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.
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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.
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.
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.