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Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
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Shabbat Services
Friday - 7:00 PM
Saturday - 9:30 AM
Shabbat Services are led either by Rabbi Larry Moldo or by lay leaders.

Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org

Coming Up

Monday, June 29 - 7 PM - Israeli Scouts performance!!

Thursday, July 2 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, July 3 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services  followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, July 4 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study  followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.


JUNE BIRTHDAYS

26           Dennis Coelho
28           Harriett Gardner
29           Marv Wolf
30           Carol Serelson

        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

June 29, 2015

It started with a picnic.  It was a simple thing, really.  Just folks getting together to share a meal and enjoy each other’s company on the 4th of July.  But the picnic was scheduled for Shabbat, and that quickly grew to a major controversy within our Congregation.

The issue was not serving food on Shabbat.  We have an Oneg after services Friday night and Saturday morning.  And for special occasions, such as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the food served can be quite extensive and a full meal. 

It wasn’t the location where the food was served.  If a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or other special occasion took place during the summer months, the family might want to serve the food in the back yard of the Synagogue instead of indoors.

The issue was calling it a picnic and holding a Synagogue picnic on Shabbat.  Last week, several highly respected members of the Congregation, including Dorothy Feldman, Helen Zigmond, and Marv and Toma Wolf, came to the Board of Directors meeting to express the concerns of a segment of our Congregation.  They were articulate, informative, and persuasive, and the Board of Directors decided to cancel the picnic as a result.

That led to a broader discussion.  The original plans for the picnic were a concern for some of our members, and the Board of Directors would like to avoid that in the future.

We are not an affiliated Congregation, and so we do not follow one movement and exclude the desires and wishes of the others.  We try to serve everyone, whether they be Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, or one of the smaller segments of Judaism.  But what is acceptable to one group may not be acceptable to another, and that was the focus of discussion among the Board of Directors.

Moving forward, the Board is going to be more sensitive to the various parts of our community, and more careful in scheduling events and activities.  We’ll be relying on the guidance of our Rabbi to help with those decisions.

We have some sad news to report.  Jason Bloomberg’s mother passed away late last week.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jason and his family at this most difficult time.
Hamakom y'nachem etchem b'toch avlei zion virushalayim. 
May the Source of All send comfort and support to all who mourn.

The Jewish Federation has rescheduled its guest speaker for Sunday, August 9.  The speaker will be renowned Israeli journalist Gil Tamary.  Tamary has interviewed American presidents and Israeli Prime Ministers, and will give us an inside view on events in the Middle East.  The event will begin with a dinner followed by Tamary’s talk, and an address by Danny Nathanson, the Executive Director of the Jewish Federations of North America.  We’ll have more details as we get closer to the date.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Di zun shaynt far itlekhn umzist.
The sun shines on everyone for free
.

Shalom,

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo

The Torah portion this week is perplexing, at best. Over the years I have developed a way of looking at it which makes the most sense I have seen yet. (which is not to keep something I have yet to see make even more sense - it just hasn't happened yet)

In a nutshell, when a red heifer is born, if it remains without something that would render it unacceptable, it is brought to the central gathering place, slaughtered and burned. The ashes are gathered and ground to a powder, which is then saved until it is needed to help those who need a bit more assistance in becoming ritually pure. Along the way, everyone involved in the process of creating this ritually purifying powder becomes ritually impure, at least until the sun sets - and some of them have to do some laundry and take a shower to finalize their journey from ritual impurity to ritual purity.

So what gives? How does the substance which provides ritual purity also provide ritual impurity? And why?

The how I have no clue about. The why, however - 

Listen. It would be really easy for the priests to become sanctimonious, and to look down their noses at all the poor plebes who come by whining because they are ritually impure. "Why can't they live holy lives?" the priests might say. "These idiots are always doing something stupid which makes them ritually impure." he might further think. This is not conducive to positive interactions.
So God provided a solution. The priests cannot avoid becoming ritually impure themselves. Since they also share that particular state, there is no call to demean anyone else who arrives at that state.

Imagine, for example, that each Prison Warden and worker must spend 2 months every year incognito in somebody else's prison. How much better might the conditions be, if everyone knew that some of the prisoners were actually colleagues? What if part of continuing medical training involved going to a different state and becoming a patient? What if the insurance overseers also had to do this - and you could not become an insurance overseer unless you had a medical problem? How much more humane might those systems become?

On a different note - our sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones over the past week or so - whether the incident made it into the headlines or the social media feeds, or not; may the day soon come that every Sanctuary is indeed considered a sanctuary, even by those who would otherwise lash out and violently harm others.

50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Watkins Stained Glass Studio has spent 50 years creating stained glass windows for the Synagogue. The 80 stained glass windows depict the Old Testament as well as the Menorah, Twelve Tribes of Israel, Moses at Mt. Sinai, the Tree of Life and 11 Women of the Hebrew Bible.
Four generations of Watkins men have devoted their lives to stained glass in Denver and the Rocky Mountain area since 1868. We hope you enjoy the 50 years of lovely Watkins Stained Glass Windows. The music is provided by John Waller, who graciously granted permission to use "Bless Us and Keep Us".

 

Additional Information

Please click here for a podcast of the 2013 Cheyenne Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration.

Check out all the Learning Opportunities at Mt. Sinai!

Check out the photos from our very successful 2012 Chanukah Party

Check out the photos of our other events

Click here to check out our Mt. Sinai Brochure

Mt. Sinai Religious School

Welcome to Mt. Sinai Religious School.  [click here for this year’s calendar] This year, under the direction of Rabbi Larry and the Education Committee, there are three component pieces. The first component piece is most like the traditional Sunday School in that it meets on Sundays from 10 to noon, and is geared towards students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The content covered will depend upon each student’s prior knowledge. The second component piece is Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. This involves weekly sessions with Rabbi Larry and attendance at both Friday night and Saturday morning services. The third component will be for post Bar/Bat Mitzvah age youth, and will be partly designed by the students.

We also offer Adult Education classes on a variety of topics throughout the year. Please click here for our flyer.

If you would like further information, please contact Phyllis Bloomberg or Rabbi Larry. 

 

Mt. Sinai Movie Nights

All movies are shown at Mt. Sinai at 7 PM on the “big screen” and with surround sound. Refreshments and drinks provided. Come join us for any or all of our upcoming movies.

Mah Jongg

Have fun playing this traditional Jewish game combining luck and skill. Don't know how to play yet? Come and learn with Mt. Sinai member Lila Gallensky and other experienced players. Check the calendar section for specific dates.


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