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Spring Simcha 2018

It’s time to start spreading the word!

The 2nd Annual Spring Simcha Fundraiser for Youth Programs is right around the corner!

Saturday 4/21/2018 5-9:00 p.m.
The Grove in South Reno
Super Hero Theme (costumes encouraged)

Silent Auction, Raffle, Dinner, Dancing and fun for the whole family!

  • $60/person for adults (includes 5 raffle tickets and 1 drink ticket)
  • $20/person for kids 4-12 years old (3 and under are free)
  • $25/person for ages 13-21 and college students

Online ticket sales are open now at where you can purchase event tickets, raffle tickets and make a monetary donation to support our Youth Education programs.

We have collected quite a few donations for auction and raffle so far, and more are rolling in. It will be a great family event with a DJ, dancing, dinner and lots of Super Hero fun!!

Some of the donations to date:

  • Estate planning session
  • Framed photographs
  • Two nights at a Tahoe Cabin
  • Mix Bakeshop Pie of the Month
  • Pino Palette $40 gift card and wine basket
  • Wild Island/Coconut Bowl - summer season all access passes
  • Sam’s Club -  $50 gift card
  • Flowing Tide - $50 gift card
  • Trader Joe’s - gift bag
  • Squeeze In - $25 gift card
  • Reno 1868 FC - 4 game tickets
  • Reno Aces - 4 game tickets

I hope to see everyone there supporting and raising money for our amazing Sinai families and youth programs!

Beth Slamowitz,
Event Chair


Reno Jewish Story Club Meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.

Two Stories by Shani Boianjiu:

  • Means of Suppressing Demonstrations
  • What Happens When the Two Israels Meet?

An unusual combination this month -- a work of fiction and a work of biography -- by the same Israeli author!

Shani Boianjiu comes from Romanian and Iraqi roots, and grew up in an Israeli town near the Lebanese border. The fictional Means of Suppressing Demonstrations is part of her first novel. It was written in English when Shani was 25 years old, after she finished creative writing studies at Harvard. Her book has been requested for translation in 22 countries. This narrative is a choreography about Palestinian "demonstrators" at a remote checkpoint on a closed road who want to get their picture in the newspaper being "suppressed" by Israeli soldiers. The cross-cultural interaction reveals the personal and societal struggles of each of the participants. All the world's a stage.

In 2012, Boianjiu also wrote the biographic piece What Happens When the Two Israels Meet? for the Sunday New York Times. The article captures her experience as a 20-year-old, secular, Israeli army weapons instructor training students who are often orthodox Jewish men. Can a religious- and gender-divided house stand?

Discussion Leader: Alan Liebman

Hosted at the home of Joan and Mike Pokroy in the hills of central-west Reno. Social time after the discussion.  Refreshments served.

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, February  23rd.

The Club can accommodate 20 attendees, but please remember your reservation is a pledge to attend this Reno Jewish Story Club meeting. Serial no-shows shall be seated on the outdoor patio.

NEXT Club Meeting: Monday, March 26, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.


Tzedakah Challenge

Tzedakah Challenge Leading Up To
Mitzvah Day – March 18, 2018 at Temple Sinai

It has been said that it is better to give a penny a day for one hundred days than to give one hundred dollars only once, because the daily penny trains your hand to be generous.

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Our Sinai School students are leading by example! With generous hands, they made tzedakah boxes with members of the Social Action Committee. Our students have accepted the challenge of each raising ten dollars by Mitzvah Day, March 18, 2018, to benefit Project 150, an organization that helps supply basic needs to homeless high school students so they can stay in school and graduate.  

We now extend this Tzedakah Challenge to the entire Temple Sinai community. Please join with our students and donate ten dollars by March 18 to benefit Project 150.  We are also collecting teen clothing, book bags, school supplies and packaged snacks for these homeless high school students.

Donations can me made through the Temple Sinai website by donating to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund for Project 150, or by check payable to Temple Sinai; please note on the the check memo "Project 150/RDF". Bins will be set up at the Temple to collect items for the Project 150 drive.

Our Tzedakah Challenge ends on Sunday, March 18, at our first Mitzvah Day, a congregation-wide day of service to benefit our synagogue and our community.

Happy giving! Together we can make a contribution to help vulnerable kids stay in school, and teach our children to have generous hearts.

~Tova Ramos, Chair
Temple Sinai Social Action


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