Thursday, June 23 - 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, June 23 - 6:30 P.M. Shalom Dinner. Come join us for dinner at the Olive Garden on Dell Range Blvd.
Friday, June 24 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, June 25 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, June 26 - 3 PM - Hadassah book group at Elena Berlinksy's house in Laramie. 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." Please contact Phyllis for car pooling/directions.
Wednesday, June 29 - 6:30 PM - Board Meeting.
Thursday, June 30 - 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, July 1 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, July 2 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
26 Dennis Coelho
28 Harriett Gardner
29 Marv Wolf
30 Carol Serelson
Weekly Message from our Board President
June 20, 2016
What are you doingfor dinner Thursday night? How’d you like to join us for our Shalom Dinner? A group of people from the Synagogue and the community get together once a month and go out to eat. On Thursday, we’ll be at the Olive Garden restaurant on Dell Range Blvd. We usually get a long table (or series of tables), and eat and chat and just visit and enjoy each other’s company. The Rabbi will bring some topics to spark discussion. It’s fun! We’ll meet at 6:30 Thursday night at Olive Garden.
For Muslims, this is the month of Ramadan. It’s considered the most sacred month of the year, and observant Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. The month ends with a three day festival that celebrates the breaking of the fast. Israelis, who live side by side with Muslims, were asked about their thoughts on the holiday. We thought the video was worth sharing.
It’s summer and we have lots of plans for events coming up. Our Fourth of July picnic is set for 11 AM to 2 PM in the Synagogue back yard. Then during Cheyenne Frontier Days, we’ll be serving a Sunday brunch and two post-parade lunches. Things will be busy!
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Oi vey tsu meina baina.
Woe is me, down to my toes.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
This is the English portion of the text I read at last Thursday night's Candlelight vigil for the Orlando dead:
The Preacher reminded us: There is nothing new under the sun.
People killing the other, because they are other, is not new. Mass murder is not new. Killing people in the space where they go to feel secure is not new. The oppression and death of members of the LGBTQ community is not new.
The Jewish responses I engage in tonight are not new either.
God moments in Judaism are achieved during study, during the act of self-understanding known as prayer, and when engaging in actions designed to make the world a better place.
My study text tonight comes from Genesis. When Cain killed Abel, the text tells us “the sound of your brother’s bloods cry out to Me, says God.” Why is the word “blood” written as “bloods”? Because it is not only the person themselves that dies at the time of death. It is the loss of their future impact. The people whom they will not be able to help. The children they will not help to raise. The communities that will miss all that they could have offered over the span of the rest of their lives. The chance interactions, brief conversations, facebook and twitter connections - all of it. Forty-nine of these universes are gone.
There are a couple of prayers in Judaism that are connected with death. The most commonly recited one is Kaddish. Jews recite Kaddish when someone dies, on the anniversary of their deaths, and during memorial services. While the requirement for reciting Kaddish is limited to close relatives, it can be recited for anyone, whether you know them or not.
Kaddish is not directed at the dead, or even about death. It is a statement about how we view God’s nature and reputation, ending with a reminder that peace requires godliness within the world.
Kaddish is recited, then:
A personal paraphrase of the words I just recited is:
God’s nature is unique and beyond words, and it is our fervent hope that in this world where we are an appropriate aspect, God’s existence will be made noticeable in our lifetimes.
The reputation and nature of God’s nature is worthy of our words, inadequate as they might be, since each blessing, song, compliment and consolation spoken to each other and about God enhances that reputation.
We will do the work we can to spread the gifts from Your storehouse of peace, yet You are the Peacemaker who must join with us to make the peace last. May it be Your will to do so very soon.
Those who agree, please say, “Amen.”
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".
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.
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.