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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

  
Wednesday, August 15
 - 6:30 PM - Board Meeting.

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

Thursday, August 16 - 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, August 17 - 7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.    

Saturday, August 18 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

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

Sunday, August 19 - 12 noon - Sisterhood Meeting. 

Sunday, 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.

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

Thursday, August 23 - 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, August 24 - 7 PM - Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.    

Saturday, August 25 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -  Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, August 26 -  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105 


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

4              Rosalyn Baker
4              Howard Gallensky
6              Ashley Ginsburg
6              Ali Weinstein
14           Jill Zarend-Peebles
15           Logan McLoud
16           Michael Rosenthal
18           Howard Schneider
20           Katie Lerner
22           Rose Levin
22           Warrie Means
24           Jenny Coelho
25           Tim Solon
27           Priscilla Golden
28           Babs Klein
31           Nate Breen

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

There’s only a few weeks left!  If you haven’t been to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, now’s the time.  The exhibit leaves Denver on September 3rd.  10 of the ancient scrolls are on display, along with more than 600 artifacts from the same time period.  The Scrolls date back at least 2000 years.  The museum is open 7 days a week, but expect large crowds when you go.  It’s a good idea to buy tickets in advance on the museum’s website - http://www.dmns.org.

We’re also taking a historical look at a different part of the Middle East this Sunday, right here in Cheyenne.  We’ll be showing the movie Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia at 2 PM in the Social Hall.  The early time is so that congregations from around the region can attend.  Here’s a song from the film:

As we (sadly) approach the end of summer, it’s time to start thinking about Mt. Sinai’s Religious School.  Here’s a note from the Rabbi:

Religious School at Mount Sinai does not have a registration form that must be filled out before attending, unlike many other schools around the country. Even without an official form, Rabbi Larry would like to know who is planning on attending, mainly to make sure there are enough books and sufficient age appropriate projects planned. Religious School is free, and the schedule for the year can be found here.

The High Holy Days are coming up fast. Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday, September 9, and Yom Kippur starts Tuesday, September 18.

Babs Klein has a good one for us today:

A nebech (aka nebbish) is defined as the kind of person who always picks up… what a schlemiel knocks over.  “When a nebech leaves the room, you feel as if someone came in” is supposedly a well-known wisecrack.  What Dad used to say about me, I think, was that when I came into a room, it was as though someone had just left.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Ven der nar volt nit geven mein, volt ich oikh gelakht.
If the fool didn’t belong to me, I’d be laughing, too.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

This week we are commanded to provide judges and officers. The text does not say, "When you find that some people insist on having disputes, you should figure out who can be a judge." It states, "You shall give for yourselves judges and officers in every town in the land you are getting." People will have problems when living, and sometimes they cannot work out those problems without some help from other people. Which means judges.

The text reminds us that a judge is not allowed to change a ruling to fit some temporary thought; a judge may not recognize anything specific about an individual that is unrelated to the actual legal issues relevant to the case; a judge may not take anything that might change how the judge looks at the individuals within the courtroom. Later developments in Jewish jurisprudence helped make perversions of justice less likely. 

We should all take these rules to heart, because quite often each of us acts as a judge - even when we shouldn't. 

As we go through life, may we judge others in this fashion: never letting how we feel about somebody affect how we look at their actions - how we act based on what we see usually will depend upon our individual relationship with them; being honest about when what people have done to or for us affects how we think about them and their deeds; judging ourselves the same way we judge others - being neither more harsh with ourselves, or more lenient.

The shofar begins being blown this week to remind us that the High Holidays are fast approaching. May our preparation for atonement go well.

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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