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Temple Sinai Happenings – October 9, 2020




The Temple Sinai Happenings


Be sure to read all the way to the bottom.


Friday, October 9th

Erev Shemini Atzeret:

7 PM Friday Night Shabbat & Yom Tov Service


YAHRZEITS will be read for the following people:

    Anna Abrams, mother of Bonnie Silver
  • Al Fagan
  • Benjamin Cutler, father of Barbara Fineblum
  • Martin Goldberg, husband of Susan Goldberg
  • Murray Hirsch, husband of Sara Hirsch
  • Nellie Nettis, grandmother of Marty Rose
  • Leonard Olinsky, step father of Esther Levy
  • Samuel Olshansky, father of Sara Hirsch
  • Charlotte Safirstein, mother of Jeff Safirstein
  • Morris Soffer, grandfather of Lou Weiner

It is with sadness

that we inform you of the the passing of



Jeff Desman’s mother,

Helen Phyllis (Wasserman) Desman


Sending our condolences to

Jeff, Beth, Jacob, Mitchell and the entire Desman family. May Helen’s memory be a source of comfort and blessing to all who knew and loved her.




Saturday, October 10th:  Shemini Atzeret:

  • 10:30 AM Virtual Saturday Morning Service with Yizkor
  • 7:08 PM Havdalah with Rabbi & Rachael Perice Pour a cup of wine and grab your cinnamon spice as we bring in the week with light,
    fragrance, a sweet sip of wine and a shout-out to Elijah the Prophet. 



ZOOM ID # 8678904477




Sunday, October 11th 

9:30 AM Joint Service with CBT & Har Zion   (led by CBT)    

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 819 9155 1870



Torah: Sweet as Honey

An Interactive Simchat Torah Activity

Reconstructed Hakafot for the COVID

Era Rabbi Nathan Weiner Congregation Beth Tikvah


BACKGROUND: In the 12th century, a Jewish custom emerged for Shavuot of inviting children to lick honey off of a slate of sacred texts to demonstrate the sweetness of Torah. At the beginning of their learning, children would come to see the words and letters of Torah as sweet on their tongues.


This Simchat Torah, we reconstruct this medieval Shavuot custom to bring the sweetness of Torah into our homes in place of communal Hakafot (Torah processions).


The traditional Simchat Torah custom is to join together in joyous community to sing and dance with the Torah scrolls, as we both restart our reading of the Torah and we renew our commitment to Torah learning. To accommodate necessary COVID restrictions, this of course is not possible. Therefore, Jews of all ages using this activity, together from a distance, can taste the sweetness and joy that comes from continued commitment to Torah and it’s sweetness in place of the traditional Hakafot.




Print out the texts below, one printout per participant of all ages. Get your honey ready! Go to your online services, daven with your community. When you get to the Hakafot, wait for your service leader to give instructions. Remember to be joyous!



First Hakafah Text: 讗植讚止谞指郑讬 讬职讛止讜执謼讛 谞指证转址谉 诇执讬謾 诇职砖讈郑讜止谉 诇执诪旨讜旨讚执謹讬诐 诇指讚址譀注址转 诇指注芝讜旨转 讗侄转志讬指注值謻祝 讚旨指讘指謶专 讬指注执郑讬专 The Lord God gave me a skilled tongue to know how to speak timely words to the weary (Isaiah 50: 4)


Second Hakafah Text: 讘旨侄谉志讗指讚指诐謾 讘旨执讟职谞职讱指证 转址纸讗植讻值诇謾 讜旨诪值注侄郑讬讱指 转职诪址诇旨值謹讗 讗值謿转 讛址诪旨职讙执诇旨指郑讛 讛址讝旨止謹讗转 讗植砖讈侄芝专 讗植谞执謻讬 谞止转值郑谉 讗值诇侄謶讬讱指 讜指讗止郑讻职诇指謹讛 讜址转旨职讛执芝讬 讘旨职驻执謻讬 讻旨执讚职讘址芝砖讈 诇职诪指转纸讜止拽變 ‘Mortal, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll that I give you.’ I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey to me.


Third Hakafah Text: 谞止譀驻侄转 转旨执讟旨止芝驻职谞指讛 砖讉执驻职转讜止转址謻讬执讱职 讻旨址诇旨指謶讛 讚旨职讘址证砖讈 讜职讞指诇指讘謾 转旨址郑讞址转 诇职砖讈讜止谞值謹讱职變 Sweetness drops From your lips, O bride; Honey and milk Are under your tongue (Song of Songs 4:4)


Fourth Hakafah Text: 讘旨职专值讗砖讈执謻讬转 讘旨指专指郑讗 讗直诇止讛执謶讬诐 讗值芝转 讛址砖讈旨指诪址謻讬执诐 讜职讗值芝转 讛指讗指纸专侄抓變 When God began to create heaven and earth…(Genesis 1:1)


Fifth Hakafah Text: 讜址讬旨执拽职专职讗支讜旨 讘值纸讬转志讬执砖讉职专指讗值譀诇 讗侄转志砖讈职诪謻讜止 诪指謶谉 讜职讛謼讜旨讗 讻旨职讝侄证专址注 讙旨址讚謾 诇指讘指謹谉 讜职讟址注职诪謻讜止 讻旨职爪址驻旨执讬讞执芝转 讘旨执讚职讘指纸砖讈變 The house of Israel named it manna; it was like coriander seed, white, and it tasted like wafers in honey. (Exodus 16:31)


Sixth Hakafah Text: 讗讘讙讚讛讜讝讞讟讬讻诇诪谞住注驻爪拽专砖转 Hebrew Alphabet Forwards


Seventh Hakafah Text: 转砖专拽爪驻住谞诪诇讻讬讟讞讝讜讛讚讙讘讗 Hebrew Alphabet Backwards





  • Jan & Richard Alexander, Diane DiFazio’s parents
  • Debbie Cohen
  • Hollis Cohen, sister-in-law of Annette Yellin
  • Regina Israel, wife of Jack Israel
  • June Margolis
  • Sheldon Mednick
  • Ezra Daniel Rutolo, grandson of Paula Pappas
  • Arlene Salkin
  • David Staiman
  • Joan Yellin, daughter of Annette Yellin



Anniversaries Wishes to:

  • Alex & Elena Elkind celebrating 39 years together on October 10
  • Matt & Elisabeth Fusfield celebrating 18 years together on October 13
  • Richard & Jamie Figiel celebrating 25 years together on October 14

Happy Birthday to:

  • Ellen Goldberg Weiner, celebrating on October 9
  • Terry  Zablin, celebrating on  October 9
  • Lou Weiner, celebrating on  October 10
  • Jonathan Eron, celebrating on  October 15


Chair Yoga For All Ages

Zoom ID #




with our own Yoga Instructor, Jill Croft


Mondays at 11 AM


Wednesdays at 4pm

Join Jill Croft as she helps you to loosen and stretch muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation.  Yoga can also reduce anxiety, help lower blood pressure, protect joints, and build strength and balance.    Do it at your own pace and start on the road to health.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday


10:30 -11:30 AM

Zoom ID# 8678904477


We get together over Zoom and do a little planning to

help Temple Sinai navigate the future. 

We could use your input.

All are welcome. 



Virtual Wine Tasting


October 17 at 7:30 PM


The ultimate stay-at-home event and fundraiser for Temple Sinai.


Join hosts Stacey Blacker & Steve Pinchuk for this unique wine tasting.


Sample and learn about wines from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and New Zealand — discussion will be led by Steve Pinchuk, Vice President of Sales at Vintage Imports.

Stacey & Steve bring almost 60 years experience in the wine business and have traveled all over the world gaining their knowledge.

When you sign up for this event, 5 wines will be delivered to your door, along with the materials to follow the on-line discussion (and the Zoom password).

From novice to expert, this wine tasting has something for everyone.


To sign up, contact Stacey Blacker at 609-841-7875 by text or call.
Save your place by Venmo @Stacey-Blacker (checks and credit cards accepted too — $4 cc fee will be applied).

Each kit is $65. 

Perfect for a couple or to share with friends. Each kit will accommodate 2-4 people generously — any more & you drink less!
Questions or to sign up, contact: itsblacker@hotmail.com



Introduction to

 Doing More Than Recycling!


Presented by

Rich Traube and Elaine Mendelow Pinchuk


Sunday, October 18

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.


Zoom ID# 811 5797 8441


Start off the year 5781

by learning and making a difference.


Join two Temple Sinai members, Rich Traube and Elaine Mendelow Pinchuk, who have taken the Climate Reality Global Leadership Corps Training Program this summer with former Vice President Al Gore.


See and hear some info that might be new to you and engage in thinking about opportunities to make a difference!  Join us in

identifying some action items to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our environment.   


There will be time to ask questions.



CPR/First Aide Certification Course


Monday, October 19

at 6:00 PM



RSVP by email to tsnsnj@gmail.com



Please return your High Holiday Prayerbooks

If you have no use for the Yizkor Remembrance Booklet, please return that also to Temple Sinai for proper Jewish burial. Any other items in the High Holiday bag that you do not have a use for may be returned so as to not be wasteful.


Temple Sinai Sisterhood

will not

be participating in Boscov’s Day

this year.












with Seth Fineblum

Zoom ID# 8678904477


Saturday, Nov 7 at 7:00 PM




Send your check to the Temple Sinai Office with who you would like to be on a team with and we will send you the Password to participate in this fun evening.


4 Rounds of Trivia


Form your own teams of 5 or 6 people:

Tell us who you would like to be on a team together with and we will break you up into “Breakout Rooms” on Zoom so that you can discuss the answers to trivia questions without anyone else hearing.  


You may also join us on this night alone and we’ll put you onto a team.



Contact Seth at mistersdf@gmail.com with questions.


Join us with your family and friends for a night of fun and friendly competition.



Thanksgiving Food and Winter Gloves, Scarves & Hat DROP

Trunk pop!


Sunday, November 8 Noon to 3PM

Rain or shine

Drop off Thanksgiving food items and winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves 鈥擯arking lot drive thru








New Jersey Kosher Meal Distribution


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) withTeach NJ and partners are supplying kosher meals at multiple distribution sites around the state. There is no charge, all households with children age 18 and under are eligible. 

 You may pick up a box of food every week as they have a budget through the end of the year. 


For more information, go to






Good till Sept 2021


The Food Book is now online. 


Access coupons from your phone.


Go to




Proceeds benefit Temple Sinai and a local food bank


$8 to Temple Sinai and $1 to food bank