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Zarour Family Update

On December 20, 2017, the Zarour family celebrated their first ‘American Birthday,’ in Reno. What a year it has been for them. They arrived and settled in the apartment in Sparks that the Sinai community furnished, decorated and provisioned. It took a while for the children to clarify their vaccination status and enter elementary school. Mom and dad had difficulties finding employment and getting into the appropriate English language classes. Sinai members took them shopping, to medical appointments, and to English classes. Others spent hours teaching them to drive and understand the US rules of the road.

Things have definitely looked up. Ahmad is doing electrical installations at a Reno company that manufactures custom chairs and furniture for the casino industry. He works about 50 hours a week now – 40 hours standard and as much overtime as he can get. Marwa works 4 hours a day, 5 days a week preparing new appliances for sale and delivery. In February, she will begin a 4-month training program to become a pharmacy tech. She is the first female refugee in the Reno program to have a driver’s license. Shayma and Yamama have each been named Student of the Month in their respective classrooms. The family has moved to a different apartment in Sparks that has washer and dryer, its own garage and access to a community swimming pool. Stephanie and Mark Fenton provided them with a car that allowed the freedom get to and from work and do their own shopping and attend medical and dental appointments. Saving as much money as they could, they recently purchased a second car which allows Marwa vastly improved mobility and scheduling of work and appointments.

Last week, Marwa and Ahmad said to me “Thank you to the Jewish community that got us started here, supported us and gave us the opportunity to now be financially independent.” Mazel Tov to them and us!


Help Save Lives This Winter

Temple Sinai’s Social Action Committee is seeking volunteers to help staff the Overflow Homeless Shelter this winter in a partnership between the City of Reno and local religious groups.  This is an incredible opportunity to support our greater community.

If you’re interested in helping, please visit the following link ASAP for more information and to sign up for shifts. We will be staffing the shelter from 8:30 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. on our chosen dates. Please follow the link for details and FAQs.

Volunteer and Member Jane Grossman Reflects on her Experience at the Homeless Shelter

It’s so easy to put the homelessness issue to the back of our minds. I know I’m guilty of that.

These folks, sleeping on the hard asphalt parking lot, were gracious and grateful to have a warm place out of the cold. To me, MOST of them looked like your co-worker, the guy you see behind the counter at a restaurant, a school teacher, they didn’t look like “some other” to avoid. So many were old - I imagined my grandparents in their shoes and it broke my heart further.

After sitting in that tent for 4-5 hours, in such an intimate way where people are vulnerable and sleeping, I can’t ignore this issue anymore. I’ve served lunch many times at Record Street, this was an entirely different experience. I’m overwhelmed with grief seeing this condition up close and personal and it makes me want to help more.

QUESTIONS: Contact Shoshana Zeldner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Men's Club Breakfast: January 7, 2018

We are very  fortunate to have our own Dr. Evan Klass as a presenter at the January 7, 2018 Men's Club Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. discussing the UNR Medical School Project called ECHO. Evan Klass, M.D. is Associate Dean, Office of Statewide Initiatives and Associate Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine at UNR. This project is very important to our native American population and rural residents living in Nevada. Formally, project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), has recently added new clinics in cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, medication assisted therapy for substance use disorder, as well as a unique school-based behavioral health program. Project ECHO uses teleconferencing technology to connect specialists at UNR Medical School with primary care clinicians in rural and urban under-served communities.

Dr. Klass has been helping coordinate this program for seven years. It is a critical medical delivery program to our rural neighbors. Please join us by RSVP here.

Also, the Men's Club of Temple Emanu-El has invited us to participate in their blood drive on January 14 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

They would like Temple Sinai to join them to help make this their most productive blood drive to date and to help save lives. United Blood Donor Services will set up a donor station in their Social Room. Anyone wanting to sign up to donate blood should email Harriet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 775-825-5600.

Please remember we welcome men and women, members and non-members of either the Men's Club or the Temple Sinai Congregation to all of our events and breakfast meetings -- but an RSVP is required.

We look forward to seeing you,

Steve Myerson, President, Temple Sinai Men's club
Gary Jacobson, VP
Ken Roberts, Treasurer
Steve Weidman, Secretary

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