Rabbi Ethan Bair

Rabbi Ethan Bair

July 2013 to Present

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Rabbi Ethan Bair grew up in Boston where he was raised by spiritual seekers who rediscovered their Judaism through the Jewish Renewal movement. A graduate of Oberlin College and a former Fulbright scholar to Germany, Rabbi Bair was ordained at the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, in 2011. He wrote his Rabbinic thesis on "Re-Envisioning Reform Jewish Prayer," with Dr. Rachel Adler. While in rabbinical school, he was a recipient of the prestigious Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship, which brought together future Reform and Conservative rabbis to learn about volunteer engagement, strategic planning and synagogue management. Stemming from this experience, Rabbi Bair would describe himself as a member of a new generation of Jewish leaders for whom denominations are secondary to transformational Jewish experience. Over the last six years, he has served congregations in Ogden, Utah; Vancouver, British Columbia; Sun Valley, Idaho; and San Rafael, CA. Most recently, he worked at American Jewish World Service, a global Jewish non-profit working to realize human rights in the developing world. Before that, he served as Campus Rabbi at the University of Southern California Hillel. Rabbi Bair is committed to creating a participatory and authentic Jewish prayer culture; promoting inter-faith social justice work; and integrating Jewish studies with traditional Jewish sources into his repertoire of teaching. He enjoys running, hiking, singing, and welcoming Shabbat guests into his home with his wife, Nadya. She is a doctoral candidate in Art History, currently writing her dissertation.


Rabbi Soifer and Kiddush Cup

Rabbi Myra Soifer, Emerita

Rabbi Soifer in Tallit

August 1984 to June 2009
Septemter 2012 to June 2013

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Rabbi Emerita Myra Soifer served as Temple Sinai's rabbi for 25 years (from August 1984 through June 2009). Prior to coming to Reno, Rabbi Soifer served as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was ordained in 1978, by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Soifer's activities at Temple Sinai in Reno included services of worship and life cycle, teaching, home and hospital visits, community lectures, and private counseling. She is the author of numerous published articles on a variety of Jewish topics.


Retired on June 30, 2009, Rabbi Soifer retains the title "Rabbi Emerita. She has been granted life-time membership at our Temple.


Rabbi Soifer also came back to Sinai for nine months (September 2012 through June 2013) and provided full rabbinic services during our search for a permanent rabbi. She re-entered retirement on June 30, 2013.




Rabbi Teri E. Appleby

Rabbi Teri E. Appleby
July 2009 - June 2012


Rabbi Myra Soifer

Rabbi Myra Soifer
Rabbi Emerita, Temple Sinai
August 1984 - June 2009


Rabbi Paul Tuchman

Rabbi Paul Tuchman
1982 - 1984


Rabbi Abraham L. Fineberg

Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg
Rabbi Emeritus, Holy Blossom Temple
1943 - 1961
Honorary Rabbi-in-Residence, Temple Sinai
1976 - 1986