2610 Pioneer Avenue
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.

Coming Up

Tuesday, October 28 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Beginning Hebrew - An introduction to the consonants, vowels and sounds of Hebrew as Americans speak it.  This is a 10 week course taught by Jeff Weinstein. Please purchase Aleph Isn't Tough by Linda Motzkin before the first class, if possible.  Jeff has a couple of copies in case you cannot get it in time.

Tuesday, October 28 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - For those who already know what Hebrew looks and sounds like, an exploration of grammar and vocabulary so that the TaNaKH and Siddur (prayer book) are easier to understand.  Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Tuesday, October 28 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - A survey class, quickly going through topics relating to Jewish history, the calendar, life cycle events, basic texts throughout the ages, theology and geography. Exact schedule of topics will be based on student needs. Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Tuesday, October 28 - 7:40 to 8:40 PM - Kabbalistic Thought - How did things get to be the way they are? How is it possible to reconcile a God who is completely unknowable and yet totally integrated into our reality? What might fixing the world mean? What might this have to do with my life? The Lurianic answers to these questions, and concepts like Sefirot and Tzimtzum will be briefly explored.  This is a 10 week course, taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Wednesday, October 29 - 5:30 to  6:30 PM  - The Origins of the Oral Law - We will read Maimonides' introduction to the Mishnah Torah where he outlines the history of the Oral Law according to Jewish tradition.  This will include a greater understanding of the Mishnah and Gemarra (the Talmud) and their importance in Jewish tradition.  Taught by Rabbi Joshua Narrowe.

Wednesday, October 29 - 6:45 to 7:45 PM - The Five Megillot  - A look at the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther through several different lenses.  Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Thursday, October 30 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of TaNaKH with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. This fall we will either be finishing up Leviticus or beginning Numbers. Brown Bag Lunch.

Thursday, October 30 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Informative Session about Interfaith Family Support Services (IFSS), Sunflower Room, Laramie County Public Library. Mt. Sinai is a support congregation for First United Methodist Church (FUMC).  We provide dinners for homeless families being sheltered at FUMC. This is an opportunity to learn about this very important program.  Please contact Phyllis Bloomberg for more information and if you would like to volunteer.  

Friday, October 31 - 7 PM - Erev Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, November 1 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, November 2 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information please contact Mary Weinstein. 

Tuesday, November 4 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Beginning Hebrew - An introduction to the consonants, vowels and sounds of Hebrew as Americans  speak it.  This is a 10 week course taught by Jeff Weinstein. 

Tuesday, November 4 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - For those who already know what Hebrew looks and sounds like, an exploration of grammar and vocabulary so that the TaNaKH and Siddur (prayer book) are easier to understand.  Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Tuesday, November 4 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - A survey class, quickly going through topics relating to Jewish history, the calendar, life cycle events, basic texts throughout the ages, theology and geography. Exact schedule of topics will be based on student needs. Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Tuesday, November 4 - 7:40 to 8:40 PM - Kabbalistic Thought - How did things get to be the way they are? How is it possible to reconcile a God who is completely unknowable and yet totally integrated into our reality? What might fixing the world mean? What might this have to do with my life? The Lurianic answers to these questions, and concepts like Sefirot and Tzimtzum will be briefly explored.  This is a 10 week course, taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Wednesday, November 5 - 5:30 to  6:30 PM  - The Origins of the Oral Law - We will read Maimonides' introduction to the Mishnah Torah where he outlines the history of the Oral Law according to Jewish tradition.  This will include a greater understanding of the Mishnah and Gemarra (the Talmud) and their importance in Jewish tradition.  Taught by Rabbi Joshua Narrowe.

Wednesday, November 5 - 6:45 to 7:45 PM - The Five Megillot  - A look at the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther through several different lenses.  Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.

Thursday, November 6 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of TaNaKH with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. This fall we will either be finishing up Leviticus or beginning Numbers. Brown Bag Lunch.  

Friday, November 7 - 7 PM - Erev Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo  followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, November 8 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Moldo, followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, November 8 - 12:30 to 1:30 PM - Exploring Communication with God  - We talk with God through our words and deeds. We also listen for God, and sometimes try to approach more closely to God. A little bit of mysticism, a little bit of theology, and every so often a "how-to" manual moment will fill these discussions.  Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo. 

Saturday, November 8 - 1:35 PM - 2:35 PM - Focus on the Holydays  - Sometimes pragmatic, sometimes dramatic, we will explore upcoming Holydays (Hanukkah, Purim and more).  Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo. 

Sunday, November 9 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information please contact Mary Weinstein. 

SAVE THE DATE!

Mt. Sinai Kugel Cookoff is scheduled for Sunday, November 23.  More information to follow.


OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

2              Sue Carlass
2              Hal Ginsburg
18           David Bloch
20           Dorothy Feldman
25           Mark Elliott
23           Ilaine Brown
24           Jaimee Sodosky
27           Helen Zigmond
28           Jeff Weinstein
31           Namaste Reid


 

Weekly Message from our Board President

October 27, 2014

It was an historic moment for Mt. Sinai Synagogue.  The Mt. Sinai Trust and the Board of Directors had never held a joint meeting.  That meeting happened last week.

The Mt. Sinai Trust was informally created back in the 1970’s, when the Synagogue sold some real estate.  The Synagogue owned two houses, and the proceeds from their sales gave us some extra cash.  The Synagogue leadership at the time decided to save that money, and let it grow.  The early leaders of the Trust were all former Board Presidents, and that tradition continues today, with Howard Gallensky, Morris Gardner, and Marv Wolf serving on the Trust Board, along with Harlan Ribnick and Don Gerstein. 

The Trust has been very careful with its money.  The interest was reinvested for years, and the money has been kept in ultra safe investments.  Over time, the principal grew, and today, the interest from the Trust is used for our Religious Leader account.  That means it helps to pay for the Rabbi and the cantorial soloist that we bring in over the High Holy Days. 

The Trust has been working on cementing its status as a non-profit 501c3 organization, and is currently waiting on a letter from the IRS to confirm that it meets all of the requirements.

The Budget Committee for the Board of Directors presented the preliminary budget for 2015 last week.  The good news is that the budget balances.  In an effort to include all sides of the political spectrum, the Committee was conservative when it planned for our income, and liberal when it came to projecting what things would cost.

One point that was made was to try and increase Aliyah donations.  In the past, when a member was called to the Torah during the High Holy Days, it was customary to donate $100 as part of the honor.  That tradition has slipped a bit, but we’re hoping to encourage it for the just passed holidays, and next year.

We received a very nice note, and a donation, from Irwin Weinberger.  Here’s what he said:

Dear Temple Rabbi, Board, and Congregants,

This is a note of appreciation to Mt. Sinai Synagogue for making me feel at home for Yom Kippur.  I was on a trip visiting friends in Laramie and was invited by Sherri Means.  I live in Cleveland, Ohio and attend a Reconstructionist Synagogue there.  Your heymishe congregants, the honor of an Aliyah, and the stained glass windows brought me to a meaningful place this High Holiday.

Todah Raba, Irwin Weinberger

Therese McKinnon has an update on the just-completed Jim McKinnon Memorial Food Drive:

The Jim McKinnon Memorial Food Drive was a wonderful success. The first half of the food was already delivered last week and the second half will be delivered this week. There were 356 individual items donated at an estimated value of $500. Canned goods ranged in value from $.79  to $2.49 so an average was used to get the estimate. Therese wants to thank each of you for helping others out in Jim's name and to thank Michael for making both deliveries. Such a generous outpouring of assistance is very heart warming.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Biz hundert azoi ve tsvantsik.

Live to 100 like a 20-year-old.

Shalom,

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo

I'd like to just explore God's statement to Avram contained in this week's Parashah. "Go for your benefit from your land, from your birthplace, from the house of your father, to the land I will show you. I will make you a big people, I will bless you, I will increase your reputation so you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, those who attempt to use me against you will find that I have thwarted their efforts, and through you shall all the families of the earth be blessed."

When we are fortunate, the places we have been retain a positive emotional pull. We like being where we were, and often would like to stay there. God's message to Avram is that the past should neither be ignored nor given too much importance. When staying in place is not conducive to growth of any kind, then it is time to move on.

When you move on for growth related reasons, then there are positive results. Through hard work, we can be the people whose reputation will be a blessing, such that hearing about who we are can help others become better people.

Nowhere in all of this does God tell Avram, "Follow me and things will be easy for you. Listen to my voice and you will have no problems."

Life is not like that. 

Surmounting our problems, sometimes merely enduring them, is sometimes part of what solidifies a reputation. God does not tell Avram that those who are engaged in cursing him [attempting to use God against Avram] will be unable to harm him; it is simply that God is not subject to magical control.

When we remember to act as partners with God in perfecting the world (or when we act in that way, even if it isn't because of our partnership, but for other reasons) then the families of the earth are blessed.  

So, what does being blessed mean? 

Our blessings begin "baruch ata adonai" and since there are a lot of blessings throughout any service, that means we spend much prayer time with a statement that one aspect of God's essence is this thing we call "blessed." Through our actions, the families of the earth become more godly - when there is nothing blocking them from doing so.

Let us act in such a way that this aspect of God's blessing to Avram is also fulfilled when people reflect upon our lives.

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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