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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

Thursday, August 25 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday.  This week we finish Jeremiah. Without taking a break, we will begin to set the stage for studying the very first words of them all. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Thursday, August 25 - 6:30 PM - Shalom Dinner at Poor Richard's

Friday, August 26 - 7 PM - Shabbat Service followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, August 27 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Thursday, September 1 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday.  Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of  the TaNaKH with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. We will be studying Genesis.  Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, September 2 - 7 PM - Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, September 3 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, September 4 - 10 AM to noon - Religious School

SAVE THE DATES!

Sunday, September 11 - Jewish and Israeli Dancing returns!!  We meet on Sundays, from 1 PM to 3 PM.  Please contact Mary Weinstein with any questions and/or to let her know you will be coming.  If you haven't danced with us before, or feel just a bit rusty, we'll be starting nice and slow, so come join us!

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.  Desert Mountain Region President, Cathy Olswing, will be the special guest speaker. More details to follow.


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

4              Rosalyn Baker
4              Howard Gallensky
6              Ashley Ginsburg
6              Ali Weinstein
14           Jill Zarend-Peebles
15           Logan McLoud
16           Michael Rosenthal
18           Howard Schneider
20           Katie Lerner
22           Rose Levin
22           Warrie Means
24           Jenny Coelho
25           Tim Solon
27           Priscilla Golden
31           Nate Breen

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

August 22, 2016

It’s in the books, or maybe we should say we turned a new page.  Last week, Rabbi Moldo asked the Board of Directors for new bookshelves for his office.  The Rabbi is a very learned man and has tons of books that he would like to have available in his Synagogue office (Andrea would say “tons” is an accurate description.)

The Board began looking for bookshelves, and Sherri Means found an inexpensive set over in Laramie.  She made it even more inexpensive by buying the bookshelves, driving them over to the Synagogue from Laramie, and donating them to the Synagogue. Thank you, Sherri!  They are very nice.  The Rabbi is now working on bringing his cherished volumes from home to the Synagogue.

We try a variety of activities at the Synagogue, in addition to our religious observances every week.  Some of them are enlightening and fun, such as our Torah Thursday discussions, and dancing on Sundays (which is starting up again).  A relatively new activity is becoming very popular – our Shalom Dinners.  Once a month we go out to a local restaurant and have dinner together.  Close to 25 people came to our last dinner.  The next one is this Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 P.M. at Poor Richard’s Restaurant on East Lincolnway.  We’ll probably have to sit at several tables.  Asking the restaurant to set up a single table for 20 or so would mean they would have to bring in a separate waiter or waitress just for us, and have a limited menu.  So we’ll sit at tables for 4 to 6 people.  Here’s a tip to make it more fun – sit with someone you don’t get a chance to talk to very often.  See you Thursday!

We have exciting news for one of our members.  Heather McCloud has published a new book.  It’s called Sage Courage.  Here’s the description from Amazon.com:

When Leila Stein flees her abusive husband, her gas money lasts into Wyoming. Stranded in a small town without resources, she is elated when rancher Bill Colvin offers her a job watching his children. But when he drops her off at the isolated house without telling her when to expect him back, she begins to worry. Inside the house, the air reeks and the children are traumatized. Leila’s determination to care for the children is challenged by the threatening atmosphere. To protect them all she must battle both the demons of her past and the demons in the house.

There’s an event coming up at the University of Wyoming that sounds very interesting.  It’s called The Bridge, and is a traveling display of artwork from 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary artists from 15 countries.  The exhibit will be on display from September 7 – 30.  As part of it, four religious officials representing Judaism, Christianity and Islam will be discussing   “Between Trust and Fear”: The Voice of Religion In A Noisy World on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm at the Buchanan Center in Laramie.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Me ken nit iberloifen di levoneh.
You can’t outrun the moon.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

A fairly brief series of thoughts this week:

This week's Torah portion contains the words, "a person does not live by bread alone, but by anything supplied by God does a person live." The original context references the Manna which was received by the Israelites during the wilderness journey, as being something healthy enough to keep a person alive, according to God who provided it. I'd like to expand this verse a bit, so that it says "a person does not feel alive merely from those things which they choose to focus upon. A person may feel alive from those, providing that their choices agree with what God has in mind to help make the world a better place. However, the more accurate statement is that it is God's set-up of the choices in the first place, providing options which will sustain life in a life-affirming way, which enables a person to choose how to acquire the food they consume (which bread stands for). May it be God's will that the choices you make for how you sustain your sustenance by life affirming ones.

The programming year has begun once more. As a reminder, if there is a class you would like to see offered, please let Rabbi Larry know.

Andrea and I, along with Dr. Jason Bloomberg and other members of Cheyenne Interfaith Community went to take a tour of the new Mormon Temple in Fort Collins. There may eventually be some pictures forthcoming of that event, although most of the inside could not be photographed by us during the tour.

If you would like to help out during the High Holiday season, or if you would like to learn to lead part of regular Shabbat services, please let either Rabbi Larry or Jeff Weinstein know.

If you want to help blow shofar this year, please let Rabbi Larry 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

Check out all the Learning Opportunities at Mt. Sinai!

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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.

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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