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Our Leadership

“Who is wise? One who learns from all people…”
~Pirkei Avot 4:1

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Ethan Bair med

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 Jewish seminary, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, in 2011. He wrote his Rabbinic Thesis on "Re-Envisioning Reform Jewish Prayer," under Rabbi 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 describes himself as a member of a new generation of Jewish leaders for whom denominations are secondary to transformational Jewish experience. Prior to joining Temple Sinai, he worked at American Jewish World Service, a global Jewish non-profit working to realize human rights in the developing world and 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 finishing her dissertation.


From the Rabbi (regular newsletter article from our rabbi)

Past High Holy Day Sermons

Selected Past Shabbat Sermons


Rabbi Emerita

Rabbi Soifer and kiddush cup

Rabbi Myra Soifer, Emerita

July 2013 to Present
September 2012 to June 2013
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Rabbi Soifer in tallitRabbi 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.

Past Blog Postings and Sermons from Rabbi Soifer

Our Past Rabbis

Rabbi Teri E. Appleby.

Rabbi Teri E. Appleby
July 2009 - June 2012


Rabbi Myer 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




Temple Sinai President

Marilyn L. Rappaport.

Marilyn L. Rappaport

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Marilyn Rappaport is a twenty-four year Reno resident with degrees in Environmental Science, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and she recently earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Nevada Reno. She has worked as a teacher in Washoe County and has served on several community Boards. Marilyn has been a member of Temple Sinai for over twenty years and was a Religious School teacher for several years. She and her husband, an orthopaedic surgeon, have two sons, Drew and Brett, who celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah at Sinai. They enjoy cultural events, exploring the outdoors, and cooking for family and friends.

 From the President (regular newsletter article from our president)



Board of Trustees

President Marilyn L. Rappaport
1st Vice-President John Louie
2nd Vice-President, Membership Caren Jenkins
Financial Officer Howard F. Holden
Treasurer Pam Sloan
Secretary Ellen Lessinger
Member-at-Large Mary Allstead
Member-at-Large Nicole Appel
Member-at-Large Michael Gorden
Member-at-Large Nurit Stites
Member-at-Large Adam Slamowitz
Immediate Past President Doug Goodman
Sisterhood Representative Marilyn Roberts
Men's Club Representative Gary Jacobson

Board Member Nominations


Volunteer Opportunities

2015 / 2016 Committee Chairs

Adult Education Dennis Dworkin  Email Committee Chair
Building Grounds & Safety Rod Sloan  Email Committee Chair
Caring Committee Harvey Katz  Email Committee Chair
Chavurah Shabbat (inactive)    
Familyhood Mary Allstead  Email Committee Chair
Fundraising And Special Events (FASE) Nicole Appel  Email Committee Chair
Jewish Practice Marilyn Roberts  Email Committee Chair
Leadership Development (inactive)    
Library Committee Jill Flanzraich  Email Committee Chair
Membership Committee Lori Johnson  Email Committee Chair
Re-design/Rebranding (inactive)    
Social Action Committee  Jill Flanzraich
 Email Committee Chair
Strategic Planning John Louie  Email Committee Chair