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Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
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Shabbat Services
Friday - 7:00 PM
Saturday - 10:30 AM
Shabbat Services are led either by Rabbi Larry Moldo or by lay leaders.

Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org

Coming Up

  
Tuesday, July 17
 - 6:30 to 8 PM - Board Meeting.

Thursday, July 19 -  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105 

Thursday, July 19 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Take a few moments out of your week and join us at noon on Thursdays as we begin uncovering more about Abram and family with the help of commentators Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz. Feel free to bring a lunch. 

Thursday, July 19 - 6 to 8 PM - Join us for baking!

Friday, July 20 - 7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.    

Saturday, July 21 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

Sunday, July 22 - 10 AM - Unveiling for Zoli Gancz at the Jewish Cemetery

Sunday, July 22 - Tisha B'Av Food Drive ends.

Thursday, July 26 -  12:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105 

Thursday, July 26 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Take a few moments out of your week and join us at noon on Thursdays as we begin uncovering more about Abram and family with the help of commentators Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz. Feel free to bring a lunch. 

Friday, July 27 - 7 PM - Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.    

Saturday, July 28 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

SAVE THE DATE!

August 19 - 2 PM - Please join us for the showing of a very special movie, "Bal Ej: the Hidden Jews of Ethiopia."  Following a hundred year old account of the prominent Jewish Polish scholar Jacque Faitlovich, the film-maker travels to discover and explore a sect of secret Jews in Ethiopia. Named Bal Ej, craftsmen, for their artisan skills, they have been persecuted by their Orthodox Christian neighbors who slandered them as evil-eyed and hyena-people and have been deprived of the basic rights such as ownership of land, the reason for adopting crafts such as pottery, weaving and iron smithery. Fearing persecutions, they appear Christians outwardly, and practice Judaism in strict secrecy. The synagogues are hidden deep in the mountains and had never before been visited by strangers. Some of their ancient traditions trace back to biblical times and have been completely forgotten by the rest of the world.The film "Bal Ej: the Hidden Jews of Ethiopia" lifts the curtains of hundreds of years and reveals the history, customs and culture of this remarkable community to the world.


JULY BIRTHDAYS

6             Martha Silver
12           Dave Lerner
13           Marie Still
15           Andrea Moldo
16           Georgia Young
20           Hawk McLoud
22           Susan Feldman

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

We’re looking ahead to the High Holy Days.  The Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6:30 at the Synagogue.  One of the topics on the agenda will be the second day of Rosh Hashanah services.  We usually get a very small turnout for the second day, so the Rabbi and the Ritual and Liturgy Committee are considering combining the first and second day services, and only holding one, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.  What do you think?  Do you attend the second day and think we should keep it?  Or is celebrating on the first day of Rosh Hashanah sufficient and appropriate? 

The Board of Directors will also be reviewing plans for our August movie night.  We’ll be showing a documentary called The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia.  It’s about Ethiopian Jews who are not allowed to own land, and have become skilled craftsmen instead.  But they must pretend to be Christian, and practice Judaism deep in the mountains in hidden Synagogues. We’ll be showing it on Sunday, August 19th, at 2 PM.  The afternoon showing is intended to make it easier for congregations in Colorado and Laramie to attend.  We’ll have more about the movie as we get closer.

One more thing the Board will be considering and its something we want your input on.  Dorothy Feldman and Tim Solon have been managing our Synagogue Library for years.  Dorothy set the Library up by herself, using the books from her late husband.  Over the years, the Library has grown significantly and is very impressive collection.  It’s included in the Wyoming State Library system.  Dorothy and Tim are ready to hand off the torch to someone new.  So we are looking for folks who would like run our Synagogue Library, and let Tim and Dorothy relax.  Are you interested or do you know someone who might be?  Please contact the Synagogue office.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is here.  Along with the town filling up with tourists and rodeo fans, traffic snarls, and crowds everywhere, we’ll also get treated to the Rabbi conducting services wearing his cowboy hat.  Bring yours, and we’ll have a real western Shabbat.  Yee haw!

Babs Klein has a fun one for us today:
“Our new chazzan – what beautiful singing.”
“Eh – if I had his voice, I’d sing just as good.”

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
A barg mit a barg kennen zich nit tsuzamen kumen, ober a mentsh mit a mentsh kennen.
Mountains cannot meet, but men can.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

[All that contains God's name is considered worthy of burial and not destruction in other fashions, out of respect for God. The less liberal the denomination or individual inclination, the more kinds of texts with God's name in them are included in this category. This is important context for what follows.]

You might have easily missed it, especially if you are not on their particular email list or a facebook/twitter follower of theirs. (they might be on some of the other social media as well, but I am not) In addition to the continued kite and balloon incendiary devices there was at least one other troublesome burning. After the Women of the Wall group held their recent monthly service and were on their way home, a mob of Hareidi men physically attacked them and burned several items they had with them, including a Siddur. 
The individuals who perpetrate these violent atrocities, their leaders and teachers and all within their communities who continue to accept them, have, in my opinion, decided that idolatry is more important than God. 

[But they are Hareidi, I hear some people object. Don't they fervently worship God? How can they be idolaters?]

When a person places an interpretation of Judaism above other people who are fashioned in God's image, then a person places an image, an idol as it were, as more important than God. This is the Golden Bull statue of this generation (and maybe a couple of generations before us). 

Are there Hareidi who are not idolatrous? Probably. Anyone who chooses to live that lifestyle without worrying about what other people are doing is choosing God over idolatry. The news seldom focuses on them - and they are very seldom rewarded for being decent human beings.

Knowing that I have no power over these individuals who are showing that their evil inclination is dominating them, my preferred punishment for them and their leaders is that these males would be in one of the tunnels, just inside the Israeli border, and in order to eat they would have to ask politely for food from women in bikinis. The women chosen would all be masters of judoka or similar martial arts.

We begin a new book of the Torah this week. Moses filibusters God's decree concerning his death, by speaking to the people and trying to review with them everything he has said to them over the past 40 years. We are not told if God delayed Moses' death at all or if the original plan had presumed that Moses would indulge himself in a long goodbye; we are told that Moses was not successful in changing the outcome. Death is a part of God's creation - and so is a human reluctance to participate, at least personally, for a very long time. It is also part of human nature to eventually accept that there will be a future without us. The ideal is to be hopeful that the future will be better than the present, and not to rush the "now moment" that does not include us. The difficulty we all have in getting to that stage is exemplified by Moses throughout Deuteronomy, so we are all in good company.

More than 50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Watkins Stained Glass Studio 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

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Mt. Sinai Religious School

Welcome to Mt. Sinai Religious School. [Click here for the 2018-2019 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 on the “big screen” and with surround sound. Refreshments and drinks provided. Come join us for any or all of our upcoming movies.


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