Wednesday, July 29 - 7 PM - Board Meeting
Thursday, July 30 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, July 31 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 1 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Thursday, August 6 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, August 7 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 8 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, August 9 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Sisterhood Meeting
Sunday, August 9 - 7 PM - Jewish Federation event starting with dinner. Israeli journalist Gil Tamary will be talking next. He will be able to give us Israel’s perspective on the Iran nuclear deal, along with other insights into what is happening in Israel, and in relations between Israel and the United States. Following will be an address by Danny Nathanson, the executive director of the Jewish Federations of North America. Tickets are $50 (this is a fundraiser for the Federation, and some of the money goes directly to our Synagogue).
SAVE THE DATE!
We have been invited to the annual Beth Israel Kosher Hotdog Picnic, Sanborn Park, 2031 28th Ave (behind the King Soopers on 35th Ave and next to West Lake) in Greeley on Sunday, August 23rd starting with games (croquet, volley ball and/or baseball) at 4:00pm and food around 5:00pm. Becky Weeder at Beth Israel requests a group RSVP, which would help them in planning enough hotdogs, buns and drink. Please RSVP to Phyllis and she'll get the info to Becky. They ask participants to bring a side or dessert dish to share and their own plate, cup and utensils, but they should have some on hand for those who forget or don't have any to bring. This is a wonderful opportunity to renew our ties with the Jewish community in Greeley.
On August 31st at 5:30 PM Desert Mountain Region President, Cathy Olswing, will be joining us at Mt Sinai Synagogue for a meeting and light supper. She will bring us up-to-speed on the new happenings at Hadassah. Immediately following the book group will meet. We will be reviewing ‘And So It Was Written' by Ellen Brazer. From Amazon: "Meticulously researched and controversial in scope and imagination, And So It Was Written travels to a time when a Third Temple is built and the Ark of the Covenant holding the Ten Commandments is found. The year is 132 CE, and the proclaimed Jewish Messiah, Bar Kokhba, has defeated the Roman army and rules Judea. As the Romans prepare to reclaim Israel, the book follows two sets of brothers-one Roman and one Jewish-whose friendships, hatreds, and lives intertwine. For characters you will dream about, And So It Was Written is the ultimate treat. You will smell the spices in the markets, see the blood on the battlefields, rage with the injustice of brother against brother. From triumph to defeat, this is a saga of courage, conquest, familial loyalty, honor and love-showing man at his best and his worst.”
The link is here and the novel is available on Kindle or in paperback form.
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Weekly Message from our Board President
July 27, 2015
A lot has happened since we first scheduled the Jewish Federation talk with Israeli Journalist Gil Tamary. The details of the Iran deal have come out, and there is fierce debate about it. Tamary has interviewed both President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and should have a very interesting perspective. He’ll be talking about Israeli-American relations at a special event at our Synagogue this coming Sunday, August 9.
Jeff Weinstein has been organizing the event:
The Jewish Federation of Cheyenne will host a fund raising dinner on August 9 at the Synagogue. Gil Tamary, a prominent Israeli news reporter will speak about current events in the Middle East. Danny Nathanson will update us on Federation projects. Tickets are $50, and donations will be solicited. This is the third annual event sponsored by the Federation. Previously, the Duo Dimitri and Rabbi Bob Alper entertained us with music and comedy.
Part of the money raised on August 9 will help people in our community, serving as seed money for next year’s Yiddish Food Festival. The rest will be used for Jewish causes around the world.
Call them acts of lovingkindness, mitzvah, tzedakah, gemilut hasssadim, or tikkun olam, our actions connect us with the rest of the world, and these ancient Jewish concepts are alive and well right here in Cheyenne.
Jeff also has an update on another event:
What does our Yiddish Food Festival and the 2015 Maccabi Games have in common? It is an interesting story. Each year we donate 10% of the Festival’s net proceeds to worthy projects in our community. This year there were two, the Day of Giving which is a safety net for Cheyenne’s needy, and the Maccabi Games which are the Jewish Olympics held this July in Munich, Germany.
Jeremy Lieberman, a promising sophomore guard playing for the University of Wyoming, was invited to play basketball for the USA Team. To help Jeremy get to Munich, many in our community purchased $100 raffle tickets. The Yiddish Food Festival did as well. With a little mazel, one of the Festival tickets won third prize! The result is a $2,000 check which will be deposited in the Mt. Sinai Congregation General Fund.
Our Hadassah Book Group frequently meets in Laramie, but the August meeting is going to be a bit different. The Desert Mountain Region President of Hadassah, Cathy Olswing, is coming to Cheyenne, and will be talking with our local Hadassah group. The book club will be meeting immediately afterwards. They’ll be talking about a novel called “And So It Was Written” by Ellen Brazer, which tells the story of the effort to build a third Temple.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Mit geduld boiert men durch afileh a kizelshtain.
With patience you can even bore through granite.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Column from Rabbi Larry Moldo
(The following column appeared in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle on Saturday, July 25, 2015)
A few notes related to Tisha B’Av
Today is Tisha B’Av.
On this day, both Temples were destroyed, in different years, by different nations.
On Tisha B’Av Jews remember, mourn and fast.
Unless, as happens this year, Tisha B’Av coincides with Shabbat. The joy of memorializing God’s completing creation trumps the sadness of memorializing the loss of religious independence. So the sadness is delayed until Sunday.
There is still sadness, although it is mitigated by several factors. 1) Israel exists as an independent entity. 2) Jerusalem is reunited, at least geographically. 3) We have gotten used to expressing our gratitude to God in other ways that don’t involve bringing the raw ingredients for a festive meal to the Temple. 4) In some places, things are better than they were. 5) Locally, it is hard to remain depressed during Cheyenne Frontier Days.
If the sadness is mitigated, why keep remembering?
Partly because remembering is one thing Jews have gotten quite good at over the centuries. Not that we don’t forget things as individuals – but as a people, we have tended to remember the most essential items.
Partly because the world is not yet perfected. Honestly, it is not even pretty good (as a whole) despite pockets of tolerability here and there.
Partly because we are not yet perfect.
When we remember these days (which include every holiday, as well as modern memorials such as Krystallnacht, Yom HaShoah v’HaG’vurah, Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Y’rushalayim), we basically focus on three things: what happened, what our part was in the events, and who the bad guys were. Remembering what happened helps retain the relevance of the memory. Remembering what our part was often helps us become better people and a better nation. Remembering who the bad guys were helps to function as an early warning system for future bad guys as well as clarifying the limitations of power.
How does that all work for us as individuals?
For me, knowing the implication of a given historical event is extremely important. Nobody I know ever brought any animals, grains, oil or wine to the Temple. Very few people I know have ever had any of these items which they did not purchase from the store. So for all of us currently alive, there is no difference between a Temple existing and a Temple which does not exist. Yet I know that there once was a difference, and I also know that the loss of the Temple was not caused by normal atrophy, but by abnormal oppression and occupation. This helps make the loss important, and renders equally important any other such losses.
The Rabbis of the Talmudic era indicate that the reason the First Temple was destroyed was due to idolatry, and the reason the Second Temple was destroyed was due to the inability of Jews who disagreed politically to play nicely with each other. I need to try and make sure that I am not engaged in substituting something else for God, even if it is momentarily effective, while at the same time I need to make sure that I am not disrespecting somebody else merely because of one disagreement or another.
When we feel less secure, we remember the bad things that have been done, so we can try and avoid similar damage in the future. When we feel more secure, we remember the good things that we have helped accomplish. We have a deeply ingrained awareness that “this too shall pass” so we hope that the situation changes for the better. It can always change for the better.
Which is a good place to end – with the hope that for all of us, with the aid of our memorializing, things change for the better.