Rabbi Benjamin Zober  |  Rabbi Sara Zober  |  Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer

News from Sinai

18-19 October 2019, 20 Tishrei 5779

This Week


Friday, October 18 - Sukkot V

Sukkot Shabbat Celebrations in the Sukkah

  • 5:30 pm Tot Shabbat Service
  • 6:00 pm Congregational Potluck Shabbat Dinner
    Please, SIGN UP HERE and let us know what you are bringing to the Potluck.
    Oneg Shabbat with desserts and challah provided by Daniel and Alicia Moss in celebration of their "Half-Year Anniversary."
  • 7:30 pm Shabbat Service for Sukkot 
    Thanks to this week's greeter, Temple Board member, Tova McGilvray.
If you would like to host a future Oneg Shabbat to celebrate a special event in your life with the community, please call the Temple office at 747-5508 or sign up online here.

Saturday, October 19 - Sukkot VI

  • 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
  • 10:30 am Torah Study

Sukkot Shabbat Chol HaMo-eid
סוּכּוֹת שַׁבָּת חוֹל הַמוֹעֵד

  • Torah Reading:  Exodus 33:12–34:26
  • Haftarah Reading:  Ezekiel 38:18–39:7 (39:16) / Ecclesiastes 
  • URJ Weekly Torah Commentary:  Click here  

Rabbis' Message

Our Book, Our Simcha

Rabbi Benjamin Zober

Dear Friends: There once was a rabbi who remarked, “I’m glad to see you at services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but I’d rather you celebrate Passover, Purim, and Simchat Torah.” Passover and Purim make sense: tales of triumph over evil, exciting stories, and delicious foods. But Simchat Torah? What even is it and […]


Sunday, October 20 - Sukkot VII

  • High Holiday Food Drive Ends
  • 9:30 am Sinai School
  • 9:30 am Sukkah Tear Down
  • 7:00 pm Simchat Torah Service

Monday, October 21

  • 7:00 pm Israeli Folk Dance Night ($5, $3 students; 1st time FREE)
Wednesday, October 23
  • 12:00 pm Talmud Study (Sinai Library)

Thursday, October 24

  • 4:15 pm Torah for Tots Resumes
  • 7:00 pm International Folk Dance Night ($3 per person)

Friday, October 25

  • 7:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service with the Oneg Shabbat hosted by hosted by Michelle and Jeremy Gelman

For our Online Calendar and a PRINTABLE list of upcoming events at Temple Sinai...

Click here.

More Temple Sinai News

Temple Sinai
Board Meeting

7:00 pm in the Library on
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Temple Sinai Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm in the Temple library. All Temple members are welcome to attend the meeting. Click the clipboard to download the agenda. Please contact the Temple office at 747-5508 if you have any difficulties with downloading.

Click here to download the meeting agenda.
Simchat Torah Celebration on Sunday, October 20, 2019 -- 7:00 pm Service and Torah on Parade with special Torah Reading.
Torah for Tots at Temple Sinai

Torah for Tots, Temple Sinai's program for very young children, will begin again on Thursday, October 24th at 4:15 pm. The program is for children ages 2-5, siblings are always welcome and Temple membership is not required. For a full description of Torah for Tots please see the Temple website HERE. To join the class or for further information contact Judy Schumer at

Turn a New Page for 5780

Learn all about Temple Sinai’s Biggest Little Jewish Libraries

Library Parent Orientation (and all members are welcome!)
Sunday, November 3rd, 10:00 - 11:00 am

After the 9:30 am Sunday Family Service, join your Library Committee members to learn about how Temple Sinai’s Biggest Little Jewish Libraries are your personal and family resource. With thousands of books, free Wi-Fi, and a comfortable area for work or leisure reading, the committee hopes to make you feel at home as your enjoy a good book or tackle a work or personal project.

Light refreshments will be served in the Main Library as committee members help you navigate the facilities.

Our Caring Committee

Greetings from your Temple Sinai Caring Committee,

Our volunteer Committee serves the Sinai congregation in several ways:  sending condolence and get-well cards on behalf of the Temple; visiting sick people in the hospital and at home; making Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary calls; providing periodic Shabbat services to senior living home residents; making chicken and vegetarian soup and delivering it to members; and more. If you would benefit from Committee assistance, please let one of our Rabbis or Committee members or me know, and we will try to help.

If you would like to join the Caring Committee, just let me know. And, if you would just like to help out with our activities -- like visiting people in the hospital or at home, you can do that without joining the Committee. Just provide us your email address and you will receive all Committee emails requesting assistance. Then it will be up to you to become involved or not.

Finally, if you would like to visit congregants at home or in the hospital but are not yet comfortable doing so, please contact me and we can provide some support and know-how.

Regards from your Caring Committee,
Harvey Katz, Committee Chairman
775 453-2444, 415 630-3437

B'nei Mitzvah Tutors Wanted

The Jewish Practice Committee is looking for people interested in becoming B'nei Mitzvah tutors. Please email Michelle Gelman ( if you are interested and she will send you a survey outlining lots of options.

5780 Hebrew Calendars are Available!

The 2019/2020 Hebrew Calendars, compliments of Walton's Funeral Homes, are now available on the lobby table. Pick one up today!


Sign up here.

Recent Pics from Sinai

Shabbat UNPLUGGED Under the Stars

Friday, September 20, 2019
Photo by Jane Grossman

Temple Sinai held a Shabbat Unplugged! service at Callahan Park in South Reno.

Rosh HaShanah Tashlich Service

Monday, September 30, 2019
Photo by Rabbi Benjamin Zober

Observing Tashlich on the bridge over the Truckee River at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.

Building the Sukkah

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Photo by John Louie

Thanks to the many volunteers from our fall Mitzvah Day, the Sukkah went up in record time!

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Photo by Rabbi Sara Zober

THE BIGGEST LITTLE SUKKAH IN RENO - Sign created by Aubrey Sloan.

Donations to Temple Sinai

We thank those who support Temple Sinai.

General Fund

  • Lucille Alexander in memory of her husband, Oscar David Alexander
  • Lucille Alexander in memory of her son, David M. Alexander
  • Doug and Saundra Goodman in memory of Saundra's father, Charles Krahenbuhl
  • David Zucker in memory of his mother, Arlene Levenson
  • Lynn Robins in memory of her father, George Howard
  • Steven and Julia Rubin in memory of Olga Blanck, mother of Jeff Blanck

General Fund for the High Holidays

  • Lucille Alexander in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Jill Flanzraich
  • William Lebovic in memory of his loved ones at Yizkor
  • Sharon Chabrow in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Glenn Bienstock
  • Richard and Marilyn Block
  • Annette and Sandy Friedlander in memory of their loved ones at Yizkor and "in thankfulness for Sandy's recovery from surgery"
  • Dave Levine for High Holiday flower arrangements for 5780 and 5781 in memory of his beloved wife, Peggy Levine
  • Anonymous in appreciation of "our wonderful rabbis and all of Temple Sinai's devoted lay leadership who've made this such a welcoming community"
  • Barth and Brigitta Aaron in memory of their loved ones at Yizkor
  • Sharryn Cohen in memory of Joseph and Marcia Cohen
  • Carole Fineberg in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Marc Picker in memory of his loved ones at Yizkor
  • Henri Ohayon in memory of his loved ones at Yizkor
  • Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Bill and Jean Seager
  • Marynne Aaronson in memory of Louis, Mary and Stan Aaronson and Ann Milhollan
  • Julie Stage-Rosenberg in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Gail Yoella Small in memory of George and Hadassa Small
  • John Louie and Neva Donovan
  • Hillary Lopez in memory of their loved ones at Yizkor
  • Jeff Gingold and Jane Townley
  • Mark Steingard
  • Steven Welch and Robin Capuano
  • Ronnie Varney in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Chris Stanton and Laura Sahkin
  • David Chaffin in celebration of Rosh HaShanah
  • Steve and Marty Matles in memory of their loved ones at Yizkor
  • Barton Barrow
  • Judith Strasser in memory of her mother, Etta Cavalli (Asher)
  • Gary and Debra Pomeranz
  • Gary and Patricia Rosenbloom
  • Emily Sagalyn
  • Suzanne Silverman and Dennis Dworkin
  • Patricia Shreibman
  • Andrew Feldman in appreciation of welcoming him for the High Holidays
  • Jeffrey Gottlieb
  • Lauren Suto
  • Howard and Susan Holden
  • Jane Grossman in memory of her parents, Ivan and Sherry Grossman, her grandparents, Aaron and Rose Feinstein, and Paula Zimmerman
  • Steve and Leslie Pansky
  • Lynda Goldman in memory of her husband, Michael Legan
  • Norman and Dawn Blinder in honor of Joe Merkin
  • Jill Flanzraich in memory of her husband, Nils Flanzraich
  • Gail Lebovic in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • David and Sue Clark
  • Susan Ramos
  • Wayne and Raelynn Omel in honor of their "extended family at Temple Sinai and to wish a Happy New Year"
  • Jeffrey and Cynthia Benik
  • Fred Salzinger
  • Michelle and Michael Isherwood
  • Douglas Coleman
  • Ellen Winograd
  • The Foley Family
  • Patty Dickens in memory of Ruth and Louis Dickens
  • Steven and Julia Rubin in memory of their loved ones at Yizkor
  • Daniel and Alicia Moss
  • Sharon Silverman Chabrow
  • Joan Brickman
  • Russ and Lynn Kotlicky in memory of Marshall Kotlicky
  • Jay and Amy Goldberg
  • Darcy Clark in memory of Ronald Clark
  • Heidi Loeb in memory of her loved ones at Yizkor
  • Jeanie Kaufman
  • Elaine Leitner and Claire Gosser
  • The Alderman Family
  • Philip and Monique Alexander in honor of our "awesome community and rabbis"

Jewish Practice Fund

  • Beth and Aaron Long (for the Shabbat Unplugged! program) in honor of Jeff Gingold, Jane Townley, and Rabbis Sara and Benjamin Zober in appreciation of their kind support for their family during the days of confinement their daughter, Hannah, had during her pregnancy

Library Fund

  • Lynda Goldman in memory of her husband, Michael Legan
  • Lynne Sagalyn

Marsha Cohen Memorial Fund for Jewish Education

  • John Louie and Neva Donovan in appreciation of the tremendous volunteer efforts of the Garfinkle-Berry family, to be used to give Sinai School tuition scholarships to Temple Sinai families in need of such assistance
  • Steven and Julia Rubin in memory of Etta Shelly Cavalli (Asher), mother of Judith Strasser

Rabbis' Discretionary Fund

  • Henri Ohayon in memory of his loved ones at Yizkor
  • Marynne Aaronson in memory of Louis, Mary and Stan Aaronson and Ann Milhollan
  • Samuel Valenzuela and Bernadette Nieto
  • Stephen Adams for the High Holidays in appreciation of the Family Service

Please Consider Making a Donation

  • 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
  • Jewish Practice Fund: Sanctuary and religious supplies, Torah mantles, and other Jewish Practice expenses 
  • Library Fund: to support the Temple library 
  • Maintenance Fund: Building and grounds maintenance
  • Marsha Cohen Memorial Fund for Jewish Education: Supports the long term future of Jewish education at Temple Sinai
  • Music Fund: Events, equipment, musicians
  • Rabbis' Discretionary Fund: Directly supports the Rabbis' tzedekah efforts and hospitality
  • Sinai School Fund: General school needs, scholarships
  • Youth Engagement Fund: Supports our youth and teen programs 

Our Temple Sinai Family

Kaddish for this Shabbat -- קַדִּישׁ שֶׁל שַׁבָּת

Names will be read at our Friday Evening Service this week.

Recent Deaths and Shivah

  • NONE

Sh'loshim (Deaths these past 30 days)

  • Mike Auerbach husband of Nitsa Auerbach, and friend of Jeff Gingold and Jane Townley, 10/10/29


  • Sister Laureen Grady longtime friend of Temple Sinai, October 13 *
  • Manas Rosenberg father of Mark Rosenberg, October 13 *
  • Amelia McCreadie in the Virginia City Cemetery, October 15 *
  • Jacob Drazen grandfather of Jacob Margolis, October 16
  • Eduard David Weinberg father of Harry of Barbara Weinberg, October 17 *
  • Joe Eiseman father of Sandra Medvin, z''l, October 18
  • Michael Ferrell first husband of Gail Yoella Small, October 18
  • Leo M. Ginsburg, October 18 *
  • Herman Lazar cousin of Sue Burkhamer and Ethel Jaffe, z''l, October 18 *
  • Jack Rubin father of Arthur J. Rubin and grandfather of Steven Rubin, October 18
  • Annabelle Medvin mother of Michael Medvin, October 19
  • Janice Palanker mother of Maureen Leshendok, October 19
 * Indicates a plaque on the Sanctuary wall will be lit.

R'fuah Sh'leimah -- רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה

For a complete healing of body, mind, and spirit:
  • HaRav Aharon ben Tova (Rabbi Art Levine) friend of Marilyn Roberts
  • Lucille Alexander
  • Wufky Crosby friend of Rose Petersky 
  • Bronson Feest son of friends of Tova McGilvray 
  • Joe Johns friend of Jeff Gingold
  • Faye O'del Schroeder niece of Lynda Goldman
  • Millard Petersky grandfather of Rose Petersky 
  • Gary Pomeranz
  • Phil Shalitt
  • Reuven ben Chava (Russell Thurman) father of Evangelyna Thurman
  • Steve Straus friend of Darryl and Vita Dworkin
  • Jessica Younger

Tan'chuminu (Our Condolences) -- תַּנְחוּמִינוּ

  • Our condolences to Nitsa Auerbach on the death of her husband, Michael Auerbach. Michael was a dear friend of Jeff Gingold and Jane Townley and he and Nitsa were members of Temple Sinai for years before moving out of the area. Michael passed away on October 10, 2019. 

Todah Rabbah (Thank You) -- תּוֹדָה רַבָּה

Special thanks to these wonderful members who helped to make the High Holidays at Temple Sinai happen...

  • Jewish Practice Committee: Marilyn Roberts, Bonnie Martin, Michelle Gelman, Ignacio Montoya, Brigitta Aaron, Laura Smith, and Nurit Stites
  • Kid volunteers: Sydney, Toby, Naomi, Nathan, and Shalom
  • Building & Safety Committee: Michael Gorden, John Louie, Rob Dickerson, and Tova McGilvray
  • Board Greeters: Amy Goldberg, Daniel Moss, Ignacio Montoya, Jeremy Gelman, Joan Brickman, John Louie, Lynda Goldman, Marilyn Roberts, Rob Dickerson, Russ Kotlicky, Sarah Friedman, Steve Weidman, and Suzanne Silverman
  • Temple president and sound technician: Michael Gorden
  • High Holiday Choir: Gail Small, Laura Smith, Laura Ashkin, Tova McGilvray, Jennifer Cohen, Ziva Shulaker, Carol Pevney, Jay Goldberg, Richard Michaelson, Aaron Hill, Debra Achtenberg (on drum), Rabbi Sara Zober, and Patty Dickens (accompanist)
  • Pam Sloan, Joan Brickman, and the Sisterhood for providing Break Fast help through the Soroptimists
  • Laura Ashkin for providing the challah for Yom Kippur
  • Bonnie Martin for making the High Holiday nametag boards
  • Dave Levine for providing flowers for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur in memory of his dear wife, Peggy Levine
  • Tova McGilvray for providing the stipend for our cellist

More Heartfelt Thanks...

  • Thanks to Jeff Gingold, Laura Smith, and Tova McGilvray for leading services on Friday, October 11.

Mazel Tov (Congratulations) -- מַזָּל טוֹב

Michelle Ramirez, Errin Morgan, and James MacKenzie Morgan-Ramirez

Congratulations to Michelle Ramirez and Errin Morgan on the birth of their daughter, James MacKenzie Morgan-Ramirez, born on August 30, 2019.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Ronnie Varney (10/13)
  • Judith Schumer (10/16)
  • Josh Bronitsky (10/18)
  • Leslie Greenberg (10/18)
  • Talia Guzmán (10/18)
  • Margaret Getz (10/19)
  • Sharon Silverman-Chabrow (10/19)
  • Michael Medvin (10/20)
  • Loth Lieberstein (10/22)
  • Michelle Ramirez (10/24)
  • Jeremy (10/24)
  • Spencer (10/24)
  • Sara Merkin (10/25)
  • Harvey Katz (10/26)
  • Sharryn Cohen (10/27)
  • Van Brenner (10/28)
  • Brad Louis Rassler (10/28)
  • Dean Cafferata-Jenkins (10/30)
  • Rachel Greiner (10/31)
  • Justin Hertz (11/01)

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Gary and Judy Schumer (10/28)
  • Michelle and Michael Isherwood (10/29)
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