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Introspection and Self-Reckoning

08/15/2018 12:40:30 PM

Aug15

Rabbi Sam Shabman

There is a story about three people working the same job, and someone approaches and asks each of them the question: "What are you doing?" “I’m making a living,” says one. “I’m dragging heavy stone,” says another. Finally, the third says, “I’m building a cathedral." It was only the third worker who grasped the ultimate human meaning of the task at hand. Often, we can find ourselves engaging in tasks, and yet forgetting the...Read more...

There's a Blessing for That

08/09/2018 09:26:51 AM

Aug9

Beth Schafer

I am a lifelong Apple fanatic and have been a Mac user and early adopter since my first Mac Plus in 1988. When the iPhone, came on the scene, in order to educate consumers on its capabilities, there was a great ad campaign with the tagline, “There’s an app for that.” Think of anything you want your phone to do and there’s an app for it.

I am sure this campaign had its roots in Judaism (although Steve Jobs was a Buddhist)....Read more...

Celebrating 50 Years of Temple Sinai Staff

07/30/2018 03:42:27 PM

Jul30

Rabbi Ron Segal

As you undoubtedly know by now, 2018 is a significant year for Temple Sinai as we continue celebrating our 50th anniversary. As we commemorate this moment in our congregation’s life, we take great pride and experience much joy as we reflect upon the many individuals who have offered their time and talents as members of our Temple Sinai staff family and as teachers of our students.

Both of these groups have contributed greatly...Read more...

Live with Great Empathy

07/26/2018 02:49:15 PM

Jul26

Rabbi Sam Shabman

Do not judge your fellow until you have reached his or her place
Al tadin et chaverach ad she tagia limkomo

Lately, I have been thinking about this quote from Pirkei Avot.

I lived most of my life naive to the circumstances of pregnant women. I knew that being pregnant was unique, and at times challenging, but I never really thought about what it entailed: the doctor appointments, the shopping, planning for childcare,...Read more...

Atlanta Reform Community Shabbat

07/19/2018 12:33:59 PM

Jul19

Rabbi Brad Levenberg

I used to live in a community where rabbis were pretty vocal about their dislike and distrust of other clergy people in town. Perhaps it is because there was such competition between rabbis and synagogues that the animus was rarely hidden, or perhaps it was just the culture of the community to have deep divides.

The stories of communities where Reform synagogues are antagonistic toward each other dominate the landscape. How...Read more...

Summer Camp and All That Jazz

07/11/2018 09:28:26 AM

Jul11

Beth Schafer

When I first entered college, it was to study jazz guitar. (There are not many women jazz guitarists out there, and my university was willing to put some chips down that I might be a decent one). I loved jazz-it was an amazing combination of the composer’s creation and a performer’s...Read more...

Foundations

07/05/2018 10:47:48 AM

Jul5

Rabbi Sam Shabman

With Hamilton’s tour recently in Atlanta, my Facebook Newsfeed filled with dozens of people at the show. As a result, the Hamilton playlist has made it back to the top of my listening list.

As I drove up to Lake Lanier yesterday, on the 4th of July, the words from the...Read more...

Haunted

06/28/2018 11:54:23 AM

Jun28

Beth Schafer

My Dear Friends,

I cannot sugarcoat this message. I cannot frame it in any comfortable, easy way because I am uncomfortable, and I imagine many of you are as well. Less than 3 weeks ago I had the good fortune of co-leading a women’s trip to Israel with Rabbi Shabman. As we...Read more...

Creating Positive Jewish Memories

06/18/2018 04:42:19 PM

Jun18

Rabbi Brad Levenberg

I sit here in Atlanta with my bags, well, not-yet-packed for a return visit to Camp Barney and a return week at Camp Coleman this upcoming Sunday…and I could not be more excited. There is something very special about the camp community.  Nowhere else is there amassed such talent and skill in one place, all with one common purpose: to create positive Jewish memories.  They sing, they dance, they tell stories, perform skits, and...Read more...

Taking Risks: Women of Sinai Trip to Israel

06/14/2018 09:26:38 AM

Jun14

By: Rabbi Sam Shabman

This week, I reflect upon risks big and small that we can take.  Is it that big and adventurous trip that you have been mulling over? Or that bold comment you have been aching to say? Or that new job? Or move? Sometimes taking a risk means simply being ourselves, and speaking our...Read more...

Temple Sinai's Women's Trip to Israel 2018

06/11/2018 12:00:57 PM

Jun11

Temple Sinai women are in Israel with Rabbi Sam Shabman and Beth Schafer.  Follow their experience on this blog and our Facebook Page here.

Click Here to see pictures from the trip.  

Monday, June 11 & Tuesday, June 12

The final part of our journey in Israel began with our arrival in Tel Aviv as the sun was beginning to set over the Mediterranean. After our hotel check-in, we walked...Read more...

Love of Israel

06/07/2018 11:54:43 AM

Jun7

By: Beth Schafer

They say that childhood is experiential. You can talk and talk and talk to a child trying to teach her something, but until she has the experience herself, she really doesn't internalize the learning.

As adults, we see a movie, read an...Read more...

A Sense of Synchronicity

05/31/2018 11:50:12 AM

May31

By: Beth Schafer

 

Last month I had the privilege of traveling with World Pilgrims (part of Atlanta’s Interfaith Coalition Initiative) to Sedona and Canyon De Chelly, Navajo Nation. For a week I experienced the grandeur of the southwest alongside my brothers and sisters of Christian and...Read more...

May God Bless You and Keep You

05/24/2018 09:20:29 AM

May24

By: Rabbi Sam Shabman

May God bless you and keep you

May God cause the divine light to shine upon you and be gracious to you

May God turn toward you and grant you peace

(Numbers 6: 24-26).

We read the above blessing (commonly known as the Priestly Benediction) in this...Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Pirkei Avot

05/18/2018 08:00:09 AM

May18

Pirkei Avot 2:8 : "He who acquires a good name, has acquired himself something indeed." 
Interpreted by Fred Shessel
What is in a name? To ShRead more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Music

05/17/2018 08:00:09 AM

May17

This week we feature Pirkei Avot 4:1 with a soul-stirring interpretation by an extraordinary songwriter, Rabbi Joe Black. To learn more about his musiRead more...

Setting the Stage for Next Year

05/16/2018 11:57:48 AM

May16

By: Rabbi Brad Levenberg

49 times in our congregation’s history we have gathered to discuss the business of Temple Sinai with the community as a whole. These meetings have been at times controversial – the meeting to approve the lot on Dupree Drive as our future home, the meeting...Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Mindfulness

05/16/2018 08:00:10 AM

May16

Mussar is a Jewish ethical, educational, and cultural movement that developed in the 13th century in Lithuania. The term Mussar is from the book of PRead more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Israel

05/15/2018 08:00:10 AM

May15

Making the Desert Bloom – Drip Irrigation  
As our world population gets bigger and bigger we are faced with a difficult predicament: how do Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Mitzvot

05/14/2018 08:01:36 AM

May14

Dear Friends,
 
If you have still not “opted in” to receive our delightful, daily doses of spirituality, this is your last opportunity to do so.Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Nature

05/13/2018 08:00:09 AM

May13

Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef of Polnoye

Nature itself is the Divine Presence.

​​​​​​​Special thank you to Margery Diamond for her beautifuRead more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Pirkei Avot

05/11/2018 08:00:10 AM

May11

Pirkei Avot 2:15 : "Let your friend's honor be more dear to you than your own." 
Interpreted by David Schoenberg
#MeToo (unfortunately)

In tRead more...

Atop the Summit: Spirituality. Shavuot. Sinai

05/10/2018 12:16:30 PM

May10

By Rabbi Ron Segal

“Rabbi, I may not be a very religious person, but I am quite spiritual.” 

 

Had I put a dollar in a tzedakah box every time someone said a version of these words to me over the...Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Music

05/10/2018 09:46:10 AM

May10

This week we feature Pirkei Avot 2:21 with a compelling song/setting by Dan Nichols. To learn more about Dan and his incredible music, visit his websiRead more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Mindfulness

05/09/2018 08:01:08 AM

May9

Mussar is a Jewish ethical, educational, and cultural movement that developed in the 13th century in Lithuania. The term Mussar is from the book of PRead more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Israel

05/08/2018 08:00:13 AM

May8

Religious Diversity in Israel
There is an endless amount of Jewish Religious sites throughout the State of Israel. Rich and deep Jewish culture Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Mitzvot

05/07/2018 08:00:13 AM

May7

“Sarah died in Kiriat Arbah – now Hebron – in the land of Canaan; and Abraham proceeded to mourn for Sarah and to bewail her.” Genesis 23:2

Read more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Nature

05/06/2018 08:00:11 AM

May6

"Earth’s Embroidery” by Solomon ibn Gabirol
With the ink of its showers and rains, with the quill of its lightning, with the hand of its cloudRead more...

50 Days of Spiritual Moments: Pirkei Avot

05/04/2018 08:00:11 AM

May4

Pirkei Avot 1:15: "Say little and do much."  
Interpreted by Sybil Ginsburg
We are taught to value deeds over proclamations of faith. The worRead more...

Know Before Whom You Stand

05/03/2018 11:46:25 AM

May3

By: Rabbi Sam Shabman

The saying: “Know Before Whom You Stand,” is a Jewish maxim that often appears above the Ark in synagogue sanctuaries. It is based on a phrase found in the Babylonian Talmud (Berakhot 28a) reminding us of the significance and the power of that place in which we find ourselves praying...Read more...

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