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Condolences Ed Levite & family on the death of his mother, Renee Levite.

The monthly newsletter of Temple Sinai Reform Congregation

To the Gould family on the death of member, Edith Gould.

500 Swift St. • S. Burlington, VT 05403 802/862-5125 • Fax: 802/652-1073 info@templesinaivt.org www.templesinaivt.org

Mark your calendars for June 29th when the Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan returns to Temple Sinai. The copy and advertising deadline is the 5th of each month prior to the Shofar issue date. Send submissions and inquiries to Craig Hammond, Temple Sinai Administrator, via e-mail to info@templesinaivt.org, or call 802/862-5125.

Upcoming Onegs Apr 1 Membership Committee

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We will need host families to house the Scouts so if you’d like to host again, or for the first time, please let Judy Alexander know. 802-862-5125; directorjudy@templesiniaivt.org

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Fri, Apr 1 5:30pm - Folk Service Sat, Apr 2 10am - Led by 5th Grade

Judy Alexander and Bruce Chalme

Apr 15 Steve and Patty Greenfield

Apr 22 Passover

Apr 29 Rachel Grossman Family

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Fri, Apr 8 7:30pm - Evening Service Fri, Apr 15 7:30pm - Evening Service Family Tot Shabbat 5:30pm Fri, Apr 29 7:30pm - Evening Service

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Rabbi Presidents Podium

Education Milestones Contributions

Yahrzeits Calendar Board

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by Rabbi Glazier

Shalom Friends, Sometimes life feels like a Hegelian Formula, thesis/antithesis. On the one hand the Middle East is a mess. American forces are now involved in Libya. The economy is struggling. Health care uncertainties persist. Taxes can only go higher. On the other hand maple syrup is flowing. Baseball’s opening day is close. Winter’s grip is fading fast, sunlight is increasing daily and the birds are singing. It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. However Passover reminds us that hope is a Jew’s constant companion. Passover calls to mind God’s love and redemptive power; it reinforces the belief that tomorrow can be better than today. There is no denying that the world in which we live can be a source of anxiety and pain yet at the very same time a source of enlightenment and beauty. “The intelligent heart does not deny reality. We must not forget the grief of yesterday, not ignore the pain of today. But yesterday is the past. It cannot tell us what tomorrow will bring. If there is goodness at the heart of life, then its power, like the power of evil, is real. Which shall prevail? Moment by moment we choose between them. If we choose rightly, and often enough, the broken fragments of our world will be restored to wholeness. Through this we are able to sustain our faith as we pray for strength and help.” Gates of Prayer May our celebration of Passover renew our souls for the redemptive tasks ahead. Wishing you and yours a joyous Passover season,

Rabbi James S. Glazier

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egilla Mia!! There’s a rumor floating out there that, a few weeks ago, I donned a dress and was pawing at a well-dressed gentleman. I’m told further that there is a video of the occasion. Until I see the video, I’m denying everything. After that time, however, I’ll proudly admit to having been part of this year’s Purimspiel. A lot of work went into its production (particularly by its director, Karen Gissendanner), but what struck me most was the atmosphere at Temple during and after the show. Congregants, both on stage and in the audience, shared an evening of laughter, celebration and, okay, a little wine. A congregant approached me later and expressed a desire to have an experience like that more often at Temple. I whole-heartedly agree. I think that most of us would anticipate a very different “vibe” when planning a social occasion

at Temple versus one outside of Temple (even if the latter included other congregants). While our building is, indeed, a house of worship, it is not exclusively so. Not every event or experience at Temple Sinai needs to be solely spiritually-enriching or educational. Why not just get together there to simply have a good time? We have a strong board and committee structure which includes a very dedicated cadre of volunteers who do great things for our Temple family as well as our greater community. Last month, I encouraged everyone to become a part of that structure. Today, however, I want to remind us all that it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the mission of the day that we forget a very important component of Temple life. I’ve concluded each of my previous President’s Podium submissions by asking you to “have fun.” I remembered at the Purimspiel what

that really means. In conducting Temple business, we sometimes tend to take ourselves too seriously. We volunteer because we want to give to others. Let’s also be a little selfish and do things because they’re fun. The important stuff will still get done; I promise. So here’s to laughing a bit more. It will make the work and our time at Temple more satisfying. I look forward to seeing all of you soon and often. Have fun.

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By Savannah Sherman

Shabbat Shalom, thank you all for coming today to help me celebrate my Bat Mitzvah. TORAH & HAFTARAH My Torah portion is Vayeitzei . Previously Jacob has left his home in Canaan at Rebekah his mother’s plea after they tricked his father Isaac into receiving the blessing meant for his brother Esau. He heads out to the land of Haran to stay with his mother’s brother Laban. As my portion begins Jacob identifies a place to rest for the night. He chooses a stone to rest his head and when he falls asleep, he has a profound dream of a ladder reaching down from Heaven with Angels ascending and descending and God speaks to him. When he wakes up he realizes that this is a holy place of God, and creates a temple from the stone he rested his head on which he anoints with oil. This place comes to be known as Beth El. The remainder of the portion discusses Jacob’s arrival in Haran, how he falls in love with Rachel the younger of Laban’s daughters. He agrees to work for 7 years for Laban in exchange for the opportunity to marry Rachel. Laban agrees but after Jacob has fulfilled the terms of the agreement, Laban tricks him on his wedding night by 6

switching Rachel with her older sister Leah. Jacob is upset when he finds out, but agrees to work another 7 years for Laban in exchange for the opportunity to marry Rachel, again! He successfully marries Rachel. Between both wives and maidservants Jacob has 12 children the youngest and only child from Rachel is Joseph. After assisting Laban in creating many heards of animals and wealth, Jacob decides it is time to return to his homeland. After multiple attempts by Laban to trick Jacob over the agreed heards and wealth, God helps Jacob out and he is able to leave with his family and livestock. Rachel decides to steel her father’s idols as they leave. When Laban finds out he is very mad and follows Jacob and confronts him on Mount Gilead. They come to an agreement and everything is ok with the family. My Haftarah is Hosea. The prophet Hosea preached in the 8th century , B.C.E. in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. While it was a prosperous time the people worshiped pagan gods, and did not behave very well. Hosea encouraged the people to reach to God for forgiveness and guidance, and he would be gracious and forgive their bad deeds. I think my Torah and Haftarah portions both teach us to reach to God for guidance and forgiveness. We can interpret from Jacob’s Dream that the ladder represents a cosmic bond between Heaven and Earth. The ladder symbolizes the opportunity for us to climb the ladder to be closer to God. We can do this by praying to be closer to God and asking for forgiveness, helping people in need, finding ways to be a nicer person and this will also help us get closer if we act more like God and by

doing Mitzvot. Dreams can affect us in ways that leave a long lasting impact on us. I once had a dream about my fish dying. This dream was so vivid that it inspired me to write it down, which has turned into a book in progress. The practice of writing my book inspired me to write a poem about Death and then Life which was chosen to be published in a collective work of children’s poetry. The only thing I have to say about Jacob tricking his older brother Esau and then getting tricked by Laban is… Karma, Karma, Karma! MITZVAH PROJECTS For my Mitzvah projects, I reached to the past, connected with the present and reached out to connect with the promise of the future. I connected to the past by choosing to twin with a young Jewish girl with who was killed in the Holocaust in 1944. Her name was Eva Beem; she was an 11 year old girl who lived in Holland. She successfully went into hiding in 1941 in a small village pretending to be a Christian girl named Linni de Witt. In 1944 she was denounced as a Jew and was sent to Auschwitz with her younger brother where they were murdered upon their arrival. As I stand here today with the opportunity to be a Bat Mitzvah, today I also stand for Eva who was never given the opportunity to do so herself. I chose Eva because both she and her family tried everything they could to stay alive during this horrible period in history. I also was very touched when I looked at her picture, because I feel her smile seems to reflect a happy soul which radiates from her like a beam of sunlight. In Continued on page 8


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Shabbat Shalom, Only a few years ago my brother’s Bar Mitzvah took place. At the time I was so excited and happy for him, I couldn’t wait until mine would happen. When it came time to learn my Torah portion yes, I was extremely nervous because I didn’t feel that confident in my Hebrew but, I was also excited. I saw the opportunity of a Bat Mitzvah as a chance to perform; little did I know that this was no recital but an opportunity to learn, teach and give. I learned in the first few months that learning the trope was not easy, nor was learning the words. I found out that if I wanted to be able to do this I would need to practice every day, which in the end worked for me. But now I truely understand the meaning of the term “Bat mitzvah” or “daughter of the commandment.” In my previous years at religious school we talked about history and learning Hebrew. Now I have gone from learning to action. My Torah portion deals with the important themes of sacrifice and prayer. Back in the time of Aaron and

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his priests, they performed sacrifices instead of prayer. The Hebrew word “Korban”, is often translated to mean “sacrifice;” but it literally means “to draw near,” which is the exact purpose of sacrifices, to draw the people closer to Adonai. In Temple times the people took an animal, the best of their flock to the Temple in Jerusalem. To sacrifice an animal was to give up something of value, and show respect for Adonai. After the destruction of the Temple animal sacrifice was no longer an authentic expression of worship for Adonai and prayer gradually came to take its place. For my Mitzvah Project I worked with the charity Heifer International’s Read to Feed program in which I read books concerning ethical choices and social consciousness. Heifer International is a unique organization that helps relieve world hunger, and teaches life lessons on self-reliance. Instead of giving money to the needy, Heifer gives livestock, providing a lifetime of nourishment and financial support. Not only are its recipients taught valuable lessons in agriculture but they also use their gifts to help their community. An old saying says: “If you give someone a fish, they eat for a day; if you teach someone to fish they eat for a lifetime.” According to Maimonides, this is the highest level of tzedakah. Both my Parsha and my mitzvah projected are connected because both of them investigate the meaning of an animal; depending on a person situation the importance of an animal is different. To the Jews of Temple times, taking the best out of your herd to sacrifice to Adonai meant a lot. Today, to someone who lives in poverty and starvation, receiving

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an animal from Heifer can be life changing; it brings them up to a place in society. With the people who are better off in life, they often don’t give a second thought to where their food comes from or how much it means. Yes, our food has a lot of worth in our lives, but times now are different. In one of the books that I read for my Mitzvah project, called “Eating Animals”, the author Jonathan Safran Foyer tells the story about deciding if his young son should become a vegetarian or an omnivore. He did this by looking into what happens to the animals before we eat them. He learned, as did I, more about what factory farming is, and that most of the meat in grocery stores is factory farmed. Factory farming is a system of large-scale industrialized and intensive agriculture that is focused on profit. Animals are kept indoors and restricted in mobility in a cruel manner. After I finished reading this I could really see the difference between the respect for animals now and the respect for them during the time of my Torah portion. In Temple times they didn’t just kill the animals, they did it with such immense respect and proper care that they made it so the animal felt as little pain as possible. The respect seems to be gone in factory farming; the animals are referred to not with a name, but with a number. What we have seen today is that how we treat animals both in ancient times and today tells us something about ourselves. If we don’t treat animals with respect how can we respect ourselves and one another? Heifer reminds us of the values of animals and of life itself. Within living memory our people Continued on page 9 7


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collaboration with the National Jewish Fund, I have planted a tree in Israel in the Children of the Holocaust Forest in her memory. I am grateful that I am alive and able to practice my Jewish faith without persecution. I have connected with the present locally by working with the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, VT. I have been collecting the tops from aluminum cans. The Ronald McDonald House Chapter brings the collection of beverage tabs to the local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value.  The recycling center then sends the Ronald McDonald House a check for the total value. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington is a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children who seek treatment at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Heath Care. It is their goal to be a refuge for these families experiencing the stress and anguish of their loved one’s illness. They try to offer a warm, caring atmosphere with staff and volunteers ready to listen, to relieve some concerns, and be supportive. To date, I have collected over 3,500 beverage tops which I have donated. Initially I chose to collect the tabs because I found all the different sizes and colors interesting. I was happy to learn that I could donate them to help other children right here in Burlington who were very sick, and their families. I plan to continue to collect and donate beverage tabs. I am grateful that I am healthy and I have not had to go through what these children do every day. I reached out to connect with the promise of the future by sponsoring the Bat Mitzvah for Noga Friedlin who is a Jewish girl who attends an AMIT school in Rambam Israel. AMIT helps the more than 20,000 children of Israel who do not have families, 8

have families living below the poverty line, or who are immigrants from other countries. AMIT’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program offered me the opportunity to find a new friend and connect with a Jewish child in Israel with whom I am able to celebrate the milestone of our shared Bat Mitzvah’s in a joyous and festive way. I hope someday I will have the opportunity to meet her in person when I visit Israel. I was able to raise the $360.00 to sponsor Noga with the help of my Grammy Girl by going through my old clothes and toys and bringing them to the local consignment shops Once Upon A Child and Platos Closet. Any item that they were not able to take I donated to Goodwill, I ended up donating 42 bags and boxes of toys, clothes, and household items. I learned from one of the employees at Goodwill that anything that the local store can’t use they donate to national disaster areas like Haiti. They use every donation they receive in the areas within the USA and internationally so nothing goes to waste. I am glad I have the opportunity to connect with a new Jewish friend, and I look forward to developing an international relationship I hope will last my lifetime. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity of a Jewish education, and I am glad that I was able to provide a girl in Israel the same opportunity to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. This has inspired me to continue my Jewish Education. I look forward to attending Hebrew Chai School here at Temple. THANK YOU’S I would like to thank Rabbi

Glazier for his guidance and helpful instruction in learning my Torah, Haftarah, and Service prayers in preparation for my Bat Mitzvah. I would also like to acknowledge his support of me during the many Pastors Days he attended on my behalf over the years at my school. Thank you. I would also like to thank Morah Judy for her kind way and patience as she tutored me in my Torah, Haftarah, and Service prayers. I have enjoyed having you as a Hebrew school teacher and I look forward to what you will continue to teach me. Thank you. I would also like to acknowledge all of my past Hebrew School teachers who have each offered me their own unique perspective and knowledge as I attended school here at Temple Sinai. I have gained a collective strength and knowledge based on your efforts. I would like to thank my awesome parents for encouraging me and helping me to understand my Jewish heritage and providing me with the opportunity to celebrate my Bat Mitzvah today. Thank you also to all of my family, friends, and members of Temple Sinai who are here today in support of my becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Shabbat Shalom!


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were treated the way animals are today. They were given numbers and shipped in Cattle cars, not trains made for humans. Of course I am talking about the Holocaust. It was a time of awful anti-Semitism, but not only were the Jews persecuted, but also those who helped the Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals, anyone who did not fit Hitler’s standards. Nazi Germany was a place where respect for human life meant nothing! I read multiple books concerning the topic of the Holocaust, such as “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “The Book Thief “and “Maus Parts 1&2.” in these books, some were from the point of view of Jews, who went to camps, or stayed hidden, others were from the perspective of those helped the Jews, both, extremely involved in the time of World War II and the Holocaust. I found it ironic that the Greek word “Holocaust” means “Sacrifice by Fire”. I realized that this is not the correct use of the word “Sacrifice” as we learn it in my Parsha. The victims of the Holocaust were not sacrificed, they were murdered! This explains why many people use the word “Shoah” or catastrophe to describe what happened to Hitler’s victims. The destruction of the Temple and the Shoah were probably the two greatest catastrophes in Jewish history. But both those terrible events should not stop us from believing that Mitzvot can make the world a better place. In my Haftarah taken from the Book of Isaiah, the Temple has been destroyed and the Jews have turned from Adonai and begun to sin and worship idols. Since the sacrificial system is no longer possible without the Temple, Isaiah urges the people to instead bring what he calls “sacrifices of the heart”. This spring for Passover my family and I are going to Israel. There, we will be visiting the remains of the

ancient Temple at the Western Wall. We will also visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the 6 million who died. It is a big deal for me to be going to Israel especially over Passover. Every year on Passover we say the words “L’ shana Ha-ba’ah B’rooshalayim”, “Next year in Jerusalem”. This Passover I am lucky enough to actually fulfill this mitzvah and offer up my own “prayer of the heart” in Jerusalem.

Friday night oneg. And last but not least I would like to thank Ibrahim Peco and Craig Hammond for their hard work at Temple Sinai. Shabbat Shalom!

I would like to thank my Mom for always being there with a hug when I would get extremely overwhelmed, and my Dad for schlepping me around, and also for helping me with my mitzvah project and talking with me about the books that I read. I’d like to thank my brother Kyle, for supporting me throughout the process, sometimes with little arguments here and there from both of us, but still being there for me the whole time. To my friends who always understood when I had to practice my Hebrew and was always there to support me! Thank you so much to friends and relatives that traveled from near and far to be with me on this special day, it means a lot that you came to support me. I’d like to thank Judy Alexander for teaching me my Torah and Haftarah. Thank you to Rabbi Glazier for helping me learn my service prayers and with perfecting my speech. Thank you to my religious school teachers for assisting me to get to where I am now with my Hebrew and education of Jewish history. I would like to thank my religious school classmates, every Thursday I look forward to seeing you guys, and the advice you have given me has been great! Not to mention our Cantor Mark Leopold for sharing his gift of music, to Wendy Valastro for her beautiful accompaniment on the piano. To the Edwards-Kuhn and Silver families for the wonderful 9


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Youth Activities YOUNG JUDAEA Check out our website: http://sites.google.com/site/ youngjudaeavermont/ Sadly for us, but happily for her, Sheena will no longer be working as our Tsofim advisor because she has a new, very full time, job as Curator of Gallery Education at Burlington City Arts. Ofarim (3rd – 5th graders) and Tsofim (6th-7th graders) We had a lot of fun skating in January and sledding on the awesome hill at Sleepy Hollow in February, but it’s nice to be thinking about spring. On March 13 – we baked a lot of yummy hamentaschen and put together mishloach manot – bags of tasty treats for homebound in our community.  April 10 we will attend a mock seder at Chabad, and then we will join in the walk to support Kids4Peace – a camp that brings 4 Jewish, 4 Muslim and 4 Christian kids from Israel to Burlington to go to camp with 4 Jewish, 4 Muslim and 4 Christian Vermonters. If you would like to sponsor one of our walkers, we would so much appreciate it!

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May 15 event is to be determined, but it will for sure be something fun outside if weather permits. Look for a flier and announcements in the weekly email and check the website for more information.

train ride, and they turned it into a spectacularly funny musical that involved a torn lover, and maple syrup. Thank you ssssoooooooo much, Miriasha

Bogrim (8th-12th graders) Our trip to NEW YORK CITY was so great. 15 teens and 4 chaperones had 4 fabulous days of adventure in NY. Here’s what the kids had to say: The trip to the UN was thought provoking and inspiring. Thanks, Sandra The services at Romemu were great. I loved all the singing! Caitlin

exhibits! Jacob

The Jewish Museum was incredible! There were so many cool

Yonah Schimmels knishes are very arguably the best in the world! ~Charlie Chicago City Limits was hilarious. They had the audience give subjects ideas for their skits, and we took it over. I told them the story of our

The train ride was so much fun! Just talking, playing games, and bonding! Thanks, Hannah Going to the Lubavitch community at Crown Heights was so much fun! Seeing the Matzo being made and appreciating all the elements of Orthodox Judaism was an amazing experience. Thank you so much, Josh One of the best things about NYC: Shopping! We shopped Times Square like you would not believe! Though I thoroughly enjoyed the shopping, the whole trip was amazing and enlightening. Thank you greatly, Courtney Dinner at Darna was so fun! The food was AMAZING. I liked it a lot. It was a great ending to our last day! Thanks


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Thanks! Isaac

Kids4Peace walk (see above)

Sitting in Central Park learning about the different denominations of Judaism was a great thing to do because I really only knew information about the one that I’m involved with and it was great to learn about the other ways that people observe the same religion. ~ Shira

May 22 - Tentative Lag Ba’Omer picnic and elections.

The Tenement Museum was really cool because I got to see where my family lived for many years after they came from Russia. It was a very good experience. ~ Charlie Yonnah Schimmels knishes were the best! It was my first time having knishes and now they are my favorite food. It told my head to try to make knishes myself. Delish ~ Sonam

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Stay tuned to our website, the weekly email and look for a flier for details on our upcoming events. As always, your thoughts, questions and assistance are welcome. You can also RSVP for any events to the people below. Contact: Fran Pomerantz kasperantz@gmavt. net 434-3443 (Bogrim advisor) Miriam Sturgis mssdom@gmail.com 879-0463 (Bogrim advisor) Charles Winkleman cwinklem@ uvm.edu 401-744-3408 (Ofarim

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Free Screening of “On Holy Ground” by Judy Alexander director of congregational learning

Shalom Chaveirim/Dear Friends: Klezmer music originated in the shtetl (villages) and the ghettos of Eastern Europe, where itinerant Jewish troubadours, known as klezmorim, performed at simkhes (joyful events), particularly weddings, since the early middle ages till the Nazi and Stalinist persecutions. It was inspired by secular melodies, popular dances, khazones (Jewish liturgy) as well as by the nigunim, the simple and often wordless melodies, intended by the Hasidim (Orthodox Jews) for approaching God in a kind of ecstatic communion. In (mutual) contact with Slavonic, Greek, Ottoman (Turkish), Gypsy and later- American jazz musicians, using typical scales, tempo and rhythm changes, slight dissonance and a touch of improvisation, the klezmorim acquired the ability to evoke all kinds of emotions, through diversified music. With its artistic copiousness and its distinctive sound, Klezmer music is unique, easily recognizable and widely appreciated, both by ‘ethnic insiders’ and by larger audiences, all around the world. Klezmer music is also an invitation to dance and goes nowadays through a real revival. Among the contemporary groups leading that revival is one of the most successful groups, The Klezmatics.

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For over 25 years they have revitalized this joyous form of music and they are coming to perform in Burlington on Sunday, April 17th at the Ira Allen Chapel*.  In addition to their live performance here, on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30 in the Fleming Museum Auditorium there is a special FREE screening of “On Holy Ground,” the Klezmatics feature-length documentary. The Montreal Gazette says their music ranges “…from quietly poignant to rollicking and infectious.” If you’d like to hear a sample of their music: http://www.klezmatics.com/ The concert on April 17th is the night before the first Passover seder so if you have out of town guests coming in, it’s the perfect way to spend the evening before Passover, rocking the night away and getting into a joyful state of mind.

Have a ziessen & Kosher Pesach/a joyous Passover holiday, Judy Alexander Director of Congregational Education

*Religious School students have been sent home with flyers; for each adult ticket purchased at the full price of $25, you get one FREE child/student ticket.  This performance is through the Lane Series which has generously made this offer to our Religious School students.


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The ‘Hood Lives! On Sunday March 6, a rainy and snowy day, the first organizational meeting of the revived Temple Sinai Brotherhood (the ‘Hood) took place. Despite the weather, 24 Temple men attended and we ran out of smoked salmon early. Officers were elected for one year terms: Steve Greenfield will be President and Bruce Hicken will be Treasurer. Dues were set at $18 annually and guidelines for membership were established. All are welcome to attend and participate in Brotherhood events and activities.

• The ‘Hood laid out an ambitious calendar of events for 2011 including: • High Holiday (and perhaps other services as well) ushering; • Sukkah construction/deconstruction; • Hosting/co-hosting two onegs (June 3 and August 26); • Brotherhood Game Night in April/May; • Possibly attending a Lake Monsters game and sponsoring a 50/50 fundraising auction there; • Construction/maintenance projects at Temple (building shelves, cleaning carpets and planting saplings) likely in May; and • A larger event to be determined with broader community-wide social impact, to take place in 2011 or possibly 2012 and perhaps done in conjunction with the Social Action Committee, Sisterhood and others.

Brotherhood members stepped forward and volunteered to coordinate and lead all of the events/activities. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the ’Hood or joining, contact Steve Greenfield at spgreenfield@comcast.net or 879-3132.

All in all, a successful launch for the revitalized Brotherhood. Stay tuned for more details.

The ‘Hood lives!

Steve Greenfield

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Dear Fellow Congregants, Shalom and, again, Happy New Year. We are writing to you as the new Oneg coordinators. Sue Gower has stepped down after many years of dedicated service and we look forward to doing our part in assuring that the Temple Sinai community continues to have an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat as it should be celebrated: with our community, and with the blessing of wine and challah. As stated by the Rabbi during Yom Kippur services, celebrating Shabbat together is one of the priceless benefits we receive as being members of Temple Sinai. All members of the Temple Sinai community are expected to host an Oneg at least once a year. Hosting is a wonderful easy way to remain involved, and feel the strength and support of the community, to give thanks for the week behind, the week ahead, and the people with whom we share our lives. Because the purpose of Shabbat is that we join together we are no longer offering the option of catering one by paying a fee. If you are unable to attend services due to health reasons or because you live out of the area, we would strongly encourage you to reach out to another family to co-host. We are happy to help coordinate that if you would like. Additionally, we would encourage families to co-host with other families as this enhances the community spirit of the event. The date you choose to host is up to you. It is our custom that families of B’nai Mitzvot typically host the Oneg on the eve of the B’nai Mitzvah. Additionally, there are several other “special” Shabbats such as the brisket bake-off, board installation, etc. This means that there are fewer than 40 Onegs which are left to be hosted so to reserve your preferred date sign up quickly! How do you sign up? Go to: http://templesinaionegs.wikispaces.com and follow the simple directions. You can also go to the Oneg section of the temple’s website, you can sign up for one or more dates to host an Oneg. The Onegs will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, but every effort will be made to accommodate a special event requests such as B’nai mitzvot, yahrzeit observances, a baby naming, wedding, etc. Please be sure to include as much information as possible. Host families are always encouraged to light the Shabbat candles and recite the Kiddush during the service, but nobody will be expected to do so if they are uncomfortable. Please sign up as soon as possible as we expect that, with the new online sign-ups, Onegs will be chosen rather quickly this year. Thank you. Sincerely, Suzanne Grocki and Linda Retchin Oneg Coordinators

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8 Phil Gellis Sheldon Katz Betty Mayer Robert Richards

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20 Dee Dee Israel

29 Mark Levine Richard Marko Elias Fleischman

22 Richard Rubin Zachary Wade

30 Hannah Swan Goldman

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Annual Yom HaShoah Community Memorial Service Sunday May 1st, 2011 2:oo PM Sponsored by Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Temple Sinai,   Ahavath Gerim Synagogue and UVM Hillel       Ahavath Gerim Synagogue  Archibald and Hyde Streets, Burlington       

A SERVICE OF READINGS AND MUSIC    Including a talk by Professor Ronald J. Berger,   University of Wisconsin‐Whitewater   recounting the story of the survival of his family and  their coming to grips with memories of the Holocaust 

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w w w. t e m p l e s i n a i v t . o r g TEMPLE SINAI STAFF Rabbi James Scott Glazier...........................862-5125 greenmnt@together.net Cantorial Soloist......................... Mark Leopold Choir Director............................ Bruce Chalmer Keyboardists.............................Wendy Valastro, Meg Cosaboom, Craig Hilliard Director of Congregational Education Judy Alexander.................................862-5125 directorjudy@templesinaivt.org Temple Administrator...........Craig Hammond 862-5125; info@templesinaivt.org

TEMPLE SINAI OFFICERS President Howard Kalfus.................................864.5869 First Vice President Tim Cope...........................................985-2344 Finance/Legal VP Robert Issenberg...............................985-4157 Education VP Jennifer Prue.....................................482-5129 Marketing/Communications VP Rachel Ring.......................................399-2790 Fund raising VP Open .................................................555-555 Treasurer Joel Goldberg....................................985-9329 Recording Secretary Cathy Diamond................................878-1989

Immediate Past President Steve Greenfield...............................879-3132

TRUSTEES AT LARGE Doug Marden ................................. 862-6511 David Collins....................................879-2793 Dave Chafetz.....................................859-0422 Aimee Loiter.....................................985-1534

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Adult Education Open

Program Open Religious School Committee Linda Greenblatt..............................660-9466 Shofar Editor Craig Hammond..............................862-5125 Sisterhood Audrey Chafetz.................................859-0422

Cemetery Doug Marden....................................862-6511

Social Action (Co-chairs) Gayle Belin........................................658-5017 Sue Gower.........................................865-5920 Ted Herstand....................................862-5254

Education Jennifer Prue.....................................482-5129

Spiritual (Co-chairs) Jeff Loiter...........................................985-1534 Jeff Solomon......................................985-2327

Haveirim Tim Cope...........................................985-2344

Technology Open

House Alex Rose...........................................658-6733 Len Rubin......................... ................658.5155 Membership/Outreach Patty Greenfield................................879-3132 Sherri Duff.........................................864-1546

TYG President Open TYG Advisor Open

Oneg Coordinator Linda Retchin....................................985-2327 Suzanne Grocki................................862-5978 Personnel Ginny Greenblott..............................863-3738

Tzedakah David Chafetz...................................859-0422 URJ Liaison Judy Rosenstreich.............................864-8171 Vision Sinai (Co-chairs) Tim Cope...........................................985-2344


April 2011 Shofar  

Temple Sinai's of Vermont's Monthly Magazine

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