Mar30

Shabbat to Shabbat: Join Hands and March Together

Written by // Rabbi Samantha Shabman Categories D'var Torah

Today I was part of something amazing, the Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-semitism (AIAAS). A gathering of over 100 organizations, coming together to say NO to hatred. From leaders of AT&T and to Chick-fil-A, to school teachers, police officers, government officials, rabbis, cantors, reverends and beyond, we all sat together. We listened to one another, and spoke our minds. And ultimately we affirmed that injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. We built relationships, shared dreams, and imagined how together we can create a more tolerant society and world.  

A few days ago, I was sitting in Washington, DC, having similar conversation at the AIPAC Policy Conference. With thousands of people, we too imagined and dreamed about creating a more tolerant world...and insured that Israel will always be a part of this vision and process.  We again affirmed that injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere.

Mar23

Shabbat to Shabbat: Focusing on the Details

Written by // Beth Schafer Categories D'var Torah

I ordered a new pair of eyeglasses this past week. Not only did I want to update the style of my glasses, but I noticed that my prescription probably needed to be updated. What surprised me about putting the glasses on with my new prescription was how much clearer things were that I thought were relatively clear. Details were lost on me that I had no idea were there until I was given the opportunity to refocus.  

Mar22

Power Outage Update

As of March 23, 2017, 7:30 am
 
The power is back on at Temple Sinai! All events will occur as scheduled today. Thank you for your patience!
 
As of March 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
 
Due to the severe weather in Atlanta last night, the power is currently out at Temple Sinai. Georgia Power estimates the electricity will return by 11:30 pm this evening.  All events scheduled at Temple Sinai for the remainder of the day and evening are canceled, including the Adult Education Mini Series with Marisa Kaiser.  We will update our Temple Sinai Facebook page and website as we receive more information from Georgia Power.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for understating!  

Mar16

Shabbat to Shabbat: Welcome Special Guest Rabbi Meir Azari

Written by // Rabbi Ron M. Segal Categories D'var Torah

At a time when too much of the news involving the Jewish world is concerning and alarming, I wanted to use this column to share some positive, heartening, and good news regarding Israel! I begin with a reminder that we have a wonderful Israeli guest – Rabbi Meir Azari – delivering the sermon on Friday evening and leading Torah study on Shabbat morning. Rabbi Azari is the senior rabbi of Beit Daniel, our partner Reform congregation in Tel Aviv, and is one of the first Israelis to be ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1992. Under his capable leadership, Beit Daniel has grown into what is now the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism with three distinct congregations throughout Tel Aviv. Rabbi Azari’s presence at Temple Sinai this Shabbat is certainly good news worth sharing.

Mar09

Shabbat to Shabbat: Laughter, Community and Purim

Written by // Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg Categories D'var Torah

It was my first introduction to Temple Sinai.

I recall vividly that it was in February, 2006, and I was gathering information about different congregations at which I was going to be interviewing. Well, Rebecca and I were both doing the research: I was checking on the clergy team and Rebecca was perusing congregational websites. I was in the middle of a class and my cell phone rang. Sending it to voicemail, I refocused on the class, only to hear it ring again and then again. I excused myself and took the call when it came in again: it was Rebecca, telling me that I needed to leave right after class and meet her for coffee.

I admit to being nervous, but when we met and sat down, she pulled out a folder that said, “Placement.” In the folder was information about each of the congregations in consideration but she fixated upon the information she learned about Temple Sinai. She uttered phrases like, “Brad, they do a ton of programming, which is what you want.” and “Brad, they just renovated and expanded their building – it’s brand new!.” But what sold me was the next sentence:

“Brad,” she said, “they do their own adults-only Purim Shpiel.”

 

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