Thursday, June 2 - 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, June 3 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, June 4 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, June 5 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Sisterhood Meeting.
Thursday, June 9 - 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, June 10 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, June 11 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, June 12 - 11 AM to 1 PM - ADULT EDUCATION: More on Revelation on Mount Sinai, at Mount Sinai It is the anniversary of the first time God spoke to the Israelites as a nation. How much have we learned about this since the last time we discussed it?
Monday, June 13 - 11 AM to 12 Noon. Shavuot Day 2 Yizkor.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Sunday, June 26 - 3 PM - Hadassah book group in Laramie. Details to be announced. We will be reading Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy by Ram Oren and Moti Kfir . This book has been described as "... a gripping spy thriller, and it is also a revealing portrait of a woman who made painful personal sacrifices in order to serve Zionism and her adopted country of Israel."
5 Zoey Brown
15 Doreen Glotzer
21 Stuart Wolf
Weekly Message from our Board President
May 30, 2016
We’re Keeping the Faith with our next movie night. Keeping the Faith came out in 2000. It stars Ben Stiller, Ed Norton and Jenna Elfman. The three were best friends as children, but followed different paths when they grew up. Stiller’s character becomes a Rabbi, Norton’s character becomes a Catholic priest, and Elfman’s character becomes a businesswoman. They meet as adults and rekindle their friendship, then things take surprising turns. One highlight is the creative way Stiller’s Rabbi character tries to make things interesting for his congregation during Shabbat services.
We’ll be showing Keeping the Faith Sunday night, June 12, starting at 7 PM. There’ll be free popcorn and soft drinks, and admission is free.
We received a wonderful letter from Phyllis Rice of Torrington, along with a generous donation. Ms. Rice enjoyed our Yiddish Food Festival and wanted to let us know.
Thank you for putting on the Yiddish Food Festival and tours of Mt. Sinai Synagogue. I enjoyed it so very much! I was truly impressed with your extensive library – so awesome! I learned so much on the tour about the Jewish faith and her people. Thank you for your work and all the effort. I would like to offer a gift to insure Mt. Sinai continues to exist and host these events, Many, many thanks,
Sincerely, Phyllis Kotschwar-Rice
Tim Solon at our Synagogue library has a comment about Friday night’s Shabbat service:
Last Friday the service was led by Steve Borin who raised some questions about mitzvoth in the Torah reading. Noam, an Israeli house guest of Steve and Carol, along with the Rabbi joined in the discussion which was fascinating. A book in the library is a means of learning more about the varied interpretations. It is entitled "Mitzvot: The Commandments and Their rationale" by Abraham Chill. It is considered a classic; a pioneering study dealing with the traditional rationale behind the 613 commandments in the Torah The author draws on considerable writings to present the interpretation of great rabbinical thinkers on each commandment throughout the ages. This book is presently on loan; but requests to borrow upon return will be recorded and honored. Present in the library is a book that Steve Borin highly recommends: "A History of the Jews: from the Babylonian exile to the present (1968)". The worn paper back cover is a testimony to its one time popularity.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Zai shtimen vi a kats un a hunt.
They agree like cat and dog.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Marketing and the value of things and experiences is something I have been dealing with a little bit this week. There is also a connection to this week's Torah portion - more on that later.
We recently received a bill for one of the items we had normally purchased in every town, as something normally considered kind of important for clergy. When we first moved to town, I called to order this item, and was given (even though I did not know about it at the time) a super fantastic introductory price just for moving into Cheyenne and ordering the item. When it came time to renew the next year, the price tag went up 100%, but it still was not too unreasonable for what was being offered. It came time to renew this year, and the first change was that there was not yearly rate listed.
The amount listed was for 3 months.
It was almost what I had paid the first year.
It gets better (worse). According to the Customer Service Representative, because I had had such an amazing offer the first year, I was slowly being increased to the regular rate. The first two three month installments would be this low rate, and the next two three month amounts would double that, so the total for the year would still be less than normal.
It sounds good - but - the new, not quite as high as usual price, averaged out to a 300% price hike per year.
I will admit that if the value for the item had gone up even 400% I might have considered continuing my purchasing relationship with this item. It hasn't.
To be fair, I suppose the producers of the item might think that it was new and improved because there is an internet aspect, supposedly with value added, which is part of the package. However, I do not make use of the internet aspect, and do not foresee myself being that interested in any one aspect of the original item that I would look up more about it on the internet.
I keep thinking that the people responsible for the price change could have taken a longer view. Had the increases been a bit more gradual (say only 100% more per year at most until the normal amount is reached, any problem with renewing would have been based on dollars available, and not on actual increased cost. If the wording on the bill would have included a statement like, "the average person will be paying X for this item, and you can have it today for just half (or three fourths) of X:" I might have thought a little bit more before deciding the item had now priced itself out of my idea of what it is worth.
This coming week we read the last portion in the book of Leviticus. It contains two main items - what will happen in general if I do or do not pay attention to God, and a sliding guide to donations.
Most modern people will look at the donation section and go, "Aaargh! How can some people be valued for X, and others for much less?!" Most likely some of the ancient ones would have looked at the section and gone, "Aaargh! How can some of these people be assigned any value at all?!"
God possibly looked over the text and said, "I told you, Moses, every single person is priceless, and value assessed against a person will lead you into trouble. Tell them it is based on being publicly productive and spending the value of what I have given to them personally. When they are less productive, or if the donation comes from somebody else, then the value is lessened because it is transferred through more than one person." Moses replied, "I thought clarifying the ages and genders will make it quite clear to everyone." God answers, "Moses, you haven't seen the future the way I have. How much harder will it be to understand this when infants die much less frequently, and women are just as productive (or unproductive) as men? Pardon me, but Aaargh!"
[personal Midrash (as far as I know)] Feel free to apply the God's main lesson in your lives, anyway.