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Temple Sinai’s Adult Engagement Committee is looking forward with great anticipation to another dynamic and meaningful year. The theme of many of this year’s programs is antisemitism. Certainly not a lighthearted topic, it is ever-important, and, sadly, of immediate relevance in today’s world. We will be starting off our program year with a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage to tour the exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. This trip sold out quickly, but the exhibition is on view through January 3, 2020. In November, Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso will speak to the congregation during Kristallnacht Shabbat services about his family’s experiences helping to save the lives of Jews in Italy during the Holocaust. In conjunction with the Jewish Book Council and the Sid Jacobson JCC, in February we will host Ariel Burger, who will discuss his book Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom. In mid-March we will host Christian Picciolini, a reformed Neo-Nazi, who will speak to us about his experiences as an extremist and how he found his way out of “America’s most violent hate movement.” This program will be co-sponsored by our local school districts. Finally, we are proud and delighted to host Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Professor Lipstadt, who is perhaps best known for the libel lawsuit brought against her in 1996 by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier, will discuss her current book, Antisemitism: Here and Now. We will be showing the film Denial (in which Rachel Weisz portrayed Deborah Lipstadt) and reading Antisemitism: Here and Now as a temple-wide “Big Read” in anticipation of Professor Lipstadt’s talk, which will take place on Tuesday, April 28. 2020. Mark your calendars! Additional program highlights include: Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet – the online magazine of Jewish culture, news, and ideas – who will be speaking about her book, The 100 Most Jewish Foods. This program is sponsored by the UJA. We are also excited to welcome renowned Judaica artist Mordechai Rosenstein, who will be artist-in-residence at Temple Sinai for five days in mid-November. He will participate fully in Temple activities during his residency and will work with all age groups to create a work of art for the Temple. As always, we will also screen films during Sinai Social Sundays, hold parenting workshops, Sinai Supper Club events, and explore arts and culture. Our perennially popular musical programs will culminate in a cantorial concert in early June honoring the 20th anniversary of Cantor Sergei’s graduation from Hebrew Union College. We can’t wait to learn and grow together with you!




The Bible is a wellspring of fiery, passionate, ethical mandates, seedy family trauma, complicated ethical behavior and soaring poetry. Together it is the most influential book in human history and can transform our lives. We will grapple with some of its most challenging passages, and its most eloquent. We will examine them through the prism of Jewish history and thought and ask how they inform our lives today. No previous knowledge is necessary. Come ready to be challenged and to grow as Jews and human beings. Mondays at 7:00pm All are welcome; free of charge.

September 9 • October 28 November 11 • December 9 March 16 • April 20 May 18

Scotch and Sacred Text with Rabbi White Dates to be announced


Tuesdays at 9:30am September 10 • October 22 November 12 • December 10 March 17 • April 21 May 19

Be enlightened by the Torah while enjoying scotch when Brotherhood hosts this award-winning program. This series is held in members’ homes to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. 5

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Exploring the reasons behind Jewish worship, rituals, and practices Adult Education with Rabbi Ilana Schachter

Join Rabbi Schachter as we learn more about the prayers that comprise our liturgy, the rituals of our holidays, and more. Come with your questions and curiosity! All are welcome; free of charge. Tuesdays at 8:00pm

September 24 • October 15 • November 19 • December 17 January 21 • February 25 • March 24 • May 5

Wednesdays at 10:00am

September 25 • October 16 • November 20 • December 18 January 22 • February 26 • March 25 • May 6 6

PRAY. EAT. LOVE. Saturday Mornings - 9:00-11:30am led by Rabbi Ilana Schachter and special guests Shabbat is a time for reflection, gratitude, and enrichment. All are welcome on Saturday mornings as we blend ancient practice and modern interpretation and immerse ourselves in meaningful opportunities for reflection, worship, and engaging learning. No previous knowledge of Hebrew, liturgy, or text required – join us as we learn from our tradition and from one another!

wine, women&wisdom

led by Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz

Now in its fifth year, this popular series, presented by Friend of a Friend/Chaverot, features Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz leading interactive discussions on the wisdom of Jewish teachings. The sessions, held in members’ homes, give women the opportunity to learn, laugh, and connect over a glass of wine while gaining insights into sacred texts.

Wednesdays at 7:00pm November 6 January 29 May 13


It’s About (YOUR) Time: Wednesdays at 10:00am: October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20 (note time change- 11:00am)

Autobiography-Writing Workshop

What kind of legacy will you leave? Money? Perhaps, but it can be quickly spent and forgotten. How about Property? Perhaps, but it can be fraught with repairs, taxes, and aggravation. Why not think about leaving a part of yourself – in writing – your life adventures, dreams, and maybe even misadventures? Stories about the people, places, and ideas that shaped the remarkable YOU! Do you remember your best friend from childhood? How about your first love? The old neighborhood? These memories are an indelible part of you and your story. Don’t let them be forgotten! All you need is pencil, paper, and yourself. We will look back and connect with our future generations through our personal experiences. Neither Philip Roth nor Sigmund Freud need apply. Myrna Skidell, a Temple Sinai member, will facilitate our journey. She is an author, educator, and Professor Emerita at Nassau Community College. Currently working on her own history, Myrna will share her personal experience of putting her story on paper. It’s about (YOUR) time! 8

Limited to ten seats to ensure optimal participation. Suggested donation to Temple Sinai of $18 for the four sessions. For more information, contact Adrianne Rubin at

Conversational Hebrew with Clara Pomerantz

sadna [sahd-na]

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noun; definition: workshop

Sinai Sadna

presented by

Dates and times TBA

Morah Clara is offering a weekly, one-hour advanced Hebrew reading and conversational instructional class. Must have some knowledge of reading; this is not a beginner’s course. Wednesdays, 1:15-2:15pm beginning September 11 10-week session: $100/Congregants; $150/Non-Congregants

Learn to create, then indulge, in an incredible meal at these cooking tutorials led by culinary experts in the new Barry Family Culinary Arts Studio. For more information, contact Adrianne Rubin at



The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America is on display through January 3, 2020.



Sunday, September 15 10:00am




Orchestra of Exiles Saturday, September 21 7:00pm

Selichot film

Some stories get lost in the turmoil of their times. It is often only in retrospect that we can discover the people who truly shaped history. One such person is the prodigious Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman. Orchestra of Exiles explores this great man’s four-year odyssey, which culminates in the founding of the orchestra that would become the Israel Philharmonic. His fascinating story touches many of the major themes of the 20th century and the unfolding drama of his life is riveting. During the darkest days of a Europe being torn apart by antisemitism and Nazi aggression, Huberman’s extraordinary efforts saved hundreds of Jewish families from the approaching Holocaust and his achievements changed the landscape of cultural history. Before the Nazis came to power Huberman was focused only on building his own monumental career, but witnessing Hitler’s agenda was a call to action that Huberman could not ignore. Huberman’s personal transformation and subsequent heroic struggle to get Jewish musicians out of Europe to found this orchestra is at the heart of this film.

All are welcome; free of charge


light classical concert Yuri Gandelsman (Janna Gandelsman, Accompanist) Saturday, September 21 8:30pm



Hailed by the Jerusalem Post as “undoubtedly one of the greatest violists of our time,” Yuri Gandelsman has been entertaining audiences around the world for the last 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, and a conductor. After winning the National Viola Competition in 1980, he became one of the USSR’s most sought-after musicians. In 1990, Gandelsman became the principal violist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO); he frequently performed as a soloist with the IPO under Maestro Zubin Mehta. He is currently a professor at Michigan State University.

All are welcome; free of charge Selichot Service immediately following the concert




A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Alana Newhouse is a regular contributor to The New York Times, among other outlets, and serves on award juries for both the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Pulitzer Prizes. Prior to founding Tablet, Alana spent five years as culture editor of The Forward, where she covered books, films, dance, music, art, and ideas.

an evening with alana newhouse Thursday, October 24 7:30pm

Join us when Alana Newhouse comes to Temple Sinai to share insights from her highly acclaimed book, The 100 Most Jewish Foods. The book is a list of the most significant foods, culturally and historically, to the Jewish people, explored with essays, recipes, and stories. Contributors to The 100 Most Jewish Foods include Ruth Reichl, Yotam Ottolenghi, Tom Colicchio, Michael Solomonov, and several other famed chefs. Newhouse will be speaking about the process of creating the book and some of her experiences rising through the world of publishing and content creation in the Jewish world. She will sign copies of her book at the conclusion of her talk.


Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Tablet magazine

parenting workshops

Sleep Master Class

with Dr. Whitney Roban Thursday, November 7 7:30pm



Getting the proper amount of sleep not only improves your child’s mood, behavior, and ability to learn, it is also essential to good health. Dr. Roban will discuss common childhood sleep issues such as trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, bedtime battles, night wakings, early rising, nap refusals, brief naps, crib to bed transitions, age-appropriate sleep schedules and routines, and any other behavioral sleep issues you may face. All are welcome; free of charge. Dr. Whitney Roban is a Family, Educational, and Corporate Sleep Specialist, as well as the author of two books about children and sleep. Dr. Roban considers sleep a necessity, not a luxury. Her mission is to provide the education, solutions, and support parents need to have well-rested families, students need to have academic success, working parents need to thrive both at home and at work, and corporations need to have healthy and well-rested employees.

Be sure and check the SCRIBE and weekly Temple emails for information about future parenting workshops.




the night of broken glass

Friday, November 8




Shabbat Service

How My Family Saved Jews in Italy from the Nazis: Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso When Anthony D’Urso was just five years old he served as a lookout, calling out to his mother when German soldiers approached their home in Formia, Italy. D’Urso’s father, Giuseppe, hid a large Jewish family from the Nazis, at great risk to his own family. According to D’Urso, “He didn’t do it out of ideology. He did it because he thought, basically, a human being in distress needs help.” Please join us when Asseblyman D’Urso shares his family’s incredible story of courage, and describes how he was finally able to reunite with the descendants of the Jewish family they saved. 17


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artist-in-residence: MORDECHAI ROSENSTEIN Imagine creating a beautiful work of art with a world-famous Judaica artist! Our congregation will do just that when Mordechai Rosenstein spends five days with us as an Artist-in-Residence. In addition to becoming immersed in Temple activities, he will work with groups of all ages to produce a unique piece of art that will be displayed at Temple Sinai for years to come. Since 1979, Mordechai Rosenstein has wanted to make sure that walls and spaces are covered with Jewish Art. He creates myriad pieces utilizing vibrant colors and flowing lines that transform the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes.



A musical documentary about the amazing story of a group of Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas.

Sunday, December 15


Free for Congregants; $10 Non-Congregants

presented by Sinai Social Sundays Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Larry Weinstein, this offbeat, irreverent documentary depicts a journey — a tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream. They were a generation of songwriters who understood the times they were writing for and who would go on to transform themselves and pop culture at the same time. They found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world and, for at least one day a year, made us believe in it. Telling this story through words and song, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas features rarely seen archival footage, musical performances, and interviews with contemporary writers and performers, as well as connoisseurs of North American popular music.




Author’s Talk

D-DAY GIRLS Tuesday, January 7



$20 (includes lunch)

D-Day Girls is the dramatic, untold story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory. In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the story of three of these women. There’s Odette Sansom, a young mother who feels suffocated by domestic life and sees the war as her ticket out; Lise de Baissac, an unflappable aristocrat with the mind of a natural leader; and Andrée Borrel, the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. Together, they derailed trains, blew up weapons caches, destroyed power and phone lines, and gathered crucial intelligence—laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war. Stylishly written and rigorously researched, this is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance, in which women continue to play a vital role. Co-sponsored by Friend of a Friend/Chaverot 20

Lunch will be catered by Bagel Boss. RSVP to Adrianne Rubin by Friday, December 20.

Light Classical Concert Sunday, January 26




Free for Congregants; $20 Non-Congregants

In 2020, the world will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and Temple Sinai is no exception! Beethoven was the force behind the evolution of Viennese classical music, taking it to its highest form and paving the way for the Romantic era. Particularly for the core forms of Viennese classical music – the symphony, piano sonata, and string quartet – the impact of Beethoven’s work on the course of music history could not have been greater. But Beethoven was a lot more. He was a revolutionary, a visionary, and a man of the world. He had a powerful imagination and brimmed over with musical ideas; he was melancholy, he was deaf; he was bold and passionate. Please check the SCRIBE and weekly Temple emails for more details about our first concert of 2020.




Author’s Talk ARIE L B UR GER


Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom Tuesday, February 11


Ariel Burger first met Elie Wiesel at age 15, and later they studied and taught together. Witness chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over decades, as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant to rabbi and, in time, teacher.


All are welcome; free of charge.

In this profoundly hopeful, thought-provoking, and inspiring book, Burger takes us into Elie Wiesel’s classroom, where the art of listening and storytelling conspire to keep memory alive. The act of sharing these stories, makes of us, the readers, witnesses.

Adult Mission Trip to



led by Cantors Sergei & Elena Schwartz



Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 23 On our adventure together we will ...

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• Enjoy a week of vibrant cultural discovery and Jewish humanitarian effort • Experience Cuba with all of our senses amidst a mixed, vibrant, and vital culture locked in time. Step back to 1959 and see the cars, smell the unique foods, hear incredible music, and sway to the sounds of Cuba! • Visit the communities of Havana, Santa Clara Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Varadero ... and so much more!


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According to Jewish tradition, drinking on Purim is good for your soul - get shickered with us! Please join us for the entertainment, music, and food. Adults only. More details to follow! 23






Thursday, March 12


Over the past decade, it has become painfully obvious that antisemitism is alive and well, all over the world. Why is this happening? What can we do about it? “Lipstadt’s book [is] crucial for understanding the dismaying resurgence of antisemitism— on both the right and the left.”

Randy Rosenthal, The Washington Post


Antisemitism: Here and Now has been chosen as the Sinai Big Read in anticipation of Dr. Lipstadt’s appearance at Temple Sinai on April 28. Please join us for a discussion on this most important - and relevant - book.

In Anti­semitism: Here and Now, Deb­o­rah E. Lip­stadt, Dorot Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Jew­ish His­to­ry and Holo­caust Stud­ies at Emory Uni­ver­si­ty, explores these questions through a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions. The film, Denial, based on Dr. Lipstadt’s book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial will be screened at Temple Sinai on March 31. (Please see page 27 for details.)

BREAKING HATE: A Former Extremist’s Journey



CHRISTIAN PICCIOLINI Counter-Extremism Specialist presented free of charge in conjunction with our local school districts

Tuesday, March 17


Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a reformed violent extremist. His life’s work bears witness to an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past and an urgency to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good. Picciolini has spoken all over the world, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. His involvement in the early American skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out. After leaving the white supremacist skinhead movement he helped build in America during the 1980s and 90s, Christian Picciolini earned a degree in international relations from DePaul University. He launched Goldmill Group, a global media and counter-extremism consulting firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for his role in producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from violent extremist groups. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network, and has helped hundreds of individuals leave hate behind.



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Carnegie Hall Lecture

Choral Festival

Thursday, March 19

Sunday, March 22

with Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz


In preparation of our Carnegie Hall concert trip on March 24, the Cantors will teach a class that will cover Dmitri Shostakovich and the Jew, Yeveny Yevtushenko and the younger post-Stalin generation of Russian poets - the poets of Khrushchev’s “thaw.” You don’t have to attend the concert to attend the class.

at Temple Avodah of Oceanside Support our Jewish Community Choir when they join other New York metropolitan area choirs for an inspiring afternoon of music. See the SCRIBE and weekly emails for more details.

Carnegie Hall Trip: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Tuesday, March 24 8:00pm For ticket information, please contact Cantor Sergei Schwartz



After more than a decade as music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano makes his final Carnegie Hall appearance in that role. He leads an exciting program, including Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony, a memorial to the Holocaust and a scalding indictment of Soviet antisemitism. There is also virtuoso flash when pianist Mikhail Pletnev, praised for his “virtuosity” and “magisterial command” (The New York Times), joins Nagano and the orchestra for Schumann’s brilliant concerto.

“One of the most powerful and riveting courtoom dramas ever made.” - The New York Observer




Based on the acclaimed book “Denial: Holocaust History on Trial” by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Tuesday, March 31


DENIAL recounts Dr. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Free for Congregants; $10 Non-Congregants We are proud to welcome Deborah E. Lipstadt to Temple Sinai on April 28. (Please see page 30 for details.) 27



Jewish Silk Road Tour

Sunday, April 19 10:00am $50 space is limited

Join us as we embark on a tour of several fascinating neighborhoods in Queens, NY: Registan Park (Rego Park) and Bukharian Broadway (Forest Hills). Learn about the Jewish Community that has lived along the Silk Road for over 2000 years. Look at periods of Jewish immigration from Central Asia, and visit the one and only Bukharian Jewish Museum to understand the essence of the Bukharian Jewish culture.

Together we will attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the time, and learn about the everyday life of Bukharian immigrants, their hardships, their hopes, and achievements.

The tour (in English) will include a visit to the Bukharian Jewish Museum, a swing through the neighborhoods, a visit to a synagogue, and a traditional lunch at a Glatt Kosher Bukharian restaurant. Although this is NOT a walking tour, there will be some walking. $50 per person includes meal, tour, and transportation to and from Temple Sinai. Contact Adrianne Rubin at to reserve your spot.





Vocalist Lisa Berman, along with narrator Ruth MeKeown and pianist Steve Goldstein, bring you a musical evening of Broadway favorites spanning over 100 years of song. Tap your toes and sing along with all your favorites from Fanny Brice to Barbra Streisand! All are welcome; free of charge. 29

Temple Sinai is privileged to present

An Evening with Deborah E. Lipstadt Tuesday, April 28 7:30pm In her latest book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, Deborah E. Lipstadt examines the recent rise in antisemitism in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. The book takes the form of a series of letters between Lipstadt and two fictional characters - a Jewish student and a non-Jewish colleague. It is a penetrating and provacative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current virulent incarnation on both the political right and left. (The book is our Big Read selection; please see page 24 for details.) 30

Dr. Lipstadt is best known for her books Denying the Holocaust, which won the Jewish Book Award, and History on Trial. The legal battle she fought against a Holocaust denier who sued her for libel became the basis for the film Denial, which will be screened at Temple Sinai on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30pm. (Please see page 27 for details.)



Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is the esteemed DOROT Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.





MITZVAH morning

SUNDAY, MAY9:00am-12:00pm 5 • 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Sunday, May 3


Building a Democratic and Inclusive Israel:

NIF in Action

Thursday, May 7




The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy and equality for all who live in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, NIF has provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since its inception in 1979. Join us to learn more about how NIF is strengthening Israel’s democratic future and building a truly shared society for all of Israel’s citizens. A representative of the New Israel Fund will join us on May 7 to give a first-hand report of the incredible work they do in Israel. Check the SCRIBE and the weekly Temple emails for more details. 33



Antisemitism and Degenerate Art with Nancy Traeger Sunday, May 17


Free for Congregants; $10 Non-Congregants

Art, politics, and prejudice collided in Germany in the 1930s. Hitler and the Nazi Party employed art as a powerful propaganda tool to promote antisemitism and to control the culture. This presentation features art by Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, George Grosz, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka and other avant-garde modernists. It focuses on the infamous 1937 exhibit Degenerate Art as well as the fate of the art works and the artists. Paul Klee Senecio, 1922 Oil on canvas

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Nancy Traeger is a docent at the Nassau County Museum of Art. She has also served the Museum as Docent Co-Cordinator, Emil Nolde Docent Trainer, and Presenter The Prophet, 1912 for the Outreach Program. Woodcut

Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz present

A Cantorial Concert In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Cantor Sergei Schwartz’s graduation from Hebrew Union College At this very special concert, Cantors from Dallas, Boca Raton, and Philadelphia will travel to Temple Sinai to mark this milestone and meld their voices with Cantors Sergei and Elena!



See the SCRIBE for more details!


Adult Engagement Committee Barbara Klein and Lynn Fishkind Co-Chairs Amy Braunstein Temple Sinai Executive Vice President Adrianne Rubin, Ph.D. Director of Adult Engagement Barbara Blatte Andy Karmin Ann Karmin Ronna Niederman Barbara Wallach Leslie Wollin

Temple Sinai of Roslyn 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516.621.6800 Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism

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