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

Thursday, December 14 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale

Thursday, December 14  - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105  

Thursday, December 14 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend Torah Thursdays at noon. Feel free to bring a lunch, and also be intellectually fed as we review the time between Noah and Abraham with the help of our friendly commentators Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz.

Friday, December 15 -7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 16 - 10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, December 17 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale  

Sunday, December 17 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.  

Sunday, December 17 - 1:30 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein.

Sunday, December 17 - 5:30 PM - Everyone is invited to our annual Chanukah Party.  Bring your menorahs, candles, and dreidels and we will light up the dark wintry night and have some fun!  Don't have a menorah or candles or a dreidel - come anyway and we'll provide you what you need.  Bring your appetite also. We will have latkes (of course!) as well as many other goodies.

Monday, December 18 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale

Tuesday, December 19 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale

Wednesday, December 20 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale

Thursday, December 21 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale

Thursday, December 21  - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105  

Thursday, December 21 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend Torah Thursdays at noon. Feel free to bring a lunch, and also be intellectually fed as we review the time between Noah and Abraham with the help of our friendly commentators Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz.

Friday, December 22 -7 PM - Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 23 - 10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, December 24 - 6:30 PM -  Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Dinner at a Chinese Restaurant - meet us at China Buffet on Dell Range.

Thursday, December 28  - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105  

Thursday, December 28 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend Torah Thursdays at noon. Feel free to bring a lunch, and also be intellectually fed as we review the time between Noah and Abraham with the help of our friendly commentators Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz.

Friday, December 29 -7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

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

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

Thursday, January 4 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend Torah Thursdays at noon. Feel free to bring a lunch, and also be intellectually fed as we review the time between Noah and Abraham with the help of our friendly commentators Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz.

Friday, January 5 -7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, January 6 - 10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, January 7 - 10 AM to noon - Religious School.

Sunday, January 7 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.  

Sunday, January 7 - 1:30 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  For more information, please contact Mary Weinstein.


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

Happy Hanukah?  Or is it Chanukah?  Hannukah?  We’re never quite sure.  It’s one of those areas where English and Hebrew just agree to disagree.  Our annual Hanukah party is this coming Sunday, December 17, at 5:30 P.M. in the Social Hall.  One wall of the Social Hall will be lined with Menorahs.  Bring your own, or we’ll have extras for you to light.  Some of the Menorahs are very creative – we’ve seen them made out of baseball diamonds, tree branches, and even one that has Star Trek characters.  To get you into the mood and explain Hanukah, here’s Hollywood star Mayim Bialik:

Our Annual Congregation meeting this past Sunday had some unusual surprises.  Steve Borin made a presentation about the Endowment Fund, and ended it with a request. Steve’s goal was to raise $3400 to bring the Endowment Fund up to $150,000.  He started with a personal donation of $200.  That was quickly matched, and other donations of $100, $400, and $1000 came in, along with smaller ones of Chai or double Chai (the Hebrew number, not the tea).  In less than 10 minutes he had achieved his goal.

By the way, there was mention of a matching donation for people that gave to the Trust.  The donor had his match available in November, so it is no longer being offered.  But that’s not a reason to skip donating to the Trust.  Both the Trust and Endowment are investments in Mt. Sinai’s future, and donations to either one are tax-deductible.  Please save money on your taxes, and consider a donation to either or both!

The congregation re-elected Jeff Weinstein, Stuart Wolf, and Sherri Means to the Board of Directors, and elected Gayle Wagner to fill one of our open slots.  After the Congregation meeting, the Board of Directors met to elect officers.  Dave Lerner was re-elected President, Phyllis Bloomberg was re-elected Vice President, Stuart Wolf was elected Treasurer, and Jonathan Savelle was elected Secretary.  The Board will meet this Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 P.M.  Agenda items include appointing members of the Endowment Board and planning for our Torah Rolling fundraiser.

Wait…. What?  What’s a Torah Rolling Fundraiser?  The Torah is meant to be read, not just kept in an Ark.  Opening up the Torah is good for its health.  The exposure to the air improves the longevity of the parchment.  So it is a good idea to open the Torah and have it rolled from one scroll to another and back again.  We’ve been doing it for years at Mt. Sinai, and our Torahs are in great shape as a result.  We’re working on plans for a fundraiser in February.  We’ll invite the Cheyenne community to come to the Synagogue and share a meal, and then participate as we open and “roll” the Torahs.  People will get a chance to help with the rolling and see a Torah up close.  Our plan is to hold the Torah Rolling dinner in February.

Our See’s Candy Sale is going strong.  Plus there are discounts at the Gift Shop, and Sherri Cohen’s yarn and knitting supplies are also available at the Synagogue, with amazing deals.  Stop by and take a look!

Where should we go for that great Jewish tradition – eating Chinese food on Christmas Eve?  We’ve had great success at China Buffet on Dell Range, so let’s do that again.  Let’s plan for 6:30 Christmas Eve.  Hey, it’s a tradition!

Thinking of dinner, here’s our saying from Babs Klein:

A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

Hanukkah has arrived once more. A brief synopsis: After Alexander the Great died, his empire was divided into three parts. Israel was overseen by the part headquartered in what is now Syria. These Assyrians were ruled by Antiochus who decided that one method of unification involved outlawing circumcision, Shabbat and Torah study. There were some other requirements which proved onerous to Matityahu and his children along with their supporters, who militarily fought a guerrilla war for a while. They succeeded in making the area too difficult to control militarily, and so this minor Jewish holiday lasting for eight days commemorates the moments when the Jews were able to take their religious holy spaces back again for a bit from the Assyrian Greek oppressors.

The festival celebrates religious freedom of a surprisingly American bent (despite America not even being a glimmer at the time of the Maccabean revolt). It is not the freedom to decide the best religion for everyone. It is not the freedom to forcibly convert others to this optimum religion. It is not the freedom even to merely make all other expressions of religion illegal. It is the freedom to not be coerced concerning religion.

I feel it is important to focus on this freedom and how it applies to everyone.

Most Americans seem to agree that religious groups can worship as they desire and further that their religion should in some manner inform their daily activities. America also tolerates people who live in religious enclaves and limit how much modernity is utilized within the community. As long as the people in the enclaves (the Amish are the prime example that comes to my mind) do not request or require that the rest of us live life in their pattern, everything seems to be satisfactory.

We can think about Hanukkah as a cautionary tale, a reminder that even things that seem to make perfect sense are sometimes problematic.  In the era of the Maccabees (and for some time afterwards, and possibly before), allowing the local gods equal placement with the winning gods was a religious innovation that was designed to help unify the region. This peaceful continuation of unification by force seemed a perfectly sensible religious tweak. It worked for the polytheists in the crowd. In our era, where there are few polytheists, we understand completely why such a reasonable suggestion did not work as well for the few monotheists.

Just a thought for a thought exercise. Take a given policy which affects religions in some manner, and see if somebody might look at it as Mattityahu and family looked at the policies of Antiochus. If somebody might, then a more difficult step is to find a tweak which maintains freedom from religious coercion as well as freedom from discrimination for any other reason.

May the lights in our lives increase during this Hanukkah season.

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] 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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