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                                                                                              December 2010
                                             150                           WORSHIP SERVICES
                                             YEARS                         Friday, December 3, 6:15 p.m.
                                                                           SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
                                                                           MUSICAL MENORAH
                                                                           Rabbi Sternfield and Rabbi Levinsky
                                                                           will conduct the service
                                                                           Hanukkah dinner following services by
                                                                           reservation only
             NEWS AND VIEWS by Rabbi Sternfield                            See page 3 for more information
             What a month it has been in Jewish Chicago! The
                                                                           Sunday, December 5, 11:00 a.m.
             attention of the entire nation suddenly became
                                                                           WORSHIP SERVICE
             focused on Chicago’s Jewish community, with the
                                                                           Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
             news reports that Chicago area synagogues had
             been the target of terrorist organizations operating          Friday, December 10, 6:15 p.m.
             from Yemen.                                                   SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
                                                                           Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
             When President Obama himself made public the                  TOT SHABBAT
             reality of credible threats against Jewish houses of          The service will begin at 5:30 p.m.
             worship in Chicago, our entire Jewish community               See back page for more information
             became painfully aware of just how vulnerable we
             are; that there are real and dangerous enemies who            Sunday, December 12, 6:15 p.m.
                                                                           SUNDAY TORAH SERVICE
             desire to do our people great harm.
                                                                           Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
             We of Chicago’s synagogues are grateful beyond                Friday, December 17, 6:15 p.m
             measure for the immediate response of the police and          SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
             federal agencies that have guided and reassured us.           Rabbi Sternfield will conduct the service
             In every Jewish congregation, religious services and
             classes went on as usual without panic or undue               Sunday, December 19, 11:00 a.m.
             anxiety, and they will continue undeterred. As its            WORSHIP SERVICE
             name infers, the goal of terrorism is to terrorize. In this   Rabbi Sternfield will conduct the service
             respect, their evil designs did not succeed in the least.     Friday, December 24, 6:15 p.m.
                                                                           SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
             Vigilance---yes, intimidation---absolutely not!
                                                                           Rabbi Sternfield will conduct the service
             Our Temple’s leadership, particularly Sinai President         There will be no Oneg Shabbat
             Peter Bensinger, Jr. and Executive Director Susan             Sunday, December 26
             Solomon, deserve our heartfelt thanks for their               NO WORSHIP SERVICE
             ceaseless efforts to keep our members and our                 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
             children safe. We all owe them our deepest gratitude.         NO CONFIRMATION CLASS
             A wide array of precautions have been
             implemented. The entire Temple staff is well                  Friday, December 31, 6:15 p.m.
             informed and continuously alert.                              SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
                                                                           Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
             If there is a silver lining to the drama, it has reminded     There will be no Oneg Shabbat
             us just how precious are the bonds that unite us. In
             times such as these, we realize more fully just how           SHABBAT MORNING TORAH STUDY
             valuable are the links and institutions of Jewish life,       Meets Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the library
             of which the Jewish United Fund and the Anti-
             Defamation League are essential parts. The                     IN THIS ISSUE
             concern, reassurance and assistance of our                     Rabbi Sternfield/Worship Services             1
                                                                            Reflections from Rabbi Levinsky               2
             communal entities are helping immeasurably, as they            Sundays/Volunteer/Cinema/Menorah              3
             always do. We have received numerous phone calls               Special Programs/Special Event                4
             and messages of concern.                                       Study/Outreach/Children                       5
                                                                            Social Action                                 6
                                              Continued on page 2           Kindling Hanukkah Lights                      7
                                                                            Religious Education                           8
     Hanukkah begins this year on Thursday, December 2, so light the        Preschool                                     9
     first Hanukkah candle at sundown on Wednesday, December 1.             Tributes/In the Lives                        10
     The Hanukkah blessings are on page 7.                                  December Calendar                            11

                                                                                        Volume 57 Number 5
 Reflections                                                                         NEWS AND VIEWS Cont’d from page 1

  from Rabbi                                                                         The Talmud teaches: Kol Yisrael arayvim
                                                                                     zeh la-zeh. All of our people Israel are
      Levinsky             In the Wake of                                            responsible for one another. (Babylonian
                           The Packages from Yemen                                   Talmud, tractate Shevuot 391). In times
                                                                                     such as these, we realize just how vital this
                                                                                     teaching is, and also how timeless. As has
A few weeks ago, we were all surprised to learn that a number of packages
                                                                                     happened in virtually every challenging
addressed to Chicago synagogues had been intercepted overseas. We were               time, our Jewish community has
then dismayed to learn that two of the packages contained explosive devices.         demonstrated its unity. Our commitment to
While the actions of terrorists had struck home soil before, it never had come       t h e Ta l m u d ’s a n c i e n t p r e c e p t i s
so close to our homes.                                                               unwavering. In solidarity we proclaim
                                                                                     once again: Yes we are responsible for
I am sure that you felt a whole range of emotions upon hearing this news.            one another.
You may have been scared that there were more explosive devices or further
plans directed against Chicago synagogues. You may have felt angry that
someone would try to do this to our community. These feelings are a natural
part of coming close to violence. They are a part of daily life for too many
                                                                                     OFFICE HOURS
people in the world. Now they have become a part of our lives as well.
                                                                                     Please note that the Temple office will be
What one can do about these feelings?                                                open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
                                                                                     through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We can talk about them with people that we love—our family, our friends,             on Sunday. The receptionist will answer
and our loved ones. It helps to know that you are not alone with your feelings.      the phones from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It helps to know that other people feel the same way. It helps to have other         Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.
people listen to us with love. If that’s not enough, you can talk to your rabbis.    to 1 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1
If that’s not enough, you can talk to a therapist.                                   p.m. on Sunday. At all other times
                                                                                     please leave a message on our general
We also can go about our everyday lives, while not denying that we have              voice mail and someone will return your
these feelings. Not changing the way that we live and the things that we do          call.   If you are calling about an
helps us stay in the real world. It keeps us from overreacting to a new and          emergency, such as a serious illness or a
unfamiliar situation. At the same time, we cannot deny that we feel different        death in the family, please call
doing these same old things.                                                         Susan Solomon at 312.944.1236,
                                                                                     Rabbi Sternfield at 312.520.3358 or
That said, we must keep perspective on our current situation. We live in             Rabbi Levinsky at 312.401.7559.
the greatest Golden Age ever encountered by the Jewish people. We have
never experienced such success, such freedom, and such opportunity at any            PARKING INFORMATION
other point in our long history. Since WWII, American Jews have been
incredibly fortunate.                                                                Discounted parking is available at the
                                                                                     following self-park garages:
We should also keep in mind that those who would do us harm are a miniscule
group of people in a faraway land, who hold views considered extreme in their        Potash Garage
own religious and cultural context. In other words, this is not the Holocaust.       1 East Delaware, located on Chestnut
This is not a large-scale systematic attack against the Jews. This is not state-     just west of Wabash
sponsored violence against Jews. The world is with us.                               Rate: $12 for 12 hours

Yes, it may feel that your life has changed. In a very real way terror almost        One West Superior
came home. We can also feel comfort at the knowledge that we have a                  Rate: $7 for 3 hours
loving community in our families and friends, and a caring community in
our synagogue. We can also find comfort in the measures the Temple has               900 North Michigan Avenue
taken to ensure our safety. We can also find comfort in the fact that we live in     (Bloomingdales Building)
one of the most amazing places during one of the most amazing times in the           Rate:
history of the Jewish people. We live in a Golden Age and nobody can take            Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m to 2 a.m.
that from us.                                                                        $6 for 3 hours only
                                                                                     Sunday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., $7.75

                                                                                     Validation tickets are available at the
                                                                                     Temple office.

                                                                              www.chicagosinai.org   December 2010      2
 Sundays at Sinai
Worship Service, December 5
                                                                              Hanukkah begins at sundown on
Sunday Torah Service, December 12
                                                                                     Wednesday, December 1.
Worship Service, December 19
                                                                               The Hanukkah blessings are on
There will be no Worship Service on December 26
Sundays at Sinai begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude by 12:15 p.m.
                                                                                   page 7 and on our website,

  Volunteer and             SECOND SUNDAY
                            LUNCH PROGRAM
                                                               Cinema, Book Groups
                            On the second Sunday of
             Mitzvah        every month we make bag            SINAI BOOK CLUB
                            lunches to donate to the           Join fellow congregants in the Sinai Library on the second
                                                               floor for a monthly exploration of both fictional and non-fiction
 Opportunities              Greater Bethlehem Healing
                            Temple. Bag lunches include        books of Jewish interest. Mark your calendars to join us on
                            a sandwich, juice box,             December 14 for a discussion of Shosha by Isaac Bashevis
packaged bag of chips and packaged dessert. We are             Singer. On January 11, 2011 we will discuss All Other Nights
committed to donating 200 bag lunches on each second           by Dara Porn. Please call the Temple office to register for
Sunday.                                                        these stimulating discussions.

If you would like to donate bag lunches please drop them off   SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW GROUP
at the Temple no later than 10:00 a.m. on December 12.         The Sunday Book Review Group will meet on December 12
                                                               at 12:30 p.m. after the Sunday morning worship service in
SUPPER AT FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH                           the Library on the second floor to discuss The Great Escape:
We continue our commitment to help feed the homeless by        Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World by Kati
cooking and serving dinner at Fourth Presbyterian Church.      Marton. This year we will be reading the following books:
Eight volunteers (16+ years old) are needed. To sign up        Last Days in Babylon: The Exile of Iraq's Jews, the Story of
please email Merle Terry at mterry1013@aol.com.                My Family by Marina Benjamin, on March 20, 2011.
Upcoming dates are December 19 and January 16.                 The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
                                                               by Judith Shulevitz, on May 15, 2011. The Help by Kathryn
On the second Monday of every month we invite you to join      Socket, on August 6, 2011 in South Haven, MI.
us as we help Fourth Presbyterian Church serve dinner at
Catholic Charities, 721 North LaSalle Street. Eight            INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM SERIES
volunteers are needed from 3:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. To sign   Once a month we will watch and explore a film that focuses
up please email Eva Farkas at eva.farkas@sbcglobal.net.        on themes that are both morally profound and engage
                                                               issues of contemporary or historial Jewish concern. On
                                                               Wednesday, December 15 the evening begins at 6:00 p.m.
                                                               with dinner and an introduction to the film. A discussion
MUSICAL MENORAH AND DINNER                                     follows and the evening usually ends by 8:30 p.m. The cost
Everyone is invited to join us for our Musical Menorah         of dinner is $10. To make a reservation please call the
Shabbat service on Friday, December 3 at 6:15 p.m. in the      Temple office.
Sanctuary. “The Musical Menorah” is sung by the Sinai          FILM REVIEW SERIES
choirs, including our Junior choir. Everyone is invited to     Join us on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. as Zbigniew
bring a Hanukkah menorah to kindle as we create a bimah        Banas, a former movie critic for The Reader, leads a
full of light.                                                 discussion of a current film. Please check the Sinai web site,
                                                               www.chicagosinai.org for the title of the film. Participants
Following services please join us for Hanukkah dinner, with    view the movie in the theatre and meet to discuss the film at
latkes, dreidels and more! Reservations are required so        Sinai. The group will meet in the Chapel on the second floor.
please call the Temple office before Wednesday,                The cost of $10 per person includes dessert. To make a
December 1 and let us know the number of adults and            reservation please call the Temple office.
children in your party. The cost of dinner is $12 per adult
and $5 for children under the age of 12.

                                            Temple Office 312.867.7000
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Special Programs

                                                                               INSPIRING                  You are invited
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS                                                            REFORM                     to join us for
Sinai’s Young Professionals Group is open to those in their
mid-twenties to late thirties who are interested in exploring                  FOR
their Judaism intellectually, spiritually and socially. Sinai's                150                        this special
YPG is a great way to connect with others in the city through
a variety of programming which includes social action,                         YEARS                      Sinai 150th
networking and cultural activities. Learn more about the
December 1 Hanukkah Happy Hour and Toy Drive on our                 C HICAGO S INAI                       Anniversary
Facebook page (you can search "Chicago Sinai                        C ONGREGATION
Congregation Young Professionals Group") or by contacting
Carrie Baker at CarrieLeeBaker@gmail.com or Rabbi
Levinsky at dlevinsky@chicagosinai.org with any questions.         On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Chicago Sinai is celebrating
                                                                   its 150th Anniversary with a gala at the Museum of Science
CJE SENIOR LIFE                                                    and Industry. This is quite a milestone and we hope to have
Enrollment is now open for the CJE SeniorLife older adult          a tremendous, enthusiastic attendance. So please put the
day activity program at Chicago Sinai Congregation. The            date on your calendar now to reserve it. To put the year
program called “CJE at Sinai” meets each Monday and                1861 in perspective and give you an idea of other major and
Thursday. It offers stimulating activities and socialization for   minor worldwide events of the era, below are listed some
men and women who have mild to moderate memory loss.               highlights of the year leading up to the founding, the
It is staffed by professionals from CJE SeniorLife Adult Day       inaugural year, and the second year of Sinai’s existence:
Services in Evanston and trained volunteers. For cost and
enrollment information, please contact Sheri Wishnia,              1860:
Program Manager at 847.556.8406 Sheri.Wishnia@cje.net              The Republican Party nominates Illinois lawyer Abraham
or Judy Holstein, Director of Adult Day Services at                Lincoln as its candidate for the presidency in Chicago. He
847.556.8405 Judy.Holstein@cje.net.                                is elected on November 6.
CJE SeniorLife is a partner in serving our community,
supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.             The Census of 1860 was the eighth census conducted in
CJE SeniorLife strives to maximize the lives of older adults       the United States. It determined the population to be
regardless of religion, gender, race, color, handicap, familial    31,443,321.
status or national origin.
                                                                   The Pony Express begins its first run from Saint Joseph,
BRIDGE CLASSES AT SINAI                                            Missouri to Sacramento, California.
The Beginning Bridge I class covers the fundamentals of
basic bridge. You will learn the three aspects of the game:        Vladivostok, Russia is founded.
bidding, play and defense. This course is designed to get
you to play and enjoy bridge in a friendly environment. The        1861:
class meets on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00          The American Civil War (1861 – 1865) begins.
p.m. on December 2, 9 and 16. The cost is $25 per class.
The text is Beginning Bridge I by Audrey Grant which is            William Wrigley Jr., U. S. chewing gum industrialist is born.
available for $10.
                                                                   Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet, dies.
For more information on bridge classes at Sinai or to register,
e-mail Ellen and Rich Gabriel at msbid@rcn.com or call
                                                                   Angkor Wat, Cambodia is discovered.
them at 312.337.0886 or 312.590.3169.
                                                                   Camp Douglas, in Chicago, was a prisoner-of-war camp for
                                                                   soldiers taken during the Civil War.

                             Sinai Website:                        The Bureau of Internal Revenue is created (later to become
                                                                   the IRS).
                                                                   General Order No. 11, expelling all Jews in his military
                                                                   district, is issued by General Ulysses S. Grant and is
                                                                   rescinded a few weeks later.

                                                                   Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is published in France.
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Study and Outreach                                                          For Children
Join in a discussion of the week’s Torah reading on Saturday                11 am - 12 noon
mornings. A brief worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by
Torah study with Rabbi Levinsky. Everyone is welcome and no prior           January 23:      Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
knowledge or experience is required. Feel free to come to one or both       February 13:     Family Torah Service
events.                                                                     March 20:        Purim, followed by Purim Carnival
                                                                            May 8:           Mothers’ Day
WEDNESDAY ADULT EDUCATION WITH RABBI STERNFIELD                             June 5:          Confirmation
Every Wednesday morning, Rabbi Sternfield conducts a study
session on the great Jewish commentators on the Bible. The group            TOT SHABBAT
studies the commentaries on the Torah by Rashi, Nachmanides, Ibn            The Young Families Club, together with the
Ezra and other great respected rabbinic teachers. No knowledge of           Preschool, has planned Tot Shabbats for families
Hebrew is necessary. The texts are all in English translation. Although     with children ages 5 and under. This is a
there are several long-time regular participants, new learners are          wonderful opportunity to introduce your
always welcome. It is not necessary to commit to attending every            children to the Temple and to meet other
session, but regular attendance is encouraged for purposes of               families! Tot Shabbat begins with a brief worship
continuity. An informal worship service is held at 7:30 a.m. in the Sinai   service conducted by one of our Rabbis at 5:30
chapel. The class begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 9:15 a.m.            p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment for the
Fresh bagels and coffee are provided every week.                            children. Our next Tot Shabbat will be held on
                                                                            Friday, December 10.
Class will meet on December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the second floor
meeting room.                                                               Reservations are required so please call the
THURSDAY ADULT EDUCATION WITH RABBI LEVINSKY                                Temple office and let us know the number of adults
The Thursday lunchtime study session with Rabbi Levinsky continues          and children in your party. The cost is $20 per
with an introduction to Jewish mysticism, or kabbalah. Mysticism            family for Temple members and $25 per family for
strives for direct experience with God. Using texts from the past two       non-members.
thousand years, we will explore how Jewish mystics experienced the
divine and described their experiences. If you are interested in the        SINAI PRESCHOOL
class, please contact Rabbi Levinsky at dlevinsky@chicagosinai.org.         Sinai Preschool is a NAEYC accredited
                                                                            preschool serving families with children 26 months
Classes will meet on December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 in the library on         to 5 years of age. Additionally, we offer Parent/Tot
the second floor of the Temple at noon on Thursday.                         classes for families with young children 12 to 26
                                                                            months. Afternoon Enrichment classes are also
SINAI OUTREACH PROGRAM                                                      available. We provide a developmentally
Conducted by our Rabbis, the Sinai Outreach Program is intended             appropriate and emotionally supportive learning
for interfaith couples and is open to both members and non-                 environment where the needs of the individual child
members. On Sunday, December 12 we will discuss “The                        as well as the group are met. The program is
December Dilemma.” Outreach begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes              relationship-based where young children learn to
by 2:00 p.m. Classes meet in the second floor Chapel.                       explore through play.
Sinai offers this class, free of charge, for anyone who wants to learn      Interested families please contact Rochelle
more about Judaism. The class meets on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m.             Friedman at: 312.867.7010 or
to 8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall. The class is taught by our Rabbis. On      rfriedman@chicagosinai.org.
December 2, the topic will be The Prayerbooks/ Kashruth-the Dietary
Laws; on December 9, The World to Come; Jewish Views of Afterlife;
Mourning Customs; and on December 16, Shabbat.

Please join us on Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12, when Rabbi Levinsky will lead a discussion on “The
Role of Women in Traditional Judaism.” On Sunday, December 19 Rabbi Sternfield will lead a discussion on “Is the Tea
Party anti-Semitic?” A brunch will be provided for attendees, as we get to know each other and share our knowledge and
opinions on these topics. Come and add your voice to these invigorating conversations.
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                                                   SINAI’S SCHOOL INITIATIVE: JENNER SCHOOL

Social Action                                      New Program: Feeding Students over the Weekend
                                                   Sinai’s Poverty & Education Committee is proud to announce that Chicago
                                                   Sinai Congregation will be providing food over the weekend for students at
NEW ORLEANS 2011                                   Jenner School through the "Blessings in a Backpack" program
                                                   (www.blessingsinabackpack.com). During the week the Jenner students
Sinai’s annual trip to New Orleans is              are provided with a free lunch under the Federal Free and Reduced Meal
scheduled for Wednesday April 6 through            Program. Unfortunately, over the weekend, many Jenner students,
Saturday April 9, 2011. This year promises to      including 127 children that are considered homeless, do not have adequate
offer participants another incredible              food. Through the "Blessings in a Backpack" program, we intend to send
community-building experience. While               a backpack full of easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat food home every Friday
significant progress has been made in most         with each Jenner child that has been identified by the Jenner administration
of the city, there is still so much to do in the   as in greatest need of this assistance. On Monday the students will return
9th and 7th Wards where resources are              the empty backpacks and the cycle repeats itself every week of the school
scarce and contractor fraud is rampant.            year. Students throughout the country who are participating in the program
                                                   have shown marked improvement in school attendance, test scores,
We will be working where the need is               behavior and health.
greatest and replanting the bayou which
couldn’t be more important after the BP oil        We are looking for Sinai volunteers to help fill the backpacks with food each
spill. Last year we replanted what will grow       week. It’s a perfect mitzvah project or volunteer opportunity for the entire
into 2.2 acres of marsh grasses. We will be        family! We are in the process of determining our weekly packing schedule.
meeting community leaders and learning             Please contact Stephanie Letchinger at letchingers@aol.com
more about the impact and the politics of          for more information about volunteering or Heidi Wagman at
both manmade disasters, Katrina and the BP         heidiwagman@earthlink.net if you have any questions about the program.
spill. We will also have a lot of fun at Rock      Thank you to all the Sinai members who have already contributed to this
and Bowl, eating local fare, listening to          incredible project!
music, attending Friday night services, and
connecting with local Church groups.               On Going Volunteering Opportunities
                                                   Nearly 30 of Sinai’s volunteers have been working as tutors and classroom
This is a great Mitzvah for everyone,              aides for several weeks and everyone is enjoying their assignments. The
including families with children ages 11 and       students are already building great relationships with their tutors and as
up. A great group fare has been reserved for       we saw last year, over time their skill levels will improve. Tutors and
those that sign up by January 2, 2011.             classroom aides are still needed for the spring semester starting January
Please join us for an information session on       3rd. If you are interested in giving an hour and a half of your time once per
Sunday, December 5, at 10 a.m. in the              week (or more if you can) there are still opportunities for you to get
Social Hall. A second session will be held on      involved. Email jillpeters@rcn.com or mmannis@aol.com to get involved or
Sunday, December 12, at 10 a.m. Please             to add your name to our list of over 100 Sinai members who want to follow
contact jillpeters@rcn.com or Heidi Kon at         Sinai’s activities at Jenner.
hikon@att.net to learn more and to sign up
                                                   Sinai School Initiative Holiday Fund:
                                                   This year we are supporting two important holiday initiatives at Jenner
                                                   School. The first is to once again provide each Jenner family with a holiday
      HAT, SCARF AND                               turkey, to be distributed to Jenner parents when they attend a parent
                                                   teacher conference, report card day. Jenner's principal has hailed the
       GLOVE DRIVE                                 turkey-parent project as fostering significantly greater parental involvement
                                                   in the education of the Jenner students. The second is to help support a
Please donate new or gently used hats,             brand new Band Program which has been started at Jenner. To involve as
scarves and gloves to be distributed to the        much of the student body as possible, Sinai has been asked to help
residents at The Studios, which is supported       establish this wonderful program. Monetary donations are needed to help
by Central City Housing Ventures. CCHV             repair many of the instruments. Please consider giving the gift of music to
was founded in 1989 in response to the             a Jenner student. We also welcome donations of used instruments in
effects of the gentrification of Chicago.          playable condition. We are so excited and pleased to make strides to help
Residents of The Studios will greatly benefit      establish this program!
from these donations. Unfortunately, we are
UNABLE to accept clothing or coats at this         This holiday season, please consider a gift to the students of Jenner
time.                                              School with a contribution to the Sinai School Initiative Holiday Fund. Your
                                                   monetary donation will be earmarked for these two special projects. Your
If you would like to donate clothing or coats,     contributions to Jenner have made a great difference in providing both
these items are being accepted at The ARK          smiles and an enhanced educational experience for the entire Jenner
Thrift Shop, located at 1302 N. Milwaukee .        community. To make a monetary donation, call the Temple office at
Their phone number is 773.862.5011.                312.867.7000, or to donate an instrument email jillpeters@rcn.com.
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Kindling the Hanukkah Lights
                                 As we prepare for the celebration of Hanukkah, we are happy to
                                 provide this home service taken from our sinai prayerbook.
                                 Hanukkah begins this year on December 2, so light the first
                                 Hanukkah candle at sundown on Wednesday, December 1.

                                 We thank You, God, for the redeeming wonders and the mighty
                                 deeds with which You saved our ancestors in days of old at this
                                 season. In the days of the Maccabees, a tyrant nation rose against
                                 our people, determined to make them forget Your Torah, and to
                                 turn them away from obedience to Your will. But in Your abundant
                                 mercy, You stood at their side in their time of trouble. You gave
                                 them strength to struggle and to triumph, that they might serve You
                                 in freedom.

                                 Through Your spirit, the weak defeated the strong, the few
                                 prevailed over the many, and the righteous were triumphant. Then
                                 Your children returned to Your house, to purify the Temple and
                                 kindle its lights. And they established these eight days of
                                 dedication, to give thanks and praise to You.

                                 Grant, O God, that the heroic example of the Maccabees may
                                 inspire us to be loyal to our heritage and valiant for truth. May Your
                                 holy spirit help us to overcome the darkness of prejudice and
                                 hatred, spreading the lights of liberty and of love.

                                 These lights are a symbol of the joy we feel that our faith was saved
                                 from extinction. May their flames burn ever more brightly, to
                                 illumine our lives and to give light to all the world.

The Shamash (servant-candle) is kindled.
The candles are placed in the Hanukkah Menorah from right to left, and kindled from left to right.

Ba-ruch Atah Adonai Elo-hay-nu Melech ha-o-lam ah-share kid-sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav, v’tzi-
va-nu l-had-leek nayr shel Hanukkah.

Let us praise God, Ruler of the universe who hallows us through laws and ethical teachings,
and commands us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.

Ba-ruch Atah Adonai Elo-hay-nu Melech Ha-o-lam sh’ah-sah nee-seem la-avo-taynu u-l’ee-
mo-tay-nu, ba-ya-meem ha-haym, bas-man ha-zeh.

Let us praise God, Ruler of the Universe who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors
in days of old, at this season.

On the first night of Hanukkah only

Ba-ruch Atah Adonai Elo-hay-nu Melech ha-o-lam sh’he-chee-ya-nu v’kee-y’ma-nu v’he-gee-
ya-nu laz-man ha-zeh.

Let us praise God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling
us to reach this day of joy.

We kindle these lights in remembrance of the wondrous deliverances which God performed for our
ancestors. During the eight days of Hanukkah, these lights are holy. We are to use them for no other
purpose than to behold them, that we may give thanks for God’s wondrous acts of deliverance.

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Religious Education
Yes, it’s time to think about Hanukkah already. The holiday begins early this year on December 2nd. Like
many of you, rather than focusing on gift-giving, I am always trying to find ways to make Hanukkah
meaningful in my household. This is especially challenging when we live in a culture that advertises the
holiday season as an opportunity to spend money on material items to seemingly please our family and
One way I try to find meaning is to look at the word Hanukkah itself. Hanukkah means dedication or
rededication, signifying the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after defeat of the Syrians. So I like
to ask, “ Is there something in my life that I can dedicate or rededicate myself to?” For each us the response
will be different. Maybe it is spending quality time with our families, or quiet time with our partners, or
making our homes more comfortable, or spending more time with extended family and friends. I try to
make a personal commitment to rededicate myself to something or someone I cherish and then when the
hectic pace of the holiday sets in, I am focused and calm. Sometimes. (My son who was reading over my
shoulder, added that.)
Another way to add meaning to Hanukkah is to look at the Jewish tradition of giving. So much of our
tradition is based on mitzvot and tzedakah. We can add this element to our holiday in many ways: Choose
a family tzedakah recipient; volunteer at a shelter to serve meals; adopt a needy family to purchase gifts
for. Below are the names and websites of organizations that host “adopt a family for the holidays“
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center www.ChicagoCAC.org
The Children’s Place Association sponsors an adopt-a-family holiday gift program to benefit HIV/AIDS-
affected children and families www.childrens-place.org
Hephzibah Children's Association’s Family Based Services www.hephzibahhome.org
Metropolitan Family Services offers a family sponsorship program for local families in need.
Finally, I always try to remember that the process is at least as important as the outcome. So get your
children involved in making cards, baking cookies, choosing tzedakah projects, shopping for gifts, setting
the table, lighting the menorah, etc. You may even want to consider joining our Sinai trip to help rebuild
New Orleans April 6-9. (see page 6 for details.)These are the things they will remember long after the joy
of the “toy du jour” fades.
We hope you will join us for our annual Musical Menorah Hanukkah service and celebration on Friday,
December 3. This is a beautiful evening full of music and light followed by an old-fashioned Hanukkah party
complete with homemade brisket, potato latkes, dreidles, games and mitzvah projects.
May it be a happy and healthy Hanukkah for you and your families.
B’Shalom, Heidi Kon

  HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR CHILD’S                                        WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A
  PASSWORD-PROTECTED CLASS WEBSITE?                                    DOLLAR MAKE?
1. Go to http://chicagosinai.shutterfly.com to find a complete         Jordin Letchinger, age 7, and
   listing of all the sites for both Sunday and Wednesday              Samantha Letchinger, age 10, gave
   classes.                                                            their dollars to an animal shelter.
2. Click on the appropriate link to your child(ren)'s class(es).
                                                                       Drew Letchinger, age 7, gave her
3. In order to access the site, you will have to enter the             dollar to a person who is homeless
   password. If you misplaced the password, please contact             and living on the street.
   me at hkon@chicagosinai.org or call me at 312.867.7012
   and I will give it to you again.

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         Sinai Preschool

                                                                                             Accredited by NAEYC’s
                                                                                                 National Academy of
                                                                                           Early Childhood Programs

Dear Temple Families,

Our Wine and Cheese/Open House on October 28 was a great success! We were so pleased that we more than
achieved our goal with our Silent Auction. The funds raised go to support our Scholarship/Capital Improvement Fund.
Chicago Sinai Congregation generously matches the first $5000 we earn. Thanks to Luz Engman and Liz Darke,
Fundraising Co-Chairs who did an outstanding job. The event was wonderful and enjoyed by all.

My gratitude to the entire fundraising committee including: Tracy Baum, Beth Bortz, Jen Downing, Susie Hultquist,
Jill Engel Kling, Kathleen Gantz, Andrea Kinnear, Shari Levine, Barrie Lieberman, Clare Pinkert, Amy Rosenow,
Marni Slavick and Eric Israel, Christine Tepper and anyone else I failed to properly thank! We thank all the families
who attended the event, making the evening a great success. A special thanks to Mrs.Cielo Longan for her “labor of
love” in sewing together the quilt created by Classroom 2. As you can see from the photograph, it was a highly prized
auction item.

We thank the following generous individuals and companies who donated the items. Thanks to everyone, the preschool
is able to make education available to qualified students with limited financial resources, as well as provide capital
improvements to our preschool.

AARC Ballet & Dance                      Kathleen and William Gantz
Alter Ego Concierge                      Language Stars
Ambra Salon and European Spa             Lil Kickers
Amy and Joshua Rosenow                   Lill Studio
Art Effect                               Lille a Shop
Asha Salon & Spa                         Liz and Richard Darke
Barrie and Stephen Lieberman             Lynn McAdams
Benefit Cosmetics                        Mid-America Club
Bliss Spa                                More Cup Cakes
Blocks Babysitting Service               Piece Restaurant
Bubbles Academy                          Potash Bros. Markets                      Preschool parents at the Wine and
Bucktown Music                           Pump It Up                                Cheese/Open House, enjoying the
Debbie and Joe Welch                     Salon Blonde                        evening and bidding at the Silent Auction
Dos Diablos                              Spa Soak Chicago
Dr. Jerry Field                          Staci and Andrew Levy
Dreidels and More                        Suzanne and Larry Engman
Fantasy Kingdom                          The Little Gym
Fox and Obel                             Toys Et Cetera
Gymboree                                 Urban Emporium
Handle With Care                         Urban Oasis
Heritage Wine Cellars Ltd.               Water Tower Dental
Jennifer Downing and David Deckter       Windy City Car Service

Again, thanks for your support.

Sincerely,                                                                          Classroom creations at the Silent
Rochelle Friedman                                                            Auction—quilt made by Classroom 2 and
                                                                                             art work by each class

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            Tributes                            In the Lives of our Congregants
               TEMPLE FUND                               WE RECORD WITH SORROW
                                                        THE DEATH OF OUR MEMBERS
       In memory of Irving Friedman
         Beverly Kulbarsh-Fogelman                                Ted Weber,
                                                             Husband of Susan Weber
       In memory of Arnold Goldstine
             Marlene Goldstine
                                                CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF
        In memory of Jack B. Kahn
       Maxwell and Marcia Westerman                            Rachel Rotfeld,
                                                     Grandmother of Deanne (Andrew) Jester
           In memory of Lee Levi
                Susan Levi
                                                                PULPIT FLOWERS
In honor of Charles Kallick’s speedy recovery
             Eva and Marty Farkas                Kate Kestnbaum, Ellyn and John Daniels, Meyer
                                                         Kestnbaum and Cynthia Cook
   In honor of Susan Solomon’s Marriage                  in memory of Meyer Kestnbaum
         Charles and Gail Zugerman
                                                      Evelyn Averick and The Schor Family
       In honor of the High Holy Days                   in loving memory of Walter Averick
           Alan and Barbara Bisno
                                                                  The Moss Family
                                                 in honor of Jonathan Moss becoming a Bar Mitzvah

      In honor of the naming ceremony                       CONGRATULATIONS TO
          of our daughter, Savanah
       Sarah Fischer and Jonathan Stern                          Jonathan Moss,
                                                           Son of Randall & Elaine Moss
      In honor of the naming ceremony                       on becoming a Bar Mitzvah
of our daughter Stella Natasha Berkelhammer
       Charles and Jelena Berkelhammer                          Emily Saturno,
                                                       Daughter of Mark & Randee Saturno
                                                          on becoming a Bat Mitzvah

                                                                 Ryan Galowich,
                                                          Son of David & Dana Galowich
                                                           on becoming a Bar Mitzvah
              TRIBUTE FUNDS

      The Tribute Funds of Chicago
      Sinai Congregation make it
      possible to support a number of
                                                                  The Moss Family
      special programs at the Temple
                                                 in honor of Jonathan Moss becoming a Bar Mitzvah
      and in the community, while
      providing means for individuals to
      honor or remember their loved
      ones.       All contributions are
      recognized with either a card or
      letter. You may also wish to
      consider donating the pulpit
      flowers or sponsoring an oneg
      Shabbat as a way of honoring a
      special occasion or remembering a
      loved one. Please call the Temple
      office for further information.

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 Chicago Sinai Congregation
                                                                                                    DECEMBER                        2010

      Sunday                Monday           Tuesday        Wednesday                Thursday                  Friday            Saturday
                                                             1                      2                     3                     4
                                                            Light 1st Hanukkah     10:00am CJE at       TOY DRIVE ENDS         9:30am Torah Study
                                                            Candle                 Sinai                                       10:30am Emily
                                                            YPG Hanukkah           12:00pm Adult Ed:                           Satumo Bat Mitzvah
                                                            Happy Hour/Toy Drive   w/Rabbi Levinsky     6:15pm Musical
                                                            7:30am Weekday         1:00pm Bridge        Menorah/Shabbat
                                                            Worship Service        7:00pm Intro to      Service
                                                            8:00am Biblical        Judaism              (Oneg/Dinner)
                                                            11:00am PS
                                                            Hanukkah Celebration
                                                            4:00pm RS

  5                     6                7                   8                      9                    10                    11
9:30am Youth Choir     10:00am CJE at                       7:30am Weekday         10:00am CJE at        5:30pm Tot Shabbat 9:30am Torah Study
9:45am Brunch with     Sinai                                Worship Service        Sinai                 6:15pm Shabbat     10:30am Ryan
the Rabbis                                                  8:00am Biblical        12:00pm Adult Ed:     Service (Oneg)     Galowich Bar
10:00am RS                                                  Commentators           w/Rabbi Levinsky                         Mitzvah
10:00am NOLA Info                                           4:00pm RS              1:00pm Bridge
Session                                                                            7:00pm Intro to
11:00am Sunday                                                                     Judaism
Worship Service
Confirmation Class

12                     13               14                  15                     16                    17                    18
Lunch Program: Bring   10:00am CJE at   3:00pm Sinai Book   7:30am Weekday         10:00am CJE at     6:15pm Shabbat           9:30am Torah Study
Bag Lunches            Sinai            Club                Worship Service        Sinai              Service (Oneg)
9:30am Youth Choir     10:15am Movie                        8:00am Biblical        12:00pm Adult Ed:
10:00am RS
                       Group                                Commentators           w/Rabbi Levinsky
10:00am NOLA Info
Session                3:30pm Fourth                        4:00pm RS              1:00pm Bridge
11:00am Sunday Torah   Church Dinner                        6:00pm Dinner and      Class
Service                                                     Film                   7:00pm Intro to
12:30pm Confirmation                                                               Judaism
Class                                                                              7:00pm Film Review
12:30pm Outreach
12:30pm Book Review
19                     20               21                  22                     23                    24                    25
NO RS                                                       NO RS                  OFFICE CLOSES         OFFICE CLOSED         CHRISTMAS DAY
9:45am Brunch with                                          7:30am Weekday         AT 1 PM
the Rabbis                                                  Worship Service
11:00am Sunday                                              8:00am Biblical        12:00pm Adult Ed:     6:15pm Shabbat
Worship Service                                             Commentators           w/Rabbi Levinsky      Service
12:30pm Book
Review Group
2:00pm Sunday
Supper at Fourth

26                     27               28                  29                     30                    31
No Youth Choir                                              7:30am Weekday         OFFICE CLOSES         OFFICE CLOSED
No Adult Ed                                                 Worship Service        AT 1 PM
No Confirmation                                             8:00am Biblical
No RS                                                       Commentators
                                                                                   12:00pm Adult Ed:     6:15pm Shabbat
No Sunday Worship
                                                                                   w/Rabbi Levinsky      Service

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Please join the Young Families Club and Sinai Preschool for Tot Shabbat!
      Friday, December 10, 2010
      5:30-7:00 p.m.

      This music filled service will be
      conducted in our Chapel by one
      of our Rabbis and is ideal for
      children under the ages of 5
      years. Joel Frankel, singer,
      songwriter     and     children's
      entertainer, will be sharing his
      music and songs. Dinner and
      entertainment in the social hall
      will immediately follow service.

$20 per family for Temple members
$25 per family for non-members.
Call the Temple office at 312.867.7000 to make your reservations.

                   Chicago Sinai Congregation                        Periodicals Postage Paid at Chicago, IL.
                                    15 W. Delaware Place
                                    Chicago, Illinois 60610
                                         Tel 312.867.7000
                                        Fax 312.867.7006

                Michael P. Sternfield               Senior Rabbi
                David L. Levinsky               Associate Rabbi
                Howard A. Berman                 Rabbi Emeritus
                Peter B. Bensinger, Jr.                President
                Susan Solomon                 Executive Director
                Scott Kumer                       Music Director
                Heidi Kon                     Education Director
                Rochelle Friedman       Early Childhood Director
                Susan Solomon                      Bulletin Editor

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                      Volume 57 December 2010         No. 5

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