February Bulletin (as PDF)

TEMPLE SINAI BULLETIN
Volume XLX, No. 6
February 2015
The Great Mishpocha Challenge
As Sister Sledge sang in 1979 “We Are Family”, and this is your opportunity to
demonstrate that.
A friendly competition is being organized among congregants. Our congregation has been
divided into five teams. These teams will participate to see which group can generate
the most spirit. Points will be awarded to teams based on activities that Temple Sinai
offers or sponsors. Come to Shabbat services, and your team gets a point, but you also
get a point for joining us at Winter Fest, participating in a social action project, attending
committee meetings, participating in Women's Chavurah events or ... Watch Snippets for
details and check the website (tsinai.org).
This will culminate on May 30th, in a BIG party we're throwing to celebrate. So save the
date and start thinking about how you can join in the fun.
Interested in getting more involved? Contact Vicki at [email protected]
(Just so you know, the teams are divided up alphabetically: Aleph is A-C,
Bet is D-H, Gimel is I-M, Daled is N-Se and Hey is Sh-Z)
Temple Sinai's Purim Extravaganza
Wednesday, March 4
Details on page 5
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One of the values cherished by us in the United
States is freedom of religion accompanied by
the separation of church and state. These are
actually two different rights we welcome here
in this land. Many countries have freedom of
religion but often it is not accompanied by the
separation.
Rabbi’s Message
Many nations have a state religion but still
protect the rights of all their inhabitants to
worship as they choose. The minority religions
are then protected by the state insuring safe
access for all adherents. Jews have often
found themselves in this type of situation
and appreciate a protection and allowance of
diversity that was not always part of our history.
Israel is actually a country that has no
separation of religion and government yet
allows freedom of religious practice to most
faith groups. There is even governmental
support given to various faiths depending
on size of their population. Some have said
that the only religion that is not protected
and acknowledged in Israel is any form of
Judaism that is not Orthodox. This is a bit of an
exaggeration but carries a great deal of truth. In
the past few years the IRAC (Israeli Religious
Action Center) won a seven year battle to
have a number of non-Orthodox rabbis who
serve communities receive salaries like their
Orthodox counter parts. Even after the case was
decided it still took a number of years for Rabbi
Miri Gold and others to receive remuneration.
When the State of Israel was founded an
agreement was made between those in charge
of the government and the Orthodox Jews. At
that time there was a chief rabbi which was
not based on Jewish principles but on Turkish
and then British custom. The determination
of Jewish life cycle practices, the funding of
synagogues and religious Orthodox schools
and payment to Orthodox rabbis became the
norm. This agreement was done by people who
were often non-religious or even anti-religious.
Throughout the over 66 years of Israel’s
existence agreements have
been made between nonreligious political parties
and Orthodox political
parties in order to form
a coalition enabling the
secular party to run the
government. This has
allowed control of Jewish religious life to
remain in the hands of the orthodox.
This does not mean that Conservative
or Reform Jews cannot build their own
synagogues, hire their own rabbis or
conduct their own services. Yet this is done
mostly with outside donations as Israelis are
not accustomed to pay for these services.
The voice of Jewish religious diversity
coming from the diaspora has helped to
offer another voice to this situation. Areas of
concern are who can officiate at marriages or
funerals, which conversions are acceptable,
the funding of non-Orthodox synagogues,
just to name a few.
Our voices must be heard. It is time again
for us to vote and support ARZA in the
present elections for the World Zionist
Congress. It is essentially important to
register and then to vote which every Jew
above the age of 18 is eligible to do. Please,
if you have not already done so go to www.
reformjews4israel.org and add your voice.
Let the Jewish world know that the Israel
we desire will have an acceptance of Jewish
diversity and the core values we hold
dear. I have been chosen as a delegate and I am
running with the Association of Reform Zionist
of America (ARZA) so that I can stand with all
Jews in working for an Israel that is pluralistic,
progressive and democratic. I need your vote
and the votes of your friends and family to make
that happen. Vote for me and ARZA www.
reformjews4israel.org/vote!
Shalom,
Rabbi Alan J. Katz
Contacting the Rabbis
Please let the Temple Office know of any illnesses, deaths or joyous occasions so that our Rabbis and congregation can
respond appropriately. Also, remember not to schedule any life cycle events at which Rabbi Katz or Rabbi Sapowith will
be present without speaking to them first.
To reach Rabbi Katz in an emergency, please call both his home phone (872-6722) and his cell phone (233-8028). To
reach Rabbi Sapowith in an emergency, call her cell phone (317-4617).
It is a mitzvah to visit those who are ill. We ask Temple members who are aware that one of our members is in a hospital
to please call the Temple Sinai office so that our Rabbis may visit them.
There are exciting things going on in the
Rochester Jewish community – all the
congregations, Reform, Conservative
and Orthodox are beginning a process of
collaborating with each other. And much of the
credit goes to Temple Sinai's own Susan Itkin.
For those not familiar with the Farash
Charitable Foundation, a bit of background.
It was founded by Max and Marian Farash
of Rochester. From its Mission Statement
the “Foundation is dedicated to the civic
and religious communities of its founders,
who believed in the importance of education
in all of its aspects and knew the power of
entrepreneurial creativity. The Foundation
places its highest priority on endeavors
designed to transform the lives of individuals
and the work of organizations.” They do this by
giving grants and gifts to numerous non-profit
organizations in the Rochester area and in 2012
that totaled over $8,400,000 (yes, that is eight
million).
Thus began an 18 month process of establishing
the foundation that could enable collaboration
to happen. First was establishing the RASP
((Rochester Area Synagogue Presidents)
Council. We met monthly to define our
needs, to write a request for proposal to
hire a consultant, to interview and choose a
consultant and to begin the process of working
together. And during that time we got to know
each other and what made our individual
congregations important to each of us.
The first step was to determine whether
we were actually ready to collaborate. The
consultant, Rabbi Lou Feldstein of Atlanta,
Which brought us to the second step, an allday strategy planning conference which was
held the end of November. Approximately 150
people attended, representing the Boards and
professional staffs of all the congregations in
Rochester and at the end of the day, people at
16 different tables shared their vision of what
Jewish Rochester could look like. The exciting
part of that was that the 16 visions were all
remarkably similar, and also remarkably
similar to the Farash Foundation goal of
“increasing participation in Jewish life and
encouraging a deeper appreciation of the joys
of being Jewish.”
So if you have read this far (thank you), you are
probably wondering what this means for you.
We have already seen the first baby steps at the
end of January when Temple Sinai and Temple
B'rith Kodesh had a joint Shabbat service and
dinner and the Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella
singing group, had a concert at the JCC. I'm not
going to say neither of these events could have
taken place two years ago, but I think it was
definitely easier based on the foundations that
have been built during that time.
I'm not sure how you will see collaboration
play out in the future – perhaps there will
be community wide holiday celebrations, or
perhaps a buying group will be established to
save money on office supplies. If you would be
interested in working on a collaborative project,
please let me know, because for this to succeed,
people need to get involved.
I do know that I'm excited to be a part of this
effort and look forward to encouraging a
deeper appreciation of the joys of being Jewish!
Sue Bondy
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President’s Message
In 2012 Susan Itkin became Sinai’s Farash
Foundation liaison and with the Board’s
blessing, invited local congregations to a
meeting to explore collaborating on future grant
proposals. In 2013 that group wrote a grant
proposal to develop a process for all the Jewish
congregations in Rochester to collaborate with
each other. This was right in line with the
Foundation's goals regarding Jewish life which
are “to enhance a vibrant, inclusive Jewish
community in Monroe and Ontario Counties in
New York State, by increasing participation in
Jewish life, encouraging a deeper appreciation
of the joys of being Jewish, and supporting
partnerships in Israel.”
spent several days here
this summer, meeting
with the Rabbis,
Education Directors, office
staff and lay leaders. He
presented his report at
a workshop attended
by all the Boards and
professional staff. His conclusion was that
while Rochester did not have an overwhelming
issue that we were trying to deal with, which
often drives the desire to collaborate, the area
appeared to be very receptive to the idea of
collaboration.
School of Jewish
Life and Learning
Pinat Ha-Talmid
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(The Student Corner)
Be part of the
Sinai Community!
Join our service as our
Bat Mitzvah leads us in worship.
By Ilan D. Adar,
Education Director
Ella
Bement
When flipping a page of our calendars to 2015,
we recognize that among the many happy
occasions we have encountered, 2014 was also
yet another year of war in many parts of the
world; a year of natural disasters; and numerous
other instabilities that affected many people.
I therefore wish that 2015 will be a fulfilling,
healthy, peaceful, and joyful year for all.
Please note: Due to various reasons the
Educators Council has decided to cancel
the all-schools’ event scheduled for
Sunday, February 8. We, therefore, will
have regular school on this day.
Youth & Education
Thank you
To our 5th grade students and their parents, for
helping in leading January’s Family Service;
and for hosting the pot-luck dinner.
Our next Shabbat Family Service and pot-luck
dinner (hosted by our 2nd grade families) will
take place on Friday, February 6.
Please Note: Youth and adults from the Islamic
Center will be our visitors during the service on
Friday, February 6.
To our Kesher students who came to “host” our
visitors from Baber AME; and to our Kesher parents
for bringing extra food for the pot-luck dinner.
It Happened in January
February 28,
10:30 a.m. service
Daughter of
William Bement &
Yelena Shapiro
Sunday, January 25, our third grade students
and their parents were engaged in discussing the
idea that we are God’s partners and, therefore,
should care for the people around us; for the
world we are living in; and for our own health.
February Schedule of Events
Sunday, Feb. 1: Sprouts
Friday, Feb. 6: Shabbat Family Service (6:00
p.m.) followed by Shabbat pot-luck dinner
(7:00 p.m.). Our 2nd grade families will host
the dinner; visit by youth and adults from
the Islamic Center of Rochester.
Saturday, Feb. 7: 7th Grade Shabbaton (9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.); Winter Fest.
Sunday, Feb. 8: School in session; Sprouts
Wednesday, Feb. 11: Bogrim
Friday, Feb. 13: Young Family Service; evening
service at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14: Mitzvah Express
Sunday, Feb. 15 – 22: No School (Mid-Winter Recess)
Parking Lot Assignments
On Thursday, January 8 and 15, our teachers
attended Part 2 of the all-schools’ Professional
Development Day for teachers. This year the
subject is Expeditionary Learning: How to
bring our students to “own” their education via
Subject Based Learning. Part 3 will take place
on Thursday, March 19 and 26.
Session I
Sunday
2/1 Borg/Leigh, Starr
2/8 Wehbe, Drew, Mayer
On Sunday, January 11, our 1st grade students
and their parents/grandparents participated
in the program: Celebrating Shabbat. The
day included braiding of challahs, decorating
challah covers, singing Shabbat songs, and
learning about the what, how, and why of the
Shabbat dinner “seder.”
Session II
Sunday
2/1 Eichel, Rutberg, Poleshuck
2/8 Fastaia, Hughes, Pincus
Wednesday
2/4 Peltz/Merliss,Borus/McCally
2/11 Gill, Nipe/Rubel
Monday
2/2 Owen/Wittink, Sarnov
2/9 Gravitz, McNitt/Lerner
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Within Our Family & Temple Life
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Within Our Family
In Memoriam…
Temple Sinai notes with sorrow the passing of:
Molly Hewitt, temple congregant and mother of
Natalie Pincus
Max Goldman, father of Michael Goldman
Dorothy Paganelli, mother of Nancy Chernak
Anna Price, temple congregant and wife of Matt
Rhodes, daughter of Marjorie Baker Price
and granddaughter of Leonard Baker
Mary Doescher, mother of Ed Doescher
Rose Gold, grandmother of Emily Horowitz
Steven Kushner, temple congregant and
husband of Karla Kushner
The Temple family extends its heartfelt sympathy
to the families.
YOUTH CORNER
RATSY
RATSY had a great start to 2015! We joined
SAWCY friends and ice skated, some of us for
the first time! It was a blast. We lead our own
service and made blankets for those in need.
Several RATSY members attended NFTY NEL
Winter Kallah in Toronto. February is not shy of things to do either. Join
us for a Tu'Bshevat Seder on February 4th from
7-8:30 p.m. We will be participating in Temple
Sinai's annual Winterfest programming too. All Jewish 9-12th graders are invited to
participate in RATSY programs and join as
members. Contact advisor Jaymie Morton for
more information [email protected] . SAWCY
Last month we welcomed our 6th graders to
SAWCY. We went ice skating and played
paintball. This month, on February 8th we will
have our “Tag..You’re It!—Laser Tag” event.
We will also have our first Shul -In of 2015 on
February 21-22nd. It’s going to be a great time!
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Adult Education
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B’nei Mitzvah: The adult B’nei Mitzvah class
will be leading morning services on June 20
and June 27. Please mark your calendars so
that you can come and celebrate with them.
Sunday mornings, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Rabbis’
course: Ancient Jewish History
Through the use of videos and discussion
we will engage in basic learning from the
beginning of the biblical period (Time of
Abraham and Sarah) until the early centuries
following the destruction of the second
Temple in 70 C.E. and the beginnings of
Christianity.
Hebrew 1 & 2 is being taught by Alan Skerker
and Hebrew 3 is being taught by Bob Israel.
Liz Orstein is teaching Hebrew to the B’nai
Mitzvah class.
Jewish
Facts Quiz:
Hebrew 1 will be at 10:00
How many
a.m.
mitzvoth are there
Hebrew 2 will be at
in the Torah?
11:00 a.m.
How many rabbis were
Hebrew 3 will be at
in the Sanhedrin?
10:00 a.m.
What king built the
first temple?
Making Prayer Real,
Look for the answers
Wednesday evenings:
in Snippets
Rabbi Sapowith is
offering the final two
classes on Part II
of “Making Prayer Real” on Wednesdays, Feb.
11 and 18. Classes are from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Upcoming:
April 24: Pride Shabbat followed by dinner
and GLBT programming led by Rabbi Rebecca
Alpert.
Abby
Answers from last month:
What Jewish holiday is not mentioned in the
Tanach? Chanukah
What is the Hebrew word for the Jews who came
from Central European lands? Ashkenazim
The Western wall was a part of which Temple area?
Second Temple
February 2015 Calendar
Sunday
Monday
1
Tuesday
2
3
9
10
16
17
23
24
School in Session,
School in Session RATSY Board
Tu B'Shevat Assembly Kesher 6:30 p.m. Meeting (off site)
Adult Ed 9:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
Sprouts 9:00 a.m.
Hebrew Book 1 & 3
10:00 a.m.
Adult B'nei Mitzvah
Class 10:00 a.m.
Student Council
10:45 a.m.
Hebrew Book 2
11:00 a.m.
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School in Session
Adult Ed 9:00 a.m.
Sprouts 9:00 a.m.
Hebrew Book 1 & 3
10:00 a.m.
Adult B'nei Mitzvah
Hebrew 10:00 a.m.
Hebrew Book 2 11:00
a.m.
SAWCY Laser Tag
2:00 p.m.
Women's Chavurah
Program 2:00 p.m.
NO SCHOOL
NO SCHOOL
15
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School in Session
Kesher 6:30 p.m.
NO SCHOOL
School in Session
Kesher 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
4
5
11
12
18
19
25
26
School in Session Executive Board
Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Klezmer Band
Practice 7:00 p.m.
RATSY Tu B'Shevat
Program 7:00 p.m.
School in Session
Bogrim 5:45 p.m.
Making Prayer
Real 6:30 p.m.
Social Action
Committee
Meeting 7:00 p.m.
NO SCHOOL
Board of Trustees
Making Prayer
Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Real 6:30 p.m.
Klezmer Band
Practice 7:00 p.m.
School in Session Religious
Practices
Committee
Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Oneg Shabbat Hosts
February 6, 6:00 p.m.: No Oneg
February 13, 8:00 p.m.
Richard and Alice Silver; Seth and Suzanne Silver; Allan Skerker; Jay
and Christine Skolnick; Michael and Randy Spaan
February 20, 6:00 p.m.: No Oneg
February 27, 8:00 p.m.
David and Barbara Snyderman; Alexander Solky and Valerie Lang;
Ellen Yacknin and Catherine Mazzotta; Paula Spector-Tantillo;
James Spiller and Anne Macpherson
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Erev Shabbat
Family Service/ with
Birthday Blessings
6:00 p.m.
Potluck Dinner
7:00 p.m.
Torah Portion: Yitro
Exodus 18.1 – 20.26
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Young Family
Service 6:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat
Service 8:00 p.m.
Torah Portion:
Mishpatim
Exodus 21.1 – 24.18
20
Erev Shabbat
Service 6:00 p.m.
Torah Portion:
Terumah
Exodus 25.1 – 27.19
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Erev Shabbat
Service 8:00 p.m.
Torah Portion:
Tetzaveh
Exodus 27.20 – 30.10
Saturday
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7th Grade Shabbaton
9:00 a.m.
Torah Study 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning
Service 10:30 a.m.
Winterfest 3:00 p.m.
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Torah Study 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning
Service 10:30 a.m.
Mitzvah Express
10:30 a.m.
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Torah Study 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning
Service 10:30 a.m.
SAWCY Shul-In
5:00 p.m.
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Torah Study 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning
Service 10:30 a.m.
March Erev Shabbat Services
March 6: Erev Shabbat Family Service 6:00 p.m.
March 13: Young Family Service 6:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Service @ 8:00 p.m.
March 20: Erev Shabbat Service @ 6:00 p.m.
March 27: Erev Shabbat Service @ 8:00 p.m.
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Yahrzeits
The departed live on in the hearts of those who cherish their memory
Within Our Family
February 6 & 7
Fanny Baker
Dorothy Bassett
Ann Bernbaum
Rose Berns
Mordecai Brill
Hanna S. Cohn
Maurice Cornell
Anna Dorren
Charles Flowers
Dora Frydman
Schubert Frye
Caye Gibbons
Leatrice Golden
Peter Grant
Rose Greenberg
Florence Herman
Jason Herrick
Samuel Hutkoff
Don Irwin
Dorothy Katzel
Khanum
Manzoorolhagh
Werner Marx
Kathleen Molser
Webster Morgan
Shari Morris
Elis Muffs
Esther Nemetz
Ann Nussbaum
Lena Rapkin
Harold Rosenberg
Benjamin Rudin
Raymond Schwartz
Sanford Shapiro
Florence Sniderman
Charles Soloway
Donald Sterns
Jerold Usdane
Carola Wachtel
February 13 & 14
Shirley Apter
Harriet August
Leigh Brownstein
Mark Cohn
Henry Cooke
Anthony Croce
Irving Feinstein
Steven Fishbein
Sandi Fogarty
Evelyn Frishman
Joseph Gimple
Edward Goldberg
Dina Gurvich
Harvey Hiller
Ida Holmes
Joan Hyman
Esther Kantor
Beverly Kaufman
Sari Lieberman
Shirley Naimark
Margaret Olsen
William Pine
Sara Ring
Harvey Rosenbloom
Anita Rosenfeld
Murray Schmutter
Jacob Schuster
Teddy Schwartz
Nukhim Shilman
Joel Smetana
Sophia Stekloff
Alfred Stiller
Pauline Tanzman
Jack Tanzman
Sarah Zuckerman
February 20 & 21
Henry Berns
Mildred Block
Ernest Brownell, Sr.
David Brzowsky
Ruth Buyum
Gertrude Eyre
Anna Fink
Jack Frishman
Annette Gans
Dorothy Gillis
Sally Gordon
Walter Hart, Sr.
Itshak Kurchin
Sydney Kuttner
Ilya Lemberg
Harvey Levy
Ronan Louis
Suzanne Major
Mildred Montrose
Rose Perlstein
Helen Proulx
Lev Ritterman
Morton Rosenbaum
Bessie Rosenbloom
Hannah Saidel
Lucille Schwartz
Michael Silver
Arthur Simon
Annette Solomon
Ann Stanger
Max Stein
Roslyn Suntop
Yetta Gold Susswein
Lucille Weinstein
Frieda Rose Weinstein
Golde Wolkoff
Todah Rabah to all those
who remembered Temple Sinai
when they remembered others.
February 27 & 28
Lester Abelman
Bernard Agins
Ruth Baskin
Sally Berman
Marilyn S. Billington
Lillian Blickman
Abraham Block
Amy Ida Briskin
Dawes
Marion Brownell
Adele Brzowsky
Hyman Cresov
Sidney Cutler
Frieda Dorf
Sheldon Drexler
Lillian Dubin
Marshall Falk
Esther Freedman
Leonard Greenberg
Harriett Grodensky
Julius Harf
Gabriel Harris
Tina Hellerman
Bruce Holm
Chaya Kantsenberg
Sheryl Lederman
Florence Levenberg
Merle Locke
Sidney Loeb
Pearl Mercier
Yale Newman
Yakov Pekurovskiy
Bertey Phillips
Molly Pierce
Victoria Raz
Valentine Riordan
Jack Ripps
Beatrice Rubenstein
Gail Saunders
Libby Schlossberg
Elaine Schnittman
Jane Schwartz
Irvin Silton
Evelyn Yates
On Saturday Evening, March 14, 2015
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The Temple Sinai Havdalah Gourmet Dinner
evening is a chance for adults to make new friends
and get to know other congregants better.
It will be an evening to enjoy the spirit of Temple Sinai
outside the Temple walls, while you honor the closing of the
gates of Shabbat. These dinners have been a hit over the years,
with new people attending each time. Give it a try!
Here's how it works…
•The dinner and evening will take place at congregants’ homes, in small
groupings of about 7-11 adults. Once we have all of the RSVPs, we will see how
many homes we will need. We keep the numbers at each house small enough to
remain intimate and allow for a great evening of conversation and fun.
•The hosts (the congregants who offer to host the dinner) will get together and
plan out the menu to be used at all the homes.
•Congregants will be assigned to one of the homes. The hosts will call each of
you, ask you to prepare one part of the menu, and give you the specific recipe.
This takes all of the guesswork out of what to prepare, or thinking about milk vs.
meat, or worrying about whether people will like your recipe.
Coordinated in conjunction with The Temple Life Committee – Team L'Chaim
Temple Contacts
Rabbis
Alan J. Katz [email protected]
Amy J. Sapowith [email protected]
Education Director
Ilan Adar [email protected] Cantorial Soloist
Elise Wojciechowski
Temple Administrator
Susan Roberts-Grew
Officers
President
Susan Bondy
Secretary
John Diggory
Vice Presidents:
Administration Suzanne Tunell
VP Finance Jaime Adkins
Caring Community & Social Action
Craig Geller
Communications Liz Ornstein
Congregant Connections Gail Brownell &
Carol Yunker
Education Seth Silver & Barb Snyderman
Religious Practices Rebecca Drayer
Youth Initiatives Blanche Fenster
Temple Life
RSVP by Friday, February 20
to Joyce Schachter
[email protected] or 461-9788
Social Action & Temple Life
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InterfaithIMPACT of NYS
Annual Program
On Sunday, March 15, InterfaithIMPACT of
NYS (IINYS) will present
its Annual Legislative
Briefing entitled,
Show Me the Money:
Escalating Inequality
Hurts! at the First
Universalist Church, 150
S. Clinton Ave. at 2:00
p.m. Rabbi Katz serves on
the Clergy Advisory Board of IINYS.
The speakers are: Michael Kink, Executive
Director, Strong Economy for All Coalition,
based in Albany; Ann Johnson, the Director for
ACT Rochester; and a fast food worker. Due to
the method of scheduling, we will not know the
worker until a week before the briefing.
IINYS is proud to present this important
program on the disparities of wealth. Fast food
workers and their supporters literally rallied in
the streets here and around the country asking
for a living wage. Erica Bryant in a recent
article wrote, “What is wrong with a $3.50
hamburger?” This amounts to an increase of
$.50 for a fast food burger. A day does not go
by without an article, op ed essay, letter to the
editor, or news story on all electronic media
about the growing gap between the “haves”
and ”the have nots”, salaries of CEOs, and the
plight of the minimum wage earner.
There will be a Q and A following all of the
panelists’ formal remarks.
The program is free and open to the
community. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call: Judy Schwartz 442.
5111.
NOTE: Parking can be found in the small lot on
the Court Street side of the church, as well as on
the surrounding streets, and in the Washington
Square Garage off S. Clinton and Woodbury free on Sundays. Guides will be available. You
may enter through the door on 150 S. Clinton
Avenue.
THE TEMPLE SINAI WOMEN'S CHAVURAH
INVITES YOU TO A PROGRAM ON
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Presented by
Mediator
GAIL FERRAIOLI
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015
2:00 p.m. AT TEMPLE SINAI Restorative Justice is a method used to "make
things as right as possible" for people who have
been affected by crime, to help them heal, and to
prevent further occurrences. It includes the victims,
the offenders, and the community, and emphasizes
victims' needs, offender accountability and growth,
and community safety. Restorative Practices
are derived from ancient world-wide traditions
that seek peace through dialogue in which each
person speaks their truth in a safe environment to
foster trust, understanding, honesty, and healing.
Gail will talk about the science, psychology, and
values of Restorative Justice, with special focus on
"Community Conferencing", and she will discuss the
differences between Restorative Justice and the
Criminal Justice system. Actual cases will be used to
illustrate how this process is used in environments
such as houses of worship, neighborhoods, families,
and the workplace. Time will be reserved for Q&A.
PLEASE RSVP BY FEBRUARY 5 TO CAROL YUNKER
AT [email protected] OR 385-3910.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME, AND, AS ALWAYS,
NOT FOR WOMEN ONLY!
Gail Ferraioli, a Temple Sinai member, has been a
mediator for over 30 years. She is the founder
of Clarity Mediations in Perinton, specializing in
couples therapy. She has experience in mediation,
facilitation, advocacy, human rights, counseling and
mindfulness, and has held numerous executive and
volunteer leadership positions to promote peace
within individuals, and to help people achieve healing
and harmony in their relationships with family and
community.
For more information, please visit her website at
www.claritymediations.com.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Chavurot Forming to Bring
Congregants Together
The Temple Sinai Membership Committee is looking to play 'matchmaker' by helping
members form chavurot. Our first step is to learn how much interest there is and in what
particular types of groups. If you are interested in forming a chavurah - or of potentially
joining one once formed - please email membership co-chair Susan Rizzo ([email protected]
roccitysigners.com) indicating your interest. At the least, please include your name(s), age(s)
(where relevant) and chavurot ideas. All ideas are welcome. So far, we have nominations for
an a cappella singing chavurah, as well as for a group for members in their 40s and 50s whose
kids are grown.
Join a Chavurah
HIGH HOLY DAYS APPEAL
MISHKAN HANEFESH
I want to express my deep appreciation to you,
our Temple Sinai family for your generous
response to the 2014 High Holy Day Annual
Appeal. Thank you for helping to build and
ensure the strength of our vibrant community
into the future! -- Susan Bondy
Thank you to the following members for their
donation of one or more Mishkan Hanefesh (High
Holy Days Prayerbooks):
A special thanks to the following Temple
members who have so generously donated
to the Temple Sinai High Holy Days
Appeal (since December 11)…
A donation has been made by
Ed & Blanche Fenster
Ward Ghory & Anne Ghory-Goodman
Dennis & Carol Goldsmith
John & Martha Osowski
Stephen & Elise Rosenfeld
Gregory & Allah Shadunsky
In honor of
The naming ceremony of our granddaughter,
Margaret Maeve Gimple, by David & Karen Gimple
Aaron and Maria Klein
Les and Monika Katzel
Eric Brewer
Carol Zollweg
Robert and Lori Conway
Joshua and Shevah Faber
Mark and Bobbi Sarnov
Roy Berns and Susan Stanger
Lisa Waldman
Charlie and Joyce Schachter
Ken and Linda Beckwith
Allan Hymes and Marilyn Rosen
Marsha & Abigail Urban-Rifkin
Visit Our Website:
www.tsinai.org
Temple Life & Contributions
Are you looking to connect with like-minded Sinai congregants? Perhaps you ought to
form a chavurah! Chavurot are great ways for temple members to discover and enjoy the
commonalities between them. Groups can be of the "ages and stages" variety (e.g., families
with young children, couples who are 'empty nesters') or of the "interests and activities"
variety (e.g., people who love fine dining, theatre or the outdoors). They can assemble as
seldom or as often as members desire, basically for whatever purpose. They can be religious
or secular, can invite speakers and plan outings, etc. There are no real "rules" for their
formation, just the expectation that, after a little initial help getting off the ground, they be
self-sustaining.
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RABBI KATZ’S DISCRETIONARY FUND
In memory of
Ben Jacobson, by Lila Berg
Joel Reich, by Norman & Judie Reich
Janice Richmond, by Paul & Cheryl Aloi
Katherine Walker, by Simon & Josephine
Braitman
Hilda Lazier, by Joseph & Jeni Behrman
Max Goldman, by Joseph & Jeni Behrman
Harold Kay, by Steven & Susan Silbermann
In appreciation of
Rabbi Katz for his guidance for Gilbert Chan’s
conversion, by the Chan Family
Rabbi Katz for Mariel & Matthew’s wedding,
by Paul Meyer & Heidi Zimmer-Meyer
Rabbi Katz, by Al & Leni Rayburn, the Kushner
Family, Kevin & Bari Wexler
RABBI SAPOWITH’S
DISCRETIONARY FUND
Contributions
In memory of
Anthony Marciano, by the Marciano Family
Ben, Shirley, Sanford & Michael Jacobson, by
Lila Berg
Sydney & Pearl Rubin, by the Rubin/Kwong
Family
Jacob Folkman, by Jim & Diane Oates
Louis Phillips, by Norman & Judie Reich
Alfred Marcus, by Rozanne Marcus
In appreciation of
Rabbi Sapowith for Ari’s Bat Mitzvah, by
Angelo Caruso & Laura Walitsky
Rabbi Sapowith, by the Greenberg Family, Al
& Leni Rayburn, Kevin & Bari Wexler
ADULT EDUCATION FUND
In memory of
Molly Hewitt, by Irma Wiener
In honor of
Victor & Joyce Poleshuck’s 50th anniversary, by
Bill & Ellin Friedman
BUILDING FUND
In memory of
Loretta Howell, by Sarah Graff
DICK SCHONFELD SOCIAL ACTION FUND
In memory of
Allen Golden, by Carol Rosenberg
GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND
In memory of
Max Rosenstein, by Irv & Gloria Rosenstein
Jack Bell, by Rochelle & Lea Bell
In honor of
Vicki Finnefrock’s milestone birthday, by John
& Lorri Diggory, Keith & Carol Greer
GENERAL OPERATING FUND
In memory of
Jacob Folkman, by Diane Oates
Elizaveta Yermis, by Leonid & Marina Shpiller
Jack Ripps, by Isaak & Nina Rivshin
Harold & Sylvia Hymes, by Allan Hymes &
Marilyn Rosen
Arlene Weisbond, by John & Shirley Hart
Steven Kushner, by Harriet Shulman, Aaron &
Stacy Mohr
In honor of
The birth of Eric & Marcia Birken’s granddaughter,
Abigail Birken, by Howard & Arlene
Schenker, Dennis & Carol Goldsmith
Milton Rapkin's special birthday, by Abraham
& Elaine Vigoda
In appreciation of
Temple Sinai, by Marv & Irene Barkin
The Temple Sinai Klezmer Band, by Rabbi
Rachel Smookler of Temple Beth David
Healing wishes to
Ann Leonard, by Willy & Carol Larsen, Dennis
& Carol Goldsmith
Dennis Goldsmith, by George Adler & Peggy
Cherkasky
JOEL BLOOM MEMORIAL GARDEN FUND
In memory of
Sydney & Pearl Rubin, by the Rubin/Kwong
Family
Anna Price, by Allan Hymes & Marilyn Rosen,
Renee Brownstein, Ralph Locke & Lona Farhi
Abraham Medoff, by Wayne, Susan & Josh Willis
In honor of
The birth of Larry & Amy Jacobson’s
granddaughter, Avery Faye Fields, by Ed &
Bess Lewis
MITZVAH CONNECTION FUND
In memory of
Vivian Green, by Larry & Amy Jacobson
Edwin Yunker, by the Yunker Family
Sigmund Piekunka, by Tom & Joy Piekunka
Alex Schnier, by Eileen Schnier
LIBRARY FUND
In memory of
Louis Sporn, by Leon & Florence Sporn
Betty Hordon, by Monroe Hordon
In appreciation of
Ann Leonard, by Al & Leni Rayburn
Healing wishes to
Ann Leonard, by Wayne, Susan & Josh Willis
PRAYERBOOK FUND
In memory of
Millard Schaffer, by Karen Quinn
Anita Stein, by Karen Quinn
Adam Handelson, by Steve & Nadine
Friedlander
William Heller, by Steve & Nadine Friedlander
Evelyn Seidman Cohen, by the Slawetsky
Family
Helen Frindel, by Jeff & Lili Voldman
Jacob Friedlander, by Ian & Elise Friedlander
Healing wishes to
Ann Leonard, by Karen Quinn
Marion Perlstein, by Karen Quinn
RAIHN FUND
Healing wishes to
Sharon Peck-Silvio, by Remy & Marilyn
Fenster
TORAH RESTORATION FUND
In appreciation of
Ellen Goldenberg, by Kevin & Bari Wexler
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WEINSTEIN-FINNEFROCK ENDOWMENT
In honor of
Vicki Finnefrock, by Joe & Elise Wojciechowski
WINDOWS OF LIGHT FUND
In memory of
Lillian Meyers, by Wayne, Susan & Josh Willis
Sara Rapp, by Peggy Cherkasky
Sidney Rayburn, by Peggy Cherkasky
In appreciation of
Ellen Goldenberg, by Al & Leni Rayburn
Healing wishes to
Leni Rayburn, by Peggy Cherkasky
YOUTH ENDOWMENT FUND
In appreciation of
Ron Newman, by the Community Child Care
Center
For information about these funds, go to our website:
www.tsinai.org/ About Us / Contributions /
Tributes received after January 10th will be
acknowledged in the March bulletin
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND
In appreciation of
Pauline Rosenberg, by Kevin & Bari Wexler
ROBIN SHIFFRIN URJ CAMPERSHIP FUND
In memory of
Anna Price, by Howard & Arlene Schenker
SHABBAT FAMILY PROGRAM
ENDOWMENT FUND
A donation has been made by Seth Madway &
Wendy Beller Madway
SINAI YOUTH GROUP FUND
In memory of
Euguene & Florence Rosenbaum, by Bruce
Rosenbaum
Eva Cresov, by Rochelle Cresov
Temple Sinai gratefully acknowledges
the following members who joined
FRIENDS OF SINAI during December. We
applaud these Friends for their lasting and
meaningful contributions that benefit the
entire congregation:
Assaf and Amy Yosha
Michael and Susan Harf
As a family or as an individual, you can
become a Friend of Sinai for a minimum
contribution of $360 above regular dues. We hope you'll consider this opportunity
to enhance our Temple life and support
our congregation. Call the Temple office
for more information.
Monika Katzel, Friends of Sinai Chair
Contributions
In memory of
Jacob Friedlander, by Kevin & Bari Wexler
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