Temple Sinai's Weekly Email
February 26, 2013
Temple Sinai Preschool Director Ellen Lefkowitz took this photo of a 
monument in Northern Israel featuring the names of the original Kibbutzim.
If you have a "Photo of the Week" please email it to Lisa
Schedule of Services
Friday, March 1 at 6:30pm 
Erev Shabbat Family Service in the Sanctuary.

Saturday, March 2 at 10:30am 

Shabbat Morning Service  and Bat Mitzvah of Ella Rose Taggart
in the Sanctuary. 
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30am

Tuesday Morning Minyan in the Albers Chapel. 


Mazel Tov!


It's a boy! Solomon Borovay was born on December 11, 2012.

Proud grandparents:

Dr. Robert Schoen & Ms. Sharon Chabon

We are sad to inform you of the death of  Davita Markowitz,
mother of Joel Markowitz, on February 18, 2013

We are sad to inform you of the death of Gerhard "Jerry" Lowenthal,  father of Steven R. "Steve" Lowenthal.  

Sue Bojdak
 Byte of Torah 
Sue Bojdak : : Ki Tissa 
What does God smell like? In this week's Torah portion, 
Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11- 34:35) the Israelites make a physical representation of God in the form of the golden calf. They are in a panic that Moses has disappeared onto the mountain and they have been left abandoned in the wilderness without their connection to God. Taking matters into his own hands..

These programs co-sponsored by Temple Sinai,  Lehrhaus and Building Jewish Bridges:


Below the Belt: Adult Circumcision & Hatafat Dam

Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm - 9:15pm

With Rabbi Andrew Straus and a local mohel.
Location: Temple Sinai   Cost: FREE

Interfaith Project to Combat Hunger in Oakland Potluck Dinner 

March 9,  6:00pm 

Join the  Interfaith Project to Combat Hunger in Oakland for a Potluck Dinner  

at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street.  

We will be collecting food for Greenleaf Elementary School to help feed children during Spring Break. 

To RSVP or for more information, contact Allyce Kimerling, (510) 435-1270.  

Co-sponsored by Temple Sinai Social Action 

Social Action/ Mitzvah Opportunity!
Volunteers needed to help prepare lunches for The Henry Robinson Center

 To find out more...   

seder plate
Order Tickets Now for the Temple Sinai Community Seder
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30pm 
Let all who are hungry- for food and Community- join us for
a lively seder led by Cantor Ilene Keys & Rabbi Ruth Adar, catered by Z Café. Order tickets online . Don't delay! Last year sold out!  For financial assistance, contact Lisa or call the Temple office: (510) 451-3263
gift shop seder plate

   Get Your Pesach Gear, Here!

    Passover begins on Monday, March 25

The WTS Gift Shop Display Cases across from the Temple Office has a beautiful selection of Seder Plates, Matzah Holders and Covers, Kiddush Cups and Miriam's Cups, etc. The office staff will gladly assist you. Or call Barbara Morrison (547-2656) or Susan Levy (531-8159) 

for an appointment.


An Invitation From the Women of Temple Sinai:

WRJ Sisterhood Centennial Celebration

Saturday, March 2, 4:00pm 

Our program includes:

~ Late afternoon Torah study, starting at 4:00pm,
    with the Women's Torah Commentary
~ WRJ Sisterhood Centennial Havdallah Service

~ Reception following the service

Spouses/ partners are welcome! 

We are also planning an optional potluck dinner at 7:00pm for those who would like to participate.

Please RSVP using our Eventbrite invitation!


Exploring the World of Judaism Speaker Series

Alive After Death? Jewish Concepts on the Afterlife  

Sunday, March 3, 9:15am

Our history provides varied, rich and conflicting theological understandings of life after death. Using these as our guide, we will talk about our own ideas, maybe bring greater shape to our concepts, and place them in Jewish historical context.   

With Rabbi Andrea Berlin, Network Director, West for the Union for Reform Judaism.


The Taste of Judaism: There's more to Jewish Cooking than Chicken Soup and Gefilte Fish

Sunday, March 10, 9:15am

Explore the many flavors of Jewish cooking via recipes, tasting and also a lesson on how geography, politics and religious customs created a unique international cuisine that reflects the experience and the spirit of Jews from Italy, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, India, Ethiopia and elsewhere around the world.

WIth Faith Kramer,  cooking columnist for the j weekly and a Bay area freelance food writer and a food blogger. This is a talk and tasting.


This program is supported in part by the Newton & Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust in partnership with Jewish Learning Works.


Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew with Ophira Druch

Thursdays, March 7 - April 18, 7:00pm-8:00pm

This course introduces students to all the basic elements of prayerbook Hebrew: the alphabet, vowels, vocabulary, sight-reading skills, and basic grammar. This course also provides a strong grammatical basis and some of the vocabulary for modern Hebrew.

With Ophira Druch,  Associate Director of Education at Temple Sinai who has taught Biblical and Modern Hebrew in the Bay Area for more than 20 years.

Tuition: $85 for the public/$70 for members.  

Register through Lehrhaus Judaica.

Sermon & Song
Friday March 8, 7:30pm in the Sanctuary
The Sound of American Folk Song & the music of Aaron Copland.
Featuring the Temple Sinai Adult Choir & St. Mark's Episcopal C
hurch Choir.
Open to the community.
Judaism and Your Health 
 Friday March 15- Sunday March 17
 Rabbi Douglas Kohn, author of books and teachings on Judaism and Health, will be this year's

Women of Temple Sinai/Sisterhood Membership

WTS invites all Temple woman to join!!.

We look forward to seeing you at any and all of our events.

For information, please contact  Beth Eiselman. 


Mellow Vinyasa Yoga

Every Thursday, 9:15-10:30am

Led by Temple Sinai congregant and teacher extraordinaire Dari Love Sylvia.

No preregistration required; you can just drop in, making it so easy to give a class a try.

Cost: $10 per session or $50 for a 6-class card for members;  

$15. for non-members.

IsraelTripsEast Bay Community Trip to Israel
April 10-19, 2013

Rabbi Chester is the community -wide chair and Rabbi Straus will be leading the Temple Sinai delegation. Register online and to see our complete itinerary. Questions? Contact Rabbi Straus.  


February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month

February 2013 is the fifth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month. We can use this month to educate our communities regarding breaking down physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers, and discussing what accessibility and inclusion really mean. Furthermore we can strive to reach out to Jews with disabilities.

Temple Sinai can be very proud of the work that it has done, under the leadership of Neil Jacobson, chair of our Accessibility committee.Rabbi Andrea Berlin  recently  wrote a very personal, beautiful and powerful piece about her brother for the URJ. Mazel tov to her on getting this published and thanks for sharing it with us.

I also urge you to check out the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism page Disability Rights through a Jewish Lens. 

Ongoing Programs

Torah Study

 Tues. Morning Minyan 


Getting Involved
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A Word About Membership
If you are interested in learning more about the wonderful programs, classes and most of all, members, that make our congregation the warm and inclusive place that it is, please contact  Lisa Hanauer our Membership and Communications Director, at (510) 451-3263 x302.