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The Traditional Egalitarian Minyan At Sinai Temple
by Arthur Robinson
For more than a quarter century we have seen young children of Minyan members grow up, become Bar or Bat Mitzvah in a Traditional Minyan Service, and eventually lead parts of services. We have seen many stalwarts leave town and we have mourned Minyan members who have passed away.
From the very beginning of the Traditional High Holy Day Services at Sinai Temple, congregants gave the derashes on the morning of the First Day of Rosh Hashanah and on the morning of Yom Kippur. Sometimes the derash would be a traditional one, explicating the Torah or Haftarah portion. Often it would be a personal account of how the speaker came to or came back to Judaism. The lives of remarkable relatives and moving stories were common themes. Recollections of growing up in secular or observant homes and neighborhoods reflect the infinite variety of Jewish life in this country and abroad.
There could be no more fitting tribute to those who over the years have worked so hard and so well to make the Traditional Minyan flourish than this collection of derashes, for which this brief recollection serves as an introduction. Full story
100 Years of Sinai Temple
Amid the Alien Corn
100 Years of Sinai Temple in Champaign, IL
Amid the Alien Corn is a lively portrayal of Sinai Temple's long, rich history and its promising future. A colorful patchwork of facts and figures, personal reminiscences and stories by and about leaders and members of the Sinai Temple family - past and present - its pages lovingly depict the congregation's struggles and successes, as well as trends in the evolution of Reform Judaism throughout the last century.
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History Of The Torah Study Group at Sinai Temple
The following is the piece that Alvan Bregman, Pete Siegel, and Barak RosenshineI wrote in honor of David Goodman and to commemorate the Torah Study Group. August 11, 2011.
The Torah Study Group was initiated by Jean Deichman and Rabbi Brad Bloom in 1993. The group met around a table in a small room off the library and the earliest members were Jean Deichman, Achsah Guibbory, Rob Manester, Robert Ferrer, Esther Steinberg, Sybelle Timberlake, Astrid Berkson, Carol Mizrachi Anita Hamburg, Blanche Sudman Rabbi Neuman.
David Goodman (z”l), Rob Silverman, Rabbi Klein, and Barak Rosenshine joined in 1995, and the group expanded after we moved to a larger room in the new addition. Rob, Robert, and Sybelle are active members to this day, and David was an active member for 16 years. Full Article
May is Jewish American Heritage Month.
What better time to revisit the Jewish heritage of our own community. Over the years during the High Holy Days there have been so many memorable Drashot given at Sinai Temple by members of the Traditional Minyan. In 2004 as part of Sinai’s 100 year celebration many of these stories were collected in a book entitled "Book Of Lives". The book itself is in the Library of Congress but now for the first time the individual drashes are available on line. For more information about the book contact Ray Spooner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History. This coalition was composed of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Leading the way in implementation of the annual celebration is the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition, formed in March 2007 and convened by United Jewish Communities, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the American Jewish Historical Society. Library Of Congress Jewish American Heritage Month home page