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Helping Our Own

Over the past 2 years, Sinai members have been extraordinarily generous in reaching outside our congregation to help those in need. We have supported our refugee Syrian family, staffed overnight shifts at the homeless shelter overflow tent, given money to children for food, clothing and supplies by donating to Project 150, cleaned the North West Park through Adopt-A-Spot and given funds so we can provide the Friday meal to the homeless youth at the Eddy House.

But, we know there are members of our own Sinai congregation who, from time to time, could certainly use assistance. Sometimes it is money for groceries, gasoline, or children's clothing. Some folks need money for their children's tuition to Sinai School or Jewish summer camp. Other times, it is assistance with transportation to services. And sometimes it is companionship or help being alone at home. How do these people make their needs known and how does the congregation respond? Do you know what to do in these circumstances or what to tell others? And how can folks be sure their needs will be kept confidential and their privacy respected? Briefly, let's review the options.

For Help:

The best way to ask for assistance is to contact one of the Rabbis and speak with him or her privately or by phone. They are trained and honored to deal with these situations in the most confidential and respectful way. They will discuss and review any request and attempt to help provide assistance. For transportation requests, a call can be made to the Chair of the Caring Committee, Harvey Katz. He will almost always find volunteers to help.

To Offer Help:

The Rabbis' Discretionary Fund is designed and functions to allow the Rabbi to discretely provide support where needed. For instance, Rabbi Bair used this fund to give families needed money for groceries and/or gasoline. He also has supplemented tuition to allow some of our children to attend Newman Summer Camp. On several occasions, when he contacted the camp about a particular youngster, his contribution was matched by funds the camp was able to provide. Members and others can give to the Rabbis' Discretionary Fund as an unrestricted gift. Or, you can earmark it specifically for food for a family in need or for summer camp tuition.

If members have time and interest in driving people to and from services, or visiting people in their home for companionship or at the hospital or nursing home for support, or tutoring Sinai School children, please contact the Caring Committee to learn about available opportunities.

Throughout the year, we will remind people how to ask for help and how to provide assistance to our members. This is certainly part of our Tikkun Olam commitment.

Shalom and Thank You.

Reno Jewish Story Club Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.
"The Gentile Jewesses" by Muriel Spark

All her life, Muriel Spark sought to make sense of how life blends people, traditions, things. She was born in Scotland to Bernard Camberg, a Lithuanian Jew, who blended with Sarah Uezzell, a Scottish Presbyterian [or perhaps not?]. At age 19, Muriel married Sidney Spark who took his bride to Zimbabwe where she gave birth to their/her only child, son Robin. The marriage fell apart after three years, Muriel abandoned her son to be raised by his Camberg grandparents. Mother and son were estranged all their lives -- he becoming devoted to his grandparents' Judaism and she drifting toward Roman Catholic practice. He became a late-blooming visual artist; she an award winning writer.

In "The Gentile Jewesses" there are autobiographical traces of Spark's personal life but the author is shielded by statements that the protagonist has only heard stories from third parties. Grandmother and mother had Jewish ancestors and lived at the intersection of their Jewish and Christian heritages [with appearances by Buddha and Greek goddesses on occasion]. When it suited them, these women touted one identity... or claimed a different heritage. Their years were enlivened with marches in support of suffrage; women beginning to master their own lives; and by that delicate question of how the world's highly divergent monotheistic religions could all be reflecting the one true God.

Discussion Leader: Alan Liebman

Hosts: Carol and Norman Subotky welcome Club members to their north Carson City home this month. Address and travel directions plus a copy of this month's story will be provided with your reservation confirmation. Ride sharing can be arranged from south Reno. You won't want to miss the beautiful Subotky rose garden this Spring.

RSVP Required: To reserve your seat(s), receive a PDF copy of this month's story and travel directions, please e-mail your name(s) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before sundown, Friday, June 22nd.

For this meeting the Club can accommodate 25 attendees, please remember [especially if you failed to use your seat recently] your reservation is your PLEDGE to attend the Reno Jewish Story Club meeting

Social time after the discussion. Refreshments served.

NEXT Club Meeting [mark your calendar!]: Monday, July 23, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.

Men's Club Breakfast June 3, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Our next Breakfast speaker for June is Dr. Hugh Shapiro.

1. We are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker an academician who spends considerable time both living and traveling through and studying the culture of China. Dr. Shapiro began learning the language and culture of China while growing up in Minneapolis. He has participated in the Smithsonian Journeys Program as a distinguished lecturer and guide. His undergraduate and Masters degree were earned at Stanford and his PhD was earned at Harvard in History and East Asian languages. He has taught at educational facilities in Taipei, Kyoto, and Shanghai as well as Princeton University. He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won that University’s highest teaching award. His specialities include healthcare, politics, culture and geopolitical policy. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Asian History in the History Department of UNR.

Dr. Shapiro will focus on China’s current strategic thinking towards its 14 neighboring countries, including Russia and North Korea, and the realities surrounding these complex relationships.

As usual, an RSVP is essential and can be made at:

2. We will be ending our programs for this fiscal year with this Breakfast. Without nominations for Officers for next year, we will be forced into a reluctant hiatus. Bear in mind that our present pattern of Breakfast speakers can (perhaps should) change under new leadership. Perhaps we can consider more spirituality, more baseball, more cow bell, more hiking/skiing, more single malt, better food, more wine and music, more railroads, more health issues, more collaboration with our Sisterhood? This will be up to our new leaders and membership.

Steve Myerson, President
Temple Sinai Men’s Club

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