Page 1

d’var sinai

November 2016

Shabbat Honoring Veterans Friday, November 11, 2016 5:45 pm Kabbalat Panim 6:00 pm Service Please join us for our annual Temple Sinai Veteran's Service, which falls on the actual Federal Holiday this year. We are honoring female veterans and especially one of our own from Temple Sinai, Jeanne Britanisky Hutchison. Veterans are encouraged to wear a flag lapel pin (available at the name tag table on the evening of the service) and to stay for a moment after the service for a group photo. Thank you to all who have served our country!

Calling all Veterans In preparation for our Shabbat Honoring Veterans we are updating our database. If you are a veteran, please let us know! Visit so that we can properly honor you in our service.

Chyatte Lecture: Jews in Space with Dr. Paul R. Wolpe 8

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm Surprisingly, Jews have had a significant role in going into space, and there have been a number of Jewish astronauts (and cosmonauts!). Jews have also contributed to “Space Ethics,” the development of bioethics policies in space travel. Space travel challenges us with unique situations that evoke unique ethical and bioethical issues. Dr. Wolpe, for the last 15 years the Senior Bioethics Advisor to NASA, tells stories of being a Jew at NASA, tells of the Jewish role in the exploration of space, and explores some of the challenging ethical issues of long duration space flight to explore our solar system. Please RSVP online. Sponsored by the Sam Chyatte Memorial Endowment Fund

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

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

Facilities/Event Director Lillie Janko Development & Campaign Director Dawn Painter

President Elect Cary Rodin

Look for the  icon indicating that the service will be streamed live.

Vice President (Development) Adam Mayer

Vice President (Ritual) Jeff Kerker Treasurer David Mann

Member Services Manager Simone Bonnejonne

Assistant Treasurer Ira Blecker

Executive Assistant to Clergy Rachel DeLine

Immediate Past President Scott Zucker

Front Desk Associate Abigail Baughman Facilities Manager Andre Parker Education Staff Director of Education Marisa Kaiser Director of Youth Education Emily Cohen Religious School Administrative Assistant Jenny Mopper Director of Youth & Teen Engagement Molly Okun B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator Sharon Clark Librarian, PNK Learning Center Adelle Salmenson Preschool Director Jamah Maman Preschool Administrative Assistant Jennifer Adams

Vice President (Community) Lynn Redd

Vice President (Membership) Kevin Levingston

Assistant to Clergy Lori Jassen

Published by Temple Sinai 5645 Dupree Drive Sandy Springs, GA 30327 P: 404.252.3073; F: 404.252.8570 8 Be sure to visit our website to register for upcoming events.

Director of Membership Engagement Jaimee Boettcher

Accountant Errol Atlan

D’var Sinai

Vice President (Communications/ Secretary) Stacey Geer

Vice President (Education) Asher Royal

Communications Associate Alexie Malloy

Your Journey. Your Home.

President Marcia Nuffer

Director of Operations Shelly Dresdner

Communications Director Andrea Fineman


Board of Trustees

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 Maurice Shemper Johanna Skid Lawana Streger

Accessibility Services

D’var Sinai Submissions

should be emailed to communication@ The deadline for the December issue is October 25. Thank you!

Advertise with Us

The D’var Sinai has a circulation of approximately 1,500 households and is published 11 times per year. Our advertising rates are very competitive. Please email communication@ for information.

Join us at TempleSinaiATL.

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

From My Perspective | Rabbi Ron Segal I am sitting to write this month’s clergy column just a few hours before the first presidential debate, knowing that this edition of the D'var Sinai will arrive in mailboxes mere days before we go to the polls to vote. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, it is undeniable that this election has been unlike any most Americans have ever experienced. And, I suspect most are as eager as I am for this unpleasant, divisive and ugly election season and campaign to conclude. Recently, a friend astutely commented that, come November 9, a portion of our country will awaken to a newly-elected President, not only for whom they did not vote but also someone whom they do not particularly like. Undoubtedly, people will have already found ample forums of like-minded individuals in which to either express their satisfaction or vent their frustrations and disappointment over the returns. However, with the results looming, I felt it important to re-affirm as explicitly as possible our congregation’s continued commitment to ensure that, at least within the walls of our synagogue and community, we will do our very best to maintain a sanctuary in the greatest sense of the word – not only a place for prayer, but also a place of respite and peace. Whether one is ultimately pleased or displeased with the results on November 9, Temple Sinai will remain a place to which

people can come to escape the negativity, bitterness, smugness and the overall noise associated with this season. And no matter the vote one ultimately casts, we are committed to being a spiritual home that is embracing and supportive of each other. As author Elizabeth Lesser has characterized it, we will refrain from “otherising” those with whom we might disagree. As we attempt to navigate the challenges of bringing a divided country together beyond the walls of our synagogue, may we at Temple Sinai remain collectively committed within to working collaboratively, lovingly and joyfully to help further the mission, aspirations, values and blessings of our holy community. May we endeavor to make real the words contained in the “Prayer for our Country” found within our Mishkan Tefilah siddur: “O Guardian of life and liberty, may our nation always merit Your protection. Teach us to give thanks for what we have by sharing it with those who are in need. Keep our eyes open to the wonders of creation, and alert to the care of the earth. May we never be lazy in the work of peace; may we honor those who have died in defense of our ideals. Grant our leaders wisdom and forbearance. May they govern with justice and compassion. Help us all to appreciate one another, and to respect the many ways that we may serve You. May our homes be safe from affliction and strife, and our country be sound in body and spirit.” Amen.

Travel to Israel with Rabbi Ron Segal - June 2017

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

We are excited to announce our next congregational family trip to Israel!


Board of Trustees Message | Lynn Redd As Vice President of Community for the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees, I will work to have Temple Sinai recognized as one of the leading congregations in metro Atlanta relative to social action programs and community engagement. Since Temple Sinai’s founding in 1968, its clergy and lay leadership have been committed to encouraging member participation in social action initiatives that have an impact on our congregants, the Atlanta community, and Israel. Through the years this atmosphere has spawned the development of a number of important programs. Close to twenty years ago, our Kesher committee was organized to connect and support our members in their times of need. Approximately 75 Kesher volunteers provide a variety of services, including meals of consolation after a death, as well as meals for families with a new baby or members who have had surgery or a serious illness. Our volunteers also provide get well cards, condolence cards, other personal notes, and phone calls to support our congregants. In 2004 Second Helpings of Atlanta began as a social action project at Temple Sinai. After close to a decade of steady growth, the organization became a standalone nonprofit in 2013. Several hundred Temple Sinai congregants continue to volunteer for Second Helpings by rescuing surplus food and delivering it to those in need.

Hineini Committee focuses on inclusivity and accessibility for our congregants with the recent introduction of accessibility concierges to assist members with a wide range of special needs. The Nefesh Committee serves as a resource for Temple Sinai congregants with mental illness, providing information on institutions, agencies, or professionals that provide appropriate services. As reflected in its mission, Temple Sinai also encourages strong support of the State of Israel. We have longstanding relationships with a number of well-established organizations, including AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), ARZA (the Association of Reform Zionists of America), Israel Bonds, J Street, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). This wide array of partners allows congregants to support Israel in ways that are most meaningful personally. We hope to match all congregants, including children and teens, with opportunities for community engagement, based on personal interests, skills, and availability. Please contact me at or 404-401-7890 and let me help you find a good fit. If you have creative ideas beyond our current scope of services, we welcome your input for new social action initiatives for Temple Sinai members!

Simply Gorgeous, Modern Invitations. Like nothing you've seen before! | 404 . 252 . 3073

Temple Sinai was one of the original host congregations for Family Promise North Fulton & DeKalb, a nonprofit network of interfaith organization working together to end homelessness, one family at a time. As a host, Temple Sinai provides temporary assistance and hospitality for homeless families with children five times per year.


Through its Veterans Affairs initiatives, Temple Sinai has been a community leader in supporting the USO and recognizing its veteran members at an annual Veterans’ Shabbat service. Temple Sinai also has long-term relationships with a number of nonprofits in the Atlanta area. Its members play a significant role in the Pride Walk, the Hunger Walk, Habitat for Humanity builds, and Red Cross blood drives. We also sponsor the annual High Holiday Food Drive with generous donations from a large number of congregants. Social Action Sundays are conducted multiple times a year with projects that appeal to a broad demographic of congregants. The Shomrei Adamah electronics recycling program is another growing social action program. The

Please share in our happiness as our son

JONAH HENRY becomes a


Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 10:30 in the morning Temple Sinai | 5645 Dupree Drive NW | Atlanta, Georgia Kiddush luncheon to follow

Hannah and David Seidman

Printed in Atlanta and Customized Just for You! Free Return Addressing · Free Samples


Brotherhood Upcoming Events

Men’s Poker Championship 8 Thursday, December 15, 6:00 pm - Hudson Grille Are you Sinai’s best poker player? Do you want to be? Test your skills at Brotherhood’s Semi-Annual Texas Hold‘em Poker Tournament. The poker tournament will begin promptly at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded… plus, the top two players will have their name permanently engraved on the “Sinai Cup” trophy.

Save the Date - Brotherhood and Family event at the Atlanta Hawks 8 Sunday, January 15, 3:00 pm - Philips Arena Brotherhood has secured 100 tickets to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks basketball game. We have also arranged for a limited number of spots for a special opportunity for Temple Sinai kids to join the Hawks players on the court at half-time. Check the Sinai website for more info and sign-up instructions. Tickets will be on sale starting November 1. Questions? Please contact us at

Sisterhood/Neshamot & Brotherhood

GET YOUR BOWLING BALL OUT…… 8 Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm - Stars & Strikes in Sandy Springs, 8767 Roswell Rd Everyone likes bowling. Especially combined with beer and pizza. Come out for some friendly competition at the Brotherhood Bowling Night. We will be providing pizza, beer and soda along with shoe rentals and two hours of bowling to roll some strikes or, more likely, gutter-balls. The cost for Brotherhood members is $10 and $25 for all others. Please RSVP by Monday, November 7 on the Sinai website.

Not a poker player? Not a problem. We will provide free Texas Hold’em poker lessons from 6-7 pm. Come enjoy the included heavy appetizers, desserts and cocktails. The cost for Brotherhood members will be $10 and $30 for all others. If you want to play in the poker tournament, the charity ‘buy-in’ is $20 for everyone. Please RSVP on the Sinai website by Monday, December 12. This event is for Sinai members only.

Women's Retreat

Sisterhood/Neshamot Upcoming Events

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

Save the Date for Upcoming 2016-2017 Sisterhood Events! Sunday, January 22, 2017 Fitness/Health/ Nutrition Happening Sunday, March 26, 2017 Top Chef: Anything Matzah Cook Off Sunday, May 7, 2017 Fantastic closing event | 404 . 252 . 3073

Thank You to Our Women's Retreat Sponsors


Adult Education

Sunday Morning Learning 10:00 am, PNK Learning Center The Sunday Morning Learning program is a new initiative aimed at providing meaningful learning opportunities on Sunday mornings to all adults in our community. The topics are varied, the presenters are all phenomenal, and the conversation will be lively. November 6: Buddhism 101 with Wade Jones, an Ordained Buddhist Priest November 13: Symbols and Symbolology in Judaism Adult Beginning Hebrew Learn the Hebrew Alef-bet. 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 Book Talks Thursday, November 10, 1:30 pm Join Rabbi Kranz for his November book talk in The PNK Learning Center.

Sinai Night at MJCCA Book Festival with Andy Cohen Sunday, November 20, 7:30 pm Temple Sinai is honored to sponsor the George and Eva Stern Memorial Lecture at this year's 25th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA. For more than 20 years, the Book Festival of the MJCCA has offered our community a fifteen-day literary extravaganza featuring the year's most sought-after authors, celebrities, and influencers. Thousands of book lovers come together to listen to, meet, and interact with their favorite authors in a variety of forums including author meet-andgreets, book signings, a community read, panel discussions, children's and teen activities, and more. Membership Advancement Program Are you a new member looking to meet other Temple Sinai members? Please join our MAP (Membership Advancement Program) class designed just for you! It's a great opportunity to learn about Temple Sinai, ways to get involved, become connected with our clergy team and engage with other new members. The first session will be Sunday, November 13 at 9:30 am. If you're interested please contact Robin Weisberg (678.613.9009) or Jaimee Boettcher (404.252.3073 ext. 353).

Your Journey. Your Home.

Alembik Lecture8 Sunday, December 4, 10:00 am Join us as psychologist Dr. Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's—as well as their own—well-being.


Inaugural Poet8 Sunday, December 4, 7:30 pm President Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, will be speaking at our synagogue. Mr. Blanco captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity.

Entitled "This Beautiful Tangle," this show will explore the human need to make connections: how we define ourselves: and the importance of bonding to one another. Join us for an artistic exploration of family and community and what it means to belong. For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at 11:00 a.m. at Regions Bank located on Roswell Road and Abernathy in Sandy Springs. There is a fee of $5.00 to carpool. Please RSVP by Friday, November 11 to Andy Steinman at or (404) 4064650.

The Temple Sinai Game Room will be available during specific hours for those congregants who wish to play Mah jongg, Canasta or any other card game. Classroom #176 will be set up with multiple card tables and chairs during the above hours for groups that wish to use Temple Sinai for their regular games.

Adult Programs

Gallery Tour Thursday, November 17 12:00 pm Truman Tavern, 123 East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 2:00 pm Dalton Gallery in the Dana Fine Arts building, Agnes Scott College, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia

Temple Sinai Game Room Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ROMEO Club Tuesday, November 22 at 1:00 PM IL Giallo Join the retired men of the ROMEO club for great food, interesting conversation and lots of fun. Contact Charlie Stark for more information and to RSVP at Lilith Salon Thursday, November 17, 7:00 PM Wanted: Women interested in relevant, intellectual pursuits with a feminist bent. 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 or (678) 239-4999.

FINANCIAL PLANNING • Asset Management • Fee-Based Planning • Retirement Plans - For Small to Medium Sized Businesses • Insurance - Long-Term Health Care, Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance

We will help you make sound financial decisions that preserve and increase your net worth and help you achieve your life goals for success. Laura K. Schilling, JD, CPA, CFP(r), CSA 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite F101 Atlanta, Georgia 30328

(404) 458-0065 www.f

LAW PRACTICE • Estate Planning - Wills & Trusts • Basic Incorporations - S Corporation and Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) | 404 . 252 . 3073

Offering Peace of Mind That Your Financial Affairs are Well Planned and Managed

Financial Innovations offers financial planning and wealth management with a customized, caring approach to our clients’ financial well being.

Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC



Temple Sinai Preschool & Young Families

Check Out Our Upcoming Events for Young Families Noah’s Ark Tot Shabbat

Friday, November 18 5:15 pm Tot Supper Club 8 6:00 pm Service Join us for Shabbat dinner and crafts ahead of time at 5:15, highlighting the Temple Sinai Preschool Pre-K class! Register for dinner online. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join Rabbi Brad for this fun service.

Calling All Rock Stars! Come and Rock Out at Tot Mitzvah

Sunday, December 11 4:00 pm Join us as we celebrate with crafts, face painters, a DJ, pizza and more. Rock and Roll costumes are encouraged for 5 and under. The cost is $15 per family. Please bring the following items to donate to Family Promise: DVD's from 2015-2016 (PG-13 & lower), soft blankets, luggage, new pilliows, printer paper and baby wipes.

Your Journey. Your Home.




at Temple Sinai Preschool

Buy a personalized brick to celebrate Temple Sinai Preschool’s 30th Anniversary and become a permanent part of TSPS history! Bricks will be paved outside the preschool. Purchasing a brick is a terrific way to support Temple Sinai Preschool and create a lifetime connection. Use your brick to ... Brick Choices • 4x8 Personalized Brick: $180 • Commemorate your child’s time at TSPS • 8x8 Personalized Brick: $360 • Celebrate a special occasion such as a birth, Bar/Bat • 12x12 Concrete Stone: $1,000 Mitzvah, birthday or graduation • Honor someone special • Remember a loved one Visit to buy your brick! Please contact Stephanie Jacobs (, Jen Freeman ( or Barbie Bregen ( for more information.

Friday, November 11 5:30 pm 5th & 6th Grade Family Shabbat Dinner & Challah Making 6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service 7:30 pm Kids Only Lock-In/Overnight (5th & 6th Grade) Experience Shabbat together with your family and friends. Build community with your friends, clergy & staff and have the opportunity to meet other 5th & 6th grade families at Temple Sinai.

Save the Date for these upcoming youth and teen events SCRAPPY: Sunday, December 2, 12:30-2 pm CLUB 34: Saturday, November 12, 2-4 pm CLUB 56: Friday, November 11, 6 pm to Saturday, November 12, 8 am LOCK-IN!

JR. SCRUFY: Sunday, November 13, 4-6 pm SCRUFY: Teen Lounge (Nov 2, 6:30-8:30 pm) Fall Kallah: November 4-6 Teen Action Day: Sunday, December 11 8th Grade Trip To Cincinnati: December 2-4

Youth Education & Teens @ Sinai


5th-6th Grade Shabbat Family Experience & Kids Only Lock-In 8

Religious School In Action | 404 . 252 . 3073


Atlanta Born ~ Atlanta Owned ~ Atlanta Managed

Funeral and Cemetery Pre-planning It’s easy: Over the phone, online, in person It’s safe: Pre-payments are 100% escrowed in an account you own It’s responsible: Simplifies arrangements, removes burden from family, and fixes most funeral costs WE HONOR ANY PRE-PAID FUNERAL FROM ANY OTHER FUNERAL HOME

770.451.4999 David Boring

Michael Braswell

Licensed Funeral Directors

Edward Dressler

JF&CS Presents:

Ask a Professional Dan Arnold, LCSW, is the Director of Clinical Services at JF&CS. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned his Master of Social Work at the University of Maryland. He also completed a certificate program in advanced clinical supervision from Smith College School for Social Work, where he holds the rank of clinical instructor. Dan’s clinical interests include working with children and teens, and their families. He has a specific focus on the issues of boys and men.

Your Journey. Your Home.

Q: Dan, I have a 13-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter. What kinds of services


does JF&CS offer and what are some of the benefits they might get from coming to you?

A: There are a number of ways we can help. Child & Adolescent Services offers

a variety of programs and services for children and teens, as well as their parents, depending on what’s going on in their lives. Is there a situation at home or school that is causing your daughter to feel worried, sad, angry or scared? Maybe your son is being bullied, having problems with a friend or is struggling in school. Or, is your family going through a difficult time? Kids, especially teens, often are uncomfortable talking to parents and teachers, and they can benefit from a safe space that is their own. Our clinicians specialize in providing this kind of environment, and we collaborate with both the kids and their families to find solutions.

For more information on counseling services, contact 770.677.9474 or

Yana Gokhman: Daughter of Stella Minevich and Alexander Gokhman Yana has always wanted to be involved in the local community. For that reason, she volunteered for two organizations for her T.A.G. project; the Creating Connected Communities (CCC) and Berman Commons. The CCC is an organization that impacts Jewish teens by providing mentor programs in fundraising, public speaking, and project management. They also advocate opportunities for underprivileged children. Yana’s tasks entailed raising funds and volunteering at a summer festival. Through this opportunity, Yana was put into a leadership position that led to giving a proposal to the Greater Atlanta Area Costcos about the benefits of donating funds to the CCC. She was also in charge of manning an event which taught her the importance of not just donating money, but giving time to organizations and people. Just as the CCC impacted Yana in such a positive way, so did the Berman Commons, an assisted living care facility for Jewish community members. Yana first volunteered in first grade with Temple Sinai and that experience made her want to come back. She was able to communicate with adults and help administer tasks and activities with the community. The T.A.G. Project has given Yana the ability to positively contribute to her community at large and is an experience that will help shape her into a compassionate, strong, leader.

Alyssa Lieberman: Daughter of Sharon and Scott Lieberman For Alyssa’s T.A.G. project, she wanted to use her creative talents to help children who are less fortunate. She participated in several of the Temple Sinai's Social Action Sundays. Along with her mother and brother, she helped the Temple Sinai volunteers making over 1000 sandwiches for the homeless, writing cards, and making fleece blankets for children. Alyssa wanted to extend her blanket-making, so she purchased numerous yards of fleece fabric in fun and soft varieties. She is donating her homemade blankets and homemade pillows to a shelter Open Door Community where her Grandpa Milt has volunteered. She is looking forward to delivering them in time for the winter season. Alyssa has also assisted her dad on an overnight for Family Promise, an organization that assists families that are homeless by providing food, shelter, and support services. Finally, Alyssa helped with the annual Temple Sinai recycling drives lead by her father. She passed out fliers to the Sunday school classes, and helped make it a successful event.

October B'not Mitzvah

October B'not Mitzvah Ceremonies

Isabella Stahlman: Daughter of Beth and Jon Stahlman | 404 . 252 . 3073

For her T.A.G. project, Isabella has worked and continues to work with children in need, some from homeless families, through Amy’s Holiday Party and Creating Connected Communities. At the organization’s Spring Festival, Isabella volunteered at the Art booth, where she spent time working on canvases with the children. She was truly amazed by the colorful, creative paintings they created and by their resilience. From their smiles, she knew they had achieved a much needed break from the difficulties of their daily lives. Isabella is also co-leading the scarf project for Amy’s Holiday Party this year, a project which will help provide winter scarves for families in need. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful people at Amy’s Holiday Party and Creating Connected Communities, and looks forward to continuing this work after becoming a Bat Mitzvah.


Thank you for joining us at the Atlanta Pride Parade Temple Sinai was thrilled to participate in the Atlanta Pride Parade again this year in support of our family, friends, coworkers, and community members. Members and clergy joined with Atlanta's Jewish Community, sponsored by SOJOURN to stride with PRIDE at the Atlanta Pride Parade on October 9.

Your Journey. Your Home.

Temple Sinai Mobile Calendar App


We are proud to announce the launch of the new Temple Sinai Mobile Calendar App! Download the mobile app for either your Apple or Android phone to view our calendar of events and easily register for upcoming programs on your phone or tablet. The new app makes getting involved easy! To access our app type in "Temple Sinai Atlanta", on your phone's app or play store search bar. Select the app entitled Temple Sinai Atlanta and either "get" or "install" our free app. Once you download the app, you will need to create a username and password and then you can start registering for programs. Thank you to the Communications Committee for their hardwork, help and dedication to this project.

The listings below are the 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.

Mazel Tov to… Roger & Lynn Lieberman Ritvo on the birth of their granddaughter, Rebecca Simone Ritvo. Barbara Snow on the birth of her great-grandson, Henry Samuel Milder. Laura & Lawrence Weiner on the birth of their grandson, Remy Williamson Weiner.

Condolences to… Caitlin Benamy & Cora Benamy on the death of their father, Maury Benamy. Condolences also to Joel and Toni Adler, uncle and aunt. Nancy Blumenfeld on the death of her grandmother, Kate Levy. Lisa Goldstein on the death of her aunt, Anita Lifter Deborah Goot on the death of her husband, Stephen Goot. Jeffrey Hoffman on the death of his father, Howard Hoffman. David Kurzweil on the death of his mother, Edith “Edy” Kurzweil. Benjamin Sillins on the death of his sister, Karin Rabin. Rachel Simon on the death of her uncle, Stephen Krosner. Scott Zucker on the death of his brother, Billy Zucker.


ek. 404.697.8215 | kg. 404.307.6000 mt. 404.376.9135 | o. 404.237.5000 | 404 . 252 . 3073



CONTACT US TODAY | © MMXVI Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.


Welcome New Members Linda & James Bartling Susan & David Goldberg; Kaitlyn & Julia Sarah & Kevin Isenberg; Justin Sherri & Jerald Kramer Sarah & Adam Lazarus; Aaron & Benjamin Leah Lefkowitz Dorean Levenberg Jamie & Brian Levy; Larry & Meyer Elaine Lustig Melissa & David Mahl; Sasha & Hallie Heather Murray & Brad Sobel Dana & Daniel Richin; Molly & Oliver Rochelle Rubin Belinda & Danielle Sandalon Jerry Seligman Nancy Silverboard Joanne & Dorn Swerdlin Samantha & Jason Tanenbaum; Paxton Cara Workman & Mark Siegel; Selia, Judsen & Isabel Farrah & Richard Zatcoff; Eli













REG. PRICE $159 $







UP TO 12 RUNS - REG PRICE $475.00

Your Journey. Your Home.

Happy Passover or Thanks so much Ralph for taking good care of me as I fulfilled my dream of owning a Subaru! Ralph made buying easy-and I LOVE my new car! Rabbi Brad Levenberg, Temple Sinai


to Schedule Your FREE In-Home Consultation

770.COOL AIR (770.266.5247)

*$5,295 Complete 2.0 Ton 16 SEER split system A/C with 45,000 BTU 80% gas furnace, matching and digital thermostat. 10 year warranty on all parts, 2-year warranty on the heat exchanger and 10 year warranty compressor. Price included standard installation. Please call for additional details. **Includes parts and labor. Can not be combined with tune-up or maintenance specials.

Muslims. After the attacks on 9/11 this unlikely pair decided to put aside their distrust and open up a dialogue about their beliefs. Sons of Abraham is the result of that brave experiment. The two men write alternate chapters in which they describe how they came to understand each other’s’ faith traditions and find that both religions have some core values in common. No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. Walter Laqueur, a foreign policy expert with a think tank in Washington D.C., focuses on the terrorism occurring around the world and places it in the context of terrorism throughout history, for example kamikaze attacks during World War II. He attempts to explain what terrorism is, what its root causes are and why the Muslim world has become a breeding ground for terrorist groups.



Happy Birthday to the following children who have become Birthday Book Program honorees:

Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild: Jane Cohen Betty Furst Cathy & Alan Gottlieb

Zoe Nash Eli Nash Jack Peretz For more information about the Birthday Book Program, call the Learning Center at 404-252-3073 ext. 320

For more information about the Library Guild Program, call the Learning Center at 404-252-3073 ext. 320 | 404 . 252 . 3073

According to the Pew Research Center, there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. Many of us have very little understanding of this major religion which has become an important topic in recent years. Because of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and other attacks around the world since then, the debate rages about whether there is a connection between Islam and terrorism and how much of our fear is real and how much is unfounded. The horrific war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis is challenging us to balance our compassion with our desire for safety. Local controversies over zoning for mosques and antiMuslim incidents are raising First Amendment issues. The Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center has a great selection of books about Islam which will help you to grapple with these complex issues. An Introduction to Islam for Jews. Reuven Firestone’s book provides an introduction to Islam covering the key doctrines such as the Five Pillars of Islam and sharia law. Rabbi Firestone particularly emphasizes the similarities and differences between Judaism and Islam as well as the historical interactions between Jews and Muslims. Islam: A Guide for Jews and Christians Frank Peters, a professor emeritus at New York University and authority on monotheistic religions, begins by examining the Quran and its familiar accounts of Genesis, the Flood, the Virgin Birth and other events described in the Jewish and Christian bibles. The author then goes on to clearly explain Islam’s most important tenants, including the significance of Mecca and Mohammed’s revelations. Sons of Abraham: a Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims. Rabbi Marc Schneier grew up deeply suspicious of Muslims and was raised to believe them all to be anti-Semitic. Imam Shamsi Ali, who grew up in a small Indonesian village and later studied in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, was taught to believe that Jews wanted to destroy

Philip N. Kranz Learning Center

Learning Center News : Mary Baron


Contributions | September 2016

Rabbi Shabman Discretionary Fund in memory of Laurice Haik Zoghby Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in honor of Barbara Balser's Birthday in memory of Dennis Hoffman Helaine Kaufman Maury Benamy Scott Sheron praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Jackie Wolf Mike Rosenblatt Sylvana Klein Candy & Stephen Berman Leadership Development in memory of Mr. Bernard B. Berman Ms. Florine F. Brenner Cantor Sid Gottler Music Endowment Fund in memory of William "Billy" Zucker Chesed Fund in memory of William "Billy" Zucker

Your Journey. Your Home.

Congregant Relief Special Fund in memory of William "Billy" Zucker


Early Childhood Fund in memory of Beatrice Halpern Ellyse & Warren Zindler -Preschool Technology Fund in memory of Edith Kurzweil Jerome B. Lewis Mary Christie Stephen Goot William "Billy" Zucker Gary Metzel Spirituality Endowment in loving memory of Gary Metzel

Rebecca "Babe" Mendelsohn Goldberg Shirley Gussack General Endowment in appreciation of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Greenberg Melanie and Allan Nelkin Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in memory of Edith "Edy" Kurzweil Elvis Goldsmith Jeanette Hoffman Ruth Kivett Milton Isaacson Pearl Hoffman Scott Sheron William "Billy" Zucker praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Jan Epstein Jan & Warren Epstein Cultural Arts Endowment in honor of Jan Epstein in memory of Manuel Lincove William "Billy" Zucker Kesher Special Fund in memory of Edy Kurzweil Ethel Pearl Karen Rabin Harry Barkin Margie Chapin Scott Sheron Stanley Fishel Stephen Goot William "Billy" Zucker Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Endowment in honor of David Leavitt's Bar Mitzvah Jack Koransky's Birthday Rabbi Kranz's 36 years at Temple Sinai in memory of Marion Baumann Minnie Sherman Rose Weiner

Scott Sheron Lil Weinberg Transportation Endowment in memory of Lil Weinberg Loventhal Scholarship Endowment in honor of Justin Kaufman Rabbi Kranz in memory of Anne P. Cohen William "Billy" Zucker Operating Enhancement Special Fund in honor of Carl and Anna Capelouto's Anniversary Jeff and Judy Diamond's Double Chai Anniversary Rabbi Ron, Rabbi Brad, Rabbi Sam and Cantor Beth on their culinary talent! Scott Zucker The High Holy Days Jennifer Brevick in memory of Arlene Gerson Doris Weintraub Edith "Edy" Kurzweil Elvis Goldsmith Esther Golden Jared David Cohen Joshua Redd Lola Carlin Maury Benamy Owen Dwoskin Robert Robbins Sam Gay Samuel Rubenstein Scott Sheron Sirily Dubovsky Terry Segall Don Nelson William "Billy" Zucker praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Jonathan Leepson Mindi Sard Rabbi Phil Kranz Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in honor of Rabbi Kranz

PNK Learning Center Special Fund in honor of Phil and Nancy Kranz' 36 years at Temple Sinai Rabbi Kranz in memory of Claude H. Cash Harry Solomon Helmut Joseph Maury Benamy praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Rabbi Kranz to thank Melanie and Allan Nelkin Pre-School Fund in memory of Henry Rush Mary Capeloto Rabbi Kranz 36th Anniversary Fund in honor of Rabbi Phil Kranz's 36 years in memory of William "Billy" Zucker

Saralee Steinberg

in memory of Edith Kurzweil Florence Esterman Harold Rainbow Harry J. Hartz Lou Sheftel Norene Fetherolf Perry B. Morris Sandy Dworetz Scott Sheron Shiah Goldstein Vivian Ross William “Billy” Zucker

Stanley & Shirley Cohen Bldg & Grounds Endowment in memory of Louis Cohen

Religious School Special Fund in memory of Nathan Becker Robert S. Janko Children's Enrichment in memory of Irving Berlin Maury Benamy Sandybeck & Alan Lease Visual Arts Endowment in memory of Bernie Rosenak Martin Schneider Second Helpings Special Fund in memory of Elvis Goldsmith Leba Labovitz Richard Fraenzel

Shirley Nemeth Youth Camp Outreach Endowment in memory of Maury Benamy Sophia & Irving Hite Kesher Endowment in memory of Elvis Goldsmith

Taylor & Greenberg Religious School Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of Norma Goldman Technology/Communications Special Fund in memory of William "Billy" Zucker Gertrude Bornfreund Torah Learning Special Fund in memory of Harold Chapin Morton A. Stiller Warren Jacobs Enrichment Endowment in memory of Sylvan Pawliger Youth/Teen Program & Scholarship Fund in memory of Frances Paris Shelly Satisky’s Grandparents

A big Mazel Tov goes to our Temple Sinai softball team for winning the division championship ! Back row - Adam Hubschman, Chris Sandvi, Ira Blecker, Mike Kaiser, Evan Rosen, Seth Friedman, Jason Evans, and Rob Scheinman | 404 . 252 . 3073

Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Rabbi Leveberg’s Installation as Rabbi at Temple Sinai Rabbi Brad

in memory of Buddy Schwartz Elvis Goldsmith John Wolf Leonard Gottlieb Maury Benamy Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in honor of Julie and Nate Leibu's Wedding Rabbi Ron Segal

Contributions | September 2016

in memory of William "Billy" Zucker Scott Sheron to thank Rabbi Ron, Rabbi Brad, Rabbi Sam and Cantor Beth for a delicious dinner and evening together!

Front row - Alex Lurey, Dan Loventhal, Gary Loventhal, Bill Loventhal Not pictured - David Rubinger, Scott Rubinger, Drew Evans, Brandon Kwatnez, Harry Spiegelman, Lee Padove, Jason Grisett


Social Action

Monthly Collections During the month of November we will be collecting holiday gifts for military families for the United Military Care. Please place items in he bin located in the lobby. Thank you for your donation!

Your Journey. Your Home.

      


Invitations for weddings and B’nai Mitzvah Computer calligraphy addressing Custom napkins, programs, labels, gifts Birth announcements Personalized stationery Personalized gifts Personalized customer service. By appointment only  Etc, etc… since 1988


Food Truck Event to Benefit Second Helpings Atlanta! It’s been a banner year for Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA). Last month we rescued over 120,000 pounds of excess, nutritious food. For the first time ever, our monthly “haul” was enough for 100,000 meals. Since our first food pick-up 12 years ago, we’ve rescued more than 5.4 million pounds! The donated food enables budget-strapped social service agencies to serve more hungry people in metro Atlanta. A huge thanks and digital hug to our amazing Volunteer drivers. Thank you for being so generous with your time, muscle power and gas. We appreciate you! SHA’s culture is built around relationships. We are neighbors helping neighbors, hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart. To celebrate our success, we are planning a fabulous food truck festival. On November 12, 2016, SHA’s TASTE OF THE TRUCKS EVENT will be held from 11am-7pm on the field at the Concourse Office Park (Peachtree Dunwoody & Hammond Drive). More than 15 food trucks will be on hand, serving enticing food and delicious tapas. There will also be an extensive Arts and Crafts Market, live music and an entertaining Kids Zone. Our family-friendly event even includes a kids’ service project in a booth where children of all ages can assemble sandwiches and decorate bags that will be delivered to SHA Partner Agencies. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us! Proceeds from TASTE OF THE TRUCKS will support SHA’s continued growth and the important work we do. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Free parking is available. We are also providing valet service and access to a VIP Tent for a small additional fee. To purchase tickets, please go to or visit the SHA website, We can’t wait to see you there!

Social Action

Family Promise The week of November 6, Temple Sinai will be hosting families in transition through Family Promise. During this inspiring week we offer a helping hand to families, so that they can get back on their feet. We invite the entire congregation to take part. We are looking for dinner hosts, overnight hosts and members to bring donations. All activities take place at Temple Sinai. We invite your family to come meet the families in Family Promise. For more information or to find out how you can help, contact: TempleSinaiFamilyPromise@gmail. com.

November201 6 | Elul 5776/ Tshrei5776 Sunday








2 9:30am - Baby and




9:30 am - Lullaby Club



Womens Retreat

9:30am - Religious School

9:30 am - Baby and Me Music Class

10 am Sunday Morning Learning

Fall Kallah


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

Me Music Class

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

1 pm - Temple Sinai Game Room


9 9:30am - Baby and

9:30 am - Lullaby Club 10 am - Melton class, Temple Sinai Game Room 1 pm - ROMEO club 4:45 pm -Hebrew School

10:30 am Preschool Open House

6:30pm - Shabbat Service

6:30 pm - Teen Lounge, Teen Wednesday Night Program 7 pm - Chyatte Lecture

Me Music Class

1 pm - Temple Sinai Game Room

Me Music Class

10 am Sunday Morning Learning, 1st Grade Family Workshop



1:30 pm - Book talks with Rabbi Kranz 7 pm - Mens Bowling Night (away)

16 9:30am - Baby and


Me Music Class

12 pm - Gallery Tour (away)

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

1 pm - Temple Sinai Game Room

7 pm - Lilith Salon


23 24 1 pm - Temple Sinai

9:30 am - Lullaby Club

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service

Fall Kallah

*Family Promise*

14 9:30 am - Baby and

5:45pm Kabbalat Panim/ Oneg, Shabbat Meditation

12:30 pm - 11th and 12th Grade Lunch n Learn




19 9 am - Torah

5:45pm Kabbalat Panim/ Oneg, Shabbat Meditation 6:30pm - Family Service 6:30pm - Shabbat Service Honoring Veterans 7:30 pm - Club 56 Lock In 5:15 pm - Tot Shabbat Dinner Club 5:45 pm Kabbalat Panim/ Oneg ,Shabbat Meditation 6 pm - Tot Shabbat 6:30 pm - Shabbat Service featuring Chai Fidelity

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am Bat Mitzvah Ceremony 11 am -Moms and Tots (away) 2 pm - Club 34 (away)


10 am - Shabbat Service 5:30 pm - Bar Mitzvah Ceremony 6 pm 38s-52s (away)

4 pm - TSPS 30th Anniversary Celebration, Jr.Scrufy (away) 7:30 pm - Sinai Night at the MJCCA Book Festival (away)

21 9:30 am - Baby and Me Music Class

9:30 am - Lullaby Club

Game Room

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


8 am - Temple Sinai at the USO (away)

28 9:30 am - Baby and Me Music Class


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

30 9:30 am - Baby and

Me Music Class 10 am - Temple Sinai Game Room

Office Closed Preschool Closed Thanksgiving Day


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


9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service | 404 . 252 . 3073


events with the same start time are separated by comma*


5645 Dupree Drive Sandy Springs, GA 30327 404.252.3073

Non-Profit U.S. Postage PAID Atlanta, GA Permit No. 283


Temple Sinai November Worship Schedule Friday, November 4 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, November 5 10:00 am Shabbat Service  Friday, November 11 6:30 pm Shabbat Service, Honoring Veterans  6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service  Saturday, November 12 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Liss, son of Lori Agin and David Liss 

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

Friday, November 18 6:00 pm Tot Shabbat 6:30 pm Shabbat Service featuring Chai Fidelity  Saturday, November 19 10:00 am Shabbat Service  5:30 pm Bar Mitzvah of Charles Marks, son of Hedy and Josh Marks  Friday, November 25 6:30 pm Shabbat Service with Artist in Residence  Saturday, November 26 10:00 am Shabbat Service 

November 2016 D'var  
November 2016 D'var