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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

Wednesday, January 18 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - A Closer Look at Psalms and Proverbs - an ongoing Adult Education course through March 8, 2017.  We will explore the connections and contrasts between these very different examples of Wisdom Literature.

Wednesday, January 18 - 6:30 to 8 PM - Board Meeting

Thursday, January 19 - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Thursday, January 19 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. The beginning continues! We are into chapter 2 of Genesis, and with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz will spend the next several months delving into the whole Garden of Eden experience. Bring a lunch and join us on Thursdays at noon!

Friday, January 20 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services  led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, January 21 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, January 22 - 10 AM to noon - Religious School.

Sunday, January 22 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Sunday, January 22 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish and Israeli Dancing.  Please contact Mary Weinstein with any questions and/or to let her know you will be coming.  Or just show up!  Great exercise and great fun!  Newcomers (and former dancers) are welcome any time.

Wednesday, January 25 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - A Closer Look at Psalms and Proverbs - an ongoing Adult Education course through March 8, 2017.  We will explore the connections and contrasts between these very different examples of Wisdom Literature.

Thursday, January 26 - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Thursday, January 26 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. The beginning continues! We are into chapter 2 of Genesis, and with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz will spend the next several months delving into the whole Garden of Eden experience. Bring a lunch and join us on Thursdays at noon!

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

Saturday, January 28 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, January 29 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Sunday, January 29 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish and Israeli Dancing.  Please contact Mary Weinstein with any questions and/or to let her know you will be coming.  Or just show up!  Great exercise and great fun!  Newcomers (and former dancers) are welcome any time.


JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

1              Agnes Weinstein
10           Dave Friedberg
12           Laurie Lerner
15           Steve Lerner
25           Donna Pepper
26           Jacob Means
26           David Young
27           Erin Brown
29           Howard Rodack               

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

January 16, 2017

Did you know that Judaism has its own mythology?  Ours aren’t the same as Zeus or Apollo and we don’t worship them, but they are pretty interesting.

An example is the Ziz.  The Ziz is a massive mythological bird, similar in some ways to the griffin.  Its wings are so large that they block out the sun.  One of the stories about it says that an egg once fell to the ground and broke.  The fluid from it flooded sixty cities.  

The name of the Ziz comes from the variety of tastes its flesh has; it tastes like this, zeh, and like that, zeh.  The Rabbi will probably correct us on this, but the story of the Ziz is more mythological than religical (I think we just made up a word.)

Our next movie night is set for Sunday, January 29, at 6:30 P.M. in the Social Hall of the Synagogue.  We have two options for that night.  Our preference is a 1937 Yiddish film called Yiddle with my Fiddle, a suggestion from Tim Solon.  It tells the story of a traveling father and daughter who are musicians in Poland.  The daughter disguises herself as a boy for her safety.  The duo run into a father and son who are also musicians and they team up.  The girl falls in love with the son, who is oblivious because he thinks she’s a boy.  We may have issues getting a DVD version.  The only ones we could find so far are on VHS and we project on our screen with a DVD player. 

Our second choice is a movie called Running on Empty, a 1988 movie starring Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, and River Phoenix.  It’s about a couple of 1960’s radicals who are still on the run years after bombing a napalm factory and seriously injuring a janitor.  The family struggles with letting their son break away from life as fugitives.  The movie has an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Roger Ebert gave it four out five stars and called it one of the best films of the year.

We frequently talk about members of our Jewish community.  That’s different from dues-paying members of our Synagogue.  You don’t have to be Jewish to be a member of our community.  We welcome everyone and our Synagogue would be a poorer place without them.  Members of our community come to services, buy See’s candy, volunteer at the Yiddish Food Festival, and a lot more.  We’d just like to take a moment and say thank you to the community members who make Mt. Sinai so special.  We appreciate you, and are very glad you have chosen Mt. Sinai.

Our Board of Directors meets this Wednesday night at 6:30.  It’s the first meeting of 2017, and we’ll be setting goals for the year.  One of the things we’ll be working on is new fundraising plans.  Got any ideas?  Come to the meeting and share them with us.

The competition between Babs Klein and Dave Friedberg continues!  Here’s Babs latest Jewish saying:

The Jews are just like everyone else – only more so.

Dave Friedberg has a great sense of humor:

Cheap borsht is a blessing to the toothless.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

This was the basic content that I delivered at the Interfaith service at the start of the legislative session sponsored by St. Mary's.

Texts: [Hillel often states] If I am not acting towards my own benefit, who will? When I am only out for myself, what have I become? If not now, when?  (Pirkei Avot 1:14)
Ben Zoma says: Who is wise? One who learns from everyone. Who is strong? One who has mastered their addictions. Who is rich? One who is happy with their current possessions. Who is honored? One who honors other people and creatures. (Pirkei Avot 4:1)
Shalom!

Within Judaism, one type of prayer is learning. When we learn, whatever we learn, we are listening to what God has to say to us. This morning, I would like to explore some of the meanings that can be derived from the texts in the handout.
Earlier in my life I was a Youth Advisor, and many of the teens running for various offices would base their speeches upon these words.

Paraphrasing Hillel’s statements as they relate to the State government, I might say the following: If I do not do the best I can for the people who voted me into office and the other people who live in the territory I represent, which of my colleagues could I trust to do so for me? If I do not keep in mind the needs of the rest of the people in Wyoming and the USA, then did I really deserve to be elected? When I do not keep this balancing act in mind at all times, I know that it will come back to bite me later on when the situation is worse, and harder to resolve.

I am given to understand that some people might look at the second of Hillel’s questions and answer it with the single word – lobbyist.

Ben Zoma’s statements sort of clarify what a decent political human being is all about. Having wisdom and strength, feeling wealthy and being honored. You might have already heard of these aphorisms. Following them helps lead towards lived humility.
Learning from everyone, whether you agree with them or not; knowing your own personal problems and not letting them interfere with your job or your judgment; living within your means and not bemoaning the life history that brought you to where you are today; paying more attention to others than you expect them to pay to you – striving towards accomplishing these will help you as a group to function as well as possible.

Shalom.

50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Watkins Stained Glass Studio 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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