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December 2014

In this issue:

The Temple Sinai Newsletter · December 2014 · Kislev- Tevet 5775

Events

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President’s Message Cantor Tzedakah

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Religious School

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Men’s Club & Sisterhood Life Cycles

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Advertising

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Donations

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Temple News and Notes

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Lifelong Learning Page 8 New Members Page 16

Gift Shop Information Page 16 TS Holiday Bazaar Page 23

From the Desk of Rabbi Cohen

‫משולחנו של הרב כהן‬

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angsterland- Close To Home

Many of you will be aware of the book, “Gangsterland” by Tod Goldberg which was recently published. I was reading a description of it a month ago: “Rabbi Cohen works at a Temple on Hillpointe Road and often meets congregants at Bagel Café”. That’s weird, I thought, sounds a bit like me! As I read on I discovered the Rabbi Cohen in the book is actually masquerading as a Rabbi and is really a mob hit man in hiding. Basically, it’s your average tale of religion, murder and bagels. When Stephanie Helms, our chair of marketing, reached out to

Mr. Goldberg, he responded in a pleasant manner and seemed open to coming to Las Vegas to explain how he got the idea for the book and how the mob and Hillpointe Road seemed to be a match made in heaven. Some of our congregants have been very sweet and taken offence at dragging my good name and that of Judaism through the dirt. I, on the other hand, take it all in good humor, simply amused and curious at the thinking behind the book. In the novel, Mr. Goldberg makes some interesting observations about life in Summerlin, the Jewish community and about the work that Rabbis do. Sometimes, it takes an independent set of eyes to help view your own situation in a new, however strange, light. L’shalom/To Peace Rabbi Malcolm Cohen

Doron Almog E are pleased to announce that Doron Almog will be speaking at our services on W December 12th. Major General Doron Almog served in the IDF from 1969-2004. He led the first paratrooper force to land in Entebbe, Uganda, in the now famous 1976 Rescue Operation, capturing the airfield’s control tower and marking the runway for incoming Israeli planes. In 1984, he led the airlift of more than 6,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in Operation Moses, and from 2001 to 2004, headed Israel’s Southern Command. He was considered for IDF Chief of Staff, but chose instead to focus on Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, a partnership with Jewish National Fund to build a village in Israel’s Negev desert for the country’s most severe special needs population, in honor of his son Eran. General Almog said he learned from his son that society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members. The village has quickly become a model for the world of human potential and dignity.


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Events ‫ממושמש ובא‬

Tuesday, December 2

Sunday, December 14

4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Ritual Committee Meeting 6:00pm Caring Committee Meeting 7:00pm Adult Ed. Through the Lens: Movie Discussion The Infidel'

9:00am Sisterhood Blood Drive 9:30am Religious School - Chanukah Celebration 11:00am Men's Club Breakfast 5:00pm Sisterhood Channukah Party

Wednesday, December 3

Monday, December 15

10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 5:00pm Retreat Meeting 6:00pm Sisterhood Game Night 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting 7:00pm Social Action/Social Justice

6:00pm Shenker Staff Training

Thursday, December 4

Wednesday, December 17

1:00pm Brandeis Meeting 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 7:00pm Annual Federation Meeting 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Zumba Classes

Friday, December 5 6:15pm Tot Shabbat 7:30pm Shabbat Worship 8:45pm Oneg Sponsored by Ryan Reisman

Saturday, December 6 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship 6:00pm Shenker Holiday Party

Sunday, December 7 9:00am to 02:30pm Temple Sinai First Annual Holiday Bazaar 9:30am Religious School 10:00am Men's Club Softball 10:00am B'nai Mitzvah Family Orientation 10:00am Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled 'Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict' 11:30am Jewish Camp Education 12:00pm Teen Meeting 1:15pm Religious School Parents Drop In

Tuesday, December 16 4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Shenker Family Holiday Party 7:00pm Book Club Meeting 7:00pm Adult Ed. "Voices from Beyond the Grave” 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, December 18 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 6:30pm Marketing Team Meeting 7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Zumba Classes

Friday, December 19 7:30pm Shabbat Worship

Saturday, December 20 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship

Sunday, December 21 9:30am NO Religious School - Winter Break 10:00am Men's Club Softball 10:00am Jewish War Veterans Post #64 10:00am Sisterhood Executive Meeting

Tuesday, December 23 4:30pm NO Hebrew School - Winter Break 6:15pm Temple Sinai Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 9

Wednesday, December 24

12:00pm Lunch Bunch for Women Age 50+ 4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 7:00pm Adult Ed. "Voices from Beyond the Grave"

10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 6:00pm 'Chow Fun' Dinner - Event Center 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

Wednesday, December 10 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 6:30pm Jewish Sr. Singles 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, December 25 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Zumba Classes

Friday, December 26

Thursday, December 11

7:30pm Shabbat Worship

7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Zumba Classes

Saturday, December 27

Friday, December 12

Sunday, December 28

6:00pm Religious School Class Shabbat - 5th & 6th Grade 6:15pm Shabbat Dinner 7:30pm Shabbat Worship 8:45pm Oneg sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans Post 64

9:30am NO Religious School - Winter Break 10:00am Sisterhood General Meeting

Saturday, December 13

Wednesday, December 31

10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship

10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship

Tuesday, December 30 4:30pm NO Hebrew School - Winter Break 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting


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President’s Message Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Rabbi@templesinailv.org Cantor Mariana Gindlin Cantor@templesinailv.org Executive Committee Julie Littmann, President President@templesinailv.org Les Sherman, 1st Vice President les503@aol.com Barry Duman, 2nd Vice President barryeco@att.net Nachum Golodner, Treasurer Treasurer@templesinailv.org Jack Kaufman, Recording Secretary jacelaine@aol.com Trustees Ed Goldenberg Stephanie Helms Shel Kolner Bob Levin Jaime Pollack Ilana Shapiro Steve Weiner Immediate Past President Rick Hollander Sisterhood Tina Drago, President sisterhood@templesinailv.org Men’s Club Sean Lyttle, President Sean.d.lyttle.jd@gmail.com Religious School Dr. Sharon Knafo Eddirector@templesinailv.org

Shenker Academy Linda Specht, Director Linda@shenkeracademy.com Controller John Demarco Controller@templesinailv.org Temple Office Phil Scully, Executive Director Pscully@templesinailv.org Kim Israel, Executive Assistant school@templesinailv.org Sinai Shofar Apryl Lyttle and Greg Safdeye, Editors shofar@templesinailv.org

‫מסר הנשיא‬

No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, As we as a congregation come to the end of our calendar year, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the support and love that I have received throughout our transition and growth of our Temple while serving as your President. We have made tremendous progress in galvanizing our place within the Las Vegas Jewish Community. However, we still have a road to travel and we can only complete our journey with help from all of you, the members of Temple Sinai. The High Holidays have come and gone but just a reminder to anyone wishing to send in their Kol Nidre Donation…we will be more than happy to still accept it! An additional advantage to sending it in by December 31, 2014 is the tax deduction. Such a deal! Additionally, our Capital Campaign is in full swing. For those of you that aren’t sure what the Capital Campaign is, it is an endowment earmarked for the sustainability of our new campus. Please consider participating in this important program that is vital to our future. I encourage anyone that is interested in the Capital Campaign to please see me, call me or send me an email for more information about how you can donate and help. We have some fun and educational opportunities in the near future for all to enjoy. Keep an eye out for Monte Carlo Night coming soon to a shul near you! It will be a fun night of schmoozing, gambling and of course eating here at Temple Sinai. There will also be an educational opportunity with our Scholar in Residence program the end of January, which will give any member a chance to further increase their understanding of what it is to be Jewish in many different areas of life, and if you are interested in taking our Hebrew classes, whether a beginner or advanced, we will be starting those the beginning of 2015. I am excited for the many programs and activities planned for Temple Sinai because it provides all of us with multiple opportunities to be with each other and to share our experiences, strength and love with one another. I look forward to seeing all of you soon around the campus. My door is always open, Julie Littmann President


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From the Desk of Cantor Gindlin

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www.eventsbyjuls.com Julie Littmann

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Religious School News ‫חדשות בית ספר מקדש סיני‬

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J Library at Temple Sinai Religious School On Sunday 10/26, our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade classes gathered at Mrs. Knox’s classroom to hear Mr. David Clark, PJ Library representative at the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, reading the book “Bagels from Benny” Written by Aubrey Davis and Illustrated by Dusan Petricic. While working in his grandfather’s bakery, Benny learns the joys of giving and receiving, caring and gratitude. Students discussed the moral value of the story, sharing their own personal experience of this lesson, and working on a creative art project. We thank Mr. David Clark for his time and effort, and for making our past Sunday so special for our young students. Hebrew Studies Our Tuesdays at Temple Sinai Hebrew School are evolving to be enriching days, which aim to establish several core skills of the Hebrew Language. For the lower grades and new students, we focus on letter recognition, pronunciation, and recognition of vowels. After mastering these skills, we continue to enhance the students’ reading fluency as we emphasize the correct decoding of the required words for each specific grade. Reading fluency requires collaboration of multiple language skills (letter and vowel recognition, strong memory, decoding, and correct pronunciation.) Research shows that learning a second language contributes to multisensory development of the student. Through colors, pictures, music, shapes, videos, and more, the students are able to decode, read, write, and ultimately speak a second language. Our team is comprised of classroom teachers, support and enrichment unit, and a variety of educators including Cantor Gindlin and Rabbi Cohen. “We like to answer the needs of the individual learner in and out of the classroom,” says Ronna Schwartz, 3rd year Hebrew Specialist at Temple Sinai Religious School. Special Jewish Summer Camp Presentation A special Jewish summer camps presentation will take place on 12/7/2014, 11.30-12.00 at our Sunday closing assembly. The IAC organization working on this special summer camp presentation. Representatives of 10 Jewish camps from Arizona, California, and more will be there. Parents are encouraged to join us in the Sanctuary and learn about the newest trends in Jewish summer camps. Special raffles and special discount for those who plan to attend and register to one of these camps during that weekend. In addition to that, Temple Sinai through The Greenberg Fund offers scholarships for students who will go for the first time to Jewish camps. We will hand out the scholarship forms on that Sunday. Israel Education There is nothing like learning and hearing about the State of Israel from Israeli residents who live in Israel and experience everything first hand. Our wonderful exchange students – Nivi and Tamuz, spent their first semester at the Adelson School as exchange students from the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, Israel. For the past few months, Nivi and Tamuz helped students read and write Hebrew, and as we begin the last month of their

exchange program (they are planned to go back to Israel in MidDecember), we will gear their time at the Religious School for a close look on the State of Israel through updated presentations and programs. We plan to have Nivi and Tamuz, together with Mr. Nadav Mendelson (IAC representative) presenting to each group of classes together, and we will start on Sunday 11/16 @9.45-10.30am with 5th & 6th grade, and will continue on Tuesday 11/18 @ 4.15-5.00pm with 7th grade, 11/23 @ 9.45-10.30am with 3rd & 4th grade, and 12/7 @9.4510.30am with 1st & 2nd grade. Parents are invited to participate in these sessions. Temple Sinai continues to work with our youth on exciting programs, nights out, youth services, and a special end of the year retreat. Wishing you a Happy Chanukah,

Dr. Sharon Knafo Education & Youth Director

Tots Shabbat Friday, December 5th 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM Bring your little ones, ages 1-5 for a lovely service just for kids!


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From Your Sisterhood

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‫ממועדון אחיות שלכם‬

appy Chanukah everyone! Let’s end 2014 by spending time with family and friends, even though every family has a crazy aunt, uncle or cousin we need to remember to put the FUN in dysfunctional! There is no such thing as a perfect family and if we embrace and accept everyone for who they are, warts and all, we will be less disappointed and more amused. Think about the television shows we watch, then make yourself and members of your family characters. It has taken my family years to learn to laugh at ourselves, and personally I think we are not finished yet. My sister and I decided to take this approach about 20 years ago (despite my Mom’s picket fence approach to life) and our kids have grown up with the crazy as normal, so reality TV shows just seem over the top. I have to tell you a secret… I kinda like the crazy holiday times…does that make me a drama queen? I hope not. I wouldn’t want to think our family is any more “FUN” than the rest of yours. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! The Chico Fashion Show and Brunch Sunday November 16 th 10am1pm was a great success. Our models were familiar and fun. Mark Sample made a great salad/baked potato bar and the conversation was contagious. December is the annual Chanukah Party with the Men’s Club on Sunday, December 14, 5pm-8pm. Plan to come and celebrate. Sisterhood is leading by example with programs for all Temple members. Zumba classes every Thursday from 7pm-8pm ($5/class or 5 classes for $20) – Come work out with friends and don’t worry of you are new the classes will be age and skill-level appropriate starting November 6th at the Temple. Game Night for all Temple members will be held the 1st Wednesday of each month – Mah Jong, Rummikub, Card Games and more will be offered in the Library starting at 6pm-8pm’ish. Partake in playful competition, bring your friends, favorite games and make new friends with common interests!

The Sisterhood’s Gift Shop is OPEN – Hours of operation are: Fridays 6pm-7:30pm, Sundays 9am-1pm and Tuesday 4:30pm to 6pm and always by appointment look for Jan Shumow. The Sisterhood Gift Shop is NOW OFFERING INVITATIONS for any celebration! Get your Bar/Bat Mitzvah shopping done in one convenient location! Don’t be shy…..shop, shop and shop…we will buy more! Sisterhood is still looking for fun-loving, conscientious ladies to join the fun, contact Resa Snyder for more information at resasnyder@cox.net . As always any woman who is a member of Temple Sinai is welcome to join the Sisterhood. I have met so many wonderful women and know there are many more of you to still meet. I get weekly updates on new members joining and it just tickles me that we have such a warm, smart and strong group of women. Shalom, Tina Drago

From Your Men’s Club

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andle Glow “The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.” – Robert Altinger We’ve “fallen back” an hour on the clock, and the days are getting ever shorter. Literal darkness surrounds us in these winter months as we drive home from work, head out to dinner with family and friends, and arrive at the synagogue for Friday night services. For some of us, a more figurative sort of darkness seems to permeate our lives, as we hear the news broadcasts that seem so full of bad news, or as we struggle with very real life challenges or times of hopelessness. But then… we light the lights… not just of Shabbat, but of Chanukah, our festival of light and rededication, and the glow of those little candles pierces through the darkness, both literally and figuratively. That’s the thing about light – darkness cannot destroy it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy we will celebrate next month, famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” He was right of course, and, as Chanukah approaches, we do well to remember that each of us has the possibility to bring some light into the world, and to drive out some darkness in so doing. As Jews, we do well also to remember that the real miracle of the Chanukah story may not have been that the oil lasted longer than it should have, but rather that, after neglect and desecration, the Holy Temple was rededicated to G-d. That is, Chanukah is not simply about bringing light; it is also about rededicating ourselves to service. The Men’s Club of Temple Sinai is many things to many people, but it is first and foremost a service organization. Whether it is a community member in need of practical assistance, a synagogue event in need of volunteers, or a door in need of opening, the members of the Men’s Club are always there to help. With a membership that now exceeds one hundred men, there hardly exists a challenge we are not equipped to handle. But… we can always do more, so here is my Chanukah challenge: if you are already a member of the Men’s Club, find a way to let your own light shine, and rededicate yourself to serving on one or more of our committees or chairing a project of some sort; if you are not yet a member of the Men’s Club, come join us, and learn about the many ways you can serve your congregational family with us. As we gather around the menorah with family and friends this month, we will hear the familiar holiday song, “Light One Candle”. This year, as we bask in the candle glow of the season, let’s all take the words of that song to heart and rededicate ourselves to service, to keeping the light burning. If each one of us does our own small part in that regard, we can drive out the darkness in the world. Kol Tuv, Sean Lyttle


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Happy Chanukah to Our Temple Sinai Family! Jackie and Shel Kolner

What’s ahead in our Torah? December 5-6 Vayishlach Jacob and Esau reunite. Jacob becomes Israel. Dinah’s rape in Shechem is revenged by her brothers. Rachel dies in childbirth. Isaac dies; he’s buried with his parents in Hebron.

December 12-13 Vayeshev Jacob favors his

Temple Sinai would like to acknowledge and wish a Mazel Tov to Mark Rich and Kristen Slaveck who were married on November 2nd.

son Joseph over his brothers. The brothers sell Joseph into slavery. Our 400 years in Egypt begin. Joseph rebuffs Potiphar’s wife and is thrown in jail.

December 19-20 Miketz (Shabbat Chanukah) Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and ascends to a position of great powers. Joseph marries and has two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. When his brothers come to Egypt to buy food, Joseph withholds his identity until Benjamin is brought back.

December 26-27 Vayigash Judah pleads for “NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!” How many times have you heard someone say “Next Year in Jerusalem”? Why not make it a reality? Experience Israel’s unique and fascinating culture and its meaningful, awe-inspiring history first-hand while deepening your connection with the people and the State of Israel. Temple Sinai is organizing the trip of a lifetime: a 13-day, 11-night fullyguided tour of Israel. You will stay in luxury 4-Star hotels and travel in complete safety and comfort. Your tour guides are government-certified. You will spend 5 nights in Jerusalem, 2 nights in Upper Galilee and 3 nights in Tel Aviv (final night travelling back to Las Vegas). For a portion of the trip you will be accompanied by Rabbi Cohen.

his brother Benjamin’s release. Joseph reveals himself and forgives his brothers. Jacob comes to Egypt and is welcomed by Pharaoh. The tribes of Israel settle in Goshen and thrive in Egypt.

Presented by the Temple Sinai Ritual Committee

Among the many amazing, historic sites you will visit are The Western Wall, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Knesset, Yad Vashem (the memorial and museum dedicated to the Holocaust), Masada and the Shrine of the Book (home of the Dead Sea Scrolls). You will have a chance to float in the Dead Sea, to visit a Kibbutz, and to spend some of your free time walking along the beach and the boardwalk in Tel Aviv. For just $2,765 per person (land tour only), double occupancy, you can experience the wonders of Israel. Single accommodations are available for an additional $1,095 per person. Your trip will begin on April 14, 2015, and includes a full breakfast every day and a total of 2 lunches and 3 dinners. A deposit of $500 per person will reserve your spot. Make your reservation early! Space is limited! To learn more about the itinerary or for more information on how you can be part of this fantastic journey to “The Land of Milk and Honey”, please contact Phil Scully by email (scully2730@aol.com) or by calling the Temple office (702-254-5110). Don’t miss out on a trip that will provide you with many incredible memories that will last for a lifetime.

A VERY HAPPY 45TH BIRTHDAY TO OUR SON, ALAN, ON DEC.9TH LOVE, MOM AND DAD A VERY HAPPY CHANUKAH TO OUR TEMPLE SINAI FAMILY MYRON AND PHYLLIS BERNSTEIN


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Lifelong Learning At Temple Sinai ‫לימכנסת סיניודים לאורך החיים בבית‬

Cohen teaches, speak to Lynn Wexler-Margolies at las_vegas@fmams.org.il or (702) 875-5387.

Temple Sinai is a warm and welcoming Reform Jewish community engaged in lifelong learning, social justice, and soulful worship.

Sisterhood & Men’s Club Both of these groups work within the synagogue to provide fascinating speakers and educational events.

Lifelong Learning (Torah) – Wherever you find yourself, we want to help you get to the next stage of your Jewish journey. We offer formal and informal opportunities for learners to find genuine meaning and answers to keenly felt moral questions and personal issues within the Jewish tradition. You will notice that we have a wonderful range of events from stand-alone events to three-session mini-courses to two-year in depth study. For this congregation the social experience of learning is extremely important alongside the content of our study. We hope that you will deepen your connections to our heritage and each other as you move to the next stage of your journey.

Senior Committee This committee will also connect you with learning opportunities around the valley. Look out for their events through our communications.

L’shalom/To Peace Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Adult Bar Mitzvah Course Contact Rabbi Cohen at rabbi@templesinailv.org or (702) 254-5110 if you are interested in learning on a deeper level with a group of Temple Sinai members with a view to culminating the course of study in a bar mitzvah ceremony. Conversion Class Contact Rabbi Cohen at rabbi@templesinailv.org or (702) 254-5110 if you have thought of converting to Judaism. Florence Melton Adult Mini-School The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School is a world pioneer in the field of adult Jewish education. The MiniSchool, a social franchise, forms an international network of community-based schools offering adults the opportunity to acquire Jewish literacy in an open, transdenominational, intellectually stimulating learning environment. The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. For details of the Vegas branch at which Rabbi

Religious School and Youth Group Our Religious school offers formal and informal learning opportunities for young people from pre-kindergarten age through High School. For more information, please contact the Temple office. Tuition $500 K - 2nd Grade $625 3rd - 7th Grade $400 8th - 12th Grade Discount for Each Additional Child (after the first) $50 Saturday Morning Torah Study Sessions Saturdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am in the sanctuary Shabbat Morning services enhanced by a stimulating Torah study session, held during the service. All are welcome. No RSVP required. Social Media Follow us on @templesinailv

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Birthdays

Yahrzeits

‫ימי הולדת‬ Ellen Adam Elise Gwen Jonathan Nancy Mark Risa Madison Elvin Arthur Jim Albert Limor Evan Gabriel Steven Susan Alan Elize Todd Marci Dana Aliyah Kenneth Renato Morton Mark Sam

Glaz Reisman Rosenblatt Basinger Blum Weinstein White Zucker Bahel Kranen Greenberg Appleyard Lobel Minuskin Ritter Katz Pariser Rhodes Bernstein Itkis Steinberg Altman Malek Cohen Berman Ritter Friedlander Sample Vigil

12/1 12/1 12/1 12/3 12/3 12/3 12/4 12/4 12/5 12/5 12/6 12/6 12/6 12/6 12/8 12/9 12/9 12/9 12/9 12/10 12/11 12/11 12/12 12/12 12/13 12/13 12/14 12/16 12/17

Nancy Aaron Jerry Hallie Ira Mateos George Linda Ron Aden Melissa Jeffrey Herb Kim Carl Dee Eileen Peter Isaac Stacey Stephen Justin Aliya Ivan Antonia Carol Alan Marshall Dyana Sloane

‫אזכרות‬ Koppe Weinberger Springberg Appleyard Sirulnick Perez Bagwin White Minuskin Gewelber Kegan Richardson White Israel Burlin Glick Bellsey-Levin Lewis Heck Roter Glucoft Pollack Epstein Lambert Heilman Smolen Toban Everakes Duman Lachman

12/18 12/19 12/19 12/19 12/19 12/19 12/20 12/21 12/22 12/22 12/22 12/23 12/23 12/23 12/26 12/26 12/26 12/27 12/27 12/27 12/27 12/28 12/28 12/29 12/30 12/30 12/30 12/31 12/31 12/31

Robert Rose Simon Louis Sandy Toby Toby Cecelia Ann Lillian Mildred Maurice Sol Jerome Fran Pearl Albert Joseph David Jacob Frederick Pauline Pearl Mark Addy Minna Lawrence Marilyn Felicia Nathan William Herman Walter Harry Harry Sally Shalom Sharon Morton Erika

Farkas Friedland Niekerk Gateman Glass Handelman Handelman Mitchel Parness Rogan Pullman Berg Feinberg Finnerman Goldfarb Berman Karbal Karp Safdeye Cohen Glick Rogow Berman Breslerman Garcia Levy Sabath Schlossberg Stevens Epstein Stolzenberg Broselow Brown Malone Malone Brin Goldstein Nicholson Orzen Wolpert

12/1 12/1 12/1 12/2 12/2 12/2 12/2 12/2 12/3 12/3 12/4 12/5 12/5 12/6 12/6 12/7 12/7 12/9 12/9 12/10 12/10 12/10 12/11 12/11 12/11 12/11 12/11 12/11 12/11 12/12 12/12 12/13 12/13 12/13 12/13 12/14 12/14 12/14 12/14 12/14

Irwin Beatrice Helen Julius Arnold Louis William Blanche Florence Marcia Sanford Leah Helen Sylvia Leon Elsa Isadore Stephanie Sherwin Abe Rose Murlene Irwin Irwin Helen Morris Harry Byrde Julius Faye Sylvia Lily Laura Max Eva Stella Maynard Hyman Sophie Max Marion

Sirota Rudnick Zelkowitz Lipman Horowitz Pesekow Edmond Warren Brown Katz Rich Weisenberger Frankoff Landun-Sassoon Toban Weinberger Kosowsky Ginsburg Shayne Solomon Linder Whelan Heck Heck Kohl Loeff Unell Coleman Lipstein Schlossberg Goldstein Schilling Brewer Silver Patzik Bernstein Kully Bloom Kenyan Rubel Sternfels

12/15 12/16 12/16 12/17 12/18 12/18 12/19 12/19 12/20 12/20 12/20 12/20 12/21 12/21 12/21 12/21 12/22 12/23 12/23 12/23 12/24 12/24 12/25 12/25 12/25 12/25 12/25 12/26 12/26 12/26 12/27 12/27 12/28 12/28 12/29 12/30 12/30 12/31 12/31 12/31 12/31

Anniversaries ‫ימי נישואין‬ Sydney & Stewart & Sean & Bruce & Sydney & Joel & Alan & David & Archie &

Sarah Sybil Apryl Robyn Kim Nancy Gail Ilana Lorraine

Barouch Stenzel Lyttle Roth Israel Shinder Schlossberg Shapiro Weitman

12/3 1st Anniversary 12/3 48th Anniversary 12/10 3rd Anniversary 12/24 17th Anniversary 12/26 13th Anniversary 12/27 39th Anniversary 12/30 19th Anniversary 12/30 24th Anniversary 12/30 63rd Anniversary


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Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities at Temple Sinai

‫הזדמנויות פרסום וחסות בבית כנסת סיני‬

Fellow Members: This is easy and important. You can get all the help you need. Please read below. An easy and important way you can help support your Temple is by supporting our advertising and sponsorship programs. We need your help in finding advertisers. The programs are: Shofar advertising - starting at $15 is a really good deal for businesses in the area. They get to 350 families in print or online. All we need to contact them are a person’s name and their e-mail address. We take care of the rest. Please volunteer some names and addresses. See below. E-blast Sponsorship - The weekly e-blast can contain add-on advertising. The advertiser gets 5 weekly e-blasts for $18. Very easy but effective way to get to the 600 e-mails on our list. Here again, all we need is the person’s name and their email address. We take care of the rest. Shabbat Flyer Sponsorship - Personal messages may be displayed in the flyer. e.g. Sponsor in honor of your anniversary or birthday. An easy way to support your Temple and it is only $18. This may be coordinated with Oneg Shabbat sponsorships. To do any of the above or to supply information requested above, contact Shel Kolner (702.228.4744 or 702.334.8914) or send an e-mail to trushel@earthlink.net.


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December 2014

Tzedakah ‫צדקה‬

Last month we introduced the Eitz Tzedakah…the Tree of Donations which delineates all the opportunities for making donations to the Temple. It also lists who to contact for these items. You can always contact the Tzedakah chairperson if you have any questions or suggestions. (Shel Kolner 702.334.8914). In the near future, further explanations will be made. Below are the frequently asked questions. Temple Sinai Eitz Tzedakah

The Tree of Donations Tributes Tributes Listed in the Shofar Birthday/Anniversary/Yahrzeits Monthly ad in Shofar Shabbat Flyer Sponsorship E-blast Monthly Sponsorship Honey Sales - Rosh Hashanah Note Card Bundle of 7 Tree of Life Leaves Tree of Life Pebbles Pavers Bima Flowers Memorial Plaque - Member Memorial Plaque - Non-member Reserved Memorial Plaque Oneg Shabbat Sponsorship Sustainability Campaign Yizkor Booklet (Yom Kippur)

Minimum Donation $8.00 $18.00 Various-no minimum $15.00 + $18.00 $18.00 $10.00 $36.00 $100.00 $180.00 $118.00 $200.00 $250.00

$150.00* $225.00*

$400.00* $500.00* Add $60.00 $300.00 Various, no minimum Various

Contact Office Office Office Shel Kolner Shel Kolner Shel Kolner Dorothy Cohen/ Phyllis Feigenson Sisterhood Gift Shop Jackie Kolner Jackie Kolner Jackie Kolner Office Shel Kolner Shel Kolner Office Julie Littmann Marge Nordell

*New donation level as of 1.1.15 Contact Numbers Office Dorothy Cohen Phyllis Feigenson Sisterhood Gift Shop

702.254.5110 ext. 1 702.228.7040 973.525.7799 702.254.5110 ext. 1

Donna Hollander Jackie Kolner Julie Littmann Marge Nordell

702.256.8234 702.228.4744 702.254.5110 702.896.1610

Frequently Asked questions. Q1. Can I designate the donation to go to various funds? Yes the funds available include The General Fund, Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, Cantor’s Discretionary Fund, the Endowment Fund, the Gertrude Scholarship Fund, the Religious School Fund and The Richard Greenberg Memorial Fund. Q2. What are the Pavers? These are the bricks in the courtyard. When all the details are completed, members will be able to dedicate pavers with names on them. Q3. I want to see what the Note Card Bundle of 7 is. Where can I see them? In the Sisterhood Gift shop. These cards allow you to write personal notes to family and friends. The card indicates a donation was made to the Temple Sinai General Fund. Q4. When will the Tree of Life be installed? It is now installed. Orders may be placed. Q5. Do I have to pay all at once for larger donation items? Memorial Plaques may be charged over a 4 month period. The contact can help you with this. Q6. Why can’t I donate a Siddur? The volume of Siddurim we have is sufficient to satisfy our needs. Save this page for reference!


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December 2014

Kol Nidre Appeal ‫צדקה לתחנון כל נדרי‬

Thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s Kol Nidre Appeal.

Roy Abrams Eric Blank Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Blum Mr. & Mrs. Peter Brooks Steven Taylor & Evelyn Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Paul Drago Dr. Barry & Mrs. Dyana Duman Mr. & Mrs. Martin Feigenson Ms. Phyllis Feinberg Mr. & Mrs. Richard Frankoff Mr. David Friedland Mr. & Mrs. Frank Friedlander Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Edward Goldenberg Ms. Nicole Goldstein Mr. Nachum Golodner & Mrs. Kate Harris-Golodner Mr. & Mrs. John Helms Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Robert & Jamie Houston Mr. & Mrs. John Isaacs Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Israel Mr. & Mrs. Lon Jaffe Stephanie Joseph Mr. & Mrs. Minao Kamegai Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Kaufman Bruce Kesselman Dr. Sharon & Dina Knafo Mr. & Mrs. Scott Knox Mr. Melvyn Kochan

Mr. & Mrs. Shel Kolner Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kosowsky Dr. Howard & Mrs. Jacalynne Kramer Mr. & Mrs. Mordecai Labovitz Mr. & Mrs. Scott Leader Mr. Robert Levin & Mrs. Eileen (Bellsey) Levin Mr. & Mrs. Eric Littmann Mr. & Mrs. Sean Lyttle Mr. & Mrs. Donald Marcus Donations Miscellaneous Mr. & Mrs. Mark Ostrovsky Dr. Patricia Pierce Jaime Pollack & Susanne Stark Adam Reisman & Ryan Reisman Dr. Michael & Mrs. Angela Resnick Mr. & Mrs. Renato Ritter Ms. Glenda Rogers Mr. & Mrs. Asher Rogow Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sample Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. David Shapiro Mr. & Mrs. Lester Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Silber Mr. & Mrs. Howard Silverman Roy Abrams & Carol Smolen Mr. & Mrs. Sol Steiner Temple Sinai Sisterhood Temple Sinai Men's Club Mr. & Mrs. Archie Weitman


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Temple Sinai is...

Soulful Worship

Lifelong Learning

Warm and Welcoming

Social Justice


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December 2014

Temple Sinai Time Capsule As a result of the efforts of several members, including Archie Weitman, Dr. Lawrence Copeland, Frances Copeland, Steve Haberkorn, Mark Ohriner, Myron Bernstein, Meera Kamegai and Seymour Kaplan, Temple Sinai is putting together a Time Capsule. It will be placed into a wall in our new Sanctuary. The location will be marked by a plaque on the wall. If you have any information, including pictures and any personal history, that relates to the history of Temple Sinai, we would love to have you submit that information for placement in the Time Capsule. All of the information provided for the Time Capsule will be private. It should be placed into sealed envelopes, marked “Time Capsule”, and brought to the Temple office by March 1, 2015. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Talk to the Board! Your input is vital for the success of Temple Sinai. We need to know what you are thinking in order to serve you in the best way we can. Please feel free to contact your board at talktotheboard@templesinailv.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

New Members Lunch New Members Lunch will be held at Rabbi and Sarah's house, on Saturday January 10, 12.302.30pm: New Members, Please RSVP to school@templesinailv.org or 702-254-5110.

This lunch is for anyone who has joined the Temple in the past year but has not come to one of these lunches before.

Sisterhood Blood Drive Sunday December 14th 9am-2pm Will take place in the Sanctuary


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Donations ‫צדקה‬

Endowment Fund Ms. Deborah Breslerman Dr. Lawrence & Mrs. Linda Copeland Dr. Barry & Mrs. Dyana Duman Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. Nachum Golodner & Mrs. Kate Harris-Golodner Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman Mr. Robert Levin & Mrs. Eileen (Bellsey) Levin Mr. & Mrs. Howard Silverman Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein Mr. Jaime Pollack and Mrs Suzanne Stark Mr. & Mrs. Eric Littmann

Gala donations Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Dr. Erik & Mrs. Kaori Sirulnick Susan Stone Mr. & Mrs. Elvin Kranen in honor of Rick Hollander

General Mr. & Mrs. Harold Brown Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Coleman Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Davis Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Everakes Mr. & Mrs. Philip Fiol Mr. Andrew Franco Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Leon Goldstein in honor of 59th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Seymour Kaplan in memory of Jessica Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Kaufman in memory of Irving Kaufman Jacob & Susan Klein Mr. Thomas Raney Mr. & Mrs. Asher Rogow Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Schwartz in memory of Meyer Meyerson Mr. & Mrs. Sol Steiner Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman in memory of Max Rosenbloom Sharon Solomon in memory of Ben Fishel Mr.& Mrs. Martin Feigenson in memory of Helen Levenberg Mr.& Mrs. Martin Feigenson in memory of Bertha Feigenson Mr. & Mrs. Howard Greenspon

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Michael & Kimberly Bernstein Ms. Jeanne Ebner Ms. Samela Goldberg Mr. & Mrs. Spencer Parness Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein

Richard Greenberg Memorial Fund Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Asher Rogow Mr. & Mrs. Greg Safdeye in memory of Richard Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Seiden in honor of Rick Hollander Mr. & Mrs. Peter Lipman in memory of Richard Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Peter Lipman in memory of Laura Pinzer

All donations received after the tenth of the month will be included in next month's publication


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December 2014

Temple News and Notes ‫חדשות בית כנסת סיני‬

Safe Nest Drop Off Box Temple Sinai continues its support for Safe Nest by housing a drop off box on site. Safe Nest is Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive charity devoted solely to domestic violence issues. Safe Nest’s programs are concentrated in four areas of service: shelter, counseling, advocacy and prevention. Safe Nest accepts clothing, toys and baby supplies. For a comprehensive list please visit their website www.safenest.org . The drop off box is located on west side of the property next to the structure which holds our garbage bin. For donation receipts please see Kim/Lisa in the office.

Change to Donation Levels Effective January 1, 2015 the following donation levels are being changed. Current levels are in place until then. Many members have taken advantage of the current, lower pricing levels. All orders must be placed by December 31, 2014 to use current price levels. Tzedakah Item Current Price Tree of Life Leaves $100.00 Tree of Life Pebbles $180.00 Memorial Plaques - Member $250.00 Memorial Plaques - non Member $250.00

New Price $150.00 $225.00 $400.00 $500.00

Contact Shel Kolner (702.334.8914) for more information.


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December 2014

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December 2014

Wednesday, December 17th


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December 2014

The following businesses help support our Temple! Please make an effort to help support them as well.


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Temple Sinai Personal Tribute Cards Have you seen the personal tribute cards? If not, they are available in our new Sisterhood gift shop. Stop and take a look. These cards match our standard tribute cards but are used to send personal notes. They allow you to convey your personal sentiments to family and friends while still indicating to them that a donation was made in their honor to the Temple Sinai general fund. The cards are available in 7-packs for $36.00. They are also available by calling Dorothy Cohen (702.228.7040) or Phyllis Feigenson (973.525.7799). Talk to the ladies or stop


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