Thursday, July 28 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of TaNaKH with a detour through Jeremiah, and with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, July 29 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, July 30 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Thursday, August 4 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of TaNaKH with a detour through Jeremiah, and with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, August 5 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 6 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, September 18 - The annual Hadassah Wine and Chocolate event will be held in Cheyenne this year. Join us at Carol Fischer's house at 3 PM. More details to follow.
6 Martha Silver
12 Dave Lerner
13 Marie Still
15 Andrea Moldo
16 Georgia Young
20 Hawk McLoud
22 Susan Feldman
Weekly Message from our Board President
July 25, 2016
It’s Frontier Week in Cheyenne, and that means a lot of activities outside of our Synagogue. There’s the rodeo, parades, pancake breakfasts, carnival and other things. It’s a lot of fun and a nice break from the daily routine. Some Synagogue activities will not change. We still have Torah Thursday at noon on Thursday, and our Shabbat services Friday night at 7 and Saturday morning at 9:30.
Very special thanks to Carol Fischer and Sisterhood for organizing our Sunday Brunch this past weekend. The turnout was disappointing, but the food, company, and volunteers were excellent. Turnout was also disappointing for our friends at Family Promise, who are holding post-parade brunches several times this week in the park across the street from the Synagogue. Hopefully there’s a better response after the other parades this week.
Since this is Cheyenne Frontier Days, we thought we would take time to celebrate Jewish cowboys (and we have cowboys and cowgirls in our Congregation). Here’s a music video celebrating the life of a Jewish cowboy:
Dave Friedberg sent us a new proverb for this week’s newsletter:
An old proverb by J.B.F. Jack Friedberg
"Something for nothing is worth nothing. Something for something is worth something.
Footnote - Just 1 proverb in my Dad’s 92 years of Life.
Our next movie night has been set. It will be on Sunday, August 14. We’ll be showing a Danny Kaye movie called Me and the Colonel. We’ll have more details as we get closer.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Shaineh shveigen iz shener vi shain redden.
Dignified silence is better than dignified speech.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Family is pretty important in this week's portion. Not a specific family, but the idea of family, and the idea that everyone counts.
The portion begins by continuing the cliff hanger from last week. You might remember that moments after Balaam had failed to curse the Israelites, the women of the country that had hired him descended upon the camped Israelites, being enticing. Many were enticed, and on the way of getting to know these women better, wound up engaging in acts of worship to the Moabite god. Pinchas, our vigilante hero, saves the day by skewering the Midianite princess who was visibly involved with an Israelite prince. All the guilty are named this week. Pinchas, who is Aaron's grandson, receives God's promise that his descendants will retain the covenant of priesthood forever. A covenant of peace.
The Israelite Prince who was executed was from the tribe of Simeon. Simeon, if you remember, along with his brother Levi, were the ones who killed the inhabitants of the city whose prince had slept with their sister. With this in mind, one possible way to read the text is that the Prince was putting himself in the position of the victim of his grandcestor, hoping in that way to ameliorate his tribe's reputation for violence. Pinchas just hammers in that you can't trust a Levite with sharp objects to avoid using them.
I am not going to claim that it was rational for the Prince to parade his friend before the other leaders. Yet, as she was a Midianite and the others were declared to be Moabite, perhaps she wasn't involved in luring people to idolatry, but was trying to join the Israelites, and the Prince could have been trying to show the leaders that the women could join us, as opposed to us joining them.
God stated that the punishment for the Israelites was forestalled by Pinchas act, who acted upon the snit God was currently in. This, as it were, woke God up from being aggravated. "Do I appear that unreasonable? Does My action even make sense?" So the people remained alive so they could inherit the land.
And Pinchas is put in his place.
The generations have been changing, so it is time to figure out whose family is larger, so as to know whose plot of land in Israel will be larger. Like each census before, the counting was done by father's houses, and in general by mentioning the males. One male, now dead, had no sons. His daughters were worried that the family would ignore them, their father would be forgotten, and there would be no connection between them and the Land. So they went to Moses, and God described how inheritance would work from then on - and women would be part of the generational transitions.
The portion ends with Moses letting the rest of the Israelites know what the Levites would need from them in order to have proper celebrations. Even without any land, they are still part of the family and must be taken care of.
Would that the entire world remembered that we are all part of the same family, and we should help take care of each other, so that we can continue to make the world a better place through our life affirming actions.
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".
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.
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.
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.