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ADULT ENGAGEMENT 2018–2019 | 5779

TEMPLE TEMPLESINAI SINAIADULT ADULTEDUCATION ENGAGEMENT TEMPLE SINAI’S ADULT ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE invites you to learn, explore, and connect with your fellow congregants. In addition to the return of Sinai Social Sunday offerings, musical programs, and authors’ talks, we are introducing parenting workshops, museum tours, a health and wellness forum, and young family programs in conjunction with PJ Library. Our inaugural Sinai Supper Club event this past April was so successful that we are expanding the series to include additional cooking classes with culinary experts here at Temple Sinai, as well as Shabbat suppers at fabulous local restaurants. Social justice and immigration will be recurring themes throughout the program year. We are honored to be welcoming Mikhail Kopelman for our first Light Classical Concert of the program year (rescheduled from this past winter). David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, will speak about the U.S., Israel, the Middle East, and Transatlantic relations. Michael Drob, director and producer of the film Stateless — about the exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s — will join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary. Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, will speak about the global refugee crisis and how Jewish values and history call on us to respond. Seth Rogovoy, creator and producer of "From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture" at Carnegie Hall, will be here to give us a sneak preview of the performance before our Cantors take a group to see the show later in the spring. Cantor Evan Kent will perform his one-man show, "Shards: Putting the Pieces Together," a story that interweaves his grandparents’ emigration from Europe to America in the early twentieth century with his own modern-day Aliyah to Israel. Our year promises to be both enriching and exciting. We look forward to seeing you at Temple Sinai!



Judaism’s Big Ideas Rabbi Michael White

Mondays at 7:00pm: October 8, November 19, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13 OR Tuesdays at 9:30am: October 9, November 20, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 Each week we will explore one of Judaism’s core values and learn how it can inspire us and deepen our connection to our faith and tradition. The topics will be: ◾◾ Prayer — How Jews Pray ◾◾ Prayer — What’s in It for Me? ◾◾ Forgiveness in Judaism: How to Receive It and How to Offer It ◾◾ Shabbat — Getting Off the Treadmill ◾◾ Tikkun Olam — Jews and Justice ◾◾ A Jewish View of Death and Dying ◾◾ How Jews Mourn ◾◾ What’s Different about Reform Judaism?

All are welcome, free of charge.

Scotch and Sacred Text Rabbi Michael White

Dates will be forthcoming in The Scribe and This Week at Temple Sinai. Be enlightened by the Torah while enjoying fine scotch when Brotherhood hosts this award-winning program. This series is held in members’ homes to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere.



Small-Group Study and Spirituality Gather a few friends and join Rabbi Kress's small study group. Space is limited. Please contact Rabbi Kress to find out about this learning opportunity. If you would like to learn prayer book Hebrew with a tutor, please contact Adrianne Rubin for details and fees.

Did you know that there are individuals in the congregation who would love to share a Shabbat dinner or holiday meal with you and your family? Perform the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim — hospitality — by hosting a member of the Temple Sinai community in your home. Searching for other ways to get more involved at Temple Sinai? With so many committees and events, there’s something for everyone! For more information, contact Adrianne Rubin at or 516.621.6800. 5


Reclaiming the Talmud Rabbi Alex Kress

Wednesdays at 10:00am: October 24, November 28, December 19, January 23, February 27, March 27, April 17, May 22 For centuries, Reform Judaism relegated the Talmud to the periphery of its Torahcentric practice. However, over the past few decades, Talmud study has inched its way back into the hearts of Reform Jews. During our sessions together, we will reclaim the Talmud for ourselves by reflecting on the rabbis’ most absurd ideas, learning the rationale behind many of our religious customs, and wrestling with questions that still agitate us today.

Is Judaism God-Optional? Tuesdays at 8:00pm: October 23, November 27, December 18, January 22, February 26, March 26, April 16, May 21 Can Jews be atheists? Could Judaism survive without belief in God? Is Judaism God-Optional? We will explore these questions and survey the evolving interpretations of God throughout our history in a quest to deepen and enrich our understanding of God.


Make Your Own Haggadah Tuesdays at 8:00pm: October 9, November 6, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12 Have you ever been at a Passover Seder and found yourself thinking, “This is so boring?” Perhaps you’re still using the same, stale Haggadah you bought over a decade (or two) ago? Maybe Passover has become a chore instead of the joyous, meaningful holiday it should be? If any of these questions resonate with you, join us as we explore the Haggadah with fresh eyes. Between our first class and Passover, you will get to know the sections of the Haggadah and create the perfect experience for your family. Make sure to bring a laptop or tablet!

Shabbat AM Saturday Mornings, starting October 6: 9:00–11:30am In an effort to provide everyone in our community with the elements of Shabbat they love every week, we are excited to announce Shabbat AM, which will take the place of Morning Minyan and Bibles and Bagels. Every week from 9:00–10:30am, we will join in the Simcha Room Chapel for minyan. Then, at 10:30am, we will enjoy a community bagel breakfast, top-notch coffee, and high-quality schmoozing. Beginning at 10:50am, we will dive into the weekly Torah portion head first. Whether you love meaningful prayer, cerebral learning, a good bagel with a schmear, or all three, you can enjoy them every Shabbat morning with your Temple Sinai family. We can’t wait to celebrate Shabbat with you, however you choose to do it!

All are welcome, all free of charge. 7


Wine, Women and Wisdom Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz

Wednesdays at 7:00pm: November 28, January 30, May 22 Now in its fourth year, this popular series features interactive discussions on the wisdom of Jewish teachings, led by CantorEducator Elena Schwartz. The sessions, held in members’ homes, give women the opportunity to learn, laugh, and connect over a glass of wine, while gaining insights into the sacred texts.




Against All Odds: Israel Survives Saturday, September 1, 7:30pm Program to be followed directly by Selichot Services “The People of the Book Come Home” Some miracles are so big, they can only be appreciated when viewed across the sweep of history. One of these is the gathering of Jewish people from around the world to recreate Israel as a sovereign nation after more than 2,000 years in exile. Israeli citizens share firsthand what it means to live in the land of their forefathers. Rabbi Israel Lau describes the sense of coming home, with his own story of survival from the Holocaust, and Russian Jews reflect on their escape from the tyranny of Communism. “Rescue at Entebbe” Scenes from the Oscar-nominated film, “Operation Thunderbolt” dramatize the harrowing 1976 hostage crisis when Arab terrorists seized Air France Flight 139. The subject of miracles and faith take a personal meaning when Michael Greenspan interviews Sarah Davidson, former hostage, and Chicki Shani, who piloted the Hercules plane that brought a crack team of Israeli soldiers to Entebbe airport for a daring rescue mission.

All are welcome, free of charge.



Series of Four Wo Limor Weinstein and Associates

KARMA Method to Parenting / Basic Skills for Becoming a Better Parent Thursday, October 11, 7:30pm The KARMA technique, which stands for Knowledge, Acceptance, Releasing the Past, Making Meaning, and Authenticity, works not only for life coaching and therapy, but for parenting as well. Limor Weinstein will show you how to use the KARMA method to empower yourself and truly listen to your family members for the most effective outcomes.

Consequences & Punishment vs. Reward Tuesday, January 15, 7:30pm What’s the best parenting technique: punishment or reward? How do you raise a child who follows guidelines but also trusts their own journey? (Hint: it’s not just about having rules and sticking to them.) Get advice from the pros on how to set boundaries, offer choices, and use proactive techniques so you and your child can live in harmony.

Nutrition Education, Healthy Eating Habits, & Picky Eaters Wednesday, March 6, 9:30am Whether you feel completely lost when it comes to teaching your child healthy eating habits or you’re just looking for a few extra nutrition tips to add to your daily routine, you’ll leave this workshop better equipped 1010

orkshops to plate your kid’s next meal (as well as your own!). Gain insights into enjoying family meals, trusting your child’s stomach, becoming a great role model, and trying new foods with your child. Raise a healthy eater one step at a time!

Sleep Fundamentals & Habits Tuesday, May 14, 9:30am There are so many ideologies on the best sleep practices for children — how do you boil all of that information down into the right remedy for your family? Get advice from sleep specialists on what works best for the families they help, from good routines to sleep disorders to comfort. This series is intended for parents of nursery school-age children and is free of charge. LIMOR WEINSTEIN, MA., MHC., FAED, is the founder of LW Wellness Network on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a family concierge agency with over 100 professionals dedicated to helping individuals and families through everyday struggles and life’s toughest challenges. As an eating disorder specialist, parent coach, and mother of three girls, Limor is extremely passionate about both the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of wellness. She helps her clients feel empowered by providing them with the skills and tools they need to become more confident parents. 11


Light Classical Concert with Mikhail Kopelman

Sunday, October 14, 3:00pm Immerse your senses and enliven your spirit as you enjoy relaxing and uplifting classical compositions by master violinist Mikhail Kopelman. Mr. Kopelman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova and Yuri Yankelevich. In 1973, he won second prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. A former member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and concertmaster of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kopelman was appointed first violin of the Borodin String Quartet in 1976, and played with the ensemble for two decades. As a member of the Borodin Quartet, he has been awarded the state prize of the U.S.S.R. and he has been named People’s Artist of the Russian Federation. In 1995, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the Concertgebouw Silver Medal of Honour. He was first violinist for the Tokyo String Quartet from 1996–2002 and formed the Kopelman Quartet in 2002. From 1996–2002, he was a professor at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music. He has been professor of violin at Eastman School of Music since 2002. Invite your friends to this special musical afternoon with Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception following the concert.

$10 Congregants; $20 Non Congregants

Save the Date for Our Next Light Classical Concert Sunday, March 31, 3:00pm Details to follow 12


Guided Tour of True Colors at the Nassau County Art Museum Sunday, October 28, 11:00am

From Gauguin and Kandinsky to Wolf Kahn and the Color Masters of Today Join a docent from the Nassau County Art Museum and Temple Sinai’s own Adrianne Rubin, an Oxford-trained art historian, for a very special exhibition tour. Nothing in art is more powerful than Mark Rothko color. Beginning with the great colorists of Untitled (Red), 1956 Glue, oil, synthetic polymer paint Modernism and extending through Abstract and resin on canvas Expressionism and Color Field painting, National Gallery of Victoria, this exhibition is a celebration of the entire Melbourne spectrum. In today’s art, color moves beyond paint or ink to light itself and experimental media that unleash even more amazing effects. Potent even to the point of being considered dangerous, it is the most exciting element of art, the strongest tool in the toolbox. “Color, above all, is a means of liberation,” Matisse declared. The full range of color’s magic will be on display in this exuberant show of over 100 works from the nineteenth century to this moment’s hottest talents. The roll call of the great colorists is a hit parade of art history’s most exciting names: Kandinsky, Hofmann, Albers, Rothko, Noland, Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol and today’s masters of color including Wolf Kahn, Peter Halley, Miya Ando and Deborah Kass, packing some surprises in the form of installations made specifically for the Frick mansion, the Museum’s Gilded Age home.

Free for the first 20 congregants to register; $15 for all others RSVP to Lunch will follow at a location to be determined. The cost of lunch is not included in the registration fee. 13


From the Front Lines: An Evening with American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm David Harris will speak about the U.S., Israel, the Middle East, and Transatlantic relations in our present day. David Harris has led the American Jewish Comittee since 1990. Described by the late Israeli President Shimon Peres as the “foreign minister of the Jewish people,” Harris has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most prestigious forums. He has been honored a total of 15 times by the governments of Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine for his international efforts in defense of human rights, advancement of the transatlantic partnership, and dedication to the Jewish people. Harris has been invited to serve on four official U.S. government delegations to international conferences. He has written hundreds of articles, op-eds, letters, and reviews in leading media outlets, and he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the Times of Israel. From 2001 to 2015, he had a weekly spot on the CBS Radio Network reaching millions of listeners across the United States. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and London School of Economics, David Harris has been a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University and Oxford University.

All are welcome, free of charge.



Boris Kotler: An Amazing Story of Survival Friday, November 9, 6:45pm (Shabbat Service) Before he was 12, Boris Kotler’s idyllic life was shattered when the Germans invaded his Polish town, eventually forcing all its Jews into a ghetto. Despite his mother’s heroic efforts to keep her family together, they were separated and each was left to survive alone. For more than two years, Boris lived by his wits, hiding in the forest and fields, stealing scraps of food from farm animals, sometimes helped by local farmers, but always wary to avoid Nazis and other Poles who would have killed him. After many close calls, Boris was eventually reunited with his mother and sister — three of only 35 survivors of the town’s 5,000 Jews. Join us as Boris shares his amazing story of determination, courage, and survival.

All are welcome, free of charge.



Stateless – Film screening followed by Q&A with Director/ Producer Michael Drob Sunday, November 18, 3:00pm In the late 1980s, Jews fled the repression and persecution of the former Soviet Union via a complicated transmigration route through Austria and Italy, assisted by the joint efforts of the United States and Israel. Once in Italy, these Soviet Jews awaited approval for refugee status by the United States. Many were denied. Having already relinquished their Soviet passports as an obligatory price for emigration, many Jews found themselves stranded, belonging to no country, stateless. This poignant documentary film follows the arduous path taken by Soviet Jews; their lives led in limbo, anxiety, and uncertainty during this long and complex transmigration process. Stateless features several families sharing their experiences and challenges each step of the way, with informative and revealing commentary by figureheads of organizations that helped make this migration possible. Michael Drob emigrated from Riga, Latvia, in 1988 at the age of 10. His family was denied refugee status and remained stranded in Italy for 10 months. Deeply affected by this experience, even as a child, Michael wanted to find out the “Why?” behind the denials. His quest, along with support from COJECO’s BluePrint Fellowship, resulted in this deeply moving film. He hopes it will serve as a tool to educate future generations about this part of Jewish history and provide answers for thousands of immigrants who shared his family’s fate. Michael studied filmmaking at Rutgers University under the tutelage of Oscar-winning director Ross Kauffman and has operated his own video production company, Story Tailors, since 2005.

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Shabbos Supper Club Fridays at 8:00pm: November 30, March 29 Join us for festive Shabbat meals at the best local restaurants.

The Sinai Sadna Wednesdays at 7:00pm: January 23, May 15 Join us at Temple Sinai for cooking tutorials by culinary experts in our “Sadna� workshop, before indulging in a delicious meal. For more information, contact Adrianne Rubin.



Rise Against Hunger Sunday, December 9, 9:00am–12:00pm As part of Temple Sinai’s effort to address food insecurity, we will host Rise Against Hunger. Celebrate Chanukah by packing 10,000 meals and being a light to our community.



DIVAN Sunday, December 9, 2:00pm As a teenager, filmmaker Pearl Gluck left her Orthodox Jewish clan in Brooklyn for secular life in Manhattan. Many years later, Pearl’s father has one wish: that she marry and return to the community. Pearl, however, takes a more creative approach to mend the breach. She travels to Hungary to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heirloom: a couch upon which esteemed rabbis once slept. En route for the ancestral divan, Pearl encounters a colorful cast of characters who provide guidance and inspiration, including a couch exporter, her ex-Communist cousin in Budapest, a pair of HungarianAmerican matchmakers, and a renegade group of formerly ultraOrthodox Jews. Nimbly clever and intensely illuminating, DIVAN is a visual parable that offers the possibility of personal reinvention and cultural re-upholstery. Presented by Sinai Social Sundays

$5 Congregants; $10 Non Congregants



The Global Refugee Crisis and Jewish Values Rachel Grant Meyer

Thursday, December 13, 7:30pm Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 65 million — more than any time in recorded history. Because of our history and our values, the Jewish people have a unique connection to these most vulnerable people. Join Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education at HIAS, the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, refugee organization, to learn more about the global refugee crisis. We will explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond  —  both here in the U.S. and internationally. A graduate of Columbia University, Rabbi Meyer was ordained by HUC-JIR in New York. In June 2015, Rabbi Meyer joined HIAS as the Director of Education for Community Engagement where she develops educational materials, resources, and programs that educate American Jews about refugee issues, connecting the plight of contemporary refugees to Jewish values and history. Before joining HIAS, Rabbi Meyer served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and as a Rabbinic Intern at Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Her writing has been featured in the Forward and she is the author of an essay that appears in the book Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation.

All are welcome, free of charge.



BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Israeli Dance with Danny Pollock

Thursday, January 10, 7:30pm Snow date: Thursday, January 17, 7:30pm Danny Pollock was born in Israel and has been teaching and performing Israeli folk dance throughout the New York Metropolitan area for many years. Influenced by Arab, Romanian, and Russian styles of dance, as well as those in his native Israel, Danny is a well-known master teacher of Israeli folk dance. His weekly classes are among the most popular offerings at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Danny has also led teacher training workshops and has choreographed more than a dozen dances for children. He has performed with numerous Israeli dance troupes including Ayalah and Kalanit in Philadelphia, Parparim in New York City, Screaming Sa’adya & The Electric Camels in Boston, as well as doing his own solo performances. For more than 15 years he has served as a Tap Captain for Macy’s Tap-O-Mania. Danny has been involved with New York’s Annual Israeli Folk Dance Festival through the years in numerous capacities, serving as dance assistant to the director, performer, festival group choreographer, festival finale director and choreographer, and as community dance leader. Co-sponsored by Friend of a Friend/Chaverot and Brotherhood

$10 Congregants; $20 Non Congregants Reservations Required RSVP to 21


Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Sunday, January 13, 2:00pm A fascinating and moving account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of renowned films including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket and many more. Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim chronicles their remarkable marriage and extraordinary careers through six decades of movie-making history. Temple Sinai’s own Emily Russo, Co-President and Co-Founder of Zeitgeist Films, (the distribution company for Harold and Lillian), will be on-hand to answer questions. Presented by Sinai Social Sundays

$5 Congregants; $10 Non Congregants



Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World Avi Jorisch

Tuesday, February 5, 7:30pm Join us for a compelling conversation with Avi Jorisch, author of Thou Shalt Innovate, a work which profiles wondrous Israeli innovations that are collectively changing the lives of billions of people around the world, and explores why Israeli innovators of all faiths feel compelled to make the world better. Avi will dazzle us with stories of how Israelis are helping to feed the hungry, cure the sick, protect the defenseless, and make the desert bloom. Israel is playing a disproportionate role in helping solve some of the world’s biggest challenges by tapping into the nation’s soul: the spirit of tikkun olam — the Jewish concept of repairing the world.   Avi Jorisch is a seasoned entrepreneur and Middle East expert. He is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and founder of IMS, a merchant processing company that services clients nationwide. A thought leader in exploring global innovation trends, the Arab world, counterterrorism, and illicit finance, Mr. Jorisch previously served in the US Departments of Treasury and Defense. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in Islamic history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also studied Arabic and Islamic philosophy at the American University in Cairo and al-Azhar University, the preeminent institution of Sunni Islamic learning. An author of four previous books, Jorisch’s articles have appeared in influential outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.


HEALTH FORUM Sunday, February 10, 2:00pm

In the tradition of Maimonides, we value our physical well-being. Don’t miss a panel discussion about health matters relevant to us and the people we love! Three experts will share their knowledge on a variety of topics: Donna Casali will talk about reading product labels carefully to ensure we buy safe products; Joanne Orlando will discuss home safety, aging in place, and fall prevention; and Randy Hight will discuss healthy living and cancer prevention, as well as all of the support services available to cancer patients, their family members, and caregivers.

All are welcome, free of charge.


DONNA CASALI, a health and wellness educator

and advocate, is Executive Director and Founding Member of Beautycounter, a B-Corp whose mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Her focus is what you put on your largest organ: your skin. She is excited to share resources and tips on how to read a product label for “ingredients to avoid” in order to minimize your risk of exposure to toxins.

JOANNE ORLANDO is an Occupational Therapist with 26 years’ experience. She has worked primarily with the adult population in numerous settings and most recently in home care. Joanne holds two additional certifications; one as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and one as a Certified Living in Place Specialist. Both specialties allow Joanne to assist homeowners in making decisions on how to remain in their home safely and comfortably, regardless of age.

RANDY HIGHT, LCSW, OSW-C is a Licensed Clinical

Social Worker and a Certified Oncology Social Worker with 10-plus years’ experience working with cancer survivors and their families. She is the Director of the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center at the Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn. There, cancer survivors receive care through a holistic program that incorporates a wide array of services. Supporting people during any stage of their diagnosis while helping them find meaning is Randy’s greatest passion.



Behind the Scenes of “From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture” at Carnegie Hall with Seth Rogovoy

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm Snow date: Wednesday, March 13, 7:30pm In anticipation of our trip to Carnegie Hall on April 15, Seth Rogovoy, creator and producer of “From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture,” lifts back the curtain and offers a multimedia sneak preview of the program that will celebrate the journey of Yiddish culture from Old World to New through music, song, poetry, and drama. Seth will discuss how his extraordinary cast will combine Yiddish theatre favorites and folk song repertoire with Yiddish-tinged vaudeville, art song, classical music, poetry, and Klezmer in a program that explores how Eastern European Jewish culture interacted with, and contributed to, American culture at large.

$5 Congregants; $10 Non Congregants See pp. 32 and 33 for related Carnegie Hall events



The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity Sally Kohn

Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences, learning how to speak civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. She even gave a TED Talk about what she termed "emotional correctness." But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. She decided to look into the ugliness erupting all around us. In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She travels to Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the United States, introducing us to terrorists, white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples, including inspiring stories of those who left hate behind. As Kohn boldly confronts her own shameful moments, whether it’s the girl she bullied as a child or her own deep partisan resentment, she points the way toward change. Sally Kohn is a writer, activist, CNN political commentator and host of the State of Resistance podcast. Before that, she worked for over 15 years as a community organizer, and then as a Fox News contributor. Her TED talks have garnered over three million views. Sally lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their daughter.

Fee $5 Presented through the combined auspices of the Sid Jacobson JCC and the Jewish Book Council 27


Shards: Putting the Pieces Together Cantor Evan Kent

Sunday, March 3, 2:00pm “Shards” is a one-man show written by Cantor Evan Kent. It is the story of his Aliyah to Israel and his grandparents’ emigration from Europe to the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century. The stories are interwoven — crossing generations, continents, and oceans. “Shards” is the search for home, homeland, family roots, and discovering what you didn’t even know you had lost. Evan uses story, song, and even a few puppets to tell these stories — with the complex and complicated city of Jerusalem as the show’s background. The stories are touching and poignant and by the show’s end you’ll understand how so many of our experiences are both uniquely personal and universal. In July 2013, Evan moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem, where he currently lives with his husband, Rabbi Donald Goor, and their cat, Merlin. Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his master’s in sacred music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. Evan received his doctorate in music education from Boston University in May, 2014, and he is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, where he teaches liturgy and sacred music. Dr. Kent is also a musical theatre performer, having starred in Jerusalem productions of Guys and Dolls, the musical drama Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Singin’ in the Rain, and Sondheim’s Assassins. He also portrayed Yitzhak Rabin in a new musical, November, which dramatized the last week of Rabin’s life. Suitable for children 12 and older

$18 Congregants; $25 Non Congregants; $10 Ages 12-18 28


Purim Shpiel/Cabaret Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm According to Jewish tradition, drinking on Purim is good for your soul — Get shickered with us! Please join us for entertainment, music, and food. Adults only. More information to follow!




Gateway to the Moon Mary Morris

Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm In 1492, the Jewish and Muslim populations of Spain were expelled, and Columbus set sail for America. Luis de Torres, a Spanish Jew, accompanied Columbus as his interpreter. Over the centuries, de Torres’ descendants travel from Spain and Portugal to Mexico, finally settling in the hills of New Mexico. Five hundred years later, it is in these same hills of Entrada de la Luna that Miguel Torres, a young amateur astronomer, finds himself trying to understand the mystery that surrounds him and the town in which he grew up. Interwoven throughout the present-day narrative are the powerful stories of the ancestors of Entrada’s residents, highlighting the torture, pursuit, and resistance of the Jewish people. A beautiful novel of shared history, Gateway to the Moon is a moving and memorable portrait of a family and its journey through the centuries. Mary Morris is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the novels The Jazz Palace, A Mother’s Love, and House Arrest; and of nonfiction, including the travel memoir classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature and the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction. Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Fee $5 Presented through the combined auspices of the Sid Jacobson JCC and the Jewish Book Council



Guided Tour of Pushing Boundaries at the Hofstra University Museum Sunday, April 7, 2:00pm

American Art After World War II Join a Hofstra University Museum docent and Temple Sinai’s own resident art historian, Adrianne Rubin, for a meaningful afternoon of art exploration. Yonia Fain (American, born Russia (now The exhibition features artistic Ukraine), 1913-2013) responses to the Second World The Throne, no date Oil on Masonite War, which shattered the illusion 54 1/4 x 48 in. that civilization was on an upward Hofstra University Museum Collections, gift of trajectory. Artists, working both the artist, HU2012.21 figuratively and non-objectively, continued explorations begun earlier in the twentieth century and pushed boundaries of accepted subject matter and traditional artistic forms. The Museum’s collection of paintings and works on paper by Yonia Fain (artist, poet, Holocaust survivor) will be highlighted, along with works by Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Stanley Twardowicz, and Andy Warhol.

$7 RSVP to



Explore Yiddish Music and Culture with Cantor Sergei Schwartz

Thursday, April 11, 7:30pm In preparation for the Carnegie Hall concert trip on April 15 to “From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture,� Cantor Sergei Schwartz will teach a class about the rich and varied history of Yiddish music and its place within Yiddish culture. All are welcome; you do not have to attend the Carnegie Hall performance to attend this class.

Free for Congregants; $5 Non Congregants



"From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture" at Carnegie Hall Monday, April 15, 8:00pm "From Shtetl to Stage" celebrates the journey of Yiddish culture from Old World to New through music, song, poetry, and drama. A company of extraordinary Yiddish talent — as well as stars of the classical, folk, and theatre worlds — mix chestnuts from the Yiddish theater and folk song repertoire with Yiddish-tinged vaudeville, art song, classical music, and Klezmer in a program that explores how Eastern European Jewish culture interacted with and contributed to American culture at large. SCHEDULED PERFORMERS:

Seth Rogovoy, Producer Eleanor Reissa, Creator, Director, and Vocalist Gil Shaham, Violin David Krakauer, Clarinet Evgeny Kissin, Piano Joanne Borts, Vocalist Mike Burstyn, Vocalist Avi Hoffman, Vocalist

Elmore James, Vocalist Daniel Kahn, Vocalist Lorin Sklamberg, Vocalist Paula Vogel, Speaker Zalmen Mlotek, Piano Frank London, Music Director Boris Sandler and Lyudmila Sholokhova, Historical Advisers

Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Cantor Sergei Schwartz at 516.621.6800



Mitzvah Day Sunday, May 5, 9:00am–12:00pm Food is love! “Cooking for a Cause” is a wonderful way to spend the morning with your Temple Sinai community preparing a meal and then delivering it to a food-insecure family on Long Island. Nothing compares to the warmth and appreciation you’ll feel by being a part of this special morning. This is just one of many ways you can bring your Jewish values to life by celebrating our annual Mitzvah Day. Families and friends can make a difference together in our Temple and in the community by sharing in the mitzvah of tikkun olam — repairing the world. Projects are geared toward people of all ages: young children, teens, and adults. Everyone can do a mitzvah!



Artist-Immigrants in Twentieth Century Paris and New York Nancy Traeger

Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm Enjoy an afternoon with the works of Brancusi, Modigliani, Albers, de Kooning, Rothko, Ernst, Gorky and more. Artists from all over the world flocked to Paris in the beginning of the twentieth century looking for personal and artistic Amedeo Modigliani freedom. By the late 1930s, with the rise Lunia Czechowska, 1919 of Fascism and the threat of Nazism, many Oil on canvas Museu de Arte Assis Chateaubriand, Brazil left Europe and came to America, and the center of the art world shifted from Paris to New York. This presentation will examine various artistic movements, highlighting artist-immigrants who contributed to the development of Modern and Post-War art. Nancy Traeger has studied art at the University of Madrid, CW Post and the Lincoln Center Institute. Combining her passion for teaching, art, and New York City, Nancy has created a private art tour program called Art in the City. A docent at the Nassau County Museum of Art since 2004, she has also served the Museum as Docent Co-Coordinator, Docent Trainer and Presenter for the Outreach Program. Presented by Sinai Social Sundays

$5 Congregants; $10 Non Congregants RSVP to


Adult Engagement Committee Barbara Klein and Lynn Levine Co-Chairs Amy Braunstein Temple Sinai Vice President Adrianne Rubin, Ph.D. Outreach and Engagment Manager Barbara Blatte Lynn Fishkind Ronna Niederman Barbara Wallach

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