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Shabbat Services
Friday - 7:00 PM
Saturday - 9:30 AM
Shabbat Services are led either by Rabbi Larry Moldo or by lay leaders.

Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org

Coming Up

Monday, November 28 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Tuesday, November 29 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale

Wednesday, November 30 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Wednesday, November 30 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - A Closer Look at Psalms and Proverbs - an ongoing Adult Education course through March 8, 2017.  We will explore the connections and contrasts between these very different examples of Wisdom Literature.

Thursday, December 1 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

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

Thursday, December 1 - 12 noon to 1 PM -  Torah Thursday. The beginning continues! We will very shortly be into chapter 2 of Genesis, and with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz will spend the next several months delving into the whole Garden of Eden experience. Bring a lunch and join us on Thursdays at noon!Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, December 2 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 3 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, December 4 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale.  Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Sunday, December 4 - 10 AM to 12 noon - Religious school.

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

Sunday, December 4 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish and Israeli Dancing.  Please contact Mary Weinstein with any questions and/or to let her know you will be coming.  Or just show up!  Great exercise and great fun!  Newcomers (and former dancers) are welcome any time.

Monday, December 5 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Tuesday, December 6 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Wednesday, December 7 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Wednesday, December 7 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - A Closer Look at Psalms and Proverbs - an ongoing Adult Education course through March 8, 2017.  We will explore the connections and contrasts between these very different examples of Wisdom Literature.

Thursday, December 8 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Thursday, December 8 - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Thursday, December 8 - 12 noon to 1 PM -  Torah Thursday. The beginning continues! We will very shortly be into chapter 2 of Genesis, and with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Steinsaltz will spend the next several months delving into the whole Garden of Eden experience. Bring a lunch and join us on Thursdays at noon! Brown Bag Lunch.

Friday, December 9- 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, December 10 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, December 11 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale & Gift Shop Sale. Most items in the Gift Shop are 30% off during the Candy Sale.

Sunday, December 11 - 10 AM to 12 noon.  Congregational Brunch at 10 AM followed by the Congregational Annual Meeting at 11 AM.

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

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Our next movie night is Sunday, December 18.  We’ll be serving Kosher Pizza along with seeing the movie. It's dinner and a movie! The film is This is Where I Leave You.  It stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda, among others.  It’s the story of a large, dysfunctional family that gets together to sit Shiva, and comedy ensues.  Showtime at the Synagogue is 6:30 P.M.

For our next Shalom Dinner we’ll be getting together for dinner on Christmas Eve, at a local Chinese restaurant of course.  Jews – Chinese Restaurant – Christmas Eve?  It’s the perfect combination.  We’ll meet at China Buffet on Dell Range at 6:30. 

Our annual Hanukah party will be at 6 PM on New Year’s Eve, which is the 8th night of Hanukah.  We’re still working on the details, but if you want to see the social hall aglow with the lights from lots of menorahs, don’t miss this event.  There’ll be latkes, songs, dreidel playing and a lot more. 


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

6              Rabbi Larry Moldo          
9              Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman
13           Harlan Ribnik
19           Andi Coelho
21           Steve Borin
27           Zoltan Gancz
28           Heather McLoud
28           Joe Golden

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

November 28, 2016

It happens just once a year.  We’re not talking about birthdays, or Christmas (of course not!) or even Passover.  We’re talking about our annual congregation meeting.  The Mt. Sinai bylaws specify that the full congregation meets once a year.  The official meeting is held to elect members of the Board of Directors, review the budget, and hear reports from various committees on the work they’ve done all year.  Changes to the bylaws can also be made at the official congregation meeting (though no changes are proposed for this year).  And, because we have a wonderful Sisterhood, we’ll entice you to come by offering a Sunday Brunch.

The official congregation meeting is coming up in a couple of weeks.  It will be Sunday, December 11, starting at 10 AM with brunch, and the meeting will get underway at 11.  We hope to have things wrapped up before the Israeli folk dancers kick off (Kick off?  That’s for you, Babs Klein) their afternoon session.

We’re adding pizza!  Our next movie night is Sunday, December 18.  Instead of just watching the movie, we’re going to add dinner to the mix.  We’ll be providing kosher pizzas before the film.  So come, eat some dinner, and join us to watch This is Where I Leave You, a 2014 comedy about a family sitting Shiva.

Rabbi Moldo has a contribution for this week’s newsletter:

You might not have heard yet about the wildfires which burned in Israel for at least 5 days. Acres of forest will need to be replanted, and other support systems can use some help. Here are a few current links for donations, as well as to one of the many news articles about the event. At this writing, many of the official movement offices in America have been closed, so the websites are still referencing the Carmel fires in 2010, or the massive fires in Alberta earlier this year.
 
If you get the mailed version
of this newsletter, it may be slightly thicker than usual, as available donation forms will be sent with it.
 
A very good bit of news from all this - fire fighting teams and equipment were sent from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, the Palestinian Authority and many other places. So far there have been no fatalities, as people appear to have actually obeyed the evacuation orders.
 
News articleclick here

To donate to the Jewish National Fund for reforestation – click here
 
To donate to the Magen David Adom - by mail - Make checks out to AFMDA and mail to: AFMDA, 352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400, NY, NY 10001. Via computer - click here
 
As always, the Federation and movement organizations have their own fundraising efforts – click here. A mailing address for them is The Jewish Federations of North America, 25 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004

Another couple of things to add to your calendar, if you haven’t already.  On Christmas Eve, we’re celebrating Christmas the Jewish way – by going out to eat at a Chinese restaurant.  We’ll be enjoying the food and company at China Buffet on Dell Range, starting at 6:30.

Our Hanukah party is scheduled for New Year’s Eve, which is the 8th night of Hanukah.  So come to the Synagogue at 6 PM, help us light dozens of menorahs, eat lots of latkes, play dreidel, and then go out and celebrate New Year’s Eve later.  It’ll be a full evening.

Dave Friedberg goes first again this week with a Jewish proverb:

A word that is aptly spoken is like an apple of gold in a setting of carved silver.

We’ll give Babs Klein the last word:

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

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

This is Rabbi Moldo's third Sermonette from Kol Nidrei.

Sermonette 3: Understanding the other

Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist. Shimon Peres
If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact - not to be solved, but to be coped with over time. Shimon Peres

When you have two alternatives, the first thing you have to do is to look for the third that you didn't think about, that doesn't exist. Shimon Peres

The United States is the only power in history that became great by giving and not by taking. I think the crisis was when the United States had more money than ideas. Money doesn't produce money. Ideas produce money. Shimon Peres

When you have an impoverished person living among you in the land you are being given, do not be stingy or selfish when interacting with the other person. Be open-handed when helping the person work towards replacing what was lost. Do not worry about being paid back for your efforts, or about any outside financial reality which would convince you to refrain from providing help, as then they will complain against you to God, and you would be in the wrong. Do not begrudge what you give as Tzedakah, since the only reason you have money in the first place is to help provide some of it to others. As there will always be somebody who is financially on their way down, it is proper to keep your hand open to those in need. (Deuteronomy 15:7-11)

You're as young as your dreams, not as old as your calendar. Shimon Peres

The surroundings and the traditions upheld today help us to focus on two things. First, God’s messengers. The way we afflict ourselves echo what we have been taught about the nature of Angels. They have no need for intimacy, food or drink. They also do not need to attempt to look better through make-up or become aromatically attractive through perfume. Naturally enough, any clothing one might think is seen upon them is an illusion at best. All of these things are what we avoid today. Eating, drinking, doing extraordinary things to look attractive, physical connections with our spouses and wearing leather. Second, death, which is a fact we need to cope with, and not yet merely a problem to which there is a solution. I wear white today because white is the color of the final suit I will ever wear. Seeing this, I am reminded that the time available for me personally to help improve the world is limited. The time available in which the world might improve is far longer, and only God knows for sure what that span is.

One of the movies we watched recently as one of the monthly movie nights was Danny Kaye’s Me and the Colonel. A tagline of his was “there are always two possibilities” which I was reminded of when I read Shimon Peres’ statement about the two alternatives. In the movie, the alternative that Danny’s character usually acted upon would, for the rest of us, be Shimon’s third alternative, that choice we had not seen. When we can optimistically go beyond the usual choices of life and death, and decide to work towards a better life for the world as a whole, while understanding that family (however that is defined) is also part of the world and worth helping, then we will have made the best choice that we can. It is important to help those who are suffering, as many of you have done by bringing food items for the James McKinnon Memorial Food Drive. I do remind you that it is also important to notice those who are suffering within our community and congregation, and to help out when you can.

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!

Check out the photos of our events

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 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.


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