Wednesday, August 20 - 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 20 - 7 PM - rescheduled Board Meeting.
Thursday, August 21 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, August 22 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 23 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Wednesday, August 27 - Torah Restoration program. Please click here for more information.
Thursday, August 28 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, August 29 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, August 30 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
SAVE THE DATES!!
Sunday September 7 - Stained Glass Windows Celebration and brunch.
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.
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 18, 2014
Mazel tov, Mazel tov, Mazel tov! Michael Sherman and his wife Marcie welcomed Bernard Reuben Sherman to the world on August 11. The baby was 7 lbs, 1 oz, and mother and son are doing great – we’re not so sure about Michael. Bernard Reuben Sherman’s Bris was today, at the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs.
Michael Sherman was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base for several years, and was very involved in Mt. Sinai Synagogue. He served on our Board of Directors, and ran the Yiddish Food Festival for a couple of years. Michael earned a promotion in the Air Force to Captain, and then was transferred to Colorado Springs.
We wish all the best in the world to Michael, Marcie, and little Bernard Reuben.
Details are set for next Wednesday’s Torah Restoration program at Mt. Sinai. Rabbi Moshe Druin is a Sofer, a scribe who specializes in repairing and restoring Torahs. He’ll spend the day working on our Torahs and examining them. At 5:30 PM, he will conduct a children’s class, bringing his own quill pens and parchment for the kids to practice on. At 6:00 we will have a Congregation dinner. The cost of the dinner will be $18 per person – money raised will pay for the Rabbi’s visit. Salmon and a vegetarian dish will be served.
Rabbi Druin will make a special presentation at 7. It will focus on our Torahs, the process of doing restoration and other topics. We have talked with people who have attended his presentation at other Synagogues and they say he is an amazing, educational, and entertaining speaker. The event is next Wednesday, August 27.
A quick note about the fundraising for the Sofer’s visit. We have been raising money for several weeks and have been very successful, thanks to the generosity of several donors. We haven’t raised all of the money to cover his visit – that’s why we’re charging for the dinner and his presentation. And really, this isn’t about the presentation. That’s the icing on the cake. This is about keeping our Torahs in good condition so that we can use them for years to come. Rabbi Druin is a world renowned Sofer and has been working on Torahs for close to 30 years. He’s the kind of expert we want for the Mt. Sinai Torahs.
Our Board of Directors meets this coming Wednesday, August 20, at the Synagogue (at 7 PM). One of the topics of discussion will be finalizing plans for the High Holy Days. This will be Rabbi Larry Moldo’s first High Holy Days with us, and he’s already hard at work preparing the services. Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Wednesday, September 24. We’ll have the full schedule of services on our website in the coming weeks.
Here’s our Yiddish phrase of the week:
Nisht azoi gich macht zich vi es tracht zich.
Things are not as quickly achieved as conceived.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo:
"See? I am placing in front of you today blessing and curse. The blessing? When you listen mindfully!" (a bit of a paraphrase and Midrashic verse license)
I'd like to take a step back from the text, to get a better handle on what it is saying. Moses is presenting two things, as if those things are completely understood - and I am not sure that they are. We say brachot (blessings) quite often, and when I was growing up it was always explained that we were blessing God. I took what was said at face value, even after being able to translate the Hebrew directly. "Blessed are you," when recited quickly enough, appears to fulfill the purpose of blessing God. If we don't tell God that God is blessed, maybe God won't be.
Of course, that isn't what the Hebrew actually says. God is blessed in the same fashion that a book is written. When I say that a book is written, I am not usually implying that I have written the book, or that I am writing the book in the process of making a statement about the book's nature. So, too, when I say "Blessed are You," referring to God, I am making a statement about God's nature, and nothing further.
So what does God's nature have to do with what Moses wants? For the purposes of this Midrash, God is that entity which listens to us when we communicate, and understands what it is that we actually mean, despite any lack of clarity we might exhibit during the communication. If we want to have God's blessed nature reflect upon us in "a blessing," then it behooves us to act Godly.
So, always pay attention. Not only to the other person, but to your own thoughts and actions. When a person talks with you, are you listening in order to hear the other person, or are you listening so you can figure out what your response will be? The one is a blessing, and the other is a curse - so please act in such a way that your blessings are increased.