The Congregational Meeting was held this past weekend and I would like to thank all of the Board Members and Members of the Congregation who participated. Our new Board of Trustees was voted on and the slate approved; a number of changes that have been in the pipeline for years were made to the By-Laws and a few were tabled to be rewritten and voted on in the near future; the budget was presented and will be reviewed at the Board meeting in July. This coming year we will again look at our By-Laws to ensure they reflect our new vision and mission as a congregation.

Our emphasis is still on building relationships within the congregation and towards that end we will have many innovative and continuing events. Why not try something new and different this year? There will be many opportunities for learning, worship, outreach, and friendship, and deepening relationships. I hope you will seek to expand your circles of relationships in the coming year.

We will also focus on supporting and recognizing our wonderful volunteers who contribute so much to our Temple community. Giving of your time, energy and expertise is just as valuable as providing sustaining financial support and we are committed to honoring your efforts and encouraging new people to bring their gifts in new ways to our community.

Leadership Development has long been identified as essential to ensure the vibrant future of Temple Sinai. A new committee with a capable and experienced leader will take the reins on this effort.

Creating relationships within the greater Jewish community of Reno is another area of concentration for the coming year. One example of this is the upcoming program of the Israeli Scouts, sponsored jointly with Temple Emanu-El. The Friendship Caravan, celebrating contemporary Israeli culture, will be at Temple Sinai on Friday, June 26th with a potluck dinner preceding the performance and services afterwards. We still need hosts for the young people for that night so if you are able to host an Israeli teenager for one night, please contact me at

I am very excited to be serving a second term as President of this wonderful community and am looking forward to working with Rabbi Bair, the Board and the members of the congregation for a wonderful year of deepening relationships, broadening Jewish experiences, exploring Torah and engaging in tikkun olam. Welcome to all of our new members this year and thank you to our long-time members for your continued support of our new leadership.

Warmest regards and Yee-Haw,

Board of Trustees 2015 – 2016

OFFICERS (Two-Year Term)

President: Marilyn Rappaport
First Vice President: John Louie
Second Vice President: Membership Ricky Tropp
Financial Officer: Howard Holden
Secretary: Ellen Lessinger
Treasurer: Rick Michaelson


Mary Allstead
Nicole Appel
Caren Jenkins
Paul Baker Prindle
Nurit Stites