Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM - Continuing Biblical/Liturgical Hebrew - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Tuesday, March 31 - 6:35 to 7:35 PM - Introduction to Judaism - Taught by Rabbi Larry Moldo.
Thursday, April 2 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Numbers. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, April 3 - 6 PM - Congregational First Night Passover Seder
Saturday, April 4 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Larry Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Wednesday, April 8 - 7 to 8:30 PM - Cheyenne Interfaith Council (CIC) Spring 2015 LIbrary Series: "Women in Different Faith Traditions". Topic tonight is "Women in Islam." Cottonwood Room Laramie County Library.
Thursday, April 9 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Numbers. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, April 10 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, April 11 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Larry Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, April 12 - 10 AM to noon - Mt. Sinai Religious School.
Sunday, April 12 - 1 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing. For more information please contact Mary Weinstein.
SAVE THE DATES!
April 15, 22, and 29 - Cheyenne Interfaith Council (CIC) Spring 2015 LIbrary Series: "Women in Different Faith Traditions." 7 to 8:30 PM in the Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library. Please see attached flyer for more information.
Sunday, April 12 - "Survival and Forgiveness" - ADL Holocaust Remembrance program in Denver. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Wednesday, April 15 - 11:30 AM -Yom Hashoah Commemoration at F.E. Warren. Details to be announced.
Thursday, April 16 - Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Mt. Sinai. Details to be announced.
Sunday, May 31 - Hadassah Book Group. We will be reading In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. More information to follow.
3 Marshall Brown
7 Stanley Sandick
9 David Silver
10 Lea Gancz
17 Bea Montross
21 Sihaya Reid
28 Jason Bloomberg
28 Rich Menkin
28 Morris Gardner
31 Dr Charles Kuckel
Weekly Message from our Board President
March 30, 2015
Happy Passover! We’re very excited about the holiday. In a way, you could call it Thanksgiving for the Jews. We have lots to give thanks for, of course, including being delivered from slavery in Egypt, the 10 Commandments, and more. But it’s also a time for friends and family to get together to celebrate.
The Seder itself calls on us to open our doors, so that anyone in need can celebrate with us. And family members travel from all over to come home for Passover. At Mt. Sinai, preparations are well underway and we’re looking forward to a wonderful feast.
The Rabbi has been working hard on the service. This will be our first Passover with Rabbi Larry and Andrea Moldo, and based on what he’s done with holidays earlier in the year, we are in for something very special and meaningful. And we’ll have to see if he goes for the very hot horseradish (we’re looking at you, Jason Bloomberg and James Peebles) or a milder version that will let him continue with the service. All in all, it will be an exciting and inspirational experience and we can’t wait.
The Seder starts promptly at 6 PM Friday night. We’re expecting a good crowd, you included!
The next big event after the Seder is the Yiddish Food Festival on May 17. We’re looking for volunteers who can handle very small individual tasks. For example, can you help serve on that day? Not going to be around on the 17th? How about helping us with some of the preparations ahead of time, such as helping with publicity, writing a couple of letters, helping cook the food? Please contact the Synagogue office if you have even 5 minutes to spare.
A very special thank you to Roxanne Veta, Millie Veta’s daughter. She sent a check for $2000 to honor her late mother’s wishes. $1000 is to go to the Building Fund, $500 to the Cemetery Association and $500 to the Chevra Kadisha Fund. We are very grateful for her generosity and will cherish her mother’s memory.
Our class schedule is changing. The Wednesday night classes are done for the time being, and the Rabbi is working on plans for the next set. He ran a full schedule of classes, and a lot of people benefited from them. The break is well-earned.
Our regular schedule, such as dance classes on Sunday, is also changed for this week, because of Passover.
The Rabbi is working on plans for the annual Holocaust observance. It will take place on Thursday, April 16 in the Synagogue. In past years, we have held the observance in the rotunda of the state capitol, but to avoid issues with the capitol renovations, we thought it a better idea to hold it in the Synagogue. We’ll have more details on the Holocaust observance next week.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
In shlekhte tsaytn iz a peni oykh gelt.
In bad times, even a penny is money.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo
It's here at last!
Not the Seder, not quite yet.
It's Shabbat HaGadol (the big Shabbat).
Why is it so big?
Long ago, in the days before smartphones or even the internet; in the years between the invention of the printing press and the invention of cheap books (the rise of the internet and the rising price of books seems to be simultaneous - but it could just be coincidence and inflation), if somebody wanted to know what to do between the last Shabbat meal and the first Seder, they came to hear the Rabbi speak. The Rabbi spoke, then, only twice a year. Once, between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur to remind the people how much they and the world had to be forgiven for. The second time was Shabbat HaGadol.
So the Rabbi spoke for a very long time. I suppose, in a way, most Rabbis have always spoken an equal amount. I divide my statements up throughout the year, so even if this was my "on" week, you wouldn't have to worry about an overly long sermon.
So, as I won't be delivering a typical Shabbat HaGadol sermon, if you have something you need to know, please contact me. If it isn't urgent, email me. If it is, call my cell phone. I don't answer on Shabbat or Holydays, although I do check the messages in case of a pastoral care emergency.
Our hearts go out to the Sasson family of Brooklyn, who lost several children due to the malfunction/misuse [I wasn't there, so I don't know whether that which was reported is accurately stated.] of some food preparation hardware. Please be careful yourselves, as we clean, prepare and cook over the next few weeks.
Hopefully you all have somewhere to go for the Seder nights. The congregation is holding one on April 3 beginning at 6 pm run by me, and a number of families will also be holding a Seder on the traditional second night of Pesach. (500 years from now, if both Israel and America still exist as independent countries [God willing], the tradition may go back to holding one night of remembering. In the meantime, feel free to have fun with the tradition. If you want some help in developing new traditions, or repackaging old traditions, please send me a note.) IF YOU HAVE NOWHERE TO GO, LET SOMEONE KNOW.