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January 2015

January 2015 Tevet/Shevat 5775

Remember To Look Up At The Stars Not Down At Your Feet


was the advice of Professor Stephen Hawking at his seventieth birthday celebration. Hawking, one of the greatest scientists in the world, has spent his career uncovering some of the deepest secrets of the cosmos. It is his sense of wonder which maintains the momentum of his journey of explanation. You might think that this is obvious. The dark dome of the sky

is more inspiring than the muddy ground but we sometimes forget. As adults, we sometimes lose that sense of wonder which characterized much of our childhood. My children, Elijah and Rachel do not have that problem. My son thinks every apple he eats is “the best apple ever” or when I give him a hug that it’s “the best hug in the universe!” We have to guard against being jaded and look at the world through their eyes as much as possible. The Rabbis tell us of the legend of two Israelites trudging through the Sea of Reeds on dry land during t h e E x od u s f r o m E g y p t , complaining about the mud on their sandals from the sea bed. Moses berates them and orders

Social Action Committee Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Temple’s 2nd annual Giving Tree project. Through your generosity we delivered over $ 2,300 in clothes, toys and gift cards to Jewish Family Services. Your thoughtfulness helped 17 Jewish families in Las Vegas enjoy a brighter Hanukkah.

them to look up at the vast walls of water on either side of them, evidence of G-d’s miracle which surrounds them. So many times we get sucked into our day to day routines and miss the wonders of the world which are right there in front of our faces. Imagine the excitement of seeing snow or the ocean for the first time. Now think how you can remake the way you look at those wonders next time you see them. Yes, we do have a certain amount of drudgery which is hard to avoid but, as long as we take note of Professor Hawking’s words, we will remember to look up at the stars and not just down at our feet. L’shalom/To Peace Rabbi Malcolm Cohen


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On Sunday, January 11th the committee will be serving brunch and performing light cleaning at Ronald McDonald House. The hours are 8 am to 11 am. Please email Robert Levin ( if you have questions or are interested in volunteering.


Look for information in the February Shofar about our Purim Bag project.


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Events Friday, January 2, 2015 6:15pm Tots Shabbat 7:30pm Shabbat Worship Saturday, January 3, 2015 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Sunday, January 4, 2015 9:30am NO Religious School Monday, January 5, 2015 6:00pm Casino Night Meeting Tuesday, January 6, 2015 4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Ritual Committee Meeting Wednesday, January 7, 2015 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 6:00pm Sisterhood Game Night 6:30pm Tzedakah Committee Meeting 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting 7:15pm Programming Committee Meeting Thursday, January 8, 2015 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 6:00pm Hebrew Class "Introduction to Reading" 6:30pm Marketing Team Meeting 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Hebrew Class "Reading Comprehension" 7:00pm Zumba Classes Friday, January 9, 2015 6:15pm Shabbat Dinner 7:00pm Social Action/Social Justice 7:30pm Shabbat Worship Saturday, January 10, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship 12:30pm New Members Luncheon Sunday, January 11, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 9:00am Ethics Class 9:30am Religious School 10:00am Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled 'Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict' Monday, January 12, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 7:00pm Social Action Committee Meeting Tuesday, January 13, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 12:00pm Lunch Bunch for Women Age 50+ 4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Conversion Class Wednesday, January 14, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting Thursday, January 15, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 6:00pm Hebrew Class "Introduction to Reading" 7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Hebrew Class "Reading Comprehension" 7:00pm Zumba Classes Friday, January 16, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 6:00pm Friday Night Live 7:30pm Shabbat Worship

Saturday, January 17, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Including the Bat Mitzvah of Jordan Schnitz 12:00pm Jordan Schnitz Kiddush Sunday, January 18, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 9:00am Ethics Class 9:30am NO Religious School - Martin Luther King Weekend 10:00am Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled 'Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict' 10:00am Sisterhood Executive Meeting Monday, January 19, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 6:00pm Casino Night Meeting 7:00pm Senior Committee Meeting Tuesday, January 20, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 7:00pm Book Club Meeting Wednesday, January 21, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting Thursday, January 22, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 4:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 6:00pm Hebrew Class "Introduction to Reading" 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Hebrew Class "Reading Comprehension" 7:00pm Zumba Classes Friday, January 23, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 7:30pm Shabbat Worship Saturday, January 24, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Including Adult B'nai Mitzvah 6:00pm Progressive Dinner Sunday, January 25, 2015 All day Jewish Film Festival 9:00am Ethics Class 9:30am Religious School 10:00am Sisterhood General Meeting 10:00am Class Taught by Rabbi Cohen titled 'Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict' Tuesday, January 27, 2015 4:30pm Hebrew School, Post B'nai and Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Caring Committee Meeting 6:15pm Temple Sinai Board Meeting Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:00am History of the Jewish People in the US, 1900 - Present Day 1:00pm Yiddish: Learn to Speak, Read, Write and Appreciate 3:00pm Dine Out - Bagel Cafe 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting 7:00pm Brandies Study Group "Conflicts and Crisis" Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:00pm Hebrew Class "Introduction to Reading" 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice 7:00pm Hebrew Class "Reading Comprehension" 7:00pm Zumba Classes Friday, January 30, 2015S Scholar in Residence 7:30pm Shabbat Worship Saturday, January 31, 2015 Scholar in Residence 10:00am Shabbat Morning Worship Including Peter Lewis' Bar Mitzvah


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 Sinai Shofar Greg Safdeye, Editor

January 2015

President’s Message “The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” Charles Kuralt I recently attended the Anti-Defamation League’s Gala to hear a young woman speak about how she was able to break free from a world of anti-Semitism and bigotry taught to her since her earliest memories as a toddler. She went to talk about the adversarial relationship that began with a Jewish man, which inevitably led to a friendship. The bond established between the two of them became the catalyst for her to leave everything and everyone she had come to know and love with the realization that anti-Semitism and bigotry have no place in this world. I can think of no greater example of “tikun olam”, repairing the world, than the story I was hearing. It is clear that anti-Semitism is still alive and well. A global survey recently conducted revealed that 26% of adults worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, which is over 1 billion people. Many more statistics within this survey can be found on the ADL website and the results are eye opening to say the least. Our obligations as Jews to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry are to be educated and to educate others. Please visit to find out how to do your part. My door is always open. Julie Ann Littmann Temple Sinai President


From the Desk of Cantor Gindlin

Bat Mitzvah of Jordan Schnitz

Dear Temple Family,

Jordan Elizabeth Schnitz will be

I’m so proud of our Youth Choir! They have done a wonderful job leading us in song at the first Friday nights of November and December. They also brought their music and ruach (spirit) to the Adult Day Care Center on Saturday the 14th. What a joy! We are a group of 15 students of all ages, who love singing and making a difference in the community at large. They have also performed at the Opportunity Village Menorah Lighting ceremony, singing our Channukah favorites. They represented our Temple Sinai beautifully.

Jordan is a 7th grader at Sig Rogich Middle School. She was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this year, and has excelled in her honors classes thus far. Jordan has been playing soccer since she was 6 years old. She is currently on the Vegas United club soccer team. When she is not busy playing sports, she is watching them on tv.

called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sinai on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. Born in Hazel Crest, IL, Jordan was has lived in Las Vegas since she was 1 year old.

Eden and Ari Larsen, Jenni Steinberg, Leah, Haylie and Tova Joseph, Melody Katz, Sophia Perez, Jahslyn Stanigar, Etai and Tali Krumkop, Bar, Dean, Liam, and Ron Minuskin and Shayna Beckerman. Bravo!!!! You are fulfilling the mitzvah of bikkur cholim, and making us all proud.

Jordan spent her summer volunteering for Adopt a Rescue Pet at Petsmart. Some of her duties included walking the dogs, making sure that they had fresh water and helping them find a forever home.

I also wanted to share with you very important news. Actually, life changing news. On January the 8th I will become a mom. Yes, you read correctly…His name is Daniel, and he’s the sweetest blessing I’ve ever experienced in my life. Please come and say hi to my son when he starts coming to Tot Shabbat, and perhaps to regular services too. Who knows? What I do know is that my life and his will be changed forever. We are blessed.

Scholar in Residence

May God Bless you with Shalom, Cantor Mariana Gindlin

4th Graders and Mr. Epstein enjoying latkes & drinks at the Hanukkah Fair.

January 30—February 1 Chaim Seidler-Feller has been working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA for thirtynine years. He is also currently Director, Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University where he completed a Masters in Rabbinic Literature. Chaim has been a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA and in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is also a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He was a founding member of Americans for Peace Now.The International Hillel Center has granted Chaim the Hillel Professional Recognition Award “for blending the love of Jewish tradition with the modern intellectual approach of the university.” Chaim was a rabbinic consultant to Barbra Streisand during the making of the film Yentl.He is married to Dr. Doreen SeidlerFeller,a clinical psychologist,and is the father of Shulie,a photo-journalist and Shaul,recently ordained and currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish History at the Hebrew University.


January 2015

Religious School News Celebrating Tu BiSh’vat In recent years, the celebration of the holiday of Tu BiSh’vat has taken an educational turn, as Jewish institutions around the globe have begun emphasizing the environmental aspects of the Jewish tradition, in addition to the religious significance of it. This year, Temple Sinai will join the Jewish National Fund which will organize a community Tu BiSh’vat event for schools on Sunday 01/25/2015, and integrate religious studies, science, art, math and geography. The program will enable students to utilize their skills in the above areas. Temple Sinai continues to take a progressive approach to integration with community based programs and activities, and we encourage our students to take part in these events. In essence, this is our educational philosophy at Temple Sinai which thrives on an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish tradition, sciences, and arts, together with collaboration with other community organizations, to ensure unique and exciting journey for our students. Jewish Summer Camps I want to take this opportunity and thank all parents and students who attended our successful Jewish Camp Fair a couple of weeks ago. Our Jewish Summer Camp Fair was quite successful. Many parents and students got to learn about the wide range of possibilities in this area for the summer, and even the Kindergarten kids went home excited about what they learned about Jewish camps. A recent PEW research shows that 44% of adult who are active participants in their communities attended Jewish overnight camp as opposed to only 18% of those who are non-active members of the Jewish communities. We know that Jewish camps influence young students beyond the exciting experience, and design their social being well into their future as adults. I want to remind everyone about the available scholarship funds at Temple Sinai (The Greenberg’s Fund), the Jewish Federation scholarship for campers ( and One Happy Camper ( Looking forward to another wonderful Semester, Dr. Sharon Knafo Education Director

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!


From Your Sisterhood Happy New Year!!! Sisterhood’s New Year Resolution is to have programming that appeals to all the women of Temple Sinai. I know it is a tall order and we have been listening. Zumba classes and Game Night are just the beginning. But we realize that in order to appeal to all the women of Temple Sinai we need to engage their energy also. We know that our Religious School mothers have a very busy schedule and in order to sneak away for some Mommy-time the event needs to be “age appropriate” and at a time child care is not an issue. Therefore, we are seeking out ideas that work best as you juggle career, family and friends. Consider Sisterhood a networking group, extended family and free baby-sitters. Some of us need our baby fix as our children are too old to need us but too young to be parents of their own. The Sisterhood Gift Shop’s new look has propelled our little fundraising shop into a full fledge business and we need volunteer help! Our small business is going digital and we need computer skills for inventory and money management, retail experience for our extended hours and a pleasant disposition to want to help. Please contact Jan Shumow at the Gift Shop to match your skills with Gift Shop needs. Sisterhood Programming is in need of a new Director for our Blood Drive. Barbara Stallone will be taking over President duties during 2015-16 and is looking to groom and pass the baton. The Blood Drive has a 4 year legacy in saving lives and we need a women committed to keeping the tradition alive. Contact Barbara Stallone for details. URJ will be at Temple Sinai for our General Meeting Sunday February 22nd from Noon-2pm. 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 – Check out the sign-up sheet on the gift shop door for openings and games. The Sisterhood’s NEW Gift Shop is OPEN – The NEW 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 Seeking Justice “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the month of January, and, now that the gentle glow of the Chanukah lights has faded, I have in mind a different kind of flame: the fire of justice. I suppose that’s appropriate, as this month we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the only non-President whose birthday we honor, and appropriately so, with a federal holiday in this country. One of my favorite photos is the one below, which shows two of my heroes working together toward civil rights justice, Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. I’ve quoted both of them in previous columns and will continue to do so I’m sure. At last month’s Men’s Club Breakfast, we heard from two other heroes working for social justice in today’s world. Brian Burton, CEO of Three Square Food Bank here in Nevada, and Rabbi Marc Gitler of Leket, Israel’s National Food Bank, spoke to us about issues of food insecurity. The figures they gave us were absolutely stunning. For example, they reported that fully one third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption – a staggering 1.3 billion tons – is simply tossed into the trash every single year. Mr. Burton and Rabbi Gitler also reported that, in today’s world, there really is no practical reason why anyone on the planet should have to go hungry, yet millions still do. The message wasn’t one of hopelessness, however. In our own valley, Three Square is making great strides in addressing food insecurity, and in Israel, Leket is well on its way to the goal of making Israel the first nation in world history that is entirely devoid of hunger among its whole populace. Mr. Burton said it well: “As people of faith, we can’t ever give in to despair. We have to believe that tomorrow will be better than today.” A few months back, I wrote to you all about that faith in a better future, our need to trust in “the radiance of tomorrow”. Like Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel half a century ago, organizations like Three Square and Leket (among many others) are working toward true social justice in our world today. At Temple Sinai, our mission statement also speaks of a commitment to social justice, and the first and highest purpose of the Men’s Club is serving that congregational mission. As our breakfast speakers told us last month, hunger is an entirely preventable condition in today’s world. As such, that hunger exists at all is a grave injustice, and one which threatens every stripe of justice everywhere. As Jews, we are commanded to seek justice. In this secular new year of 2015, let’s work together for genuine justice – one meal, one kind word, and one mitzvah at a time. Kol Tuv, Sean Lyttle

January 2015


Eat, Pray, Learn V.5.0

What’s ahead in our Torah? Vayechi . Jacob's twelve sons gather around his deathbed, and each receives an evaluation and a prediction of his future. Jacob is buried in Hebron in the cave of the field of the Machpelah. The Children of Israel promise Joseph that they will take his bones with them when they leave Egypt.

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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For additional information or to sign up contact the temple office

January 9-10 Shemot A new book – Exodus – begins and the story of Moses unfolds. Moses flees Egypt, encounters G-d at the burning bush, and returns to Egypt.

“NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!” How many times have you heard someone say “Next Year in Jerusalem”? Why not make it a reality? Experience Israel’s unique and fascinating culture and its meaningful, awe-inspiring history first-hand while deepening your connection with the people and the State of Israel. Temple Sinai is organizing the trip of a lifetime: a 13-day, 11night 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 (702-2545110). Don’t miss out on a trip that will provide you with many incredible memories that will last for a lifetime.

January 16-17 Vaera Moses and Aaron confront Pharoah to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to celebrate G-d. The first seven plagues are visited upon Egypt. January 23-24 Bo Locusts and darkness precede the most devastating of the plagues. G-d twice give us the commandment to celebrate Passover. January 30-31 Beshalach We escape through the parted Sea of Reeds. We remember with the Song of the Sea. G-d provides manna and quail in the desert. Moses strikes the rock and brings forth water. Presented by Temple Sinai Ritual Committee



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 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.

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Birthdays Boris Stewart Kaylie Marsha Mark Jude James William Sydney Ilan Elaine James Barry Joseph Elad Carlos Jordan Daron Adam Melinda Jacob Sarah Daniele Leslie Sean Marci Scott Glenn Sue Etai Bridget Nathan Sheila Tova Benjamin Robert

Itkis Stenzel Joseph Genard Weinberger Snyder Dixon Vinocur Kaufman Dascalu Kaufman Roth Duman Greber Mare Coscos Schnitz Heilman Roter Schreiber Harris Sanders Dreitzer Silber Lyttle Gurwitch-Ballin Mairs Roter Gordon Krumkop Becker Epstein Galper Joseph Stanigar Hakes

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Ethan Shane Larry Celia Tammy Debra Ethan Susan Mary Stacy Jay Lilah Leiah Norman Heather Jahslyn Stuart Tera Shani Emily Scott Rachel Joanne Irv Luc Helen Michael Barbara Nancy Karen Patricina Zach Ronni Andrew Anthony Scott

Yahrzeits Kottler Lewis Harzstark Sirulnick Rivers McGuire Roth Klein Marquez Hakes Chabrow Dowd Dowd Horn Weinberger Stanigar Stein Safdeye Schwartz Forni Knox Smith Kelemen Berger Snyder McCarthy Karbal Harzstark Shinder Parness Aharanov White Klein Goldsmith Gordon Lachman

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Basinger Littmann Pitlor Kolner Matt Schlossberg Loeff Ostrow Schilling Snider Katz Steinberg Shapiro Cole Markowitz Sello Benjamin Klein Sherman Berger Garfinkel Rogers Sunshine Greenspon Spertus Kaplan Glazerman Weiner Copeland Rosenberg Galowitz Everakes Bloom Cabel

Joseph David Molly Joseph Arthur Faye George Hassie Max Etta Julius Jodney Darwin Lillian Joel Sonia Jerry Rose Goldie Melvin Joseph Edward Sylvia Jack Harry Evelyn Samuel Bernard Rae Max Rose Miriam Lillian Raymond

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Anniversaries Cory & Kelley Brian & Rachel Paul & Tina Sheppy & Mindy Morton & Barbara Hazel & Harold

Antflick Williams Drago Herskovic Berg Handelman

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Left: Rabbi Metal of Chabad Summerlin demonstrates to the 3rd and 4th graders how the Maccabees produced oil from olives.


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 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 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 charged 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

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Blum Dr. Lawrence & Mrs. Linda Copeland Ms. Jeanne Ebner Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mrs. Ricki Greenspon & Mr. Howard Greenspon Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Mr. Maurice Jones Dr. & Mrs. Michael Karbal Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kaufman Mr. & Mrs. Scott Knox Mr. & Mrs. Michael Leven Mr. Robert Levin & Mrs. Eileen (Bellsey) Levin Mr. & Mrs. Peter Lipman Mr. & Mrs. Mark Ostrovsky Mrs. Janice Shumow Mr. & Mrs. Howard Silverman Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Stein Mr. Stephen Weiner

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Handelman Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Mann Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Archie Weitman in memory of Abraham Wolf Ms. Sheryl Honig in memory of Oscar Lauren

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund Mr. & Mrs. Myron Bernstein

Richard Greenberg Memorial Fund Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hollander Mr. Burt Galper

Religious School Fund Mr. & Mrs. Richard Frankoff

Gala donations Sisterhood

General Hedda Abbot Mr. & Mrs. Mordecai Arin Mr. & Mrs. Stan Broselow in memory of Herman Broselow Mr. & Mrs. Fred Cohen in memory of Lawrence Sabath Dr. Martin & Mrs Phyllis Feigenson Mr. Andrew Franco Mr. & Mrs. Les Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Leon Goldstein in memory of Erika Wolpert Mr. & Mrs. Leon Goldstein in memory of Shalom Goldstein Ms. Dorothy Gill Mr. & Mrs. Minao Kamegai Mr. Fred Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Seymour Kaplan Ms. Marge Nordell in memory of Lena Zirinsky Mrs. Ricky Orzen in memory of Morton David Orzen Mr. & Mrs. Jack Rubin Mr. Peter Schellberg II Mr. Michael Schilling Mr.& Mrs. Sol Steiner Mr.& Mrs. Steve Taylor & Ms. Evelyn Brunner in memory of Beatrice Taylor

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 – 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 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.

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.

CaSinai Royale Save the Date…..March 28, 2015 Come join "James Bondstein" and friends at CaSinai Royale, Temple Sinai's 1st Casino Night.

For more Information call to "Miss ShekelPenny" (aka Jackie Kolner) at 702-228-4744. 007 wants you shaken but not stirred.

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


January 2015

Join a Chavurah! As a member of Temple Sinai you are invited to become part of a Chavurah. A Chavurah is a group of people (seniors, couples, singles, families, etc) who gather to form a Temple community. The Chavurah program is designed to bring together congregants with similar interests who might otherwise not have an opportunity to meet. It’s a chance for members to get to know each other outside the synagogue, while building lasting relationships within the synagogue. Each group chooses its own direction, activities and purpose. Each member of the Chavurah is chosen because of individual preferences, family composition and age. On page 18 is an application that will help us learn about you and the type of Chavurah you might be interested in. The Chavurah committee will match you with a group that meets your needs. If you would like to become part of a Chavurah, please return the application to the Temple Sinai office at: 9001 Hillpointe Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89134. The Chavurah committee will contact you shortly. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Temple Sinai Chavurah Committee Ilana Shapiro 702.497.3499 Mindy Herskovic 702.682.6741


Temple Sinai Chavurah Questionnaire Please use the questionnaire below to give the Chavurah Committee information about you and your family so that we may match you with the best group to meet your needs. What type of Chavurah are you interested in? Please check all that apply Name(s) ____________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________City:___________State:_______Zip:______ Home Phone:______________________

Cell Phone: ______________________

E-mail:_______________________________________________________________ Group Age: ___20’s





___70’s +

Children’s ages and sex: ________________________________________________ What type of Chavurah are you interested in? Please check all that apply ___Same age group as adults ___Single parents ___Interfaith families ___Retired

___Mixed ages ___Single ___Single w/children ___Gay/Lesbian

___Families with same age children ___Mixed single/married ___Empty nesters ___Senior singles

Please check the topics that interest you and/or your family ___Jewish Holidays & Events ___Jewish Studies ___Social Activities ___Recreational Activities ___Political/Social Issues ___Community Service ___Travel ___Other_______________________________________________________________ Additional Helpful Information ___I would like to help organize a new Chavurah or host a first meeting. ___Please describe any special needs that the committee should know about::_______________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ___Please tell us the name(s) of a person or family that you would like to be in a new Chavurah with:__________________________________________________________________________ ___Please add anything else you think may help us in placing you in a Chavurah:_____________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Please return the enclosed questionnaire to Temple Sinai 9001 Hillpointe Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89134


January 2015

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



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