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Reno Jewish Story Club Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.
"The Gentile Jewesses" by Muriel Spark

All her life, Muriel Spark sought to make sense of how life blends people, traditions, things. She was born in Scotland to Bernard Camberg, a Lithuanian Jew, who blended with Sarah Uezzell, a Scottish Presbyterian [or perhaps not?]. At age 19, Muriel married Sidney Spark who took his bride to Zimbabwe where she gave birth to their/her only child, son Robin. The marriage fell apart after three years, Muriel abandoned her son to be raised by his Camberg grandparents. Mother and son were estranged all their lives -- he becoming devoted to his grandparents' Judaism and she drifting toward Roman Catholic practice. He became a late-blooming visual artist; she an award winning writer.

In "The Gentile Jewesses" there are autobiographical traces of Spark's personal life but the author is shielded by statements that the protagonist has only heard stories from third parties. Grandmother and mother had Jewish ancestors and lived at the intersection of their Jewish and Christian heritages [with appearances by Buddha and Greek goddesses on occasion]. When it suited them, these women touted one identity... or claimed a different heritage. Their years were enlivened with marches in support of suffrage; women beginning to master their own lives; and by that delicate question of how the world's highly divergent monotheistic religions could all be reflecting the one true God.

Discussion Leader: Alan Liebman

Hosts: Carol and Norman Subotky welcome Club members to their north Carson City home this month. Address and travel directions plus a copy of this month's story will be provided with your reservation confirmation. Ride sharing can be arranged from south Reno. You won't want to miss the beautiful Subotky rose garden this Spring.

RSVP Required: To reserve your seat(s), receive a PDF copy of this month's story and travel directions, please e-mail your name(s) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before sundown, Friday, June 22nd.

For this meeting the Club can accommodate 25 attendees, please remember [especially if you failed to use your seat recently] your reservation is your PLEDGE to attend the Reno Jewish Story Club meeting

Social time after the discussion. Refreshments served.

NEXT Club Meeting [mark your calendar!]: Monday, July 23, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.

Men's Club Breakfast June 3, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Our next Breakfast speaker for June is Dr. Hugh Shapiro.

1. We are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker an academician who spends considerable time both living and traveling through and studying the culture of China. Dr. Shapiro began learning the language and culture of China while growing up in Minneapolis. He has participated in the Smithsonian Journeys Program as a distinguished lecturer and guide. His undergraduate and Masters degree were earned at Stanford and his PhD was earned at Harvard in History and East Asian languages. He has taught at educational facilities in Taipei, Kyoto, and Shanghai as well as Princeton University. He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won that University’s highest teaching award. His specialities include healthcare, politics, culture and geopolitical policy. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Asian History in the History Department of UNR.

Dr. Shapiro will focus on China’s current strategic thinking towards its 14 neighboring countries, including Russia and North Korea, and the realities surrounding these complex relationships.

As usual, an RSVP is essential and can be made at: SinaiReno.org/Mens-Club

2. We will be ending our programs for this fiscal year with this Breakfast. Without nominations for Officers for next year, we will be forced into a reluctant hiatus. Bear in mind that our present pattern of Breakfast speakers can (perhaps should) change under new leadership. Perhaps we can consider more spirituality, more baseball, more cow bell, more hiking/skiing, more single malt, better food, more wine and music, more railroads, more health issues, more collaboration with our Sisterhood? This will be up to our new leaders and membership.

Steve Myerson, President
Temple Sinai Men’s Club

Financial Update #2 – New Dues Structure

As you know from the last newsletter, we have had budget deficits in each of the last three years and expect to have one again this year. In order to shore up Temple Sinai’s finances, as well as recognize our diverse congregational membership, below is the new dues structure for next year:

  • L’Dor v’Dor Level – $3,600 ($300/mo)
  • Mezin (Sustaining) Level – $1,800 ($150/mo)
  • Mana (Helping) Level – $1,200 ($100/mo) – for singles, single parents, and 65+ households
  • Maskil (Senior Single) Level – $900 ($75/mo) 65+ single person
  • First Year Introductory Level – $550 – for new members, first year only
  • Fees for Sinai School will remain unchanged from last year.

You will note that we now have five dues levels and have increased the sustaining dues level to $1,800 (a multiple of 18, or "chai" in Hebrew, meaning "life"). For everyone at any level, if you are willing and able to pledge more, please do so! We count on your pledges to cover 75-80% of our operating budget, although in the past we have been significantly short of this amount – hence the budget deficits.

We know, of course, that not everyone can financially afford one of the dues levels listed above and no one will be denied membership because of that. However, we do need everyone to provide some financial support to Temple Sinai. If you cannot meet the pledge level suggested based upon your circumstances, you may contact me or JaNon Barber, Temple Sinai’s Treasurer, to discuss your financial situation and agree to an amount that will not create an undue financial hardship for you.

You will be receiving your membership renewal form in the mail (and via email) in the next few weeks. Please look into your heart when selecting your dues for next year, and thank you in advance for helping us make Temple Sinai financially sound and ensuring we continue to be the largest, most active and welcoming Synagogue in Northern Nevada for years to come.

Jay Goldberg
Financial Officer (CFO)

 

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