PAST ARTICLES AND SERMONS FROM RABBI EMERITA MYRA SOIFER
Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer
AUGUST 1984 TO JUNE 2009
SEPTEMBER 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.
Yom Kippur Afternoon 5773 Temple Sinai, Reno, NV As our High Holiday worship draws near to completion, we arrive – in this year’s sermon series – at the blessing that concludes this package of blessings surrounding and including the Shema. This last blessing, G’ullah or the “Blessing of Redemption,” proclaims God’s saving power. This final […]
Yom Kippur Morning 5773 Temple Sinai, Reno, NV We arrive this morning, in my sermon series on “The Shema and its Blessings,” at the heart of this opening section of our prayer book, that is the Shema itself. This is a prayer that we all know well. Or do we? I’m guessing that when I […]
The Challenges of Parenting . . . Even for God Erev Yom Kippur 5773 Temple Sinai, Reno, NV I continue, this Kol Nidre evening, with the theme of my High Holiday sermons this year, which is “The Shema and its blessings”. With the help of liturgist and scholar Lawrence Hoffman, we’ve been looking at these […]
Rosh HaShanah Morning 5773 Temple Sinai, Reno, NV As many of you heard last night, or read in the synagogue e-bulletin, the focus of my sermons, this High Holidays, is upon the opening prayers of our worship service — that is, the Shema and its surrounding blessings. For these sermons, I’m leaning very heavily upon […]