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
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.
Sisterhood “Break-the-fast” immediately follows service
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.
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.
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.]