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John N. Louie
John Louie grew up in Southern California, where his parents had been Israeli folk dancing since 1962. He started Israeli dancing 32 years ago while working on his Ph.D. at Caltech’s Seismo Lab. He married Neva Donovan 30 years ago; she is a family physician. Recruited to the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992, John teaches geophysics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, doing research in energy exploration and earthquake hazards. John and Neva began attending Sinai services in 1999, with both of their children Anna and Ben becoming B’nei Mitzvah at Sinai. First joining the Sinai Board in 2001 as Secretary, John subsequently converted with Rabbi Soifer.
You might have noticed that Sinai’s calendar seems a little light right now, with no holidays coming right up. A couple of Shabbats ago, Rabbi Benjamin helpfully reminded us that last week we entered the Hebrew calendar’s occasional Leap Month of Adar One. A whole Leap Month allows our calendar to synchronize with both the […]
Just a reminder that the Sinai Board of Trustees will host a Congregational Forum on Sunday, January 27 at 10:15 AM in the Sanctuary. We have some new demographic information that motivates the strategic plan outline, that 1st VP Howard Holden will distribute soon to all of you. What surprised us the most about our […]
The Sinai Board of Trustees will host a Congregational Forum on Sunday, January 27th at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary. As with last year’s Forum, your Temple Sinai Board of Trustees wants to hear from you about how we can serve you better. As you know, Sinai has been in a process of strategic planning […]
Part of the upcoming week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4−36:43), describes Jacob’s midnight struggles with “a man” and his reconciliation with his brother Esau the next day. As president of your Sinai Board of Trustees, I have to admit to lying awake some nights, struggling with my own thoughts. What have I allowed to fall […]