Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Chanukah

Shalom Everyone,

With Chanukah starting at sundown on Tuesday, December  16th,  I thought I'd share with you the Virtual Hanukkiyah from

It's lots of fun to light this with your family.  And while you're at their website, you can practice the blessings, find other Chanukah songs, latke recipes, how to play dreidel, customs, history and so much more.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Chanukah. חג החנוכה שמחה

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Shalom Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We have 3 short weeks until we have another break but there’s a lot coming up so I wanted to keep you up to date:

 This Friday night the 5th is our very popular Folk Shabbat service at 5:30 AND Staff Appreciation Shabbat

Saturday night, Dec. 6th is the outgoing president, Tim Cope’s roast.  Many of you know Roast Master, Syndi Zook, from her work with Lyric Theatre so it should be lots of fun and a merry time. 

Sunday morning Dec. 7th – bagels and lox breakfast with Temple’s annual meeting.  I encourage all of you to come, particularly if you’ve never been to one before.  Come meet new people, the Board, the out-going and in-coming.

Also that afternoon at UVM, there's a showing of the movie "Body & Soul."

Friday the 12th – special speaker at services, Noah Pollack, who will talk about the current state in Israel and his behind the scenes involvement

Saturday the 13th – Tot Shabbat at 9:30

Sunday, Dec. 14th – Young Judaea Ofarim (2nd -4th grade) Event:
Due to popular demand, the   Skate Party, 1:00 - 2:30pm at the C. Douglas Cairns Arena (600 Swift St., SouthBurlington)  is replacing the Dec 13th Sleep-Over. There will be no Ofarim sleep-over this year. 
There will be a super fun Skate Party followed by donuts and apple cider to help us slide into the Chanukah season. Please join us for this sure-to-be spectacularly enjoyable event. Young Judaea will foot the bill for the children's admission and skates. Parents, please feel free to join us with or without other siblings. Your admission is $5 and skates are $3. The Arena has asked for a head count to help them prepare for the crowd. Please RSVP 862-5302 or, ASAP to let me know how many children and adults to expect.

 Tues, Dec. 16th – Light the 1st candle for Hanukkah (note, the school calendar is in error, it is not the 15th)

Thursday 18th – School Hanukkah Party.  Please note, there is a 6:00 dismissal that evening and no Torah ChantingThere is Chai School

Friday 19th – Annual Brisket Bake-Off.  Note, services begin at 5:30 and is immediately followed by dinner.  This favorite event is always lots of fun, featuring the best briskets you’ve ever tasted.  And to answer your questions, yes, you may bring something other than brisket.  We always need salads, side dishes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, drinks and desserts.

Saturday, 20th - You don't have to be a member of Sisterhood to attend, by why not join?
It's the 2nd annual Latkes and Vodka, see weekly announcements for information

Sunday, 21st – Story Hour with Julie

Saturday morning Torah Study continues throughout the month at 9:00.  Feel free to attend, even if you’ve never come before.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about Torah.  No prior knowledge needed nor do you need to know Hebrew.

Just to reiterate our Snow Day Policy:

Phone calls will be made to every family and we will post the closing on our Facebook page (if you’re not a friend of Temple yet, please friend us and ‘like’ us.  Additionally, an email will go out to everyone.  If you’re not sure, you can call Temple and check my voice mail box, extension #3 or call my cell, 802-598-7975.  It is not certain if I can get the posting on our website in time so best to check the FB page.  Just remember, we do not always follow school closings since those decisions are made in the morning and lots can happen between a.m. and p.m.  Additionally, it could be fine in the morning but by the afternoon snow and ice may pile up which would necessitate a closing.

Finally, please check the snack list.  I believe all classes are covered the rest of the month but some classes have bald spots Jan-May.

Any questions?  Call or email me.