January - February 2021 Scribe

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TEVET/SH’VAT/ADAR 5781 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 Volume 77 • Number 3

special quarantine edition

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”

Give fr m the Heart A VIRTUAL “FUN”DRAISER THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021 Let’s all come together Thursday, February 4, 2021 for our virtual gala. Join our Give fr m the , Heart “FUN”DRAISER to wholeheartedly celebrate and support Temple Sinai. Yes we won’t all be in the same room, but yes much will still be the same! Yes you can be a sponsor in our digital journal! Yes you will be able to order delicious food – hors d’oeuvres from our wonderful caterer V & Z! Yes our energetic Masters of Ceremony will be awesome! Yes a beautiful Chanel bag will be our grand raffle prize! Yes we will have other wonderful raffle items and a fabulous collection of auction items for you to win! Yes we will have an enthusiastic live appeal! Yes we will have a magician who will delight you! (spoiler alert: he’ll have interactive surprises too!) Yes you will have fun!! Yes you will feel good getting us through this uncertain time by giving from your heart!! Temple Sinai is here for all of us: for worship, simcha, and solace, holidays and festivals, learning and education, and activities and programs. The temple has met the needs of its members for seventy-one years. Now Temple Sinai needs you. The future of the temple as we know it is vulnerable. You can ensure we stay strong through this difficulty. You can protect the present and future of Temple Sinai. We can get through these uncertain times, but what is within our reach is dependent upon your generosity and commitment. The Hebrew word natan means “to give”. It is read the same forward and backward, both in Hebrew and English, underscoring when we give, we also receive. We receive so much from our temple, now it’s time for us to give, from the heart! When we do that we are securing Temple Sinai so it will be here at its best - for us, our families, and the whole temple community.

Let’s have fun! Let’s fundraise! Let’s have faith when all our hearts come together for this purpose, we will come out Sinai Strong! 2 SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021


YES! I wish to support Give from the Heart!

JOURNAL SPONSORSHIPS $2500 THE GREATEST GENERATION SPONSOR Magical Heart page ad in the journal; name scrolled across the bottom of the main page.

$1800 BABY BOOMER SPONSOR Full page ad in the journal; name scrolled across the bottom of the main page.

$1000 GENERATION X SPONSOR Half page ad in the journal, name scrolled across the bottom of the main page.

$500 MILLENNIALS SPONSOR Quarter page ad in the journal; name scrolled across the bottom of the main page.

$360 GENERATION Z SPONSOR Listing in the journal; name scrolled across the bottom of the main page.


Temple Sinai!

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ENCLOSED IS A CHECK FOR $ . Please make your check payable to Temple Sinai and mail it to Temple Sinai, 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, New York 11577. Please put Gift from the Heart on the memo line. To pay by credit card, visit mysinai.org Please email the wording for your ad/name(s) for the journal listing to Kathy Diamond at kdiamond@mysinai.org by January 8. Questions? Contact the temple office at templeoffice@mysinai.org. SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021 3

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Rabbi Michael A. White rabbiwhite@mysinai.org


Life is Never Boring The Torah portions for January and February present a few spectacular highs—the plagues, the exodus from Egypt, the giving of the Ten Commandments—but mostly they are mundane and even boring. It’s the day-to-day drudgery of the desert journey. Lots of directions. An occasional skirmish. Lots of complaining about the food, the heat, the hard work of packing everything up to move on to the next destination then unpacking everything when they arrived at their next stop, just to repeat it all over again. Reading these seemingly uneventful chapters takes serious focus, because so often one paragraph reads just like the next, and the last, and the one before that. Sounds a lot like life in a pandemic, no? Our lives and our options have become so narrow, monotonous, and limited. I can’t remember the last time Rebecca and I texted, “Let’s go out to dinner tonight,” or “how about we fly someplace warm for the vacation?” One day looks much like the next; we spend our days in the same rooms, the same….everything. It’s as if life has stopped moving forward. So, it’s not surprising that so many struggle with depression and short-temperedness, pessimism, and lethargy. Our rabbis have given us an antidote for such dark moods. They ask us to begin each day with gratitude. Modeh Ani Lifanecha: I give thanks to You, O God, for returning my soul to me. They teach that every morning is a kind of rebirth, a new, unique blessing. Every day is worthy of our appreciation—not only for the spectacular highs but also for the simple ongoing rhythms and responsibilities and regular predictable regimen. Our son, David, moved back home in November, and our favorite moments together are watching Sunday afternoon football. He’s on the couch, I’m in my chair and ESPN Red Zone fills the room. It’s such a simple pleasure. This past Sunday, David and I were lamenting the Jets’ latest loss. We laughed and discussed future draft prospects. We were doing what we did every Sunday, and I took a moment to appreciate that simple, ordinary gift. So perhaps the Torah’s insight is that even when life is ordinary, even when it is predictable and repetitive, it isn’t boring unless we blind ourselves to its beauty, unless we fail to see each day, especially now, as worthy in its own priceless way. L’shalom, Rabbi Michael A. White



from the


red minivan

Michelle Golden mgolden@mysinai.org

Happy New Year! It’s so hard for me to believe it is 2021. We have been through so much in the past ten months. In some ways, the time has flown by, and in other ways, it seems like we are stuck in the movie Groundhog Day. Deciding how best to use my SCRIBE space is always a thoughtful process that can take me quite some time as I think of what to say ... but today, as I type to you, it all comes easily. As you may recall from Rabbi Schachter’s beautiful SCRIBE piece in November, there are members of our temple community that have earned the esteemed title of Super Seniors. These men and women often live alone. They may or may not be comfortable with technology. They used to rely upon Temple Sinai to support their social and emotional needs through programs with their friends and neighbors. COVID restrictions, paired with high-risk health concerns, have seriously impacted our congregational loved ones. They are missing connection, conversation, and the embrace they could receive from us during classes, speaker events, and Shabbat services. When COVID closures began, Abbie Laskey put together a team of congregants that made calls and socially distanced visits to our Super Seniors. The results were just what you would expect … our Super Seniors felt loved and connected, and our volunteer brigade, Sinai Family Circle … well, they received the bigger gift - the feeling of being useful, selfless, and caring for someone else’s needs. Our Super Seniors need us now more than ever. The weather is cold and often unsuitable for outdoor visits. How wonderful would it be if they could get a call from several different Temple Sinai families checking in, asking to hear a story about their life or a favorite Temple Sinai memory? Studies show that people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others tend to live longer, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose. These activities seem to help maintain their well-being and may improve their cognitive function. You might find the gifts you receive by far outweigh the time you spend on the telephone. Helping others feels good, creates a sense of belonging, gives you a sense of purpose, boosts your self-esteem and creates stronger relationships, and maybe these acts of kindness will boost your mood and feeling of well-being just as much as the recipient of your kindness. You may be wondering, is this going to be a big commitment? What if it is challenging in some way? What if my Super Senior needs more than I can give? Be assured, our clergy and senior staff will be there to help! There are resources in our community, and your interactions may be just what we need to be sure our seniors are cared for in these challenging times.

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In Judaism, we are commanded to do mitzvot; 613 of them! As a community of more than 700 families, we can fulfill a great many of them. Through Sinai Family Circle, we can be the loving, supportive community needed to help us through these challenging times. Imagine spending 15-20 minutes each week checking in, listening, connecting, and virtually holding hands. You can be the difference in their life … you will make a difference in our community. For more information on connecting with a Super Senior, contact Adrianne Rubin at arubin@mysinai.org. With love and appreciation,

Michelle Golden

Over ten years ago, I met a lovely woman named Bea. She was carrying a large bag filled with crocheted afghans. I offered to help her to the car and asked about the contents of the bag. She told me that she and a few ladies had been making blankets for seniors at Parker Jewish and Sun Harbor for many years. The ladies left the finished blankets at Temple Sinai, and she delivered them to the facilities.

I was so impressed and very excited because I had just picked up my knitting needles for the first time in many years. I asked Bea if the ladies ever met to stitch together. She said sometimes they would visit one another, but they hadn’t met in the temple for many years. They say timing is everything. I was preparing to take on the role of Friend of a Friend president and thought that a stitching group would be a beautiful sub-committee of the women’s group. The following Friday night, over Oneg cookies and tea, I asked Bea if she would be interested in a formalized group called Sinai Stitches. She and her ladies could meet and encourage others to join their blanket brigade. Although Bea felt she was not ready to lead such a group at that point in her life, she would gladly attend, invite her friends and bake treats for us. Sinai Stitches was born! Since then, dozens of preemie hats and blankets, bears, and lap blankets have been stitched with love and delivered to facilities all over Long Island. When Bea could no longer stitch with us, and she moved to live closer to her daughter, the ladies of Sinai Stitches created squares that were lovingly sewn into an afghan. Bea would be wrapped in the love of her ladies and her home, Temple Sinai. On Wednesday, November 18th, I received the sad news that Bea had passed away. Her daughter, Ellen, told me that Bea slept with that blanket on her bed every night from the day it arrived more than two years earlier. With tears in my eyes and joy in my heart, I remember Bea Kandell…her spunk, her brilliance, her sense of humor, her sweet treats, and most of all, her devotion to caring for others through handmade gifts. May her memory be a blessing. - M.G.

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(2,00 For more information, contact Social Action at socialaction@mysinai.org

The Social Action Committee begins 2021 with a renewed commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing our broken world. While there is so much suffering and insecurity for so many this year, we must continue to express this commitment in our deeds and actions. Right now, we are witnessing a severe need for food, both locally and across the country. For this reason, we are collecting food at Temple Sinai two months in a row. Food insecurity is everywhere and your help matters.

How You Can Help

• As you are shopping in stores or online, please add items for those in desperate need of your support. • We have drop-off bins at the temple entrance to easily and safely collect donations. • We have made it extra easy for you with an Amazon link that will deliver directly to Temple Sinai. Visit mysinai.org/socialaction and click on the Amazon link to start shopping. January: we are collecting non-perishable food for Broken But Not Destroyed, a shelter for homeless women and children. Please donate: • Pasta • Canned goods (NO beans) • Tomato sauce • Toiletries • Cereal • Paper towels • Snacks • Toilet tissue February: we are collecting non-perishable food for local food banks, which are in dire need. In addition to the list above, please donate: • Applesauce • Crackers • Rice • Beans • Soup • Oatmeal

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is dedicated to providing support, awareness, and education. Taking care of our mental health and dealing with mental illness are as much a priority as our physical health. The Social Action Committee looks forward to working with NAMI in the near future. If you or anyone you know is suffering from anxiety, depression or emotional distress, please contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or info@nami.org.


We very much appreciate your continued support. With your donations, we can help more people alleviate suffering and truly work toward repairing our world. To donate to the Social Action Fund, please visit mysinai.org/donate.html At the end of the day it’s not about what you have…it’s who you’ve lifted up. Thank you in advance for your help. Email Social Action at socialaction@mysinai.org to find out more. 8 SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021

Caring Committee

of Temple Sinai

The Caring Committee continues its efforts to serve the Temple membership. We send condolences to those who have experienced a loss and congratulations to those celebrating simchas. When notified by our clergy or staff, we try to offer assistance to our congregants and their families. For more information about this committee please call the temple office at 516 621 6800 Warmly, Burnette and Cecile, Co-Chairs

Monday, January 11 at 7:00pm OR Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30am Monday, February 8 at 7:00pm OR Tuesday, February 9 at 9:30am

The Sacred Book of Psalms

Monday Morning Meditation

Adult Education with Rabbi Ilana Schachter

at 9:00am

with Rabbi Ilana Schachter

PRAY. EAT. LOVE. Saturday Mornings - 9:00-11:30am The biblical book of Psalms reflects the range of the human experience, encompassing gratitude, fear, longing, regret, and praise. Join Rabbi Schachter in learning about these sacred poems, their meanings and their ritual purpose, as we consider how we might still incorporate the words of the psalmist in our lives today. Every other Wednesday at 7:00pm Rabbi Schachter’s next class will take place on January 13

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.

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We welcome your submissions for this section of The Scribe! Feel free to share with us any special accomplishments, trips, simchas, fun tidbits, or anything that would be of interest to your Temple Sinai community.

If I Were Stranded on a Desert Island by Marilyn (Lynn) Levine

Creative Writing class assignment: If you were stranded on a desert island, what is the one thing and who is the one person you would choose to have with you and why? When thinking of being stranded on a desert island, what usually comes to mind are Hollywood images of a crystal clear turquoise sea, its waves breaking on the shore of a smooth white sandy beach and then ebbing away, a background of desert shrubs of cacti and succulents all under a glaring, merciless mid-day sun and the droning of a two-seater plane circling overhead in search of life. How did I get here? How will I survive? Will help come? When? In March 2020, a different image of a desert island was created for everyone on planet Earth, where we have each become stranded, if we choose to be, until this day in November 2020 - according to my journal, two hundred and forty-seven days later. Chances are when stranded on a tropical island, one would probably know how she/he landed there, but how did I get to my Covid-19 island of quarantine? The following questions, I suppose, would be the same for both experiences: how will I survive? will help come? how long will I be here? To start, I set an intention. I tried to allow only positive thoughts and images to enter my consciousness; no anger or fear (and set an example for my children and grandchildren). For this, I needed my imagination, the one thing I have been using since the outset to find ways to stay alive. The vulnerability of my age made it mandatory that I hunker down at home by myself. I immediately reached for my rolodex of ideas. A, B, C “COOKING.” Rather than reflect on the solitary atmosphere in which I partook of my nourishment, I chose music to fill the emptiness, often dancing. I enjoyed the preparation, presentation and accomplishment of every meal, looking forward to hunting for new recipes as I planned the next one. I was physically surviving and healthy. In sixteenth-century Prague, a time when Jewish lives were in peril throughout Europe, a highly respected Rabbi, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, created the Golem when no help was forthcoming from the reigning powers. It supposedly was a man of extreme strength, shaped from mud, who helped rescue his people. As the “person” to choose to have with me, I created a non-binary golem in my mind, comprised of everyone who had ever touched my eighty-four-year-old life with kindness and honesty. Thoughts of each one of them brought smiles and sometimes laughter, and wrapped in the security of their love and compassion, I felt warm and hopeful. No imagination is needed for the telephone, Zoom and FaceTime. They are the miracles of modernity that continue to keep me in touch with my family, friends, and the world outside, grounding me emotionally. 10 SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021

At the start, with my determination to survive, help and ideas of how to survive, appeared. What I didn’t know was how long I would be here, and I still don’t. I have learned though, that even when you are “stranded” on a “desert island,” there are people, things, and miracles to be thankful for, and something new to learn every day while listening for the roar of the rescue plane’s engine. Marilyn (Lynn) Levine - November 13, 2020

great books...great insights...great fun

Sinai Reads Presents Two Jews = Three Shuls by Temple Sinai’s Own, Sandra Tankoos On Monday, November 16, 40 people spent a wonderful hour reuniting with Sandy Tankoos who moved to Florida 7 years ago. We were treated to stories about how Sandy’s new book developed, and how her experience as President of Temple Sinai inspired her to write the book. Sandy stated that other than a situation or two that she dealt with during her tenure, the characters in the book “have very little to do with Temple Sinai people.” Sandy still has a tremendous passion for working and volunteering to further Women’s Issues, Humanity Issues, and Jewish Life. She described her current work for the Jewish Association for Residential Care, the Religious Action Center, ARZA and other organizations that she’s tirelessly supported. She was careful not to give any secrets away as she discussed her book. For those of you who have not yet read TWO JEWS= 3 SHULS (and IT IS GOOD!), there are two copies in the Sinai library. Please contact the office - because I am not sure how the pandemic is affecting our use of the library. Thank you again to everyone who attended the ZOOM. - Leslie Lewit Milner

Our next meeting: Monday, January 25 7:30pm House of Glass by Hadley Freeman

Ms. Freeman discovered a shoebox hidden in the back of her deceased grandmother’s closet filled with notes and photographs. It took Ms. Freeman nearly ten years to discover the truth behind the items she found. She learned her grandmother had not only had hidden family artifacts but her entire life story! Famous people, inventions, and hardships have all been woven into the family story. SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021 11


Adrianne Rubin arubin@mysinai.org

Tu B’Shevat Tu B’Shevat, or the “New Year of the Trees,” falls on January 28 this year. Considered the Jewish Arbor Day, or, by environmentalists, the Jewish “Earth Day,” the holiday marks the emergence from winter and the onset of spring in Israel when the earliest fruit-bearing trees begin to bloom. In the Torah, fruit trees are especially prized as a sign of G-d’s favor for their ability to provide sustenance. The holiday is often celebrated by eating fruit and – especially in Israel – by planting trees in honor, or in memory, of loved ones. Perhaps heeding the words of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, who gave his fellow Israelis the imperative to make the desert bloom, trees are a favorite subject among Israeli artists. Here are just a few examples: Wishing you a joyful Tu B’Shevat as we look ahead to spring! Stay safe and well,

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Nachum Gutman Pomegranates in Safed, n.d. Color lithograph

Reuven Rubin Springtime in Ein Karem, 1966 Oil on canvas

Anna Ticho Jericho, c. 1948 Pencil on paper

Ludwig Blum Jerusalem Landscape, 1960 Oil on canvas

Programs co-sponsored by Adult Engagement and Friend of a Friend:

Author’s Talk: Anna Solomon Thursday, January 7 THE BOOK OF



Feminine Power in the History of American Jewish Museums with

Ariel Cohen

Thursday, February 11


Women have been creating Jewish institutions in America since the early 20th century. Ariel Cohen will discuss the lives of two American Jewish women who built their own art museums - Frieda Schiff Warburg of the Jewish Museum in New York and Rebbetzin Mignon Rubenovitz of the Jewish Museum of Boston.


Pollock-Krasner House and StudyCenter

JANUARY 19 at 10:30am Education Coordinator Joyce Raimondo will virtually guide us through Jackson Pollock & Lee Krasner’s home & studio.

The Starfish Long Island’s own Tyler Gildin, will join us to discuss this award-winning documenty about his gradnfather’s incedible journey from Nazi Germany to the USA. A link to watch the film will be made available before January 10.

Sunday, January 10 at 4:00pm $50 per household Tour is for Temple Sinai only

This Precious Life:

A Reading of New Prayer Poetry by Liturgist Alden Solovy Monday, January 11th at 10:00am

Antisemitism and Degenerate Art with Nancy Traeger

Space is limited to 23 screens

Sunday, February 28

The presentation focuses on the infamous 1937 DEGENERATE ART EXHIBIT organized by the Nazis as a propaganda tool to promote antisemitism.

January 25-29 Paul Klee Senecio, 1922 Oil on canvas

Register at jnf.org/templesinaivirtualtour


It features art by Klee, Picasso, Kandinsky, Van Gogh and other avant garde modernists and reveals the fate of the artists and the art.

All services, events, and programs are via ZOOM (unless otherwise indicated). Details can be found in our weekly emails or by contacting Adrianne Rubin at arubin@mysinai.org SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021 13

Friend of a Friend has been busy with some fun and engaging events. We enjoyed leading the service at our annual Friend of a Friend Shabbat. The Jewish Food Society’s webinar on Preserving Your Family’s Culinary Heritage (which we co-sponsored with Adult Engagement), was a hit, and we’re inspired now to turn old family recipes into keepsakes. We had the “sweetest” time ever at the Babka Baking Zoom Demo with Lainie Krasnoff, and our second event with Adult Engagement, on Creating a Happy and Healthy Chanukah in the year of the pandemic event was a lot of fun - thank you Alicia Gitlitz. Friend of a Friend is proud and happy to have been able to contribute to the Religious School for their Chanukah celebrations. The kids and families were able to enjoy (boxed) latkes and Chanukah festivities with their Sinai clergy and friends, even during this challenging time. If you haven’t yet joined Friend of a Friend, this is the season for us to welcome you and for you to enjoy participating in all that’s going on. Here’s what’s coming up:

Friend of a Friend Monthly Planning Meetings

Fridays, January 8 and February 5 at 9:30am via Zoom Be a part of the planning stages for our events and activities. Your involvement makes all the difference - our meetings are short, efficient, and fun, so give it a try! If you’d like to join us for the first time, just email fof@mysinai.org to let us know you’ll be logging on. Zoom link to come.

Cooking for a Cause...From Home! Friday, January 8 at 10:45am

We’re teaming up with the Social Action Committee to prepare and deliver dinners of vegetable lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and cookies to local families in need. RSVP ASAP to fof@mysinai.org, letting us know how many dinners you’ll be able to prepare and deliver (even one is great!), and we’ll send you the shopping list of simple ingredients and instructions, along with the recipient’s name and address. We’ll prepare the meals step-by-step together while on Zoom, and hear from Social Action all about the background to this purposeful event. Delivery will be contactless. Limited spots are still available. Thank you in advance for brightening Shabbat and helping local families in need during an especially challenging time.

Plant-Based Living: Healthy Eating in 2021 Wednesday, January 13 at 11:00am

Join us by Zoom with Sinai’s own Donna Levine to learn all about living a plant-based lifestyle. Plant-based diets have been linked to a variety of health benefits and have also been proven to support the immune system (something on all our minds right now) and aid in weight loss. Plus, you will actually feel yourself feeling better! Come learn what it’s all about, more about the health benefits, how easy it is to get started, and practical ways you can make it work for you and your family. Food prep demo and recipes included. Zoom link to come; email us at fof@mysinai.org to register. No charge.

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00pm on Zoom

RSVP to winewomenwisdom@mysinai.org. No charge.

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I attended the Jewish Food Society’s workshop Preserving Your Family’s Culinary Heritage offered by Temple Sinai of Roslyn, through Adult Engagement and Friend of a Friend on November 18, 2020. It inspired me to document a story and recipe from my family. About fifty years ago, when I was newly married, I spent a day with my mother, Marion Marks (a Temple Sinai sisterhood member for about forty years!) and sister-in-law, Sue, making my mother’s stuffed cabbage. My mother always cooked without a recipe and my sister-in-law wanted one so she would know how to make them. It did not seem so important to me, believing my mother would be the one to make the dish for family gatherings. Making stuffed cabbage was usually a once-a-year event since my mother claimed it was so much work. Lainie and her mom, Marion

Fast forward fifty years, my mother and my sister-in-law are no longer alive. After this inspiring Zoom presentation on Preserving My Family’s Culinary Heritage, I knew the recipe I would have to attempt was my mother’s stuffed cabbage. I remembered that I had written out the recipe on the day my mother, Sue, and I cooked it. I had observed my mother and calculated the amounts. Sue acted as scribe. We made adjustments to the recipe as my mother tasted it, altered the amounts, and repeated the process several times. I looked through my files but could not find the recipe. I contacted my brother Arnold, and fortunately, he was able to locate it in his archive of Sue’s recipes. He and I discussed the recipe, compared our memories of the stuffed cabbage, and agreed to both give it a go. We live in different states so we could not compare via an in-person taste test. He made his first batch and was satisfied with the results. He did, however, say he added a can of sauerkraut at the end to add to the flavor. I made mine and found that the sauce was a bit watery. I removed all the cabbage rolls and simmered the sauce to reduce the volume and intensify the flavor. My experience making it now did not parallel my memories of my mother making it. I remember her claim of it being so much work and I do remember the kitchen was quite the mess, in a good way. To add to the experience of Preserving My Family’s Culinary Heritage, I used my mother’s large white enamel pot to boil the cabbage, which you see in the picture. It has sat untouched for years in my basement. I also took out her flat grater, which I use sometimes for potato latkes and little else (opting for a food processor instead), but now I used if for the onions in this recipe.

Marion’s white enamel pot sits atop Lainie’s stove

I’m not sure if I will continue to make the stuffed cabbage. Most likely if I do, it will be a once-a-year event. If it is, it will always be with the fondest memories of my mother and the day I spent with her and Sue. - Lainie (Marks) Krasnoff The finished product.

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TODAH RABAH FROM TEMPLE SINAI CONNECT: Make Every Connection Count! The Brotherhood of Temple Sinai has instituted a networking group entitled CONNECT that is open to every member of our temple. Why is networking important? Networking offers you access to opportunities you might not be able to find on your own. Your network has the potential to provide you with insight into different fields, information on what potential clients or employers are looking for and advice on how you can improve professionally. Join familiar and new colleagues from Temple Sinai for this exciting new and powerful series of scheduled networking virtual meetings. Join us to hear from experts and exchange ideas to improve our professional careers and business contacts through our Temple family. The members of CONNECT meet via Zoom on alternate Wednesday mornings at 8:00 am. Look for our invitations and join us to see how our networking group can be benefit your career!

Join us at our upcoming meetings: Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00am Wednesday.January 20 at 8:00am Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00am Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00am

Our Next VIRTUAL Brotherhood Meetings via ZOOM:

Wednesday, January 6 at 7:30pm Wednesday.February 3 at 7:30pm

Join us for the next Virtual Scotch & Sacred Text with Rabbi White Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30pm Check your email for details! To learn more contact us at brotherhood@mysinai.org 16 SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021

The Temple Sinai of Roslyn Family invites the entire community to join us for


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The entire community is invited to join us for the annual

SORTY Shabbat Service

This year’s theme is Social Justice Through the Decades

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 4:30pm via ZOOM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2021 at 6:45pm Co-sponsored by Adult Engagement and Youth Engagement


presented by The Friends of the Arava Institute co-sponsored by Temple Sinai Adult Engagement and Temple Sinai Youth Engagement

Come hear Israeli and Palestinian-Jordanian alumni of Arava Institute for Environmental Studies share stories of how dialogue: • reduces hostility among groups in conflict • deepens collaboration across differences • fosters environmental peacebuilding in the Middle East and beyond


Let’s Talk About It: Important Conversations Between Adults and Teens in the Temple Sinai Community Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm

February 2: Racism April 20: Antisemitism SCRIBE Jan-Feb 2021 17

our children, our future


Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz cantorelenaschwartz@mysinai.org

The first part of the school year has come to an end! Throughout this time, we have been so impressed by all our students and cannot wait to learn with them again. In connection with Chanukah, our ShalomLearning Values Curriculum focused on the values of tzedakah (giving to help those in need) and gevurah (strength, both inner/ spiritual and outer/physical). Our First and Second Graders learned about tzedakah. Tzedakah is a central Jewish value that allows the students the opportunity to think beyond their circles and explore ways that they can be helpful to those in need. They focused on how we can shine our light into the world to make it a better place and tzedakah’s connection to Chanukah. They learned the basic story of Chanukah, how to celebrate and practiced the blessings. Our Third Graders learned about gevurah, in relation to the Maccabees. The Maccabees showed strength physically and emotionally by fighting for their beliefs. They discussed the differences between outer and inner strength and how they can put their individual strengths together to benefit the community. Our Fourth Graders started their gevurah unit by defining it as using one’s inner strength to do what is right. They expanded the concept of strength to include persistence, patience, resilience, and confidence. They considered how to use their strengths to help themselves and others overcome challenges. The students discussed the Maccabees both as leaders of an armed revolt and models for spiritual resistance and defenders Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz of religious freedom. Our Fifth Graders explored gevurah as different forms of “strength.” The students identified different types of spiritual courage and how they can practice perseverance in their lives. They discussed how peer pressure affects their choices and identified internal and external pressures that keep them from behaving as good friends. They also discussed how to argue and compromise with dignity to turn disagreements into a win/win situation. They restated the Chanukah story using the lens of spiritual courage (rather than simply the heroic use of force). Our Sixth Graders learned how gevurah is more than physical strength; it is self-discipline, restraint, and willpower that comes from internal strength. They identified different aspects of personal strength, the power and benefits of every type of strength, and how they can be used to guide us through life. The students discussed the Chanukah story’s message of physical and spiritual resistance when Jewish tradition is threatened and how to respond when they confront challenges to their Jewish identity.

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Our Seventh Graders focused on gevurah (strength, both inner/spiritual and outer/physical) lessons we can learn from the Chanukah story, the Shoah, the founding of the State of Israel, and individuals who overcame enormous challenges to move forward and make positive changes. They focused on building community through a variety of discussions, activities, and experiences that fostered a greater understanding of the concepts of gevurah (strength) and chesed (kindness). With best wishes for a healthy and safe New Secular Year,

Cantor Elena

Morah Robin Torah Explorers Class created gorgeous Chanukioyt!


3 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 4 Classes Resume 4 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 6:30-7:00pm 4 Mitzvah Makers 7:00-8:00pm 5 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Class Orientation 5 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 5 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 7 Hineni/Zoom 5:00-6:00pm 8 Sharing Tu B’Shevat – Hug a Tree 11 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 6:30-7:00pm 11 Mitzvah Makers 7:00-8:00pm 12 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 12 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 17 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

18 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL/MLK, Jr. Day 18 Hineni/Zoom 10:00-11:00am 19 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 19 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 19 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Class 25 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 6:30-7:00pm 25 Mitzvah Makers 7:00-8:00pm 26 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Class Orientation 26 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 27 Hineni/Zoom 5:00-6:00pm 26 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 27 Tu B’Shevat

FEBRUARY 2021 1 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 6:30-7:00pm

1 Mitzvah Makers 7:00-8:00pm 2 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Class 2 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 2 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 8 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 6:30-7:00pm 8 Mitzvah Makers 7:00-8:00pm 9 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Class 9 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 9 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 11 Hineni/Zoom 5:00-6:00pm 14-22 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 23 Mitzvah Makers Hebrew Prayer Boot Camp 5:30-6:00pm 23 Mitzvah Makers 6:00-7:00pm 24 Hineni/Zoom 5:00-6:00pm 25 NO SCHOOL/PURIM 26 Sharing Purim

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teachers are an important Our Hineni students worked with Our Sunriseamazing Day Camp to make hundreds of projects for children undergoing reasontreatments we areforthe Religious School cancer. We can all be very proud of our students for children not only LOVE. learning about, but participating in acts of tikkun olam!

Meet Our Teachers

In our ongoing series of profiles, meet Karen Feit and Robin Gossett!

Karen Feit

Karen Feit has been a Jewish educator for over forty years. In that time, she has taught students of all ages from babies to people in their nineties! She never thought she would have to learn how to reach out and teach remotely on ZOOM, but truly enjoys her sixth grade E-learners. Pre-pandemic, Karen loved to go to concerts, especially Israeli music and blues. She plays guitar and sings with preschoolers in a tot Shabbat program. She also loves to cook and bake, and spend time with her friends. She is an active member of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. She recently attended the World Zionist Congress as a Hadassah delegate and serves on the Va’ad Ha-Poel of the World Zionist Organization. She has visited Israel 13 times. Karen is the proud mother of three sons and the adoring grandmother of Emily and Levon.

Robin Gossett

Robin has over 20 years of religious school teaching experience. She has taught all ages Hebrew, Torah, Jewish values, and Judaic art, as well as developing a Holocaust curriculum for middle school students. Robin also has taught Israeli dancing.

This year she is enjoying traditional teaching using the 1st and 2nd graders-based curriculum of values, holidays and bringing Torah into the student’s daily lives.

Before retiring, Robin taught Physical Education, Dance and Drama at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens for 42 years. Robin was the founding director of Eisner Day Camp for 25 years. Robin is married to her husband Mark and has two married sons and four grandchildren. On January 24, we shared a beautiful evening celebrating our fifth Temple Sinai Religious School sends our love and thanks to the women of Friend and sixth grade students beginning with a festive Shabbat dinner, of a Friend for theirfollowed kindness. of a Friend sponsored both our virtual magic thanks to our wonderful partners, V&Z Caterers, byFriend a service led by the students, their teachers, andMax, Cantors lessonRabbi with Schachter, The Amazing andElena our Chanukah candle mailing that went out and Sergei Schwartz. to every Religious School family. We look forward to the K-2 Milestone Purimour Celebration on We also send love and gratitude to Linda and Mitch Singer for the incredible Monday, March 9. generosity that enabled us to create the eight Chanukah videos.

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Parents: Lara & Brian Bass Siblings: Dylan - 15 Grandparents: Eileen Cohen, Harold & Eilene Rosenblum, Hillary Garland, Lewis & Donna Bass School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Chanukah. Chanukah is a very happy time of year. I love spending time with my whole family, lighting the menorah, and exchanging gifts. Describe Yourself: I like to spend time with my family and friends and love my summers at camp. Why is Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Important? Becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that I am a Jewish adult and will take on more responsibilities.


Parents: Marisa & James Siblings: Sophia - 10, Paulina - 4 Grandparents: Blanca & Paul Semmel, Elliot Reichman, Gloria Farley School: Willets Road School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Chanukah because I get presents and I get to spend time with my family. Describe Yourself: My hobbies are playing sports such as football and baseball. I also like to play video games. My favorite school subject is social studies. Why is Becoming a Bar Mitzvah Important? Becoming a Bar Mitzvah means becoming more independent and mature. I’m looking forward to the celebration after.


Parents: Lori & Adam Szerencsy Siblings: Ella - 15, Brooke - 9 Grandparents: Eileen & Jerry Schneider, Anna & Jay Szerencsy, Stuart Heier School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: Chanukah is my favorite holiday. I love thinking about ways to show my family how much I love them. I love seeing the look on my sister’s faces when they open my presents, and of course, I love getting gifts, too! Describe Yourself: I love being active! Biking with my dad is one of my favorite hobbies. I love walking around our neighborhood with my dog, Oscar, and I enjoy baking for my family. I’m happy just being able to hang out with my friends and family, either watching a movie or playing video games. Why is Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Important? Becoming a Bat Mitzvah means reaching a memorable milestone in my life. It shows how far I’ve come and allows me to show my closest friends and family how hard I have worked and everything I have accomplished.

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Parents: Heather & Evan Waxman Siblings: Lindsay - 10 Grandparents: Fran & Barry Burnston, Ellen Waxman School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: Chanukah is my favorite Jewish holiday because my friends and family get together to celebrate. We light the menorah every night and recite the prayers. Best of all, we get eight nights of presents! Describe Yourself: I enjoy playing sports such as lacrosse, basketball, and football. My favorite sport is basketball because I love playing as part of a team. I love watching football on Sundays with my family and friends. My favorite subject in school is math. Why is Becoming a Bar Mitzvah Important? Becoming a Bar Mitzvah is an important moment in my life and it means accepting more responsibilities. Being part of Temple Sinai and the Jewish community means a lot to me. I have been challenged to learn more about the Jewish religion and heritage through my years in religious school. After my Bar Mitzvah, I will be proud to continue Jewish traditions in my home with my family and friends.


Parents: Stacey & Seth Siblings: Charlie - 10, Kaylee - 6 Grandparents: Laurie & Jack Hirsch, Rebecca & Lawrence Newman School: Roslyn Middle School - 8th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 6 Favorite Holiday: My favorite holiday is Chanukah. I enjoy lighting the menorah and spending time with my family. Describe Yourself: My favorite sport to play is hockey. In the winter, I enjoy skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, I go to Timber Lake, which is a sleepaway camp; I also like to spend time on boats. Why is Becoming a Bar Mitzvah Important? Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah has improved my ability to read Hebrew. I am excited to become a man in the Jewish religion.


Parents: Brandy & Michael Siblings: Jake - 10, Luke - 7 Grandparents: Randy & Douglas Brooks, Karen & Mark Rosenberg, Lindy & Sheldon Lieberman School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 4 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Rosh Hashanah because I get to celebrate the Jewish New Year with my family. Every year, I look forward to large family dinners with my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and my cousins. During this year with COVID, I now fully appreciate the importance of family gatherings and never take them for granted. Describe Yourself: My favorite hobby is dancing! My favorite subjects in school are English and art. I love spending time with my family and friends. Traveling to California and Aruba every year are very special occasions to me because I get to spend time with my family. I always look forward to spending my summers at Camp Lokanda with my best friends. Why is Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Important? Becoming a Bat Mitzvah is an important milestone in my life, as I am following in the footsteps and Jewish traditions of my parents and grandparents. After studying hard, I realized that becoming a Bat Mitzvah celebrates me becoming a young woman and part of the community, but more importantly it makes me feel like I can achieve all of my goals and dreams in my future.

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Lulu Belferder Lulu Belferder lbelferder@mysinai.org lbelferder@mysinai.org This year is flying by- we are at the halfway point in the school year and I could not be prouder of the work the teen community has completed and dedicated themselves to over these very difficult months. The school year is underway and that brings added stress and anxiety for all children especially teens. Individually, and as a group, they have supported civic engagement initiatives and community service Teen stress is an important health issue that more and more teens are experiencing each year. The early projects, and are ensuring that they stay focused on the needs of the Temple Sinai community. This teen years are marked by rapid changes — physical, cognitive, and emotional. Young people also face last mission is always at the forefront of the minds of our teens. On a consistent and regular basis, I changing relationships with peers, new demands at school, family tensions, and safety issues in their have been approached by one teen or another with the same question “How can I help?” communities. The ways in which teens cope with these stressors can have significant short-and long-term consequences on their physical and emotional health. It is often hard for teens to ask for help, and put words to the stress or anxiety they are feeling. Below are some strategies to help teens get through these experiences.

Strategies for coping with stress: • Talk about problems with others. • Take deep breaths, accompanied by thinking or saying aloud, “I can handle this.” • Perform progressive muscle relaxation, which involves repeatedly tensing and relaxing large muscles of the body. • Set small goals and break tasks into smaller, manageable chunks. • Exercise and eat regular meals. • Get proper sleep. • Practice consistent, positive discipline. • Visualize and practice feared situations. • Focus on what you can control (your reactions, your actions) and let go of what you cannot (other people’s opinions and expectations). • Work through worst-case scenarios until they seem amusing or absurd. We are excited for the second half of the year and can’t wait to see what these teens do! • Lower unrealistic expectations. • Schedule breaks and enjoyable activities. • Accept yourself as you are; identify your unique strengths and build on them. • Give up on the idea of perfection, both in yourself and in others. Give yourself permission and cultivate the ability to learn from mistakes Lauren “Lulu” Belferder

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mazel tov Sharon & Joshua Perla on the birth of their daughter Skylar Bari Perla Gwen Simon on the engagement of her son Andrew to Mariel Chase Jodi & Mitchell Efros on the marriage of their daughter Danielle to Harry Kastenbaum Lisa & Charles Berman on the marriage of their daughter Rebecca to Zachary Feller Jamie Reich Freedman & Dr. Howard Freedman on the marriage of their daughter Randi to Igor Petlakh Terrie & Mark Stern on the birth of their grandson Zachary Vaudreuil Stern Joyce & Steve Bloom on the marriage of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk

Our temple family shares both simchas and sorrows. Please let us know if you would like to receive members’ life cycle information via email by contacting the temple office at templeoffice@mysinai.org

with deepest sympathy Edward Raskin on the loss of his wife Selma Raskin Brian Raskin on the loss of his mother Selma Raskin Abbie Laskey on the loss of her cousin Temi Strann Suzanne Elman-Jenssen on the loss of her father Robert Warshaw Alison Gilbert on the loss of her uncle Dr. Burton “Roy” Moed Denise Cervia on the loss of her father Arnold Blumberg Rochelle Siskind on the loss of her father Melvyn Harris Ronna Niederman on the loss of her father Millard Kay Cantor Elena Schwartz on the loss of her aunt Mera Epstein Louis Pekofsky on the loss of his aunt Lisa Marcus Louis Pekofsky on the loss of his uncle Steven Marcus Skylar Siskin on the loss of his father Jay Siskin Barbara & Dr. Marc Wallach on the loss of their son Joshua Wallach Betty Brandel on the loss of her mother Shirley Migdal Leslie Natko on the loss of his mother Teresa Natko Fran Newman on the loss of her nephew Dr. Paul Malsky Jack Sparacio on the loss of his father John Sparacio

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We record with sorrow the death of Temple Members

Beatrice Kandell Selma Raskin With deepest sympathy to their families, May their memories be for a blessing.


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9:00am Monday Morning Meditation with Rabbi Schachter 11:00am JNF Virtual Bus Tour of Israel 7:30pm Sinai Reads: House of Glass


11:00am JNF Virtual Bus Tour of Israel 7:00pm FOF Wine, Women, & Wisdom




11:00am JNF Virtual Bus Tour of Israel

11:00am JNF Virtual Bus Tour of Israel 6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service


6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service




6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service


9:30am Friend of a Friend Monthly Meeting 4:30pm Sharing Shabbat 6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service


Building Closed 6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service



1:00pm FOF Program: Art with Nancy Traeger


11:00am Author’s Talk: Anna Solomon - The Book of V 5:30pm Happy Hour with Rabbi White



9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan 10:30am Bar Mitzvah Alex Newman


9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan 10:30am Bar Mitzvah Matthew Waxman


9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan 10:30am Bat Mitzvah Ashley Szerencsy


9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan 9:30am Bat Mitzvah Alexandra Bass 12:00pm Bar Mitzvah Neil Reichman


9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan



Religious School 516.621.8016

Nursery School 516.621.8708

Main Office 516.621.6800

If you have any questions, please call the phone numbers listed below:

Dates and times are current as of December 19, 2020 and are subject to change. Online calendars will be updated on a regular basis; please visit our website at mysinai.org for all other program and event information.

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1:30pm Adult and Youth Engagement Program: Arava Institute - The Dialogue Project



11:00am FOF/Plant-Based Lifestyle Event with Donna Levine 7:00pm Adult Education with Rabbi Schachter


8:00am CONNECT Networking Meeting 7:30pm Brotherhood Monthly Meeting



10:30am Adult Engagement/ 8:00am CONNECT FOF Program:Virtual Tour Networking Meeting of Pollock-Krasner House


Building Closed 9:00am Monday Morning Meditation with Rabbi Schachter



9:00am Monday Morning 9:30am Adult Education Meditation with Rabbi with Rabbi White Schachter 10:00am This Precious Life: A Reading by Alden Solovy 7:00pm Adult Education with Rabbi White







4:00pm Adult Engagement Program: Tyler Gildin, Director & Producer of The Starfish

Meditation with Rabbi Schachter

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9:30am Friend of a Friend Monthly Meeting 6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service/SORTY Shabbat



6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service

NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 4:30pm Sharing Shabbat


9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan 10:30am Bat Mitzvah Alexis Brooks


9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan



9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Virtual Morning Minyan

6:45pm Virtual Shabbat Service


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11:00am FOF Event: All About Lilith with Rabbi Schachter


7:30pm Adult Engagement/ 6:45pm Virtual Shabbat FOF Event: Feminine Power Service in the History of American Jewish Museums with Ariel Paige Cohen


5:30pm Happy Hour with Rabbi White 6:45pm Give from the Heart Virtual Fundraiser



8:00am CONNECT Networking Meeting




8:00am CONNECT Networking Meeting 1:00pm FOF Program: Art with Nancy Traeger 7:30pm Brotherhood Monthly Meeting


Religious School 516.621.8016

Nursery School 516.621.8708

Main Office 516.621.6800

If you have any questions, please call the phone numbers listed below:

Dates and times are current as of December 19, 2020 and are subject to change. Online calendars will be updated on a regular basis; please visit our website at mysinai.org for all other program and event information.

9:00am Monday Morning Meditation with Rabbi Schachter



Office Closed 9:00am Monday Morning Meditation with Rabbi Schachter



9:30am Adult Education with Rabbi White 7:30pm Scotch & Sacred Text




7:00pm Adult/Teen Conversation: Racism


9:00am Monday Morning Meditation with Rabbi Schachter 7:00pm Adult Education with Rabbi White

9:00am Monday Morning Meditation with Rabbi Schachter



4:00pm Adult Engagement Program: Antisemitism and Degenerative Art with Nancy Traeger






February 2021

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Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Sharing Shabbat - Hug a Tree Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Bat Mitzvah Service Bat Mitzvah - Alexandra Bass Bar Mitzvah Service Bar Mitzvah - Neil Reichman Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Bat Mitzvah Service Bat Mitzvah - Ashley Szerencsy Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Bar Mitzvah Service Bar Mitzvah - Matthew Waxman Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Bar Mitzvah Service Bar Mitzvah - Alex Newman Virtual Shabbat Service/SORTY Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Virtual Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Virtual Shabbat Service - Purim Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Bat Mitzvah Service Bat Mitzvah - Alexis Brooks


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Main Office: 516.621.6800 Nursery School: 516.621.8708 Religious School: 516.621.8016 Rabbi Michael White rabbiwhite@mysinai.org Cantor Sergei Schwartz cantorsergeischwartz@mysinai.org


Early Childhood Center Director Lindsay Dayan

Rabbi Ilana Schachter rabbischachter@mysinai.org

Director of Youth Engagement Lauren “Lulu” Belferder

Cantor Emeritus Cantor Andrew H. Edison

Vice Presidents Robyn Corbin Andrew Kraus Philip Rabinovich Treasurer Michael Shaffet Secretary Seth Golden Brotherhood President Richard Blatt

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Executive Director Alison Stamm


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Director of Adult Engagement Adrianne Rubin, PhD arubin@mysinai.org

Marketing & Communications Manager Kathy Diamond kdiamond@mysinai.org

Financial Manager Mara Rosenwasser mrosenwasser@mysinai.org

Accounting Specialist Michael Gamba mgamba@mysinai.org

Office Manager Jane Hallberg jhallberg@mysinai.org

Member Services Manager Betty Brandel bbrandel@mysinai.org

Religious School Coordinator/ Assistant to the Cant Debra Hollander dhollander@mysinai.org

Assistant to the Rabbis Cali Hersh chersh@mysinai.org