I shared this poem in its original form, "At the End of the Day: A Mirror of Questions," at a Shabbat service earlier this summer (e.g. What did I learn today? What did I do today for the poor and the excluded?). However, considering the fact that Selichot is Saturday evening and Rosh HaShanah is next Wednesday night and Thursday, the stirring relevance of John O'Donohue's poetry viewed over the course of a year rather than merely a day struck me as truly worthy of personal reflection. The author's penetrating questions surely implore us to consider all the experiences during the year that is concluding for which we should be grateful, and perhaps more importantly, to reflect upon all of the ways which we should strive to grow in the year ahead. May 5775 be a year of important questions that inspire each of us to work toward renewal, personal growth, blessing, and strength.
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Travel to Israel with
Temple Sinai in 2015!
Join Rabbis Ron, Brad and Elana on our upcoming Congregational Trip to Israel in June, 2015! For the first time, we are taking three tracks: Adults only, Teens only, and Families. Participants can look forward to visiting sites and locations like the Kotel, Masada, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, the Golan Heights and much more.
For more information, email
or visit Israel Tour Connection.
This Week at Temple Sinai
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Coming Up at Sinai
Daddy & Me: Saturday, September 20, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. At The Fringe at Area 51 (5100 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell). Let's play miniature golf! $7 for adults, $5 for children. Children 3 and under can play for free. We also have Family Four Packs available at $5 per person. Click
Selichot with Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken: Saturday, September 20.
5:30 pm - Hors d'oeuvres & Wine
6:00 pm - Dinner
6:45 pm - Guest Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken
8:00 pm - Candlelit Selichot Service
It is an exceptional privilege for Temple Sinai to host Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken, one of the foremost leaders of our Reform movement, as this year's Selichot scholar. In June of this year, Rabbi Panken formally became the new President and Rosh Yeshiva for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary which trains Reform rabbis, cantors, educators and Jewish professionals. We hope you'll join us as he discusses "The True Meaning of Repentance."
If you plan to attend the speaker and service only, you do not need to RSVP. If you plan to attend the dinner, the cost is $22 per person and reservations are required. Please click here
Rabbi Panken will also join us for Shabbat services on Friday, September 19. Please join us as we welcome him to Temple Sinai.Crest Lawn Cemetery Clean Up:
Sunday, September 21, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Every year, Temple Sinai clergy and members attend services at Arlington and Crest Lawn cemeteries. In preparation for this visit, we need volunteers to help clean up the Temple Sinai section of Crest Lawn Cemetery. Water and supplies will be provided. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. If you have a gas or battery-powered edger, please bring it. Click here
to register.The Sinai ROMEO Club:
Tuesday, September 23, 1:00 pm. At The Brickery (6125 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs). Temple Sinai is thrilled to announce the formation of our very own ROMEO Club, a group to help men transition into and enjoy the retirement lifestyle. An acronym for "Retired Old Men Eating Out", our ROMEO Club plans to meet monthly for food and schmoozing at various restaurants in the area. Join us for our first lunch! Click here
to RSVP or email
for more information.Hebrew in an Instant:
Saturday, September 27, 11:15 am - 7:00 pm. Join us for a one-day, intensive class that will teach you how to read. Rabbi Levenberg guarantees that all participants will be able to read by the end of the day!
$40 per person. The cost includes the book, Teach Yourself To Read Hebrew
, and lunch. There is a maximum of 10 participants for the class. Click here
to register. For more information, please email
Temple Sinai & Habitat for Humanity: Sundays, September 21 & 28; October 5. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Join us select Sundays for an enriching mitzvah experience with the Atlanta Interfaith Build. Participants must be at least 16 years old. It is $50 to participate, though there is a subsidized cost for Sisterhood and Brotherhood members. Register here or email Phil Karlick for more information.
Mommy & Me: Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Led by our Director of Early Childhood Education, Carol Epstein, and hosted by our Chairs, Liann Freeman and Jen Freeman, this program is perfect for mothers and babies 0-12 months old. The interactive programming includes age-appropriate activities to help aid and build your child's personal and social development, reasoning skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine and gross motor skills. For more information, please call Carol at 404.255.6200, ext. 357.
MAP: Sunday, October 5, 9:00 am. The Membership Advancement Program (MAP) is open to all new members who have joined since the High Holy Day season last year. Through the program's monthly meetings, members will learn more about the Temple Sinai community and how they can get involved. If you are interested in participating in MAP, please contact
Sukkah Raising: Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Help us raise the Sukkah in the courtyard! This is a great activity for families. Children age 5 & up can help with decorations. Children age 10 & up can help build. Following the build, we'll add lights and some decorations. Stay for lunch and enjoy pizza and beer and sodas. Please bring an adjustable wrench and hammer, if you can. Click here to RSVP. Sponsored by Brotherhood.