Shabbat to Shabbat: Counting the Omer

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

By now, we are in the trenches of our Matzah eating week. Personally, I am longing for Wonder Bread.

Wonder Bread reminds me of sleep away camp. Aside from slathering my bread with butter and 7 packets of sugar, I would also squash the bread into a big ball and eat it like an apple. Bread puffs up, its fluffy, there is air in it.


Shabbat to Shabbat: A Time to Ask Questions

Written by // Beth Schafer Categories D'var Torah

Passover: A time to ask questions and tell stories

Passover is our holiday of liberation and a time to ask questions, four to be exact. Why do we ask questions? To elicit answers, to tell stories. We explain the seder and retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt so that another generation will feel the importance of becoming a free people. At my seder table when the kids were little and even now, we had a tradition. To give the kids incentive to ask questions beyond the prescribed four, and to keep the storytelling as a central theme of our seder, we rewarded every question with a marshmallow. My marshmallow hurling skills got decent over the years and it was not uncommon to see marshmallows flying across the table to the engaged kids who asked us for information and begged us to tell stories of Passovers of old. 


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.


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.  


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!  

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