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From the President

Pre-Shabbat Message from Our President

February 16, 2018


Dear Temple Sinai Congregants:

It has been a very busy year thus far at our Temple – please allow me to review some of the activities, accomplishments and upcoming events at our Temple: 

1.     NFTY-MV Chavurah:  From January 12 – January 15, Temple Sinai was honored to host the NFTY-Missouri Valley Chavurah.  Young adults from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, and central Illinois traveled to Denver for this special opportunity to worship, learn and socialize with each other during an action packed weekend.  Kudos to our Temple Sinai Staff and in particular to our Director of Youth Engagement, Julia Teitell, who organized, programmed and led the Chavurah and made us all proud.  Also thank you to all of the congregants who housed (and drove) the out of town students who attended the Chavurah. 

2.    Shabbat Shirah & Songs of Freedom Concert:  On Friday January 26, we celebrated Shabbat Shirah with a beautiful and moving Shabbat service with a special emphasis on music including the chanting of Shirat Hayam (The Song of the Sea).  The next night, Temple Sinai was honored to host a special concert in the Zwerin Sanctuary entitled “Songs of Freedom” featuring our Temple Sinai Choir as well as The First Universalist Singers and The Spiritual Voices, a Bennie L. Williams’ Gospel choir.  Over 100 incredible voices shared the bimah and performed many songs with their own choirs but also several songs together.  It was a multi-cultural event enjoyed by more than 200 people. 

3.   Campfire Shabbat:  On Friday February 2, Temple Sinai hosted another special Shabbat entitled “Campfire Shabbat”.  More than 150 people attended this Wilderness-themed Shabbat service in the Social Hall surrounding a “campfire”, including many young families with their children.  Kudos to Cantor Nesis and Dan Yolles for organizing and programming this special Shabbat experience.   

4.      Shabbat Service – February 9, 2018 – Fallen Heroes:  The same evening as our music-orientated Experience Shabbat (February 9), our Temple honored our local police forces and acknowledged the losses recently suffered by the sheriffs’ departments in Douglas County, Adams County and El Paso County.  Temple Sinai Congregant (and Town of Monument Police Officer) Bob Steine delivered a moving address recognizing the fallen heroes and focusing on the extraordinary jobs which our first responders provide to our community.  A special thanks to Rabbi Rick Rheins for organizing this very important and special service.

5.      New Member Shabbat & Dinner:  On Friday February 23, Shabbat services will be held at 5:30 pm with the New Member Dinner immediately following.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet new people, welcome new members and enjoy a spiritual evening at our Temple.  There will also be fun activities for kids.  There is no cost for new members;  the cost for others is $18 for adults and $8 for children from 4-13.  Children under 4 eat free!   Please RSVP to our Program Director, Lisa Thorner, at  

6.      Todd Siler “Art of Freedom” Exhibit – 5 pm Saturday February 24:  Temple Sinai congregant and internationally known artist Todd Siler will be exhibiting his work at our Temple on Saturday February 24 at 5 pm along with the sale of "Celebrating Freedom: The New Hagaddah" written by Rabbis Rick and Susan Rheins.  Please click on this link to RSVP or for further information.

As always, please let me thank everyone for their kind remarks, positive responses and offers to volunteer or get more involved with our Temple. 

Lawrence P. Jacobson

Sun, February 23 2020 28 Sh'vat 5780