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Dear Friend of Congregation Sinai,

2010-2011 5771

The Talmud says: “Hafoch Bah, Hafoch Bah, D’Kulei Bah - Turn it over and turn it over for everything is within it. “ “It” is the Torah, the compendium of Jewish knowledge, experience and wisdom, which has served as a nourishing and nurturing wellspring throughout the ages. Jewish learning is a life long endeavor and we are pleased to offer within these pages a number of stimulating classes appropriate for wherever you are in your life’s journey. Take time to peruse them. We offer opportunities to study on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, ongoing classes, and one time lectures, and scholar in residence weekends. I want to thank Jim Beer, the chair of our Adult Learning Committee, and Julie Lookatch, who produced the template on which his brochure is based. I wish for you a year of health and fulfillment. See you at Sinai! Rabbi David B. Cohen


Rabbi David B. Cohen

Adult Learning
Rabbi Emeritus Jay R. Brickman

Cantor Rebecca Robins

"Who, exactly, is a senior?" It depends on who you ask: AARP considers anyone of 50 to be a senior. Others say 65. Some even say 65 is the new 45. We, on the other hand, refuse to label. Instead, we use the following definition: A senior can be anyone, of any age, who values the wisdom that accrues over decades of living. If you appreciate good conversation, peppered with penetrating insights, the Senior Havurah is for you. Every fourth Tuesday of the month.


Phone: _______________________________ Email: _______________________________ Course Title Cost

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For online class registration, go to and click on the ONLINE REGISTRATION tab.


The Senior Havurah Returns with a Book Review
Rabbi Cohen discusses Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Michael Chabon’s book, The Jewish Policeman’s Union. “The novel begins the same way that Philip Roth launched The Plot Against America—with a fascinating historical footnote: what if, as Franklin Roosevelt proposed on the eve of World War II, a temporary Jewish settlement had been established on the Alaska panhandle? Roosevelt's plan went nowhere, but Chabon runs the idea into the present, back-loading his tale with a haunting history. Israel failed to get a foothold in the Middle East, and since the Sitka solution was only temporary, Alaskan Jews are about to lose their cold homeland. The book's timeless refrain: "It's a strange time to be a Jew." Into this world arrives Chabon's Chandler-ready hero, Meyer Landsman, a drunken rogue cop who wakes in a flophouse to find that one of his neighbors has been murdered. With his half-Tlingit, halfJewish partner and his sexy-tough boss, who happens also to be his exwife, Landsman investigates a fascinating underworld of Orthodox black-hat gangs and crime-lord rabbis. (from Publisher’s Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved)

Join us Tuesday, October 26 - 1:00 until 2:30 pm

Total: _______ Checks (made payable to Congregation Sinai) and registration forms can be mailed or returned to the office at Congregation Sinai • 8223 N. Port Washington Rd. • Fox Point, WI 53217 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Rabbi David B. Cohen Jeri Danz, School Administrator Phone: 414-352-2970 - Fax 414-352-0944

See Sinai News and the website for upcoming months’ topics!

"13 Years of the Best of New Jewish Filmmaking"
The 13th Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival Dates: October 10 to October 14, 2010 Place: Marcus North Shore Cinema 11700 North Port Washington Road, Mequon




This entertaining and educational series of events features an eclectic line-up of internationally renowned authors who bring global issues to center stage.

Jewish Book and Culture Fair

Share coffee and bagels and discuss spiritual and practical matters concerning God, work, family and more Day: 3rd Tuesday of each month Time: 7:45 am With: Rabbi David B. Cohen and Joe Glassman

Men's Spirituality Discussion Group

Date/Time: varies throughout month of November Sponsored by: Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC Contact: Dorene Paley (414) 967-8217

The Day of Discovery, a community-wide day of learning, is a unique opportunity for adults, young adults and families to discover the richness and diversity of Jewish learning available within greater Milwaukee.

Day of Discovery

verse by verse, line by line, word by word... Day: Saturdays Time: 8:00 am Facilitator: Rabbi Jay Brickman, Rabbi David B. Cohen

• TORAH STUDY • Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011 Time: Starts at 8:30 am Sponsored by: Coalition for Jewish Learning Contact: Alice Jacobson (414) 963-2727

Day: Wednesdays Time: 9:30 am Facilitator: Rabbi Jay Brickman

A Modern Rabbi's and Jungian Analyst's Approach to the Bible

Milwaukee Area Council of Reform Congregations Annual Shabbat - Friday, March 18, 2011 Speaker - Hannah Rosenthal
Special Envoy and the head of Office To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the Obama Administration

Women’s Ways of Reading the Bible:
From traditional to modern including feminist readings and modern midrash Day: Fridays (beginning October 1st) Time: 9:30 am Facilitator: Dr. Sherry Blumberg

For upcoming event information, be sure to watch for the Sinai e-newsletter or check our website Community event listings can also be found at

Parashat ha'shuvuah through many and varied commentaries found in Torah La'Am Day: Fridays Time: 12:00 pm Facilitator: Dr. Larry Hurwitz

Lunch & Learn:



Congregation Sinai is partnering with Congregations EmanuEl Bne Jeshurun and Shalom, and with Judaism Without Walls to bring a special opportunity to learn in pairs.


Dates: Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16 Facilitator: Cantor Rebecca Robins Register at:

Asher Yatzar: Spirituality and Exercise

Our morning liturgy teaches us, every day, that God created us with such wisdom and skill that our bodies are designed in perfect balance. In a time when balance in our lives seems to evade us, how do we become God’s partners in maintaining the perfect balance we were created with? We know that diet and exercise are the basis for helping us care for our bodies. If maintaining our bodies establishes our partnership with God, then aren’t diet and exercise spiritual acts? Join us as we explore the connection between spirituality, exercise and nutrition. We will explore the science of exercise and our soulful connections, as well as hear from athletes who enjoy a sense of spirituality in their practice. Finish off this three week course with us at the gym, where we will practice some of what we have learned.

Chav• ru• ta - pro. chav-RU-tah.
noun. [from Aramaic for friend]


A time-tested approach to learning in which pairs study a shared text in discussion and debate. It has been a primary learning method used by Jewish people for thousands of years.


A great new program connecting Jewish people and institutions in Milwaukee through our common legacy and heritage - Torah learning.

Dates: Tuesdays, December 7, 14, 21 Facilitator: Marge Eiseman Register at:

Make Your Own Tallit: Tie Your Own Tzitzit!


How often in life do we have the opportunity to create an heirloom? There is an idea in Judaism called "Hidur Mitzvah", the enhancement of a mitzvah. It is a wonderful thing to create a tallit for yourself or for a loved one, to learn how to tie the tzitzit on the corners, but to adorn it to make it meaningful is an added bonus. Come fulfill the mitzvah of “Hidur Mitzvah”!

n our fast-paced lives, we often struggle to find time to deepen our connection to Judaism through learning. This is why we created Chavruta. We will match you with an over-the-phone partner who can help you become more knowledgeable and connected to your Jewish identity with the flexibilty that your busy schedule demands.

Popular Topics Include:
• Kabbalah and Mysticism • Talmudic Law and Study • The State of Israel in Jewish Thought • Classical Hebrew • Weekly Torah Portion


• Marriage and Sexuality • Reincarnation and the Afterlife • Jewish History • Business and Medical Ethics


Classes begin the week of October 5 and run through the week of May 10 (schedule to be distributed) Cost: $225 for members -$325 for non-members Register at: When we see how many people are interested, we’ll divide up into classes. Day: Tuesdays Time: 6:00 pm


“Basic Judaism for Adults ”
Time: 10:30 am - noon Facilitator: Rabbi David Cohen Register at: Dates: Sunday Mornings, 10/17, 11/21,12/19, 1/23,2/13,3/13, 4/17, 5/15

Beginning Hebrew

Intermediate Hebrew
Day: Tuesdays Time: 6:00 pm

Perhaps it’s been a few years since you studied Judaism? Maybe the last time was when you were a child or adolescent? If you are interested in approaching Judaism as a modern adult, then this class is for you! Over eight monthly sessions, we’ll address questions, such as: How do Jews talk about God? What’s the difference between religion and spirituality? What do we believe about the afterlife? What role did Jews and Judaism really play in the life of Jesus? What’s the difference between reform, conservative, orthodox and reconstructionist streams of Judaism? Where does the modern state of Israel fit into current Jewish identity?

Day: Thursdays Time: 7:15 pm Day: Tuesdays Time: 7:30 pm

Advanced Biblical Hebrew Advanced Conversational Hebrew

Sunday Roundtable Discussions Day: Selected Sundays Time: 10:30 – 12:00 am Facilitator: Rabbi Cohen and various others Topics:

October 24: Ethical Will Writing Workshop Special Guest, Rabbi Elana Zaiman November 9: Kaballah and Reincarnation Special Guest, Rabbi David Begoun

February 27: April 30:

January 30: Israel - the long view Special Guest, Moshe Pomerantz Science and Religion

Jewish Medical Ethics

Rabbi Elana Zaiman

For many centuries, Jews have written, in addition to wills disposing of their material assets, an ethical will, through which they share their hopes and dreams for their families and progeny. A rich, evocative body of literature, historical ethical wills illuminate the personal concerns of Jewish families throughout the world. Today, Jews continue to write ethical wills to frame the moral legacy they intend to pass down to those who follow.

Every second Shabbat of the month is designated a Sabbath of Learning. In lieu of a more formal sermon or d’var Torah, we’ll study the weekly portion or another of our traditions sacred texts and shed the light of our traditions’ wisdom in our lives and the events that surround us.

Shabbat Limud

Rabbi Elana Zaiman is the first woman rabbi from a family spanning four generations of rabbis. She holds a BA in religion and psychology from George Washington University and a MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. Elana also received MA degrees in Judaic Studies and Hebrew Literature, as well as rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. For five years Elana served as a rabbi at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Synagogue. She has also been the program director and acting director at Tufts University Hillel in Massachusetts, and program associate and associate scholar-in-residence at Brandeis-Bardin Institute in California. Currently, Elana is the chaplain for the aged at The Caroline Kline Galland Home and The Summit at First Hill in Seattle, WA. She travels throughout the United States and Canada serving as a scholar-in-residence and visiting rabbi. Elana lives in Seattle with her husband, Seth, and their son, Gabriel.

Judaism and the afterlife? Orthodox Rabbi David Begoun presents traditional Jewish views of reincarnation, from a Hasidic viewpoint.

Date: November 9 Facilitator: Rabbi David Begoun Register at:

Kaballah and Reincarnation

Date: March 29, April 5, April 12 Participants: Milwaukee’s Reform Rabbis Register at:
Ever wonder how Milwaukee’s reform rabbis differ in their thinking, practice, and philosophies? Tuesdays with the Rabbis is your opportunity to come engage in dialogue with Milwaukee’s reform rabbis on a range of topics including, but probably not limited to, the state of Jewish identity; the place of Israel in our Jewish lives; what makes reform Judaism “reform?” Eachof the three sessions will stand alone, so feel free to attend two, even if you have to miss one.

Tuesdays with the Rabbis!

Register at: Why Write an Ethical Will? Date: Friday, October 22 Time: 6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat services Ethical Will Text Study Date: Saturday, October 23 Time: 4:00 pm

Dates: Tuesday, June 7 Time: 9:00 pm Facilitator: Rabbi David Cohen and Cantor Rebecca Robins Register at:
Join a panel discussion of congregants as we discuss our beliefs and feelings about the Torah’s origins and its place in our lives.

Tikun Leil Shavuot

Ethical Will Writing Workshop Date: Sunday, October 24 Time: 10:30 am.