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Learning at Sinai School“Rabbi Elazar said Rabbi Hanina said: Torah scholars increase peace in the world, as it is said: 'And all your children [banayich] shall be taught of Adonai, and great shall be the peace of your children.' (Isa. 54:13) Do not read your children [banayich], but your builders [bonayich]."
~Talmud Brakhot 64a

The value of teaching Torah l’dor vador, from generation to generation, means that parents, teachers and the rabbi are partners in the Jewish education of our children. Sinai School exists to teach the next generation Jewish values and the relevance of Torah, (Jewish teachings), Avodah (prayer) and gemilut chasadim (deeds of loving-kindness). Our classes provide a deeper understanding of Jewish culture and practice for meaningful lives and character development. Sinai School helps build Jewish community among our families and Jewish children while building positive Jewish identity in all our children. Together, we are creating the future builders of the Jewish people.

It begins in Kindergarten and continues through the 7th grade. Meeting on Sunday mornings from late August through late May, children engage in developmentally-appropriate learning in both Judaism and Hebrew language competencies. The classes are: K-1st, 2nd-3rd grades, 4th-5th grades and 6th-7th grades (B’nei Mitzvah). One Sunday per month we host a Whole Family Day around Jewish holidays where parents and children of all ages learn about and celebrate that month’s holiday together.

Sinai School meets from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, except on certain holiday weekends and school holidays.

Families are invited to our Family Shabbat held on the first Friday of every month for a shorter family-focused service and Shabbat Potluck Dinner. Twice a year we also hold a Shabbat overnight retreat for our families with children.

To find out more, please contact our Sinai School Assistant Director or call 775-747-5508.

      • Click the "Family Calendar" section below to view the current year’s complete Family Calendar.
      • For Sinai School prices and registration, click the links in the "School Registration" section below.
      • Click the "Sinai School Bios" section below for Sinai School administrator and teacher bios.

 

School Registration

Looking forward to the new year of Sinai School and Family programming. Sign up your kids for Sinai School today! Click the links below to begin:

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Sinai School Staff

rachel katz sinai school assistant dir sy2017 150wRACHEL KATZ
Sinai School Assistant Director

Rachel Elise Katz feels honored to serve as the next Sinai School Assistant Director and teacher of the 6th-7th  grade B'nai Mitzvah class. Born in Southern California and mainly raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, she attended Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson and eventually became a teacher's assistant for Sunday school. Currently, Rachel is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying journalism and criminal justice. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish interest sorority and Vice President of Hillel. Her hobbies include reading, improv and comedic writing, swimming, running, biking and just being outside in general. She is excited to get to know the students of Sinai School and their parents. She also looks forward to meeting many more members of Temple Sinai. CLICK HERE to send her an email if you have any questions.

 

Family Calendar

2017-2018 / 5778

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September 1
SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS:
6:00 pm. Outdoor Shabbat at Las Brisas Park
September 4 Labor Day Weekend
September 8
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service
September 10
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. First Day of Sinai School (Parents join first half hour)
10:30 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
September 17 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
   (Evening Wed. Sept 20 – 21: Rosh HaShanah)
September 21
1:00 Rosh HaShanah Family Service
5:30 p.m. Tashlich at Galena
September 24
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School (9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Special Service for High Holy Days)
   (Evening Fri. Sept. 29 – 30: Yom Kippur)
September 30 1:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Family Service
   
October 1
NO Sinai School (Post Yom Kippur and Fall Break)
10:30 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting and Build the Sukkah
   (Oct. 2 – 6: Washoe County Fall Break)
   (Evening Wed. Oct. 4 – 11: Sukkot)
October 6
Tot Shabbat and Family Shabbat & Potluck in the Sukkah
October 8
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sukkot Family Celebration
October 15
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
October 22
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
October 29
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
   
November 3
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat & Potluck
November 5
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
November 12
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School (Veterans’ Day)
November 19 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
November 26 NO Sinai School (Thanksgiving Weekend)
   
December 1
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat & Potluck
December 2 Parent's Night Out
December 3
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
December 10 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
   (Evening Tues. Dec. 12 - 20: Chanukah)
December 15 Chanukah Party and Shabbat Unplugged
December 17 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Chanukah Family Celebration
December 24 NO Sinai School (Washoe County Winter Break)
   (Dec. 25 - Jan. 15: Washoe County Winter Break)
December 31
NO Sinai School (Washoe County Winter Break)
   
January 5
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat & Potluck
January 7
NO Sinai School (Washoe County Winter Break)
January 14
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend)
January 21
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
January 27 Parent's Night Out
January 28
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tu B’Shevat Family Day
   (Evening Tues. Jan. 30 – 31: Tu B’Shevat)
   
February 2
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Community Shabbat Service & Tu B’Shevat-Themed Pot-Luck
February 3
10:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins
February 4
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
February 11
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
February 18
NO Sinai School (Presidents’ Day Weekend)
February 25
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Purim Family Celebration
   (Evening Wed. Feb. 28 - Mar. 1: Purim)
   
March 2
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat & Potluck
March 4
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
March 10 Family Havdallah Potluck
March 11
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
March 18 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mitzvah Day
March 25 NO Sinai School (Washoe County Spring Break)
   (Mar. 26 - April 6: Washoe County Spring Break)
   (Evening Fri. Mar 30 - Apr. 7: Passover)
   
April 1
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Passover Family Celebration (despite Spring Break)
April 6
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat & Potluck (Passover)
April 8
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
   (Wed. April 12: Yom HaShoah)
April 14 10:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Jenna Stovak
April 15
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
   (Wed. April 18: Yom HaZikaron / Israeli Memorial Day)
   (Thurs. April 19: Yom Ha’Atzma’ut / Israel Independence Day)
April 21 2nd Annual Spring Simcha Fundraiser
April 22
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Yom Ha’Atzma’ut / Israel Independence Day Family Celebration
April 29
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
   
May 4
5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat & Potluck
May 5
10:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Eli Schumer
May 6
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sinai School
10:00 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
May 13
NO Sinai School (Mother’s Day)
May 19
10:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Sovereign Edmands
   (Evening Sat. May 19 – 21: Shavuot)
May 20
Last Day of Sinai School (Shavuot)
   
June 1
5:30 p.m. Outdoor Tot Shabbat
6:00 p.m. Shabbat Under the Stars
June 2
10:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Lucas Gorelick
June 10 Sinai School End of Year Picnic
June 16 10:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Diego Guzman
   
August 24-26 Family Retreat

Upcoming B'nei Mitzvah Schedule

Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins
February, 3, 2018

Jenna Stovak
April 14, 2018

Eli Schumer
May 5, 2018

Sovereign Edmands
May 19, 2018

Lucas Gorelick
June 2, 2018

Diego Guzmán
June 16, 2018

Jacob Bainton
June 30, 2018

Leah Nisenfeld
October 6, 2018