Thursday, May 26 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of TaNaKH with a detour through Jeremiah, and with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, May 27 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, May 28 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Thursday, June 2 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Cycling through the entire content of the first five books of TaNaKH with a detour through Jeremiah, and with a focus on Jewish commentary, both traditional and modern. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, June 3 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, June 4 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, June 5 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Sisterhood Meeting.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Sunday, June 26 - 3 PM - Hadassah book group in Laramie. Details to be announced. We will be reading Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy by Ram Oren and Moti Kfir . This book has been described as "... a gripping spy thriller, and it is also a revealing portrait of a woman who made painful personal sacrifices in order to serve Zionism and her adopted country of Israel."
5 Zoey Brown
15 Doreen Glotzer
21 Stuart Wolf
Weekly Message from our Board President
May 23, 2016
Its old friends and new friends, and wonderful news for the Synagogue! You may have seen the name Pasternack on various plaques around the Synagogue, thanking the Pasternack family for their very generous donations and sponsorships. This past weekend, Irwin Pasternack stopped by for a visit.
He happened to come into the Synagogue while the Endowment Board was holding its monthly meeting. The Endowment Board manages the funds raised from the Women of the Bible stained glass windows. The money has been carefully invested, and the Board reviews the investments every month. The Endowment Board is focusing on estate planning, including the tax benefits of leaving money to Mt. Sinai. The goal is to have the Endowment grow, and help the Synagogue with the interest it generates.
Irwin Pasternack joined the meeting, and was so impressed with the effort that he immediately offered to match the planned donations from Dr. Jason and Phyllis Bloomberg, and Steve Borin and Dr. Carol Fischer. Between the donations from Mr. Pasternack, the Bloombergs, and the Borin/Fischer family, our Endowment Fund grew by $40,000 on Sunday. And Mr. Pasternack offered to match future donations as well. To say we are grateful would be an understatement. The donations to the Endowment Fund will have a long-term impact on our Synagogue and our Congregation. As the Fund grows, the interest it generates will grow, too.
We heard from another old friend this week. You may remember Michael Kesgard. Michael joined our Synagogue a few years ago, and volunteered countless hours working on ways to improve and maintain our building. He was responsible for putting in new security lights on the outside of the building, for example. Michael’s dream has been to make Aliyah to Israel. He spent a few months living in Israel before returning to the U.S. We are pleased to report that Michael’s paperwork has gone through, and he is officially moving as a new immigrant to Israel. We wish him all the best, and it will be wonderful to have a familiar face in Israel when you go to visit.
We made a new friend this week. Monte Cohon lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and subscribes to our weekly newsletter (Hi Monte!). He has never been to Cheyenne or to our Synagogue. He found us online. Monte is a retired pharmacist who enjoys helping people sort through the myriad of similar types of cough and cold medicines and other over the counter drugs. He is an avid stamp collector and has done extensive studies of the Holocaust. He reached out because of our Yiddish Phrase of the Week, and it has been a pleasure getting to know him via email. Someday we hope he comes to Cheyenne and visits in person.
Our Synagogue Library is pretty popular! Here’s this week’s note from the librarians:
We can tell by the gaps in the non-fiction section of the library that people are enjoying reading these books. The librarians would enjoy finding the cards revealing who has borrowed the books. Instructions for checking out books are posted on the side of each of the bookcases.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Az ich vel zein vi yener, ver vet zein vi ich?
If I would be like someone else, who will be like me?
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
We are counting down the days until the anniversary of the Revelation at Mount Sinai. The original one.
It has often been a tense time period, wondering whether the rainy winter season was the right kind of moisture to enable the seeds we planted to grow. A time for holding one's breath, as it were, waiting for verification that the following year will be one of plentiful sustenance.
Later history added other kinds of stressful incidents. Side by side with these events, there was a concept that this time enabled spiritual growth. Each week was a focus on one God connection, and within each week, each day was devoted to how that week's focus was affected by another God connection. For example, kindness is one of these metaphorical power outlets, and beauty is another. So a particular day might ask how one's kindness can be done in a way other people would consider wonderful to look at, and the mirror day during beauty's week might be asking whether it is more kind to work on adorning oneself (through good deeds) or helping somebody else to be adorned in that fashion.
I have a complete chart of this, and a list of questions, somewhere in my files. One year I hope to find that information in time to make use of it and help us all grow a bit.
Torah tidbit: This week we are reminded yet again that God owns everything. We might think we own something, and we might have a piece of paper that proves ownership - but really, when it comes down to it, we are caretakers at best. Let us strive to be good ones.