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ADAR/NISAN/IYYAR 5780 MARCH/APRIL 2020 Volume 76 • Number 4

He who is of good heart is festive always


SINAI’S

BIG READ

ANTISEMITISM HERE AND NOW DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT

Thursday, March 12 “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.

7:30pm

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? 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.

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

DENIAL

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

Tuesday, March 31

Free for Congregants; $10 Non-Congregants

RSVP at mysinai.org/denialfilm

7:30pm

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.


Temple Sinai is privileged to present

An Evening with Deborah E. Lipstadt Tuesday, April 28 7:30pm Is antisemitism the hate that will never die? In her latest book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt wrestles with this disturbing question in a series of letters to an imagined college student and an imagined university professor. She will share her insights with us during this enlightening program.

RSVP at mysinai.org/lipstadt $20 Congregants $25 Non-Congregants

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is the esteemed DOROT Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020 3


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JUICE Join us as we spread some Purim cheer when we visit Jewish patients at St. Francis Hospital and wish them well! To learn more, contact Social Action at socialaction@mysinai.org

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Monday, March 9, 2020 5:30-6:30pm Purim Seudah/Festive Meal 6:45pm Purim Service Oneg immediately following Kvell as your children lead us at this very special Purim service Grandparents, siblings, all are welcome!

RSVP by March 5 to the Religious School office at 621.8016 or dhollander@mysinai.org.

Be sure and let us know how many people will be attending and if you will be joining us for dinner.


We’re Kvelling! The Jewish Education Project has announced the recipients of the 2020 Young Pioneers Award and one of the five winners is our amazing Director of Youth Engagement

Lauren “LULU” Belferder Lulu is being honored with the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award for creating fresh and engaging Jewish learning experiences that inspire the teens of Temple Sinai. “The recipients of the Young Pioneers Award are young Jewish educators who are motivating and inspiring students by fusing the best pedagogies with Jewish wisdom and tradition,” says David Bryfman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “These educators are deeply committed to the students, families, and institutions they serve. Their work transforms Jewish education every day and we cannot wait to see how they will elevate the field of Jewish education in the future. Their impact stretches beyond metropolitan New York and truly permeates every corner of the Jewish world.” Lulu will be recognized at The Jewish Education Project’s Annual Benefit, on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in New York City.

We are so proud of you, Lulu, and Temple Sinai is so lucky to have you! If you would like to make a donation in Lulu’s honor, we suggest the Youth Engagement Fund. SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020 5


Rabbi Ilana Schachter rabbischachter@mysinai.org

Purim: Revealing Our True Identities Amidst the Masquerade Some may experience Purim as a kind of “Jewish Halloween,” where we dress up in silly costumes and eat treats, or perhaps as a “Jewish Mardi Gras,” with carnival games and uninhibited revelry. From the outside (or even sometimes while experiencing it), Purim may feel like a holiday of escapism and pretending. However, in reflecting more on this seemingly frivolous holiday, I believe that Purim is actually an opportunity for introspection and self-actualization; a chance to celebrate who we really are. During this holiday, we read from Megillat Esther, a short but powerful story set in ancient Persia. We read about a foolish king who is heavily influenced by his advisors, especially Haman who is plotting to annihilate the Jewish people. When the king finds himself without a queen, he hosts a pageant to find his next bride, and selects Esther, our heroine who hides her Jewish identity throughout the proceedings. Esther is comfortable living as a select version of herself, hiding her Judaism and enjoying her life as royalty, until her relative Mordechai opens her eyes to the imminent threat to the Jewish people and the unique power that she might have to prevent it. He writes to her, “Do not imagine that you, of all the Jews, will escape with your life by being in the king’s palace. For if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis.” Mordechai reminds Esther that she can no longer hide from who she really is, and moreover, that only by being her fullest self, embracing all the aspects of her character, can she hope to save herself and the Jewish people. In so many ways, we can relate to Esther’s story, as we live our lives often hiding parts of our identities, either from others or even from ourselves. This reminder to embrace all aspects of our identity, including our Judaism, feels especially powerful this year, as we continue to struggle with intensified antisemitism in our country and around the world, and where we have had to hesitate before placing a menorah in our windows or wearing a Star of David around our necks. The holiday of Purim provides us with an opportunity to consider how we are showing up in the world, feeling empowered by Esther’s courage to be her full and most authentic self. As we read about Esther’s journey of growth and transformation this Purim, may it inspire each of us to grow into more of ourselves, without fear.

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Rabbi Ilana Schachter


The Jewish Class of

WHY?

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; no charge.

Tuesdays at 8:00pm

February 25 • March 24 • May 5

Wednesdays at 10:00am

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!

February 26 • March 25 • May 6

Friday, March 20, at 6:45pm Join us as Temple Sinai comes together with over 200 synagogues across the country for the HIAS National Refugee Shabbat, during which Jews across the country will take action for refugees and asylum seekers. We will learn the stories of refugees around the world, woven into our meaningful worship experience and through words and images on display in our lobby. We hope you will be part of this powerful evening of learning and prayer. A festive oneg will follow and an RSVP is requested at mysinai.org/HIAS-refugee-shabbat-2020 or call the office at 516.621.6800.

There’s still time to VOTE! Online voting is open until

March 11 Vote for Your Voice in Israel! Make sure your point of view is represented in the next World Zionist Congress in October. To learn more visit https://arza.org/who-we-are/worldzionist-congress-elections You can vote from your phone in seconds. Point your camera at this QR code and you will be directed to the election website!

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RABBI WHITE’S CLASSES RESUME MARCH 16 & 17 BIBLICAL SELECTIONS EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW Adult Education with Rabbi Michael White

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 March 16 • April 20 May 18

OR

Tuesdays at 9:30am March 17 • April 21 May 19

All are welcome - free of charge

Scotch and Sacred Text

with Rabbi Michael White

Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm 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.

RSVP to brotherhood@mysinai.org

Save-the-date for our spring program Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30pm

Our sincerest appreciation to Lainie Krasnoff and her wonderful team: Paula Kraus, Barbara Wallach, and Leslie Wollin. Thank you for your generous contribution of time, effort and skill to one of our most critical security projects. SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020 9


25th Annual

Second Night

SEDER

Thursday, April 9 at 6:00pm Services conducted by Rabbi Michael White and Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz

Traditional Catered Passover Seder CATERED BY V&Z CATERERS

Featuring: Gefilte Fish, Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls, Tossed Salad, Brisket with Gravy,Roast Chicken, Vegetables, Potato Kugel, Tsimmes, 25th Annual Passover Desserts

Members: $65* Non-Members: $75 Children 5–12: $25 Children 4 & Under: Free All children must be accompanied by an adult *Reservations received by March 23. Price $70 after March 23.

Reservations are required and must be accompanied by your payment in full RSVP at mysinai.org/secondnightseder2020 or bring the form and your check to the office. Dietary restrictions must be indicated in advance. No reservations will be accepted after March 31. For further information, please call the Temple office at 516.621.6800.

Second Night

SEDER

Thursday, April 9 at 6:00pm

Number of Member Adults by 3/23 after 3/23

Number of Non-Member Adults Number of Children 5-12 Number of Children 4 & Under Total in Your Party Total Enclosed

x $65=$ x $70=$ x $75=$ x $25=$

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Name Email Please seat with

Please list any dietary restrictions

Please complete and return by March 31, along with your check payable to Temple Sinai to: 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577, Attn: Second Night Seder


a message from the

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alison Stamm astamm@mysinai.org

Welcome to the Cloud I am excited to inform you that we transitioned our member database and website to ShulCloud in January. This conversion was over a year in the making and we couldn’t be more pleased. ShulCloud is a cloud-based integrated software program which is widely recognized as the “best-in-class” for synagogues. We are thrilled to adopt this upgraded technology which not only streamlines administrative functions but improves the member experience as well. When we launch the ONLINE MEMBER PORTAL, you will be able to log into your account to: • view and update personal information • view account balances and make payments online • view and manage yahrzeits • view events on the calendar and then register and pay within your account • save a credit card on file to your secure account • request paperless monthly statements by e-mail ShulCloud also has a free Apple & Android app which will allow you to do many Temple transactions from your mobile phone or tablet. As we transition to various elements of ShulCloud over the next several months, we ask for your patience should there be any delays or errors on your account. We have migrated an enormous volume of data from our previous database, and there is always the possibility that not all information transferred correctly despite our extensive accuracy checks. We encourage you to check your statements from the temple and please let us know if you find anything that appears incorrect. Stay tuned for future updates! See you in the Cloud,

Alison Stamm

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from the

PRESIDENT’S

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Michelle Golden mgolden@mysinai.org

I am often asked how I found myself on the path to Temple President ‌ my brother would tell you I have thought I was the president over him for the last 46 years! I never saw myself as a leader. I believe there were many roads not taken and missed opportunities throughout my life that may have led me to positions of leadership, and despite all of those, I landed here at Temple Sinai ‌ honored and blessed to warm the president’s seat. At the age of seven, I took my first dance class, ballet. It wasn’t my favorite, but I made it to the recital. When I saw the tap dancers perform, I knew that’s what I wanted to do! I begged and I pleaded, but the tap class didn’t fit at a time that worked for my family. It was the same story year after year until I was 12 years old‌finally, a class! Shiny black tap shoes and grown-up black tights, I couldn’t wait! At the same time, my family joined the local reform temple so that my brother could begin preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. As any good temple executive director would do, she told my parents she could get me on track for a Bat Mitzvah as well. The class - you guessed it - the same night as tap class. It was no contest‌no Hebrew School for me, and my Bat Mitzvah would wait until 2011, but I sure could do a shuffle ball change and a triple time step! I realized I was on the path to temple president one afternoon while my daughters were in, of all places, dance class! I was asked by Howard Berrent, the incoming president, and Jonathan Cheris, the incoming executive vice president, to join the The future Executive Committee. They spoke about my family’s devotion to the temple and my Temple Sinai President children’s future in Judaism, and they encouraged me to realize that I could help at her first recital, age 7 sustain and support Temple Sinai so it would be there for the next generations of families. They also bought me coffee and a banana, and yes, I am a cheap date, but who could say no after that? When the call came to help, to support, to be part of the history of the temple, I wondered if maybe I should have gone to Hebrew School when I was 12. Let’s face it, triple time steps can’t help me decipher Torah, shuffle ball changes don’t balance the temple budget, and cramp rolls, although fun, do not help one write an inspiring High Holy Day speech. What my early years in dance did teach me is how to: •Keep time with the music or hone my time management skills •Interpret constructive criticism to grow and improve •Work with the group as a team player •Persevere until something beautiful is created •See the value of hard work •And keep smiling even when you miss a step‌skills I find myself tapping into often these days.

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The point of my story is, if a board member offers to buy you a banana, say yes! Say, thank you. Then look within yourself‌we all have so much to offer our temple community. My sincerest appreciation to all who volunteer their time and assume leadership responsibilities, to Howard, Jonathan, and the Nominating Committee for asking, and to YOU, for being a part of our Temple Sinai family.

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At least we can say that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had an error as egregious as theseâ&#x20AC;Ś These authentic announcements were found in printed synagogue bulletins. All original mistakes in spelling and typing have been left untouched: 1. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let worry kill you. Let your synagogue help. Join us for oneg after services. Prayer and medication to follow. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our congregation. 2. For those of you who have children and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 3. We are pleased to announce the birth of David Weiss, the sin of Rabbi and Mrs. Abe Weiss. 4. A bean supper will be held Wednesday evening in the community center. Music will follow. 5. Rabbi is on vacation. Massages can be given to his secretary. 6. Please join us as we show our support for Amy and Rob, who are preparing for the girth of their first child. 7. We are taking up a collection to defray the cost of the new carpet in the sanctuary. All those wishing to do something on the carpet please come forward and get a piece of paper. 8. If you enjoy sinning, the choir is looking for you! 9. The Associate Rabbi unveiled the synagogueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new fundraising campaign slogan this week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I UPPED MY PLEDGE; UP YOURS!â&#x20AC;? 10. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want remembered. 11. A junior choir performance was hell at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth retreat. 12. We will host our annual evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility. SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020 13


TODAH RABAH FROM TEMPLE SINAI SAVE THE DATE Friday, June 5 at 6:45pm VISUAL ARTISTS RECOGNITION SHABBAT Appreciation and gratitude are words we hear. At Temple Sinai, we live by those words. We appreciate all the people that have made Temple Sinai their chosen place of worship. We are proud to have many accomplished congregants who have brought joy and beauty into our lives with their creativity. Please join us as we honor our visual artists as they share their talents. Their specialties include: • painting (all mediums) • illustration • sculpting • photography • architecture • ceramics • design If you would like to be included, or know someone who should be, please contact Jane in the temple office at jhallberg@mysinai.org. We hope to see all of our visual artists at this celebratory Shabbat! With sincere gratitude, The Todah Rabah Committee Barbara Gleicher, Margie Berrent, Richard Blatt, Seth Golden, Bert Kraus, and Susan Moisoff

June 5 will also be the NORMANDY REMEMBRANCE SHABBAT Honor the memory of those who lost their lives defending our freedoms, as we will say Kaddish for the brave Jewish soldiers who took part in the Normandy Invasion in 1944.

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SAVE THE DATE Kulanu Pride Shabbat Friday, June 12 at 6:45pm Temple Sinai provides a welcoming atmosphere and support to the LGBTQ+ members of the congregation and their families and friends. Please join Kulanu for this beautiful and inspiring service in celebration of Pride Month. The Annual Brotherhood/Friend of a Friend BBQ Dinner will be held immediately following the service.

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

Ways to Help in March Monday, March 9 at 1:30pm

Purim at the Hospital Purim is a time when we are especially obligated to think of others, especially those in need. Join us at St. Francis Hospital as we visit Jewish patients and wish them well.

Thursday, March 12 at 4:30pm

Project Ezra Assemble Passover food packages for elderly seniors in NYC.

Friday, March 13 at 10:00am

Cooking for a Cause Prepare and deliver meals for local families in need.

Sunday, March 22 at 3:00pm

Masbia Soup Kitchen Co-sponsored with Brotherhood. See page 33 for more information.

Sunday, March 29 at 10:30am

Pack-It-Up for Hatzilu at the Sid Jacobson JCC Pack-up 100 bags for local families in need.

March Collections Paper towels - to be packed along with other items being donated to Hatzilu in conjunction with TANS.

April Collections Mitzvah Morning Collections - turn to page 17 to learn more. SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020 15


MITZVAH morning

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Join brotherhood for a pancake breakfast at 9:00am followed by opening ceremonies at 9:45am WE HAVE PROJECTS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES!

CREATE Sinai Stitches - Join our knitters to make blankets, hats, and other clothing for people in need Plant Flowers and Vegetables - Beautify the memorial garden in our courtyard Clean-up the 9/11 Memorial Garden - Everyone ages 10 & up can help improve the garden located at Great Oaks and Woodbine in East Hills Create Jewish New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cards - Send love and good wishes to the eldery through Dorot

Coordinate Toiletry Kits - Everyone 6 years and up can help put together toiletry bags for people in homeless shelters Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Baskets - Create gifts for moms whose children are staying at the Ronald McDonald House Housewarming Buckets - Put together useful items for those escaping homelessness Backpacks for Students - Assemble school supplies for kids in need Craft Packages - Create activity packs to be distributed by Sunrise on Wheels to children receiving cancer treatment at local hospitals Rainy Day Packages - Assemble activity packages for children in homeless shelters

NOURISH Make a Meal & Deliver It - Provide a meal for local families in need through Cooking for a Cause One Sandwich at a Time - Make and package sandwiches for homeless shelters and food distribution centers Cookie Decorating - Create cookie masterpieces for distribution by the River Fund Bake - Prepare a treat at the Ronald McDonald House for children staying at the facility; if interested, please contact Lulu at lbelferder@mysinai.org prior to Mitzvah Morning; must be at least 12 years old to participate

CONNECT Bowl with Sinai in the City - Brighten the day of children from the New York City Department of Homeless Services at Bowlmor in Times Square from 2:00-4:00pm

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DO GOOD THINGS TOGETHER Lend us your hand for mitzvah morning at Temple Sinai make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate

COLLECT Books in good condition for all ages - for Book Fairies Jeans - for the Hebrew Union College Non-perishable food and snack items and baby food (no glass jars) AND All Travel-sIzed Toiletries and Full-sized Personal Hygiene Items and Baby Items - for the Interfaith Nutrition Network Eyeglasses-prescription and readers - for One Sight Kosher Food - for the Hatzilu Rescue Mens and Boys Business Suits - for Beautiful Memories Gemach Full Size Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies - for the Long Island Coalition/Boutique

DONATE Buy goodies at Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Cookies for Kid’s Cancer Monetary donations are always appreciated - drop-off bins will located in the temple lobby on Mitzvah Morning. Be sure to bring your Tzedekah boxes and loose change to be counted and donated!

SAVE A LIFE Donate Blood - The New York Blood Center Mobile Unit will be at Temple Sinai from 8:30am-1:00pm. Recycle Life ... Give Blood! To schedule an appointment online visit: https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/20471 Eligibility Requirements: • Bring your donor card or ID with photo and signature • Minimum weight 100 pounds • Ages 16 (with parental permission) - 75 (those over 75 require a doctor’s note) • Eat well (low fat) and drink plenty of fluids • No tattoos within the past 12 months For information regarding medical eligibility, call 1.800.688.0900

For more information about Mitzvah Morning, contact Social Action at socialaction@mysinai.org SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020 17


the musings of a balabusta* by tracy zimmerman

I am so thrilled to share my fourth SCRIBE article with you! As each submission date looms, I eagerly anticipate how my next topic will relate to challah. This time, I am compelled to share in a way that saddens me. There is a new wave of antisemitism that we are experiencing right here in the United States. It has greatly affected me and forced me to think in ways that I have never really had to. My entire life revolves around being a Jew: from where I shop, to where I spend my time, to how I live my life in my home. For the very first time, I am more keenly aware than ever about history and my fear of what could lie ahead. I often refer back to Abbie Laskey’s Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Class - I took it three years ago with my eldest son Max, and am now taking it for a second time. One of my takeaways from the class - and there were many - is that baking challah was and is resistance. Now, I really take the time to think about the privileges I have as a Jew, privileges that must be protected. One of those privileges is that I have the freedom to bake challah in my home without a threat from my government. It is another way I can show pride in my heritage, and I instill that pride in my children. Sure, I can bake other breads, or cookies, or cake, but I don’t, I only bake challot! I take the time to use challah as a teaching tool for my boys. My first time baking challah for a crowd, other than friends, was for the Yom HaShoah service at Temple Sinai. I baked it as an example for my son, to show him the impact the class had on me. That was how Temple Sinai came to know me as a challah baker, before I became the Challah Queen of Temple Sinai. It is a title I am honored to hold. It has enriched my life in so many ways. I was first asked by Lulu to teach a class to the teens. That was an experience that brought to Jackie Covey. Jackie, our wonderful Friend of a Friend President, heard that I bake challah and she asked me to share my joy and teach a challah class. Jackie was the one who guided me, planned, and executed three sold out Challah Bakes!

Our Challah Queen and her beautiful family: husband Robert and sons Max, Harris, and Eli

*Balabusta

(pronounced ba-la-BUST-ah) is the Yiddish term for “homemaker,” generally denoting a woman who is exceptionally skilled at maintaining her home. 18 SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020


She is the brains behind this operation and we cultivated a beautiful, deep, and meaningful friendship that came fromâ&#x20AC;Ś you guessed it, CHALLAH! It amazes me that challah has changed my life. It truly has, as I will share more in my upcoming Scribe columns. You can also come and join me at my next Challah Bake. I cannot wait to see new and familiar faces as we share in the privilege, the process of baking challah. Now that all of the holidays are behind us and the calendar year has begun, I am filled with endless ways in which I would like to share my love of Judaism with all of you. I really must give myself a pat on the back for my last SCRIBE article. After it arrived in the mail, I received a text from a friend, â&#x20AC;&#x153;best one yet.â&#x20AC;? I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even remember what I wrote. What made it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best?â&#x20AC;? Another text said they loved what I had to say, and again, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember what I had written that was so memorable. So, I went back and looked at what I had written and then became impressed with myself! I was truly proud of what I wrote and it was all so true, and it is the way in which I live my life. Like I said, challah is a metaphor for life; â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overcooked, undercooked, doubted, beautiful, bland, sweet, a flop, flavorful, whole soul, no soul, found enjoyment, it was a chore.â&#x20AC;? But I seem to come back to it and try my hand at it again. I am a mother and have been for more than 14.4 years! Prior, to that, I was a New York City public school teacher. I have a Masters Degree from NYU, and earned my Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from the University of Florida, yet I found my true passion in challah. All that schooling and I am most fulfilled in the kitchen. I am not a cook or a baker, but I am a challah maker. It is so important to me on so many levels. I have the need to knead and I would love to share that love with you I promise you will not only come away with a delicious challah, but a full heart.

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Until next time,

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00pm Tuesday, April 21 at hacks 12:30pm Learn time-saving on some Thursday, May 14 at 12:30pm traditional Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm

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TEMPLE SINAI ADULT ENGAGEMENT

Adrianne Rubin arubin@mysinai.org

The Art of Passover One of the most central and celebrated holidays in Judaism is Passover, which commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt in the thirteenth century BCE and their deliverance from 400 years of enslavement. Through the ages, artists have depicted Pesach in diverse and dynamic ways.

The Finding of Moses

In the seventeenth century, Nicolas Poussin painted multiple versions of the moment when baby Moses was rescued from the Nile and given to Pharaoh’s daughter, who raised him as her own. (Moses means drawn out of the water.)

Nicolas Poussin The Finding of Moses, 1651 Oil on canvas National Gallery, London

Seder

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim’s nineteenth-century work portrays a family in the midst of the Passover Seder. The Seder plate, Haggadah, and Elijah’s cup are all visible in this monochromatic scene. Interestingly, the German title of the work (Der Oster-Abend) translates to Easter Night. Though Oppenheim was Jewish, the work’s title acknowledges the significance of the holiday within Christian theology, since the Last Supper was a Passover meal.

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim Seder (The Passover Meal) (Der Oster-Abend) c. 1867 Oil on paper on canvas The Jewish Museum, New York continued on page 22

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The Butcher Came and Slew the Ox, Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya Contemporary artists (i.e. 1960s and after) have also drawn inspiration from the story of Passover. Frank Stella is best known for his flat, minimalist paintings from the 1960s. However, he injects great vibrancy and dimensionality into this later work, informed by El Lissitzky’s 1919 Had Gadya series, based upon the song traditionally sung at the end of the Seder. Frank Stella The Butcher Came and Slew the Ox, Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984 Hand-colored and collaged with lithographic, linoleum block, and screen printings The Jewish Museum, New York

Wishing you and your loved ones Chag Pesach Sameach!

Director of Adult Engagement

SAVE THE DATE!

Antisemitism and Degenerate Art

presented by Sinai Social Sundays

Sunday, May 17

2:00pm

with Nancy Traeger

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

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Paul Klee Senecio, 1922 Oil on canvas


Carnegie Hall Lecture with Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz Thursday, March 19 7:30pm In preparation for 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.

Choral Festival

at Temple Avodah of Oceanside

Sunday, March 22

2:00pm

Support our Jewish Community Choir when they join other New York metropolitan area choirs for an inspiring afternoon of music.

Carnegie Hall Trip: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Tuesday, March 24 8:00pm As of press time, only a few tickets remain. For 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.

A VERY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE! ONE NIGHT ONLY AT TEMPLE SINAI! Thursday, April 23 7:30pm

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. Kindly RSVP at

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our children, our future

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz cantorelenaschwartz@mysinai.org

Thinking of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel? The experience of celebrating this milestone in the Holy Land is unparalleled and sure to create memories that last a lifetime. If your family is considering a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel, we are thrilled to let you know that Temple Sinai can be an integral part of this sacred journey with you. In addition to preparing students in the preceding months, our clergy are also available to lead Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nei Mitzvah services in Israel, based on availability. Instead of having to hire a local officiant, the clergy you already know and love can lead your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special service! This past December, Cantor Sergei and I had the privilege to lead a service in Israel for three of our students Aiden Fiterstein, Annie Marcus, and Justin Fells. Despite the weather not cooperating, each of their services was very, very special for their families. Please reach out to me for more information: cantorelenaschwartz@mysinai.org or 516.621.8016. The Fells Family Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz

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Amazing night of volunteering at the Hebew Union College Soup Kitchen with some of the 7th Grade Mitzvah Makers! Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for the next group to go in March! Audra Groveman Mitzvah Makers Coordinator

Out of this world is the only way to explain the amazing program our Hineni students recently participated in! Cosmic IQ is a mobile planetarium that promises to engage children like no other, by immersing them into an age- appropriate, and highly entertaining educational experience. They sat in awe as they watched and learned about the Milky Way, the planets, shooting stars, and more in the universe. Not only did the program introduce our Hineni students to the wonders of the universe, it also explained modern science while allowing the students to simultaneously maintain their Jewish beliefs. Shalom Audra Groveman Hineni Coordinator

On January 24, we shared a beautiful evening celebrating our fifth and sixth grade students beginning with a festive Shabbat dinner, thanks to our wonderful partners, V&Z Caterers, followed by a service led by the students, their teachers, Rabbi Schachter, and Cantors Elena and Sergei Schwartz. We look forward to the K-2 Milestone Purim Celebration on Monday, March 9.

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TAYLOR GOLDBERG MARCH 14

Parents: Sheryl & James Goldberg Siblings: Parker - 15 Grandparents: Babette & the late Martin Bergstein, Carol & the late Paul Goldberg School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 4 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Rosh Hashanah. This is because it symbolizes a New Year. It allows me to learn from experiences from the past year and use them to set goals for the upcoming year. I enjoy celebrating with my family and spending time together on this special occasion. I look forward to the happiness and love that comes from this holiday. Describe Yourself: My favorite thing to do is play sports. The sports I play are soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Soccer is my favorite sport, because I have been playing for a long time and have worked really hard at it. My favorite subject in school is English, becuase I like to write. I spend my summers at Camp Chipinaw where I have been going for four years and it is my favorite place to be. Why is Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Important? Becoming a Bat Mitzvah is very important to me because it means becoming a Jewish woman. It means gaining independence and responsibility for adulthood. I have worked hard to achieve this milestone and I cannot wait to celebrate with my family and friends.

ETHAN WYTTENBACH MARCH 19

Parents: Jessica & Andrew Wyttenbach Siblings: Sloane - 10, Ryan - 7 Grandparents: Susan & Barry Seiden, Cherna & Heinz Wyttenbach School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 3 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Chanukah. I enjoy lighting the candles and saying the prayer each night. It is also fun when my family and friends get together to exchange gifts and celebrate. Chanukah is a nice time of year to give to all the people in my life who love and support me. Describe Yourself: I love playing and watching sports. My favorite sport is ice hockey and it is a very big part of my life. I spend a lot of time traveling for hockey and I appreciate being able to do what I love while seeing the world. I enjoy being with my teammates on and off the ice. I also enjoy baseball, soccer, and golf. My favorite subject in school is math. I also really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Why is Becoming a Bar Mitzvah Important? I am looking forward to being considered a man. I take being Jewish seriously and I am excited about the responsibility that comes with becoming a Bar Mitzvah.

ASHER FRIESS MARCH 21

Parents: Roni & Marc Friess Siblings: Harris - 8, Derek - 3 Grandparents: Bonnie & Arnold Horenstein, Iris & Robert Friess School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Chanukah, because I love spending time with my family, especially playing with my cousins. Describe Yourself: I like sports such as basketball, tennis, and football. My favorite sport is basketball. In my free time, I like to play sports, video games, and watch TV. Why is Becoming a Bar Mitzvah Important? I am looking forward to having more responsibilities, because with responsibility comes more freedom in choices.

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JACK GLENNON MARCH 28

Parents: Deborah & Jeff Glennon Siblings: Ryan - 16, Katie - 14 Grandparents: Nancy Stoll School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: Passover, because it is often near my birthday. I also love to eat matzah and search for the afikoman with my family. Describe Yourself: I enjoy spending time with my friends and playing sports. I like to play lacrosse, basketball, and football. Lacrosse is my favorite. I play on a travel team called Igloo. My favorite school subjects are math and social studies. Why is Becoming a Bar Mitzvah Important? I am looking forward to becoming a man in the Jewish religion because I will have more responsibilities. I have worked really hard for this day and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to party with my friends and family.

ISABELLA KOHL APRIL 2

Parents: Suzanne & Jonathan Kohl Siblings: Ariana - 16 Grandparents: Barbara & Sam Malken, Barbara & Steven Kohl School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: Passover. I get to have a big, long dinner with my whole family. and the history interests me. Describe Yourself: I love art and acting. I am a huge animal lover and I like to read and write stories. Why is Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Important? I think I will be expected to be more mature and obey the holidays because I have become a Bat Mitzvah.

MIA STREINER APRIL 25

Parents: Jill & David Streiner Siblings: Marielle - 10 Grandparents: Shelley & the late Richard Cohen, Gail & the late Jeffrey Stadler, Lynn & Ira Streiner School: Roslyn Middle School - 7th Grade Years in Our Religious School: 5 Favorite Holiday: My favorite Jewish holiday is Yom Kippur, because it is a time when God can forgive us for all of the mistakes we have made. Also, it is a time when I can be with my family and the people I love. Describe Yourself: In my free time, I like to play music. I love to sing and play the piano. My favorite subject in school is math, because it is very complex, but easy for me to comprehend. I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my family and friends. Why is Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Important? To me, becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that I will officially become a woman and take on my own responsibilities. For example, I will participate on Yom Kippur and fast along with my family members. I am most looking forward to feeling the excitement on the bimah as I become a Bat Mitzvah. All the hard work and time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken to prepare will pay off. In the future, I will be proud to look back and remember the feeling of becoming a Bat Mitzvah. It will fill me with nothing but joy and happiness.

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TEMPLE SINAI TEEN PROGRAMS lulu’s lulu’s

TEEN TALK TEEN TALK

Lulu Belferder Lulu Belferder lbelferder@mysinai.org lbelferder@mysinai.org I wanted to share with you a small snippet from an article I read recently. This article helps to share the positive impact Jewish Teen Service Travel experiences offer. The school year is underway and that brings added stress and anxiety for all children especially teens. The Jewish community has health long understood that peer-group trips are effective way to year. strengthen the Teen stress is an important issue that more and more teens are an experiencing each The early Jewish identity of teens and young adults. When service-learning trips are framed and executed properly, teen years are marked by rapid changes — physical, cognitive, and emotional. Young people also face the participants can seewith the impact their work on and communities. Oftenissues the recipients changing relationships peers, of new demands at individuals school, family tensions, and safety in their are totally unlike the students themselves, ethnically or socio-economically, underscoring the Talmud’s lesson communities. The ways in which teens cope with these stressors can have significant short-and long-term on tracing our on common humanity a single person. adults go outside comfort zones and consequences their physical andtoemotional health.Young It is often hard for teenstheir to ask for help, and put are exposed people, communities and conditions they not otherwise experience. the trips words to the to stress or anxiety they are feeling. Below arewould some strategies to help teens getWhile through these cannot claim to transform the lives of everyone they touch, they can have a far-reaching effect that does experiences. “save a world.”

Strategies for coping with stress:

Similarly, these programs have a positive impact on the service recipients and their communities, according to aproblems new study commissioned by Repair the World. The study found that “Despite widely • Talk about with others. held beliefs among observers of service-learning that short-term service projects leave the door • Take deep breaths, accompanied by thinking or saying aloud,immersive “I can handle this.” open to incomplete projects andrelaxation, negative impacts, the hostrepeatedly communities in thisand study were large very clear that • Perform progressive muscle which involves tensing relaxing muscles impacts at the community level over the long term have been only beneficial to the community.” of the body. -Hillel International • Set small goals and break tasks into smaller, manageable chunks. • Exercise and eat regular meals. FindYourSummer.org is the place for Jewish teens to discover summer experiences as unique as they • Get proper sleep. are. Teens consistent, and their families can use the site to search among more than 350 programs that appeal to • Practice positive discipline. different passions, interests, and backgrounds. From specialty programs focused on surfing and the • Visualize and practice feared situations. arts, to social action and (your international travel andgosoofmany there’s a perfect • Focus on what youprojects can control reactions, youropportunities, actions) and let whatmore, you cannot (other experience for every and Jewish teen. people’s opinions expectations). • Work through worst-case scenarios until they seem amusing or absurd. FindYourSummer.org is jointly funded by UJA-Federation • Lower unrealistic expectations. of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, • Schedule breaks and enjoyable activities. and operated by The Jewish Education Project. Together, we’re strengths working and build on them. • Accept yourself as you are; identify your unique toGive bringupfun summerboth experiences to more • onand themeaningful idea of perfection, in yourself and in others. Give yourself permission and Jewish teens.  cultivate the ability to learn from mistakes As an Ambassador for this program, I am happy to chat over the phone or to set up an in-person meeting to discuss the different opportunities that are available to your child.

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Caring Committee

of Temple Sinai

The Caring Committee of Temple Sinai creates a community within Temple Sinai in which congregants reach out to those who are experiencing loss, grief, and life cycle crises as well as in special times of celebration.

Temple Sinai Gift Shop Spring Hours: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 11:00am - 1:00pm Questions? Contact Lori Yaspan 516.314.2141

We take pleasure in hosting our series of three Lunch and Learn events. The second of this series will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:00pm in the Library. Rabbi Schachter will introduce us to a Judaic text and provide us with an opportunity to participate in a lively discussion, followed by a lovely lunch.

ANNUAL MEET ING Wednesday, May 6 7:30-9:00pm

We encourage you join us. To RSVP, please call the temple office 516.621.6800 or send us an email at templeoffice@mysinai.org. L’Shalom, Burnette Groveman and Cecile Saretsky, Co-Chairs

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

Watching the OSCARS® got me thinking…. We have heard about Danny Kaye, Tony Curtis, and many other Jewish actors. Who have you heard about? Let’s read the book, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict. It’s an intriguing look at the life of Austrian born Hedy Lamarr, who escaped the clutches of her husband, the wealthiest arms dealer in the country, just as Hitler was coming to power. If you have already read this book, here is a suggestion as to how we can make our book review really interesting: Look into how other famous Jewish actors/actresses got their start in early Hollywood. Prepare to edify us about one celebrity of your choice at our book club meeting. It does not have to be long! Just fun!!

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The women of Friend of a Friend have kicked off 2020 with a meaningful day of Cooking for a Cause, a terrific matzah tray-making event, a wonderful evening with Wine, Women and Wisdom, and a back-by-popular demand Big Challah Bake (see photos below). Read on for other coming events and activities!

Friend of a Friend Monthly Meetings

Fridays, March 6, April 3, and May 1 at 9:30am in the Library Be a part of the planning for our events and activities. We welcome newcomers to keep our ideas fresh and appealing to all women of Temple Sinai. This is a great way to get involved - our meetings are short and start with a joke! Give it a try!

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Plant Nite®

Tuesday, March 10 Wine & Schmoozing at 7:00pm; Program starts promptly at 7:30pm Plant Nite® invites you to create a gorgeous terrarium! Our entertaining plant professional will lead us step-by-step through this plant-based activity just in time for spring. Come flex your green thumb while making a table-top garden! No experience necessary; all supplies, wine and light refreshments included. $54 for Friend of a Friend members, $60 for Non-FOF Members. Send your check made out to Friend of a Friend with “plant nite” in the memo line by March 2.

Women of Courage: Righteousness During the Holocaust and Today Monday, March 23 at 7:00pm An Adult Engagement Event Co-Sponsored by Friend of a Friend

Join Abbie Laskey and Rabbi Schachter for a light dinner and meaningful discussion as we explore the character of the “Righteous Gentiles,” those who risked their lives for Jews during the Holocaust. In an interactive setting, we will consider the stories of individual rescuers, learn what scholars have said about them, discover the traits they may have shared, and contemplate how we can enact those traits in our own lives. Together, we will draw inspiration from these incredible historical heroes and consider what it would mean for us to be righteous today. All are welcome; free of charge. RSVP to Adrianne Rubin at arubin@mysinai.org.

Women’s Intergenerational Passover Seder

Thursday, March 26 Doors open at 6:30pm; Program begins promptly at 7:00pm Join the women of Temple Sinai for our celebratory Seder! Together we will honor the women of the Passover story whose actions determined the destiny of our people. Festive Seder and songs led by Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz amd Rabbi Ilana Schachter. Delicious Seder dinner catered by our own V&Z Caterers. Please help us help others by bringing non-perishable kosher food items to be donated to Hatzilu Rescue in Plainview (no matzoh, no glass jars). $72 per person. Register at mysinai.org/womens-seder by March 29.

Mark Your Calendars

Wine, Women & Wisdom Wednesday, May 13 7:00pm

Spring Brunch Friday, June 5 10:00am

FOF/Brotherhood BBQ Friday, June 12 Immediately following services

Is your FOF membership up to date? To renew or join us, please send your check payable to Temple Sinai for $36 with “FOF” in the memo line: Temple Sinai, 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577.

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TODAH RABAH FROM TEMPLE SINAI Brotherhood of Temple Sinai Hosts MRJ/LI Council Meeting Temple Sinai of Roslyn, the largest Jewish Reform temple on Long Island, sets the standard against which all other metropolitan temples are measured. When the Brotherhood of Temple Sinai was asked to host the bimonthly meeting of Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ)/Long Island Council, Lauren “Lulu” Belferder, Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai, was invited to address the group on How Brotherhood Can Help to Engage Temple Youth. MRJ, an arm of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), is the national organization that oversees the Brotherhoods and Men’s Clubs of all affiliated Reform temples. The LI Council is the regional group that currently has membership of 14 Reform Temple Brotherhoods on Long Island. At this meeting, held on January 15, 2020, Lulu offered an animated presentation of PowerPoint images, a short film, and practical exercises that describe how she has created a trusting, meaningful, and relevant refuge for the members of SORTY, the temple youth group. She explained how she has gained the confidence of the teenagers and the types of social, educational, and personal situations that they regularly face and how participation in the Teen Programs and Confirmation classes has grown during her three-and-a-half year tenure as youth director. Lulu acknowledged the many activities that the Brotherhood has sponsored and participated with SORTY as her partner. Larry Krasnoff, immediate past-president of the LI Council and longtime congregant of Temple Sinai, offered an historic footnote, explaining how the Brotherhood of Temple Sinai was instrumental over 23 years ago in establishing a full-time youth director and meaningful budget for youth activities at Temple Sinai. Larry encouraged the members of the LI Council to urge the establishment of a full-time youth director with a discrete budget for youth activities as an investment in the future of their temples. In appreciation of her presentation to the LI Council and her tireless efforts on behalf of SORTY, Steve Halpern, president of the Brotherhood at Temple Sinai, presented Lulu with a check for $1,000 earmarked for future youth activities at Temple Sinai. Larry Kransoff

Our Next Brotherhood Meetings: Wednesday, March 4 at 7:45pm Wednesday. April 1 at 7:00pm (at Ben’s/Passover Dinner)

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TODAH RABAH FROM TEMPLE SINAI Fifth Annual Brotherhood Visit to

masbia

March 22 • 3:00-5:00pm All adults and older teens are welcome to join Brotherhood, in partnership with Temple Sinai Social Action, when we once again volunteer at the Masbia Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn. All participants will meet at the temple at 1:30pm in order to carpool to Brooklyn. After completing our mitzvah, our yearly tradition will continue with dinner at the L&B Spumoni Gardens. To RSVP or get more information, please contact us at brotherhood@mysinai.org.

ANNUAL BROTHERHOOD PASSOVER DINNER

Wednesday, April 1 • 7:00pm • Ben’s Delicatessen

The Brotherhood Passover Dinner and Discussion is always one of the best events of the year! We are fortunate that Rabbi Ilana Schachter will be joining us to lead the lively conversation - we hope you will, too! RSVP required at brotherhood@ mysinai.org Ben’s is located in the Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale

MEET THE AUTHOR Join us for a book presentation and discussion with Brad Kolodny, Author and Photographer Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island All are welcome! Free of charge!

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mazel tov Lois & Stuart Rubenstein on the birth of their great grandson Luka Ignacio Quintana Drs. Julie & Jon Krystal on the birth of their daughter Hannah Elizabeth Krystal Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom on the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk Karina & Izzy Gliksberg on the birth of their son Elya Zohar Gliksberg Nagin Our temple family shares both simchas and sorrows. Please let us know if you would like to receive membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life cycle information via email by contacting the temple office at templeoffice@mysinai.org

with deepest sympathy Karin Green on the loss of her mother Margaret Gitlitz Dr. Jon Turk on the loss of his mother Sandra Turk David Grossberg on the loss of his brother Michael Grossberg Stuart Goldstein on the loss of his cousin Stephen Goldstein Dr. Anne Niesenbaum on the loss of her father Milton Luftig Linda Wohl on the loss of her brother Stephen Meltsner Allison Snedeker on the loss of her uncle Stephen Meltsner Marnee Kaltman on the loss of her mother Sylvia Brownstein Karen Lowenthal on the loss of her sister-in-law Dianne Lowenthal Marion Lowenthal on the loss of her daughter-in-law Dianne Lowenthal Neal Kaplan on the loss of his father Melvin Kaplan Rabbi Michael White on the loss of his father Alan White Tina Maltz on the loss of her father Alfred Magid Ian Nalitt on the loss of his mother Eleanor Nalitt Kathryn Krupp on the loss of her father Daniel Geoly Marnee Kaltman on the loss of her uncle Henry Brownstein Sharon Perla on the loss of her father Barry Skolnik 34 SCRIBE Mar-Apr 2020

We record with sorrow the death of Temple Member

Joseph Fallek With deepest sympathy to his family, May his memory be for a blessing.


A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLOTS NOW AVAILABLE CEMETERY PLOTS AT NEW MONTEFIORE CEMETERY Over the years, Temple Sinai has served its members by purchasing large sections of burial land in New Montefiore Cemetery, providing plots for purchase to our members. At this time, the Temple has no remaining plots to offer its members. Periodically we hear from families that no longer need some or all of the plots which they previously purchased. They may have moved, or they may have a group of eight plots and find they only need four, etc. If this applies to your family, please be informed of the following: Cemetery plots in the Temple Sinai sections of New Montefiore Cemetery may be donated back to Temple Sinai to be released for sale to members who wish to be interred with their congregational family. You will receive an acknowledgement of the donation for tax purposes reflecting the current market value of your plots (now $4,500 each). Any tax-related questions should be directed to your accountant. See Board Resolutions below regarding donation of plots. Temple Sinai has a very limited number of plots available for sale to temple members. If you have any questions regarding purchase or donation of plots, please contact Betty Brandel, Member Services Manager at 516.621.6800 x103. Resolutions from the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees Meeting on March 16, 2009 Resolved: That it is the policy of Temple Sinai that the owner(s) of a cemetery plot in a cemetery section owned by Temple Sinai may not encumber or sell such plot to any entity including resale to Temple Sinai, and, be it further Resolved: that plot owners may convey their ownership or interest of a plot(s) to another person or persons for no financial consideration, but only with the prior written consent of the Cemetery committee of Temple Sinai, and that such conveyance may be made only to a close relative (defined as a spouse, partner, sibling, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild), and, be it further Resolved: that an owner may donate an owned plot to Temple Sinai in exchange for a statement of charitable contribution at the then prevailing Temple Sinai plot purchase price.

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we give thanks RABBI MICHAEL A. WHITE’S DISCRETIONARY FUND Leslie & Adam Mintz in honor of their daughter Logan Brooke Mintz being named & in appreciation of Rabbi White Lauren Melone Silverberg & Marc Silverberg in appreciation of Rabbi White Randi & Steven Flick in memory of Larry Cohen & in appreciation of Rabbi White Barbara & Bruce Spiegel in appreciation of Rabbi White Laura Rosenberg in appreciation of Rabbi White Nancy & Neal Kaplan in appreciation of Rabbi White Dr. Richard Greenwald & Family in memory of Joyce Greenwald & in appreciation of Rabbi White Jane & John Shalam in honor of their grandson Daniel Shalam becoming a Bar Mitzvah & in appreciation of Rabbi White Howard Weisler in honor of High Holy Day services & in appreciation of Rabbi White Sherri & Dr. Jay Eisenstadt in memory of Phyllis Kaufman & in appreciation of Rabbi White Lori & Seth Cohan in memory of Fred Small & in appreciation of Rabbi White Lisa & Alan Wasserman in honor of their granddaughter Hailey Mackenzie Wasserman being named & in appreciation of Rabbi White Shari & Dr. Eric Gothelf in honor of the High Holy Days Nancy & Arthur Rothenberg in memory of Grace Rothenberg Helen & Stanley Gruber in appreciation of Rabbi White Nicole & Daniel Ryback in honor of their son Jesse becoming a Bar Mitzvah & in appreciation of Rabbi White Jack Kolbrener in appreciation of Rabbi White The Fallek Family in memory of Joseph Fallek & in appreciation of Rabbi White

Nancy & Arthur Rothenberg in memory of Pearl Heller Nancy & Arthur Rothenberg in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday Marjorie & Howard Berrent in memory of Alan White Barbara & Neil Gleicher in memory of Alan White Denise & Robert Silverberg & Family in memory of Alan White Sheri & Steven Goodman in memory of Alan White Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in memory of Alan White Edith & Paul Brown in memory of Alan White Marci & Michael Doff in memory of Alan White Susan Broxmeyer in memory of Alan White Barbara & Lawrence Blatte in memory of Alan White Lois & Stuart Rubenstein in memory of Alan White Marian & Irving Nemetsky in memory of Alan White Cecile & Stanley Saretsky in memory of Alan White Robyn & Dr. Richard Corbin in memory of Alan White Karen & Dr. Eugene Kern in memory of Alan White Julie & Boris Kotler in memory of Alan White Helen Lancberg in memory of Alan White Andrea & Ira Margolis in memory of Alan White Janet Rosenbaum in memory of Alan White Toni Wiener & Family in memory of Alan White Temple Sinai Administrative Staff & Directors of Bright Horizons in memory of Alan White Helen & Stanley Gruber in appreciation of Rabbi White Amy & David Mandell in memory of Gerald Mandell & in appreciation of Rabbi White Mara & Bruce Greenwald in memory of Joyce Greenwald & in appreciation of Rabbi White

CANTOR SERGEI SCHWARTZ’ DISCRETIONARY FUND Lori & Seth Cohan in memory of Fred Small & in appreciation of Cantor Sergei Schwartz Robyn & Michael Marcus in honor of Robyn & their daughter Annie becoming B’not Mitzvah & in appreciation of Cantor Sergei Schwartz

Nicole and Daniel Ryback in honor of their son Jesse becoming a Bar Mitzvah & in appreciation of Cantor Sergei Schwartz

CANTOR ELENA SCHWARTZ’ DISCRETIONARY FUND Charlotte and Norman Hollander in honor of the Wine, Women & Wisdom presentation & in appreciation of Cantor Elena Schwartz Lori & Seth Cohan in memory of Fred Small & in appreciation of Cantor Elena Schwartz

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Howard Weisler in appreciation of the music during the High Holy Day services & Cantor Elena Schwartz Robyn & Michael Marcus in honor of Robyn and daughter Annie becoming B’not Mitzvah & in appreciation of Cantor Elena Schwartz


RABBI ILANA L. SCHACHTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DISCRETIONARY FUND Charlotte & Norman Hollander in honor of Rabbi Ilana L. Schachter upon her Installation as a rabbi of Temple Sinai Helen Lancberg & Jerold Altman in honor of Rabbi Ilana L. Schachter upon her Installation as a rabbi of Temple Sinai Jill & Stuart Goldberg in memory of Mollie Rogers & in appreciation of Rabbi Schachter Barbara & Dr. Sanford Klein in honor of Leslie & David Wollin on the birth of their grandson Cooper Miles Wollin Barbara & Dr. Sanford Klein in memory of Stephen Meltsner Barbara & Dr. Sanford Klein in memory of Milton Luftig Gertrude Ruchman in memory of her husband Norman S. Ruchman & in appreciation of Rabbi Schachter

Howard Weisler in honor of Rabbi Ilana L. Schachter upon her Installation as a rabbi of Temple Sinai Myron Moskowitz in honor & appreciation of Rabbi Schachter Helen Lancberg & Jerold Altman in memory of Milton Luftig Carolyn & Dr. Jon Turk in memory of Sandra Turk & in appreciation of Rabbi Schachter Marnee & Eric Kaltman in memory of Sylvia Brownstein & in appreciation of Rabbi Schachter Dorothy Rapkin in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday

ADULT EDUCATION FUND Ginny Jordan in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Debbie Sussman in memory of Stephen Meltsner Leslie & David Wollin in memory of Milton Luftig

Lynn Fishkind & Loryn Solomon in memory of Alan White Debbie Sussman in memory of Alan White Reva & Alan Rothenberg in memory of Lois Goldberg Dr. Caryn Selick & Steven Halpern in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday Cecile & Stan Saretsky in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday

BIBLE & PRAYER BOOK FUND Abbie & Richard Laskey in honor of Jillian Kula with best wishes for a complete & lasting recovery to good health Lori & Richard Yaspan in memory of Alan White

Jamie & Dr. Howard Freedman in memory of Alan White Abbie & Richard Laskey in honor of Joel I. Laskey upon the occasion of his special birthday

BOOK OF LIFE FUND Lois & Murray Schnipper in honor of Lois & Stuart Rubenstein upon the birth of their great grandson Luka Ignacio Quintana

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE FUND Bonnie & Michael Koblenz in memory of Alan White Reva & Alan Rothenberg in memory of Alan White Francine & Kenneth Fabricant in memory of Alan White Robin & Howard Schechter & Family in memory of Alan White

Abbie & Richard Laskey in memory of Joseph Fallek Lois & Murray Schnipper in memory of Alan White Leslie Doff & Justin Semel in memory of Alan White Caryn Hirshleifer & Dr. David Goldman in memory of Alan White

CARING COMMITTEE FUND Sherri & Jay Eisenstadt in appreciation of the work of the Caring Committee

Eileen & Steven Walk in appreciation of the work of the Caring Committee

CHAZAK FUND Rhonda & Joel Wolf in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk

Ilissa & Scott Reich in memory of Alan White Terrie & Mark Stern in memory of Alan White

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CHOIR & MUSIC FUND Robin & Charles Weiss in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Charlotte & Norman Hollander in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Barbara & Lawrence Blatte in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin

Leslie & David Wollin in memory of Ruth Wollin Jill & Richard Barry in honor of Karina & Izzy Gliksberg upon the birth of their son Elya Zohar Gliksberg Nagin Linda Stern in honor of Karina & Izzy Gliksberg upon the birth of their son Elya Zohar Gliksberg Nagin

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES FUND Barbara & Lawrence Blatte in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday

Gil Vilkas & Family in memory of Alan White Barbara & Dr. Sanford Klein in memory of Alan White

ERICA HALPERN MEMORIAL FUND Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in honor of Edith Rae & Paul Brown upon their grandson Ethan Samuel Brown becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in honor of Robyn & Warren Schreiber upon the marriage of their son Zachary to Jessica Sales

HERBERT HYMAN FUND FOR TOLERANCE Leslie & David Wollin in memory of Alan White

Ellen & Howard Brecher in memory of Harold Zahler

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FUND Helen Lancberg & Jerry Altman in honor of Abbie Laskey being chosen as "Ushpizin"

ILENE BARSHAY FUND Stanley Barshay in memory of Sylvia Brownstein

Abbie & Richard Laskey in memory of Sylvia Brownstein

ISRAEL FUND Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in memory of Anne Parizat Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in memory of Phyllis Kaufman Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in memory of Kurt Rosenber

JAY SETH ROSENTHAL MEMORIAL FUND Ilissa & Scott Reich in memory of Kurt Rosenberg

KADIMA FUND Kelly & Lawrence Spier in honor of Kadima

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Leslie Lewit Milner & Dr. Lawrence Milner in memory of Fred Small Lori & Richard Yaspan in memory of Kurt Rosenberg


MEMORIAL FUND Amy & Howard Smith in memory of their loved ones Jamie & Dr. Howard Freedman in memory of Kurt Rosenberg Elissa & Howard Zodicoff in memory of David Albeg Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in memory of Kurt Rosenberg Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in memory of Phyllis Kaufman Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in memory of Larry Cohen Barbara & Dr. Mark Kessler in memory of Kurt Rosenberg Judy & Howard Shevrin in memory of Max Shevrin Marjorie & Howard Berrent in memory of Kurt Rosenberg Carol Hurewitz in memory of Harold J. Kitzinger Gail Steiger in memory of Harvey Zaken The Frey Family in memory of Phyllis Kaufman Danny Reich & Family in memory of Kurt Rosenberg JoAnne & Elliot Goldberg in memory of Rhoda Weiss Lori & Seth Cohan in memory of Fred Small Heather & David Schwartz in memory of Sandra Turk Debbie Sussman in memory of Michael Grossberg Howard Weisler in memory of Michael Grossberg Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in memory of Sandra Turk Michelle & David Cohen in memory of Joseph Fallek Judy & Howard Shevrin in memory of Joseph Fallek Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in memory of Milton Luftig Joan & Stephen Greenfield in memory of Michael Grossberg Ronnie Chusid in memory of Michael Grossberg Barbara & Mark Kessler in memory of Stephen Meltsner Debbie Sussman in memory of Phyllis Kaufman Caryn Hirshleifer & Dr. David Goldman in memory of Milton Luftig Brenda & Lewis Leventhal in memory of William Leventhal, Mollie Leventhal, Morris Marks, Yetta Marks, Helene Shapiro Paula & Bert Kraus in memory of Muri Abramson Regina Stone in memory of Milton Luftig Judy & Howard Shevrin in memory of Norman Ruchman Carolyn & Jon Turk in memory of Harvey Sandler Barbara & Mark Kessler in memory of Melvin Kaplan Helen Harrison in memory of Alan White Judy & Howard Shevrin in memory of Alan White Paula & Bert Kraus in memory of Alan White Lainie & Larry Krasnoff in memory of Alan White Jill & Stuart Wasser in memory of Alan White Cheryl Horowitz in memory of Paul Horowitz Robin & Charles Weiss in memory of Alan White Ann & Andrew Karmin in memory of Milton Luftig Marjorie & Howard Berrent in memory of Melvin Kaplan Jill & Stuart Goldberg in memory of Alan White Ronnie Chusid in memory of Alan White Danny Reich & Family in memory of Alan White Danny Reich & Family in memory of Melvin Kaplan Nancy & Allen Geller in memory of Alan White Howard Weisler in memory of Alan White The Golden Family in memory of Alan White Dr. Abby Greenberg in memory of Alan White Dr. Caryn Selick & Steven Halpern in memory of Alan White Sherri & Jay Eisenstadt in memory of Alan White Bette & Gerald Unger in memory of Alan White

Lynn & Michael Wolf in memory of Alan White Linda & Scott Frishman in memory of Muri Abramson JoAnne & Elliot Goldberg in memory of Sheila Sambursky Dorothy Rapkin in memory of Alan White Jill & Richard Barry in memory of Alan White Barbara & Bruce Spiegel in memory of Alan White Abby & Marc Heller in memory of Alan White Adrienne Chernick in memory of Alan White Mindy Nelkin in memory of Alan White Mindy Nelkin in memory of Melvin Kaplan Cathy & Emil Samuels in memory of Alan White Jodi & Alan Kaplan in memory of Alan White Judy & Lawrence Shulman in memory of Eric Goldberg Andrea & Tony Grass in memory of Sylvia Alevy Randi & Steven Flick & Family in memory of Arlene Cohen Jonathan Miller in memory of Shirley Rubin Andrea & Tony Grass in memory of Victoria Matza Marion & Robert Closter in memory of Elizabeth Fata Closter Paula & Bert Kraus in memory of George Greenwald Linda B. Stern in memory of Isadore Stern Seth Golden in memory of Flora Lipsey & Rena Golden Linda B. Stern in memory of Abel Banov Cindy & Robert Kaplan in memory of Herman Paulter Lucy & David Neiderbach in memory of David Zinn & Lois Zinn Judith Appelman in memory of David Hantgan Abby J. Greenberg, MD in memory of Dr. Gerald M. Greenberg Myrna Skidell in memory of Mildred Fine Skidell Jill & Stuart Goldberg in memory of William B. Rogers Abby J. Greenberg, MD in memory of Dr. Emanuel Greenberg Karen Ferenzo in memory of Herman Goldstein Marilyn & Herbert Haft in memory of Clara Haft Andrea & Dennis Spitalnick in memory of Eleanor Roseman Jackie & David Kreitzman in memory of Evelyn Friedman Stacey & Ira Pion in memory of Al Pion Linda Wohl in memory of Elsbeth Meltsner, Bernice Wohl, Myer Meltsner, Arthur Wohl Kathy & Dennis Lazar in memory of Evelyn Friedman Barbara Baron in memory of Rose Garner Joel Laskey in memory of Lillian Corper Dr. & Mrs. Robert Bass in memory of Sylvia Dworkin Fara & Richard Copell in memory of Martin Copell Janice Roth in memory of Gladys Sack Barbara Miller in memory of Shirley Rubin & Dan Rubin Lillian & Donald Reis in memory of Evelyn Stein Robin & Ian Nalitt in memory of Alvin Nalitt Maxine Leeds in memory of Frances Moss Pamela Strauss in memory of Anne Strauss Denise & Robert Silverberg in memory of Philip Silverberg Susan Moisoff in memory of Gladys Moisoff Ellen & Howard Brecher in memory of Margaret Rusch Bette & Gerald Unger in memory of Jack Unger Cecile & Stan Saretsky in memory of Max Saretsky

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MEMORIAL FUND Robin Weiss in memory of Leonard Ditchek Jill & Stuart Goldberg in memory of Alice Goldberg Louise Greenberg in memory of Essie Whitman Dr. Mindy Nelkin in memory of Robert Norinsberg Joan & Marvin Nash in memory of Chickie Witten Cathy Nelkin Miller in memory of Robert Norinsberg Steven Klar in memory of Gloria F. Klar & Henry A. Klar Dr. Michael Niederman in memory of Betty Niederman Linda B. Stern in memory of Edna Banov Lisa Wasserman in memory of Greta Corwin Alma Kalb in memory of Irwin Gordon Lainie Krasnoff in memory of Sophie Kahn & Lawrence Marks Linda B. Stern in memory of Howard Stern Ellen Sanders in memory of George Greenberg Nancy Rothenberg in memory of Herman Heller Rosalind & Kenneth Goldman in memory of M. Robert Goldman Deborah & Jeff Glennon in memory of Robert Glennon Alice & Stuart Cohen in memory of Jack Waltzer Dorothy Rapkin in memory of Anna Perlman Donald Scal in memory of Sadie Scal Marilyn & Marshall Bernstein in memory of Abraham Bernstein Sandra Tankoos in memory of Ethel Rich Ann Levy in memory of Ray Heller Judith Grossberg in memory of William Grossberg Susan Broxmeyer in memory of Ruth Kansky Paige & Andrew Charles in memory of Ephraim Charles Andrea & Ira Margolis in memory of Alex Dubron Cindy & Peter Wagner in memory of Ruth Wagner, Edward Wagner, Mitchel Kanterman Barbara Baron in memory of Sheryl Baron Regina Stone in memory of Raymond Stone Marjorie & Howard Berrent in memory of Robert J.C. Moore Cynthia Chalfin in memory of Sydell Mintz Marilyn & Marshall Bernstein in memory of Doris Wolf Bonnie & Michael Koblenz in memory of Esther Koblenz Kriss Regina Stone in memory of Ida Steinberg Randi & Evan Mondshine in memory of Fred Geller The Leeds Family in memory of Rhonda Winston Dr. Abby Greenberg in memory of Jacob Schlein Susan & Barry Seiden in memory of Abraham Greenschlag Ilene & James Robbins in memory of Barbara Robbins Irene & Ron Cohen in memory of Marcelle Pugatch & Michael Pugatch Jerry Altman in memory of Rosalyn Altman

Jerry Altman in memory of Anita Altman Lynn Levine in memory of Evelyn Abraskin Wendy & Rory Rosegarten in memory of Alan White Audra Groveman in memory of Alan White Gail, Adam & Mark Steiger in memory of Alan White Arline & Murray Glickman in memory of Alan White Lisa & Steven Birbach in memory of Hilda Schuller Janis Weissman in memory of Jeffrey Weissman Ann & Andrew Karmin in memory of Dorothy Einhorn Ann & Andrew Karmin in memory of Louis Hollander Wendi & Steve Levitt in memory of David Henriques Coelho Lynne Levine in memory of Irving Levine Marvin Bader in memory of Rochelle Bader Kooperman David Mandell in memory of Gerald Mandell Susan Fishman in memory of Leonard Fishman Jill Streiner in memory of Richard Cohen Louise Greenberg in memory of Sadie Greenberg Ann & Andrew Karmin in memory of Dorothy Einhort Ann & Andrew Karmin in memory of Louis Hollander Wendy & James Love in memory of Joseph Weinthal Dr. Abby Greenberg in memory of Leo Gellert Bette & Gerald Unger in memory of Norman Bernstein Bette Unger in memory of Charles Bernstein Judith Appelman in memory of Jules Appelman Judith Appelman in memory of Jack Appelman Karen Etra in memory of Ellen Manheimer David Cohen in memory of Sam Cohen & Anne Cohen Andrea & Tony Grass in memory of Anna Matza Alma G. Kalb in memory of Jacob Gordon Kenneth Lynn in memory of Stanley Lynn Cheryl & Roger Gimbel in memory of Albert Weiner Camille & Michael Katz in memory of Evelyn Gartner Jeffrey Sklar in memory of Howard Sklar The Koval Family in memory of Leonard Koval The Kobren Family in memory of Leonard Kobren Dr. Andrew Karmin in memory of Dr. Leo Karmin Jane & Donald Scal in memory of Mildred Stonehill Ira Malin in memory of Aaron Malin Doris & Julian Cohen in memory of Ruth Sosman Jodi & Robert Rosenthal in memory of George Rosenthal Dr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Nicoll in memory of Eva Nicoll Linda, Rachel & Michael Melnick in memory of Sol Fishman Felice & Eric Kobrick in memory of Kurt Rosenberg Randy & Curtis Hight in memory of Alan White

RABBI WHITEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S YOUTH & ENGAGEMENT FUND Leslie & David Wollin in memory of Morton Socks

Cheryl Horowitz in memory of Alan White

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND Friend of a Friend/Chaverot in honor of Temple Sinai Religious School

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RITA CANTOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES FUND Irwin A. Cantor in loving memory of Rita Cantor Irwin A. Cantor in memory of Roz Iserson Irwin A. Cantor in memory of Ira Klosk

Irwin A. Cantor in memory of Alan White Irwin A. Cantor in honor of Howard Berrent with best wishes for a speedy recovery

SIMCHA FUND Pam & Jeff Krugman in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Dorothy Rapkin in honor of Helen Lancberg upon the engagement of her granddaughter Sara Salzbank to Moshe Weiss JoAnne & Elliot Goldberg in honor of Wendy & Rory Rosegarten upon the marriage of their daughter Danielle to Jason Udoff JoAnne & Elliot Goldberg in honor of Callie Lepselter upon her becoming a Bat Mitzvah Howard Weisler in honor of Lois & Stuart Rubenstein upon the birth of their great grandson Luka Ignacio Quintana Enid Offenbach in honor of Helen Lancberg upon the engagement of her granddaughter Sara Salzbank to Moshe Weiss Debbie Sussman in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk Howard Weisler in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk Arline & Murray Glickman in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk

Marjorie & Howard Berrent in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk Helen Lancberg & Jerry Altman in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Amy & Dr. Richard Braunstein in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk Barbara & Marc Wallach in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Danny Reich & Family in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk Robin & Charles Weiss in honor of Karina & Izzy Gliksberg upon the birth of their son Elya Zohar Gliksberg Nagin Judy & Howard Shevrin in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Weiner upon their granddaughter Ellie Rebecca Usdin becoming a Bat Mitzvah Adrienne Chernick in honor of Dr. Joyce & Steven Bloom upon the engagement of their son Robert to Rachel Yaroschuk

SOCIAL ACTION/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS FUND Robyn & Warren Schreiber in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Sherri & Jay Eisenstadt in appreciation of Michelle Golden Lori & Richard Yaspan in memory of Phyllis Kaufman Jill & Richard Barry in memory of Sandra Turk The Lituchy Family in honor of Jill Barry upon her special birthday

Marcia Weisser in memory of Perry Silfen Ginny Jordan in memory of Anne Parizat Linda Stern in memory of Melvin Kaplan Nancy & Michael Schreiber & Family in honor of Jill Barry upon her special birthday Amy & David Mandell in memory of Alan White Diane, Sam & Bethany Kletz in honor of Randi & Todd Kaplan upon their son Jim becoming a Bar Mitzvah

TORAH FUND Helen Lancberg & Jerry Altman in memory of Mollie Rogers Helen Lancberg & Jerry Altman in honor of Dorothy Rapkin upon the birth of her great granddaughter Ava Eliana Landi Helen Lancberg in honor of Jerry Altman upon his grandson Spencer Perlmutter becoming a Bar Mitzvah Helen Lancberg in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday Jerry Altman in honor of Dr. Sanford Klein upon his special birthday

Abbie & Richard Laskey in memory of Stephen Meltsner Abbie & Richard Laskey in memory of Sandra Turk Abbie & Richard Laskey in honor of Jerrold Altman upon his grandson Spencer Perlmutter becoming a Bar Mitzvah Abbie & Richard Laskey in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Abbie & Richard Laskey in memory of Kurt Rosenberg Abbie & Richard Laskey in memory of Fred Small

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT FUND Lainie & Larry Krasnoff in honor of Leslie & David Wollin upon the birth of their grandson Cooper Myles Wollin Ann & Jonathan Cheris in memory of Alan White

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HONOR YOUR LOVED ONES WITH PLAQUES AND LEAVES Leaves on the Tree of Life are for those special family simchas: births, marriages, B’nei Mitzvah, anniversaries, etc. The cost of each leaf is $1000. Memorial Plaques honor the memories of our loved ones who have passed away. They are in the hallway leading to the sanctuary. Cost of each plaque is $700, which includes a second version to be put up for your loved one’s yahrzeit. Please contact Betty Brandel in the Temple office at 516.621.6800 for more information or to place an order.

Donations to Clergy Discretionary and Other Funds A donation to any of the clergy discretionary funds requires a separate check. For each of these donations, please make your check payable to Temple Sinai of Roslyn with the specific discretionary fund written in the check memo line: Rabbi Michael White’s Discretionary Fund Cantor Sergei Schwartz’s Discretionary Fund Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz’s Discretionary Fund Rabbi Ilana Schachter’s Discretionary Fund Donations to any other funds can be combined in one check made payable to Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Please remember that if you use a company or similar type check, your name should appear on the check so we can properly credit your account.

Are you making a donation? Paying your Temple bill? You can do so online at mysinai.org Click on either donate or payments in the upper right hand corner, and follow the instructions.

Temple Sinai Emergency Communication System Be informed regarding weather-related building closures, security updates, and more

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Advertise your business while supporting Temple Sinai. For information contact Kathy Diamond at kdiamond@mysinai.org


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7:00pm Friend of a Friend/ 10:00am Adult Education Chaverot Women’s with Rabbi Schachter 11:30am Caring Committee Intergenerational Seder Lunch & Learn 1:15pm Conversational Hebrew with Morah Clara

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10:30am Bar Mitzvah Service Bar Mitzvah Ethan Wyttenbach 7:30pm Carnegie Hall Lecture with Cantor Sergei Schwartz

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7:30pm Sinai’s Big Read Antisemitism: Here and Now/Deborah Lipstadt

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9:00am Morning Minyan with Richard Laskey 10:30am Shabbat Service Bat Mitzvah Taylor Goldberg

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9:00am Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan 10:00am Chazak Purim Program 7:00pm Purim Goes to the Movies Cabaret Shpiel

Sat

4:30pm Sharing Shabbat 6:45pm Shabbat Service

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9:00am Eat. Pray. Love. Morning Minyan 10:30am Shabbat Service Bar Mitzvah Jack Glennon

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9:00am Eat. Pray. Love. 5:30pm Chazak Shabbat 6:45pm Shabbat LaNeshama/ Morning Minyan 7:00pm Havdallah Service HIAS Refugee Shabbat/ Bar Mitzvah Birthday & Anniversary Asher Friess Blessings

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6:45pm Shabbat Service

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9:30am FOF Monthly Meeting 6:45pm Shabbat Hallelu/ Birthday Blessings

Fri

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 February 15, 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.

7:30pm Film Screening: Denial 7:30pm Community Choir

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6:30pm Women of Courage: Carnegie Hall Trip Righteousness During the 7:30pm Community Choir Holocaust and Today 8:00pm Adult Education with Rabbi Schachter

2:00pm Choral Festival at Temple Avodah

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9:30am Adult Education 1:15pm Conversational with Rabbi White Hebrew with Morah Clara 7:30pm Christian Picciolini: Breaking Hate Program

7:00pm Adult Education with Rabbi White

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1:15pm Conversational Hebrew with Morah Clara 7:00pm Sinai Stitches

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1:15pm Conversational Hebrew with Morah Clara 7:45pm Brotherhood Monthly Meeting

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7:00pm Friend of a Friend/ Chaverot Plant Nite® 7:30pm Brotherhood Scotch and Sacred Text 7:30pm Community Choir

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7:30pm Community Choir

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7:30pm Board Meeting

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9:30am Purim Character Breakfast 11:00am Purim Carnival

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Passover Sixth Day 7:00pm Yizkor Service

21 9:30am Adult Education with Rabbi White 12:30pm Sinai Stitches 7:30pm Community Choir

Passover Fifth Day

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7:00pm Adult Education with Rabbi White

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Passover Fourth Day

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10:00am Silk Road Tour

26 7:30pm An Evening with Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt

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9:30am FOF Monthly Meeting 6:45pm Shabbat Hallelu/ Birthday Blessings

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1:15pm Conversational Hebrew with Morah Clara

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10:00am Autobiography Workshop

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7:30pm Concert: Berman 1:15pm Conversational Hebrew with Morah Clara Does Broadway 7:30pm Sinai Reads (offsite)

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Passover Seventh Day Offices Closed

NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

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

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Passover Third Day 9:00am Eat. Pray. Love. Morning Minyan

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

Sat

6:45pm Shabbat LaNeshama/ 9:00am Eat. Pray. Love. Morning Minyan Yom HaShoah Service/ 6:30pm Havdallah Service Holocaust and Resistance Bat Mitzvah Class Shabbat Mia Streiner

6:45pm Shabbat Service/ Birthday & Anniversary Blessings

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Passover First Seder Passover First Day Passover Second Day 1:00pm Nursery School Building Closed 6:45pm Shabbat Service Early Dismissal 6:00pm Second Night Seder 1:00pm Offices Closed

NO NURSERY SCHOOL

NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

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10:30am Bat Mitzvah Service Bat Mitzvah Isabella Kohl

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1:15pm Conversational Hebrew with Morah Clara 6:30pm Chazak Seder 7:00pm Brotherhood Passover Dinner at Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Wheatley Plaza)

Wed

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 February 15, 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.

5:30pm Lev Society Jazz Concert

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7:30pm Community Choir 7:45pm Brotherhood Monthly Meeting

7:00pm Witness Project at CW Post Tilles Center 7:30pm Board Meeting

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10:00am Brotherhood Presents Brad Kolodny Seeking Sanctuary

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Temple Sinai of Roslyn

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MARCH/APRIL SE RVICE SCHEDULE FRIDAY, MARCH 6 SATURDAY, MARCH 7 FRIDAY, MARCH 13 SATURDAY, MARCH 14

6:45pm 9:00am 6:45pm 9:00am 10:30am

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

10:30am

FRIDAY, MARCH 20

6:45pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

9:00am 10:30am

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 SATURDAY, MARCH 28

6:45pm 9:00am 10:30am

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

10:30am

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 SATURDAY, APRIL 4 FRIDAY, APRIL 10 SATURDAY, APRIL 11 TUESDAY, APRIL 14 FRIDAY, APRIL 17

6:45pm 9:00am 6:45pm 9:00am 7:00pm 6:45pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 FRIDAY, APRIL 24

9:00am 6:45pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

9:00am 6:30pm

Shabbat Hallelu/Birthday Blessings Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Shabbat Service/Bat Mitzvah Taylor Goldberg Bar Mitzvah Service/Bar Mitzvah Ethan Wyttenbach Shabbat LaNeshama/HIAS Refugee Shabbat / Birthday & Anniversary Blessings Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Shabbat Service/Bar Mitzvah Asher Friess Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Shabbat Service/Bar Mitzvah Jack Glennon Bat Mitzvah Service/Bat Mitzvah Isabella Kohl Shabbat Hallelu/Birthday Blessings Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Shabbat Service Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Yizkor Service Shabbat Service/Birthday & Anniversary Blessings Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Shabbat LaNeshama/Yom HaShoah Service/ Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Class Shabbat Pray. Eat. Love. Morning Minyan Havdallah Service/Bat Mitzvah Mia Streiner

TEMPLE SINAI

Volume 76 • No. 4

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