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February 2015 Shevat/Adar 5775

Vote for Me! Theodore

Herzl was the one who founded the World Zionist Organization at the First Zionist Congress in Switzerland in 1897. The WZO still exists and gives Jews around the world a say in the affairs of the State of Israel. The WZO elections have opened and will continue until the end of April and I would ask that you use your vote.

It is your choice how you use your vote but I am obviously biased towards the Association of Reform Zionists In America (ARZA). ARZA supports the Reform Movement in Israel and helps bring Reform Jews to Israel alongside educating us about the State of Israel back here. There are five hundred delegates at the World Zionist Congress later this year and they are split between Israel, the US and the “Rest Of The World”. If we, like in previous years, secure a large delegation, then that has direct funding implications for Reform Judaism in this country because we will be able to secure more money from the WZO for our movement’s work.

If we believe in the values of Reform Judaism such as equality and social justice let us strive to have them embodied even more in the fabric of Israel. If you want to be part of an election campaign team, let me know. If you want to find out more or register to vote, go to It is rare that we get the opportunity to influence the global affairs of the Jewish people. Please join me in being active in the campaign and continue the tradition which Herzl began over a hundred years ago. L’shalom/To Peace Rabbi Malcolm Cohen

Social Action Committee I want to thank our 4th grade, 5th grade, our teens, and Andrew Goldsmith and Trevor Goldsmith for a successful clothing drive. The 4th grade organized it in their classroom for weeks, and Andrew collected it and distributed the goods to US Veterans Inc. on East Bonanza and to Shade Tree Shelter for Women on Owens Ave. Thanks for all your help. We are now in the midst of our Religious School food drive which is managed by our 6th and 7th grade. Please don’t forget to drop any canned foods in our collection box in the Religious School office. Our last day of collection is 2/25/2015. We plan to have the 6th and 7th grade volunteering at the 3 Square facility on 3/3/2015, 4-6pm, as they deliver the collected goods and join the 3 Square team for 2 hours. Dr. Sharon Knafo

Events……………………………....2 President’s Message………………....3 Cantor…………………….………...4 Life Long Learning……………….....5 Religious School…………………….6 Sisterhood & Men’s Club…………...7 Life Cycles………………………….9 Tzedakah...............................................11 Temple New and Notes.....................16 Dine Out...............................................27


Events Every Friday Night - Shabbat Worship at 7:30pm Every Second Friday Night – Congregational Shabbat Dinner at 6pm Every Third Friday Night - Friday Night Live at 6pm Every Saturday Morning Worship - 10am unless there is a Bar/Bar Mitzvah, then Torah service at precedes morning worship at 9am

Saturday, February 7 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Including Adult B'nai Mitzvah Sunday, February 8 11:00am Senior Committee 1:00pm Adoption Celebration for Cantor & Daniel Monday, February 9 7:00pm Social Action Committee Meeting

Every Sunday morning Religious School at 9:30am Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled 'Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict' at 10:00am

Tuesday, February 10 9:00am Sentrilock Meeting through Thursday 12:00pm Lunch Bunch for Women Age 50+ 6:00pm Ritual Committee Meeting

Every Tuesday Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes at 4:30pm

Wednesday, February 11 3:00pm ADL Meeting

Every Wednesday 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 Melton Class 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

Thursday, February 12 6:30pm Marketing Team Meeting

Every Thursday 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Zumba Classes Sunday, February 1 All day Scholar in Residence 9:30am Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, February 3 6:30pm Tu b'shevat for the Whole Family at Rabbi Cohen and Sarah’s House Wednesday, February 4 6:00pm Sisterhood Game Night 6:30pm Tzedakah Committee Meeting 7:15pm Programming Committee Meeting Thursday, February 5 1:00pm Brandeis Meeting 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting Friday, February 6 6:15pm Tot Shabbat

Sunday, February 15 9:30am No Religious School - President's Day Weekend 10:00am Sisterhood Executive Meeting Monday, February 16 7:00pm Book Club Meeting Thursday, February 19 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting Saturday, February 21 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Including Hannah Smith's Bat Mitzvah

Sunday, February 22 10:00am Sisterhood General Meeting 11:30am Sisterhood Luncheon with Ner Tamid Tuesday, February 24 6:15pm Temple Sinai Board Meeting Wednesday, February 25 1:30pm Brandeis Meeting 3:00pm Dine Out - Bagel Cafe 7:00pm Brandies Study Group "Conflicts and Crisis"


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 Ed Goldenberg Stephanie Helms Shel Kolner Bob Levin Jaime Pollack Ilana Shapiro Steve Weiner Immediate Past President Rick Hollander Sisterhood Tina Drago, President Men’s Club Sean Lyttle, President Education Director for Temple Sinai and Shenker Academy Dr. Sharon Knafo Controller John Demarco Temple Office Phil Scully, Executive Director Kim Israel, Executive Assistant Lisa Vitallo, Admin Assistant Sinai Shofar Greg Safdeye, Editor

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President’s Message “Home is not a place, it’s a feeling” We have just begun to live in 2015, so how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you eating better? Have you already lost 10 pounds? For me, it always seems like I make the same resolutions year in and year out. Maybe it is time to make a change and focus my resolutions on what my part is in service to our home and community.

Temple Sinai is our first home with 350 members; however we also have a responsibility within the Jewish community to reach out to the 60,000 unaffiliated Jews that may be reluctant, for whatever reason, to come see what a warm and welcoming home we have to share. Recently Eric and I snuck away on a “staycation” to the east side of the valley which gave us the opportunity to attend Shabbat at Ner Tamid. To spend time with our extended family and show our support for them was great. Whether it is under our own roof or someone else’s, the feeling to be a part of our Jewish community and truly “love thy neighbor” is comforting as well as fulfilling. My resolutions are as follows; eat healthy, exercise, and to volunteer just a little bit more. As we continue into 2015 I ask you to join me in reaching out to our Jewish community by volunteering at least once a month in some way, shape or form. We are continuing to have wonderful events, community related and for our congregation. Whether it is having the kids stand up and become young adults in the Copeland Sanctuary, sharing a meal with friends and family at our homes for the progressive dinner or rolling the dice for the upcoming CaSinai Royale, I want to personally thank you for being a part of our family. After all, it is you, the Sinai member that makes our temple “Your Family, Your Home” My door is always open. Julie Ann Littmann Temple Sinai President


From the Desk of Cantor Gindlin

Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Smith

Dear Temple Family,

Hannah Charlotte Smith will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on February 21, 2015 at Temple Sinai. Hannah is the daughter of Jeffrey and Santa, and the sister of Zachary. Her grandparents are Herbert and Beverly Smith of Las Vegas and Joseph and Maureen Antizzo of New York.

I want to invite you to celebrate with me the adoption of my 2 year old son, Daniel. That will be on February 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Open House). Come, get to know him! I know you’ll fall in love. May God Bless you with Shalom, Cantor Mariana Gindlin

Hannah is a seventh grader at Hyde Park Middle School, where her favorite subject is science. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer and reading. Hannah loves to travel and is a certified scuba diver. For her Mitzvah project, Hannah trained her dog, Chloe, to be an official therapy dog. The pair now visit patients in nursing homes, as well as spend time reading with children. Family and friends from New York, Texas, and England will be sharing the special day with Hannah.

Having fun at Sunday School

Please Welcome our New Members Carol Gage Rita and Edward Ort Leslie and Charles Sellers Jennifer and Michael Tenby & Eva and Aaron Jennifer Wise and Stephanie Page & Ian Marlene and Stanford Heller Rory and Abe Geller & Lucy and Max

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Lifelong Learning At Temple Sinai 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 a two-year indepth 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 B’nai Mitzvah Course Contact Cantor Gindlin 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 B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. Conversion Class Contact Rabbi Cohen at or (702) 254-5110 if are considering 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, contact 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 connect you with learning opportunities around the valley. Look 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 - 11:45 am in the small shul Shabbat Morning services enhanced by a stimulating Torah study session held during the service. All are welcome. No RSVP required. If the is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah then Torah Study begins at 9am. Social Media Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @templesinailv


Religious School News “Exodus: Gods and Kings” with our 6th and 7th grade The 6th and 7th grade had a wonderful time at Regal Movie Theatre in the Red Rock Casino & Resort as we all watched the movie Exodus. The movie was a little longer than an average Hollywood movie but way shorter than The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” tells the wellknown story of how Moses led the enslaved Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. The students enjoyed watching the movie, commenting about what was similar and what was different from what they studied through the years. Mrs. Shapiro, Ms. Joey, and Rabbi Cohen will have a special session with the 6th and 7th graders showing parts of the movie and developing discussions and activities comparing the movie to biblical sources. The date and time will be announced in the weeks to come, and parents will be invited to join the discussions. Tu B’shevat- our Earth Day Temple Sinai joined the Jewish National Fund which organized a community Tu B’shevat event for schools on Sunday 1/25/2015, and integrated religious studies, science, art, math, and geography. The program was open to all the religious schools and congregations in the entire city, and students came to experience a holiday in a modern way, incorporating Zionism and support for the State of Israel, led by the JNF which was the main sponsor of the event. Earlier that day at Temple Sinai, we continued to take a progressive interdisciplinary approach to Jewish tradition, sciences, and arts, by having art projects revolving around the special environmental day, which is the birthdays of the trees. The students planted seeds and were asked to nurture and grow their seed to be plants, and bring them back in a few weeks, sharing the experience of growing the plants with their peers. As the Holiday of Purim gets closer, we will continue to share our additional valuable lessons with you that are added to the traditions taught in the classrooms. Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, Dr. Sharon Knafo

Tots Shabbat Friday, February 6th 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM Bring your little ones, ages 1-5 for a lovely service just for kids (and their parents)!


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From Your Sisterhood This month Temple Sinai Sisterhood is proud to announce that, at Shabbat service on February 20th, WRJ will be welcoming the Sisterhood back formally. The WRJ was founded in 1913 as an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism. WRJ has an extensive history of strengthening the voice of women and empowering them to create caring communities, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and promote Reform Jewish values to ensure a vibrant future. To fulfill this vision, WRJ engages tens of thousands of women through a global network of hundreds of sisterhoods and women’s groups. Stronger together, we ensure that these women make a difference in the world. On January 21, 1913, 156 delegates representing 52 congregational women’s groups met in Cincinnati, OH to organize the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now WRJ). Since then, as a leader in the Reform Movement, WRJ has had an illustrious history promoting women’s leadership, working tirelessly toward a variety of social justice initiatives, and continuing to expand Progressive Judaism in North America and around the world. Everyone is welcome to join the the Temple Sinai Sisterhood as we host Congregation Ner Tamid and WRJ delegates Sunday February 22th at Noon-2pm for our General Meeting and lunch. Come learn more about fabulous females and the programs that defined our lives. Sisterhood programs for all Temple members and guests: 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. Classes are ongoing so you’re never behind. Game Night will be held the 1st Wednesday of each month. Contact Sisterhood for openings and games. The Sisterhood’s Gift Shop hours of operation are: Fridays 6pm7:30pm, Sundays 9am-1pm and Tuesday 3pm-4:30pm 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 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 . 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 What We Do Matters “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” – Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray), in the 1993 film, Groundhog Day. February 2 brings us the silly American observance of “Groundhog Day”. In the 1993 film of the same name (which is also a bit silly), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a mean -spirited and frustrated TV weatherman who finds himself doomed to repeat the day, stuck in the same place, watching the same people do the same things, presumably for eternity. It is only after Phil changes his attitude, uses his talents for good, and exhibits and experiences true love (and loving-kindness) that the time-loop is broken, and Phil is able to move into the future again, now a much better human being than he was before. This year, around the same time we celebrate Groundhog Day, we also read the Torah portion of Yitro (“Jethro”), in which Moses recounts to his father-in-law Jethro the entire account of the Israelites’ liberation from servitude in Egypt. After generations of being literally stuck in the same dreary place, doing the same thing day in and day out, in this portion, we find the Israelites finally moving across the desert, toward their destined future in the Promised Land. Yitro also contains the pivotal scene that Roger Bennett has described as “the Big Reveal” in Exodus: Moses ascending Mount Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments. Whole books have been written about the Decalogue, but at least one of the significant themes of the Ten Commandments is, very simply, that our actions matter – what we do, how we behave, and the choices we make matter, both to our fellow human beings and to G-d. Just as Phil Connors had to learn in the movie that his choices and the way he treated others made a difference, the Israelites in the Exodus story had to learn that their actions and choices mattered. The Ten Commandments distill that lesson in a powerful way. The great Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, in his book I and Thou, famously posited that all human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships, and that it is ultimately through our human relationships that we are brought into relationship with the Eternal One. Back to the Ten Commandments, we find there a message that the way we manage our human relationships (refraining from deceit, violence, covetousness, etc.) can ultimately bring us into a covenantal relationship with G-d. What we do, even the little things, matters. The Men’s Club of Temple Sinai provides many opportunities for relationship and meaningfulness. As an organization, we know that what we do matters – to our members, to the synagogue, to the larger community, and, yes, even to G-d. It is that knowledge that our actions have meaning that compels and animates us to serve. Continued on page 8


Eat, Pray, Learn V.5.0 What’s ahead in our Torah? February 6-7 Yitro. Yitro (Jethro), Moses’ father-in-law advises him to delegate responsibility. We receive the Ten Commandments from G-d at Mount Sinai. February 13-14 Mishpatim G-d outlines laws and a civil structure for the young Israelite nation. In all, Mishpatim contains 53 of the 613 mitzvot. Moses ascends Mt. Sinai for 40 days and nights. February 20 -21 Terumah G-d asks the Israelites to donate towards the building of the Tabernacle as a place for G-d to dwell. Exacting details on the construction are given.

February 27-28 Tetzaveh Pure olive oil is used to keep the ner tamid always burning. Aaron and his sons are to become the priests. Special vestments are made in preparation for their seven day ordination ceremony. Presented by Temple Sinai Ritual Committee

Youth Meeting with Brian Williams

Save the Dates….June 5-7, 2015. Eat, Pray, Learn 5 is set for a dynamic 3 day, 2 night event. Pricing is $420 per couple, $275 for a single and $42 for kids. 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. You could be the lucky winner of a Free Retreat Weekend by purchasing a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets are available for $10 per ticket ($25 for 3). The drawing will be held on April 3rd, 2015. For additional information or to sign up contact the temple office

From Your Men’s Club Cont. from page 7

We recognize that there is little value in doing the same thing, the same way, everyday. If you haven’t attended a Men’s Club event in a long while, come join us. We are not at all “stuck”, but are instead experiencing both dynamic growth and a resurging spirit of service and fellowship. And we want you all to be a part of it. Kol tuv, Sean Lyttle This is Andrew dropping off our clothing collection

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Birthdays Chloe Paige Anne Suzanne Scott Joan Alyssa Paul Doreen Marjorie Deborah Jacob Sam Lucie Martine Jessica Mark Anna Jordan Noah Carli Jacob Jordan Daniel Erik Nicole Wendy Carol Mark Jack

Cohen Erlanger Traum Feigenson Joseph Shiff Markowitz Weil Mann Watsky Pariser Koubi Cohler Sample Blum Knox Fine Itkis Snyder Ciochetto Snyder Futrell Feinberg Weinberger Sirulnick Taffer Kraft Gage Langer Weinstein

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Howard Reed Danyel Joseph Robert Noah Nancy Ira Hannah Spencer Seymour Leo Elaina Stephanie Lisa Eric Lucas Lucy Jack Maxime Irwin Bernetta Susan Burt Greg Anabella Sarah Peter Gale

Landers Poderis Copeland Knafo Sherman Stanigar Pendleton Glaz Smith Ostrovsky Kaplan Potashnick Bernstein Helms Goldman Potashnick Rosenblatt Geller Kaufman Chaltiel Rosen Nelson Futrell Galper Safdeye Lyttle Cohen Dowd Labovitz

Anniversaries Marshall & Maris Mark & Susan Sidney & Esther Carl & Rosalind Harold & Myrna Shimon & Hannah Elvin & Jena Neal & Jean Robert & Carin Elaine & Earl Jeffrey & Santa Stephanie & John Reed & Alissa Mordecai & Gale Howard & Marilyn Renato & PK

Everakes Langer Blum Burlin Brown Peress Kranen Ross Bachant Barbeau Smith Helms Poderis Labovitz Landers Ritter

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49th Anniversary 15th Anniversary 44th Anniversary 30th Anniversary 61st Anniversary 77th Anniversary 56th Anniversary 40th Anniversary 24th Anniversary 39th Anniversary 21st Anniversary 15th Anniversary 11th Anniversary 46th Anniversary 64th Anniversary 23rd Anniversary

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Finnerman O'neel Fried Rubinoff Werner Lackman Springberg Isaacs Lobel Wichinsky Brewer Glick Kegan Rubinoff Kohler Treuhaft Wolf Fuhr Cohen Genard Newman Bahel Vogel Herman Berman Shiff Kegan Cohen Rosen Copeland Copeland Klapman Littmann Littmann Stevens Gold Hirsch Kaufman Schopick Sternfels Rosen Schucker

Doris Robert Gladys Ethel Adrian Alexander Sol David Jacob Claudia David Sadie Albert Joseph Bertha Nat Gertrude Frances Steven Cy Joe Augusta Ruth Feebee Murray Esther Herbert Juliette Sidney Sidney Frank Jay Jay Howard Martin Rose Gary Jerry Lester Jacob Tillie

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Weinberger Minkoff Gelfand Kline Wichinsky Richardson Weitman Shinder Gelb Taylor Twining Kramer Haupt Stein Schmerling Richardson Weiner Eigenberg Smith Platt Rosenbloom Rosen Rogovin Curtis Heller Fiol Lobel Klapman Dian Galper Sanders Feit Lambert Weiner Kottler Springberg Schwartz Pesekow Steiner Gould Garon

Alan Bernard Simon Sylvia Steve Mitton Harry Daniel Rachel Alvin Edward Betty Morton George Edith Steven Max Aaron Saul Jerry Julia Irving Albert Fred Daryl Lilly Bernice Frank Charles Morris David Zachary Albert David Jackie Gertrude Mary Isacc Millie Laura Helene

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Advertising and Sponsorship An easy and important way you can help support your Temple is by utilizing 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 addon advertising. The advertiser gets 5 weekly e-blasts for $18. A very easy but effective way to get to the 600 e-mails on our list. 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


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Tzedakah Eitz Tzedakah…the Tree of Donations delineates opportunities to participate in tzedakah at Temple Sinai. Please contact the Tzedakah chairperson (Shel Kolner 702.334.8914) if you have any questions or suggestions. 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 $150.00 $225.00 $118.00 $200.00 $400.00 $500.00 Add $60.00 $300.00 Various, no minimum Various

FAQ's Can I designate the donation to go to specific funds? Yes, 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. 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. Where can I see what the Note Card Bundle looks like? 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. Is there an installment plan for larger donations? Memorial Plaques may be paid over a 4 month period.

Contact Office 702.254.5110 ext. 1 Office 702.254.5110 ext. 1 Office 702.254.5110 ext. 1 Shel Kolner 702.334.8914 Shel Kolner 702.334.8914 Shel Kolner 702.334.8914 Dorothy Cohen 702.228.7040 Sisterhood Gift Shop 702.254.5110 ext. 1 Jackie Kolner 702.228.4744 Jackie Kolner 702.228.4744 Jackie Kolner 702.228.4744 Office 702.254.5110 ext. 1 Shel Kolner 702.334.8914 Shel Kolner 702.334.8914 Office 702.254.5110 ext. 1 Julie Littmann 702.254.5110 Marge Nordell 702.896.1610


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Endowment Fund


Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Coleman Dr. Lawrence & Mrs. Linda Copeland Mr. & Mrs. Philip Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Morton Friedlander Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Ms. Dee Glick Mr. Nachum Golodner & Mrs. Kate Harris-Golodner Mr. & Mrs. Howard Greenspon Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Mr. Ronald Israel Mr. & Mrs. Edward Jenner Mr. & Mrs. Elliot Karp Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman Mr. & Mrs. Shel Kolner Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kosowsky Mr. & Mrs. Elvin Kranen Mr. Scott Leader Mr. Robert Levin & Mrs. Eileen (Bellsey) Levin Mr. & Mrs. Don Marcus Ruth Robinson Dr. Judith Salz Mr. & Mrs. Lester Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Howard Silverman Dr. Erik & Mrs. Kaori Sirulnick Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein Laura Sussman & Wendy Kraft Mr. & Mrs. Alan Toban Mr. Stephen Weiner

Mr. & Mrs. Eliah Atlas Dr. Donald Cole & Mrs. Cheryle Talley-Cole IMO Lillian Cole Mr. Don Davidson Mr. & Mrs. Denny Deutschkron Mr. Andrew Franco Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Ms. Dee Glick IMO Fred Glick Mr. & Mrs. Robert Goldstein IHO Lauren Hill Ms. Sheryl Honig Mr. Jack Kaplan Mrs. Glenda Rogers IMO Edward Rogers Mr. & Mrs. Seymour Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Harry Kelman IMO David Kelman Mr. & Mrs. Shel Kolner IMO Joseph Kolner, Hyman Bloom and Molly Pitlor Mr. & Mrs. Scott Leader Mr. Robert Levin & Mrs. Eileen (Bellsey) Levin Mr. & Mrs. Eric Littmann IMO Emma Lederman Ms. Denise Parish Mr. Robert Schlossbert IMO Faye Schlossberg Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Silber Mr. & Mrs. Alan Toban

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Ms. Sheryl Honig Mrs. Helene Spiegel Mr. Bret Birdsong & Ms. Anne Traum

Kol Nidre Appeal Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman

Richard Greenberg Memorial Fund Mr. & Mrs. Burt Galper Philip M. and Lee G. Schwartz Foundation John Beeson Gabrielle McCauley Donna Denton


eligious School Fund

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

Committees at Temple Sinai Education – Sharon Knafo – Marketing & PR – Stephanie Helms – Membership – Bob Levin – Mens Club – Sean Lyttle – Music – Cantor Gindlin – Programming – Howard Beckerman – Retreat – Jackie & Shel Kolner – Ritual – Les Gilbert – Sisterhood – Tina Drago – Social Action – Bob Levin – Tzedakah – Shel Kolner –


Temple News and Notes Safe Nest Drop Off Box

Temple Sinai Personal Tribute Cards

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 Kim/Lisa in the office.

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.

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 small Shul. 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. Thank you in advance for your participation.


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