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Current Newsletter Issue

Sinai's Semi-Monthly eNewsletter
Reno's Reform Jewish Congregation
30 Sivan 5777
23 June 2017
News from Sinai
 Shalom Temple Sinai Family and Friends,




There are several members of the Board who will be leaving after this year and I would like to thank them for their service to Temple Sinai. Their friendship and support these past years are greatly cherished.

Nicole Appel joined the congregation four years ago and jumped right in volunteering, managing Facebook and chairing FASE. She has brought so many ideas, events, and programs to us – from cooking classes to Sunday cinema to the very successful Holiday Bazaar – and gave generously of her time on so many occasions. Nicole was the person who brought the idea of welcoming refugee families to Reno to the Social Action Committee.

Ellen Lessinger served as the Board secretary and provided the minutes in record time. She was also the President of Sisterhood and has been an active volunteer for many years, helping out at every event she could attend.

Pam Sloan stepped up to be the Treasurer this past year and provided diligent oversight, excellent reports, and a more complete understanding of the financial requirements of our Temple. Her many years of service and commitment to our community will continue as she is the new Sisterhood president.

Nurit Stites returned to Board service this year and her active participation there and on the Jewish Practice Committee is very much appreciated.

Doug Goodman served on the Board for nine years, most recently as Immediate Past President and of course, as President before me. He has served the community in a variety of ways as well and he, and his wife Saundra, have given so much of their time and energy over the years. For the past four years he has provided that important historical context as a member of the Board and served as a valued mentor.

We very much appreciate our volunteers and their tireless efforts which support the Temple in a variety of ways. If you click on the link, you will find the names of the 65 volunteers we honor for their service this year. Certificates of Appreciation for these volunteers are available to pick up at our office. Volunteers provided support for the adult and family programs this year, welcomed new members, and brought food and comfort to congregants in need.

I would especially like to thank Rod Sloan, Chair of Building, Grounds, and Security, for taking care of our facility and property promptly, efficiently and at the lowest cost. He has done so very much for Temple Sinai over the years, either doing the work himself or overseeing the projects. Rod also served on the board as the President, and along with several others on the Past Presidents Council, served as a friend and mentor.

Temple Sinai will continue to grow and thrive as a vibrant Jewish community with the continuing commitment of talent, time, energy and enthusiasm of its membership.



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Recent Photos from Temple Sinai

 Rabbi Bair with Griffin and Parents Traci and Jeff with Rabbi Soifer reading the Torah
Left to right: Rabbi Bair, parents Tracy and Jeff,
Bar Mitzvah candidate Griffin and Rabbi Soifer at the
Bar Mitzvah of Griffin Toby Kutler Dodd, June 10, 2017.

Rabbi Bair, Griffin, Rabbi Myra and Jeff Gingold before the Ark
Left to right: Rabbi Bair, Griffin, Rabbi Soifer and
Dr. Jeff Gingold at the Bar Mitzvah of Griffin Toby Kutler Dodd,
June 10, 2017.

Nevada Clergy Association Bi-annual Luncheon at Temple Sinai, 2017-06-20
Nevada Clergy Association Bi-Annual Luncheon at Temple Sinai,
June 20, 2017. Photo credit: Jill Flanzraich.



Shabbat Korach -- שַׁבָּת קֹרַח

  • Torah Reading:
    Numbers 16:1 - 18:32
  • Haftarah Reading:
    I Samuel 11:14 - 12:22


Friday, June 23

  • 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service 

    Thanks to the Friends of the Gertler Family for hosting this week's Oneg Shabbat in honor of Alan and Camille Gertler for their years of service and dedication to Temple Sinai as they leave Reno and also for their coming year in Israel. Thanks also to this week's greeters, Temple Board members, Steve Weidman and Mary Allstead.

    If you would like to host a future Oneg Shabbat to celebrate a special event in your life with the community, please call the Temple office at 747-5508 or sign up online here.





Meal Sign-Up

meal_sign-upMazel tov to Erin and Terry Levenberg on the birth of their son, Theodore! Please share in showing them the support of the Temple Sinai caring community by signing up to bring these new-ish members of Temple Sinai meals over the next few weeks. The Hebrew naming ceremony for both their children will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 6 at Temple Sinai.

Click here to sign up >>



Annual Membership Renewal Drive

All membership renewals are due in the Temple office no later than Friday, June 30, 2017. Save a stamp and RENEW ONLINE TODAY. It's quick and easy!






2017 Temple Sinai Shabbat Under the Stars - July 7, August 4 and September 1




CALENDAR: This Coming Week

Sunday, June 25

  • 10:00 a.m. Temple Sinai Board Retreat (Small Social Hall)

Tuesday, June 27

  • 7:00 p.m. Israeli Folk Dance Night
    (1st time FREE, $5 regular, $3 for students)

Wednesday, June 28

  • 12:00 p.m. Talmud Study (Sinai Library)
  • 6:00 p.m. Sisterhood Planning Meeting (Small Social Hall)
  • 7:00 p.m. Jewish Practice Committee Meeting (Library)

Thursday, June 29

  • 7:00 p.m. International Folk Dance Night ($3 per person)

Friday, June 30

  • 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service
  • 6:00 p.m. Community Shabbat Service
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation from Leon Malmed, author of We Survived... At Last I Speak (Click here for details. Event is free an open to all.)

Saturday, July 1

  • 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service
  • 10:30 a.m. Torah Study





CALENDAR: Save the Date

Tuesday, July 3-4

  • Temple Sinai Office Closed (July 4th Holiday)

Wednesday, July 5

  • 12:00 p.m. Talmud Study (Sinai Library)

Thursday, July 6

  • 7:00 p.m. International Folk Dance Night ($3 per person)

Friday, July 7

  • 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Under the Stars Service & Bring-Your-Own Picnic led by Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer at Las Brisas Park, NW Reno


Wednesday, July 12

  • 12:00 p.m. Talmud Study (Sinai Library)
  • 7:00 p.m. Temple Board Meeting (All Temple members are welcome to attend.)

Friday, July 14

  • Temple Office Closed (Administrator Vacation Day)
  • 7:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Dr. Jeff Gingold

Saturday, July 15

  • 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service
  • 10:30 a.m. Torah Study





COMMUNITY: News & Events

Reno Jewish Story Club Meeting
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 26

Story Title: "Felix Emeritus" by Joseph Epstein

As the Story Club has seen once before, author Epstein's special skills include creating characters who are much like people you know, and telling a story with considerable irony and humor. His characters tell jokes you think you should have heard before... but didn't. They fall when you expect them to rise. Epstein stories spotlight the challenging relations between siblings, between parents and children, and in this month's story, between residents of a retirement home. Every story has a Jewish milieu but the relationships are universally human.

Felix Arnstein, an ailing professor emeritus and lifelong bachelor, moves to a retirement home. He becomes acquainted with his new companions and the ghosts they bring from earlier times: "…I'd like you to meet Harry Feldstein, used to be Linoleum City on Cermak Road…." There's plenty of time in a retirement home day to reflect on your used-to-be's.

Felix is given the chance to walk through someone else's years when Max Schindler (…"used to be Schindler and Rabinowitz Plumbing…") asks him to read the autobiography he's written. Finding parallels and contrasts to his own years gives Felix a new appreciation of life that his book learning never provided.

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) and 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 23rd.

For this meeting the Club can accommodate 25 attendees, please remember your reservation is your PLEDGE to attend the Reno Jewish Story Club meeting.
Social time after the discussion. Refreshments served.

NEXT Club Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday, JULY 24.






We thank those who support Temple Sinai.

Cemetery Fund

  • Lucille Alexander

General Fund

  • Phil Shalitt
  • Evan and Suzy Klass
  • Lucille Alexander
  • Laura Ashkin and Chris Stanton in memory of Julius Ashkin, father of Laura

Library Fund

  • The Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Jill Flanzraich and her diligent assistance during the recent Introduction to Judaism class

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

  • Jane Townley and Jeff Gingold in memory of Joe Townley, father of Jane
  • The Kutler Dodd family with gratitude to Rabbi Bair for all his help in preparing for the Bar Mitzvah of Griffin Kutler Dodd

Please Consider Making a Donation... *

* Available Funds to Contribute Into:
  • General Fund: General operating expenses
  • Capital Fund: Servicing capital improvements to the Synagogue
  • Cemetery Fund: Maintenance of the Hebrew cemetery
  • FF&I Fund: Furnishings, fixtures and interior improvements
  • Jewish Practice Fund: Sanctuary and religious supplies,
       Torah mantles, and other Jewish Practice expenses
  • Library Fund: to support the Temple library
  • Maintenance Fund: Building and grounds maintenance
  • Music Fund: Events, equipment, musicians
  • Rabbi's Discretionary Fund: Directly supports the Rabbi’s
       tzedekah efforts and hospitality
  • Sinai School Fund: General school needs, scholarships, and hiring a new Jewish Family Education Director
  • Youth Engagement Fund: Supports our youth and teen programs





This Week Kaddish will be said for...

Recent Deaths and Shivah
  • NONE 
    Sh'loshim (Deaths these past 30 days)
    • NONE
      • Lottie Cohn in the Virginia City Cemetery, June 18 *
      • Claire A.P. Duffie, Jr. father of Linda Duffie, June 18
      • Nathan Nussbaum, 25 Sivan (June 19) *
      • Paul Rubin, June 20 *
      • Sharon Westoby mother of Jay Rutkovitz's friend, June 20
      • David Anger friend of Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer, June 22
      • Mildred Friedman grandmother of Mary Allstead and mother of
           Howard Friedman, June 22
      • Harold Fox father of Lori Johnson, June 23
      • Gil Israel Gafni husband of Carisse Gafni, June 23
      • Ethel Frankel mother of Enid Matteson, June 24
      • Ida Stuczynski Minkoff grandmother of Natalie Sera, June 24
      • Reuben Zucker father of David Zucker
      * Indicates a plaque on the Sanctuary wall will be lit.


      R'fuah Sh'leimah -- רְפווּאָה שְלֵמָה

      For a complete healing of body, mind and spirit:
          • Gloria Deason dear friend of Martha Gould
          • Michael Legan
          • Peggy Levine
          • Enid Matteson
          • Nechama Chana bat Shmuel Yitzhak v'Rut Alderman
               (Natalie Sera)
          • Tsipor Leyb ben Ya’akov v’Dina (David Shneer)
          • HaRav Yisrael Shimon ben Liba Bryna (Rabbi Mark Fasman)


          Todah Rabbah (Thank You) -- תּוֹדָה רַבָּה

          • Thank you to Jill Flanzraich, Jeff Gingold, Steve Weidman and Barbara Weinberg of the Temple Sinai Social Action Committee for preparing, serving and cleaning-up the Nevada Clergy Association Bi-Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 20th, which Temple Sinai hosted this time. They exhibited amazing team-work and were a huge help!


          Mazel Tov (Congratulations) -- מַזָּל טוֹב

          • Mazel tov to Griffin Kutler Dodd on becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 10, 2017!


          Upcoming Birthdays

          • Edan Orenstein (6/18)
          • Lucas Gorelick (6/19)
          • Helene Spinner (6/19)
          • David Zucker (6/19)
          • Kenneth Roberts (6/20)
          • Michele Dondanville (6/21)
          • Caren Weinberg (6/21)
          • Jeremme McGilvray (6/22)
          • Barth Aaron (6/23)
          • Sasha Gorden (6/24)
          • Danielle Litoff (6/26)
          • Stephen Myerson (6/28)
          • Dawn Frohlich (6/29)
          • Steve Mehler (6/30)



          Upcoming Anniversaries

          • Doug and Saundra Goodman (6/20)
          • Mark and Ina Katzman (6/20)
          • Myron and Patty Gilbert (6/21)
          • Ken and Marilyn Roberts (6/23)
          • David and Lauren Frydman (7/01)



          IN THIS ISSUE


          * THANK YOU!

          * Recent Photos from
                Temple Sinai 

          THIS SHABBAT


          * Annual Membership
                Renewal Drive
          * Community Shabbat
                & Potluck
          * Shabbat Under the Stars
          * URJ Camp Newman

          CALENDAR: This Week
          CALENDAR: Save the Date
          COMMUNITY: News/Events



          SINAI LINKS






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          Shabbat Prayer Melodies...

          Recordings of the Shabbat Prayer Melodies are now available on our website! Listen online, or download to iTunes and load into your music player right through our website. You can also view the text of the prayers to read along with the recordings. Just scroll down the page for the recordings and links to the text files.

          Listen or Download HERE

          Update Your Contact Info...

          If your contact information changes (address, phone numbers and email addresses) please contact the Temple Office: 775-747-5508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can update our records.

          Sponsor an Oneg...


          We still need Oneg
          hosts for the following upcoming Shabbat Services:

          July 14
          July 21
          July 28
          August 11
          August 18
          August 25

          Children's Shabbat Tote Bags...

          These bags are filled with crayons and Sabbath coloring sheets, Jewish story books, Jewish games and puzzles – all manner of Jewish “fun” to keep your little ones engaged during adult worship. Children are welcome to take home their completed coloring sheets, but please return the bags to the greeters, at the end of the service.

          Upcoming B'nei Mitzvah Schedule...

          Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins
          February, 3, 2018

          Eli Schumer
          May 5, 2018

          Sovereign Edmands
          May 19, 2018

          Lucas Gorelick
          June 2, 2018

          Leah Nisenfeld
          October 6, 2018

          A Bar or Bat Mitzvah must be scheduled at least eight months in advance. Call the Temple Office at 747-5508 to reserve your date. ALL B'nei Mitzvah services are at 10:00 a.m.

          Sinai Sound Techs Needed...


          We need trained operators for our Sound System. The system is easy to learn and training will be provided. Please contact Rod Sloan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping to preserve the sounds of Shabbat and the High Holy Days that we enjoy.



          REMINDER: By Board action, on recommendation of the Ritual Committee, pork and shellfish may not be served at Temple Sinai. This includes any products containing either pork or shellfish; so please check the contents of what you might be serving at Onegs, meetings, receptions, etc. Also, be careful to remember those possible "common" foods that are indeed included in these restrictions (pepperoni pizza is one example!).

          Ink Cartridge Recycling...


          Temple Sinai is accepting donations of ink cartridges that we can turn in for credit towards purchasing office supplies. Bring your used ink cartridges to the Temple office and leave knowing that you've performed a double mitzvah: helped clean up the environment AND supported your Temple.




          Washoe CASA Foundation...

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          The Washoe CASA Program is seeking volunteers to serve as court advocates for abused and neglected children transitioning through the foster care system. For more information, please contact CASA Foundation board member (and Temple Sinai Member) Jill Greiner, at 786-0830, and visit the website at:

          Office of Suicide Prevention...


          Click HERE
          for resources from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

          And HERE
          for additional help from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Resources.

          Sinai Breast Cancer Support Line...


          Contact Julia Rubin, Sinai member, a nurse, and herself a survivor of breast cancer. (775)846-2122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Confidentiality honored.

          CLICK HERE to donate a free mammogram a day to an under-privileged woman.

          CLICK HERE to join a movement to bring women and researchers together to eradicate breast cancer.

          Movie DVD's & Music CD's for the Troops...


          George Small Post 30 (Reno) of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA... is collecting used DVD's and music CD's to send to our troops, including three of our newest Jewish War Veteran members, currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please bring in any DVD's or CD's that you wish to donate and place them in the box below the lobby table. Post 30 will take care of the delivery and if we get any letters of thanks back, we will share them with you.




          Jewish Social Action Links...

          Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

          IRAC - Israel Religious Action Center

          Fair Trade Judaica
          Purchase Judaica items that promote the Jewish values of tzedakah, tikkun olam, community, and integrity.

          Jewish Camps & Trips to Israel





          Nevada Hillel operates out of UNR and is affiliated with the Soref movement of the Hillel Foundation. They sponsor events throughout the year for students and the whole community and welcome your involvement. Search for "Nevada Hillel" on Facebook, or visit:
          Ph (775) 747-5508,  Fx (775) 747-1911,

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