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As Yogi Berra Would Say . . .

Author // Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer Categories // 2013 Posts Print

(After all, I did grow up near Chicago . . .)

“This is like déjà vu all over again . . .”

This is my last Sentinel piece before once again retiring. I could tell you what a privilege it has again been to serve as Sinai’s rabbi. And I will. But, first, a few words of housekeeping.

As I re-retire, I’m actually commencing to begin to come into some recent century! Which is to say that I’m joining the list of emails. You’ll see on the Temple website, and in forthcoming synagogue directories, that I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those Sinai non-member friends who were waiting to see if any of the free genetic testing kits, from 23andme, would still be available . . . the answer appears to be “yes.” We’ve only ordered well-under half of our “freebie allocation.” So, if you’d like to participate in this, please email me between Monday, June 24 and Friday, June 28. After the twenty-eighth, I intend to close down our link to this offer. I am going to be retired, after all . . .

And I think that’s it for loose ends . . .

So now, back to what a privilege is has been to once again serve as your Rabbi. Temple Sinai is, has been, and – I trust – will continue to be an incredible blessing in my life. I hope that, as your rabbi, I’ve at least occasionally “returned the favor.”

But now I move on to far-off travels, late-night dancing, and who-knows-what-all-else. I’ll still be living in Reno, and you will see me at worship and perhaps elsewhere at Temple Sinai. But I won’t be your rabbi.

That will, of course, be my talented colleague Rabbi Ethan Bair! There is rightfully much excitement as Rabbi Bair’s rabbinic tenure here begins. We are all confident that he will shepherd Sinai into an exciting “next phase.” He will need your participation, ideas, and support. Be in sacred covenant with him, as you have been with me, and together you will surely all go from strength to strength!!

Your Rabbi for Just a Little Bit More,
Rabbi Myra Soifer

About the Author

Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer

Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer

August 1984 to June 2009
Septemter 2012 to June 2013


Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer served as Temple Sinai's rabbi for 25 years (from August 1984 through June 2009). Prior to coming to Reno, Rabbi Soifer served as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was ordained in 1978, by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Soifer's activities at Temple Sinai in Reno included services of worship and life cycle, teaching, home and hospital visits, community lectures, and private counseling. She is the author of numerous published articles on a variety of Jewish topics.

Retired on June 30, 2009, Rabbi Soifer retains the title "Rabbi Emerita. She has been granted life-time membership at our Temple.

Rabbi Soifer also came back to Sinai for nine months (September 2012 through June 2013) and provided full rabbinic services during our search for a permanent rabbi. She re-entered retirement on June 30, 2013.

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