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2017 / 2018 Committee Chairs

Committees Coordinator Jill Flanzraich  Email Committee Chair
Adult Education (unfilled)
 Email Committee Chair
Building Grounds & Safety Michael Gorden
 Email Committee Chair
By-Laws & Policies Caren Jenkins  Email Committee Chair
Caring Harvey Katz  Email Committee Chair
Chavurah Shabbat Groups Lynn Robins
 Email Committee Chair
Communications Rachel Katz  Email Committee Chair
Familyhood Beth Slamowitz
 Email Committee Chair
Financial Advisory Council of Temple Sinai (FACTS) Jay Goldberg  Email Committee Chair
Jewish Practice Marilyn Roberts  Email Committee Chair
Library Jill Flanzraich  Email Committee Chair
Membership Mary Allstead
 Email Committee Chair
Social Action Committee Tova Ramos
 Email Committee Chair



Adult Education Committee

The Adult Education Committee is dedicated to providing lifelong Jewish learning opportunities to members and the broader community.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: Monthly or as needed.
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Interest in coordinating events, public speaking, teaching, learning and growing, and helping to organize programs.
  • Committee Contact: (unfilled) Email the committee chair. (Click to contact Rabbi Bair.)



By-Laws & Policies Committee

The By-Laws and Policies Committee evaluates Temple Sinai's current bylaws to determine whether changes should be proposed to the congregation to bring the governing documents more in line with the Temple's mission, vision, procedures and desired operations.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: At least quarterly or as needed.
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Open minds, wordsmithing abilities, advocacy and consensus building skills, an appreciation for varied perspectives, email and online meetings preferred.
  • Committee Contact: Caren Jenkins, ChairEmail the committee chair.



Caring Committee

The Caring Committee reaches out to members in times of difficulty or sadness due to physical and/or emotional issues and in times of great celebration. With the rabbi, it develops programs including visits to homebound people and to assisted living facilities (leading services with traditional foods), making anniversary and birthday phone calls, sending condolence and get well cards, and providing illness and bereavement support, including meals or soup delivery.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: Bi-monthly, 5:15 p.m. the 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • Preferred skills, interests, and talents: Empathy and perseverance.
  • Committee Contact: Harvey Katz, Chair Email the committee chair.



Chavurah Shabbat Committee

The Chavurah Shabbat Committee seeks to cultivate a culture of home-based Shabbat practice in the community, while strengthening connections within the Sinai community. Each of our Chavurot is different. Some meet on Friday night, while others meet on Saturday. The facilitator of each Chavurah asks for volunteers to organize a Shabbat lunch or dinner in their home. The Temple supplies prayer booklets and/or discussion sheets that touch on that week's Torah portion while encouraging a deeper level of sharing around topic, religious or current event, to discuss. On special occasions, the Chavurot meet at the Temple for a full Temple Shabbat dinner and event.

The goals are threefold:

  1. Strengthen the social fabric of community.
  2. Deepen members' experience of Shabbat as a home-based practice.
  3. Cultivate a culture of hospitality and relationship-building.

There ared five Chavurah groups: Westside (Laura Ashkin), Sparks (Lynne Daus), Downtown (Lynn Robins), Galena (Mary Katz), and JOTSS (Deb Garrett).

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: Quarterly starting in September, December, March and June.
  • Committee Contact: Lynn Robins, Lead Facilitator  Email the committee chair.



Familyhood Committee

The Familyhood Committee serves to voice the concerns and interests of members with children from infancy thorugh age 18 and to provide support for programs such as Torah for Tots, Sinai School and SUNNY youth group.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency:Usually monthly on Sunday mornings.
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Interest in pursuing family activities and interests.
  • Committee Contact: Beth Slamowitz, Chair Email the committee chair.



Jewish Practice Committee

The Jewish Practice Committee (JPC) works in partnership with the rabbi in all areas of Jewish practice and worship. The JPC ensures all ritual items are maintained in good repair. The JPC reviews, updates and coordinates all holiday services and ritual practices/community minhag.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: Last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Interest in ritual, commitment and reliability.
  • Committee Contact: Marilyn Roberts, Chair Email the committee chair.



Library Committee

The Library Committee meets monthly and oversees the operations of the Main and Youth Libraries. Responsibilities include updating the databases, refining and adding to the collections to meet the needs of the membership and Sinai School faculty, and overseeing projects related to Tikkun Olam.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: Monthly
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Interest in literacy and Jewish learning.
  • Committee Contact: Jill Flanzraich, Chair Email the committee chair.



Membership Committee

The Membership Committee develops, implements, and directs all activities relating to maintaining and increasing membership in Temple Sinai. The goal of the committee is to help strengthen relationships among members.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: Monthly
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Interest in outreach and friendship.
  • Committee Contact: Mary Allstead, Chair Email the committee chair.



Social Action Committee

The Temple Sinai Social Action Committee (TSSAC) addresses critical human needs. Jewish ethics and values compel us to practice Tikkun Olam - to work toward a better world in the here and now. We demonstrate Jewish ethics and values to the broader Reno community by being a visible resource for facilitating strategic, constructive, collaborative societal improvements.

  • Committee Meeting Frequency: At least once a month or more frequently as needed.
  • Preferred skills, interests and talents: Passion and energy to get involved in causes impacting our Greater Reno Community.
  • Committee Contact: Tova Ramos, Chair Email the committee chair.