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.