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March 2015 Adar/Nissan 5775

You’re Going Down! Dr. Sharon Knafo is a wonderful addition to Temple Sinai and the Shenker Academy this year. I have gotten to know him and his family and they are a delight. He has brought stability and organization to our youth education along with great analytical insight. He has made one grave mistake: that of challenging me to a Sumo Wrestling bout at the Purim Carnival. This will be happening on

March 1 and it will not be fun for Dr. Knafo.

torment as these rotund rabbis would approach.

What he fails to realize is that the ancient art of Sumo was actually the invention of the Talmudic rabbis of Babylon. While the Roman occupiers were surrounding the Jerusalem Temple in the year 68 C.E. there was an elite fighting squad of Jewish sumo wrestlers who would work in the shadows of the old city walls to terrify the occupiers. Rabbi Yose ben Nakamoto and Shmuel ben Yoshida began a covert training camp in the women’s courtyard of the Temple. They worked on the sumo moves that we all know and love like the belly bazinga and the abdomen Armageddon. Roman soldiers would run, screaming in

Not only did the Rabbis invent this fighting skill but they combined it with the esoteric field of kabbalah to make a truly fearsome fusion. Sumo Rabbis would combine and recombine letters of the secret names of G-d to enhance the power of their moves much like the modern day Power Rangers. Dr. Knafo should know that, since I am in a direct line from those ancient Rabbis, they have passed on these secret moves from person to person to make the lean, mean, fighting machine that you see before you on Temple Sinai’s bimah. You’re going down! ….also, Happy Purim! Rabbi Malcolm Cohen

Social Action Committee March: March is volunteer month with no formal committee events scheduled. If you wish to volunteer on your own we recommend Opportunity Village, Goodwill Thrift Shop or the Las Vegas Rescue Mission April: We have one project and one event scheduled: Project: The committee will once again be collecting toiletries and snacks for the growing number of troops deployed to Africa who have limited access to base facilities. Items needed include body wash, bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, crackers, jerky, nutrition bars, etc. No chocolate or items that can melt. Please remember all items need to fit in small postal service boxes. Look for additional details in the Friday flyers and weekly E-blasts. Event: On Tuesday, April 21st at 5:30 pm we will be visiting and volunteering at Three Square food bank. Please contact Robert Levin at if you are interested in joining us.

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


Events Every Friday Night - Shabbat Worship at 7:30pm Every Second Friday Night – Congregational Shabbat Dinner at 6:00pm Every Third Friday Night - Friday Night Live at 6:00pm Every Saturday Morning Worship - 10am unless there is a Bar/Bar Mitzvah, then Torah service precedes morning worship at 9:00am

Every Sunday morning Religious School at 9:30am Ethics at 9:00am Bemidbar at 9:00am Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled 'Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict' at 10:00am Every Tuesday Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes at 4:30pm 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 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting Every Thursday 6:30pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Zumba Classes Tuesday, March 3 7:00pm All you need is Love Taught by Rabbi Cohen Wednesday, March 4 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 5 1:00pm Brandeis Meeting Friday, March 6 6:15pm Tot Shabbat

Monday, March 9 7:00pm Social Action Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 10 12:00pm Lunch Bunch for Women Age 50+ 6:00pm Ritual Committee Meeting 7:00pm All you Need is Love taught by Rabbi Cohen 7:00pm Senior Social Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 11 7:00pm Retreat V Committee Meeting Friday, March 13 6:00pm 3rd & 4th Grade Religious School Dinner Monday, March 16 7:00pm Senior Social Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 17 7:00pm All you need is Love taught by Rabbi Cohen 7:00pm Senior Social Committee Meeting Thursday, March 19 7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting Sunday March 22 7:00pm JCC Mikvah Monologues, Reception & Book Signing Monday, March 23 7:00pm Bingo Tuesday, March 24 6:00pm Caring Committee Meeting 6:15pm Temple Sinai Board Meeting 7:00pm Book Club Meeting Wednesday, March 25 1:30pm Brandeis Meeting 6:00 Sisterhood Women’s Seder 7:00pm Brandeis Study Group "Conflicts and Crisis" Saturday, March 28 7:00pm CaSinai Night

Saturday, March 7 9:00am Torah Study 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Including Bar Mitzvah of Justin Mosher

Sunday, March 29 9:30am NO Religious School 2:00pm Hadassah Seder

Sunday, March 8 11:00am Men’s Club Breakfast

Tuesday, March 31 4.30pm NO Religious School


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President’s Message 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 Temple Office Phil Scully, Executive Director Kim Israel, Executive Assistant Lisa Vitallo, Admin Assistant Sinai Shofar Greg Safdeye, Editor

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege. Charles Kuralt As a Jew and an American, my parents instilled in me that if you are nice to people, good karma will always come back around tenfold. Of equal importance is always to be positive and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. These are the values which we have passed down to our children growing up as they head off to college, along with an education in “street smarts” such as being aware of your surroundings and being cautious about who to trust. Becoming immersed within college life and taking full advantage of the opportunities like Hillel are the suggestions all of us as parents make to ease the homesickness that our children inevitably face, and then out of nowhere Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head among a college campus, leaving me momentarily speechless. Last month at the University of California Davis, swastikas were spray painted on the walls of a Jewish fraternity. This last incident hit me particularly hard, probably due to the fact that I have one child in college and another on the way to college in September. However, there are some other issues in regards to this situation that have me very concerned. From my research, this last incident was in response to Jewish students walking out of a student senate meeting after they passed a resolution asking the regents at UC Davis to cut ties with any businesses with Israeli connections. Although I believe strongly in our right to our opinions and free speech, I simply cannot support any resolution in which Israel is sanctioned by any government, even at the student level. I feel strongly about this, not necessarily because I am Jewish but because I am an American. Israel is the only country within the Middle East that holds the same core values and beliefs that we do as Americans, and yet through propaganda, Israel becomes the tyrant. I will be very interested in the college’s response to the resolution and the actions that have been taken as a result of the Student Senate’s actions. What surprised me even more was the lack of media coverage that this incident commanded. It was very difficult to find any news reports or videos within our mainstream media. Have we become desensitized to the seriousness of something like this because it appears to be more commonplace? These are the questions I have pondered over the last few days that have me very concerned. The only answer that is clear to me is my responsibility as an American Jew to bring about awareness of the anti-Semitism to anyone I know, coupled with educating everyone on the importance of Israel in the middle east to us as Americans and not just as Jews. As a parent, I try and educate my children on the importance of not only fighting for our rights, but volunteering for organizations that help what touches our hearts and our heritage. Be passionate about the causes and organizations that provide an avenue for us as Jewish Americans to be heard. My door is always open, Julie Littmann


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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 The weeks prior to Purim at Temple Sinai are always a great opportunity to celebrate our tradition and learn about it. As our students get to hear the Megilah (Book of Esther) reading on 3/4/2015 and participate in the Purim Spiel, we emphasize the magic of Purim with “…There was a reversal and the Jews overcame their enemies (Esther 9:1)” The idea of Ve’nahafochu, a reversal of the expected and the happening in the Purim story, is central to the victory of the Jews over their enemies in Jewish tradition. Beyond just telling this story to our children, the school’s role is to teach the comparison of what happened then and our current events on a personal level. The School’s role is to educate our students that a strong will, perseverance and faith in G-d can make miracles in their lives. Purim Celebration Temple Sinai’s Purim Carnival will be on Sunday, March 1st, 2015, 10.00am-2.00pm. We will not have regular Religious School that day, however, students of all ages are invited to a day of fun, arts & crafts, great food, games, prizes, and many more surprises. Our Madrichim will run the various booths at the Carnival (from 10am-2pm) and will be provided with a lunch and a break. If you would like to volunteer and help during that time, please contact Ilana Shapiro at . Starting on Sunday 2/22/2015, Ilana Shapiro (Purim Carnival chairperson) will have special pre-sale tickets for the religious school families. Unlimited access passes will be sold for $18.00. Children under 2 are free, as are parents. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 we will have our Hebrew School (4.30pm-6.00pm), followed by a Purim Spiel and a fun Purim Celebration led by Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Gindlin (Please remember that Hebrew School on Wednesday the 4th is in lieu of Tuesday March 3rd). Religious School Parent Connections We are forming a new group called Parent Connections, for religious school parents who wish to build a more vibrant and cohesive religious school community. We will meet every first Sunday of the month from 9:45-11.00am (our first meeting will be on 3/8/2015 a week after the Purim Carnival). David Abrams, a parent of two students at the Religious School, and Wendy Steinberg, a parent of 6th grade twins, will lead the group. If you are interested in participating, please contact David at (702) 4381187. Holocaust Studies in the 7th grade Our 7th graders will continue with Holocaust studies in class, watching the movie Paperclips. We will follow up after the film with a discussion and a better understanding of the content of the Holocaust. In addition to the curriculum taught in the classroom, the 7th graders will participate in the Yom Hashoah committee poem writing. The students will write poems dealing with the Holocaust in under 100 words. There are 4 themes: 1. “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” 2. Hope 3. Resistance 4. “Never Again”. The winners will be

recognized during the Yom Hashoah Service at Congregation Ner Tamid at 4:30 p.m. on April 12th. The deadline for submissions will be April 2nd. In between the holiday of Purim and the Holocaust Memorial Day we have a minor holiday called Passover. We are planning a Religious School Model Seder that will encompass songs, texts, and much of the joy of Passover. We are proud of our students who learn the rich tradition of Jewish holidays through a modern and unique learning experience. Shalom, Dr. Sharon Knafo

Tots Shabbat Friday, March 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 It’s March Madness!!! Spring is in the air, the Purim Carnival is this week. Please partake. It is a blast. I am also excited to announce the 3rd Annual WOMEN’S SEDER Wednesday March 25 at 6pm. RSVP today! I always enjoy spring because it signifies to me growth, possibilities, and new beginnings. No matter what stage of life you are experiencing, who can resists new beginnings? I find myself reminiscing about when my boys were bundles (now men) and when I was young and eager to make my mark on the world; truly not understanding the obstacles in my path and with that naivety not giving merit to negativity and thus meeting my milestones. In retrospect I can appreciate the power of positive thinking. Visualize, strategizes and recognize! Seems simple as I type, however, I am no fool. Proper skill set, resources, long hours and perseverance are also needed, but when you are young details blend and blur, energy soars and milestones are met. Take a moment to reminisce about one of your accomplishments. I bet you remember luck or fate and not the hard work that got you to that point of success. Ah the magic of youth.

I am wishing you all the magic of youth, the ability to not see negativity and obstacles, and the energy to blur hard work into success! It is spring. Why not? 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. Sunday April 26, 2015


April General Meeting TBD

Friday May 8, 2015


Sisterhood Friday Shabbat

Sunday June 21, 2015


Sisterhood Annual Meeting & Brunch

The Sisterhood’s Gift Shop is OPEN – The hours of operation are: Fridays 6pm-7:30pm, 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 Change Is the Law of Life “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – President John F. Kennedy It is the month of March, and a change of season is afoot. Even here in the Mojave, we see the changes associated with spring: wildflowers in bloom, the temperatures creeping warmer, and a noticeable uptick in the tourist traffic – especially of a certain, collegiate age. Of course, change continues at Temple Sinai as well. We continue to see new members, additional improvements to our physical campus, new social and educational events, and yes, even some new challenges. Change can be vexing at times, and we have all experienced changes at some point in our lives that, at least at the time, we weren’t exactly thrilled about. But our entire Jewish tradition is a story of changes. From the expulsion from the Garden, to the Flood, to Abraham’s departure from his homeland, to the Exodus from Egypt, the Torah is in many ways one story after another about changes – of circumstance, scenery, covenant, law, and understanding. Our Hebrew prophets often spoke of change, too, and usually as an objective to strive toward. In the Talmud, we read that, in times of change, even changes we don’t particularly like, we as Jews should re-orient our thinking to the realization that, gam zu l’tova – “this, too, is for the good.” The nineteenth-century Hasidic Rabbi, Shmuel Sheftel, told a story about a young Jewish boy who had a particularly difficult time with a summer fast day, because he had to wait so long for the sun to set before he could eat. The next day, the boy didn’t even want to get out of bed and face the day, remarking to his father that he couldn’t bear another long day without eating. His father replied simply, “Have no fear; today is not yesterday.” Today certainly isn’t yesterday, and it isn’t tomorrow, either. In the quotation with which I opened this column, President John F. Kennedy (unintentionally, I’m sure) echoed a sentiment straight out of our Jewish tradition: “Change is the law of life.” Speaking to an audience in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1963, President Kennedy went on to caution that, “those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” As Jews, we do well to remember that change is indeed the law of life, and has been since the dawn of Creation. We cannot dwell on the past, nor even remain complacently in the present. Confronted with change, we should trust that, “this, too, is for the good”, and we must remain hopeful, lest we miss the future we are helping to fashion. Cont (page 8)


Eat, Pray, Learn V.5.0

What’s ahead in our Torah? March 6-7 Ki Tisa. Moses takes a censes.

The Israelites ask Aaron to build a golden calf and Moses goes back up the mountain to speak with G-d. March 13-14 Vahak’heil Moses teaches

the rules of Shabbat. He asks for donations from the people in order to build the tabernacle. March 20 -21 Vayikra G-d discusses with

Moses the different kind of offerings. March 27-28 Tzav G-d speaks to Moses

about the ritual of the offerings and the preparation of the tabernacle as a holy place. Presented by Temple Sinai Ritual Committee

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. $84 for kids 9-12 and $42 for kids 2-8. Meals are included. On June 57, 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 17th, 2015. For additional information or to sign up contact the temple office From Your Men’s Club Cont. from page 7 The Men’s Club of Temple Sinai invites you to join us and be a part of the various changes we are making in the synagogue and the greater community. Our current leadership is committed to progress, while remaining respectful of cherished traditions. Put aside your preconceptions about what involvement in the Men’s Club might look like for you, and come be a part of the change. We don’t want any of you to miss the future! Kol tuv, Sean Lyttle


Please Welcome our New Member Martin Fessler

Carol & Daina & Heather & Anna & Seidy & Ronni & Stephanie Page & Susan & Taleen & Rachel & Dale & Tamatha & Kim & Bernyce & Jana & Kelly & Helen &

Gerald Michael Mark Boris Mark Andrew Jennifer James Ethan Dante Daron Aaron Garrett Stan John Nelson Steve

Schwartz Loeffler Weinberger Itkis White Klein Wise Rhodes Kottler Ciochetto Heilman Fishler Forni Broselow Khoury Cohen Minkoff

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Birthdays Philip Adrienne Maya Billy Joshua Alex Remy Amy Selma John Brianna Andrew Kaori Julie Justin Max David Denny Trevor Seidy Benjamin Benjamin Rory Charles Samuel David Carey Rita Emma Sheila Howard Dylan Spencer Abygail

Scully Berman Cohler Ballin Katz Ballin Cohler Stein Steiner Helms Conklin Basinger Sirulnick Vigil Mosher Cooper Hopgood Deutschkron Goldsmith White Futrell Ballin Geller Sellers Israel Cohen Tarter Ort Bennett Schwartz Beckerman Kaufman Shulman Bernstein

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Philip Dale Laurie Hannah Franklin Heidi Phillip Tina Jennifer Noah Kenny Steven Rita Scott Frank Brian Martin Donald Jacob Justice Jon Sheryl Laura Samela Jeanne Kate Michelle David Patricia Elaine Fred Helene Abigail Myron

Yahrzeits Weil Heilman Kelman Peress Curhan Kaufman Pinkus Drago Wise King Horowitz Hoffman Fisher Fisher Friedlander Messing Feigenson Marcus Poderis Reisman Snyder Honig Sussman Goldberg Schomaker Friedlander Mairs Fishman Pierce Barbeau Cohen Lobel Robinson Bernstein

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Committees at Temple Sinai Caring - Laurie Kelman— 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 –

Estreya Bernard Elliott Rachela Herman Ted Irving Byron Natalie Eva Edward Solomon Peggy Ruth Bill Jean David Harry Elliott Eleanor Howard Sarah Millicent Emanuel Saul Ann Edith Jacob Harold Frances Morris Rose Sam Alfonse Charlotte Gertrude Joseph

Behar Treuhaft Bloom Deutschkron Everakes Rosen Shulman Stewart Corn Lackman Pontorno Behar Campbell Klapman Mcgee Rogovin Rubenstein Pariser Beckerman Sax Greene Katz Levinson Pfeiffer Kramer Scherer Schmerling Stein Sussman Glickman Moskow Richardson Yager Kratovich Pesekow Hollander Zirinsky

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Gordon Howe Mordoh Narby Weitman Kaplan Mannason Platt Antflick Basinger Berger Gordon Zelkowitz Kubey Yaloff Meiselman Messing Jaffe Marcus Weissberg Golodner Landsberg Feinberg Rich Schuman Gonzales Aronovsky Sussman Landun Blaine Friend Berg Flomenbaum Friedlander Roth Basinger Phillips

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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 members on our e-mail list. 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


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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


Dr. Lawrence & Mrs. Linda Copeland Mr. & Mrs. Morton Friedlander Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. Nachum Golodner & Mrs. Kate Harris-Golodner Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman Mr. & Mrs. Scott Knox Mr. Robert Levin & Mrs. Eileen (Bellsey) Levin Mr. & Mrs. Renato Ritter Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sample Dr. Steven & Mrs. Maria Sanders Mr. & Mrs. Howard Silverman Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein

Mr. and Mrs. Irv Berger Mr. & Mrs. Don Davidson Mr. James Dixon Mr. & Mrs. Mark Fine IHO Mark Fine's Birthday Mr. & Mrs. Philip Fiol IMO Lily Fiol Ms. Marsha Genard & Ms. Vera Ginsburg Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Joseph & Ellie Glass Mr. & Mrs. Leon Goldstein IMO Viktor Wolpert Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Greenberg Ms. Dorothy Grill IMO Joseph Rubinoff Ms. Dorothy Grill IMO Ethel Rubinoff Mr. & Mrs. John Isaacs IMO David Isaacs Mr. & Mrs. Seymour Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Eric Littmann Coaches LLC Nevada Ms. Maxine Niems IHO Eileen Sherman's Bat Mitzvah Ms. Glenda Rogers Mr. & Mrs. Asher Rogow IMO Max Rogow Mr. & Mrs. Asher Rogow IMO Pauline Rogow Mr. Leon Rosen Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sample Robert Schlossberg Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Schwartz IMO Phyllis Winokur Mr. & Mrs. Jay Schwartz Mrs. Janice Shumow IMO Max Shumow Mr. & Mrs. Sol Steiner IMO Millie Steiner Mr. Steve Taylor & Ms. Evelyn Brunner Donations Miscellaneous

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

Richard Greenberg Memorial Fund John Beeson Donna Denton Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Greenberg Gabrielle McCauley

Religious School Fund Mrs. Arlene Gold Mr. & Mrs. Lester Sherman

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Prayer Book Donations

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Bernstein Nevada Department of Corrections Ms. Marsha Genard & Ms. Vera Ginsburg Mr. Carl Fuhr & Ms. Merle Roth Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Paul Drago Mr. & Mrs. Philip Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Edward Goldenberg Mr. Nachum Golodner & Mrs. Kate Harris-Golodner Stephen Glucoft & Debbie Gregory Mr. & Mrs. Harold Handelman Richard & Nancy Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Edward Jenner Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kosowsky Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Krieger Mr. & Mrs. Mordecai Labovitz

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


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 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.

A very happy birthday to Myron on March 31st and a very happy 11th birthday to our granddaughter Abby Michelle on March 14th. Myron and Phyllis Bernstein


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Temple Sinai Shofar-March 2015  

Temple Sinai is a warm and welcoming Reform Jewish community located in Summerlin, Nevada. The Shofar is our popular monthly newsletter.

Temple Sinai Shofar-March 2015  

Temple Sinai is a warm and welcoming Reform Jewish community located in Summerlin, Nevada. The Shofar is our popular monthly newsletter.