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New members Carolyn and Steven Cohen are spending more time in Las Vegas these days but have been dividing their time in Henderson and Los Angeles since the summer of 2017. Carolyn is originally from Wisconsin and Steve, born in the Hollywood area, grew up in Victorville. Carolyn works part-time in the grants office at USC Marshall School of Business. Steve owns and manages rental properties in the greater Las Vegas area and in LA. Steve also works for Carnival Cruise lines as a network technician. He has not been called back to work yet, but it is imminent. Steve worked at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for 23 years prior to going into real estate full time.

For many years he and Carolyn worked professionally in audio for the Oscars, Golden Globes, Country Music Awards, along with other smaller shows. Carolyn shared that the opportunity to handle the press room where the winners and others conducted their interviews was a fun fact in their professional history.

The Cohens enrolled in Rabbi Tecktiel's Intro to Judaism class in Fall of 2020 and have attended synagogue services a few times once they could go in person. After studying for her conversion, Carolyn attended the mikvah, which was a very meaningful experience for her. Carolyn said that Rabbi Tecktiel "is a great teacher and was wonderful during my conversion. He was very positive and I like that he was very confident in his teachings."

Carolyn and Steve belong to a Henderson trike group. They enjoy riding their bikes and trikes on the trails in Henderson, recently stopping by Midbar's "Celebrate Everything", taking the opportunity to chat with other bicycle enthusiasts and exchange information about the trails and bike lanes. They enjoy a home full of fur babies which includes a few dogs and a cat. They also enjoy cruising especially to Alaska, Mexico and other points south. They look forward to resuming their travels when Covid restrictions are fully lifted. Carolyn takes Spanish and water aerobics classes and would love to become more active in synagogue life by sitting on committees and learning more about Judaism and the Hebrew language so that she can better follow the prayers.

The Cohens commented that they like the physical appearance of the synagogue and say that the people are very friendly and welcoming. They look forward to meeting new people and participating in activities and holidays, and continuing their Jewish learning.


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