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Women of the Wall

On Sunday, January 23, 2022, Har Sinai Temple Sisterhood hosted a fascinating program about the Women of the Wall movement in Israel.

Our guest speaker was Cantor Tamar Havilio of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, MN, who is also known as the “Cantor of the Kotel” from her many years of leading women in song in their monthly Rosh Chodesh services at the Western Wall (the Kotel).

Women of the Wall is a multi-denominational Jewish feminist organization based in Israel, with the purpose to secure women’s rights to pray together at the Western Wall — singing, reading, or chanting aloud from the Torah and wearing religious garments, like a Tallit and Tefillin.

During her fascinating presentation, Cantor Havilio shared her experiences — both uplifting and harrowing — leading these services in which the women were all too frequently met with vitriol, violence, and even arrest.  We hope you will enjoy watching the recording of the hour-long program.

Should you be moved to support this just cause, please visit the URL: Women of the Wall – the Modern-Day Western Wall Liberators to make a monetary donation or purchase any of the items from their website symbolic of prayer.

Watch the Zoom presentation: https://vimeo.com/669250710/50c3f595a0

Discover more about Women of the Wall: https://www.womenofthewall.org.il/

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Har Sinai Welcomes Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg

Har Sinai Temple recently welcomed Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg, a long time friend of Rabbi Goldson’s, who gave a very thought-provoking and inspiring sermon for Shabbat Services. Rabbi Arnie is the Rabbi Emeritus of Shir Tikvah Congregation in Troy, Michigan.

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Sisterhood Holds Annual Red Tent Shabbat

On September 25th, the women of Har Sinai Temple – our Sisterhood – held the annual Red Tent Shabbat.

Timed to coordinate with the festival of Sukkot and experienced within and around our handmade Sukkah adjacent to our Temple building. We kicked the event off with gentle Chair Yoga movements and stretches to clear the mind and open us up to the gift of Shabbat Shalom; followed by a modern morning service filled with music and melody, sounds and symbols of Sukkot, and meaningful prayer that united us ritual and spirit. We concluded with a tasty Oneg sponsored and prepared by our very own our resident musician and educator. A beautiful time was had by all, and we look forward to welcoming new members to our program in 2022.

Oseh Shalom