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2015 Posts


Kehillah Means Community

Written by // Marilyn L. Rappaport Categories // 2015 Posts

Temple Sinai is an inclusive Jewish community that encourages members to fulfill their unique purpose in the world. Temple Sinai is a community that learns, cares for one another, and promotes Jewish practice, culture, and tikkun olam (healing the world).

How do we build our community?  We do this by being inclusive and welcoming to everyone who steps inside our synagogue.  We do this by developing deep and meaningful relationships among the members of the congregation. We do this by providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership.

An excellent way to accomplish this is to have committees with specific roles, defined duties and important functions.  At our Temple the committees are empowered by the board to plan and act independently and organize support for programs, activities, and worship. Moreover the committee structure provides a training ground for future leadership. We welcome your involvement and appreciate your bringing your talents to one or more of our committees.  

The Membership Committee would welcome your active participation. The committee meets monthly, usually around 6 p.m., so we often share a meal as part of our meeting.  We are empowered to welcome new members to Temple Sinai and serve as the essential first link to our congregation.  When we see a name on our visitor list or application form, or someone likes our facebook page, or has come to a movie or is new to the area, the membership committee is the resource for all things Temple Sinai. Our goal is to help people connect to one another and get involved in Temple life.  You will enjoy being part of the committee, meeting and welcoming new members, and serving the congregation through this mitzvah. To join us, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee work is the invaluable foundation of synagogue life.  Your intangible gifts of time, energy, and talent will help Jewish life thrive in our community.

Thanks for being part of our Temple Sinai family,


Top Ten Reasons for Volunteering

Written by // Marilyn L. Rappaport Categories // 2015 Posts

#10: Volunteering is good for you. Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers, and live longer.  Experts have shown that focusing on others can reduce stress and that the positive emotions, such as those linked to volunteering, can strengthen the immune system. Volunteering can thus be both physically and psychologically rewarding.

#9: Volunteering saves resources. Communities such as ours rely on volunteers to meet our goals and fulfill our mission when financial resources are limited. The value of a volunteer’s time has been estimated to be over $15/ hour so giving of your time augments our budget in measurable ways.

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience. The skills and experience gained through your volunteer efforts may be useful in your current or future career. Expanding your network by working with other members may lead to new information and opportunities.

#7: Volunteering brings people together. Volunteering is a way to build relationships, to get to know one another and expand your circle of friends and neighbors. There is joy too in working with others toward a common goal and seeing the positive impact of your efforts.

#6: Volunteering promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Volunteering may give you an opportunity to work with diverse people or meet new challenges. You may find a way to approach problems from a different angle or learn more about interpersonal dynamics.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community. Your service helps Temple Sinai provide the wide range of activities, programs, and events for our members as well as maintain an attractive facility for our use.

#4: You learn a lot by volunteering. Volunteers may learn more about themselves and discover hidden talents while working on a committee or a project. You may learn more about other organizations and resources in the Reno community.  You may learn more about the world.

#3: Volunteering gives you a chance to give back. Volunteers enjoy supporting the community they use themselves or that benefit others. Choosing to volunteer gives you a sense of purpose and participation.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. You can demonstrate your commitment to investing in Temple Sinai and our expanding membership through your work as a volunteer.

#1: You make a difference.  Every person counts!

So please consider making volunteering at Temple Sinai a part of your life.


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