Thursday, May 7 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, May 8 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, May 9 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, May 10 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.
Thursday, May 14 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, May 15 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, May 16 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, May 17 - Yiddish Food Festival, featuring a live Klezmer band, our own Israeli folk dancers, tours of the Synagogue, and lots of great Jewish cooking. Come, and bring friends and family!
SAVE THE DATES!
Sunday, May 24 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Focus on the 10 Commandments and Ruth.
Sunday, May 31 - Hadassah Book Group. We will be reading In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. More information to follow.
Sunday, June 7 - 11 AM to 5 PM - Boulder Jewish Festivalat the Boulder County Courthouse and Pearl Street Mall. Great food, fabulous music, Judaic art, kids activities and community organizations in the largest Jewish event in the West! To volunteer, sponsor, advertise or learn more about the event, visit http://boulderjewishfestival.org.
5 Zoey Brown
15 Doreen Glotzer
20 Susan Cohen
21 Stuart Wolf
Weekly Message from our Board President
April 27, 2015
There are folks who say that the rugelach they’ve eaten at the Yiddish Food Festival is the finest they have ever tasted, and we get more people saying that every year. Rugelach is a type of pastry, and is one of the most popular items we have at the Festival.
But the real issue with rugelach is the filling. Should it be made with raisins, preserves, poppy seed, walnuts, chocolate, or something else? That’s the challenge facing our Yiddish Food Festival bakers this Thursday night. They’ll be making rugelach, and trying to decide which varieties to make, and how much of each type to bake. Want to come help? The baking, and discussions, start at 5:30 this Thursday. The Yiddish Food Festival is coming up on May 17.
Our Board of Directors met last week. One of the major topics of conversation was the Yiddish Food Festival and plans are going well (including the cooking!). The Festival is on Sunday, May 17, from 11 AM to 4 PM. We’ve scheduled a work day for the Sunday before that… May 10, at 3 P.M. We’ll be setting up all of the tables and chairs and getting the Social Hall ready for our big event. If we get a good group of people, the setup time won’t take very long… so how would you like to be part of a good group of people? We need folks to help us with the tables and chairs, and a few to act as cheerleaders and tell us what a great job we’re doing. This also means that classes during the week, and the Onegs on Shabbat, will be working around the setup.
Plans are also underway for renovation of the bathrooms in the Synagogue. We want to make them more handicapped friendly. It’s a major reconstruction, since plumbing will have to be redone to take the new layout into account. We’ve already had an architect in, and have two bids for the work (both around $25,000). We think it’s important to have the bathrooms easier to use for folks using walkers, wheelchairs, or who need a little extra help. We’ll keep you posted on this. Right now we’re going through the Synagogue finances and working out a way to pay for the renovation.
We’re going to give a little space for Day of Giving. Actually, we’ll be giving a lot more. Day of Giving is an annual event put on by religious and community organizations around Cheyenne, including the Mt. Sinai Synagogue. It takes place in the community house in Lions Park on Friday, May 8. They will be taking donations of food and other items, and asking people to give blood and sign up as organ donors. It’s a nice event, and Mt. Sinai has supported it since the very first one was organized.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Mit a lefl ken men dem yam nit oys’shepn.
You can’t empty the ocean with a spoon.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo
Wednesday night and Thursday this week the calendar brings us to LaG BaOmer (the 33rd day of the Omer period). The Omer period is 50 days between the beginning of Passover and the festival of Shavuot. [Program plug - on Sunday, May 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. we will have a study period on the Big Ten and the Book of Ruth; on Monday, May 25 we will have a Yizkor service from 11:00 a.m. - noon.] This is traditionally a time of tenseness and partial mourning. Originally, it might have been a time of intense concern that the rain ended soon enough that the crops would grow properly. Much later, the death of Rabbi Akiba's students was connected to this time period. About the only thing that everyone agrees on is that none of Rabbi Akiba's students died on LaG BaOmer, so many things are allowed on this day that are not usually allowed the rest of the time period. Weddings, in particular.
Many celebrational events have been added to this day. Here we focus instead on Yom Yerushalayim (which coincides with the Yiddish Food festival) - celebrating the ability to reconnect with all the Jewish history within Jerusalem. (When Jordan ran the area, tourism was not encouraged, and Jewish tourism was discouraged at best).
A bit of Pirkei Avot - Jewish wisdom teachings of the Rabbis, or as I sometimes label them - "Rabbinic style Zen Koans."
"You don't have to finish the job; you are not allowed to stop working on it."
"When I am not on my own side, why should anyone else be? When I am only on my own side, do I still qualify as being human? This is the moment, there is no other now."
These bits of wisdom apply no matter which side of any divide we might find ourselves on. Each of us must be ourselves; each of us must recognize that other opinions exist and are usually equally valid; procrastination is to be avoided - and if this is difficult, it is okay to keep working towards it. It is not okay to stop our process of becoming humane and thereby making the world a better place.
That's why God partnered with us, after all.