IT’S FALL! Although I am sure this has many different meanings to you all – I find it to be very important for many reasons. Not only does fall weather bring us some of the most beautiful colors on the surrounding trees and amazing sunsets in Northern Nevada, but it is also a guaranteed time of year when I (we) know that we get to spend time with all our friends and family celebrating. We have S’lichot, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot! While we all gather, I am celebrating all of you – our Temple Sinai families, our wonderful Temple Sinai board members, and committee chairs and members. Why, you might ask? Well, without all of you, we wouldn’t have the ability to all gather in our beautiful facility, which has been growing leaps and bounds. Also, I am very thankful for all the inclusive, introspective, educational, and overall Rabbinic teachings from Rabbi Sara and Rabbi Benjamin.

The Temple Sinai Board is looking forward to seeing you all in the upcoming weeks to both celebrate and reflect on our last year. As you also know, this is a time of giving, and even if you cannot contribute monetarily, there are many other ways to give. Temple Sinai is collecting food for our Greater Reno-Sparks communities. We have several barrels for the Northern Nevada Food Drive – let’s fill them all. Another way of giving is to just smile and say hello to people you meet. Your special kindness can fix that bad day instantly. For those who are able to give monetarily, Temple Sinai needs you, too. We have made some wonderful improvements to our facilities over the past 18 months, but there is still plenty to do, and as most of you know, we always need to expect the unexpected.

I could go on forever and ever here – but I know everyone’s time is precious. So, one last note: please do not forget about the efforts and improvements to our security during the High Holy Days. If you are not currently a member and plan on joining us (and yes, we would love to see you), we ask you pre-register online for a nametag. Go to for more details.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu!
May you be inscribed for a sweet year filled with good health, prosperity, and peace!

Michael Gorden
President, Temple Sinai