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Sinai Weekly eNewsletter
Reno's Reform Jewish Congregation
19 Sivan 5772
8 June 2012

In This Email:

* How to Celebrate the Progress of Women Rabbis in Israel



* Pledge forms Due ASAP
* Sisterhood Meeting
* Special Meeting: JWV
* Board Meeting Agenda
* Torah for Tots
* Dementia: The Musical
* Knitting & Crocheting
* Shop These Companies


CALENDAR: Save the Date

Important Links:

Please Update Your Contact Information

If your contact information changes (address, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) please contact the Temple Office: 775-747-5508 or so that we can update our records.

Our Supporters




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Special Links

Temple Sinai's Online Giftshop

Sisterhood Tributes - click here to email Marilyn Roberts and start yours today!


Israel Religious Action Center - click here to visit!

Haven't Sponsored An Oneg Lately?

We still need Oneg hosts for these upcoming Shabbat Services:
  • June 15
  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 13
  • July 20

Sinai Breast Cancer Support Line
Julia Rubin
, Sinai member, a nurse, and herself living with breast cancer. (775)846-2122 or Confidentiality honored.
CLICK HERE to donate a free mammorgram a day to an under-privileged woman.
CLICK HERE to join a movement to bring women and researchers together to eradicate breast cancer.

Jewish Camps & Trips to Israel

Upcoming B'nei Mitzvah Schedule:

B'nei Mitzvah

June 9, 2012
Ann Ezgar
Adult Bat Mitzvah

July 14, 2012
Hannah Zeltzer

August 25, 2012
Jennifer Merkin

February 16, 2013
Max Blanck

B'nei Mitzvah must be scheduled at least eight months in advance. Call the Rabbi at 747-5508 to reserve your date. ALL B'nei Mitzvah services are at 10:30am.

Enjoy The Sounds
Of Shabbat

sound systemWe need  trained operators for our Sound System. The system is easy to learn and training will be provided. Please contact Doug Goodman at if you are interested in helping to preserve the sounds of Shabbat and the High Holy Days that we enjoy.


REMINDER: By Board action, on recommendation of the Ritual Committee, pork and shellfish may not be served at Temple Sinai. This includes any products containing either pork or shellfish; so, do check, carefully, the contents of what you might be serving at Onegs, meetings, receptions, etc. Also, be careful to remember those possible "common" foods that are indeed included in these restrictions (pepperoni pizza is one good example!).

Mitzvah at the Gospel Mission

Temple Sinai congregant Pat Blanchard has an on-going group which serves dinner to the homeless at the Gospel Mission. Her group serves on the third Wednesday of each month for about 1 1/2 hours. Please contact Pat at to sign up for your special date or call 824-0220. This is not a drop-in arrangement.

Movie DVD's & Music CD's for the Troops!

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George Small Post 30 (Reno) of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA...
  is collecting used DVD's and music CD's to send to our troops, including three of our newest Jewish War Veteran members, currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please bring in any DVD's or CD's that you wish to donate and place them in the box below the lobby table. Post 30 will take care of the delivery and if we get any letters of thanks back, we will share them with you.

Hillel at UNR

Nevada Hillel operates out of UNR and is affiliated with the Soref movement of the Hillel Foundation. We sponsor events throughout the year for students and the whole community, and we welcome your involvement. Search for "Nevada Hillel" on Facebook, or send an email to
Shalom Temple Sinai Family and Friends,

From the Rabbi's Study...

How to Celebrate the Progress of Women Rabbis in Israel

Last Shabbat I received the following email from the executive Director of ARZA (the Association of Reform Zionists of America):

ARZA: June 1, 2012

Dear Teri,

By now, you have all heard the news that Rabbi Miri Gold will be the first Reform Rabbi in Israel to be paid by the state of Israel as a Rabbi. This is a great victory, but what you need to know is that we are all a part of this success. We are a part of it, not just because we are all part of the Jewish family and we celebrate Rabbi Gold's success, but because we helped make this success happen.
The basic operating budget for the Israel Religious Action Center comes from ARZA dues. They were able to fight this case for 7 years because we have been paying the bills. Rabbi Gold's case just covered rural and regional rabbis. The next case is for the city, rabbis where an even greater number of Reform Jews live. In order to continue our efforts in support of the Israel Religious Action Center and our Israel Reform Movement, we need your help. Please join ARZA, encourage others to join with you. Your $36 dollars can help the real Israel become the ideal Israel.

Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Daniel Allen
Executive Director, ARZA

CLICK HERE for full press release>>

Please consider joining ARZA and supporting the important work of IRAC (the Israel Religious Action Center).

Shabbat Shalom ~ Rabbi Appleby
CLICK HERE for more from the Rabbi's Study >>


Shabbat B'ha'alot'cha...

Friday, June 8

7pm Erev Shabbat Service
Thanks to this week's Oneg co-hosts Rabbi Appleby & Jon Leo to say thank you and farewell to the Congregation, and the friends of Ann Ezgar (Lynne Daus, Julie Stage, Marsha Cohen, and Linda Kutten) in celebration of the adult Bat Mitzvah of Ann Ezgar. Thanks also to this week's greeter Steve Myerson.

This Shabbat, Kaddish will be said for:

Recent Deaths and Shivah
  • NONE
Sh'loshim (Deaths these past 30 days)
  • Livi French cousin of Richard Tropp, Friday, June 1
  • Phyllis Carol Stevens sister of Mitch Ziegler, May 29
  • Connie Robertson step-grandmother of
         Sarah Rowan Wilson, May 29
  • Marjorie Wilson Grannan grandmother of
         Sarah Rowan Wilson, May 26
  • Jack Abrams father of Gary Abrams, May 23
  • Joseph (Joe) Loughner brother of Richard & Adrienne
         Tropp’s son-in-law
  • Annie Rubin, June 3
  • Julius Ashkin father of Laura Ashkin, June 4
  • Aaron M. Novick cousin of Gary Schumer, June 4
  • Rosa Bronov cousin of Bernard Bronov, June 5
  • Rebecca Eliasberg, June 5
  • Ronald Small brother of Gail Small Ferrell, June 5
  • Joeseph Glaser uncle of Alison Lasher, June 6
  • Guy D. Parr stepfather of David Valdez, June 6
  • Harry Schwartz grandfather of Deb Garrett, June 6
  • Rebecca D. Gumbert, June 7
  • Annette Rutkovitz sister-in-law of Jules Rutkovitz, June 7
  • John H. Gertler grandfather of Alan Gertler, June 9
  • Cornelius Jacob Klomp, June 9
  • Reuben Zucker father of David Zucker, June 9
Click here for a complete list of this month's Yahrzeits >>

Temple Sinai News...

Annual Member Pledge Forms Due NOW!!

annual pledge driveONLY 54% OF

If you have not returned your form to the Temple yet, please send it in ASAP. Don't wait another day!
We need to hear from ALL our congregants.

Sisterhood Meeting at...

sistersSodo Restaurant
at 275 Hill Street

(formally Hill Street Grill)
Wednesday, June 13
at 11:30am

Join your new officers: President Lynne Daus and Board Representative Ann Ezgar. Come to start the new year.

Please contact Linda Kutten at if you plan to attend. We need to let the restaurant know how many are coming.

Special Meeting: George Small Post 30 of the JWV

There will be a Meeting of the George Small Post 30 of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA at 1000 hours, Sunday, 1 July 2012 at Temple Emanu-El in the Social Hall (1031 Manzanita Lane  Reno, NV 89509).

We need at least seven members present to have a quorum.

If you, or anyone you know of, are interested in becoming a member, please check the eligibility requirements listed in the Constitution and Bylaws at the JWV website under "Membership" and "Eligibility." (Click here to view:

If you have any questions about your particular situation, there is a direct e-mail link on the same page. The DD214 is used to establish eligibility.

If you have any further questions, please contact Dave Levine at or call him at 775-329-3443.

This Month's Regular Board Meeting

Board_Meeting_iconThe Temple Sinai Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm in the Temple library. All Temple members are welcome to attend.

download the agenda.

(Please contact the Temple office, 747-5508 or, if you have difficulties downloading the file.)

Torah for Tots - June

Dear Families,

Passover was soooooo early this year and Torah for Tots was soooooo long ago! Our June class, the last of the season, will be June 14th at 4:15pm. See you then!

Torah for Tots is Temple Sinai's program for children ages 2-5 and siblings are welcome. There is no fee for the class and Temple membership is not required. To join the class, or for further information, contact me at


Save the Date:

Artown 2012 presents...
Dementia: The Musical
Readings and songs performed by
Steven Rubin (Sinai Member) and Kenn Pettiford

Thursday, July 12 at 7:00pm and
Thursday, July 19 at 7:00pm

at the Steinway Piano Gallery
(500 E. Moana Lane, Reno)

Admission: FREE
Contact info: (775)829-0600

Click here for more info >>

Knitting & Crocheting

yarnA new Temple Sinai Group will meet the 3rd Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be June 21st, from 10am to 12 noon in the Temple Sinai Library. Beginners welcome! Bring your current projects, or start a new one. You can make items for yourself, for gifts, or to donate. Come to learn, stitch, socialize and just enjoy.

For more information:
Marilyn Roberts 775-622-3115
Gail Steriss 775-972-9396

Shop These Companies

shopping cartThese vendors gave in support of Temple Sinai at our Soup, Salad, & Style Luncheon & Fashion Show:
  • Lodo Loft (Ashley Machado, Owner)
    550 W. Plumb Ln., Suite H., Reno, NV 89509
    (775) 284-5636,

  • Natasha's World Jewelry (Natasha Bayt, Owner)
    5039 S. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV 89502
    (775) 657-9144,

  • Jos. A. Bank (Dixie Cortez, Store Manager)
    The Summit Sierra
    13945 S. Virginia Street, Suite 632, Reno, NV 89511
    (775) 852-6835,

  • Gold Strike Gifts (Joyce Kveum, Proprietor)
    122 South C. Street, Virginia City, NV 89440
    (775) 847-4438,

  • Boot Barn
    3345 S. Keitzke Lane, Reno, NV 89502
    (775) 825-0666,

  • David's Bridal (Julie Hamill, Assistant Manager)
    South Virginia Commons
    6745 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511
    (775) 852-7978

  • Lipstick, LLC. (Isha Casagrande, Owner)
    333 S. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501
    (775) 544-7773,

  • Washoe Valley Alpacas, Inc. (Len Chyet, President)
    7501 S. Old US Highway 395, Carson City, NV 89704
    (775) 224-3685,

Temple News Links

Click the links below to view current and past articles from our Temple Sinai community:

Calendar: This Coming Week...

Saturday, June 9

  • 10:30am Adult Bat Mitzvah of Ann Ezgar

Sunday, June 10

  • 2-4pm Temple Sinai's Annual Congregational Meeting
    (all Temple members are encouraged to attend)

Tuesday, June 12

  • 7pm Israeli Folk Dance Night
    (1st time FREE, $5 regular, $3 for students)

Wednesday, June 13

  • 12noon Talmud Study
  • 7pm Temple Board Meeting
    (all Temple members are welcome to attend)

Thursday, June 14

  • 7pm International Folk Dance Night
    (Open to all; $2 for the public and $1 for Temple Sinai Members.)

Friday, June 15

  • 7:30pm Erev Shabbat Services -- We still need an Oneg host for this service. If you would like to host this Oneg, please contact our Oneg coordinator Ann Ezgar at 762-6098 or the Temple office at 747-5508, or, sign up on line by clicking HERE.

Calendar: Save the Date...

Sunday, June 17


Tuesday, June 19

  • 6:30pm Sisterhood Mahjong Night
    (hosted at a different home every time; call Brigitta Aaron at 853-4947 for place and time)
  • 7pm Israeli Folk Dance Night
    (1st time FREE, $5 regular, $3 for students)

Wednesday, June 20

  • 7pm Temple Sinai Board Meeting
    (all Temple members are welcome to attend)

Thursday, June 21

  • 10am Sinai Knitting & Crocheting Group
    (in the Temple Library)
  • 7pm International Folk Dance Night
    (Open to all; $2 for the public and $1 for Temple Sinai Members.)

Friday, June 22

  • 7:30pm Erev Shabbat Services with the Oneg hosted by Judy & Gary Schumer to say "Goodbye for the season"

Community Bulletin Board...

Employment Wanted

BSN RN, MA-Psychology seeks Fulltime work in Reno area. Worked voluntary & involuntary psych, most recently at West Hills Hospital, Reno. Also worked long-term care and in eye surgery center. Retired Nevada Air National Guard. Email me at for a resume.

House for Rent/Near Temple Sinai

2490 Sunray Drive, Reno. Great condition, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1200 sq. ft., $1100 per month. Garage with fenced yard, 2 patios plus more. For info: email or call 775-356-1930.

Donations to Sinai...

We thank those who support Temple Sinai.

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

  • Jennifer Bainton in honor of the Brit Bat of Jenna Bainton

Please Consider Making a Donation *

* Available Funds to Contribute Into:
  • General Fund: General operating expenses
  • Capital Fund: Servicing capital improvements to the Synagogue
  • Cemetery Fund: Maintenance of the Hebrew cemetery
  • FF&I Fund: Furnishings, fixtures and interior improvements
  • Maintenance Fund: building and grounds maintenance
  • Music Fund: Events, equipment, musicians
  • Rabbinic Compensation Fund: Guarantees the Rabbi's compensation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year
  • Rabbi's Discretionary Fund: Directly supports Rabbi's tzedakah efforts
  • Religious School Fund: General school needs and scholarships
  • Ritual Fund: Sanctuary and religious supplies

Our Temple Family...

Mazel Tov...

  • Congratulations to Mike Medvin on the upcoming wedding of his daughter, Jennifer Medvin, to Jerry Cuna on Sunday, June 10 in south Lake Tahoe.

Todah Rabbah...

  • Thank you to Rick Michaelson and Rod Sloan for transporting some donated book cases for the Religious School.
  • Thank you to Steve Myerson and Mike Medvin for cleaning up a large mess from a frozen and exploded soda can in the kitchen freezer.

Our Condolences...

  • Our condolences to Richard & Adrienne Tropp on the death of their son-in-law's brother, Joseph (Joe) Loughner, on May 9, and on the death of Richard's cousin, Livi French, on June 1.
  • Our condolences to Benala & Gary Abrams on the death of Gary's father, Jack Abrams, on May 23.

R'fuah Sh'leimah...

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to:
Larry Ezgar
John Marschall, author of Jews in Nevada
Scott Boliver
Vonnie Saunders
Shana Spindler, daughter of close friend of
     Dave & Peggy Levine
David Abedon, family of Ethel Jaffe
Johannah Haffey
Herb Blanck
Nancy Irwin, friend of Adrienne Tropp


This Week:
Kurt Frohlich (6/4)
Ann Ezgar (6/7)

Next Week:
Steve Pansky (6/11)
Carol Pevney (6/11)
Peggy Levine (6/14)
Les Cohen (6/15)
Esther Mansur (6/16)


This Week:
Herb & Olga Blanck (6/5)
Jeff Gingold & Jane Townley (6/6)
Alan & Camille Gertler (6/7)
Herb & Carol Pevney (6/7)

Next Week:

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Fax: (775) 747-1911

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