Shalom Aleichem – S. Brazil
L’chu N’ran’nah Psalm 95, Composer K. Chasen/Y. Zweiback
May 10, 2017 by urjnetworkadmin • Uncategorised 0 Comments
Shalom Aleichem – S. Brazil
L’chu N’ran’nah Psalm 95, Composer K. Chasen/Y. Zweiback
March 19, 2017 by urjnetworkadmin • Videos 0 Comments
September 7, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • From the Cantor's Desk 0 Comments
August 25, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • Coming Events and Latest News 0 Comments
Judaism 101—the Fall Holidays—September 25
Judaism 101 is a series of one-hour classes aimed at all of us who wish we knew more about our faith. We will start the year with the Rabbi discussing the fall holidays, big and small. He will also cover some of the basics. Bring your questions. They will be answered.
The first session is on Sunday, September 25, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. There will be coffee and a nosh.
The next class will be on December 11.
May 19, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • President's Messages 0 Comments
Dear Temple Sinai Members,
As I write this article, I am reflecting on one of the best weekends we have ever had at Temple Sinai! Celebrating our 60th anniversary with all of you was extraordinary, from the moving ceremony Friday night to the great fun of Saturday night to, finally, the Mitzvah day activities with the kids. It all reminds me how blessed I am to be part of this community and to help lead it from strength to strength.
I want to particularly thank our committee members: Carol Benjamin, David and Karen Scheinerman, Ari and Ali Shell, Joyce Sturm, Cindy Lesser, and finally our committee chair Stacey Debin. They all did an amazing job!
I wanted to close by thanking Joyce Sturm for her 16 fabulous years at Temple Sinai! Her incredible dedication, hard work, and her great ability to get things done will be greatly missed. More than that, I will miss the great partnership/friendship I have had with Joyce. It has been an honor to work with her, and I know the whole Temple Community joins me in wishing Joyce a wonderful, well earned retirement.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon, and I thank you all for making Temple Sinai such a special place.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about these events or any other items of concern.
May 18, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • Sisterhood Speaks 0 Comments
At the end of the Sisterhood March Musical Meeting, many in attendance were ready for encores. Well, we’ve arranged it! On May 19, Sisterhood will hold its Annual Meeting. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. we will enjoy desserts and social time. After a brief business meeting to elect the new board and pass the budget, we will enjoy the music of Alexandra and Ben and then Ginny Katz will perform with her group, Charter Oak Flutes. Please let us know that you are coming so that we can set up the tables and make sure there are enough desserts! You can call the temple and leave a message or email me
Sisterhood is planning for this fall’s New Year’s Greeting. The New Year’s Greeting is a fundraiser for Sisterhood. This brings the Temple Sinai community together. The New Year’s Greeting card will be mailed out in August with the High Holy Day tickets, wishing all a L’Shana Tova. To be listed in the greeting, the cost is $5.00. Please contact Phyllis DeMaine by July 1 if you would like to be added or make changes in the New Year’s Greeting.
After many years, the Sisterhood Board has decided to discontinue publishing the Sisterhood of Temple Sinai Calendar. We thank all our advertisers, our purchasers, and those who supported us with listings of their special dates. We have found that with changing technologies, very few people are using a paper wall calendar, so we are moving on.
The Sisterhood Spring Rummage Sale was another success. Many thanks go to our generous congregation for all their donations. We would like to thank the following volunteers who worked very hard to help set up, sell, and clean up. Our sale was successful. (Apologies to anyone whom we may have missed.)
A special thanks to Joyce Sturm and Aurel Mucka for all their help with preparation of the sale.
Ann Speyer, Sisterhood President
May 18, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • Religious School Newsletter 0 Comments
The school year is ending so quickly. May is the closing month of our Religious School year and we are busy with activities until our closing day, May 15th On Wednesday night, May 4, the Jewish War Veterans presented three awards to the 6th grade winners of an essay contest entitled “What does Memorial Day Mean to Me?” This is a wonderful program as the members of the Jewish War Veterans introduced themselves to our students and listened as the award winning essays were read aloud.
This year we had a wonderful faculty of dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative teachers who created a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment where students learned about our rich traditions and history. Teachers worked well with students with varied learning styles and used different techniques to ensure that learning was productive for all students. We are fortunate to have them, and we thank our teachers and our student assistants for their commitment to Jewish education. I think that we have the best teachers and devoted teen assistants in the community! We had many special programs throughout the year that enhanced our Religious School curriculum. We try to integrate formal and informal education to meet the needs of our students that offer experiential learning opportunities.
Our Religious School continues to grow! I will be busy in the coming months planning for the next school year: book orders, class assignments, hiring faculty, etc. In order to do so, it is important that you return your school registration by July 22. Tuition for the first semester, along with book and supply fees, will be due with your registration form in July. You will find the registration form along with the parking lot supervision sign up in your June White & Katzman bill. If you do not receive the form, please call the Temple office at 860-561-1055. There is a $50 late fee. Your temple account must be in good standing for your children to return in the fall. If you need to speak with someone regarding your account, please call the temple office. Enrollment for Religious School and the High Holy Day tickets will be processed for those whose accounts are up to date.
A big Todah Rabah (thank you) to all parents for your continued support, commitment and involvement in our Religious School. Our goal of fostering both friendship and learning in our classrooms has been achieved. Your comments and concerns, which are always encouraged, help to improve our school.
Religious School opens on Sunday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 14.
My wishes to everyone for a healthy and relaxing summer.
We want our Religious School to be a place of learning and friendship for everyone! Please contact me with any suggestions or concerns at
Rena Citron, Director of Education
May 18, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi's Messages 0 Comments
How do you start a new year—especially one that begins with so much foreboding—so many problems both nationally and internationally. There are so many uncertainties we are confronting at the start of this year. When we think about all the areas of concern that so many of us have, there is a tendency to feel overwhelmed and helpless. What we forget is that in earlier ages, it was assumed that nothing could be done to alleviate the problems and that it is the human condition to accept and suffer. Early Christianity suggested and then taught that man and woman were born tainted by original sin and therefore must go through life seeking atonement while suffering. Islam taught fatalism—accept, because all is preordained and humans cannot change the will of God. Our ancestors at times used the expression “beshert”, “fated”, ”destined,” to put an end to questioning that for which there is no answer. Despite the aforesaid, the overwhelming thrust throughout our history has been man and woman working together with God can make a difference-can change the future.
Ancient prophets who saw their land run by despotic governments and indifference to the plight of the weak and helpless, spoke of a world of justice and caring. The message was powerful for all times and ran counter to all existing beliefs.
Yes, the problems of today are serious. But in moments of quiet reflection, it is so important that we not lose sight of the progress which humankind slowly makes when we do not give in to despair. The words of F.D.R are quite poignant these days: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” As a young adult, I learned the words of an ancient sage, Rabbi Tarfon, “you are not required to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to abstain from it.”
In the past decades we may have been guilty of unbridled optimism. At the start of this new year, that optimism has vanished. But let us not wallow in pessimism of despair. Let us remember that each of us has the power to change the world. We must not shy away from making our voices heard and standing up to power. We may not be able to solve all of our problems in the coming year but we will be supportive of each other in facing and changing the future.
May it be a year of good health and peace.
May 11, 2016 by urjnetworkadmin • Testing 0 Comments
This is to test to see why the return doesn’t work. send mail
Temple Sinai of Newington
41 West Hartford Road
Newington, CT 06111
Temple Sinai of Newington is a 501(c)(3) organization. All dues and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
November 3, 2017 by urjnetworkadmin • Uncategorised 0 Comments
Temple Sinai is a caring spiritual community, rooted in Reform Jewish practice and values. Acceptance, respect, and connection are at the foundation of our inclusive congregation. We embrace the rich diversity of race, ethnicity and sexual orientation of our members and fully welcome our interfaith families.
We are a community committed to study (Torah), worship (Avodah) and acts of loving kindness (Gemilut Hasidim) in an effort to become closer to God. Our congregation is engaged in formal and informal learning at all stages of life for the purpose of creating a robust and progressive Jewish identity. Our worship is joyful, participatory and filled with music to uplift the soul. Our emphasis on repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) connects us to our own community, to Israel and to the larger world through volunteerism and social activism.
We provide the spiritual, educational and communal opportunities to learn, lead and grow our Jewish practice within the context of a vibrant congregation that passes its experience from generation to generation.