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This week's Torah portion contains what is perhaps the most important event in our sacred narrative: the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Yet, in order to reach this dramatic scene, we must first meet a new character: Jethro. This man, for whom this parasha is named, is described both as Moses' father-in-law and as a priest of Midian. His dual identity is important because it signifies that he is simultaneously an insider and an outsider of the Israelite community. The fact that this man, who arrives rather abruptly on the scene, is the one to introduce the seminal event in the Torah begs explanation.

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Family Purim Celebration

Sunday, March 1
10:15 am
: Family Megillah Reading, Sanctuary

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
: Carnival, Everywhere

*Regular Religious School at 9:30 am, followed by the Family Megillah reading. Students will be dismissed to parents at 11:00 am to join the carnival.

Hamantaschen! Bouncies! Cookie Walk! Kiddie Games! Games for older kids! DJ Steve Bond! Costume Parade! Face Painting!

Admission: $8 for each child & FREE for children 2 and under.
Lunch tickets available separately.
Purchase admission & food tickets
HERE in advance to avoid the lines.

Purim Carnival Volunteers Needed: Sign up here for a 45 minute shift. Seated jobs available. It’s simple, fun, and we need your help!

Our cookie walk needs cookies: Please bake or bring cookies pre-bagged (no nuts) in sandwich bags anytime beginning Monday, February 23.

This Week at Temple Sinai

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Coming Up

Sinai Retirees at the AJFF - The Outrageous Sophie Tucker. Wednesday, February 18, 1:45 pm, at Lefont Theaters. Take a trip down memory lane with this documentary about “The last of the Red Hot Mamas.” Tickets are $9. Contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073 for more information.

Buckhead Professionals Lunch n’ Learn. Wednesday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 pm. At the Offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Join Rabbi Segal for a break from the work day to discuss compelling Jewish texts. Lunch is available for $5. RSVP to Rachel DeLine at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gallery Tour - Chastain Art Center Gallery. Thursday, February 19. Meet at noon at Cibo e Beve for lunch before a 2:00 pm tour of the Chastain Art Center with Andrea Steinman. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Artist in Residence Shabbat Service with Noah Aronson. Friday, February 21, 6:30 pm. Watch Noah Aronson here.


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