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From the President

John N. Louie

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John Louie grew up in Southern California, where his parents had been Israeli folk dancing since 1962. He started Israeli dancing 32 years ago while working on his PhD at Caltech's Seismo Lab. He married Neva Donovan 30 years ago; she is a family physician. Recruited to the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992, John teaches geophysics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, doing research in energy exploration and earthquake hazards. John and Neva began attending Sinai services in 1999, with both of their children Anna and Ben becoming B'nei Mitzvah at Sinai. First joining the Sinai Board in 2001 as Secretary, John subsequently converted with Rabbi Soifer.


Your New Temple Sinai

Written by // John N. Louie Categories // 2018 Posts

This month is very exciting at Temple Sinai. We obviously have enthusiastic new Rabbis. I hope everyone will soon get a chance to welcome Rabbis Sara and Benjamin Zober. Maybe not so obviously, we have new members, new Trustees, new committee chairs, new councils, new services, new songs, new prayers, new friends, new Torah and Talmud portions, new religious school teachers to train, new donations, new paint soon in some of the classrooms, a new school calendar, some new curricula, new classes for adults, new policies, new parts of the Bylaws, new meeting schedules, new email addresses, and soon a new website- if we can manage it! I for one am very thankful to all of you who are making all these changes happen. It’s a huge amount of work, and none of it would happen without you.

All this change, it’s hard! It’s hard way beyond all the hard work required. Maybe it’s even harder on those of us who have been around a while, than it is on new members? We all need measures of comfort and stability - at least from time to time - and every one of these changes is stressful and discomfiting. Peggy Levine was a member and loyal volunteer at Temple Sinai for more than fifty years(!). This week, as we mourn her recent death, I pointedly feel the need for old friends, old ways, old prayers, old habits, my old schedule, old advice, old Minhag - the whole old Megilla.

So I ask for your patience, your forbearance, and especially, your determination. Don’t let me or the rabbis forget what you need. You may have to tell us again. Please keep telling us what helps you feel comfortable and at home at Sinai. We are listening.



See You at the Congregational Meeting 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 24!

Written by // John N. Louie Categories // 2018 Posts

I am hoping to see everyone at Sunday’s Annual Congregational Meeting. I will set out some snacks at 9:30 a.m., in hopes of motivating a larger attendance.

At the meeting, the Board and I will update you on Sinai’s current finances, and we need all of you there to vote on the slate of Board candidates for the coming year, and on the Bylaw revision. We are also looking for your input on welcoming and guiding our new rabbinic team, Rabbi Benjamin and Rabbi Sara Zober. They arrive at Sinai a few days later!

I need to thank from the bottom of my heart all of the dedicated families in our Sinai community who stepped up and made donations this last year. Without you, we would not have been able to attract such a dynamic rabbinic team.

My apologies for the two versions of the Bylaws amendment that you have seen. It was my error to include a statement on Board email voting in the initial proposal. After talking with some dedicated and vigilant members, the Board has removed that statement. The proposed Bylaw amendment focuses, as intended, just on allowing Board members to attend meetings electronically.




  • Call to Order
  • D’var Torah
  • President’s Address – John Louie
  • Volunteer Appreciation – John Louie
  • Congregational Election of Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Congregational discussion and vote on Proposed Bylaw Change
  • Summary of 2017-2018 financial information – Jay Goldberg
  • Presentation of Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 – Jay Goldberg
  • Congregation Member Comments
  • Adjourn


Slate of Nominees for the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees

For Second Vice President, completing Mary Allstead’s term ending June 30, 2019

  • Russ Kotlicky

For Five Member-at-Large Positions, for one-year terms ending June 30, 2019

  • Yani Dickens
  • Michael Gorden
  • Evan Klass
  • Tova Ramos
  • Marilyn Roberts


Proposed Temple Sinai Bylaw Change

Amendment to Article V – Section 3 (page 8) or
Responsibilities of the Board / Additional Information (page 16)

Any Board member may attend a Board meeting or special meeting by using a conference telephone, video conference or other interactive technology. They must give the President at least three days’ notice, unless an emergency arises.

Special Meetings of the Board may be in person, or by teleconference or by any other technology that permits all persons participating in the meeting to communicate with each other.

Members may attend meetings telephonically; however, attendance in person to the maximum extent possible is highly encouraged.

(a) Motions made through any of these mediums will hold equal force.
(b) A written record of the vote shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting with reference to the Board members not physically present.


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