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Reno's Reform Jewish Congregation
18 Elul 5777
8 September 2017
News from Sinai
 Shalom Temple Sinai Family and Friends,



Change Is Possible

It may be hard to believe that Rosh HaShanah is less than two weeks away. Are we ready?

This Shabbat is the 18th of Elul, the month of reflection and longing that leads up to the 1st of Tishrei on Rosh HaShanah and the Days of Awe. Elul is an acronym for the phrase from the Song of Songs (6:3), ani l’dodi v’dodi li, “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.” The foundation for the possibility of change is love and relationship with God, which is how I imagine the source of love and acceptance that makes us feel safe to examine our deeds and to be able to change.

I have always loved that the Song of Songs is the megillah, or scroll of Khetuvim (Writings of the Hebrew Bible) associated with Yom Kippur. For the rabbis, the Song of Songs is an allegorical love story between the Jewish people and God. Why does Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year come before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement? Rabbi Michael Strassfeld teaches in A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism As a Spiritual Practice that we enter the New Year not with our slate clean or all our relationships repaired. We enter Rosh HaShanah with the promise of change. He writes: “This promise [of change] supports us as we struggle with the past and with the nagging feeling that nothing ever changes. Though these may be our thirtieth or fiftieth High Holidays, many of us are still dealing with the same issues that we struggled with last year or ten years ago. Rosh HaShanah says that change is possible. The Torah readings speak of pregnancy in old age and a slaughter knife halted in mid-decent. The possibilities of the future lie stretched out before us.”

In our personal and communal season of reflection, renewal and transformation I bless each of us to re-connect with our relationship with God in the next week and a half. However you best feel connected to God’s love—whether at services at Sinai, in nature or a hot air balloon, on a quiet walk or meditation, we enter Rosh HaShanah with remembering God’s presence in our lives. From there, we might uncover the personal safety to examine our deeds in a way that feels supportive and reconnect with the love of relationships all around us.

Shana Tova and I look forward to a meaningful Days of Awe in community with you!

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Bair


Welcome to NFTY CWR, Sierra Meszaros

All of us at Temple Sinai wish Sierra well, and we are very proud of her as she has just been promoted to NFTY Regional Adviser for the NFTY-Central West Region! Please join me and the Board in congratulating Sierra on her new position: Sierra Meszaros, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see HERE for the job posting for our next SUNNY (Sinai United Northern Nevada Youth) Director and send widely to college students and local Jewish professionals who may be interested.

Rabbi Bair



We are thrilled to share with you that Sierra Meszaros will be assuming the role of NFTY Central West Regional Advisor. Sierra is currently the Youth Director at Temple Sinai of Reno, worked at Camp Newman this past summer, and grew up in the region. Thank you to the group of youth professionals, teens, and clergy who participated in the search process to interview Sierra.

We are confident that Sierra will be a huge asset to the Central West region. In her role as Regional Advisor for NFTY CWR, Sierra will work closely with the NFTY and Camp Newman team to continue the important work of collaborating with teens, youth professionals and congregations to organize NFTY events and explore additional avenues for engagement. In this role she will also focus on youth professional support, middle school engagement, partnership with other local organizations, and continuing the connection between NFTY and Camp Newman. Sierra will spend her summer at one of our URJ camps as well. Sierra will join our staff full time on September 11. She will be in touch after her official start date to share her contact information through NFTY. Please see below for some additional information about Sierra:
sierra_meszaros_190wSierra is excited to join the NFTY CWR and Camp Newman Family, as the NFTY CWR Regional Advisor. Sierra is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up as a member of BATY at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, but in recent years has come to call the small Northern Nevada town of Genoa her new home town. Sierra is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, where she was recognized for her success in the social sciences.

Sierra has long had a passion for the Jewish community which has manifested itself in various ways over the years, beginning as a TYG member, later becoming a youth educator, and TYG advisor. She has been fortunate to see first-hand the power of the NFTY community, watching teens flourish in a community where they feel seen and heard, challenged yet inspired. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to join a team of impassioned magic makers and educators to continue to motivate and inspire this incredible group of young people to be role models for their families, communities, and most importantly each other. She can't wait to begin this journey with you, and is wishing you nothing but light, love and magic!

Sierra will work with Samara on the planning for C-Dubb Smash, and they will both be on hand at the event. Please direct questions about C-Dubb Smash to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please join us in welcoming Sierra into her new role with NFTY CWR!

Samara Leader
Director of Teen Engagement
URJ Camp Newman

Beth Rodin
Managing Director


Spotlight on the Social Action Committee

Amid the many worthy opportunities for service to our congregation and community, the Temple Sinai Social Action Committee identified two targeted goals for the year: Fostering Relationships with Immigrant Families and Building Interfaith/Intercultural Bridges. Our continued support of the Zarour Family, the Temple Sinai sponsored Syrian refugee family, remains a top priority. This service project spans across all of our committee’s goals and values. On the front of Building Bridges, our committee recognized a need to build and strengthen the bridges within this congregation, first and foremost. Our answer is the Living Room Conversations project, aimed at exploring Jewish identity from a point of curiosity and conversation.

I hope that you will continue reading to learn more about -- and join in -- these avenues of service.

Thank you,
Tova Ramos


Community Conversation on Jewish Identity

Please join us during the High Holidays for some engaging conversations. Gain personal insights about yourself and build meaningful connections with your fellow Temple Sinai members and our High Holiday guests. Our thought-provoking questions will be available for you to review ahead of time, and when we are together, we will divide into small conversation groups of 4-5 people.

Participants in our pilot conversation enjoyed the process very much and had this to say about it: “The process gave me a lot to think about and made me think about things differently.” And, “I got to know people in deeper ways.”

We will hold two Community Conversations at Temple Sinai:
  • Sunday, September 24th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
       – During Sinai School
  • Saturday, September 30th, Yom Kippur, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
       – In between Services


Zarour Family Update

The Zarour family, co-mentored by Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) and Temple Sinai, with the assistance of the Northern Nevada Muslim Community, has now been here a little over 8 months. Lots and lots has happened to them in this time. Soon they will move to a new apartment in Sparks, quite near their prior apartment near the Marina. The three children will continue to attend Moss Elementary School where they receive special English teaching as well as their usual class work.

Ahmad, the dad, works repairing appliances for Sears. Marwa, the mom, has applied for part time work at several stores near their home and has volunteered to be an aid at the children’s school. Both parents will soon begin further English studies at TMCC.

They came here with very little. Thanks to the commitment and generosity of our community, they have more than adequate furniture, clothing, kitchenware and appliances, books, toys, bicycles and a car of their own.

Our mentorship is changing to friendship. We no longer need to provide finances, or any necessities like food, appliances, or transportation. Donations of used clothing for the children are always welcome. The family is making the progress that we all hoped for and are working successfully at becoming independent.

As a community, we can be proud of all the time, money and supplies we have provided to these deserving refugees. We expect to remain part of their lives for many years to come.

Thank you for all that you have done Temple Sinai family,
The Refugee Co-Sponsorship Mentor Team


Recent Photos from Temple Sinai

Shabbat Under the Stars at Las Brisas Park, Reno
Friday, September 1, 2017



Shabbat Ki Tavo -- שַׁבָּת כִי תָבוֹא

  • Torah Reading:
    Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
  • Haftarah Reading:
    Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22


Friday, September 8

  • 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service
  • 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    Thanks to this week's greeters, Temple Board member, Evan Klass, and Temple Board president, John Louie.

    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.







School Begins this Sunday, September 10
Register your child(ren) now for the
2017-2018 Sinai School Year.

Register online.
Or download the form to mail in.
(You can also pick up a registration form in the Temple lobby.)
Also, download the school calendar.


Men's Club Breakfast

Our first Breakfast of this year will be this Sunday, September 10 at 8:55 a.m. and will include a presentation by Ed Friedrichs, Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, Emeritus. Formerly head of the one of the largest architectural firms in the world. Ed now serves as a Partner in the Team W2 downtown West End Second St. Project planning by the Don J. Clark Group. This will be one of the largest downtown Reno improvement projects ever undertaken in Reno. It is estimated to be worth more than One Billion dollars of development. Ed will give us his insights and thoughts on the W2 project and its importance to the growth of downtown Reno.

As always, reservations must be made at:

In addition, there were no objections submitted to the proposal of the Men's Club spending up to $100 for wine in celebration of Rabbi Emerita, Myra Soifer's latest adventure. A going away party, being organized by our Sisterhood is being held on September 14 at Temple Sinai. More information and reservations can be found on the Temple web site.

Steve Myerson
President, Temple Sinai Men's club


Calling All Sinai Teens and Parents

Don't forget to register for the first
NFTY Regional Retreat of the Year
October 20-22: NFTY-CWR C-Dubb Smash
Early-Bird registration rate ends September 12!


Temple Sinai Board Meeting

Board_Meeting_iconThe Temple Sinai Board of Trustees will meet next Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Social Hall. All Temple members are welcome to attend.

to download the agenda.

(Please contact the Temple office, 747-5508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
if you have difficulties downloading the file.)






High Holy Days 2017/5778 at Temple Sinai, Reno's Reform Congregation


High Holy Days 5778 Service Schedule

S’lichot Service
8:00 p.m. Evening Service

Erev Rosh HaShanah
7:30 p.m. Evening Service

Rosh HaShanah
10:00 a.m. Morning Service
1:00 p.m. Family Service
5:30 p.m. Tashlich Outdoor Service
   (Galena Creek Park, Second Entrance. Bring your own picnic dinner.)

Kever Avot Memorial Service
10:00 a.m. Community Conversation on Jewish Identity
2:00 p.m. Hebrew Cemetery Community Service

Erev Yom Kippur
7:30 p.m. Kol Nidre Service

Yom Kippur
10:00 a.m. Morning Service
1:00 p.m. Family Service
1:00 p.m. Community Conversation on Jewish Identity
3 p.m. Service of Music & Meditation (in the Sanctuary)
4:30 p.m. Afternoon Torah Service
Yizkor (Memorial) and N’ilah (Concluding) Services
   (begin at the conclusion of the Afternoon Torah Service)
Break-the-Fast (at the conclusion of N’ilah)


Break-the-Fast 5778

Please join us for Yom Kipper Break-the-Fast on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Everyone is welcome!

Once again we're using to help us organize Break-the-Fast. Please click the link below to learn more and sign up to bring a dish to share. Please remember, this is a Dairy meal, therefore, no meat dishes. Fish & egg dishes are allowed. If you don't have time to prepare a dish, cash donations are acceptable allowing us to shop for additional items that are lacking. Thanks for helping to make Break-the-Fast a memorable event.
Online signups are so easy:
  1. Click this link: to go to our invitation page on
  2. Enter your email address: You will NOT need to register an account on
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address please contact Pam Sloan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can sign you up manually.


High Holy Days Food Drive

HHDs_food_driveOur annual High Holy Days Food Drive takes place from Rosh HaShanah through Sukkot. Please be generous with high-protein items: canned meats, tuna, peanut butter and baby food. All food collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

"Share your bread with the hungry."
   Isaiah 58:7


5778 Hebrew Calendars Are Available!

The 2017 / 2018 Hebrew Calendars, compliments of Walton’s Funeral Homes, are now available on the lobby table and in the Temple office.

Pick one up today!




membership_directoryNEW Temple Sinai
Directories are HERE!

The new Temple Sinai Member
Directories are available.

Stop by the Temple and
pick up yours!





CALENDAR: This Coming Week

Sunday, September 10

  • 9:00 a.m. Men's Club Breakfast with guest speaker Ed Friedrichs, past President of architectural firm, Gensler Assoc. RSVP here.
  • 9:30 a.m. First Day of Sinai School (Register online here.)
  • 10:30 a.m. Familyhood Committee Meeting
  • 12:00 p.m. Sisterhood Bake Day

Tuesday, September 12

  • 6:00 p.m. HHD Choir Practice
  • 7:00 p.m. Israeli Folk Dance Night
    (1st time FREE, $5 regular, $3 for students)

Wednesday, September 13

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

Thursday, September 14

  • 5:30 p.m. Where in the World is Myra? A Bon Voyage Party! in the Temple Sinai Social Hall. See promo above. Click for tickets.

Saturday, September 16

  • 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service
  • 10:30 a.m. Torah Study
  • 8:00 p.m. S'lichot Service


CALENDAR: Save the Date

Sunday, September 17

  • 9:30 a.m. Sinai School
  • Sisterhood Cooking Class: Blintzes (more details coming soon)

Tuesday, September 19

  • 5:30 p.m. FACTS Meeting
  • 5:30 p.m. Membership Committee Meeting
  • 6:00 p.m. Social Action Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 20 - Erev Rosh HaShanah

  • 12:00 p.m. Talmud Study (Sinai Library)
  • 7:30 p.m. Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 

Thursday, September 21 - Rosh HaShanah I

  • 10:00 a.m. Morning Service
  • 1:00 p.m. Family Service
  • 5:30 p.m. Tashlich Outdoor Service (Galena Creek Park, Second Entrance. Bring your own picnic dinner.)
  • Temple Office Closed (Rosh HaShanah)

Friday, September 22 - Rosh HaShanah II

  • 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service 
  • Temple Office Closed (Rosh HaShanah)

Sunday, September 24

  • 9:30 a.m. Sinai School
  • 10:00 a.m. Community Conversation on Jewish Identity
  • 11:00 a.m. Committee Chair Meeting
  • 2:00 p.m. Kever Avot Memorial Service (Hebrew Cemetery)

Friday & Saturday, September 29-30




COMMUNITY: News/Events

Reunion of the 104th Infantry Division

The 72nd Reunion of the 104th Infantry Division of the United States Army is being held at Harrah's Reno Hotel & Casino in Reno Nevada this September 6-11, 2017.

This Division is recognized as a Liberating Division by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. All are welcome to attend all of our events. We extend a special welcome to Survivors and their families and all military members.

This is an opportunity to meet World War II Liberators and hear their eyewitness accounts to this important history. Details are available at the website for the National Timberwolf Pups Association.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Andrew Lane, President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (973) 896-3521.




Michael Doran
Former U.S. National Security Advisor

Thursday, September 14
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:45 p.m.

Topics for our discussion: Middle East security issues and defense policy: Arab Israeli relations; U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria; Hezbollah and Iran: The new Middle East - Shia against Sunni, Israel and the threat of fundamentalist Islam.

Atlantis Casino Resort
3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno

For questions, please contact the San Francisco AIPAC Office at
(415) 989-4140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Michael Doran
Former U.S. National Security Advisor

Michael Doran is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.  He specializes in Middle East security issues and defense policy.   

In the administration of President George W. Bush, Mike served as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for devising and coordinating national strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria.  He also served as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.    

An academic by training, Mike has held teaching positions at NYU, Princeton, and the University of Central Florida.  He is the author of Pan-Arabism before Nasser,  which analyzes the first Arab- Israeli war as an inter-Arab conflict, and is now completing a book about President Eisenhower and the Middle East.
AIPAC | America's Pro-Israel Lobby
PO Box 207, San Francisco, CA 94104  -  415-989-4140




¡Bienvenido a Cuba!

Registration for Jewish Nevada’s Men’s Mission to Cuba December 12-17, 2017 is now open and spots are filling up! To those who have registered already – thank you! Please share this email with any local friends you have who are still considering going.

Attached is the Mission Registration Application. This needs to be completed and returned to Julia Franks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to Jewish Nevada’s office by July 15. Space is limited and reservations will be held on a first come basis as applications are submitted. Also attached: Cuba Profile and tentative itinerary.


Once a community of over 15,000 Jews, the Havana Jewish community continues to thrive! While JDC worked closely with Jewish refugees who found shelter in Cuba during WWII, the "Joint" continues to work with the Havana Jewish community and several other smaller communities spread across the island. Today, the 1,020 Jews of Cuba invite us into their Shabbat celebration. Visit a Jewish community that has been revived from near extinction and witness the new vibrancy of Jewish Cuban life that exists today. Moreover, while you're at it, enjoy the colorful and sensational sounds, smells, and colors of Cuba!

  • Welcome Dinner in Miami December 12
  • Walk through the city’s Old Jewish Quarter to Adath Israel, Havana's traditional Orthodox synagogue.
  • Visit the one of the island’s top cigar factories
  • Tour the Patronato Synagogue and visit the Community Center, Sunday school, and Pharmacy. The Patronato features a full library, with an impressive collection of Jewish books that is a popular source of reference and education for Jews throughout Cuba.
  • Participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services and spend Friday night dinner with the community
  • Meet with the local Jewish Community and leaders for engaging conversation



Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

jewish_nevada_logoJulia Franks
Director, Planning & Community Impact

Sigesmund Center | 2317 Renaissance Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada
Office | 702.732.0556    Direct | 702.479.4433






We thank those who support Temple Sinai.

Capital Building Fund

  • Carol Pevney in memory of her husband, Herb Pevney

General Fund

  • The Alderman Family to help with the budget shortfall
  • Christopher Stanton and Laura Ashkin in memory of Alison Stanton, mother of Chris
  • Henri Ohayon in memory of his parents, Jacob Ohayon and Fanny Edery Ohayon, and his brother, Michel Ohayon
  • John Louie for the High Holy Days to help defray the cost of announcing our holiday services on KUNR radio

General Fund for the High Holy Days
in memory of their Loved Ones at Yizkor

  • Lynn Robins
  • Arthur Rubin
  • Marianna Molina
  • Jill Flanzraich
  • Dave and Peggy Levine in memory of their loved ones and in honor and appreciation of their 54th anniversary

Music Fund

  • Harvey and Mary Katz

Oneg Fund

  • Joe Merkin

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

  • Carol Pevney in appreciation of Rabbi Bair's unveiling ceremony for her husband, Herb Pevney
  • Henri Ohayon in memory of his parents, Jacob Ohayon and Fanny Edery Ohayon, and his brother, Michel Ohayon

Temple Prayer Book Fund

  • Henri Ohayon in memory of his parents, Jacob Ohayon and Fanny Edery Ohayon, and his brother, Michel Ohayon 

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
      • Abraham Cohen father of Les Cohen, September 3
      • Jules Hamburger in the Virginia City Cemetery, September 6 *
      • Rachel M. Melner, September 6 *
      • Laura Greenblatt, 16 Elul (September 7) *
      • Robert Lessinger former husband of Ellen Lessinger, September 7
      • Sheldon Levens father of Marilyn L. Rappaport, September 7 *
      • Lewis Reeb in the Virginia City Cemetery, September 7 *
      • I.T. Berck in the Virginia City Cemetery, September 9 *
      • Dorothy Drazen Margolis mother of Jacob Margolis, September 9
      • William Mayer in the Virginia City Cemetery, September 9 *
      • Sandra (Sandy) Medvin wife of Michael Medvin, September 9 *
      • Leopold Newberger in the Virginia City Cemetery, September 9 *
      * 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)
          • Yom Tov ben Avraham v'Sara (Howard Holden)


          Upcoming Birthdays

          • Adi Orenstein (9/4)
          • Amit Orenstein (9/4)
          • Mark Rosenberg (9/5)
          • Howard Friedman (9/6)
          • Beatrice Gibson Rondel (9/6)
          • Morgan Hertz (9/6)
          • Nancy Podewils (9/6)
          • Sheldon Kwassman (9/7)
          • Nathan Noble (9/7)
          • Ethan Steever (9/7)
          • Deborah Achtenberg (9/8)
          • Wes Cox (9/8)
          • Vivienne Premo (9/8)
          • Shalom Gorden (9/10)
          • Ethan Barber (9/11)
          • Sydney Barber (9/11)
          • Jaden Blackman (9/11)
          • Barbara Pratt (9/11)
          • Ava Luczkow (9/13)
          • Rina Schumer (9/13)
          • Nadya Bair (9/14)
          • Lynne Daus (9/14)
          • Ilene Hobson (9/14)
          • Wyatt Steever (9/14)
          • Jay Goldberg (9/15)
          • Philip Mehler (9/16)
          • Alan Liebman (9/17)
          • Sarah Bruce (9/19)
          • Jay Rutkovitz (9/19)
          • Philip Shalitt (9/19)
          • Tracy Bartlett (9/20)
          • Barbara Pasquale (9/20)
          • William Povolny (9/20)
          • Daniel Graffam (9/21)
          • Bernard Bronov (9/22)
          • Ari Gupta (9/23)
          • Ronald Koepke (9/24)
          • Shayna Chabrow (9/25)
          • Eric Hobson (9/26)
          • Sheldon L. Brumberger (9/27)
          • Philip Wells (9/27)
          • Heather Bartlett (9/29)
          • Esther Isaac (9/29)
          • Lynn Kantor (9/29)
          • Isaac Blitstein (9/30)
          • Neva Donovan (9/30)
          • Kalama Flagg (9/30)
          • Jeannette Meszaros Bostedt (10/1)
          • John Louie (10/1)
          • Steven Rubin (10/2)
          • Amy Goldberg (10/3)
          • Eadin Jacobs (10/3)
          • Jane Townley (10/4)
          • David Levine (10/5)
          • John Preschutti (10/5)
          • Jamie Schnell Blitstein (10/5)
          • Michael Berry (10/6)
          • Sanford Friedlander (10/6)
          • Jennifer Harrington (10/6)
          • Leah Nisenfeld (10/6)



          Upcoming Anniversaries

          • Ellen Holland & John Preschutti (9/3)
          • Lynne Daus & Michael Davis (9/5)
          • Evan & Suzy Klass (9/5)
          • Lisa & Mark Bruce (9/8)
          • Adam Blitstein & Jamie Schnell Blitstein (9/10)
          • Jay & Amy Goldberg (9/16)
          • Lisa & Ángel Guzmán (9/20)
          • Kale & Edwina Flagg (9/23)
          • Annie Flanzraich & Michael Higdon (9/25)
          • Michael & Jennifer Gorden (10/1)
          • Sharon Jacobs-Firschein & Brad Firschein (10/1)



          IN THIS ISSUE


          * Change Is Possible
          * Welcome to NFTY CWR
          * Spotlight on Social Action
          * Community Conversation
          * Zarour Family Update
          * Recent Photos from
                Temple Sinai

          THIS SHABBAT


          * Sinai School Registration
          * Men's Club Breakfasts
          * Calling All Sinai Teens
                and Parents
          * Temple Sinai Board Meeting
          * A Bon Voyage Party
          * High Holy Days 2017/5778
          * HHD's Service Schedule
          * Break-the-Fast 5778
          * High Holy Days Food Drive
          * 5778 Hebrew Calendars
          * New Temple Sinai
                Directories are Here!

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



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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:

          September 15
          September 22
          October 13
          October 20
          October 27

          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

          Jenna Stovak
          April 14, 2018

          Eli Schumer
          May 5, 2018

          Sovereign Edmands
          May 19, 2018

          Lucas Gorelick
          June 2, 2018

          Jacob Bainton
          June 30, 2018

          Diego Guzmán
          June 16, 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 John Louie 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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