2610 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
(307) - 634 - 3052
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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

Friday, December 14 - 7 PM - Shabbat services  followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 15 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, December 16  - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Sunday, December 16 -  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Sunday, December 16 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM - Israeli & Jewish Dancing!!  New dancers welcome!  Contact Mary Weinstein (or any of the dancers) if you have any questions. 

Monday, December 17 - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Tuesday, December 18 - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Wednesday, December 19 - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Thursday, December 20 - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Thursday, December 20 -  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105 

Thursday, December 20 - 12 noon to 1 PM -  Torah Thursday.  Join us on Thursday at noon as, with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Rabbi Steinsaltz we look at how Isaac changed the family dynamics for Abraham and Sarah and the eventual repercussions. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Friday, December 21 - 7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 22 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, December 23
  - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Sunday, December 23 -  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Sunday, December 23 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM - Israeli & Jewish Dancing!!  New dancers welcome!  Contact Mary Weinstein (or any of the dancers) if you have any questions. 

Monday, December 24 - 10 to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale.

Monday, December 24 - Join us for our "traditional" Christmas Eve dinner at a Chinese Restaurant.  We'll be at the China Buffet on Dell Range Blvd. starting at 6 PM.

Thursday, December 27 -  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105 

Thursday, December 27 - 12 noon to 1 PM -  Torah Thursday.  Join us on Thursday at noon as, with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Rabbi Steinsaltz we look at how Isaac changed the family dynamics for Abraham and Sarah and the eventual repercussions. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Friday, December 28 - 7 PM - Shabbat services  followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 29 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood..

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

Sunday, December 30 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM - Israeli & Jewish Dancing!!  New dancers welcome!  Contact Mary Weinstein (or any of the dancers) if you have any questions.


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

6              Rabbi Larry Moldo          
9              Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman
13           Harlan Ribnik
19           Andi Coelho
21           Steve Borin
28           Heather McLoud
28           Joe Golden


               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

There is no truth to the idea that when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai holding the two tablets, he said “Choose one from Column A, and one from Column B, and every order gets rice.”  His tablets had much greater meaning.  But there has always been a close connection between Jews and Chinese food.  Somehow, we just like it.

It’s become a thing… what in today’s terminology would be a meme, and has been shown in movies and television shows. Jews like to go out for Chinese food on Christmas Eve.  So a few years ago, we decided to make it a Mt. Sinai tradition here in Cheyenne.

We’ll be going to China Buffet on Monday, December 24, which is also Christmas Eve.  Our reservations are for 6 PM.  This is our Shalom Dinner for December, so come, have a good meal, and let’s get together.

The See’s Candy Sale is going gangbusters.  Sisterhood is already ahead of last year at this time, and that’s great news for them and for the Synagogue.  Sisterhood is trying a new system for taking credit cards this year, and it’s working out great.  The new system allows you to simply swipe the card, instead of manually typing in all of the information the way we did previously.

This is the time of year to think about taxes, and lowering your tax bill by making charitable contributions.  Any contribution you make to Mt. Sinai will be tax deductible, so if the choice is to give the money to Uncle Sam, or to your friendly, neighborhood synagogue… well, we certainly have our preferences on that!

The Endowment has a nice suggestion.  For $500, you can sponsor a seat in the large sanctuary.  There will be a plaque installed on the seat of your choice, and it will be forever known as “your” seat.  If you are thinking of a different number, the Mt. Sinai Trust can accept donations of any amount, and the Synagogue itself is always eager for donations.

So our Christian friends are celebrating Christmas, and we want to send them our best wishes for the holiday.  But what do we really know about Christmas?  We found a very funny video with some answers.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Kargen iz erger vi ganvenen.
To be miserly is worse than to steal.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

Almost everything takes longer than originally anticipated. In those rare cases where it doesn't take longer in objective moments, anticipation elongates those moments so that it seems to take longer.

Quite often the task takes longer because some aspect of it occurs more slowly than it did when the task was mentally reviewed. I am reminded of that recently, as Andrea and I have been involved in finding out whether we still have all the books listed on a previous inventory list. Thankfully the spreadsheet lives on the computer, so it can be comparatively easy to update. When we complete the project (which we started during the summer months) we will have a new snapshot of most of our extensive library. We have also rediscovered that some labeling aspects of the inventory process made a lot of sense to us when we began. Not so much sense anymore. Why did we ever think that alphabetizing by title could be a useful way to avoid purchasing duplicates?

In the Torah this week we are transitioning out of one mode and set of tales, before beginning another set of tales next week. The three people who began the Israelite family have now blossomed into a large group of 70. All the major protagonists die, even Joseph. In the midst of coming to a close, there are hints of what the future will hold in the context of Jacob's blessings to his sons.

The next major event being held at the synagogue will be the Annual Pre-Legislative Interfaith Service at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Breakfast will follow the service.

In the meantime, remember to be kind to the people you meet.

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.

Religious School will start up again on Sunday, September 16 from 10 to noon. We operate in a one-room schoolhouse format - everyone who attends is in the same classroom, taught by the Rabbi. Membership in the congregation is not a requirement of attending classes, and there is no tuition fee involved. If you anticipate that children you are responsible for on Sunday mornings will be attending, please let Rabbi Moldo know sometime soon.

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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