Thursday, April 28 -12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday cancelled this week.
Friday, April 29 - 7 PM - Yom Tov/Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, April 30 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat/ Yom Tov services, including Yizkor and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, May 1 - 10 AM to 12 noon - Mt. Sinai Religious School.
Sunday, May 1 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Sisterhood Meeting.
Sunday, May 1 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli dancing. For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein.
Thursday, May 5 - 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.
Thursday, May 5 - 2 to 3 PM - Holocaust Commemoration.
Friday, May 6 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, May 7 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, May 8 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli dancing. For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein.
SAVE THE DATES!
April 26 through May 8 - Please see the attached flyer for Holocaust Memorial Observances in Greeley, CO.
May 15 - 11 AM to 3 PM - Yiddish Food Festival. Details to follow.
1 Nathan Weinstein
12 Pat Wolf
23 Mel Wolf
24 Carol Fischer
24 Cheryl Hite
24 Tori Rosenthal
29 Barbara Karz-Wagman
Weekly Message from our Board President
April 25, 2016
We hope you’re enjoying this Passover week! The Synagogue Seder was great fun. More than 90 people attended. The Rabbi’s service was energetic and inspirational, honoring the meaning and traditions of the holiday. But the event was also fun and it was wonderful to see some old friends returning to the Synagogue for the Seder. We also welcomed a sizable church group, who came to participate and learn.
We have a very solemn tradition coming up – remembering the Holocaust. Rabbi Moldo will be conducting a special Holocaust service on Thursday, May 5, at 2 PM at the Synagogue. Our friends to the south in Greeley are holding two weeks of events remembering the Holocaust. It includes films, panel discussions, and even a Klezmer concert. There’s a flyer on our website with all of the details.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sheryl Cohen donated display shelves, cases, and gift boxes from the closing and sale of Georgettes. They are already being put to good use in the Synagogue and we are very grateful for the donation.
The Yiddish Food Festival is coming fast – it’s on May 15. We need everyone, and I mean everyone, to come help us. We’re organizing our volunteers in the next couple of weeks. If there’s a particular area you would like to work in, please contact the Synagogue office. It’s all hands on deck!
The Mt. Sinai Library has a contribution for the newsletter this week:
The Rocky Mountain Chevra Kaddisha has donated to synagogues in the Rocky Mountain region a book entitled "Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View". "With a wealth of research and many practical insights, [it] analyzes the reasons people choose cremation, pointing out many myths and misconceptions along the way, and explains why throughout history Judaism and Jews have insisted on burial." (quote from cover) There are books in the library concerning dying and death including, among others, "The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning", "Dignity beyond death: the Jewish preparation for burial", "Consolation: the Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief".
The Library will be closed this Thursday.
A letter from Babs Klein is always a treat and we want to share her most recent. She enclosed a news clipping that reads, “The Albany, New York, company Vireo Health told reporters it would soon offer the world’s first certified Kosher marijuana, announcing that the Orthodox Union of New York had authenticated it as having met Jewish dietary laws (e.g., grown with insect-free plants). (Other Kosher-validating officials complained that the approval should apply only to marijuana that is eaten, not smoked.)”
While you’re, um, digesting that news, here is the letter that accompanied the clipping:
Dear Mt. Sinai,
My sister Judy has taken up the gift subscription to Funny Times originally started for me by some maternal relatives. I figure that, just possibly, there might be no other similarly blessed congregants to make you aware of the enclosed vital news item… After all, if we’re talking about the edible product, the item couldn’t be headed “Holy Smoke!”
Also, I regret to inform you (and, if there are any rabid Trump partisans among you, I apologize for the beginning of this sentence) about a Washington Post article sent by BFF Anne. Apparently it’s part of a “What the candidates eat” series, and it reports about The Donald that “See’s candies… rank among his favorite treats.” I used to buy Mom multiple boxes of the See’s chocolates she relished – particularly, as I recalled, something called Nuts & Chews – from Mt. Sinai’s annual sale. Now I have to wonder: if Mom were alive today, would she feel compelled to boycott the candies, or would she, uh, swallow her principles?”
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Der oreman tracht, der nogid lacht.
The poor think, the rich laugh.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
It is that time of year again.
To be accurate, in the Jewish liturgical calendar, it always “that time of year again.”
So the time it is currently is spring. Really. Spring brings Passover – and we make sure that Passover and spring remain connected, since that’s what God told us to do back in the Torah. We remember to celebrate Passover as well because God told us to do so.
At least that’s one reason.
Another reason is that celebrations are nice. Being happy has a nice ring to it. Hopefully, all of our family celebrations are cases of nicely remembering that God engineered our leaving Egyptian slavery so we could go back to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Naturally there is more than just an educational symposium discussing the Exodus – there is also, eventually, food. Special food, to help maintain the proper memories. Matzah, to be precise. Also, bitter herbs. We don’t do the roasted lamb or goat (at least Jews who spent a few centuries in Europe don’t) since the Temple has not yet been rebuilt in Jerusalem.
This time of year is a busy one, calendar-wise. Here is a repeat of last year’s summary statement of what happens in the next 50 days:
We remember more recent events, both tragic and joyful. In order, we commemorate the Holocaust at the time of year that some of the Jews left in the Warsaw ghetto refused to follow Nazi orders; we remember the fallen Israeli soldiers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who have fought to keep Israel a free democracy over these decades; we celebrate the return of the land of Israel to Jewish rule after so long being ruled by absentee landlords and despots; we celebrate Jerusalem reunification day, for when Jordan had control of that area we were not allowed to even visit the Western Wall; we end the season by remembering Revelation at Sinai.
It is interesting to note how many beginnings for the Jewish people take place during this spring-like season of agricultural beginnings. We began the process of leaving physical slavery and entering into the freedom of responsibility for our own choices. We left the chaos of anarchy and entered the freedom of boundaries which helped many of us develop compassion, sympathy and empathy. We learned that learning by itself does not ensure that a person embraces the paradoxical nature of human existence. We learned that not all oppressors are as tolerant as Rome, and therefore must be defended against instead of compromised with. We are also relearning the lesson that being merely human is worth celebrating and defending.
Some remembering helps us survive, like remembering that stuff usually doesn’t grow well during the snowy season; some remembering keeps us entrenched and is possibly anti-survival, like the storied enmity in Romeo and Juliet. May we be granted the wisdom to know which of the things we keep in memory fit in each category.