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March 2016

Temple Sinai & Fifth Third Bank Present

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

Join us for a fun night of casino games, cocktails, music and a live & silent auction! General Admission Tickets $100/guest (includes 5,000 Sinai Shekels*) Young Adult Tickets (age 36 and under) $50/guest (includes 5,000 Sinai Shekels) If you cannot attend, you can still support Temple Sinai and the burning of our mortgage by making a tax deductible donation online. Please RSVP by March 9 at A portion of all tickets/sponsorships is tax deductible.

BURN THE MORTGAGE at Casino Royale Please join us for a FABULOUS evening for our Sinai family. Proceeds from our Casino Royale Fundraiser go directly to paying the balance on Temple Sinai’s mortgage. Our goal for the evening is to literally “Burn the Mortgage” at the end of the night. Join us as we celebrate this amazing milestone together! * Sinai Shekels are the "currency" that guests will use for gaming at the event.

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 Director Andrea Fineman Communications Associate Kathleen Trella-Newland Accountant Errol Atlan Member Services Manager Simone Bonnejonne

Religious School Director Caren Feingold Religious School Administrative Assistant Jenny Mopper

Accessibility Services

Assistant to Clergy Lori Jassen Front Desk Associate Abigail Baughman Facilities Manager Andre Parker Education Staff Director of Education Marisa Kaiser Your Journey. Your Home.

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 Tracy Lurey Adam Mayer Susan Pepper Penina Richards David Rubinger Robyn Tanenbaum Josh Tolchin Brotherhood Trustee Lori Zwecker Neshamot Trustee

Executive Assistant to Clergy Rachel DeLine

Director of Youth & Teen Engagement Molly Okun B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator Sharon Clark Librarian, PNK Learning Center Adelle Salmenson Interim Preschool Director Jamah Maman


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Preschool Administrative Assistant Jennifer Adams

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From My Perspective | Beth Schafer More than ever, we find ourselves blazing through time, skidding into each day’s finish line tired and maybe even out of breath. By week’s end, many of us ask "Where did the week go?" And then we stare at a weekend full of events, engagements and obligations different than the ones we crammed into our week. When do we stop? Are we destined to run an endless marathon on the hamster wheel? The good news is, Judaism tells us exactly what to do. The fourth commandment tells us to “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” The Hebrew word Shabbat means cessation. We are to cease, even go on strike, from the week’s activities. However, we are all guilty of letting Shabbat get past us. It’s easy to acknowledge Shabbat in the blink of an eye and then go back to running the marathon, Shabbat nothing but a blur of color that we rushed past. The 20th century theologian, Abraham Joshua Heschel called Shabbat “an oasis in time.” It is a beautiful image. Heschel explains that on Shabbat we should stop trying to master anything, whether work, play or even time itself. Shabbat is a gift to be received. How often do you

turn down a gift, especially one that was made for you? “Zeh Hayom She’asa Adonai, this is the day God made for you!” Psychologists who study the forming of habits say that it takes about two months to integrate a habit into your routine. I’d like to challenge you to embrace Shabbat and actually make it a habit. Each week at Temple Sinai we welcome Shabbat into our midst. We exhale the busy-ness of the week that has just ended and inhale the sweetness of God’s gift to all humanity. Honestly, I LOVE Shabbat! It is my favorite holiday! I love seeing the flickering of the candles, singing the music that brings us together and hearing the inspirational messages that elude us during the week. I look forward to personally greeting you and wishing you a Shabbat shalom and helping you to integrate this holy habit into your life. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Week after week, we will always be here to welcome you with open arms and open hearts and help you celebrate the day made especially for you. Join us on a Friday night or Saturday morning and we’ll make it worth your while that you did.

Cuba! A Photodocumentary | 404 . 252 . 3073

Temple Sinai members, led by Rabbi Brad Levenberg traveled to Cuba in October 2015. Their photos, now on exhibition in the Temple Sinai lobby, document the journey. From Adath Israel Synagogue to Cuban cigars and Ernest Hemingway's typewriter, the images reveal both beauty and contrast in the Jewish Cuban community, and in Cuba's contemporary culture. We hope you take a moment to look at these wonderful photos.


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Board of Trustees Message | Elaine Brill, Vice President of Ritual Delving into the future is no easy task. No matter how carefully one plans, the unknown looms in the background. Nevertheless, without planning, there is little or no positive progress. Therefore, one must try to be a voyeur and develop a plan that would best suit Sinai. As the Vice President of Ritual, I, along with my committee, have a vision of what ritual will be like in the future. In some respects, it has already begun through Imagine Sinai's inspiration.

Your Journey. Your Home.

Ritual Committee is striving to develop a more warm and welcoming atmosphere by delegating assignments to our committee members for more congregational interaction. They are charged with greeting everyone at services in an engaging manner. The ushers' directions have also been updated. They are instructed to say " Shabbat Shalom" to everyone entering the building , as well as when one enters the sanctuary. Additionally, a meditation area has been set aside in the Chapel on Friday night prior to services. Meanwhile, we continue to explore diverse spiritual avenues including increased frequency of healing services. We foresee a wide variety of Jewish theology which would meet the spiritual needs of those within our walls while maintaining the fundamental tenets of our congregation.


Indeed, we envision great things for the future. We hope that relevant sermons with liturgy meaningful to all will continue to be a part of services. Music will be the subtle backbone of the service at times and a strong presence at others, in both cases enhancing the spirituality. Services will be integral part of Jewish Life at Sinai and Torah will connect the present, past and future. We look forward to an inclusive, nurturing, kehillah which provides an opportunity for spiritual growth - one that is connecting, engaging and sustaining across all demographics. Yes, these are exciting times in the life of Sinai. The thought of projecting what ritual will be like is exhilarating. We have come a long way, and yet, we have a long way to go.

Shabbat Service Honoring Kesher Volunteers Friday, March 11, 6:30 pm Please plan to join us at services where our Kesher volunteers will be recognized and celebrated for their commitment to Temple Sinai. Included will be special honors to our own Wendy Blumenthal for her years of sending get well cards on behalf of the congregation and Barbara Katinsky for her years of serving as the intake desk for all things Kesher. Please mark your calendars now!

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Thank You To Our Sponsors For Casino Royale Presenting Sponsor Fifth Third Bank Ace of Spades Candy & Steve Berman Lori & Gary Brochin Gina & Peter Genz Joy & Alan Greenberg David Kuniansky Beth Salzman & Adam Leaderman Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gina & Sam Shapiro Robyn & Martin Tanenbaum Arlene & Bruce Turry Laura & Larry Weiner King of Hearts Anonymous Amanda & Daren Becker, Atlanta Dental Solutions Shirley & Gary Bernes Amy & Chuck Fox Lauren & Mitchell Gersten Jodie & Steven Jackson Debbie & David Kurzweil Brenda & Mark Lichtenstein Marcia & Kevin Nuffer Lynn & Lewis Redd Penina & Bruce Richards Judy & Arnie Rubenstein Evie Sacks & Cary Rodin Jill & Ron Segal Melanie & Scott Zucker

Queen of Diamonds Anonymous (4) Toni & Joel Adler Lisa & Peter Aman Erica & Don Aronin Linda & Mark Bachmann Lisa & Dan Balser Karen & David Birnbrey Nancy & Robbie Baron Nancy & Jason Brener Judy & Ronnie Cohen Sharon & Michael Corenblum Gail Cohn & Harvey Danits Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care Sari & Olen Earl Susan & Bernie Eisenstein Ina & Harold Enoch Nikki & Jack Feldman Corky & Roger Gelder Susan & Marc Greenberg Leslie & Doug Isenberg Marisa & Michael Kaiser Regina & Jeff Kamean Nancy & Mark Kaufman Sydney & Howard Katz Candace & Jeff Kerker Ellen & Jack Koransky Phyllis & Lew Kravitz Barbara Krinsky Debbie & Doug Kuniansky In Kind Sponsors Bold Catering Classic Tents & Events

Janet Lefkowitz & Jonathan Leepson Amy & Bryan Lewis Rebecca & Brad Levenberg Simone & Kevin Levingston Rita & Bill Loventhal Tara & David Mann Robin & Adam Mayer Andi & Gordon Morse Lori & Allan Peljovich Elana & Craig Perry Debbie & Richard Pinsky Barbara & Marty Pollock Linda & Jerry Richman Maxine & Ron Rosen Lynn & Jan Saperstein Margo & Peter Savitz Ellen & Sandy Schwartz Tamara & Marc Schwartz Lisa & Daniel Seigle Linda & Mark Silberman Suzanne Simkin & Howard Krinsky Arlene & David Taylor Josh & Lara Tolchin Donna Weinstock Ellyse & Warren Zindler Jack of Clubs Shelly & Andrew Dresdner Lila & Steve Fair Lindsey & Karlo Vicente

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Adult Education Mini-Series with Rabbi Segal: A Historical and Interactive Look at Jewish Humor

Adult Education

Wednesday evenings, March 2, 9 and 16, 7:30 pm

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

Sinai Movie Night with Rabbi Perry Mr. Kaplan, April 3, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during WWII, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. When he learns of a mysterious German prowling the shores of a nearby beach, he becomes convinced that he's found a Nazi in hiding and plans to expose him. A combination of emotional depth and deadpan comedy, "Mr. Kaplan" is a vivacious meditation on family, aging, and the drive for significance. (English subtitles).

Sinai Night at the Atlanta Hawks hosted by Brotherhood | 404 . 252 . 3073

On MLK Day, 110 Temple Sinai members attended the Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena. Not only did we see the Hawks win, but over 40 Sinai kids (and some adults) had the opportunity to go down on the court and have up close experiences with the players. See the photos below and to the right.


Adult Education Mini-Series with Rabbi Perry: When Kids Ask Big Questions Sunday, April 10, 10:00 am “Talking to Your Kids About God” Sunday, April 17, 10:00 am “Talking to Your Kids About Death”

Do you ever feel at a loss for words when your children ask about some of life’s greatest mysteries? Join other parents on April 10th and 17th to learn about some thoughtful and age-appropriate Jewish responses to commonly-asked questions from curious kids. Sinai Book Club The Secret Chord, Reviewed by Greg Changnon Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 pm The Secret Chord is a deeply imaginative exploration of the once powerful but deeply flawed ruler, King David. It explores the limits of loyalty and the seductive and corrupting influence of power. Have an idea for adult education? Please email Jack Koransky

Brotherhood Upcoming Events

Sisterhood/Neshamot Upcoming Events

Brunch Speaker Series with Nefesh Committee 8

Similar to our powerful program last year on depression, Brotherhood has once again partnered with the Sinai Nefesh Committee for an impactful discussion on “Emotional Resilience and Mental Health: Supporting our Mind, Body and Spirit”. An interdisciplinary panel will provide their insights and expertise on how to remain resilient and healthy while experiencing both the highs and lows that life has to offer. RSVP online.

NCAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball and Billiards Men’s Night Out 8 Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm Dave and Busters, Marietta

Basketball, Billiards and Brotherhood – Come join Brotherhood to watch the NCAA Men’s Sweet Sixteen games and play pool on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm. We have reserved a private area at Dave & Busters in Marietta with six billiards tables, lots of TVs and plenty of great food and drink. Please RSVP online.

Help Brotherhood Build a New Sukkah for Sinai Brotherhood has been working on designs for a new, larger Sukkah for Temple Sinai. Brotherhood will buy all the materials, but we need help from the Sinai community to build the Sukkah later this Spring. If you have construction skills, are good with power tools, and want to help, please contact Josh Tolchin at Wednesday, April 20

Gather with the Sinai guys for a night of great steaks, great scotch (and wine), and great learning. Brotherhood will host the first ever Sinai Men’s Seder. Eat, drink and learn a little bit about Passover.

Softball Season is Coming… Are you a Player? Temple Sinai has two teams that play in the Atlanta Men’s Synagogue Softball League. Our ‘A’ League team is very competitive and is always looking for strong players to help bring home the championship. Our ‘C’ League team is also very good, just much more low-key. They could use a few new players as well. Practices will start in April and games are on Sundays in June through August. If interested, contact Josh Tolchin at

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

Come meet author and Chocolate Historian Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz for an evening of learning, tasting and fun. • Take a delectable journey through the religious and Jewish history of chocolate. • Enjoy wine and chocolate pairings with a local sommelier. • Taste special chocolates brought to us by diAmano Chocolate, an Atlanta chocolatier. • Experience international chocolate recipes from citrus salads, cakes and cookies to chocolate charoset truffles. • Celebrate the sweetness with Sinai friends. Register on the Temple Sinai website.

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Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm “A Closer Look at Kabbalah: Exploring the Basics of Jewish Mysticism” According to tradition, one must be a learned 40 yearold man to begin to study Kabbalah. In this program, women of any age can take advantage of the opportunity to scratch the surface of a deep and secretive mystical world. Come to satisfy your intellectual and spiritual curiosity! RSVP online.

SAVE THE DATE! Temple Sinai Women's Seder 8 Thursday, April 14, 6:00 pm

Join us for our multi-generational Women's Seder! This will be an uplifting event for women that will empower us and bring us closer together as a community. Led by Rabbi Perry and Beth Schafer, the seder will include food (of course), learning and song. $18/person for Sisterhood members and their daughters (ages 10-24); $25/person for non-members (which may be applied to Sisterhood membership). Register online by April 4. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Sinai Men's Seder - Save the Date

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

Sisterhood/Neshamot & Brotherhood

Sunday, March 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm “Psychological Resilience: Support for the Mind, Body and Spirit”


Sinai T’micha

Second Night Passover Seder 8

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,

Come enjoy Temple Sinai’s popular Second Night Passover Seder. We’ll read the full Haggadah with Rabbi Segal and enjoy a 4-course seder meal (Kosher style). $25 for adults (age 13+), $15 for children age 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Non-temple members may also attend for an additional $5. Wine is included, though if you prefer a particular brand, please feel free to bring your own. If you have a special seder plate, please bring it with you and we will have all the seder plate food to add to your plate. Reserved seating with friends & family is also available. Families, singles and couples are welcome to attend this intergenerational, congregation-wide event. All reservations must be made and paid by April 19. You can make reservations online or contact the temple office. If you are able to help us set up our Second Night Passover tables, please join us on Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm and let Judy Thomas know that you will be attending, or call the temple office.

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm


Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 am Please join us on Wednesday, March 9 at 10 am for our first Canasta lesson. We will determine at that time how frequently we will be getting together to learn to play. If you are interested in attending, or cannot attend the first session, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073.


Tuesday, March 15, 1:00 pm Hudson Grille 6713 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 pm II Giallo 5920 Roswell Rd, Suite B-118 Sandy Springs, GA The ROMEOs are at it again. If you are retired, thinking about retirement or even may still be working and enjoy eating out and getting together with men to speak about all kinds of topics, please join us on at our upcoming luncheon. Please contact Charlie Stark to RSVP.

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Mah Jongg Madness 8


Tuesdays, 10:00 am - noon, Beginners 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Seasoned Players Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Small Social Hall We have three games right now that are offered on a weekly basis. Even if you are a regular player, please use the doodle each week. To sign up for the day time Mah Jongg games, use this link: https:/ We are in need of more daytime players if you are available. All Sinai members and their friends are encouraged to attend. It is free. If you have questions, contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073.

Saturday, April 23, 5:30 pm

Interfaith Couple (and family) Shabbat Dinner 8 Friday, March 4, Immediately following services

Adult fare with a kid’s menu! Cost is $15/adult and $5/for all under 18! Questions? Please contact Lori Jassen RSVP online.

Purim Carnival Volunteers are Needed! 8 March 20, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

It takes more than 100 volunteers to run a successful Purim Carnival and we need YOUR help! We are offering 40 minute shifts. Volunteers must be age 13 and up. We are happy to validate service hours. There are several areas where you can volunteer: food, ticket sales, games, prizes, cake walk and decorations. This is a great way to meet other Sinai members and to begin a leadership track at Temple Sinai. Just ask Marcia Nuffer, our President Elect – this is where she started! You can sign up to volunteer online at or contact Judy Thomas if you are interested in a leadership position on the Carnival Planning Committee.

Booth Western Art Museum

Retirees Go to Booth Museum 8

Thursday, March 3, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm We’ll leave Sinai at 10:30, have lunch at the Museum and then enjoy a docent tour. We’ll return around 3:30 pm. The cost is cost is $18 and includes transportation and museum admission. RSVP online.

Gallery Tour

Thursday, March 17 12:00 pm Lunch, Maine Street Coastal Cuisine 24 West Main Street, Cartersville, Georgia 30121 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Gallery, Booth Western Art Museum 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, Georgia 30120 The cost of the museum is $10 plus tax or $8 plus tax for seniors. If you wish to carpool, we will meet at 11:00 am at Regions Bank on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Please RSVP no later than Friday, March 11th to Andy Steinman at or 404.406.4650.


Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sinai Business Alliance

“Millennials Incorporated: The Multi-Generational Workforce” April 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Sinai Business Alliance will welcome Andrea Hershatter, Sr. Associate Dean & BBA Program Director, Goizueta Business School, Emory University speak to the Sinai Business Alliance. Please mark your calendars for this networking event. Wine, cheese and light refreshments will be served.

The Temple Sinai running group has had two group runs and a great time was had by all. It is proving to be a nice way to get to know each other and enjoy a run at the same time. Come and join the fun! We meet in the main lobby at 9:45 Sunday mornings when there is Religious School. Please contact Michael Warshauer for more information at

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

We are putting together a monthly golf game for men and women of all skill levels to play during the week. Teams of four will be divided up based on skill level. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other Sinai members and have a list of people who want to play golf with others in between the monthly sessions. Our first outing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30 am at Stone Mountain Park Golf Course. Carpooling from Temple Sinai is available. Thanks to Michael Gamburg, who will be spearheading this initiative. If you have questions, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073.

Juliet Club

March 16, 1:00 pm II Giallo 5920 Roswell Rd, Suite B-118 Sandy Springs, GA If you are retired and enjoy dining out with other retired or almost retired women (only!), then join us at our monthly outings. The food will be delicious, the price is reasonable and the company is simply terrific. Contact Judy Thomas at 404-252-3073 to RSVP.

Temple Sinai's Exploring Israel Family Trip December 22, 2016 - January 3, 2017

Join Rabbi Levenberg for a fun family trip to Israel! Trip highlights include: Tour old synagogues See the picturesque alleys and art galleries of Tzfat Jeep tour of the Golan Heights Archeological excavation in Beit Gurvin Tour Yad Vashem Light the Chanukah candles in Jerusalem Full itinerary and more information available at: | 404 . 252 . 3073

Wanted: Women interested in relevant, intellectual pursuits with a feminist bent. We are establishing a LILITH SALON at Temple Sinai. Our first meeting will be Thursday, April 28. Come for stimulating conversation among women who love grappling with important issues, both Jewish and in the world at large. RSVP to Lynn Ritvo at by April 21st.

Sunday Mornings, 9:45 am

Adult Programs

There are two options this month to join Temple Sinai at the Booth Museum to see the work of Ansel Adams and photographers who influenced his early work. Museum goers will also be able to view the work of a New Mexico potter, Michael Naranjo.

Sunday Morning Running Group


Youth & Education Programs

Family Purim Carnival 8 Sunday, March 20

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

Please join us for

Family Shabbat Service

Friday, March 25, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Youth and Teen Programs

Your Journey. Your Home.

Save the Dates


Temple Sinai has designed a 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. Family Shabbat, Save the dates April 29 May 20

March 6 J-serve at the JCC: 6th - 12th Grade March 11 - 13 Alabama Civil Rights Retreat: 5th and 6th Grade March 11 - 13 NFTY-SAR Hatikvah Kallah: 7th and 8th Grade March 16 Teen Lounge: 9th - 12th Grade March 18 - 20 Camp Retreat Weekend: 3rd and 4th Grade

Early Childhood Engagement at Temple Sinai

It’s time to make plans to attendTemple Sinai Preschool’s Summer Camp! Registration will be offered on a weekly basis, with 8 weeks of fun and special events. We have many new themes, as well as, arts & crafts, water play, music, sports, cooking, and more. Be sure to register by March 31, 2016 in order to take advantage of Early Bird Registration rates. All information is on the Temple Sinai website: Week 1: Week 2: Week 3: Week 4: Week 5: Week 6: Week 7: Week 8:

Daddy & Me 8

Hearth Pizza (in the Exchange at Hammond) 5992 Roswell Rd NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328 RSVP online Special Daddy & NOT Me 8 BURN Studios, hosted by Jeremy Levison Saturday, March 19, 1:30 pm Come join your fellow dads for an easy paced spinning class at BURN Studios to ride and watch some NCAA first round games! No spinning experience necessary. BURN Studios 3575 Durden Dr NE #202 Brookhaven, GA 30319 RSVP online

A Camping We Will Go Summer Safari Sinai Chefs Make Magic Happen Hooray For The Fourth Dr. Seuss Is On The Loose 2016: A Space Odyssey Let The Olympic Games Begin

Moms & Tots: Moms' Night Out 8

March 12, 6:30 pm Home of Amanda Brandenburg 4086 Powers Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30342 We will enjoy a wine tasting from One Hope Wines, and 15% of proceeds will be directed to charity. Bloom & Give, a company that sends girls to school in India with the proceeds of their handmade scarves and bags, will also be in attendance. A 15 person minimum is required. RSVP online.

Temple Sinai Preschool is Now Enrolling! We are continuing to accept applications for children 12 months through Transitional Kindergarten for our 20162017 preschool year. For more information on enrollment or to schedule a private tour, please contact the Temple Sinai preschool office at 404.255.6200 or email | 404 . 252 . 3073

Hearth Pizza and Baskin Robbins Saturday, March 26, 11:00 am

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


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Wo/Men's Infertility Support Havurah presents: Self-Care March 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

Your Journey. Your Home.

Come join WISH for a journey into self-care practices on March 10, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. We are delighted that Kerri Golding, LCSW will be joining us as a guest speaker. Temple Sinai’s Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair, Beth Schafer, will also be present to facilitate a meaningful guided meditation experience. Topics to be discussed will range from wellness and mindfulness practices to techniques to avoid being your own bully. Learn to take good care of yourself, because you deserve it! For those interested, an optional support group facilitated by a licensed clinician will immediately follow the main meeting.

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

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10 am - Melton; Mah Jongg

10 am - Tai Chi Chih 4:45 pm - Hebrew School 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg; Teen Wednesday Night Program 7 pm - Adult Education Mini Series

7 am - Traditional Service

9 am - Torah Study

10:30 - Retirees at Booth Museum (Away)

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg 6:30 pm - Rock Shabbat Service, featuring Chai Fidelity 7:30 pm - Interfaith Couple (and family) Shabbat Dinner

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

10 am - Shabbat Service







9:30 am -Confirmation Class; MAP; Religious School; Torah Tots 9:45 am - Running Group 11 am - Adult Beginning Hebrew 12:15 - Hebrew Chavurah; Social Action Sunday 7 pm - Chocolate Trail with Sisterhood

7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton; Mah Jongg

10 am - Canasta

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

10 am - Baby and Me

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

1:30 pm - Book Talks with Rabbi Kranz

6:30 pm - Shabbat Service Honoring Kesher Volunteers








7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Mah Jongg; Melton Course

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

10 am - Baby and Me

1 pm - Romeo Club (Away)

1 pm - Juliet Club (Away) 4:45 pm - Hebrew School 5:30 pm - SCRUFY Teen Lounge 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg 7 pm - Adult Education Mini Series

12 pm - Gallery Tour (Away)

6:30 pm - Shabbat Service; Tot Shabbat

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah 1:30 Daddy & Not Me (Away) 7 pm - Casino Royale

9 am - Brotherhood & Nefesh Brunch 9:30 am - Parent Learning Connection 1st grade; PreK; Religious School 9:45 am Running Group 12 pm Hunger Walk (Away) 12:15 pm Hebrew Chavurah

6 pm - Atidaynu Program

4:45 pm - Hebrew School 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg 7 pm - Adult Education Mini Series


9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony 5:30 pm Havdalah B'nei Mitzvah

7 pm - WISH Meeting

6:30 pm - Moms & Tots (Away)

5th & 6th Grade Retreat 9th & 12th Hatikuah Kallah

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

5:30 pm Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

3rd & 4th Grade Retreat








9:30 am -Confirmation Class; Religious School

7 am - Traditional Service

10 am - Melton; Mah Jongg

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

7 am - Traditional Service

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg

9 am - Torah Study

9:45 am - Running Group

10 am - Baby and Me

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

6:30 pm - Rosh Chodesh; NCAA Basketball and Billiards with Brotherhood (Away)

6:30 pm - Family Shabbat Service

10:15 am - Megillah Reading; Sensory Sensitive Megillah Reading 11 am - Purim Carnival





9:30 am Confirmation Class;, Religious School

7 am - Traditional Service

10 am Mah Jongg; Melton course

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

9:45 am - Running Group 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah

10 am - Baby and Me

7:30 pm - Sinai Book Club

31 7 am - Traditional Service

6:30 pm - Shabbat Service 8 pm Hebrew Learner's Shabbat

10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am - B’nei Mitzvah 11:00 am - Daddy and Me (Away)

Our Sinai Family

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

Mazel Tov to...

Amanda & Mark Brandenburg on the birth of their son, Remy Brandenburg. Rita Burnat on the birth of her granddaughter, Kyla Mathis Burnat. Arthur Heyman on his 89th birthday. Hannah & Will Martin on the birth of their son, Walter Tex Martin.

Bethany & Taylor Smith on the birth of their daughter, Holland Avery Smith. Mazel Tov to Helaine & Andrew Lasky, grandparents, and Rachel Lasky, aunt, as well. Lindsey & Mark Simpson on the birth of their son, Wyatt Shane Simpson. Jim Taratoot on his 70th birthday.

Condolences to…

Rebecca & Geoffrey Ogrin on their marriage. Mazel Tov to Rebecca’s parents, Gina & Pete Genz, as well.

David Dudovitz on the death of his brother, Rabbi Mayer Baruch Dudovitz.

Michelle & Justin Rishel on the birth of their son, Grant Neil Rishel.

Dorothy Lobel on the death of her brother, Maier Levine.

Amy Rosen on the death of her uncle, I. Jay Aarons. Adelle & Herman Salmenson on the birth of their grandson, Jared Andrew Salmenson. Leah Smith on the death of her grandfather, Ralph Kahn. Condolences to Sharon Price, cousin, as well. Adelle & Herman Salmenson on the marriage of their son, Gavin Salmenson, to Shannon Lasky. Jeff Weisberg on the death of his father, Eugene Weisberg.

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Contributions | January 2016

Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in honor of Bruce and Arlene's 55th Anniversary in memory of Janet Roberts praying for Refuah Sh’laymah for Joan Brown Beth Schafer Discretionary Fund in loving memory of Morton Epstein Sr. Candy & Stephen Berman Leadership Development in memory of Bobby Zucker Dennis Hoffman Chesed fund in memory of Marilyn Myerson Congregant Relief Special Fund in memory of David Snow

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Deitch Family Library Resource Endowment in memory of Isidore Deitch


Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in memory of Isadore Crane

Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in appreciation of Judy Thomas

Jan & Warren Epstein Cultural Arts Endowment in honor of The Feldman Family Zayde's Birthday

in memory of Harriet Berlin's sister Susie Harriet V. Postman the Mother of Alan Bragman

Jeannette & Fred Nichols Library Fund in memory of Jeannette C. Nichols Kesher Special Fund in honor of Jonah Glenn's Bar Mitzvah Maurice Shemper for hosting Take Out Judaism in memory of Anne Klingoff Beatrice Rappaport Edna Barkin Harriet Greenblot Josephine T. Spector Ronald H. Schoenberg Sue Robertson praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Michelle Cooper

Ellyse & Warren Zindler Technology Fund in memory of Amnon DeNur Anita Mazier Morris Anna Levy Zindler Lala Greene Morton Epstein Sr. Naomi Walker Sterling Mayer Zindler

Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Endowment in honor of The Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Aronin

in honor of The birth of Boden Magner Barnett

Operating Enhancement Special Fund in appreciation of Sheryl Adair

Gary Metzel Spirituality Endowment in loving memory of William B. Felt General Endowment in honor of Jonah Glenn’s Bar Mitzvah in memory of Bobby Zucker Lala Greene Harvey White Teen Endowment in memory of Gerald Wynne Martin White

PNK Learning Center Special Fund in honor of Shannon Lasky and Gavin Salmenson's Wedding

in memory of Marilyn Myerson

Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Endowment in memory of Lala Greene

in honor of Irv Schoenberg in memory of Edwin Goodman Jay Weinstein Lala Greene Marc Greenberg's Father Marilyn Myerson Naomi Walker Randy Baras's Father

in memory of Ben C. Vaughn Julian Gross Peter Gross Lewaaron H. Moyer Phillip Levetan Phyllis Freedman Raul Gregory Diez Sheldon Ezor Prayer Book Special Fund in memory of Lillian Commy Pre-School Fund in honor of The Koransky Family Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund in honor of the marriage of Rebecca Genz and Geoffrey Ogrin in memory of Abe Steinberg Carole Rabinowitz David Goldstein Lala Greene Laura Green Leob Ketzky Lil Ketzky Rita Fine Rabbi Perry Discretionary Fund in memory of Henry Leff Mollie Mittleman Morton Epstein Sr. Rabbi Richard Lehrman Memorial Endowment in memory of Jacob Sherman Lee Krick

Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in honor of Sandy Palay's 80th Birthday

Richman Spiritual Relationship in memory of Bert Lewyn in honor of the Clergy for outstanding Interfaith Holy Innocents’ - Temple Sinai Weekend

Steven Eichel Jewish Law Library Endowment in honor of Jonah Samuel Glenn's Bar Mitzvah Taylor & Greenberg Religious School Scholarship in memory of Morris Greenberg

Contributions | January 2016

in memory of Anita Maziar Morris Anna Aponowitz David Ellis Ethel Lovenheim Freddie Kronsberg Helen Fleischel Irene Rainbow Irving Kaplan Jerry Gabriel Joan Eichen Julia S. Klineman Kyle M. Burnat Marilyn Myerson Phillip Levetan Sam Esterman Samuel Finn Dana

Second Helpings Special Fund in memory of Eleanor Hart Estelle Silverman Herbert Spector Lois Mexie Oscar Rosen

Technology/Communications Special Fund in honor of Matthew Aronin's Bar Mitzvah Torah Learning Special Fund in honor of Marisa Kaiser The Temple Sinai Torahs Youth/Teen Program & Scholarship Fund in memory of Harry Rabin Harry Uwell

Temple Sinai’s Special Parking Assistance Program Continues...

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• Sinai SPA is for those who struggle with mobility issues • Parking attendants will be available from 5:30-8:30 pm each Shabbat evening • Sinai SPA is complimentary (no tipping allowed)

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At Temple Sinai, we strive to foster an inclusive and welcoming community. We realize, however, that with an inadequate number of handicapped parking spaces and our challenging topography, too many congregants struggle to navigate the inclines from the parking lot to the building. Recognizing this as a deterrence to active participation in synagogue life for some in our congregational family, Sinai is continuing to offer the Special Parking Assistance Program (SPA) for Friday night services.

The continuation of Sinai SPA is funded in loving memory of Louis Taratoot. If you wish to support this effort, contributions should be directed to Sinai’s Hineini - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund. If you have questions about this initiative, please contact Shelly Dresdner at 404-252-3073 or


B’nei Mitzvah

February B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies Dani Barnard, daughter of Laura and John Barnard For Dani's TAG she has and will continue to provide support for people in need from children in hospitals to families that are homeless. Specifically, she has written get well cards during the holidays and provided baked goods for homeless families. Samuel Edward Edens, son of Heather and Bill Edens For Sam’s Chesed project, he volunteered with Second Helpings. Sam became interested in the Second Helping mission to redistribute surplus food to individuals and families in need while he was riding along with his mom on the weekends. Sam dedicated many of his Sunday afternoons to picking up food from the Fresh Market and delivering it to the Community

Assistance Action Center or to My Sister’s House. Sam took charge during the drives by interacting with the employees at the Fresh Market, filling out the paperwork, recording the amount of food donated and bagging it for the delivery. He also learned about the places the food was delivered and their mission to help those in need. During the drive, he often talked about how delicious the food looked and that he was happy it was not going to go to waste. Sam plans to keep delivering food for Second Helpings after his Bar Mitzvah. Isaac Jaye, son of Jeanne Boudreaux and David Jaye Isaac focused his attention on Chesed project/community service activities that could help the environment. Isaac volunteered many hours planting trees with Trees Atlanta to help restore our urban canopy. He offered his time at the Atlanta Community Foodbank in the product rescue center, which helps provide food for needy families and reduces food waste, thus helping the environment. He is also raising funds from

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Helena Harris, daughter of Deanna and Mark Harris As someone passionate about education that also loves spending time with children, Helena volunteers each week at the AGAPE Youth and Family Center. The Youth and Family Center’s mission is to educate and support children within the community to discover and embrace their full potential. Agape achieves this goal by providing afterschool programming and family services that focus on character development, academic achievement, and reading proficiency. At Agape, Helena helps achieve this mission by tutoring young children in the afterschool program. There, she helps underprivileged students in kindergarten through second grade with their schoolwork, and then spends time reading to them and playing educational games. Helena enjoys it so much she plans to continue her weekly visits.

Brooke Sard, daughter of Karen and Jonathan Sard For Brooke's T.A.G. project she decided to devote her time to two different organizations. The first was the The Temple Zaban Couples Night Center. The Zaban Couples Center provides housing and two meals a day for 22 homeless couples. Brooke prepared and served dinner to the couples. Brooke also decided to donate to the new Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to stay there at little or no cost, which gives the families an affordable opportunity to be near their child. With the help of friends and family, Brooke packaged and delivered toiletry kits for the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House as well as delivered various desserts for the house. Emily Butler, daughter of Jane and Scott Butler Emily wanted to make the holidays were special for kids who are less fortunate by getting involved with Amy’s Holiday Party. For over 20 years, Amy’s Holiday Party has provided a holiday celebration for children in over 40 homeless shelters, foster care, and refugee centers in Atlanta. They give away 2,000 toys each year. Emily set up a toy drive at her school for classmates to donate. With some of her Bat Mitzvah money, Emily purchased some new toys for the kids to enjoy. Emily is looking forward to volunteering at the annual holiday party in December. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Jacob Kenneth Lane, son of Michelle Lane and Sid Lane Jacob has enjoyed volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He particularly enjoys getting his hands dirty doing the initial screening in giant boxes. The journey of learning about his Jewish heritage has been rewarding in numerous ways. From Sinai Torah Tots, to Sunday religious school to Hebrew school to formal Bar Mitzvah tutoring and preparation Jacob has embraced the opportunity to learn about his Jewish identity. In addition, Jacob has also been an engaged and active camper during summer vacations at URJ Camp Coleman and eventually he’d like to be a counselor there when in college. Jacob is grateful to have shared this journey with our extended Sinai family and want to express particular thanks to Caren Feingold for her years of service to the education of our children and adults.

Lindsey Lewis, daughter of Amy and Bryan Lewis Lindsey is a kind and compassionate young lady who greats everyone she meets with a big, warm smile. She treats everyone the same regardless of their disabilities. In this spirit, Lindsey chose to support an organization that is close to her heart for her Mitzvah project. Lindsey is donating money and collecting art supplies for Open Hearts Art Center is Asheville, NC which serves adults with developmental disabilities thru the arts. Lindsey visits Opens Hearts periodically and is always friendly and kind to the program's participants.

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family and friends for, an organization whose mission is to ensure a future for wild cats and the vast landscapes on which they live. Lastly, Isaac volunteered through Temple Sinai with Family Promise, spending the night in a shelter helping to serve homeless families, and with New American Pathways, sorting and delivering clothing for refugee families who are resettling in Atlanta


Family Promise

Social Action

“The Whole worth of a benevolent deed lies In the love that inspires it.” The Talmud Family Promise is a national organization that provides temporary room and board, as well as career counseling and case management, for homeless families with children. Here in Atlanta, Temple Sinai is one of 12 inter-faith organizations within Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb. For one week, approximately four times per year, Temple Sinai hosts up to four families that are in need of housing and hospitality. Temple Sinai provides the facilities and our congregants volunteer their time by providing meals, on-site and overnight hosting, and assisting with move-in/move-out. Sinai volunteers have enjoyed the opportunity to have a direct impact on families in need... the families we were supporting...are hard working families with unfortunate circumstances trying to maintain normalcy. Their appreciation was overwhelming for everything we did; whether it was providing meals, spending time with their children or just hanging with them. It is a wonderful service that we can provide. Nicole Zitron, provided breakfast, dinner and spent the night. We would love to have you join us April 3 - April 10 during our next host week: Donnaire, former Family Promise Guest says, "Family Promise has provided the "hand up" vs "hand out" that helped my family to find a new path through life...Thank you FP because without your love and support who knows where we would be?! Blessings and Love Temple Sinai, We love you!"

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Provide Dinner: Prepare or purchase dinner for the guests and yourselves. Enjoy dinner and conversation with the guests, stay and help tidy up after dinner is over (nightly 5:30-7:45).


Overnight Hosts: Pack your toothbrush, pajamas, pillow, bedding and a change of clothes! Stay overnight at Temple Sinai and enjoy breakfast with our guests (7:30 pm - 8:00 am). Help with Move-in/Move-out Days: Arrive on Sunday to either help unload the guests’ belongings off the truck and set-up the rooms for our guests; or help load the guests’ belongings onto the truck and close the rooms (Sundays, 1-2 hours). Questions? Please contact us:TempleSinaiFamilyPromise@gmail. com Ready to Volunteer? Go to:

Family Promise Host Week Sunday, April 3 - 10

Temple Sinai is hosting homeless families here at our synagogue. Family Promise is a wonderful program where the entire family can stay together while they get their feet back on the ground. Help is needed for people to stay overnight (a simple and fun job) as well as to help with move-in/out and to launder the linens and towels. We could also use help in preparing dinners for the families (usually 12-15 people). Contact to sign up.

2016 Hunger Walk/Run at Turner Field Sunday, March 13 12:00 pm Registration 2:00 pm Walk

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

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Sunday, March 6, 12:15 pm

March Technology Collection As part of our annual electronic recycling drive, we will be collecting working tablets and laptops that will be donated to families in need. Our first donation from the collection will be to Family Promise. Please bring any working tablet, laptop or smartphone to the Sinai front desk for collection. Each device will be completely erased using rewrite technology that will write over every sector of the hard drive to make sure no data can be retrieved. An operating system will be reinstalled and if necessary a new battery will be put in the machine. If you have any questions please email

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When Cobb County resident Celeste Moon recently set out to buy a new car, she knew she wanted good gas mileage. She also wanted enough space to accommodate the hundreds of pounds of food she picks up regularly as a Second Helpings Atlanta Volunteer (SHA). About a year ago Celeste learned about SHA and quickly discovered the food-rescue organization was a great match for her. “We live in such a wasteful culture and I’m passionate about recycling and rescuing precious resources.” For Celeste, who also donates her time at animal shelters, that includes not only food, but pets. Celeste criss-crosses the metro area—from Dunwoody to downtown—filling in for SHA drivers who are unable to volunteer on a particular day. “I’m up at my lake cabin a lot so being a sort of permanent substitute is ideal. I love it because I see so many different people in many parts of the city,” says Celeste. She’s also become a mentor for other drivers. Like many volunteer drivers Celeste finds that the Second Helpings Atlanta model just makes sense. “You rescue food, then promptly get it to people who need it. They get something delicious to eat and the food doesn’t get thrown in the garbage.” Celeste is always excited to see what she gets from generous donors like Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and Target. “When I see a big box of meat I can’t wait to deliver it to the shelter or food pantry!” Learn more about becoming a Second Helpings Atlanta volunteer by contacting Laura at Celest Moon and her dog make SHA food runs together! | 404 . 252 . 3073

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Social Action

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


Philip N. Kranz Learning Center

Learning Center News Mary Baron Since 1950, the Jewish Book Council has been presenting awards to authors of Jewish books in a variety of categories. The Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center has many of these outstanding books available to check out, including the 2015 award winners. In addition, the Sydney Taylor Book Award which honors children’s and young adult books which authentically portray the Jewish experience have also recently been announced. If you are looking for interesting reading stop by and take a look at these award winners.

The Nightingale. This romantic novel tells the story of two French sisters living in occupied France, one in Paris and one in the countryside, who become part of the French Underground.

2015 National Book Award Winners:

Shanghai Sukkah. This book tells the story of a boy named Marcus who flees with his family from 1930’s Germany to Shanghai China, where everything is new and unfamiliar. He makes a friend named Liang and learns how to incorporate his Jewish traditions into his new surroundings.

Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli. This is a fun and well researched book which covers both the history of this iconic Jewish institution as well as the cultural history of Jews in America. The Book of Aron. This harrowing story is told through the eyes of a 13 year old boy living in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II who is rescued by Dr. Janusz Korczak, a real life figure who was well known for his Warsaw orphanage and his work as a child advocate. All Who Go Do Not Return. In this memoir, Shulem Deen allows us a glimpse inside his life as a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the U. S. and shares his struggles as he decides to leave the community.

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Everybody Says Shalom. This picture book takes young readers on a tour of Israel from the Old City of Jerusalem to the modern city of Tel Aviv.

Hereville: How Mirka caught a fish In this inventive graphic novel, Cartoonist Barry Deutsch describes his heroine Mirka as “yet another troll-fighting 11 year old orthodox girl.” He humorously combines fantasy and day to day life in a contemporary orthodox Jewish community.

Book Talks

Library Guild's Spring Book Review

Rabbi Philip Kranz PNK Learning Center

“A Guest for the Night” by S.Y. Agnon

Join Rabbi Kranz in a lively discussion of books each month. Save the date for upcoming talks.

Sunday, May 1, 3:30 pm


2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners:

Happy Birthday to the following children who have become Birthday Book Program honorees Hannah Much, Margaret Stifel

Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild Beth & Edward Sugarman, Steven & Sheri Labovitz, Henry Leibowitz

Thursday, March 10, 1:30 pm “Abba Hillel Silver” Thursday, April 14, 1:30 pm “Synagogue Architecture” Thursday, May 12, 1:30 pm “Unusual suggestions for summer reading”

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

Camp Jenny Spaghetti Fundraiser The Camp Jenny Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction was held on Friday, January 29th and was a huge success! The Temple Sinai teens raised over $6,550 for Camp Jenny, a teen-led weekend at URJ Camp Coleman every Memorial Day weekend for elementary school students from inner-city Atlanta. 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. 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. The money raised at Temple Sinai’s event will send 13 kids to camp! The teens have worked hard for the past few months – spreading the word about Camp Jenny and the dinner, securing donation items for the silent auction, and food donations for the dinner, and much more. The teens helped register people at the event the night of and served spaghetti to the dinner guests. Thank you to everyone who donated, attended the dinner, and supported the Temple Sinai Teens and Camp Jenny!

Sinai Teens serving the spaghetti – Zach Durbin, Madison Cunninghis and Mason Redler

The Leepson Family (winners of the $1,000 Youth Programs Raffle) with Molly Okun and Rabbi Brad

Three generations of SCRUFY Advisors (Anna Roberto, Molly Okun, Sami Tannenbaum)

Teens enjoying the meal! Rianna Saslow and Micah Corley

Dinner guests enjoyed a pasta buffet prepared by our teens | 404 . 252 . 3073

SCRUFY President Aaron Earl cooking spaghetti


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Temple Sinai March Worship Schedule Friday, March 4 6:30 pm Rock Shabbat Service  Featuring Chai Fidelity

Friday, March 18 6:30 pm Tot Shabbat Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 

Saturday, March 5 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, March 11 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Honoring Kesher Volunteers

Saturday, March 19 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am Bat Mitzvah of Ashley Moyer, daughter of Mark and Lauren Moyer

Friday, March 25 6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service  Saturday, March 12 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am B'not Mitvah ceremony of Madeline Saturday, March 26 Lampert, daughter of Warren and 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Stephanie Lampert and Melanie Zeewy, 10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah of Mitchell Cohen, son of daughter of Gady and Cathy Zeewy Jay and Lisa Cohen and Simon Gersten, son of Mitchell and Lauren Gersten 5:30 pm B’nei Mitzvah ceremony of Matthew Birnbaum, son of Larry and Lynne Birnbaum and Benjamin Ringers, son of Can’t make it to synagogue? Look for the  icon indicating that Neil and Suzanne Ringers Thursday, March 17 5:30 pm Bar Mitzvah Ceremony of Jordan Crim, son of Jennifer Crim

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March D'var 2016  

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