Tuesday, December 16 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Beginning Hebrew.
Tuesday, December 16 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Tuesday, December 16 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Wednesday, December 17 - 12:00 PM - Menorah lighting ceremony at State Capitol. The Chabad Rabbi from Jackson, Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn has organized the ceremony. It will feature prayers, songs, and traditional foods.
Wednesday, December 17 - 6:45 to 7:45 PM - The Five Megillot - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Thursday, December 18 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. This fall we will be studying Numbers. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, December 19 - 7 PM - Erev Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 20 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, December 21 - 10 AM to 12 noon - Mt. Sinai Religious School.
Sunday, December 21 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.
Sunday, December 21 - 5 PM - Chanukah Party. Bring your menorahs, candles, and dreidles. We'll light our menorahs together and enjoy latkes and other goodies.
Tuesday, December 23 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Beginning Hebrew.
Tuesday, December 23 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Tuesday, December 23 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Wednesday, December 24 - 6 PM - Congregation get together on Christmas Eve at the China Buffet on Dell Range Blvd. It’s a purely social event, so come join us and have fun.
Friday, December 26 - 7 PM - Erev Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 27 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, December 28 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.
Please Note: All classes will be canceled December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
6 Rabbi Larry Moldo
9 Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman
13 Harlan Ribnik
19 Andi Coelho
21 Steve Borin
27 Zoltan Gancz
28 Heather McLoud
28 Joe Golden
28 Robert Glotzer
Weekly Message from our Board President
December 15, 2014
Happy Chanukah! Chanukah is a time for celebration, and we have several things planned. On Wednesday at noon, Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn of Jackson is kicking off the holiday with a ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol.
It promises to be a big event. The ceremony will feature Jewish music from the 67th Army Band, Chanukah songs from the St. Mary's Children's Choir, background music from the Cheyenne Youth Symphony, Menorah lighting with Zolly Gancz and Helen Zigmond and greetings from Governor Matt Mead, community leaders and elected officials. The Jackson folks also promise a delicious assortment of holiday treats, including latkes, and if the past is any indication, they are wonderful bakers and cooks.
On Sunday at 5 PM, we will hold our traditional Chanukah party at the Synagogue. There will be menorahs for everyone to light, and you are welcome to bring your own from home. Sunday is the fifth day of Chanukah, and it is an inspiring sight to see menorahs lining the wall of the Social Hall, burning brightly. We’ll also have latkes and traditional foods (yum!) and be playing dreidel and singing traditional songs and prayers.
Need a Menorah? Or just want to see if there’s something new that sparks your fancy? (sparks and menorah – that’s for Babs Klein). Check out the Gift Shop. Everything is on sale, and we have a great selection of Menorahs. It’s all part of the See’s Candy Sale. The sale is going great – the candy is flying off the shelves. We still have a couple of weeks to go, but it looks like we’ll have a sellout this year.
The Annual Congregation Meeting had no surprises this year, and that’s a surprise. We usually have something unexpected come up. The four Board members running for re-election were re-elected – congratulations to Sherri Means, Georgia Young, Stuart Wolf and Jeff Weinstein. The budget was reviewed, but there were no surprises there, either. There are no major expenses planned, other than renovating the bathrooms.
After the Congregation meeting, the Board of Directors met and elected new officers for the coming year. Dave Lerner will serve another term as President. Phyllis Bloomberg was re-elected Vice President. Stuart Wolf is in for another year as Treasurer and Therese McKinnon continues as Secretary. Sounds like we have experience going into 2015!
The Board will hold a goal setting session on Sunday, January 11, at 10:30 AM, and you are welcome to attend.
The new Mutual Review Committee was announced at the meeting. The purpose is open up two way communication between the congregation and the Rabbi. The committee says that if you have any questions, concerns, kudos, etc. they encourage you to speak directly with Rabbi Moldo. However, if you would feel more comfortable speaking with one of the members of the committee, they are here to listen to you, to pass on your thoughts to the Rabbi, and to give you his response. In addition to Rabbi Moldo, Committee members are Phyllis Bloomberg, Morris Gardner, Donna Pepper, Jonathan Savelle, and Georgia Young.
This is the time of year when a lot of us start thinking about our tax bill. Here’s a way to lower that bill, and do a mitzvah at the same time. Make a donation to Mt. Sinai! Anything you donate is tax deductible. Want to make your donation go further? Specify that your donation goes to the Religious Leader account. Jason and Phyllis Bloomberg pledged to match up to $10,000 for donations to that account at the beginning of the year. They have followed through on that promise, matching $6500 so far. They are eager to complete their pledge. It’s a good deal – your dollars are doubled, you get a tax break, and the Synagogue benefits!
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Nitsochen farshikert on vein.
Success intoxicates without wine.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo
This week is Shabbat Mikketz Hanukkah. During the years when it is also Rosh Hodesh, it would be one of the few times we would use three Torah Scrolls. One for the weekly section, one for the special Hanukkah reading, and one for the special reading for Rosh Hodesh. As you can see elsewhere in the newsletter, it will be a busy weekend anyway.
Since Hanukkah is a post-biblical holiday, there really isn't anything in the Torah that refers to it. So what do we read? We read from the section which discussed the final stage of dedicating the Tabernacle in the wilderness, concluding with the paragraph about what Aaron is supposed to do with the seven branched Menorah.
Meanwhile, the Torah reading describes Joseph's rise to power and his use/abuse of the power he has. It seems a bit interesting that in one way, this could be a reminder of what the Hasmonean dynasty eventually did, and perhaps a warning to all of us of how having minimally limited power usually leads to some questionable behaviors. So when we are in a position of power, we should try to bend over backward to refrain from abusing it. Most of the early sages would actually say that we should do whatever we can to avoid positions of secular power in the first place. It made perfect sense in their world, where Rome was really in charge. It still makes a little bit of sense today, as very few people survive being in charge with their integrity intact.
Since we know the rest of the story, we know that Joseph did retain his integrity, although the end of this portion makes us wonder a bit. Framing his younger brother for theft does seem a little bit underhanded.
So - light your candles beginning on Tuesday night, give the gift of your time to those close to you, and enjoy the world we are in for a little bit.