Wednesday, September 17 - 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, September 17 - 7 PM - Board Meeting.
Thursday, September 18 - 12 noon to 1 PM - Torah Thursday
Friday, September 19 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 20 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 20 - 7 PM - Selichot Service.
Wednesday, September 24 - 7 PM - Erev Rosh Hashanah Services.
Thursday, September 25 - 9:30 AM - Rosh Hashanah Services followed by Tashlich.
Friday, September 26 - 9:30 AM - Rosh Hashanah Services, 2nd Day
Friday, September 26 - 7 PM - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Moldo, followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 27 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Moldo, followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Sunday, October 19 - 4 PM - Hadassah's 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate event in Laramie. More information to follow.
High Holy Days Schedule
Selichot Service, Saturday, September 20,7:30 p.m.
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
First Day, Thursday, September 25, Morning Service, 9:00 a.m.
Tashlich follows Service
Second Day, Friday, September 26, Morning Service 9:00 a.m.
Shabbat Shuvah, Friday, September 26, Evening Service, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur, Friday, October 3, Kol Nidre, 7:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Day, Saturday, October 4, Morning Service, 9:00 p.m.
Mincha, 5:00 p.m.
Sisterhood “Break-the-fast” immediately follows service
First Day, Thursday, October 9, Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.
Second Day, Friday, October 10, Sukkot Dinner/ Shabbat Service 6:00 p..m.
Shemini Atzereth, Thursday, October 16, Morning Service/Yizkor 9:30 a.m.
Erev Simchat Torah, Thursday, October 16, Evening Celebration, 7:00 p.m.
Simchat Torah, Friday, October 17, Evening Celebration, 7:00 p.m.
3 Cathy Berdan
5 Liz Wolf
9 Pewaubek Reid
10 Shira Michael
13 Navit Reid
23 Sherry Gardner
Weekly Message from our Board President
September 15, 2014
And then there were none! It’s great news! The Cohen family has decided to sponsor the last three remaining stained glass windows at Mt. Sinai. The windows will be dedicated to various members of the family.
The Cohen family has a long and important history with Mt. Sinai Synagogue. H.R. Cohen worked on the financing for construction of the building back in 1950. According to Dorothy Feldman, he went to the members of the congregation back then, and asked them to pledge a little extra for five years. Then he went to the bank with the pledges in hand, and got the building completely financed.
Several years later, H.R. Cohen worked with other members on the stained glass windows project, and the idea of using them as a fundraiser for the Synagogue. Now, his descendants are sponsoring the final available windows and finishing the project that he started. The Cohen family windows are at the top of the Tree of Life in the front of the small Sanctuary.
Sheryl Cohen got the ball rolling with her sponsorship of the window at the very top, of the city on the hill. Robbin, Brent, and Craig Cohen are sponsoring the other two – one will be in the name of their parents, Lawrence and Arline Cohen, and the other of their aunt and uncle, Frances and I.L. (Doc) Davis. Here’s what Robbin says about the windows:
I believe that my Dad was a past president of the synagogue. Jewish life and culture in Cheyenne was very important to him. He would have been very proud to have a window dedicated in his name. My brothers and I spent our school years going to Hebrew and Sunday School there, and all had Bar Mitzvahs there. Doc Davis' world revolved around the synagogue. It would be a huge omission to not include his memory.
The Mt. Sinai Board of Directors is meeting this Wednesday at 7 PM at the Synagogue. The meeting is a week earlier than usual, because of Rosh Hashanah. It was easier to move the Board meeting than it would be to move Rosh Hashanah.
We begin our High Holy Days services with a Selichot service at 7 PM on Saturday. Erev Rosh Hashanah services are Wednesday, September 24, also starting at 7.
Rabbi David Mattis and his wife are driving up from Los Angeles to serve as our cantorial soloist. They will arrive on Tuesday, September 23rd, and would like to stay with members of our congregation. If you have a room the Rabbi and his wife can use, please let us know. They plan to stay in Cheyenne through Yom Kippur. Rabbi Mattis is a close friend of Jason Rosner, the student Rabbi who served our Congregation last year. That means Jason told him about us, and he still decided to come!
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Verter zol men vegn un nit tseiln.
Words should be weighed and not counted.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo:
[Some thoughts on the connection this year between the High Holiday season and current events.]
I am the only one I can do Teshuvah for.
I can only seek forgiveness for those things which I personally have done, and I can only seek it from those people whom I have wronged.
I should not infantilize others by deciding for them what wrongs have been inflicted upon them or by taking actions based on my suffering what I imagine to be their pain.
I may not forgive a person if I have not been the one to suffer from their actions.
I should always remember that my first glance is going to be filtered through the lens of my personal history, so it will often be wrong. [All dogs appear to be Cujo in my sight at first - and some of them are actually dangerous.] Therefore it is only after the second glance or beyond that I should make any kind of fact based judgment that involves anything more than basic Arithmetic.
I am responsible for the choices that I make. Sometimes I am even responsible for the effects of those choices.
I am aware that abstract words, such as those above, may be used by both sides of most disagreements as proving their particular points. When my words are used to make positive changes within an individual, then they are used as meant. When my words are used to try and make other people change, then they are being misused.