Upcoming Event Modifications at Sinai
|Friday Night |
Wine and Cheese - 530pm
Services - 6pm
|Torah Study with Rabbis Brickman and Cohen||Saturdays 9:00am||Zoom||Click Here|
|Havdalah||Saturdays 7pm||Zoom||Click Here|
|Religious School||Sundays 9:30am||Zoom||Click Here|
|Schmooze: Current Events Through a Jewish Lens||Mondays 11am||Zoom||Click Here|
|Adult Learning with Rabbi Cohen||Tuesdays beginning 4/21|
|Adult B'nai Mitzvah||Ongoing||Zoom||Rabbi/Cantor/Karen will contact you|
|B'nei Mitzvah Tutoring||Ongoing||Zoom||Tutors will contact|
|The Challenge of Allocating Scarce Medical Resources||Sunday, April 5|
|Passover Morning Service||Thursday, April 9|
|Passover 2nd Seder||Thursday, April 9|
|Shabbat Vayinafash||Saturday, April 11|
|Havdalah followed by team trivia||Saturday, April 11|
|Passover Morning Service with Yizkor||Wednesday, April 15|
|Brotherhood Coffee||Sunday, April 19|
|Women of Sinai Lunch||Sunday, April 19|
The following regular Sinai events are not happening currently:
- LX Club
- Rabbi Brickman Wednesday Bible Class
- Bridge Bidding Class
- Wolf Bridge
An Update on How to Connect
From Rabbi Cohen
Dear Congregation Sinai family, A dear friend appeared on my phone screen a few moments ago: fellow Brandeis graduate, Dan Schneider, whom two dozen Sinai members met at a family style Italian dinner during the URJ Biennial in Chicago last November. Like many of us, he was reaching out to connect during this tremulous time. So much is out of our control. Reaching out to those we care about is something we can do. It is a comfort for this bruising time. These days are difficult and unsettling for each of us. One thing we know: human beings need human contact. So at Sinai we’re working to establish new opportunities for deeper spiritual connection, even in this time of physical distancing. We’re all struggling to adjust to the new information we’re receiving every hour about the risk of this virus and its implications on our lives and our community. Things are moving very quickly and we are committed to staying nimble and addressing our community’s safety as quickly and effectively as we can. As enter into the “Safe at Home” period, we recognize the physical and emotional challenges the coronavirus has created for us all. In the face of the pandemic, all of us at Sinai remain committed to our core values, and in these unprecedented times, our values matter more than ever. Even when we meet in “virtual” space online, we strive to make that, too, a compassionate and sacred encounter. Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services, Saturday morning Torah study, Saturday evening Havdalah ceremony, Monday morning current events discussion, and even more. We hope you will avail yourselves the opportunity to connect, to learn, to pray and to discuss. It’s what Jews in the best of times; it’s what we do even now. Further, if you would like to speak with me, the cantor or anyone else on our staff, send us an email and we will set up a time to converse face to face on video or by phone. We are here for you and would love to connect.
Rabbi David B. CohenCantor Richard Newman. Dir. of Youth Education, Brian Avner Dir of. Administration, Karen Berk. Director of Engagement, Jen Friedman
לשלום ולבריות – L’Shalom u’livriut – For Peace and Health,
David B. Cohen
For this coming Shabbat, March 27th!
Dear Congregation Sinai Family,
A reminder that Sinai is open, at least virtually!* Here some upcoming online events would we love you to be a part of!
- At 5:30pm on Friday night, bring your own Wine and Cheese and join us on Zoom before services for a short get together.
- At 6:00pm Kabbalat Services will begin. Join us in song and prayer.
- At 9:00 am. Shabbat morning, you can join an interactive online discussion about this week’s Torah portion. Through the magic of “Zoom” technology, we will be able to present the actual Torah text and translation on your screen, as well.
- Just go to here. No need for group ID or password. If you want to take a peek, this week’s portion is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26.
- AT 7:00 pm Shabbat evening, join us for a community Havdalah! Cantor Newman will lead the music, Rabbi Cohen will lead the blessings and Brian Avner, our Director of Youth Education will tell a captivating story! Join us by going here.
- At 11:00 am on Monday, join our roundtable discussion, “The Week that Was: Current Events through a Jewish Lens.” Given the unusual times, we will welcome both men and women of the congregation (it had been male only).
- If you are new to Zoom video conferencing, you can access a short video that will show how to use their platform by going here. There is a short graphic of Zoom tips available here.
Despite the dislocation we might be feeling, warranted to be sure, let’s not forget we are a people with the best track record in history of overcoming adversity. As has always been the case, it has been our sense of achdut (oneness and connection) and a commitment to the principle of kol Yisrael aravim zeh ba’zeh (all of Israel is responsible for one another) that has carried us through. As we take seriously the need to distance, let’s not forget how close we are.
Rabbi David B. Cohen
A Letter from our Rabbi and Co-Presidents
March 12, 2020 17 Adar 5780
Dear Congregation Sinai family, With an abundance of caution and heavy hearts, we send this letter. Our tradition teaches us that the value of pikuach nefesh, saving a life, takes precedence over nearly every commandment. With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential threat to our greater community, we realize we have an obligation to protect those who enter our doors. While we are not aware of anyone at Congregation Sinai that has been exposed to or tested positive for the Coronavirus, the exponential growth of the number of cases and the fact that carriers can remain asymptomatic for a number of days while shedding the virus led us to this decision in order to limit the chances of exposure. Beginning on Friday, March 13th, Congregation Sinai will suspend all on-site activities including:
- All Youth Education Programs
- B’nei Mitzvah tutoring
- Mitzvah Day
- Saturday morning service,Torah Study, Shabbat Vayinafash
- Monday Men’s Discussion Group
- And all other programs
Individual and group meetings will be conducted online and we will communicate instructions on how to access and participate in meetings, classes and Tefilot (services). B’nei Mitzvah families will be contacted by the office to set up individual online sessions with the cantor, rabbi and tutor.
Friday night services at 6:00 pm. on March 13, and those through the end of March, will be streamed live. Tomorrow you will receive an e-blast with instructions on how to connect. We are currently working with the URJ on the implementation of a more interactive platform for Shabbat services that would make available e-versions of the Siddur (prayer book) to enable a more participatory service. We know this is a challenging and uncertain time. We intend to maintain as many activities and services as we can via remote access. As always, if you or a loved one is in need of pastoral care, please email Rabbi Cohen at email@example.com or call him at Sinai, 414-352-2970, or his cell phone, 414-899-5126.
We will keep in close contact to advise you of online opportunities for prayer, study and community. We hope and pray that this period of disruption resolves quickly. In the meantime, and with the help of public health experts, we look forward to returning to normal life at Sinai.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please take the opportunity to contact us.
Shalom uveracha – peace and blessing,
David B. Cohen Nick Padway Janet Padway
Rabbi Co-President Co-President
p.s. A friend and colleague, Rabbi Naomi Levy, wrote the following prayer: A Prayer of Hope During this Pandemic We are frightened, God,Worried for our loved ones,Worried for our world.Helpless and confused,We turn to YouSeeking comfort, faith and hope. Teach us God, to turn our panic into patience,And our fear into acts of kindness and support.Our strong must watch out for our weak,Our young must take care of our old.Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus Send strength and courage to the doctors and nursesIn the frontlines of this battle,Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.Send wisdom and insight to the scientistsWorking day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.Bless their efforts, God.Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courageTo choose wisely and act quickly.Help us, God, to see that we are one world,One peopleWho will rise above this pandemic together. Send us health God,Watch over us,Grace us with Your love,Bless us with Your healing light.Hear us God,Heal us God,Amen.