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From the President

Marilyn L. Rappaport

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Marilyn Rappaport is a nineteen-year Reno resident with degrees in Environmental Science, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and she recently earned a Master’s in Education. She is a teacher in Washoe County and has been a member of Temple Sinai for nearly 10 years. Marilyn was a Religious School teacher for several years and has worked with others to develop our new members “Welcome Baskets” for Shabbat. Both sons, Drew and Brett, celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah at Sinai and are attending college.



Written by // Marilyn L. Rappaport Categories // 2017 Posts

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.



What Happens at the Annual Congregation Meeting?

Written by // Marilyn L. Rappaport Categories // 2017 Posts

It’s time for our annual congregation meeting when the members of Temple Sinai are invited to gather in the synagogue during the months of May or June. This year our meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 11th at 3:00 p.m.  At the meeting, the Board reports on the financial condition of our synagogue, provides a review of the year just ending and information about the year ahead, and other matters of interest to our community. The nominees for the Board of Trustees for the upcoming fiscal year are presented to the membership for a vote of approval. Each membership unit in good financial standing is permitted one vote although everyone is invited to attend and participate in the meeting and join in the conversation.

The Board of Trustees consists of the immediate past president and eleven elected positions: six officers and five members-at-large. Representatives are appointed to serve from the Men’s Club and Sisterhood and the Rabbi serves as an ex-officio member of the Board, bringing the total number to fifteen.

This year our congregation has the opportunity to vote on each individual position on the slate. Click on the link to view the SLATE of NOMINEES and CANDIDATE BIOS and discover more about each of the nominees.

Below you will find the Agenda for the annual congregation meeting. Temple Sinai members may submit additional items for the agenda to the President no later than May 25, 2017 in accordance with the provisions in our by-laws. If no other items or nominations are received, the below agenda and slate are final.

I look forward to seeing and talking with you soon!




  • Call to Order
  • D’var Torah – Rabbi Bair
  • President’s Address – Marilyn Rappaport
  • Volunteer Appreciation – Marilyn Rappaport
  • Election of Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Presentation of Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018
  • Financial Planning – John Louie
  • Congregation Member Comments
  • Adjourn
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