Community-wide Shavuot Study Program in Memory of Sam Lieberman

All Friends of Sam are invited to a virtual study sessions May 28th – 29th

Honoring Sam Lieberman z’l and Commemorating the giving of Torah at Mount Sinai

What: Community-wide Shavuot Study program in memory of Sam Lieberman
When: Thursday, May 28th, 3pm
Where: Virtual – On Line!

Regent Sam Lieberman (z”l) is no longer with us to show us how to bring peace and cooperation to the community, to advocate for the disabled, to support education, and to support the Democratic party while showing genuine friendship to people who are of all political and religious beliefs. All this work was accomplished with an irrepressible sense of humor and stemmed from his deep Jewish faith.   As President of the Board at Congregation P’nai Tikvah (CPT), a place that embodies inclusiveness, Sam worked tirelessly to sustain and grow our community.

There will be sessions on Education (educator Etty Dolgin), Politics and Law (by our friends at UNLV Law School), Nature, Antisemitism (ADL’s Jolie Brislin and Deborah Lipstadt), the Book of Ruth, Disability Etiquette (with Nevada PeP),Tzedakah ( our own Rabbi Mintz), Prayer (Student Rabbi Reb Jaimie), Music (our Cantor Marla), storytelling (Rabbi Leora Kaye), and even a cooking demonstration by Bobbi Bernstein.

Our Presenters

Bobbi Bernstein, Caterer ExtraordinaireBobbi Bernstein has been a religious school teacher at three Congregations — Pre-K through Confirmation over 25 years. Married to High School Sweetheart almost 52 years with 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Family,  friends, neighbors, doctor offices, etc. are grateful recipients and “taste testers” of new recipes! Caterer/Baker for onegs, b’nai mitzvot, brit milah, baby namings.

Jolie Brislin Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League - Nevada RegionJolie Brislin has been with ADL since 2008 and serves as the Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Nevada Region, which is headquartered in Las Vegas.  She works closely with staff and lay leaders to implement various programs that focus on anti-Semitism and an array of civil rights issues, one of the most important being ADL’s anti-bias programs in Nevada’s schools.  She also collaborates with law enforcement, elected officials, and community members to build bridges of communication that focus on understanding and respect among diverse groups.  ADL’s law enforcement, education, and interfaith programs are her top priority.

“You’re less likely to hate someone once you know their story.”  Bringing many different communities together is a top strategy for her and her team.  She has brought together a diverse list of groups throughout Nevada to fight hate by doing such things as successfully organizing “ADL’s Walk Against Hate” to Nevada for three consecutive years. She continues to be a staunch advocate for the state of Israel by focusing her time on educating about the threat of BDS through advocacy and education. In the 2019 legislative session, Jolie also convened the first biennial Nation of Immigrants Seder in Carson City for the Nevada Legislature, encouraging greater understanding and togetherness among lawmakers. 

In 2016, Jolie co-lead the Western States Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel with key members in law enforcement leadership from Nevada and California.  She currently represents ADL on the Sheriff’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, as well as various boards such as FBI, LVMPD, Southern Nevada Interfaith Council, Communities Building Communities/AME Church, and Congregation Ner Tamid.  Most recently, Jolie was one of the first in the nation to participate as a rater for the officer selection oral boards for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which incorporated community leaders to assist in the selection of new officers.

Jolie is originally from California, having moved to Las Vegas in 1992, she considers herself a local.  Jolie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in Business from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She enjoys traveling, community service, spending time with her husband and being a soccer mom to her two children.

UNLV History professor Gregory BrownGregory S. Brown is an historian of European culture from the age of Enlightenment and democratic revolutions to the present day. He has published numerous books and articles on political and cultural institutions in France and Europe. He teaches courses on European and World History, focusing on political culture, urban history, and democratic ideals. He has formerly been a research associate of the Ecole normale superieure in Paris is currently general editor of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, published by the Voltaire Foundation of the University of Oxford, where he is a Senior Research Fellow.

Etty DolginEtty Dolgin is Director of Education of the Moadon Kol Chadash, an after school Hebrew and Israel program, and Gan Gani, a pre-school Hebrew immersion Jewish education program serving children from 18 months to 5 years. The Moadon program was co-founded by Etty and Rabbi Yocheved Mintz in 1989 and Gan Gani was added in 2002.

Etty has held the position of Master Israel Educator at the Community Foundation of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago Area since 2002.  A graduate of the Master Teachers’ Institute in Chicago and a member of the Principals’ Center of the Community foundation for Jewish Education, Etty has been a vibrant moving force in Hebrew education in Chicago since 1970.  She served for 18 years as Hebrew Director and Youth Director of Temple Sholom, Chicago. Etty has been involved with the Hebrew program at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) since 1970. She was a co-founder of the Merkaz Ivrit of OSRUI and has been Director of Hebrew Learning there since 1982. For the past 8 years she has assumed the role of the Director of Israel learning. Etty and Rabbi Mintz also co-directed the Kesher Team, publishers and distributors of Hebrew learning materials.  

Etty is a graduate of the IFellows program of the ICenter in Chicago. She also received her MA degree in 2012 in the Spertus Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) and in 2018, she became a graduate of the Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits at the Kellogg School of Management.  Etty is active in AIPAC and is the current Chair of the Chicago chapter of the IAC.   Etty is married to Giora Dolgin and has 3 children Harell (Amy), Mayrav (Renee Genova) and Yaniv (Michal) and 7 grandchildren. Mischa, Romy Emmett, Sy, Eitan, Yonah and Mili, and can be contacted at

Associate Professor Michal GreenMichael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV, and taught for many years at the College of Southern Nevada. He is the author of numerous books on our area, including Nevada: A History of the Silver State (2015), and co-author of Las Vegas: A Centennial History. He also has written chapters on the history of the Jewish community for The Peoples of Las Vegas (2005) and Hank Greenspun for The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada (1998). He writes “Nevada Yesterdays,” read by former Senator Richard Bryan, on KNPR.

Dean Dan Hamilton Presents: Din v’Politica/Law & PoliticsDaniel W. Hamilton is the fourth dean of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. He assumed the deanship in July 2013 and joined the Boyd School of Law faculty as the Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law. He joined UNLV from the University of Illinois College of Law where he was the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law and History.

Dean Hamilton received his Ph.D. in American legal history in 2003 from Harvard University. He was a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law during the 2003-04 academic year. He received his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from Oberlin College.

Before coming to UNLV, Dean Hamilton taught property law, legal history, and constitutional law at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including Professor of the Year at both institutions.

Dean Hamilton researches and writes primarily on American property ideology and the legal and constitutional issues raised by the Civil War. He has written numerous articles and reviews on American legal history, including works in Civil War History, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, the Journal of National Security Law, and the Law and History Review. His book, The Limits of Sovereignty: Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy During the Civil War, was published by the University of Chicago Press.

Dean Hamilton is past-president of the legal history section of the American Association of Law Schools and serves on the Board of the American Society for Legal History. His research presentations include talks at the law schools at New York University, Northwestern, Stanford, the University of Texas, and Harvard University as well as multiple presentations at the American Society for Legal History.

Dr. Ken HeinrichKenneth Jay Heinrich, MD, received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency program at the University of Illinois.

A board-certified Emergency Physician, Dr. Heinrich serves as Senior Vice President and Group Medical Officer for SCP Health (a national healthcare management company).   Dr. Heinrich has worked clinically and in a leadership capacity in many emergency departments across the country. 

Dr. Heinrich has lectured at national conferences and individual hospitals on a variety of topics, including process improvement, patient satisfaction, ED/Hospitalist Collaboration, and change implementation.

Dr. Heinrich is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Illinois College of Emergency Physicians.

Prior to attending medical school, Ken was the Assistant Director of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI and NFTY Regional Director for the Chicago and Northern Regions.  Dr. Heinrich was a camper and staff member at OSRUI for over a dozen summers and now serves on faculty as medical director for the camp.  He is also on the Board of Governor’s for OSRUI.  It was in 1987 as a first-time staff member, that Ken first met Sam Lieberman.  Their close friendship continued until Sam’s untimely passing. 

Dr. Heinrich enjoys outdoor activities, sports, and travel. He fondly remembers skiing and climbing with Sam.  Ken lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three young children.  He can be reached at

Reb Jamie HaymsJamie Hyams (Reb Jamie) is a 5th year rabbinical student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles.  Previously, Reb Jamie served as a Congregation P’nai Tikvah (CPT) rabbinic intern under the mentorship of Rabbi Mintz.  In July of 2018, she officially joined the clergy team as Student Rabbi.  Prior to beginning her studies, Reb Jamie served as the Associate Director, West Coast of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Executive Director of the Contra Costa JCC.  Reb Jamie spent four years in Israel becoming fluent in Hebrew and developing a rich appreciation for tradition and text learning which inform her pluralistic approach to Jewish life and community.  Reb Jamie is a participant in the ALEPH Network Davvenen Leadership Training Institute, a two-year training program in the art of public prayer.  When not studying, Reb Jamie is the Director of Development for Hebrew Free Loan.  A Wexner Heritage Fellow, she holds a BA in History from Lewis and Clark College, and a BFA from California College of the Arts. An avid cyclist, she and her husband Michael have two grown sons and 3 cats..

Cantor Marla GoldbergCantor Goldberg received her Masters of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) School of Sacred Music, and was invested in 2006.  Her love of Judaism and Jewish music began when she first began to sing.  Growing up, she participated in Temple youth choirs, was a song leader for her youth group and Camp Swig, and taught music at Temple B’nai Torah where she also frequently substituted for the cantor prior to attending HUC.

Cantor Goldberg has had student pulpits in New Jersey, New York (the Bronx) and St. Thomas, USVI.  As an invested cantor, Cantor Goldberg has worked at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, Florida, Congregation Bet Emet in Sun City and Temple Sinai in Las Vegas. Her list of awards and scholarships is considerably long and incredibly impressive, The Forcheimer Scholarship, The Cantor Walter Davidson Prize, The Morris W. Smith Prize, The Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce Prize, The Palm Beach Liturgical Prize, second place Division 6 Southern Nevada Award from the Nation Association of Teachers of Singing, and was chosen as a “Woman of Valor” from the Woman’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.

Cantor Goldberg is filled with creativity and energy and is eager to help foster the growth of Congregation P’nai Tikvah and to deepen its connection to Judaism through music.

Iris Katz 

Jewish educator since 1968 Happy grandma ….. mom …. wife ….. schnauzer mommy 

Jerry Kaye, Director Emeritus of the URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WisconsinJerry Kaye is the Director Emeritus of the URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and was one of just 30 people from around the world invited to join the International Task Force on Jewish Peoplehood. He was also appointed to a prestigious national panel on Jewish Educational Leadership as the only camp director among university professors and other practitioners of work in Jewish life.

Jerry is professionally associated with the Association of Reform Jewish Education and is a Life Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Jerry takes special pride in having been selected as the first recipient of the Guardian of Hope Award from Keshet, an organization of Jewish families with children with special needs. In May of 2000, he received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

Jerry is best known, though, as a storyteller. With his recent work in photography, he has undertaken the leadership of Zachor, a project creating portraits of Holocaust Survivors.   Further, he served as the Emmy nominated host and moderator of Sanctuary, a Chicago television series focused on Jewish communal issues.

Rabbi Lerora KayLeora’s experience spans the Jewish world including education, programming, and filmmaking. As a rabbi she seeks ways to expand people’s understanding of Judaism, encouraging them to approach their spiritual lives on their own terms in sophisticated ways. She first combined her interests in media and ethics by working on the Sundance award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl. She went on to work as the rabbinic consultant for Shalom Sesame, has been an adviser on many other media projects and wrote the study guides for the animated series Jewish Food For Thought.

As Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Rodeph Sholom from 2004 to 2015, Leora spearheaded innovative initiatives including the synagogue’s groundbreaking conversion program and creation and implementation of a new engagement strategy. She also served as the Youth Director of Temple Israel in Boston and as Associate Director of Programming for Synagogue 2000.

As Director of Program at the URJ, Leora is responsible for creative advancement of the core priorities of the Reform Movement: Tikkun Olam, Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality, Youth, and Israel. Leora graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2002. She and her husband Doug Gordon, a writer and television producer, live in Brooklyn with their children, Galit and Zeb.

Rabbi Yocheved MintzRabbi Yocheved Mintz is the Rabbi Emerita/Senior Educator of Congregation P’nai Tikvah, which she has served as the spiritual leader since 2005.  Ordained in 2004, at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, Rabbi Mintz also earned a Masters in Rabbinic Studies and was certified as a “Mashpiah Ruchanit” (Spiritual Director) through the ALEPH Hashpaahprogram.  Co-founder and Director of Education Emerita of the Moadon Kol Chadash in Chicago, past Consultant to the Judaica Department of the Milton I Schwartz Hebrew Academy of Las Vegas, she is the granddaughter of the late Rabbi Israel Porath, (zt”l), and is the first female rabbi in 18 generations of Porath rabbis.  Rabbi Mintz is Chair of the Jewish Nevada (Federation) Foundation Committee, Past-President and current Treasurer of the Board of Rabbis of Southern Nevada, Past-President of OHALAH, President of the Mintz Family Foundation for Creative Jewish Education, and Founder and Board Chair for the Florence A. Melton School for Adult Jewish Education, Las Vegas.  She is a member of numerous boards, including the Clark County Ministerial Association, the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, and the Jewish Family Services Agency.  In 2013, she was honored by Hadassah of Southern Nevada, as Woman of the Year; in 2016, by the FIDF (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces); and in 2018, once again by Hadassah.  Rabbi Mintz is a Past-President of the AJR/CA Alumni Association, and a member of the AJR/CA Board of Governors. She is a life member of Hadassah and Naamat, a supporter of the Jewish National Fund, ADL, J-Street and AIPAC, a member of Truah, Rabbis for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel, and Women of the Wall. Rabbi Mintz is the widow of the late Dr. Alan Mintz. z”l, to whom she was married for nearly 48 years.  She is the mother of four, grandmother of fourteen, and the great-grandmother of five and counting.

Karen TaycherKaren Taycher and her husband made Las Vegas their home in 1979, their two children were born and raised as proud Nevadan’s.  After their son was born with multiple disabilities, Karen co-founded Nevada PEP, a statewide non-profit for families who have children with disabilities.  As the Executive Director for over 24 years, Karen believes passionately that with education, encouragement, and empowerment all children can live happy, healthy and productive lives.   In 1993, Nevada PEP was a small parent support group funded by parent donations, and with the support from Sam Lieberman and other board members the organization now has an office in Las Vegas and in Reno, employs over 30 staff, and has over 150 active volunteers who serve over 15,000 individuals across Nevada.

Judith Stotland, Acting CPT Board PresidentJudith Lurie Stotland received her M.B.A. for Nonprofit Management from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University).  She has held positions of leadership, including service as Executive Director, at numerous non-profit organizations serving Jewish and secular causes across California. 
As a volunteer, she lobbied the United States Congress for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  She served on the Los Angeles Countywide Interagency Coordinating Council Early Intervention Project charged by federal and state law with planning coordinated service delivery for handicapped children birth to age three and on the California State Low Incidence Disability Advisory Committee.  She was Vice President of Education and Vice President of Religious Activities at Adat Ari El Synagogue in Los Angeles.  She was also a member of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council.
Ms. Stotland currently serves as the acting President of Congregation P’nai Tikvah, and is privileged to have had the friendship of CPT President Sam Lieberman, z’l.

More Informaiton and Tzdakah

The congregation has been assembling a virtual “Book of Life,” reflecting the life of our beloved President. The study sessions will be part of that online book. CPT asks the greater Nevada community to send us their thoughts, photographs, and anecdotes about Sam along with permission to publish them in some form with their name or anonymously.  We have already begun sharing these thoughts HERE! You can view the book HERE!

It is also traditional to give Tzedakah (donate funds; there will be a session explaining how this differs from charity) before beginning to study. CPT has established the “Sam Lieberman Memorial Fund” which can be used for this purpose

Donations and/or submissions to the Book of Life can be sent to:

Congregation P’Nai Tikvah
PO Box 370088 Las Vegas, NV 89137
702( 436-4900 )

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Rewatch


Welcome and brief explanation of Shavuot: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Reb Jamie Hyams, Cantor Marla Goldberg, acting President Judi Stotland

Session One: Z’man l’Sapeir Storytelling: Rabbi Leora Kaye, Director of Program, URJ, and Jerry Kaye, Master Storyteller and Retired Director of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute

Session Two: Teva Nature – Dr. Kenneth J. Heinrich, Medical Director; member Board of Governors of OSRUI

Three: Lifnei Ivehr lo Titain Michshol Disability Etiquette: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask!  Karen Taycher, Executive Director of Nevada PEP, Clifton Whitehurst, Judi Stotland, parent advocate

Session Four: Din v’Politica Law and Politics: Dean Daniel Hamilton, UNLV Law School 

Session Five: V’shinantem L’vaneicha And You Shall Teach Your Children: Etty Dolgin, Director of Moadon Kol Chadash/Gan Gani

Session Six: HaChinuch Symphoniyah Bilti G’murah Lifelong Education is an Unfinished Symphony, Professors Michael Green and Greg Brown, UNLV

Session Seven: Ess & Fress Eat and EAT: Bobbi Bernstein, Caterer Extraordinaire!

Candle Lighting: Cantor Marla Goldberg, CPT, Reb Jamie Hyams, Student Rabbi, CPT, & Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Rabbi Emerita, CPT

Session Eight: Why Study the Book of Ruth Today? Iris Katz, Jewish Educator & CPT Torah Study Members

Session Nine: What Makes Jewish Music Jewish? Cantor Marla Goldberg, CPT

Session Ten: Anti-Semitism: Jolie Brislin, ADL Nevada Regional Director, Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University, & Jonathan Sarna, Author

Session Eleven: Tzedakah The Price is Right: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Rabbi Emerita, CPT

Session Twelve: Hashkiveninu; Lay us Down in Peace: Reb Jamie Hyams, Student Rabbi, CPT