Wednesday, July 30 - 7 PM - Board Meeting (no classes tonight).
Thursday, July 31 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, August 1 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services, led by Rabbi Larry Moldo, followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 2 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study, led by Rabbi Larry Moldo, followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Wednesday, August 6 - 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, August 6 - 6:45 PM - Machzor Under the Microscope: A brief overview of how the High Holiday experience has been put together, and what the point of the additional poems is. Taught by Rabbi Moldo.
Thursday, August 7 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, August 8 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 9 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
6 Martha Silver
12 Dave Lerner
13 Marie Still
15 Andrea Moldo
16 Georgia Young
20 Hawk McLoud
22 Susan Feldman
Weekly Message from our Board President
July 28, 2014
To cantor or not to cantor. That is the question facing our Board of Directors this week. Our tradition has been to bring in someone to serve as a cantor during High Holy Days. In the past we have had cantors, cantorial soloists, and Rabbis serve in that role. Our new Rabbi has a wonderful singing voice, and that’s something the Board will be taking into consideration. The Board meeting is Wednesday night at 7 at the Synagogue, and we love it when members of the Congregation attend.
We have some wonderful news to report. Jim McKinnon is one of our most active volunteers at the Synagogue. He was in charge of the Yiddish Food Festival for the past two years, and barely had finished that event when he began organizating a Synagogue trip to a Rockies game. Jim suffered a serious heart attack a couple of weeks ago, and is now recovering. Here’s more from his wife Therese (also a very active volunteer):
We want to thank everyone for their prayers during this past week. Since his major heart attack late Monday night, Jim has made it past quite a few milestones in a very short timeframe. The doctors are amazed and happy with his progress. The ventilator tubes were removed by Thursday, he was eating by Friday, the heart pump removed by Saturday and he was standing up and then sitting down in a recliner today. I am so grateful to each of you for your thoughts and prayers - I am positive Adonai heard them and has given Jim and I another chance to get some things set right in our lives. We have had a lot of visits, calls, delicious food deliveries and cards. We treasure each one and are humbled by the incredible outpouring of caring and kindness.
Blessings, Jim and Therese
Jim, get well soon! We miss seeing your smile at the Synagogue.
We’ve got some more good news… and a challenge for you! Jason Bloomberg has the details:
This past December Phyllis and Jason Bloomberg issued a challenge to match up to $10,000 for donations made to the Religious Leader Fund in excess of dues.
Thus far Mt. Sinai has received and the Bloombergs have matched the following contributions:
January $2500; March $1000; May $1000; June $500. Total: $5000.00 which has been fully matched by the Bloombergs making $10,000 total for the religious leader fund.
Another $750 was given this month which the Bloombergs matched during the Israeli Scouts performance, bringing the total of donations we will have matched to $5,750.00 making a total of $11,500 raised for the religious leader fund to date.
This puts us at 57.5% of the goal to raise a total of $20,000 beyond what the shul had. Please continue with your pledges and remember when they are fulfilled, that is when the synagogue gets its matching funds from the Bloombergs. There is still $4,250 left which they will match, let's collect all of it.
We have lots of ways for you to give and support your friendly neighborhood Cheyenne Synagogue! Our fundraising for the Veta Family stained glass window is still underway (and thank you to the folks who have been sending in donations). We’re also seeking donations to defray the cost of a Sofer – a specialist in Torah repair and restoration, who plans to come to Cheyenne to work on our Torahs on August 27. His fee is $3000, plus we’ll be covering transportation expenses to and from Denver.
And a quick reminder – our next major event is the dedication of the stained glass windows. It’s coming up on Sunday, September 7. We’ll have more details as we get closer. Summer’s going by fast!
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo:
This week we begin Moses' very long farewell speech, while we simultaneously relive the final days of the Temple. Both of them, actually.
Given what is also going on in the world at large these days, I sometimes get a bit emotionally confused.
We are sad as a people that even the trappings of independence were destroyed, twice. Yet few of us would actually want the Temple, as it existed then, to exist in today. Completely burning animals when there are people starving on the planet seems troublesome, for example.
Yet imagine for a moment that the Temple had not been destroyed, and the ethical lessons of the prophets had been taken to heart. What could the Temple be like today?
It would still be a place of pageantry, and the musical capital of the Jewish world.
It would retain a heirarchy, and perhaps be the only place where the difference between Kohen, Levi and Israel still mattered.
It would be the largest entity supporting those who were hungry due to famine and drought, for as soon as word was received that all the money was kept by the Temple, the money would dry up. [God does not need to be given back what is already God's; God needs us to act as proper partners.]
The job of Temple representatives to the scattered Jewish communities would be to remind the people that they must care about others in the midst of their daily lives.
Perhaps, though, if the Temple still existed, it might be no different than many other institutions, and become concerned about its own existence to the exclusion of all other issues. This would be a great Hillul HaShem (ruining of God's reputation), and possibly it is better to have a destroyed Temple which we remember than a thriving Temple which we are ashamed of.
Moses' final speech is a bit like that. He answers the question, "Why are we here, now?" in a way that places all the blame on those who are dead, so that complaints will be seen to be ineffectual. The message seems to be that since we can't change the past or yell at the people who got us into this mess we should act in such a way that the future will be better.
To get this message across, Moses winds up changing a few details of the story. We'll discuss this more on Shabbat, but if you want to get a hint, compare the story of the spies from the middle of Numbers and the tale of the spies that Moses tells their children.