2610 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
(307) - 634 - 3052
info@mtsinaicheyenne.org
Untitled Document

Once a week we send out a newsletter that includes events coming up, news about the synagogue, a column from the Rabbi, and more. Sign up and keep in touch!

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Newsletters you can trust

Shabbat Services

Friday - 7:00 PM
Saturday - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Services are led either by Rabbi Larry Moldo or by lay leaders.

Coming Up

Wednesday, September 3 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Giants in Jewish History – An Exploration of Famous Rabbis.  We will spend 4-6 weeks exploring leading historical Rabbis, such as Rashi, Rambam, Ramban, Yosef Caro, Chofetz Chaim and Yitzhak El Fassi.  Taught by Rabbi Narrowe. 

Wednesday, September 3 - 6:45 PM - The story of Jonah.  Jonah is read during the Minha service on Yom Kippur. Come and learn why we read it, the questions it raises, and things to think about when you hear it again. Taught by Rabbi Moldo.

Thursday, September 4 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday

Friday, September 5 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, September 6 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday September 7 - 11:30 AM - Stained Glass Windows Celebration. Please come and join the community in dedicating several new windows and in honoring the Watkins family, who have been making stained glass windows for Mt. Sinai Synagogue for more than 50 years.  The Watkins family will be in attendance.  Brunch will be served.  Live music provided by "A Bisl Klezmer".  Doors open at 11 AM.

SAVE THE DATES!!

Saturday, September 13 - First Annual Interfaith Family Support Services (IFSS)  Charity Golf Tournament.  Registration begins at 11 AM.   Mt. Sinai is a support congregation for IFSS, which provides shelter and services for homeless children in Cheyenne and their families.  See attached Flyer & Registration form for more information and to register.

Sunday, October 19 - 4 PM - Hadassah's 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate event in Laramie.  More information to follow.


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS


3              Cathy Berdan
5              Liz Wolf
9              Pewaubek Reid
10           Shira Michael
13           Navit Reid
23           Sherry Gardner


 

Weekly Message from our Board President

September 1, 2014

What do Morocco, Russia, Poland and Germany have in common?  They are where four of the Torahs at Mt. Sinai Synagogue come from.  That’s just one of the facts we learned when Sofer Rabbi Moshe Druin came to the Synagogue to examine, repair, and restore our Torahs.

The good news is that our Torahs were in very good shape.  The Rabbi said he expected at least one or two to be in disrepair because of age or heavy usage, but that was not the case.  There were some repairs needed, but we have taken very good care of our Torahs and it shows.

The Rabbi also conducted an insurance appraisal of the Torahs.  Our insurance agent was very pleased with that, and said it would help tremendously if we ever needed to file a claim.  Rabbi Druin’s presentation was interesting and fun.  He showed us the difference between Hebrew letters written in Ashkenazi and Sephardic Torahs, and talked about the parchment and ink used to create them.  Our donors were very generous, and we raised enough money to cover all of the Sofer’s expenses, and even have a little left over.

Next up is our celebration of the completion of our Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai.  This coming Sunday, starting at 11:30 with brunch, we’ll be welcoming Jane and Phil Watkins to the Synagogue… and this time without asking them to climb up on ladders to install new windows.  We’ll have a Klezmer band performing and will hear some of the history of our windows. 

Speaking of history, the large window of the Menorah in the back of the large sanctuary was designed and installed over a two year period – from 1968 to 1970.  The windows along the top of the large sanctuary were installed over a ten year period, from the mid 1960’s to the mid 1970’s.  The Women of the Hebrew Bible series in our Social Hall began in 2008, and we’re celebrating the completion on Sunday.

Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman officiated at the wedding of Elizabeth and Josh Tolin a few years ago here in Wyoming.  The Tolins were living in Hungary when Elizabeth learned she was pregnant.  The baby was born premature, and that made for a very difficult time for the Tolin family.  Little Toby seems to be doing very well now, but the struggles led Elizabeth to create a new charity – Toby’s Shower for Babies.  She’s raising money to prepare baskets for parents of other preemies.  The baskets include blankets, a journal for keeping track of the baby’s progress, books, and more.  You can find out more at www.showerforbabies.org.

Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:

Gutskeit iz besser fun frumkeit

Kindness is better than piety.

Shalom,

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo:

[Some thoughts on the connection this year between the High Holiday season and current events.]

I am the only one I can do Teshuvah for.

I can only seek forgiveness for those things which I personally have done, and I can only seek it from those people whom I have wronged. 

I should not infantilize others by deciding for them what wrongs have been inflicted upon them or by taking actions based on my suffering what I imagine to be their pain. 

I may not forgive a person if I have not been the one to suffer from their actions.

I should always remember that my first glance is going to be filtered through the lens of my personal history, so it will often be wrong. [All dogs appear to be Cujo in my sight at first - and some of them are actually dangerous.] Therefore it is only after the second glance or beyond that I should make any kind of fact based judgment that involves anything more than basic Arithmetic.

I am responsible for the choices that I make. Sometimes I am even responsible for the effects of those choices.

I am aware that abstract words, such as those above, may be used by both sides of most disagreements as proving their particular points. When my words are used to make positive changes within an individual, then they are used as meant. When my words are used to try and make other people change, then they are being misused.

50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Watkins Stained Glass Studio has 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

Please click here for a podcast of the 2013 Cheyenne Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration.

Check out all the Learning Opportunities at Mt. Sinai!

Check out the photos from our very successful 2012 Chanukah Party

Check out the photos of our other events

Click here to check out our Mt. Sinai Brochure

Mt. Sinai Religious School

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

If you would like further information, please contact Phyllis Bloomberg or Rabbi Larry. 

 

Mt. Sinai Movie Nights

All movies are shown at Mt. Sinai at 7 PM on the “big screen” and with surround sound. Refreshments and drinks provided. Come join us for any or all of our upcoming movies.

Mah Jongg

Have fun playing this traditional Jewish game combining luck and skill. Don't know how to play yet? Come and learn with Mt. Sinai member Lila Gallensky and other experienced players. Check the calendar section for specific dates.


Member of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council