Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Dear Temple Sinai Family,
           I hope that everyone is well and staying dry. I was excited to read the news about vaccinations for our 12-15 year-old children. I think it is a wonderful step as we try to keep our families, schools, and communities safe and healthy.
           At Temple this week, we are getting ready for the Festival of Shavuot. Shavuot is one of our most important holidays of the year, though it often goes unnoticed. Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks, marks the anniversary of our receiving God’s commandments and teachings at Mount Sinai. Traditional celebrations include studying Torah, reading the Ten Commandments, decorating with flowers, and eating dairy foods such as blintzes, kugel, and cheesecake.
           Our Wednesday Night Live discussion will focus on “Preparing for Shavuot” this year. Join me at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 12 on Zoom. On Thursday, May 13, at 7:00pm we will be joining with the Goldring Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life for a conversation with scholar and author Dr. Joel Hoffman on “The Surprisingly Modern Message of the Ancient Ten Commandments.” The discussion will take place on Zoom beginning at 7:00pm.
           We will begin our Shavuot observances with our very special Festival Service of Confirmation on Sunday evening, May 16 at 5:00pm. Our service will be led by and will honor the Confirmation Classes of 5780 & 5781 (our 10th and 11th Grade Students). The Confirmands and their families will be present in the sanctuary. The congregation and community are invited to join us online through Zoom, the livestream on our website, or FaceBook Live. We are very proud of our students who have chosen to continue their Jewish education, and we are excited to have their class pictures (this year with robes and masks) hang proudly in the Temple halls.
           Our Shavuot celebration will continue with a special Torah Study & Service on Monday, May 17 at 10:00am online.
           Also this weekend, I am excited about Brotherhood’s Bingo Event on Saturday evening, May 15 at 7:00pm. Please plan on supporting our Brotherhood for this fun event. Sunday, May 16 we will also host an end-of-the-year picnic for Chavurah@Sinai at 11:00am at The Fly. Bring your own lunch and join us for fun and sno-balls as we wrap up this year of learning.
           Stay well and stay connected!
Chag Sameach – wishing you a happy Shavuot!
Rabbi Daniel Sherman