Temple Sinai's Weekly Email
March 5, 2013
If you have a "Photo of the Week" please email it to Lisa
Schedule of Services
Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm 
Sermon in Song Erev Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary.

Saturday, March 9 at 10:30am 

Shabbat Morning Minyan Service in the Albers Chapel
Shabbat Morning Service and Bar Mitzvah of Daniel Alderman
in the Sanctuary. 
Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30am

Tuesday Morning Minyan in the Albers Chapel. 

Cantor Ilene Keys
 Byte of Torah 
Cantor Ilene Keys : : Vayakhel/Pekudei
(Exodus 35:1-38:20 & Exodus 38:21-40:38)  
The Centrality of Shabbat. 
The Torah portion for this week is a double portion, Vayakhel/Pekudei. Much of Vayakhel describes the building of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that accompanied the Israelites while traveling through the desert. Continue Reading...
Sermon In Song     
Friday, March 8, 7:30pm in the Sanctuary
Join Cantor Keys, the
Temple Sinai Adult Choir and 
Berkeley's  St. Mark's Episcopal Choir for a celebration of two faiths through American Folk song and the music of Aaron Copland. The service will also feature music from Jewish and Episcopal traditions as well as focusing on contemporary American Composers.  
Open to the Community

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...   

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Order Tickets Now for the Temple Sinai Community Seder
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30pm 

Let all who are hungry- for food and community- join Rabbi Ruth Adar and Cantor Ilene Keys as we retell the story of Passover, enjoy delicious foods catered by Z Cafe, meet new friends, and sing! Dinner will be served buffet style.  All seder related foods provided.

Please purchase tickets early.  Seats are limited and we sell out every year. No reservations taken after Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00pm.

Order tickets online . Limited financial assistance is available. 
Please contact Lisa or call the Temple office: (510) 451-3263

Women's Seder and Passover Potluck Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 5:45pm

 Join women of all ages as we honor the heroines of Jewish history and rejoice in our personal liberation.  Rabbi Ruth Adar and Sherri Richards officiate, while Valerie Sopher leads us in song.  Share in an inspiring service using our own WTS Haggadah.  Bring your favorite kosher for Passover dish for a sumptuous buffet.  For more information, please contact  Estelle Baum , tel: (510) 541-5195. Click here to download your registration form and for additional information.  IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT be using the eventbrite service for this event, as previously indicated. 

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   Three Weeks until Passover-

   Get Your Pesach Gear, Here!

    Passover begins on Monday, March 25

The WTS Gift Shop will be holding Passover Shopping Days on the following dates and times:

   Friday, March 15, 11:30 -1:30

   Sunday, March 17, 1:30 - 3:30

Wednesday, March 20, 2:30 - 4:30

Friday, March 22, 11:30 - 1:30

The WTS Gift Shop Display Cases across from the Temple Office has a beautiful selection of Seder Plates, Matzah Holders and Covers, Kiddush Cups, Miriam's Cups, and many children's items! Can't make it on the sales days?

The office staff will gladly assist you. 

Or call Barbara Morrison (547-2656) or Susan Levy (531-8159).


Fifth Friday Shabbat 

Friday, March 29

Nosh 6-6:30, Services 6:30-7:30, Dinner 7:30+  

Not sure how to cook a Shabbat dinner that is Kosher for Passover? Come and join us for our second Fifth Friday early service + dinner. Bring your own drink:  soft drinks, juice, wine. $15 per adult and $7.50 for children under 12.

RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough food. 

 Any questions?  Contact Robin Flagg , 510-331-3075.


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.

Passover Recipes 
Searching for interesting and delicious recipes for Passover? Have a look at this sumputous compilation  created by Building Jewish Bridges. Nom, nom, nom...
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
Seniors Lunch featuring Cartoonist Phil Witte
Tuesday March 19, scmoozing at 11:30am; program at 12:00pm, in Stern Hall
Join Rabbi Straus while Phil WItte shares his award-winning cartoons on religion. You might say Phil draws on God for inspiration!
 A $5.00 donation is asked to cover the cost of a catered lunch. 
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.  

Ongoing Programs

Torah Study

 Tues. Morning Minyan 


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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.