Picnic Dinner 6:30 Shabbat Service Check the website for the most up to date information.

Summer Family Shabbat Service

Friday, July 22 5:30 Picnic dinner (bring your own) outside on the Temple Sinai courtyard 6:30 Family Shabbat service 7:30 Ice Cream/Popsicle Oneg

Arden Adair, JP Baker, Cate Dubovsky, Mia Infante, Arlo Levitt, Sophia Mielnikowski, Remy Royal, Hannah Sauerteig, Margaret Stifel, Emilie Weiner, Sophie Weiner

Ella Maman, Jackson Perkel, Brandon Shmalo, Ella Winters

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Adrian Coles, Ryan Jensen, Jordan Koransky, Alaina Landes, Eden Lazarus, Rider Levitt, Libi Messica, Maggie Nowak, Evelyn Schneider, Avery Schwartz

Early Childhood Education & Temple Sinai Preschool

Friday, June 17 5:30 Picnic dinner (bring your own) outside on Temple Sinai's playground 6:30 Tot Shabbat service 7:30 Ice Cream/Popsicle Oneg

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

4 pm - 50's & 60's BBQ Summer Picnic

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

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9 am - Torah Study 10 am - B’not Mitzvah Ceremony

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10 am - Baby and Me

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Your Journey. Your Home.

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Our Sinai Family

The listings below are the April Sinai Family Updates shared with us. Get “real-time” updates on our Sinai Family every Thursday evening in the weekly “From Shabbat to Shabbat” e-blast.

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Suzanne Baker on her 70th birthday. Mandi & Kevin Budman on their marriage. The Freeman family on the dedication of the Freeman Family Chapel. Terri Heyman and Marc Cohen on their marriage. Lindsey & Michael Kuniansky on the birth of their son, Reid Graham Kuniansky. Mazel Tov to grandparents Lois Kuniansky and David Kuniansky, as well. Dr. Harvey Merlin on his 85th birthday. Rebecca & Geoff Ogrin on the birth of their son, Mason Ogrin. Mazel Tov to grandparents Gina & Peter Genz as well. Jessica Paulen & Kyle Goldich on their marriage. Lynn Ritvo on her 70th birthday. Laurie & Bill Robbins on the marriage of their son, Richard, to Laura English. Anna & David Socoloff on the birth of their son, Vincent Paul Socoloff. Forrest & Jamie Wolff on the birth of their daughter, Autumn Cassidy Maleah Wolff.

Steve Dinberg on the death of his mother, Sara Fagenbaum Dinberg. Hope Flammer on the death of her father, William H. Flammer. Brigitte Fogel on the death of her husband, Allan Fogel. Condolences to children Cory Fogel and Devorah Shaw, as well. Scott Greenfield on the death of his mother, Judi Greenfield. Adam Hubschman on the death of his father, Hal Hubschman. Andrea Kuniansky on the death of her father, Richard Lee Elrad. David Mann on the death of his mother, Flora “Flo” Mann. Al Meyers on the death of his mother, Barbara Meyers. Dara Redler on the death of her father, Jerry Grossinger. Honey Workman on the death of her sister, Shirley Goodman.

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Beth Schafer Discretionary Fund in memory of Morris Bellman

Contributions | May 2016

to thank Beth Schafer Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in honor of Elaine Turry's Birthday David and Marie Turry's Anniversary Marie Turry's Birthday Paul and Andrea Turry's Anniversary in memory of Roni Sakonas Shirley Goodman Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Fund in memory of Susie Levine Ben Levine Congregant Relief Special Fund in memory of Jerome Snow Early Childhood Fund in honor of Viki and Paul Freeman the birth of Reid Kuniansky in memory of Craig Movsovitz

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Family Promise in memory of Allan Fogel Gary Metzel Spirituality Endowment in memory of Marian Bloom David Bloom Gerzon Parzen Holocaust Endowment in memory of Carolyn Shustick Zweig Goldie V. Morris Music Enrichment Endowment in honor of Elaine Brill

in memory of Sylvia Fagin Harvey White Teen Endowment in memory of Irene Kanarish Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in honor of Mindy Bloom Greg Bloom Scott Zucker Elana Perry Caren Feingold Horwitz and May Scholarship Endowment in memory of Linda Horwitz Kesher Special Fund in honor of Bobbi Hauer's Birthday Lynn Ritvo's Birthday Scott Zucker Rachel Mayer’s Bat Mitzvah in memory of Alec Jacobson Allan Fogel Frank Robinson Hal Hubschman Howard Vandroff Judi Greenfield Garrett Burchard Margie Greenberg Marion Eisenstein Richard Lee Elrad Rose Saidman Harry Saidman Sara Dinberg Shirley Goodman praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Linda Singer Simone Nehman Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Endowment in memory of Beulah Gross Robert Rucket Eve Hilsen Philip Hilsen Loventhal Scholarship Endowment in memory of Shirley Goodman

Murial Torch Eichel Education Endowment in memory of Joel Feldman Arthur Weinberg Sara Weinberg Rosalie Torch Isadore Torch Muriel Eichel Steven Eichel Operating Enhancement Special Fund in honor of Betty and Jim Smulian's 65th Anniversary Rachel Mayer's Bat Mitzvah Scott Zucker Shirley Leaderman Gary Bernes in memory of Allan Fogel Faye Rosen Hal Hubschman J. Robert Laidlaw James R. Laidlaw Joel M. Feldman Minnie and David Adler Rachel Capelouto Robert Tauber Stephen Brilliant Sarah Gordon Judi Greenfield Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in honor of the marriage of Terri Heyman & Marc Cohen Viki and Paul Freeman and Family

in memory of Judi Greenfield Sarah Schneider PNK Learning Center Special Fund in honor of Marilyn Baer-Landau's Birthday the marriage of Richard Robbins & Laura English in memory of Clifford Abrams Judi Greenfield Leonard Ross Pre-School Fund in honor of Caren Feingold


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Rabbi Perry Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Elana Perry

Religious School Special Fund in honor of Joshua and Benjamin Abrams

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in memory of Judi Greenfield Sara Fagenbaum Dinberg

in memory of Herbert Michael Zoghby to thank Rabbi Elana Perry

Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Ron Segal Fran and Jerry Scher in honor of Shawn and Jon Leven the birth of Lilian Lee the wedding of Alison Rand & Allan Zachariah Viki & Paul Freeman in memory of Ann Abes Bebe Rebbeca Wahl

Robert S. Janko Children's Enrichment in honor of Lillie Janko in memory of Hilda Rozen Sandybeck & Alan Lease Visual Arts Endowment in memory of Bernice Clark Second Helpings Special Fund in honor of Terri Heyman & Marc Cohen's marriage in memory of Chester R. Simmons David Andrew Israel Maier Levine praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Guenther Hecht

Sophia & Irving Hite Kesher Endowment in memory of Hal Hubschman Howard Vandroff Judi Greenfield Stanley & Shirley Cohen Building & Grounds Endowment in memory of Howard Vandroff Taylor & Greenberg Religious School Scholarship Endowment in memory of Cary Tye Dolly Taylor Harry Taylor Technology/Communications Special Fund in honor of the marriage of Marc Cohen & Terri Heyman Torah Learning Special Fund in honor of Terri Heyman and Marc Cohen's marriage Youth/Teen Program & Scholarship Fund in honor of Will Kukler's Bar Mitzvah

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Shomrei Adamah Green Fund in memory of Jerome Lobel

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Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Brad Levenberg

Clara Cotts Cynthia E. Cohen Howard Vandroff Israel Palay Jane Kapplin Jerry Zuckman Joseph Horesh Leonard Ross Richard Elrad Rita Strem Kapplin Yosef Sandler

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B’nei Mitzvah

May B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies

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Seth Fagin, son of Abigail Auer and Craig Fagin For Seth’s community service project, he eagerly wanted to help out the underprivileged children and families across Atlanta to give them an experience they would never forget. Seth partnered with CCC (Creating Connected Communities), which provides deserving children, who are deprived of life-enhancing experiences, the opportunity to celebrate or to be celebrated. He raised almost $1,800 dollars to help CCC with their spring festival. Seth was able to choose how to spend these funds and picked out which attractions to use, including a dunk tank, football toss, inflatable slides and bouncy houses, to make this carnival a blast! Seth helped set up and shut down the carnival. He also was one of the few rotating people who worked the freezing cold dunk tank, which the kids sincerely enjoyed. This was definitely a cause worth fighting for and Seth would gladly do it again. Cameron Firestone, daughter of Shari and Jeff Firestone As part of her preparation for becoming a Bat Mitzvah, Cameron decided to combine two of her passions: helping others and baking. She led a drive to collect the tabs from soda cans to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill or injured children who need extended medical care in a hospital. Families stay at the Ronald McDonald House and receive nurture and support so they can focus on their child’s care. Cameron also volunteered her time and by using her cooking and dessert-making talents to bake treats and meals for the families staying there. It was especially meaningful for Cameron to meet the families of sick children and to see first-hand how she helped lessen their burden. Nicole Frysh, daughter of Victoria and Roger Frysh For her Bat Mitzvah project, Nicole decided to support “SOLE HOPE”, an organization that helps communities in Uganda battle the problem of jiggers - small sand fleas that burrow into the bare feet of thousands of Ugandan

children. The organization also helps local shoemakers by giving them the supplies they need to make new shoes. Children in Uganda often live their lives without footwear, even though they have to walk many miles to get water from far away places. SOLE HOPE’S ambassadors visit the communities and remove the jiggers from the children's feet while also supplying them with much needed footwear. Nicole is collecting and donating various items needed for the ambassadors to treat the children and is also creating shoe kits to be delivered to the shoemakers. Ashley Glass, daughter of Elizabeth & Gregory Glass For Ashley’s T.A.G. project, she decided to center her attention on hunger awareness in the Atlanta area. Ashley wanted to help battle hunger and food waste in our community, so volunteering at Temple Sinai with the Sinai Family Promise organization was an easy decision. Family Promise helps families transitioning through financially challenging times by providing housing and meals. Ashley and her family prepared a dinner and spent time with the families that were spending the weekend living at Temple Sinai. Ashley also participated with Social Action Sunday at Temple Sinai and helped make 1,000 sandwiches to benefit the Union Mission. Ashley also volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank where she assisted in sorting and packing food to be distributed to local families in need. In addition, Ashley created a Hunger Walk Team, which raised funds and awareness for hunger relief through the 5K event held each year. Ashley now better understands how hunger affects people in our area as well as around the world and plans to continue to try to make a difference. Josh Katz, son of Melinda and Adam Katz During the last year, Josh engaged in a variety of volunteer activities. He volunteered with the 6-4-3 Foundation, the charitable arm of the 643 DP Athletics organization where he plays baseball. Players and families from different 643 baseball teams helped put on a large Special Olympics basketball tournament. Josh ran the scoreboard, coordinated games, and organized teams throughout the tournament. He also


May B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies, Continued

Rachel Mayer, daughter of Robin and Adam Mayer Rachel’s Mitzvah Project revolved around an experience that is extremely important to her, and one that is vital to the Jewish Community and many of our childhoods. While Rachel has volunteered time with Family Promise, a homeless organization where Temple Sinai helps to host the families, and time volunteering and assisting surgeries at our Veterinarian’s practice, her real passion is the fabulous Jewish summer camp experience that she loves at Camp Barney Medintz. It was Rachel’s goal to help a child who could not afford camp on his or her own to be able to enjoy the amazing experience. Along with raising money for Camp Barney’s scholarship fund, Rachel also received donations of requested supplies including books and a new guitar. Rachel’s love and appreciation for her “Summer Place” will be able to be experienced by other children thanks to her effort and the tremendous support she received from so many of our friends and family.

Hailey Rubin, daughter of Amy and Philip Rubin Hailey and a group of friends made blankets for the campers at Camp Twin Lakes. As a camp lover, she wanted children who have medical and other needs to be able to experience and love camp as much as she does. She also collected art supplies for the campers. In addition, Hailey walked with the Sinai Striders at the Hunger Walk. Evan and Emma Tessler, son and daughter of Jana and Jason Tessler Evan and Emma have enjoyed a variety of volunteer opportunities during the past year. They have participated in many of their friends’ mitzvah projects, such as going on Second Helpings runs to collect donated food, running/walking in various races, and donating items in need for different organizations. They each also love to help younger kids with the sports they have a passion for. Evan has spent many hours being a S.T.A.R (Student That Accepts Responsibility) for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, Emma enjoys helping her tennis coach at summer camp with the younger kids. For their T.A.G. project, they are collecting items needed for The Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of sick and injured children receiving care at local hospitals. They believe that when a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family nearby is as powerful as any medicine. Evan and Emma collected items such as toiletries, snacks, games, and created the centerpieces for their kiddush luncheon out of these donated items. This will lead to future volunteer opportunities with the Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta.

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Celia Rappoport, daughter of Mandy and Bradley Rappoport Celia has always had a love for animals. For one of Celia’s community service projects, she chose to volunteer her time with FurKids which welcomes children of all ages to volunteer. After rescuing a pet of her own in 2015, a Malti-poo named Minnie, she knew how important it was to provide love and attention to other animals who were awaiting rescue. Celia rolled up her sleeves and pitched in by helping take care of cats at FurKids, cleaning litter boxes, mopping floors and helping feed. In addition to the hard work, she loved petting and playing with the cats. All this while being allergic to those cats she loves so much! Celia also collected and donated items that were needed at the shelter. Since she was a preschooler, Celia has also been involved with volun-

teering with the elderly. Over the last year she has done group and one on one work while volunteering at Calvin Court, a senior high rise.

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participated in a Social Action Sunday making sandwiches for the Atlanta Union Mission/Men’s Division. Josh also joined other 7th graders in a special Social Action Sunday to benefit New American Pathways. They collected winter items and toiletries, organized the donated items, and delivered the items to families in need.

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Philip N. Kranz Learning Center

Learning Center News Mary Baron Hot summer days call for grabbing a book and reading by the pool or at the beach. If you are looking for a good vacation read the Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center has a great selection of fiction, from novels to mysteries, to keep you occupied. Stop by and see what’s available. The Innocents. Francesca Segal updates the plot from Edith Wharton’s classic The Age of Innocence. Newly engaged Adam Newman is the prize catch of Temple Fortune, in a small Jewish suburb of London. He has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both sixteen and they are finally getting married, much to the satisfaction of their families. But when Rachel’s cousin Ellie Schneider shows up from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he cares to admit and offers him a glimpse into a different kind of life. Being Esther. Born to parents who fled the shtetl, Esther Lustis has led a rather conventional life, marrying and Thank you to Mary Baron who served as Library Chair during the 2015/2016 school year, Susan Golden and Bobbi Gross, library volunteers, and our Sunday madrich, Spencer Fink. Your commitment to the Learning Center is invaluable. Happy Birthday to the following children who have become Birthday Book Program honorees:

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Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild: Sara Deitch Joy Greenberg Barbara Krinsky Shirley Michalove Marlene Schwartz Arlene & David Taylor Larry & Danyse Weinberg Larry Weiner Dan Wolbe

raising two children in suburban Chicago. Now 85 and widowed, Esther reflects on her past and on the experience of aging in this funny and tender novel. The Last Dark Place and Terror Town. These books are part of Stuart Kaminsky’s entertaining mystery series featuring lead detective Abe Lieberman and his partner Bill Hanrahan who are nicknamed “the Rabbi and the Priest” in their Chicago precinct. The two men work together to solve crimes while dealing with their respective family issues. To Die in Spring. Rebecca Temple is a thirty-ish medical doctor, recently widowed and living in Toronto. She makes a house call to find out why an elderly patient has missed a psychotherapy appointment and finds that the woman has been murdered. Rebecca’s journey to find the truth of the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death takes her to deceptions and plots that go back to World War II Poland. Mensch Mania Reading Program: This year was a great success for the children’s reading program. Seventy six children from Kindergarten to grade 3 participated by reading books and filling out a review sheet about each book. A pizza and ice cream party was held on the last day of Sunday school to celebrate the students who completed the program. Congratulations to these terrific readers. Janey Aaronson Marissa Loncar Jolie Aaronson Joshua Loventhal Lila Baron Noa Maman Ethan Brachman Sophia Rose Isabella Dumler Allie Rosen Noah Eisenman Lexi Rothman Nicholas Feinberg Ari Royal Brooke Forrester Michael Seigle Carly Goldstein Ava Silver Jake Greenfield Abi Streger Drew Infante Ella Sugarman Olivia Jones Anna Young Jaclyn Kabakoff *Names as of May 1 Benjamin Kaiser Summer hours start in June: Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm The Learning Center will only be open on request during the month of July. Enjoy the summer!

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


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Tribute for Rabbi Phil Kranz Friday, September 16 6:30 pm Shabbat Service Saturday, September 17 9:00 am Torah Study

Temple Sinai will be celebrating Rabbi Phil Kranz and his 36 years of service to our congregation. A tribute to Rabbi Kranz will begin with a special Shabbat service and Oneg on Friday night. Rabbi Kranz will lead Torah study the next morning. Look for more details on the website.

Freeman Family Dedication Friends and family gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Freeman Family Chapel. The historic occasion was marked by a lovely service led by Rabbi Segal in the new Freeman Family Chapel. Thank you Paul and Viki Freeman for this generous and meaningful gift to Temple Sinai!

Food Rescue: Be Part of Something Big When Second Helpings started in 2004, we were one of a handful of food rescue organizations in Atlanta. A dozen years later, interest in feeding the hungry has skyrocketed! We’re proud to be part of a caring community of individuals and organizations. Check out these exciting developments:

Social Action

Have you moved or changed contact information? Keep us informed! In an effort to ensure that we can effectively keep in touch with you and your family, please notify the Temple Sinai office of any phone number, email or address changes. You can do this by calling 404-252-3073 or logging into the Chaverweb site where you can securely view and update your member file. Simply visit our website (www.templesinaiatlanta.org) and select “Manage Membership” at the top of the homepage. Your user name and password were sent in the Fall, however please feel free to email sdresdner@templesinaiatlanta.org should you need it reset.

• The U.S. Senate followed the lead of the House and passed the Global Food Security Act. It authorizes Feed the Future (feedthefuture.org), the government’s global hunger and food security intiative. • After learning the facts about hunger, Indiana farmer Jonathan Lawler decided to donate his harvest to those in need. He’s expecting to share 500,000 pounds of food in the first year. Lawler, who also owns a consulting company, partnered with soup kitchens and agencies to distribute the bounty. • In California, the organization known as CropMobster helps food producers and retailers distribute excess food. Businesses submit alerts about surplus food; subscribers receive the alerts and respond directly. Meanwhile, here at home Second Helpings Atlanta is on the move!

We’re always looking for new Food Donors and more Volunteer Drivers! It just takes 90 minutes a month to get food to those in need. Click www.secondhelpingsatlanta.org or contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Labovitz at volunteer@secondhelpings.info.

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In March, our volunteers rescued 107,000 pounds of food, a 67% increase over March 2015. We are thrilled to welcome these generous new Food Donors: Costco Cumberland Mall, The Federal Reserve Bank, Muss & Turner’s, Sprouts Farmers Market East-West Connector, Fiserv, Bimbo Bakeries Norcross, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, Trader Joe’s East Cobb and Wyndham Atlanta Galleria.

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Request for High Holy Day Ushers It’s hard to imagine that planning for the High Holy Days is well underway. Did you know that it takes more than 250 ushers to support all of our High Holy Day services?! In order to have enough volunteers to cover all of our services, we really need your help as a member of Temple Sinai to ensure that everything runs smoothly for all who attend. Agreeing to be an usher during one (or more!) of our services is certainly a mitzvah and you will be providing much appreciated assistance for Temple Sinai and your fellow congregants. As a “thank you” for volunteering, each usher will be allowed to reserve two seats upon arrival. Additionally, you will be able to attend the majority of the service with your family. Usher assignments are distributed prior to each service and allow for approximately 30 minute shifts for each volunteer. If you wish to volunteer as an usher for this year’s High Holy Days, please contact sdresdner@templesinaiatlanta.org. Interested in more details about the 5777 High Holy Days at Temple Sinai? Watch for our annual High Holy Day brochure in your mailbox in early August!

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POLAND: Then, Now, and the Years Ahead

Mazel Tov High School Graduates! Congratulations to our Temple Sinai graduates on reaching this significant milestone in your lives. Rebecca Aman Jamie Antonino Cassidy Aronin Micah Behrman Caitlin Benamy Brooke Berman Stephanie Birnbaum Abigail Blum Logan Botnick Julie Covall Madison Cunninghis Danielle Dinberg Aaron Earl Tamir Eplan-Frankel Haley Epstein Brett Feldman Hannah Feldman Kevin Feldman Molly Fortnow Samantha Freedman Ethan Freishtat

Matthew Garfinkel Alyssa Goldman Anna Goldstein Sarah Goldstein Marlee Gordon Jamie Greenberg Rebecca Greenberg Ashley Hyman Jarrett Jacobs Erica Kahn Hailey Kessler Jake Kwatnez Benjamin Marcus Rebecca Meline Alexander Moses Sarah Nelkin Asher Newman Tessa Palisoc Kyle Rabinowitz Matthew Rankin Olivia Reznik

Zachary Rodencal Talia Rosenberg Lexi Rubin Lindsey Sample Hannah Schafer Matison Scharff Samantha Schiff Cadie Schiffer Ethan Schneider Lindsey Schrager Abigail Schwartz Nicole Shafer Emily Smith Emma St. Amand Samantha Stahlman Shelby Starr Kyle Weil Whitney Weiss Larry Yanovich

We at Temple Sinai, will miss seeing you on a regular basis, but please know that we remain here for you. Visit us. Keep us informed of your progress. Call upon us if we can be helpful. Mazel Tov and Best Wishes!

Family Promise

August 7 - August 14

Family Promise’s host congregation helps these families regain housing, independence and dignity in a time of need. Thank you to all who have volunteered with Family Promise at Temple Sinai! With the support of everyone involved, we hope to continue in the fight to help end homelessness one family at a time. We hope you will join us as a volunteer for our Family Promise week in August.

Prior to WWII, Poland was home to the largest and most vibrant Jewish community in Europe. It was referred to as the epicenter of Jewish learning and culture for hundreds of years. More than sixty years after the Holocaust, Poland is once again home to a Jewish community proud of its heritage and culture. Join us as we explore the past, encounter the present and look ahead to the future! This extraordinary journey designed by Ayelet Tours, Ltd, a premier company in this tourism niche, is open to a limited number of Temple Sinai members. In addition to Rabbi Segal, we will be joined for part of our trip by Rabbi Haim Beliak, Executive Director of Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland. Rabbi Beliak will help us absorb the rich history of Jewish socialism, Yiddish culture, Zionism, progressive Jewish denominational movements, and Jewish arts of Poland. The trip experiences include: • Private tours of Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration camps, supplemented by professionally guided discussions regarding this part of Jewish history and consequences of the Nazi era. • Shabbat dinner with Congregation Beit Warsaw • Historic, architectural, cultural, educational, Jewish religious sites in Warsaw, Lublin, Krakow. • Tours of the POLIN (Museum of the Polish Jews), Warsaw Ghetto, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Ghetto Heroes Square, Schindler Factory Memorial, the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe (230,000 buried), Warsaw Uprising Museum. • Attendance at a Chopin concert and visit to castle ruins in Kazimierz Dolny area • A day at the national Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow. • Visiting Scholar Rabbi Haim Beliak Register at www.ayelet.com/segalJune2017.aspx Contact Rabbi Segal or Jane Cohen at 404.843.0637 or gennariss@gmail.com for more information.

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In February of 2013, Family Promise became operational. Since then, Family Promise has been a refuge as homeless families enter the program looking for a fresh start. We are thrilled to share that 31 families have graduated into stable housing and self-sufficiency. Family Promise can accommodate up to 14 individuals at any given time, four times a year, Temple Sinai opens its doors and hearts to families with children by providing shelter, daily meals and hospitality.

June 27- July 7, 2017 Led by Rabbi Ron Segal

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Temple Sinai June & July Worship Schedule Friday, June 3 6:30 pm Shabbat Service, Featuring Chai Fidelity  Saturday, June 4 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am Bat Mitzvah ceremony of Isabela Szikman, daughter of Waleska Alfaro and Stewart Szikman  Friday, June 10 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, June 11 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, June 17 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  6:30 pm Tot Shabbat Service  Saturday, June 18 10:00 am Adult B'not Mitzvah ceremony of Cindy Gibbs and Cathy Gottlieb  Friday, June 24 6:30 pm Shabbat Service, Honoring Rabbi Elana Perry  Saturday, June 25 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Can’t make it to synagogue? Look for the  icon indicating that the service will be streamed live. Visit www.templesinaiatlanta.org to watch!

Friday, July 1 6:30 pm Shabbat Service, Informal welcome to Rabbi Sam Shabman  Saturday, July 2 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, July 8 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, July 9 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, July 15 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  6:30 pm Tot Shabbat Service  Saturday, July 16 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Thursday, July 21 5:30 pm Bar Mitzvah ceremony of Eric Hunter, son of Ellen and Gary Hunter Friday, July 22 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service  Saturday, July 23 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, July 29 6:30 pm Reform Movement Shabbat Service (Temple Sinai is Dark, Join us at Beth Tikvah) Saturday, July 30 10:00 am Shabbat Service 

Junejuly d'var 2016  

Monthly newsletter for Temple Sinai in Atlanta, GA

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