From the President





Pre-Shabbat Message from Our President

August 11, 2017

Dear Temple Sinai Congregants:

First let me thank everyone for their kind remarks and responses to my message last week.  It is very rewarding and heartening that so many congregants are increasing their involvement with our Temple and I look forward to seeing this trend continue in the future.

It was another busy week for our Temple: please allow me to elaborate on the activities, accomplishments and our continuing needs:

1.  Religious School

   a.  Enrollment:  More than 40 students enrolled during the past week and we are now enrolled to over 200 students; additional enrollments are occurring daily.  The first day of school is September 10 so please be sure to enroll your children asap.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Leslie Isaacs, our Interim Director or me.  Please click HERE to register your children for 2017-18 Religious School.  

   b.  Religious School Meet and Greet:  Over 40 people attended last Thursday's Meet and Greet at the Temple.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We are adding additional opportunities to interact with and ask questions of our Interim Religious School Director and teachers as we ramp up towards the September 10 Religious School start.  On August 20, Temple Sinai will hold a 2017-18 Confirmation Class meeting at a private home for all incoming confirmation students and families.  On August 27 from 9:00-10:30am, Dr. Leslie Isaacs will be hosting our second "Meet and Greet" in the Temple Sinai Religious School (Multi-Purpose Room).  Please join us for bagels, donuts and coffee, and a tour of our school as we gear up for the commencement of Religious School on September 10.

   c.  Teachers:  We have hired an additional 3 teachers this week and are almost fully staffed for the 2017-18 school year.

2.  Preschool:  Interim Preschool Director Karen Kirk and Assistant Director Marissa Vaughn held staff training this week in advance of next Monday's 2017-18 opening of Temple Sinai's preschool.

3.  High Holidays:  Our staff is fully engaged in High Holiday preparation - Erev Rosh Hashanah is on Wednesday September 20, just 6 short weeks away.  Congregants will be receiving letters and tickets in the coming weeks including opportunities to participate in our services and other festivities.  Also we are seeking High Holiday Ushers - if interested please email Executive Director Lorne Maltenfort.

4.  Dan the Music Man:  We have hired Dan Yolles as our Holistic Music Educator and this week was his first week in his new position.  Dan will assist Cantor Nesis in providing musical education to our students as well as working with the Preschool and Religious developing interactive musical experiences for our children.

5.  Listening Campaign Phase II:  Thank you to those who volunteered to assist with Phase II of the Listening Campaign.  We are still in need of additional lay leaders - facilitators, timekeepers and notetakers who will assist in the Phase II Listening Campaign meetings.  Please click HERE to volunteer for this very important task in our Temple's continuing evolution.

Thank you again for all of your interest, support and passion about our Temple.


Lawrence Jacobson

Thu, August 17 2017 25 Av 5777