2610 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
(307) - 634 - 3052
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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, May 21 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.

Thursday, May 21 - 7 PM - Mt. Sinai will be welcoming back University of Wyoming basketball coach Larry Shyatt.  The coach just finished a very successful year, winning the Mountain West Conference and getting an invite to the NCAA. 

Friday, May 22 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, May 23 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, May 24 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Focus on the 10 Commandments and Ruth.

Sunday, May 24 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing

Monday, May 25 - 11 - noon - Yizkor service.

Thursday, May 28 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, May 29 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

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

Sunday, May 31 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli dancing. 

Sunday, May 31 - 4 PM - Hadassah Book Group in Laramie.   We will be reading In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman.   This was a 2013 National Jewish Book Award Finalist.  In the words of one reviewer: "In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist is an engaging, beautifully crafted and courageous novel that shatters stereotypes, going beyond the geopolitical tension of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to reveal the internal struggles and compassion of the heart. Against this backdrop is a multi-layered story of friendship between a lonely Arab janitor -- afflicted with a crooked neck and abandoned by his family -- and a single Jewish man who leaves his unfulfilling life in New York and finds his way as the assistant to a rabbi with 'a gift for analyzing difficulties of the soul.'”  Please contact Phyllis about carpooling.

Sunday, May 31 - 7 P.M. Movie night at the Synagogue. We'll be showing "Imagine This," a recording of a London stage musical about a theater company in the Warsaw Ghetto, putting on a show in 1942.

SAVE THE DATES!

Sunday, June 7 - 11 AM to 5 PM - Boulder Jewish Festival at the Boulder County Courthouse and Pearl Street Mall. Great food, fabulous music, Judaic art, kids activities and community organizations in the largest Jewish event in the West! To learn more, visit http://boulderjewishfestival.org.

On Sunday, June 7, we will welcome famed Israeli Journalist Gil Tamary to the Synagogue, as part of a special presentation put on by the Jewish Federation.  The Executive Director of the Federation, Danny Nathanson, is coming to Cheyenne to host the event and introduce Mr. Tamary.  There will be a dinner, and then his talk about Israel, American-Israeli relations, and more.  Tickets are $50 per person (this is a fundraiser), and can be purchased through the Synagogue office or at the door.


MAY BIRTHDAYS

5             Zoey Brown
               Micah Young
15           Doreen Glotzer
20           Susan Cohen
21           Stuart Wolf

        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

May 18, 2015

So what’s next?  We just came off of a very successful Yiddish Food Festival.  569 people walked through the doors of the Synagogue on Sunday.  They purchased almost all of the food we had for sale, plus a healthy amount of items at the Gift Shop.  The Tours of the Synagogue were packed, Howard Rodack and the band A Bisl Klezmer did a great job entertaining the crowds, and the Israeli folk dancers kicked up their heels.  The success of the Festival was also noteworthy because the parking lot that most guests usually use was closed due to construction, so only street parking was available.

There was also the return of a familiar face.  Former Board member Mike Sherman came to the Synagogue with his wife Marcie and new baby, Bernard.  This was the first time his wife and son had been to the Synagogue since he moved to Colorado Springs, and they were very warmly greeted.  Plus, Bernard is in the running for the cutest baby we’ve ever seen!

We have several new activities on tap, starting this Thursday, May 21, at 7 PM.  University of Wyoming Basketball Coach Larry Shyatt, who is Jewish, will be coming to the Synagogue… and he’ll have a lot to talk about!  The University of Wyoming Men’s basketball team had a great season earlier this year.  They finished the regular season 25-10, and went on to win the Mountain West Conference Championship.  The team then played in the NCAA Tournament, and was listed in the Associated Press Top 25 teams in the nation for the first time since 1988.  What’s ahead for next year?  Ask the Coach, Thursday night at 7, at the Synagogue.

Come to the Synagogue Sunday evening, May 31 at 7 PM for our next movie night.  We’ll be showing “Imagine This,” a movie made from a London stage production about actors and singers in the Warsaw Ghetto, who decide to put on a show about Masada.

A week later, on Sunday, June 7, we’ll get the inside details on what is going on in Israel, from acclaimed Israeli journalist Gil Tamary.  He’ll be introduced by the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of North America, Danny Nathanson.  The event begins with dinner at 6 PM.  This is a fundraiser for the Jewish Federation, and part of the money stays right here in Cheyenne.  Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the door or the Synagogue office.

On Monday, June 29th, the Israeli Scouts return to Cheyenne for another exciting show.  There’ll be plenty of singing and dancing, and the audience is always on their feet and joining in.  It’s a lot of fun – add this to your calendar for sure!

The 4th of July is on Shabbat this year, and what better way to spend it than at a picnic in the back yard of the Synagogue.  It’s an annual tradition!  We’ll be firing up the grill and serving hot dogs, fresh fruit, and other tasty delights.

Your friendly, neighborhood Synagogue has a lot of activities to entice you, and we haven’t mentioned our Shabbat services every Friday night and Saturday morning (okay, I guess now we did…)

It’s a Mazel Tov donation from Babs Klein!  Babs sent a double Chai donation of $36 in honor of Carol Fischer’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Carol, and thank you, Babs!

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Nadan kenen eiteren geben, ober nit kain mazel.
Parents can give a dowry, but not luck.

Shalom,

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo

Sometimes it happens that the Torah portion and the life we live are completely in synch. This week appears to be one of those times.

Moses begins the first census of the Israelites, where knowing who is in charge and where things are supposed to be is of prime importance. We just finished this year's Yiddish Food Festival, and while we didn't take down the names of those who came by to eat and enjoy, we do take account of those who coordinated and volunteered. 

I know that sometimes we wonder if all those details in the Torah text are really necessary. After an event like the Festival, we rediscover that without all those details, nothing can continue to be successful. 

Next weekend is Shavuot, the anniversary of the moment God communicated with us at Mount Sinai in the wilderness. (Out here, we could celebrate this event at all times, I guess; Shavuot refers to the event where Moses, Aaron and Miriam participated.) As a mere taste of the reflections of the event, we will be studying "The Big Ten" and the book of Ruth for a couple of hours. Feel free to bring a dairy dessert (the Festival sold out). On Monday we will hold our normal Yizkor service at 11 a.m. with a Memorial Day twist (to be determined).

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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