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

Wednesday, January 17 - 6:30 PM - Board Meeting.

Thursday, January 18- 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Friday, January 19 -7 PM - Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, January 20 -10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, January 21-11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Sunday, January 21 -1:30 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein.

Sunday, January 21 - 6 PM - Kugel Cook-Off

Thursday, January 25- 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Friday, January 26 -7 PM -Our regular Shabbat services will feature some recorded music.  Tikvah (Therese) McKinnon will be leading services.  She says most of the music will come from the Friday Night Live album by Craig Taubman.   Amazon says it is the top selling Jewish CD in the country, and is the soundtrack for Friday night services at the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Join us afterwards at the Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood. Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, January 27 -10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, January 28 -10 AM to noon - Religious School.

Sunday, January 28-11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Sunday, January 28 -1:30 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein.

Sunday, January 28 - 6:30 PM - Movie Night!!  We will be showing “Loving Leah” a Hallmark movie about a man who marries his brother’s widow following Jewish tradition, and later the two fall in love.


JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

1              Agnes Weinstein
12           Laurie Lerner
15           Steve Lerner
25           Donna Pepper
26           Jacob Means
26           David Young
27           Erin Brown
29           Howard Rodack               

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

We’re getting busy again!  The list of activities at your friendly neighborhood Synagogue is growing!

On Wednesday at 6:30 P.M., our Board of Directors is holding its regular meeting.  The Board will be talking about plans for the Kugel Cook-off, Torah Roll-Out, Yiddish Food Festival and more.  And the Board will setting its goals for 2018 (like keeping up with all of the fun stuff!).  Our Board meetings are open to members, so if you’d like come, you are very welcome.  We’ll probably ask your opinion if you do.

We’ve had some very “sweet” competitions with our Kugel cook-offs in years past.  Great chefs have come to the Synagogue bearing their creations, and we’ve all enjoyed their work.  This year’s Kugel cook-off is Sunday, January 21, at 6 P.M. in the social hall of the Synagogue.  Come, taste, and vote on your favorites.  The money raised from the event will help bring the Israeli Scouts back to Cheyenne in early July.  The Scouts put on an energetic and exciting show, and always get the audience up on their feet, dancing along.  It’s really worth seeing!  And the Kugels are really worth tasting!

Thursday night, January 25, we’ll hold our first Shalom Dinner of 2018.  Perkins Restaurant on Dell Range was a popular choice last year, so we’ll be there.  Come join us at 6:30 for dinner, and to go out and enjoy each other’s company.

Shabbat services with music!  Tikvah McKinnon is conducting Friday night services on the 26th, and is going to be playing music by Craig Taubman.  He’s got the best-selling Jewish CD in the country.

Then on Sunday, January 28 at 6:30 P.M. we’ll be showing Loving Leah for our movie night.  When a young woman’s husband dies, his brother marries her “platonically” to follow Jewish tradition.  Here’s a trailer about it:

More news:  The Cheyenne Interfaith Council, of which our Rabbi is Immediate Past President, will be hosting the Executive Directors of COMEA and Family Promise for a discussion on the current state of homelessness in Cheyenne. It is being held on Tuesday, January 16 at noon at St. Mark's Episcopal Church downtown.

Feeling lucky?  Here’s a saying from Babs Klein to change your mood:

When a schlimazel (unlucky person) winds a clock, it stops; when he kills a chicken, it walks; when he sells umbrellas, the sun comes out; when he manufactures shrouds, people stop dying.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

There is one school of thought which indicates that the reason there were ten plagues and not just one was that the Israelites had lost the energy and willingness to believe that anyone would care about them, and all they thought about was how worse things could get if they made any trouble for anyone. A close reading of the text we read this past Shabbat indicates that it is possible that until the plague of swarms, the Israelites suffered along with the Egyptians. They did not see miracles, they saw natural disasters - the water was less drinkable, their were far too many frogs, what were a few boils on top of the other physical ailments caused by ridiculously hard work? Then they finally get a break from disaster, and they still do not really believe that this is a good thing. Maybe, they might think, it's because Egypt gave us this suburb of Goshen that the local Gods of Destruction don't even think the area is worth punishing for any reason, because nothing better is expected of the people?

Finally the people seem to come around to the realization that they will have to leave. I really do not think they believe this is a positive thing until after the Reed Sea is crossed sometime next week. 
It is a good thing to be grateful for what you have, whatever it might be, as there are worse alternatives. I feel it is a much better thing to be aware of the daily miracles, some of them disguised as natural events, and continue to maintain an awareness of our connection with God even during traumatic times.

If you haven't spent any time recently reading the Exodus story, I invite you to do so. The account at the Seder meal is merely a brief overview, and it skips all the literary gems that can be found in a close reading. (Some of which I cover as we study the text on Shabbat morning. Other parts of it will be covered on Torah Thursday (possibly a couple of years from now.))

 

 

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

Check out all the Learning Opportunities at Mt. Sinai!

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Mt. Sinai Religious School

Welcome to Mt. Sinai Religious School.  [click here for this year’s 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.


Community Partner with Family Promise of Cheyenne