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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

March 20 - 22 & March 27 - 29 - The Stampede Troupe presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo, a Tony Award play, at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.

Tuesday, March 24 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Tuesday, March 24 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo. 

Wednesday, March 25 - 7 to 8:30 - Board Meeting.

Thursday, March 26 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday.  We are studying Numbers.  Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, March 27 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, March 28 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, March 28 - 7 PM -  The Klezmer Band, Tum Balalaika, will be performing in Fort Collins.  Colorado State University,  Hillel of CSU, Congregation Har Shalom and Temple Or Hadash have joined forces to bring together the greater Jewish Community in an evening of music and fun.  The performance will be held in the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus. Tickets can be ordered in advance at congregationharshalom.org or purchased at the door (for a slightly higher price). 

Sunday, March 29 - 10 AM to 12 noon - Mt. Sinai Religious School.

Sunday, March 29 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.

Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Tuesday, March 31 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo. 

Thursday, April 2 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday.  We are studying Numbers.  Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, April 3 - 6 PM - Congregational First Night Passover Seder

Saturday, April 4 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Larry Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, March 29 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.

SAVE THE DATES!

April 8, 15, 22, and 29  - Cheyenne Interfaith Council (CIC) Spring 2015 LIbrary Series: "Women in Different Faith Traditions."  7 to 8:30 PM in the Cottonwood Room, Laramie County  Library.  Please see attached flyer for more information. 

April 16 - "Survival and Forgiveness" - ADL Holocaust Remembrance program in Denver.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

May 31 - Hadassah Book Group.  We will be reading In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist.  More information to follow.


MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3              Marshall Brown
7              Stanley Sandick
9              David Silver
10           Lea Gancz
17           Bea Montross
21           Sihaya Reid
28           Jason Bloomberg
28           Rich Menkin
28           Morris Gardner
31           Dr Charles Kuckel

        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

March 23, 2015

It’s an understatement to say that Jews have had a difficult history.  My father liked to say “It’s tough to be a Jew.”  But through it all, we have survived, persevered, and thrived. Our traditions and heritage are intact and we are carrying them forward to new generations.  It’s an amazing accomplishment, and one that is renewed and continued by Jews all over the world.

Beit Hatfutsot is the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv.  According to their website, Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.

The Israeli Knesset passed a law that defines Beit Hafutsot as “the National Center for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world”.

Beit Hafutsot is involved in a major rebuilding program, including creating a new Core Exhibit that will open in a couple of years.  As part of that, they created a moving and emotional video about what it means to be a Jew.  The video is worth a look:

Here at home, we're busy with Passover preparations.  Cleansing of the kitchen in the Synagogue is well underway, if not already completed.  Invitations have gone out for our Seder on April 3 (please make sure to respond so we have a place reserved for you).  The Rabbi has issued a plea – if you are going to be alone this Passover, please contact him.  We have many families eager to welcome you for the Seder.

A couple of other scheduling notes from the Rabbi:  During the festival of Passover (April 4- 11, inclusive) the only "class" taught by myself or Andrea that will be held will be Torah Thursday. I would anticipate that dancing would not be held on Sunday April 5, but it might be possible that some people would be ok with showing up on Second Day Passover that coincides with Easter. (For Israelis and American Reform that Sunday is a combination festival and secular day; for all others it is a Holy Festival day). Thursday night after sundown through the beginning of Shabbat is a Holy Festival day for everyone concerned; as a practical matter, Passover will not end until Saturday night, April 11th, after sundown.

The Wednesday evening classes are completely concluded for the time being. When I have figured out the new schedule of courses, I will let everyone know.

At this point, the last three Religious School sessions are April 12, April 26 and May 3.

The Shabbatot I will be leading in April are April 3-4; April 10-11 (including Yizkor on Shabbat morning); April 24-25.

There will be a Yom HaShoah commemoration on April 16 in the synagogue; details are still being finalized.

Also, make note of the Rabbi’s Torah Tidbit for this week.  While we are glad (relieved?) that he spread out the traditional very long sermon into 52 smaller parts, it’s worth learning about the history of Shabbat Hagadol.

Passover is a very exciting and fun time in our Synagogue.  We’re eagerly looking forward to the Seder.  The only question is how hot the horseradish will be.  We have some members who don’t consider it hot enough unless their faces are red, tears are running down, and their sinuses are completely cleared.  And then they go for a second bite….

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

A gelechter hert men veiter vi a gevain.
Laughter is heard farther than weeping.

Shalom,

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo

It's here at last!

Not the Seder, not quite yet.

It's Shabbat HaGadol (the big Shabbat). 

Why is it so big?

Long ago, in the days before smartphones or even the internet; in the years between the invention of the printing press and the invention of cheap books (the rise of  the internet and the rising price of books seems to be simultaneous - but it could just be coincidence and inflation), if somebody wanted to know what to do between the last Shabbat meal and the first Seder, they came to hear the Rabbi speak. The Rabbi spoke, then, only twice a year. Once, between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur to remind the people how much they and the world had to be forgiven for. The second time was Shabbat HaGadol.

So the Rabbi spoke for a very long time. I suppose, in a way, most Rabbis have always spoken an equal amount. I divide my statements up throughout the year, so even if this was my "on" week, you wouldn't have to worry about an overly long sermon. 

So, as I won't be delivering a typical Shabbat HaGadol sermon, if you have something you need to know, please contact me. If it isn't urgent, email me. If it is, call my cell phone. I don't answer on Shabbat or Holydays, although I do check the messages in case of a pastoral care emergency.

Our hearts go out to the Sasson family of Brooklyn, who lost several children due to the malfunction/misuse [I wasn't there, so I don't know whether that which was reported is accurately stated.] of some food preparation hardware. Please be careful yourselves, as we clean, prepare and cook over the next few weeks.

Hopefully you all have somewhere to go for the Seder nights. The congregation is holding one on April 3 beginning at 6 pm run by me, and  a number of families will also be holding a Seder on the traditional second night of Pesach.  (500 years from now, if both Israel and America still exist as independent countries [God willing], the tradition may go back to holding one night of remembering. In the meantime, feel free to have fun with the tradition. If you want some help in developing new traditions, or repackaging old traditions, please send me a note.) IF YOU HAVE NOWHERE TO GO, LET SOMEONE KNOW.

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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