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The Sinai Shofar

‫שופר סיני‬ October 2014

In this issue:

The Temple Sinai Newsletter · October 2014 ·Tishrei - Cheshvan 5775



President’s Message Cantor B’nai Mitzvah


Religious School


Men’s Club & Sisterhood Life Cycles


Holiday Schedule Donations


Temple News and Notes


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Lifelong Learning Page 7 New Temple Centerfold Pages 12-13 New Members Page 16 Gift Shop Information Page 16 Dine Out Page 23

From the Desk of Rabbi Cohen


‫משולחנו של הרב כהן‬ njoy The Builders

Recently, a mother, Sidra Boshes Shapiro, who attended our Tots Shabbat, brought to my attention a card which was inserted into the pews of a particular Christian church. The card attempted to make families with children feel welcome at worship, while asking folks without kids to have understanding. I suggested she write a Jewish version, which she did. The card can now be found in our sanctuary. Here are a few highlights:

the video game during the Shema and Kaddish!......Remember that the way we welcome children in shul directly affects the way they respond to shul, to Judaism and to one another. Let them, and their parents, know that they are welcome in this shul.

To shul members: The presence of children is a gift to the shul, and they are a reminder that our community is growing. Please welcome our children, and give a smile of encouragement to their parents. Glares and even unfriendly glances can really hurt. That parent is doing his or her best. If you see a parent struggling, please offer to help them. Remember those adults in your life “Relax! Hashem (God) put wiggle in children, don’t feel you who taught you about your faith, and honor their have to suppress it in shul. All are welcome. Sit near the willingness to teach and to welcome you by doing the front where your children can see what is happening on the same for a new generation. bimah. They are tired of seeing the backs of others’ heads. Quietly explain the parts of the service and the actions of the Rabbi Eleazar says in the Babylonian Talmud: Don’t call rabbi, cantor, etc. Sing the songs and say the prayers. them banayich – thy children, call them bonayich – thy builders. If creating a safe and comfortable environment Children learn how to participate in shul from you. If you for young children and parents will help families come to need to leave the sanctuary with your child, feel free to do shul, help them be able to stay in shul, and get them so, but please come back! habituated to being in shul, then we are truly turning our children and their families into the builders of our future.” We know that children cannot stay quiet for long periods of I am proud that these words are in our sanctuary. It says time. Short bursts of enthusiasm from little ones are fine. If something about who we are and what we want for our they are loudly crying or talking for a continuous period of religious community. Let’s enjoy the presence of youth. time, we ask that you take them into the hallway for a while In many ways, praying alongside them will make our so that other congregants are not disturbed especially during spiritual experience all the more fulfilling. kaddish or the Rabbi’s sermon. Many parents bring quiet toys or books to occupy their children during services. Wishing you well over the fast. Please do not bring toys that make noise, and please pause Rabbi Malcolm Cohen

The Sinai Congregation E-Goat


‫שעיר לעזאזל אלקטרוני של בית כנסת סיני‬

ear Friends, Please follow the link below for an interesting new project for Temple Sinai. If you go to you will have a chance to do what the ancient Israelites did and sacrifice a goat to atone for your sins. Don’t worry! It’s not a real goat, just an electronic one. I already uploaded one of my sins to the site so if you see “I shout at my kids too much” then you know it’s from me. However, all the sins you upload are totally anonymous. So, go to and submit a sin, it will feel liberating! Lastly, the new sins that are submitted are only uploaded to the website once a day. Well over the fast, Rabbi Malcolm Cohen

*********** See Page 12 for FULL HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE, Including Service Times ***********

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Events Wednesday, October 01, 2014

‫ממושמש ובא‬

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Hizdamnut- Adult Education Opportunity 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, October 02, 2014 06:30 PM Adult Choir Practice

Friday, October 03, 2014

07:30 PM - 09:00 PM Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre

Saturday, October 04, 2014

10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Yom Kippur - Morning 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Yom Kippur - Study Session 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Yom Kippur - Children's Service 03:15 PM - 04:15 PM Yom Kippur - Afternoon 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM Yom Kippur - Yizkor 05:15 PM Yom Kippur - Neilah

Sunday, October 05, 2014

09:30 AM - 12:00 PM No Religious School - Day after Yom Kippur 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled “Beyond Borders” The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict’ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Men’s Club Softball

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

06:00 PM - 07:30 PM Ritual Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

03:30 PM - 05:30 PM Finance Committee Meeting 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes - Sukkot Service 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM Erev Sukkot Pizza in the Hut 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, October 09, 2014

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sukkot - Morning 06:30 PM Adult Choir Practice 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Social Action/Social Justice 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Zumba Classes

Friday, October 10, 2014

07:30 PM - 08:45 PM Shabbat Worship

Saturday, October 11, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM Shabbat Morning Worship

Sunday, October 12, 2014

09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Religious School 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled “Beyond Borders” The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict’ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Men's Club Breakfast

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes - Simchat Torah Service 06:00 PM Erev Simchat Torah 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Simchat Torah - Morning

06:30 PM Adult Choir Practice 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Sisterhood Board Meeting 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Zumba Classes

Friday, October 17, 2014

07:30 PM - 08:45 PM Shabbat Worship

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM Shabbat Morning Worship

Sunday, October 19, 2014

09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Religious School 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled “Beyond Borders” The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict’ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Sisterhood Executive Meeting 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Men’s Club Softball 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM Homework/Social Grades 7 - 11

Monday, October 20, 2014

06:30 PM - 08:00 PM Men’s Club Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Nevadans for the Common Good 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Temple Sinai Book Club

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

03:00 PM - 08:00 PM Dine Out - Bagel Cafe 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Hizdamnut- Adult Education Opportunity 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

06:30 PM Adult Choir Practice 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Zumba Classes

Friday, October 24, 2014

07:30 PM - 08:45 PM Shabbat Worship

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM Shabbat Morning Worship 05:00 PM Bat Mitzvah of Maddy Appleyard 06:00 PM - 11:00 PM Temple Sinai Gala

Sunday, October 26, 2014

09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Religious School 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled “Beyond Borders” The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict’ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sisterhood General Meeting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Hizdamnut- Adult Education Opportunity 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, October 30, 2014

06:30 PM Adult Choir Practice 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Zumba Classes

Friday, October 31, 2014

07:30 PM - 08:45 PM Shabbat Worship


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President’s Message

Te m p l e S i n a i Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Cantor Mariana Gindlin Executive Committee Julie Littmann, President Les Sherman, 1st Vice President Barry Duman, 2nd Vice President Nachum Golodner, Treasurer Jack Kaufman, Recording Secretary Trustees Ilana Shapiro Stephanie Helms Bob Levin Jaime Pollack Steve Weiner Ed Goldenberg Shel Kolner Immediate Past President Rick Hollander Sisterhood Tina Drago, President Men’s Club Sean Lyttle, President Religious School Dr. Sharon Knafo

Shenker Academy Linda Specht, Director Controller John Demarco Temple Office Phil Scully, Executive Director

‫מסר הנשיא‬

important thing in the world. ” “ Family is the most – Princess Diana Fellow Congregants,

September and October have been and will be a time for new beginnings at Temple Sinai. I want to take the time to update all of you on some of the things that have begun to bring our new campus to life. The beginning of September brought forth our first big event at Temple Sinai with a concert featuring Cantor Mariana Gindlin and the Temple Sinai choir, with special guests The Voices of Worship and Praise Gospel Choir. Ask anyone who attended the sold out performance, and I am sure you will hear that it was truly as enjoyable as it was spiritual. The experience that everyone shared is a testament to our leadership’s innovative, forward thinking, which will establish our position within the Jewish community. Just a little over a week later, we had our official dedication of the new campus. Many dignitaries were in attendance, including a special recognition of Stephen Haberkorn for his philanthropic efforts in making our dream of a new campus become reality. Steve received a lifetime position on the Board of Trustees for all that he has done, and we are happy to welcome him. The end of September provided us with the privilege of worshiping our High Holy Days in our new synagogue. As a congregant in attendance, the amount of pride I felt witnessing Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Gindlin leading all of us in prayer was indescribable. I hope all of you gained the lifelong memories that I did being a part of such a special time for our shul. Stay tuned for my Kol Nidre speech at Yom Kippur; I promise that it will be a doozy! October will bring our 4th Annual Gala honoring Immediate Past President Richard Hollander. Rick has been nothing less than the guiding force in everything you see around the new campus. This year’s Gala honors Rick’s efforts, and I encourage all of you to come and enjoy the festivities, which include a silent and live auction along with dinner and dancing. This an exciting time for all of us, and I hope that all of you take advantage of the programs and events that are available now and in the near future. Take care.

$2,500,000 My door is always open. Julie Littmann President


Kim Israel, Executive Assistant Sinai Shofar Apryl Lyttle and Greg Safdeye, Editors

Temple Sinai Building Sustainability Campaign Fundraising Goal

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From the Desk of Cantor Gindlin


Bat Mitzvah of Maddy Appleyard

‫משולחנה של החזנית גינדלין‬ ear Temple Family,

I want to take this opportunity to thank the great amount of people who helped the concert become the great success that it was! My beloved choir, I’m so proud of those of you who participated: Dorothy Cohen, Gail Dupre, Kate Harris-Golodner, Jackie Kolner, Kate Labahn, Judy Salz, Lucie Sample, Sabrina Olsen, Mike Rome, and Stu Stein. You took upon yourself the responsibility of learning all the songs in such a short period of time. As always, it was a pleasure to work together with you in preparation for the event. You sounded like angels. My music committee members, Phil Scully, Gabi and Howard Silverman, Debbie Breslerman, Jeff Moskow, Carl Burlin, Ronen Rahaman and Shel Kolner, for working hard to prepare for the concert, considering every detail. You did an amazing job. Thank you Ben Stanigar for filming the event! A big thank you to Sean Lyttle for helping with the hiring of the gospel choir. To Julie Littmann, for the inspiration, and to Les Sherman, Rick Hollander, Marshall Everakes, and Laura Coleman and the board of directors for the support. Let me tell you how this whole idea started: I had been thinking about how great it would be to come together and do an interfaith project for a long time. One day, I was talking to Julie, and she said, “Why don’t you do a gospel concert?” So, this is actually Julie’s dream coming true. Julie, you just took the presidency, so this is just the beginning. May all your dreams for our Temple Sinai come true. May you dare to dream big, and bigger and bigger. Because there is no doubt in my mind that Temple Sinai is a miracle. There is no doubt in my mind that G-d is with us. May we raise the bar higher and higher and build together unforgettable moments at our newly built and vibrant Temple Sinai. G-d Bless you, B’Shalom, Shanah Tovah U’mtukah. May you have a good and sweet year! Cantor Mariana Gindlin SEE PICS FROM THE CONCERT ON PAGE 22

‫בת מצוה של מלכה ציביה בת יוחנן ואסתר‬


addy Appleyard will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah in October at Temple Sinai. Family and friends from all over the United States and Canada will be sharing in Maddy's special day and we are all so very excited! Maddy is an honor student in the 8th grade at Sig Rogich Middle School. Her passion and talent in singing and dancing has enabled her to be a part of the elite Show Choir three years in a row at Rogich. This year she had auditioned and was chosen into the top women's choir "Bella Voce" which will be competing in Disneyland in the spring. Maddy is a sweet and caring person with a lot of friends and loves to laugh. Her sense of humor and quick wit keep us laughing everyday, we truly feel there is a stage with Maddy's name in lights in her future! Maddy has chosen to spread awareness and raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as her Mitzvah Project. This project is close to Maddy's heart as her big sister, Hallie, has Type 1 Diabetes. Maddy's Bat Mitzvah is on the same day as the JDRF's Walk to a Cure so it was important to Maddy to help make a difference and raise money so one day there will be a cure for T1D. If you would like to help Maddy with this project, please go to to make a donation. Thank you!! As parents, we are so truly blessed to have Maddy as our "Spice of Life". She is an amazing daughter and we are so proud of all she accomplishes every day. We know with her determination and zest for life she can make all of her dreams come true. Elana & Jim Appleyard

Bar Mitzvah of Justin Flasher


‫בר מצוה של ידל קאלמן בן ישראל ורבקה‬

ustin is currently an honors student at Molasky Junior High and has lived in Las Vegas for only a little over a year. He loves all sports and has played soccer since he was 3 years old. He is currently a player for Vegas United club soccer team. Justin is an animal lover and for his Mitzvah project has been volunteering with A Home For Spot animal rescue. He loves playing with his dogs at home, Pebbles and Marnie. Justin also enjoys all types of music and movies. He hopes one day to be professional soccer player or a sportscaster for ESPN.


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Religious School News ‫חדשות בית ספר מקדש סיני‬


2014-15 First Week of School at Temple Sinai RS

want to welcome our students, parents, teachers, community friends, Temple Sinai leaders, and anyone who feels like part of our Religious School, to a wonderful and exciting 2014-15 school year. Special welcome goes to our new families and our new students for joining our extended Temple Sinai family.

Jewish tradition regards learning as a sacred endeavor, where everything in school reflects learning’s elevated status. The value of Veshinantam (You shall teach them to your children) is a central part of our Temple Sinai Religious School. This means, among other things, teaching our students to be respectful to their peers, teachers, parents, and to their community. Accordingly, we promote kind behavior, and we celebrate leadership and exemplary role modeling by our teachers, Madrichim (counselors), and our students. Our first week was a true reflection of these values. Our students came eager to learn biblical texts, Shabbat, High Holidays, Hebrew language, tropes, values, and other curricular subjects that we will thoroughly discuss as the school year continues. PreK students were listening to a wonderful story about the Shabbat, reflecting on their personal experience of the Shabbat at home, and at the synagogue. Kindergarten students loved crafting a personal Tzedakah (charity) box as they learned about the importance of giving. Our First through Seventh grade students began their Chai curriculum with interesting discussions about Jewish values, practice of Judaism, and lessons about the history of the Jewish people. Grades 6 and 7 started their tropes (Torah chanting) lesson with Cantor, which will ultimately lead to easier Bar/t Mitzvah learning journeys. 8th & 9th grade students continued their post Bar/t Mitzvah Jewish education with Rabbi Cohen and discussed the topic of dating and relationships. Our Hebrew school on Tuesday was fully attended; students were introduced to the Hebrew letters in early age, reading and writing Hebrew in higher grades, and enjoying the company of their Temple Sinai peers. In the next month we will naturally focus on the upcoming High Holidays, and on the Holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We learn about the customs, prayers, and traditions that we all love. Our education to leadership as reflected by our great volunteers (28 Madrichim!) starts and ends in the classrooms, and at our synagogue, and we are proud of our students. I wish you a wonderful school year and greetings to the New Year, Le'Shana Tova Tikatevu (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year), Dr. Sharon Knafo Education Director

Events by Juls Full Service Event Planners Las Vegas, Nevada 702-204-6602 cell 702-233-6469 fax Julie Littmann

“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 firsthand 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 fully-guided 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. 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 ( 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.

Eat, Pray, Learn V.5.0 5.0 ‫ גרסה‬,‫ ללמוד‬,‫ להתפלל‬,‫לאכול‬ Save the Dates….June 5-7, 2015. Eat, Pray, Learn 5 is set for a dynamic 3 day, 2 night event. On June 5-7, 2015, Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Gindlin, Religious School Director Sharon Knafo and an excited committee will lead the 3 day session at the Mt. Charleston Lodge. Lots of details to come….just set your calendars for this event. You won’t want to miss it.

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From Your Men’s Club

From Your Sisterhood


‫ממועדון אחיות שלכם‬

all is quickly approaching and we are in the midst of our High Holiday rituals. I hope everyone is enjoying the transition both physically and spiritually. These last few weeks the temple has been enjoying the fruits of our labor. The new temple truly took a village to create; however, I would be remiss if I didn’t give kudos to our leadership and specifically our President, Julie. Julie exemplifies grace under fire, and is a beautiful role model for the women of Sisterhood. Her long hours, strategic negotiations, the ability to unite strong personalities for a common goal all while being kind and direct; make no mistake: Julie is our leader, and I am proud to be working with her board. I would also like to recognize the Cantor and how she has strengthened the bonds of our community with the city of Las Vegas through music. The Cantor concert was moving. I was seated in the back of the shul watching our mature community be revitalized through gospel music. People clapping, singing and dancing in their seats brought a smile to my lips, and even as I write this column I am still smiling. Sisterhood is introducing and sponsoring 2 new 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 if you are new ;the classes will be age and skill-level appropriate. Game Night 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. Partake in playful competition, bring your friends, and make new friends. Macy’s Charity Day is Sunday October 5th,, for a sneak peak at the new Summerlin Macy’s. Tickets are available in the Gift Shop while they last. Every member of Sisterhood is invited to our Chico Fashion Show and Brunch Sunday November 16th,, 10am-1pm. This event is complimentary to all Sisterhood members and new members are welcome to join!!!! Please RSVP to Barbara Stallone at,


‫ממועדון אחים שלכם‬

etting Clean

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can, and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” – Aldous Huxley, Brave New World As we head toward Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, it comes as no surprise that many of us are in a self-reflective mood. Indeed, one of the key themes of the High Holy Days is teshuva, or repentance. Literally, however, teshuva means “return” – to a better way of living, to renewed moral “cleanliness”, to yet another fresh start in another new year. In Gates of Repentance, Rabbenu Yonah of Gerona taught that, if a man commits a sin, he can usually be forgiven for that transgression if he acknowledges his regret of it, makes whatever reparations he can, and endeavors not to repeat it. That, in a nutshell, is the mechanics of teshuva. Note will: nowhere in the protocol is there any requirement of lifelong remorse or wallowing in self-loathing. Based on the quotation with which I opened this column, it would seem that Aldous Huxley was a student of Rabbenu Yonah’s! Huxley points out that “chronic remorse” is an “undesirable” frame of mind. That sounds like another great rabbi (and Huxley’s fellow Englishman), our own Rabbi Malcolm Cohen, who is fond of reminding us that, as Jews, we are forbidden to despair. Once again, despair is simply not in the formula. As Huxley puts it, repent, make amends, make a better choice next time, and then be done with all the brooding.

The Sisterhood’s NEW Gift Shop is OPEN – The NEW hours of operation are: Fridays 6pm-7:30pm, Sundays 9am-1pm and Tuesday 4:30pm-6:00pm and always by appointment. Look for Jan Shumow. The Sisterhood Gift Shop is NOW OFFERING INVATATIONS for any celebration! Get your Bar/Bat Mitzvah shopping done in one convenient location! Don’t be shy…, shop and shop…we will buy more!

Yes, Yom Kippur is upon us, but right after that, this very month, comes the joy of building and decorating the sukkah, dancing with the Torah scrolls, and savoring the change of season from hot summer to crisp autumn. When I was a child in the deep South, fall was my favorite season. Still is, really. I used to remark about how, as the air cooled and dried, it began to smell somehow “cleaner”. The football, sweaters, and pumpkin-flavored everything bring me comfort every year, but it is really that cleaner-smelling, crisp air that always gets me excited about the season. Perhaps it is no coincidence, then, that our Day of Atonement – when we set about cleaning our consciences – is a harbinger of our season of autumn – when our Creator sets about giving the air a good scrub.

Sisterhood is still looking for fun-loving, conscientious ladies to join the fun. Contact Resa Snyder for more information at . 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.

The Men’s Club of Temple Sinai wishes all of you a sweet and happy new year, and a good fast. Just remember, when you break that fast with your family and friends, it will be time to cease the regretting and the atoning. Rolling in the muck really isn’t the best way of getting clean. And, if you want a good way to breathe in that fresh fall air with a side of great fellowship, come join us on a Sunday morning for Men’s Club softball.

Shalom, Tina Drago

Kol Tuv, Sean Lyttle


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Lifelong Learning At Temple Sinai ‫לימכנסת סיניודים לאורך החיים בבית‬

Temple Sinai is a warm and welcoming Reform Jewish community engaged in lifelong learning, social justice, and soulful worship. 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. L’shalom/To Peace Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Adult Bar Mitzvah Course Contact Rabbi Cohen at 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 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 Mini-School, a social franchise, forms an international network of community-based schools offering adults the opportunity to acquire Jewish literacy in an open, trans-denominational, 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 Cohen teaches, speak to Lynn Wexler-

Margolies at or (702) 875-5387. Sisterhood & Men’s Club Both of these groups work within the synagogue to provide fascinating speakers and educational events. Senior Committee This committee will also connect you with learning opportunities around the valley. Look out for their events through our communications. Religious School and Youth Group Our Religious school offers formal and informal learning opportunities for young people from prekindergarten 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 Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @templesinailv

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Anniversaries ‫ימי נישואין‬ Philip & Mark & Stuart & Scott & Michael & Stacy & Karin & Robert & Jonathan & Asher & Jay & Jack & Philip & Peter & Donald & John & Myron & Robert & Jack & Leon & Kasey & Mitchell & Jeffry &

Raymonde Fiol Lisa Ostrovsky Amy Stein Karen Leader Kimberly Bernstein Robert Hakes Charles Wegner Darlene Jacobs Martine Blum Marlee Rogow Lana Schwartz Nancy Weinstein Andi Scully Bonnie Andrews Sherry Friend Mirabai Isaacs Phyllis Bernstein Susan Futrell Linda Rubin Evelyn Goldstein Shanna Meyer Dorothy Cohen Elise Rosenblatt

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Purchase a Leaf or Pebble on the Temple Sinai Tree of Life! Leaves are $100*. Pebbles are $180*. * Prices are good through 12/31/14

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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 on-line. 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 e-mail 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

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 We look forward to hearing from you!

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High Holiday Greetings ‫ד״ש לראש השנה ויום כיפור‬

Happy & Healthy 5775 to our friends at Temple Sinai The Barry Duman Family

All our good wishes for a healthy and sweet New Year from the CohenFeigenson families. Dorothy, Mitchell, Phyllis, Marty, Suzanne, Andrew and Rachel

Wishing our Temple friends a year of happiness and health. Shana Tovah! The Knox family: Scott, Aimee, Jessey, Josh and Johanna

To our family of friends at Temple Sinai, we pray this year be one of good health, love, peace and joy for all. L'shanah tovah. Stuart and Amy Stein

From your Ritual Committee

Social Action Committee

As we move into our magnificent new home, there may be questions that arise about matters that fall under the broad umbrella of Ritual policies and practices. Questions may range from aspects of our worship services to what foods we can serve at Temple events or privately sponsored events.

Our primary October project will be for the V Animal Sanctuary. They are in need of new or used tools and gardening implements, food and water bowls, white exterior semi-gloss paint, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. They are also in need of a used wheelbarrow, hand truck, ladder and golf cart battery. For more information, or to donate one of the larger items, please contact Sean Lyttle, Men’s Club President, at

When questions present themselves, please contact your Temple Sinai Ritual Committee for answers and clarifications. We are here to help and assist you. Contact Les Gilbert, Chair of the Ritual Committee, at Your Ritual Committee members are: Les Gilbert, Stephanie Helms, Shel Kolner, Gale Labovitz, Andi Scully, Amy Stein, Sunni Walch, and Lindsay Watt.

In October we will also be working with the Nevada Project for Homeless Youth. We will be making and delivering 125 bag lunches on October 9th and October 10th. Please contact Robert Levin (702-6729018) if you would like to volunteer on either day or if you would like information on donating bag lunch supplies.

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High Holiday Services Schedule ‫תוכית תפילות לראש השנה ויום כיפור‬



S’lichot Program

Saturday, Sept. 20

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, Sept. 24 Wednesday, Sept. 24 Thursday, Sept. 25

Erev Rosh Hashanah Teen Service Rosh Hashanah – Morning Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre – Teen Service Yom Kippur - Morning




6:45- 9:30 pm



10:00 am

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 25

2:30 pm


Thursday, Sept. 25

3:30 pm

Desert Shores

Friday, October 3

7:30 pm

6:30- 9:30 pm

Friday, October 3



Saturday, October 4

10:00 am

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, October 4

1:00 pm


Yom Kippur - Study Session Yom Kippur – Children’s Service Yom Kippur – Afternoon

Saturday, October 4

2:30 pm


Saturday, October 4

3:15 pm

Yom Kippur – Yizkor

Saturday, October 4

4:30 pm

Yom Kippur – Neilah

Saturday, October 4

5:15 pm

Erev Sukkot

Wednesday, Oct. 8

6:00 pm

3:15 pm – To end of Service 3:15 pm – To end of Service 3:15 pm – To end of Service N/A

Sukkot – Morning

Thursday, Oct. 9

10:00 am


Erev - Simchat Torah

Wednesday, Oct. 15 Thursday, Oct. 16

6:00 pm


10:00 am


Simchat Torah

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A Grand Thank You! Teamwork: “A cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interest of a common cause”. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who helped to make the September 14th Parade, Dedication and Consecration Ceremony, Carnival and Barbeque such a rousing success. It was the hard work and dedication of literally dozens of individuals that created such a memorable event. Thank you to Julie Littmann, Rick Hollander and the entire Temple Sinai Board of Trustees for their trust and support; to Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Gindlin for their input and creativity; to Dr. Lawrence Copeland and our other guest speakers who spoke with such passion about the future of Temple Sinai; to our office staff of John DeMarco, Kim Israel and Debbie Breslerrman for their skill and patience; to our facilities personnel, Mike Shrago and Michael Allen, for their tireless work and energy; to Mark and Lucie Sample and their crew of chefs and servers for their talent and know-how; to the Men’s Club and Sisterhood for arranging for so many willing and capable cooks and ushers; to the Ritual Committee for sharing their valuable knowledge and helping to create an amazing program; to the Choir and Shofar blowers for contributing their talents and their many hours of practice; to the actors, Michael Rome, Sharon Roth and Les Gilbert, who helped make the Parade so unique; to Stephanie Helms, Howard Beckerman and the Shofar editors, Ronen Rahaman, Apryl Lyttle and Greg Safdeye for their expert marketing skills; to Sharon Knafo and our teachers and madrichim for coordinating and assisting in the participation of our children; to Linda Specht for helping to involve the Shenker parents, teachers and students; to the spouses and families of our Committee members for their tolerance and patience; and to all of the many other volunteers who willingly invested so many hours of their precious, limited free time. We would also like to thank the Bagel Café and Smoothie King for their incredibly generous donations of food and drinks, photographer David Weinstein and videographer Ben Stanigar for skillfully documenting the event, and the Meshugginah Klezmeim Band and High Flyin’ Entertainment for providing first-class, enjoyable entertainment. And thank you to the members of the Grand Opening Committee: Eileen Bellsey-Levin, Barbara Berg, Deborah Breslerman, Maris Everakes, Cheryl Goldenberg, Sheryl Honig, Jackie Kolner, Shel Kolner, Gale Labovitz, Rona Schwartz, and Resa Snyder for the amazing loyalty, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, perseverance and teamwork they exhibited, resulting in such a joyous and unforgettable event. Sincerely, Ricki Greenspon and Phil Scully Committee Co-Chairs

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Sustainability Fund Donor Acknowledgement ‫הכרת תורמים לקרן קיימות‬ Anonymous Anonymous Barouch Bernstein Bodner



Hagans/ King




Heilman Helms Hollander

Rich, Mark Ritter






Browne, Harold




Kaplan, Fred


Cohen, Isaac Cole, Don

Kaplan, Seymour Karp Kaufman

Salz Sample Sanders






Copeland, Francis




Schwartz, Jerry

Davis, Jack and Cindy Drago

Kosowsky Kraft Sussman

Scully Seiden





Feigenson, Andrew





Letizia Levin, Bob & Eileen Littmann




Fisher Frankoff Gilbert Glazerman Gleicher/Unell

Mens Club









Graff Greenberg, Art Greenspon

Shapiro, David

Silverman Smolen

Spiegel Springberg Stanigar


Stein, Stu Sunni Walsh and Lindsay Watt Weinberger




Rabbi Cohen

All current month’s donors will be identified with bold letters. All donations received after the tenth of the month will be included in next month's publication .

Student Donors Abrams Bahel Ballin Basinger Beckerman Bennett Berman Birdsong Chaizen Cohen Cooper Doe Feigenson Feinberg Flashner Forni Futrell Heilman Helms Horowitz Israel Itkis

Jaster Katz Khoubi Lane Larsen Lyttle Minkoff Nizri Poderis Rahaman Robinson Roter Samuels Schopick Scott Sherman Stanigar Stevens


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G eneral


Frank Curhan Dean Gould Helene Rosen Jacob & Susan Klein Leonard Goldstein Mr. & Mrs. Boris Itkis Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Leon Goldstein in honor of Evelyn's Birthday Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Lester Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein Mr. Andrew Franco Mr. James Dixon Ms. Dee Glick

G ala Fund Mr. & Mrs. Lester Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Myron Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Paul Bodner Paul Bartolo Ross Gottstein Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Mr. & Mrs. Jay Schwartz in memory of Harry Schwartz Ms. Zena Glazerman in memory of Albert Glazerman Mr. & Mrs. Lou Tarter

What’s ahead in our Torah? Yom Kippur October 3-4 Yom Kippur morning: In the final address by Moses to the Children of Israel, we are reminded that each and every one of us is a member of the Covenant. Yom Kippur afternoon: In the climactic chapter of the Book of Leviticus, we read that each of us can be holy. October 10-11 Shabbat Sukkot We read from the book of Exodus and are reminded of our age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God’s face. October 18-18 Bereshit We start our Torah cycle anew with the story of Creation, Adam and Eve, and the first sibling rivalry. October 24 - 25 Noach We read the great flood story and of God’s covenant with the Israelite people. Presented by the Temple Sinai Ritual Committee

Temple Sinai Ritual Committee thanks Dr. Judy Salz for her years of leadership.

Richard Greenberg Memorial Fund Art & Roz Greenberg in honor of Lisa Schnitz and Marlee Rogow's Birthday All donations received after the tenth of the month will be included in next month's publication Along with the opening of our beautiful new facilities, we will be streamlining some of our communications. We know you enjoy our monthly newsletter and we want to make sure that you receive it in a timely, efficient and convenient manner. We will soon begin publishing the Shofar on our website and other media. You will be able to read the entire Shofar online. You will also be able to print the entire Shofar or any number of individual pages. We will advise everyone once the exact starting date has been determined. For those who do not have access to a computer and/or printer, or for anyone who would simply prefer to continue receiving a hard copy of the Shofar by mail, just send us an email or call the Temple office and let us know.


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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 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 Deborah or Kim in the office.

Prayerbooks for Dedication Prayer books are available to honor or memorialize an event or person. For a donation of $54 you can dedicate a Mishkan T’filah Prayerbook and then it will be added to the prayerbooks available for use in the Sanctuary. Please call the Temple to arrange your donation.

Change to Donation Levels Effective January 1, 2015 the following donation levels are being changed. Current levels are in place until then. 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 for more information (702)334-8914

Please Welcome our New Members

Mitchell and Jessica Markowitz (Mason and Alyssa) Aaron Fishler and Tamatha Canckwell (Adelynn) Joel and Marci Altman (Noah, Chase and Dax) Steve and Inne Markhoff (Jordana and Joseph) Dr. Tal and Limor Minuskin (Bar, Ron, Dean, and Liam) Greg and Nancy Koppe (Benjamin and Alexander) Ethan and Taleen Kottler (Zachary) Abe and Sheila Schwartz Linda and Israel Specht Dr. Howard and Jacalynn Kramer Bridget Becker (Sophia) David Becker Michael and Faith Rosenblum (Emma) Risa Zucker Todd and Wendy Steinberg (Joseph and Jennifer) Jon and Carli Snyder (Jordan, Jude and Luc) Mr. Robert Schlossberg


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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 in at the gift shop. You will be happy you did.

“An Original” By Frank Curhan Just before you enter the sanctuary, if you look to your left, you will see an original work of art created exclusively for Temple Sinai by world renowned Judaica sculptor/ artist Gary Rosenthal. Gary first showed his works at a Baltimore JCC in the late 1970s. He has since become one of very few artists creating artistic Jewish ritual objects. His work combines form and function. Copper, brass, steel combined with brilliant fused glass yields a contemporary style rooted in tradition, with inspiration coming from the rich history of the Jewish people. He feels that he is performing a mitzvah every time he creates a new piece -- mitzvahs with an extended shelf life. Works from the Gary Rosenthal Collection have been presented to several Presidents, from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush, and to celebrities as varied as Bette Midler, John Travolta, and Tony Randall. Items from the collection can also be found throughout the world in many fine galleries, private collections and the following museum shops: Smithsonian Renwick, Corning Glass, American Craft; B’nai B’rith, the Jewish museum, Skirball Museum of Culture and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Now added to this distinguished list is Temple Sinai Las Vegas. So, stop for a moment as you approach the entrance to the sanctuary; appreciate the beauty and functionality of this exquisite, exclusive piece of “working art”. Create a mitzvah with a monetary tribute in Temple Sinai's new Tzedakah box.

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


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