2610 Pioneer Avenue
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

Wednesday, February 21 - 6:30 PM - Board Meeting

Thursday, February 22- 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105. 

Thursday, February 22 - 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, February 22 - 6:30 PM - Shalom Dinner at Applebee's, 

Friday, February 23 - 7 PM - Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

Saturday, February 24 -10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

Sunday, February 25 - 10 AM to 3 PM - Israeli Artists Art & Jewelry Show.  At 1 PM there will be a special presentation, "From Monzon to Jerusalem and Beyond." 

Sunday, February 25 - Library Closed. For more information, please call Tim Solon, 632-4105 

Sunday, February 25 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Sisterhood Meeting 

Sunday, February 25 - 4 PM -  Hadassah Book Group at Wendy Berelson's house in Laramie.  We are reading National Jewish Book Award winner The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish.  Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.  Please contact Phyllis if you need a ride.

Wednesday, February 28 - 6 PM - Megillah Reading and Purim Party!!!

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

Thursday, March 1 - 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, March 2 - 7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

Saturday, March 3 -10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

Sunday, March 4 - 10 AM to 12 noon - Religious School.

Sunday, March 4 -11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105

Sunday, March 4  - 1:30 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein. 


FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

 2            Sherri Means
               Steve Weinstein
14           Rayette Reece
19           Jonathan Savelle

          

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

It’s a Synagogue Art Show! This Sunday, Mt. Sinai will host Moshe and Goldie Monzon, two Israeli artists touring the United States. Moshe Monzon specializes in tapestries, dreidels, mezuzahs, challah covers, aluminum sculptures and more. The Monzons will set up a display of their work in the Social Hall. At 1 PM, Moshe Monzon will give a talk entitled “From Monzon to Jerusalem and Beyond.” Admission is free, so come on by!

Did you send in your Purim greetings? The Purim baskets are being put together now, and will be distributed very soon. The greetings are a wonderful way to tell someone in our congregation that you are thinking of them. You can send warm wishes to individuals, small groups, or to everyone in our congregation. Thanks to Tivkah McKinnon and Andrea Moldo for getting this organized.

We’re trying again!  About a year ago, we tried to have a Shalom Dinner at Applebee’s.  The weather was very cold and very snowy, so it didn’t work.  We’ve scheduled our next Shalom Dinner for this Thursday, at 6:30, at Applebee’s again.  The forecast is for a high of 29 degrees and no snow.    While there are more important things to pray for than good weather for a Shalom Dinner, we can at least cross our fingers and hope.

Our Rabbi has been in the news! A couple of weeks ago, the Rabbi joined nine other religious leaders in Cheyenne to talk to staff members of our Congressional delegation about DACA, the measure dealing with the children of illegal aliens. Here’s a quote from the article:

Rabbi Larry Moldo of Cheyenne’s Mt. Sinai Congregation said he looked to the history of the Hebrew people under the rule of the Egyptian pharaoh and, more recently, the treatment of Jews seeking safe refuge from the Nazis during World War II.

“We know what it is like for a people to not be allowed into a place and for a people to be kicked out of a place,” he said. “We know how that goes.”

The article continues: “The fact that they don’t have a path to become a citizen is a shameful thing,” Moldo, the rabbi, said. “Congress should change that.”

Here’s a link to the full story:
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wide-range-of-wyoming-faith-leaders-urge-congressional-delegation-to/article_9ee9099f-5136-5707-8f69-906c844eb3fc.html

Casper College is holding a three-day seminar on the Holocaust, coming up March 8 through the 10th. It will feature six guest speakers and a Holocaust Survivor. Here’s a link to a poster about the event, including the schedule of speakers.

The Mt. Sinai Board of Directors is meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. at the Synagogue. Members of the congregation are always welcome to attend… and participate! One of the things we’ll be discussing is the Great Torah Roll-Out. What do you think? Did the event go well? Should we do it again?

This is a fun saying from Babs Klein:

Troubles are partial to wetness – to tears, and whiskey.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

This month is a very busy month, both in terms of programming and behind the scenes work in order to make the programming function properly. Today's Great Torah Roll-Out is just the beginning. 
It was really interesting having an event for which there is minimal tradition. Other than the respect paid to the Torah Scroll, there is nothing normative about having a group rolling the Torah from end to end.  We do have the tradition of dancing with the Torah, but that is the Torah when it is still dressed.

So perhaps we are creating a new tradition?
Only time will tell.

This morning I mentioned in passing the construction of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, and this week we begin to read about it. From the directions about how to construct various furniture items, we can learn a bit about personal integrity. The Ark of the Covenant was gold plated both inside and out. The Rabbis asked why the inside, since nobody was going to see it and feel uplifted from the golden sheen. They said this was a hint that people should act the same way in private as they do in public - golden with integrity - not greedy, but having their deeds shine like a beacon for justice, kindness and goodness.

As co-chair of the Wyoming Interfaith Network (WIN) I am still hoping that the webpage wyointerfaith.org can be tweaked a bit, so that specifically becoming a member can be an option (and not an automatic presumption that you are a member because you cared enough to make a donation). In the meantime, I made a recent suggestion concerning membership pricing to my co-leaders (which will eventually make its way through the various committees until it, or a variant, is accepted by all) that an individual dues rate should be $18, and a sponsoring individual dues rate should be $180 (to help cover people who cannot afford $18). I also recommended an Institutional basic rate for $72, and a sponsorship rate of $720. Just to round out the groupings within WIN, if a regional organization was interested, the basic rate would be $500 and the sponsor rate would be $5000. Should anyone make donations at any of these levels (or any amount you would consider appropriate), that would enable you to vote at the annual meeting in the fall.

The Torah tells us that we shall pursue justice/righteousness/proper behavior. The word justice is repeated in the verse, and my current interpretation is that it is not only other people's behaviors we have to be a bit concerned about, it is our own. We must act justly towards ourselves, by not denigrating other people for their opinions, for when I insult you for your opinion, your opinion of me lessens drastically. We must act justly towards ourselves by not denigrating ourselves, either. We are created in God's image, and just as we act respectfully towards the Torah, we should act respectfully towards ourselves.

In the meantime - rejoice as much as possible, because that zany month Adar is upon us!

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 this year’s calendar] [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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