Thursday, September 29 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday. Join us at Torah Thursday as we begin all over again with Genesis! We will work on understanding the text more completely with the help of Rashi (France, 1040-1105), Sforno (Italy, 1475-1550) and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (Israel, 1937 and still going). Calories and commentators - what could be better? Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, September 30 - 7 PM - Shabbat Service sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, October 1 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Friday, October 7 - 7:00 p.m. - Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Tuesday, October 11 - Kol Nidrei 7:00 – 10:00 p.m
Wednesday, October 12 - Yom Kippur 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 12 - Yizkor 11:00 a.m. or so
Wednesday, October 12 - Mincha 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12 - Neilah about 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12 - Break Fast 7:20 p.m.
Monday, October 17 - Sukkot 1 9:30 a.m. Services
Monday, October 17 - Torah Study 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 18 - Sukkot 2 OFFICE CLOSED
Friday, October 21 - 7:00 p.m. - Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, October 22 - 9:30 to 11:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Monday, October 24 - Shmini Atzeret 9:30 a.m. Services
Monday, October 24 - Yizkor 11:00 a.m.
Monday, October 24 - Simchat Torah 6:30 p.m. Hakkafot
Tuesday, October 25 - Simchat Torah 10:30 – noon Torah Study
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5 Liz Wolf
9 Pewaubek Reid
10 Shira Michael
13 Navit Reid
Weekly Message from our Board President
September 26, 2016
Time is sure flying by! Wasn’t the Passover Seder just a couple of weeks ago? And here it is Rosh Hashanah. Erev Rosh Hashanah is this Sunday night. Our services begin at 7:00 P.M. in the large sanctuary. It really seems like we just celebrated the arrival of 5776, and now it's almost 5777.
We’re looking forward to the services. The acoustics are amazing and it is wonderful to look up and see the beautiful stained glass windows along the walls. And we have some very talented folks to blow the Shofar, too!
Over the past few years, we’ve welcomed the New Year with a music video about Rosh Hashanah. This year, we have a song written by actor and singer Justin Timberlake and performed by the folks at Aish.com.
By the way Yahoo Answers had a couple of great responses to the question – is Justin Timberlake Jewish?
Um...Yes. That is a Jewish last name...he has curly hair and a giant nose. Yes. He is. And this one: He had a Jewish wedding to Jessica Biel, so I would say that's a big yes.
We have big news! A Bar Mitzvah has been scheduled for Mt. Sinai. Jessica Arciega’s son Noah will be Bar Mitzvahed the weekend of October 28. Noah has been working hard with the Rabbi to get ready and we’re sure he will do a wonderful job. Mazel Tov to Noah and his family!
Our final Shalom Dinner of 5776 is this Thursday. We’ll be digging into pizza and other goodies at Old Chicago off of Dell Range Blvd. Let’s get together at 6:30 and enjoy!
Dave Friedberg called the Synagogue and left a Jewish proverb on the answering machine: Too much good food is worse than too little bad food.
Speaking of food, we want to remind you of the Jim McKinnon Memorial Food Drive. We’re gathering food to give to Needs, Inc. as part of the celebration of the High Holy Days. There’s a box in the social hall to use to donate the food. If you’re not sure what to give, there is a list of the types of food Needs, Inc. is looking for. Thanks to Therese McKinnon for organizing it.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Ven nit di shein, volt kain shoten nit geven.
If not for the light, there would be no shadow.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
We interrupt the regularly scheduled educational segment to bring you an update of where you might have seen me during the past week.
Perhaps it was on Tuesday evening while attending a speech by a Holocaust speaker, where, on the serendipity highway, I met one of the new clergy in town. As both of us had brought our spouses, they also met each other. The pastor of the North Cheyenne Baptist Church has found his way to Torah Thursday and Shabbat morning services. When I mentioned we were studying Genesis, he began reciting, in Hebrew, the first several verses of that text.
It might have been on Wednesday night, where I was part of the religious panel associated with The Bridge art exhibit at UW in Laramie. Two of the panel members were from Cheyenne, and two were from Laramie. The moderator and one of the panelists expressed interest in knowing what is happening with the Cheyenne Interfaith Council, so I forwarded to them a copy of the email I had already arranged to send out.
For privacy reasons, you would not have seen me on Friday as I visited with a person at the VA in the newly built area who requested a Rabbi.
There were other things I did during the week, but those were the places I went.
Now, back to the abbreviated regularly scheduled program:
Back to basics: Rosh HaShanah, the Fast of Gedaliah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah - all of these occur during this quite busy month. The next month, Heshvan, is also called MarHeshvan (bitter Heshvan), as Heshvan is the only month without some religious ceremony. Many of us are just glad of a little breathing spell.
Fair to Middling: In Israel and many Reform congregations, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into one day. This may seem no different than combining any other two festivals into one day, but this means that the community will be involved in both rejoicing with the Torah as we complete it and start all over again and Yizkor - all on the same day. Emotional whiplash, anyone?
Beyond the beyond: It used to be that every community had their own Simchat Torah celebration. Not only in space, but in time, as every community had their own schedule for completing the Torah, and their own practice of what was read when. (The general practice was to read a verse, translate it, interpret it, and then talk about it. Then go to the next verse, and do this for at least 21 verses.) There are some hints concerning this practice in the Mekhilta, one of the Halachic Midrash collections out there. The Mekhilta is about Exodus. (The other two are Sifra (The Book, about Leviticus) and Sifrei (the Books, about Numbers and Deuteronomy))
50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Watkins Stained Glass Studio spent 50 years creating stained glass windows for the Synagogue. The 80 stained glass windows depict the Old Testament as well as the Menorah, Twelve Tribes of Israel, Moses at Mt. Sinai, the Tree of Life and 11 Women of the Hebrew Bible.
Four generations of Watkins men have devoted their lives to stained glass in Denver and the Rocky Mountain area since 1868. We hope you enjoy the 50 years of lovely Watkins Stained Glass Windows. The music is provided by John Waller, who graciously granted permission to use "Bless Us and Keep Us".
Welcome to Mt. Sinai Religious School. [click here for this year’s calendar] This year, under the direction of Rabbi Larry and the Education Committee, there are three component pieces. The first component piece is most like the traditional Sunday School in that it meets on Sundays from 10 to noon, and is geared towards students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The content covered will depend upon each student’s prior knowledge. The second component piece is Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. This involves weekly sessions with Rabbi Larry and attendance at both Friday night and Saturday morning services. The third component will be for post Bar/Bat Mitzvah age youth, and will be partly designed by the students.
We also offer Adult Education classes on a variety of topics throughout the year. Please click here.
If you would like further information, please contact Phyllis Bloomberg or Rabbi Larry.
Mt. Sinai Movie Nights
All movies are shown at Mt. Sinai at 7 PM on the “big screen” and with surround sound. Refreshments and drinks provided. Come join us for any or all of our upcoming movies.
Have fun playing this traditional Jewish game combining luck and skill. Don't know how to play yet? Come and learn with Mt. Sinai member Lila Gallensky and other experienced players. Check the calendar section for specific dates.