Thursday, August 25 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. This week we finish Jeremiah. Without taking a break, we will begin to set the stage for studying the very first words of them all. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Thursday, August 25 - 6:30 PM - Shalom Dinner at Poor Richard's
Friday, August 26 - 7 PM - Shabbat Service followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 27 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Thursday, September 1 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of the TaNaKH with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. We will be studying Genesis. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, September 2 - 7 PM - Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 3 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, September 4 - 10 AM to noon - Religious School
SAVE THE DATES!
Sunday, September 11 - Jewish and Israeli Dancing returns!! We meet on Sundays, from 1 PM to 3 PM. Please contact Mary Weinstein with any questions and/or to let her know you will be coming. If you haven't danced with us before, or feel just a bit rusty, we'll be starting nice and slow, so come join us!
Sunday, September 18 - The annual Hadassah Wine and Chocolate event will be held in Cheyenne this year. Join us at Carol Fischer's house at 3 PM. Desert Mountain Region President, Cathy Olswing, will be the special guest speaker. More details to follow.
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
31 Nate Breen
Weekly Message from our Board President
August 22, 2016
It’s in the books, or maybe we should say we turned a new page. Last week, Rabbi Moldo asked the Board of Directors for new bookshelves for his office. The Rabbi is a very learned man and has tons of books that he would like to have available in his Synagogue office (Andrea would say “tons” is an accurate description.)
The Board began looking for bookshelves, and Sherri Means found an inexpensive set over in Laramie. She made it even more inexpensive by buying the bookshelves, driving them over to the Synagogue from Laramie, and donating them to the Synagogue. Thank you, Sherri! They are very nice. The Rabbi is now working on bringing his cherished volumes from home to the Synagogue.
We try a variety of activities at the Synagogue, in addition to our religious observances every week. Some of them are enlightening and fun, such as our Torah Thursday discussions, and dancing on Sundays (which is starting up again). A relatively new activity is becoming very popular – our Shalom Dinners. Once a month we go out to a local restaurant and have dinner together. Close to 25 people came to our last dinner. The next one is this Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 P.M. at Poor Richard’s Restaurant on East Lincolnway. We’ll probably have to sit at several tables. Asking the restaurant to set up a single table for 20 or so would mean they would have to bring in a separate waiter or waitress just for us, and have a limited menu. So we’ll sit at tables for 4 to 6 people. Here’s a tip to make it more fun – sit with someone you don’t get a chance to talk to very often. See you Thursday!
We have exciting news for one of our members. Heather McCloud has published a new book. It’s called Sage Courage. Here’s the description from Amazon.com:
When Leila Stein flees her abusive husband, her gas money lasts into Wyoming. Stranded in a small town without resources, she is elated when rancher Bill Colvin offers her a job watching his children. But when he drops her off at the isolated house without telling her when to expect him back, she begins to worry. Inside the house, the air reeks and the children are traumatized. Leila’s determination to care for the children is challenged by the threatening atmosphere. To protect them all she must battle both the demons of her past and the demons in the house.
There’s an event coming up at the University of Wyoming that sounds very interesting. It’s called The Bridge, and is a traveling display of artwork from 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary artists from 15 countries. The exhibit will be on display from September 7 – 30. As part of it, four religious officials representing Judaism, Christianity and Islam will be discussing “Between Trust and Fear”: The Voice of Religion In A Noisy World on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm at the Buchanan Center in Laramie.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Me ken nit iberloifen di levoneh.
You can’t outrun the moon.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
A fairly brief series of thoughts this week:
This week's Torah portion contains the words, "a person does not live by bread alone, but by anything supplied by God does a person live." The original context references the Manna which was received by the Israelites during the wilderness journey, as being something healthy enough to keep a person alive, according to God who provided it. I'd like to expand this verse a bit, so that it says "a person does not feel alive merely from those things which they choose to focus upon. A person may feel alive from those, providing that their choices agree with what God has in mind to help make the world a better place. However, the more accurate statement is that it is God's set-up of the choices in the first place, providing options which will sustain life in a life-affirming way, which enables a person to choose how to acquire the food they consume (which bread stands for). May it be God's will that the choices you make for how you sustain your sustenance by life affirming ones.
The programming year has begun once more. As a reminder, if there is a class you would like to see offered, please let Rabbi Larry know.
Andrea and I, along with Dr. Jason Bloomberg and other members of Cheyenne Interfaith Community went to take a tour of the new Mormon Temple in Fort Collins. There may eventually be some pictures forthcoming of that event, although most of the inside could not be photographed by us during the tour.
If you would like to help out during the High Holiday season, or if you would like to learn to lead part of regular Shabbat services, please let either Rabbi Larry or Jeff Weinstein know.
If you want to help blow shofar this year, please let Rabbi Larry know.