Tuesday, December 10 - 6 to 7 PM - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
Tuesday, December 10 - 7 to 8 PM - Introduction to Conversational Hebrew.
Wednesday, December 11 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Jewish Theology or "What Jews Believe."
Thursday, December 12 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, December 13 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services led by Student Rabbi Jason Rosner followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 14 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services led by Student Rabbi Jason Rosner, followed by Torah Study and a light lunch sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 14 - 1 PM - Introduction to the Prayerbook . Learn the structure of the prayer service, when we bow, why we bow, what we pray and why we pray it. The class will follow the structure of the Shabbat morning service. This class will look at multiple prayer books and examine such issues as theology, gender, and universalist versus particularist ideas in prayer. Third in a series of classes led by Student Rabbi Jason Rosner.
Saturday, December 14 - 6 PM - Menschen Dinner and Movie Night (7 PM). Join us for vegetarian chili and a baked potato bar.The movie is "Swing Kids" from Hollywood Pictures. Here is a short description: In 1939, Nazi Germany declares war on freedom and demands conformity from its youth. But a group calling themselves Swing Kids rebel with their 'swing' music from America. Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale deliver gripping performances as two friends who must choose between their individual freedom or loyalty to the Third Reich. Also featuring Barbara Hershey, Swing Kids is an inspirational and powerful story about friendship---and finding the courage to fight for what you believe in!
Sunday, December 15 - 10 AM - Brunch followed by Congregational Annual Meeting at 11 AM.
Sunday, December 15 - 10 AM to noon - Mt. Sinai Religious School taught by Student Rabbi Jason Rosner. Please note this is a new time frame. We welcome new students! Please contact Phyllis Bloomberg for more information.
Sunday, December 15 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information, contact Mary Weinstein or Bea Montross.
Tuesday, December 17 - 6 to 7 PM - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
Tuesday, December 17 - 7 to 8 PM - Introduction to Conversational Hebrew.
Wednesday, December 18 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Jewish Theology or "What Jews Believe."
Thursday, December 19 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, December 20 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 21 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, December 22 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information, contact Mary Weinstein or Bea Montross.
9 Harley Karz-Wagman
13 Harlan Ribnik
19 Andi Coelho
21 Steve Borin
21 Les Weinstein
27 Zoltan Gancz
28 Heather McLoud
28 Joe Golden
28 Robert Glotzer
Weekly Message from our Board President
December 9, 2013
This is it! Once a year, our full Congregation gets together in a special meeting set out by our Bylaws. We elect new Board officers, review the budget, and discuss other issues. It’s an important meeting, and only takes place once a year.
This will be the first formal Congregation meeting since the departure of Rabbi Harley. A big part of the meeting will be devoted to the search for a new Rabbi. How much money will we have to spend? What kind of person are we looking for? What’s the process for looking for a new Rabbi? Those are the kinds of questions we’ll be talking about.
The budget discussion is also important. You’ll see what we are taking in and what we are spending. Plus, we are raising the annual dues by $400 per year to cover the cost of a Rabbi and other religious leaders (including a Cantor or Cantorial soloist for the High Holy Days), and this will be an opportunity to discuss the change and ask questions about it.
And we’ll be electing new Board members. One of the people on our proxy ballot, Ilaine Brown, has declined to serve, so we will be taking nominations from the floor. We have four positions open. The candidates are Phyllis Bloomberg, Jonathan Savelle, and Therese McKinnon. Phyllis is a long time member of the Board and the current Vice President, and Jonathan and Therese have been coming to Board meetings regularly for the past year.
Our annual Congregation meeting is this Sunday, December 15th. We’ll start with a brunch at 10 AM, followed by the regular meeting at 11. Please plan on coming. We’ll miss you if you’re not there!
On Saturday night, the Menschen will be holding a dinner and a movie night at the Synagogue. Dinner is a potluck, but there will be a potato bar and vegetarian chili. That starts at 6. The movie starts at 7. It’s a 1993 film called “Swing Kids” and tells the story of German youth rebelling against Hitler by listening to forbidden American swing music, among other activities. The movie stars Christian Bale, Noah Wyle, Barbara Hershey, and others. Sounds interesting!
We have some wonderful news about one of our own. Shelby Means, the daughter of Sheri Means, is in a band called Della Mae. They have been nominated for a Grammy in the Bluegrass Album category. The Grammys are on January 26, and we’ll all be keeping our fingers crossed! If they win, we expect to see an actual Grammy award in our Synagogue at some point, as Shelby and her family shows us what one looks like, up close. Good luck Shelby!
A couple of weeks ago, the Chabad Rabbi from Jackson organized a Hanukah celebration at the State Capitol. Governor Matt Mead, Mayor Rick Kaysen, and several state legislators were there, along with a very good sized group from Mt. Sinai. Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn put pictures of the event on his website. You can see them here: KGWN TV covered the Menorah lighting and their story is still on their website. You can see it here:
Our student Rabbi, Jason Rosner is going to be in town this weekend. He’ll be leading services Friday night and Saturday morning, and teaching his class on Introduction to the Prayerbook on Saturday at 1 PM. Sunday morning he’ll be teaching Religious School, which is at the same time as our Congregation meeting, but will be in a different room. We may hear some giggles coming from the other room, since the kids really seem to enjoy his class.
The See’s Candy sale is in full swing. Don’t forget to pick up a couple of dozen boxes (and its okay to share. It’s probably a Mitzvah!)
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors