Tuesday, November 25 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Beginning Hebrew - Taught by Jeff Weinstein.
Tuesday, November 25 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Tuesday, November 25 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Friday, November 28 - 7 PM - Erev Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, November 29 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, November 30 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale opens!! Gift Shop Open House!!
Sunday, November 30 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information please contact Mary Weinstein
Tuesday, December 2 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Tuesday, December 2 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Wednesday, December 3 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - The Origins of the Oral Law taught by Rabbi Joshua Narrowe.
Wednesday, December 3 - 6:45 to 7:45 PM - The Five Megillot - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Thursday, December 4 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. This fall we will be studying Numbers. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, December 5 - 7 PM - Erev Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo and followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 6 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study followed by a light lunch sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, December 6 - 12:30 to 1:30 PM - Exploring Communication with God - We talk with God through our words and deeds. We also listen for God, and sometimes try to approach more closely to God. A little bit of mysticism, a little bit of theology, and every so often a "how-to" manual moment will fill these discussions. Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Sunday, December 6 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.
1 Marilyn Beeman
3 Jared Miller
4 Julie Breen
7 Ya’el McLoud
10 Roslyne Kaufman
11 Alan Wolf
14 Ruth Langley
25 Therese McKinnon
25 Stephanie Ehrlich
26 James Peebles
27 Phyllis Bloomberg
27 Nolan Rap
29 Lila Gallensky
Weekly Message from our Board President
November 24, 2014
It’s the sweetest time of the year! The annual See’s Candy Sale kicks off on Sunday, November 30th. It’s an annual fundraiser for Sisterhood, but is also a very sweet treat for the holiday season. The hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday through Thursday. The sale ends December 24. A box of See’s Candy makes a great gift (hint, hint!)
Speaking of gifts, the Mt. Sinai Gift Shop is going to be open during the See’s Candy Sale. There’ll be an Open House this Sunday, and all jewelry in the Gift Shop will be 50% off during the Candy Sale. Looking for something special? We’re bound to have it!
Our second annual Kugel Cookoff was a great success! Our tasters stuffed themselves with 6 different varieties of kugel, and then went back for seconds. Our Kugel Champion was Bea Montross, with a fruit and nut kugel. Special kugel kudos to Georgia Young, for bringing three different kugels (and because we wanted to say kugel kudos…). Thanks also to Jonathan Savelle and Jeff Weinstein for their kugels. We raised $250 toward bringing the Israeli Scouts back to Mt. Sinai for another performance next summer.
The Mt. Sinai Board of Directors is working on improvements to the building… specifically, our bathrooms. The bathrooms have handrails for those who need them, but the stalls are not easily accessible for people in a wheelchair. We’re working on plans to remodel the bathrooms. An architect has drawn up plans, and we’ll have them on display at the annual Congregation meeting on December 14. We’re now asking for competitive bids, but the estimates are that the cost of the renovations will range between $7500 and $10,000.
The Board of Directors is determined to make this happen. It’s important for members of our Congregation. We’ll be asking for donations to help with the cost, but we will get it done, even if we have to cut in other areas. We have a very active Synagogue and we want as many members as possible to participate in all of our activities. If you can help with the cost of the renovations, please contact the Synagogue office.
Our Congregation meeting starts at 10 AM on Sunday, December 14, with one of our wonderful brunches. Then at 11, we’ll start talking business. We’ll review the past year, show the Congregation our budget for 2015, and elect four members of the Board of Directors to new 3-year terms. The nominating committee has recommended four current Board members for re-election, but we will take write-ins and nominations from the floor. Following the Congregation meeting, the newly elected Board of Directors will meet to elect officers for the coming year.
The Chabad Congregation of Jackson will be coming to the state Capitol for a menorah lighting on Wednesday, December 17, starting at noon. There will be Hanukah treats to eat following the ceremony.
The Mt. Sinai Hanukah Party will be Sunday, December 21 at 5 PM. We’ll line an entire wall of the Social Hall with Menorahs, and light them and celebrate together. Bring your own, or we’ll provide one. Also, better warm up and get in practice…. We’re expecting lots of dreidel games!
Looking down the road, we’re planning a formal installation for Rabbi Larry Moldo on January 23rd. There will be special prayers, and guests coming to town to help us with the ceremony. Installing a new Rabbi is a wonderful and joyous event for a Congregation and we’re looking forward to the event.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Saichel krigt men nisht oif di berzeh.
Wisdom can’t be purchased in the market.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo
I'd like to talk about dreams for a bit. We have visions of what we would like to see accomplished, and we call those dreams. We also experience the weirdnesses of the night which we sometimes remember, and we have termed these dreams as well.
Jacob reports having both of those kinds of dreams this week.
His first dream is the most famous of his dreams, and comes under the category of weird sights. He is running away to avoid his brother's anger (and running towards a spouse of some kind) and at his first encampment he lays down on the rocks and imagines a ladder. The ladder extends as far as the eye can see, and God's messengers go up and down.
The second dream isn't quite as famous, and is much more practical. Jacob has spent several years working so that he can get married, and as all of his wives now have children, it is time to go home. It is essential to go home with some visible proof of the hard work he has done, and so he dreams that God is ensuring that no matter how much Laban will try to worm out of it, Jacob will get what he deserves. If Laban picks strange colored critters to be Jacob's property, than nothing gets born but strange colored critters.
We tend to forget his second dream. First, the subject matter is a bit prosaic, and it seems to make a lot of sense, which makes it kind of forgettable. Second, we rarely want to think of our ancestors taking up God's time with the mundane issues of making a living.
Yet there are a few important implications of this second dream. 1) What we allow to become important will become the focus of our creativity. 2) If we don't like the types of dreams we seem to be having, then perhaps a change is in order. 3) God is also part of the practical in life.
May you all enjoy your Thanksgiving, and may the entire world exhibit the "attitude of gratitude."