Thursday, September 3 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, September 4 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 5 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 5 - 8:30 PM to 10 PM - Selichot. Movie, discussion, ice cream.
Thursday, September 10 - 12 noon - Torah Thursday. We are studying Deuteronomy. Brown Bag Lunch.
Friday, September 11 - 7 PM - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, September 12 - 9:30 AM - Shabbat Services and Torah Study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Sunday, September 13 - 7 PM to 8:30 PM - Erev Rosh Hashanah Services.
Monday, September 14 - 9:30 AM to 1 PM - Rosh Hashanah Services followed by Tashlich.
Tuesday, September 15 - 9:30 AM to 12 noon - Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services
3 Cathy Berdan
5 Liz Wolf
9 Pewaubek Reid
10 Shira Michael
13 Navit Reid
Weekly Message from our Board President
August 31, 2015
It’s coming up fast. In a less than two weeks, we’ll be gathering in the large sanctuary in the Synagogue, and begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year in advance!
Rabbi Moldo has already been hard at work, outlining the services and preparing for the High Holy Days. He’ll be assisted during the services by our local lay leaders and members of our congregation. In fact, don’t be surprised if you are called on to read an English portion, or to come up to the Bima to be called to the Torah.
We have a lot of activities at the Synagogue during the year, and many of them are fun or educational. But the High Holy Days is when our focus is on G-d and our religious experience. There are a lot of great music videos about Rosh Hashanah. One of our favorites is from the Fountainheads. We included it a newsletter before, but it’s worth a repeat.
Sisterhood is busy preparing the annual High Holyday Journal. Please get your submissions in to Mary Weinstein, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If there’s been a change of address, or you want to honor someone, now’s the time to get that information in.
There’s an interesting development that came out of our meeting of the Board of Directors last week. A local graduate student has asked if she could submit the Synagogue for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Submitting the Synagogue doesn’t automatically mean it would be listed, but it would be nice honor for our community if the Synagogue was listed as historic. We wish Stephanie Lowe the best of luck in her submission and we’ll be helping her with the details.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
A hunt iz a mol getrei’er fun a kind.
A dog is sometimes more faithful than a child.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Torah Tidbits from Rabbi Larry Moldo
It has been a while since I had seen the movie Exodus. (I vaguely remember it as having lasted longer, but that could have just been the ads.) The movie captures well the complicated issues that existed at the time, some of which continue on until today. After almost 70 years, we also know that the reality was sometimes as envisioned by the movie, and other times it was radically different. People are complicated, and therefore the history that the sum of their choices makes is also complicated.
The main protagonist of the movie issues a declaration at the end, as the combined group of children's village, Irgun, Haganah and Palmach members bury jointly a young holocaust survivor and a local Arab village leader. He declares that the insanity of the world currently mandates that the only place these two victims can be at peace together is in the grave, and that is not good enough. There has to be a way for people to peacefully coexist on the land, and even if everyone stands in the way, such a life is the only answer to all the persecution, destruction and war.
It was a bit depressing to realize that not much has really changed. Life is still complicated, and enemies can be at peace with each other most easily when buried (as long as the survivors don't cause any problems.)
I guess that is one reason why the repetitive nature of the High Holidays is still necessary. None of us is free from having performed less than perfectly, and until that happens it is nice to have a structure to fall back on while we earnestly strive to be better.
May it be God's will that as we inch our way to being better, that all of us cut each other some slack for the dreadfully long time it sometimes takes.
50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Watkins Stained Glass Studio has 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".
Please click here for a podcast of the 2013 Cheyenne Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration.
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.
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.