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Caring Committee Report

The Caring Committee’s mission is to support congregants in difficult times, sad times, and times of celebration. The Committee develops programs to reach out to members so they know they are valued. We work closely with the Rabbi.

The Committee holds bimonthly meetings to discuss its activities. We are open to new ideas that could benefit the congregation. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 27, 5:15 p.m. in the Temple Library.

Some of our activities:

  • Send condolence and get-well cards
  • Make hospital visits
  • Visit people recovering at home from illness or treatment
  • Phoning married members to wish them Happy Anniversary
  • Phoning adult members to wish them Happy Birthday
  • Visits to homebound members
  • Preparing chicken soup and vegetarian soup to bring to homebound people and those recuperating at home

Committee members organize and participate in providing meals to people in need such as families with newborns and people recuperating at home. The Committee even assists nonmember Jews after receiving requests from family members. Committee members and our Rabbi have visited Jews getting medical treatment in Reno.

Please contact the Caring Committee to make a request for support, provide information or volunteer. You can contact me, Harvey Katz, committee chairman, at 775-453-2444 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or contact the rabbi, or the Temple office. Better yet, use the online form on our website.

Regarding volunteers, we are seeking people for a shiva minyan list and for a list of people willing to prepare occasional meals for congregants as needed. None of these activities should be time-consuming or arduous.

We are also seeking people who, while not active Committee members, would like to be on the email list for notification of assistance requests such as making visits and calls and providing meals.

~ Harvey


Strategic Philanthropy at Temple Sinai

Strategic Philanthropy is a sub-committee of the Financial Advisory Council of Temple Sinai (FACTS) – a group that advises the Finance Committee. It was created to foster a culture of philanthropy to help support our current operating costs and allow us to realize our goals of expanding educational programs for children and adults, supporting our professional staff, and ensuring that needed maintenance of our facility and grounds is adequately funded.

It has become the norm across the nation that Congregational budgets cannot be supported by membership pledges alone. This is too significant to gloss over.  Congregations have fixed expenses as well as goals for improvement and growth.  For a Congregation to remain a vibrant community resource, both fixed and aspirational expenses need to be supported. Philanthropic support is required to make this happen, even at the wealthiest Synagogues.

When we moved to Reno 10 years ago, we were thrilled to find a vibrant Reform congregation. We take for granted that if we or our children move to a new community, there will be a Jewish center to which we can connect. Maintaining that Jewish infrastructure takes continued commitment from members – not just to fund current needs, but to ensure the permanence of the synagogue.

This week we found out that our application to participate in the Life and Legacy Training Program of Jewish Nevada and the Henry Grinspoon Foundation was accepted. This four-year program will allow us to expand the giving opportunities to Temple Sinai to include creating individual and family legacy funds. Through your generosity, we will ensure that Temple Sinai will be here for many generations to come.

I look forward to reporting on the committee’s progress soon.

Evan Klass for the
Strategic Philanthropy Sub-committee, FACTS


Save Lives This Winter!

Temple Sinai’s Social Action Committee is volunteering to help staff the Overflow Homeless Shelter this winter.  Due to a severe shortage of homeless shelter space in Washoe County this winter, the City of Reno, ACTIONN, and local religious groups have partnered to  open and staff an additional emergency overflow shelter from December - March.

If you’re interested in helping ensure that our homeless community has a warm place to stay during the upcoming winter nights, please join us.  We will be staffing the shelter from 8:45 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. on each identified date.  Shifts run from 8:45 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.  You can sign up for one or both on the same night.  We need a minimum of three volunteers to be able to commit to each date.

SCHEDULING: Please visit this link and sign up for shifts ASAP. This will allow us to confirm our ability to staff each identified date.

TRAINING: Attending the training is not mandatory for each participant. However, all participants must be trained before attending by someone who has attended.  You can also watch the training online to learn the basics and access necessary handouts HERE.

LOCATION: 4th and Record St. in Reno. We will receive a site map soon.

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


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