REGULAR NEWSLETTER ARTICLES FROM OUR TEMPLE PRESIDENT
Michael E. Gorden
President from 2019 to Present
I grew up in Southern California for about 10 years and then moved to Reno in 1986. I grew up in a Reform Jewish Home. As a youth and an adult, I have always ensured to the best of my ability to belong to a Synagogue. I have been happily married (Don’t tell my wife) to my wife Jennifer for almost 14 years now and we have three rambunctious children – Nathaniel 11 years, Shalom 10 years (no he is not peaceful), and that red-headed child who everyone thinks is cute–boy she has everyone fooled–Sasha 4 years. I am a Social Worker and have been working for the State of Nevada for about 12 years and currently am the Manager of three District Offices for Medicaid. I also have been in the Bowling business (My Hobby) for over 25 years. Currently, I am a supervisor at Coconut Bowl and I am an Association Manager for the Greater Reno-Sparks Bowling Association. My family and I have been members for about 5 years currently. I attended services as a teenager and into adulthood – as long as I have been in the Reno area. I served on the Board for three years as a Member-at-Large and just completed my second year as the Chair of Building/Grounds and Security Committee. My family and I are always involved with events and holidays and try our best to volunteer time and labor to help out. We are very dedicated to Temple Sinai. I am honored to serve as President for our Greater Sinai Community. I feel that I bring a positive, analytical, methodological, and Social Work perspective to growing and engaging our community in leading Temple Sinai.
There is a story about the Chazon Ish, an early 20th Century Orthodox rabbi, who ran into a congregant on Election Day. When the congregant admitted having not voted because he could not afford the poll tax, the rabbi told him to sell his tefillin, the boxes he wound around his arm and head each […]
There are definitely many overwhelming thoughts and ideas — covering a broad perspective, and from all our members — on whether to open Temple Sinai for regular services and events, continue to stay closed, or ease into a phased approach toward opening as our great State of Nevada is doing. Even if we were to […]
I don’t turn my back on the congregation very often, but when I do, it is in prayers like the Barechu or the Amidah. And when I am not facing you, I see the ark, crafted by a congregant, now of blessed memory. I see the woodwork, refinished and polished by volunteers last fall. And […]
Last month, at our Annual Meeting we voted on a slate of nominations for Temple Board Members at Large. I am happy to share the results with you. For this next fiscal year, I want to welcome back: Tova McGilvray, Sarah Friedman, Jeremy Gelman, Evangelyna Thurman-Silva, and I would like to welcome the newest elected […]