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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.

Coming Up

Wednesday, October 1 - 5:30 PM - Giants in Jewish History – An Exploration of Famous Rabbis.  We will spend 4-6 weeks exploring leading historical Rabbis, such as Rashi, Rambam, Ramban, Yosef Caro, Chofetz Chaim and Yitzhak El Fassi.  Last class in this series.  Taught by Rabbi Narrowe. 

Thursday, October 2 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday

Friday, October 3 - 7 PM - Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service.

Saturday, October 4 - Yom Kippur Services.   Morning Service at 9 AM.     Mincha at 5:00 PM followed by Ne-ilah/concluding service.  Sisterhood “Break-the-fast” immediately follows service.

Sunday, October 5 - 1 PM. Jewish and Israeli folk dancing

Thursday, October 9 - 9:30 AM - Sukkot Morning Service

Thursday, October 9 - Torah Thursday canceled this week due to Sukkot.

Friday, October 10 - 6 PM Sukkot Dinner followed by Shabbat Service 

Saturday, October 11 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

Sunday, October 12 - 10 AM to noon - Religious School

SAVE THE DATE!!

Sunday, October 19 - 4 PM - Hadassah's 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate event in Laramie.  More information to follow.


High Holy Days Schedule

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur, Friday, October 3, Kol Nidre, 7:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day, Saturday, October 4, Morning Service, 9:00 a.m.                    
Mincha, 5:00 p.m.
Ne-ilah/concluding service
Sisterhood “Break-the-fast” immediately follows service

Sukkot

First Day, Thursday, October 9, Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.
Second Day, Friday, October 10, Sukkot Dinner/ Shabbat Service 6:00 p..m.

Shemini Atzereth, Thursday, October 16, Morning Service/Yizkor 9:30 a.m.                   

Erev Simchat Torah, Thursday, October 16, Evening Celebration, 7:00 p.m.

Simchat Torah, Friday, October 17, Evening Celebration, 7:00 p.m.


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS


3              Cathy Berdan
5              Liz Wolf
9              Pewaubek Reid
10           Shira Michael
13           Navit Reid
23           Sherry Gardner


 

Weekly Message from our Board President

September 29, 2014

Are you ready?  This Friday night is Yom Kippur.  It’s also Shabbat, which makes it extra special. Shabbat falling on Yom Kippur is sometimes called the Shabbat of Shabbats.  There are two parts to the holiday.  First is the spiritual and religious meaning of the Day of Atonement.

The second part is physical.  Jews all over the world will be fasting on Yom Kippur, as we have done for thousands of years.  That can be difficult, especially for our cherished elders and children.  We will all be doing it together, and as with any physical activity, there is strength in numbers.

The hardest task will be for members of our Sisterhood, who will leave services a little early to prepare the Break the Fast.  They will be working with the delicious food we’ll be served, while they are still fasting.  It’s an impressive sacrifice – to prepare food for others while denying it to yourself.

Yom Kippur services begin at 7 on Friday night.  This is also the time of year when the President of the Board gives a talk about the state of the Synagogue.  We’ll be passing out pillows and blankets for that part of the service.

Our Rosh Hashanah services went very well.  Rabbi David Mattis ably assisted Rabbi Moldo, and gave our Rabbi a breather now and then.  Rabbi Mattis and his wife Vanessa are spending the time between the holidays traveling around Wyoming.  Their main stop is Yellowstone National Park and they’ve been emailing from the road, staying in touch as they travel. 

From time to time, we include music videos in our weekly newsletter.  Here’s a good one we found about Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days. 

The Israeli Scouts also sent us a New Year’s greeting and we’re hoping we can bring them back again next summer.

Torah Thursday will be on hold for the next couple of weeks, because of Sukkot.  Then we’ll be back to our regular schedule.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Yedeh harts hot soides.

Every heart has secrets.

Shalom,

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Column from Rabbi Larry Moldo

Rabbi Larry Moldo wrote a column for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle about the meaning of Rosh Hashanah. It was printed on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Here it is.

Rosh HaShanah (Start of the Year) began this year on Wednesday night, September 24. It is considered within current Jewish tradition as a time to take stock of where we are as individuals, and to see if we can break some of our behavior patterns that could lead to predictable ends and improve our relationships with other people and God so that the world can be a better place.

Today is Shabbat Shuvah in the Jewish calendar. This Sabbath of return/repentance was traditionally 50% of the normal Shabbatot upon which it was expected that the Rabbi would speak. In addition to the sermon I delivered last night and the Torah lesson I am giving this morning, I find that the following thoughts are appropriate to share. (Full disclosure: portions of the following appeared in a slightly different format in a Facebook post of mine quite some time ago.)

Rosh HaShanah brings with it thoughts of Teshuvah (repentance). Teshuvah is traditionally a four step process: 1) Admit that something you did was inappropriate. 2) Apologize to the person who was harmed by your inappropriate action. 3) Fix the damage caused by the inappropriate action. 4) Never repeat the inappropriate act. With that definition in mind, I have a few further “I” statements on the topic, which help clarify the spiritual intensity of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (day of atonement).

  • I am the only one for whom I can do Teshuvah.
  • I can only seek forgiveness for those things which I personally have done, and I can only seek it from those people whom I have wronged. 
  • I should not infantilize others by deciding for them what wrongs have been inflicted upon them.
  • I should also not infantilize them by taking actions based on what I think a person’s suffering should be in that situation. The pain I imagine I would feel in that circumstance may not be the pain they are feeling. 
  • I may not forgive a person if I have not been the one to suffer from their actions.
  • I should always remember that my first glance is going to be filtered through the lens of my personal history, so it will often be wrong. [All dogs appear to be Cujo in my sight at first - and some of them are actually dangerous.] Therefore it is only after the second glance or beyond that I should make any kind of fact based judgment about a person or situation that involves anything more than basic Arithmetic.
  • I am responsible for the choices that I make. Sometimes I am even responsible for the effects of those choices.

I am aware that abstract words, such as those above, may be used by both sides of most disagreements as proving their particular points. When my words are used to make positive changes within an individual, then they are used as intended by the author. When my words are used to try and make other people change, then they are being misused.

[Check www.mtsinaicheyenne.org/rabbi.asp in a few weeks for other High Holiday related thoughts.]

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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