Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org
Friday - 7:00 PM - In person and online through Zoom.
Shabbat Services are led by lay leaders and Rabbi Moshe Halfon.
Tuesday, February 7 – 7 PM to 8:30 PM – Tu B’Shevat Seder led by Rabbi Halfon. Participants in the Judaism 101 class should participate in person, if possible. Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81434101294. Meeting ID: 814 3410 1294
Thursday, February 9 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Torah Thursday with Rabbi Halfon. In person at the Synagogue. Topics will include weekly Torah portions, stories, laws, commentary, and your requests!
Thursday, February 9 – 6:30 PM – Shalom Dinner at Bejo’s,112 West 17th Street.
Friday, February 10 – 7 PM – Shabbat services led by Rabbi Halfon in person and via Zoom. We’ll open the Zoom meeting at 6:30 so people can chat. Services begin at 7:00. Zoom info:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84687533228. Meeting ID: 846 8753 3228
Sunday, February 12 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Sisterhood meeting.
Sunday, February 12 – 3 to 4:30 PM – Israeli Folk Dancing is back! Anyone who wants to learn the basic Horas, Yemenite, and modern Israeli steps will enjoy this class. No charge, just put on your dancing shoes and join us.
Monday, February 13 – 5:30 PM – Bibles and Beer in person at Uncle Charlie’s and via Zoom. Please email Rodger McDaniel at [email protected] so he can add you to the list of those sent the Zoom link each week.
Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30 PM – Board Meeting.
Thursday, February 16 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Torah Thursday with Rabbi Halfon. In person at the Synagogue. Topics will include weekly Torah portions, stories, laws, commentary, and your requests!
Friday, February 17 – 7 PM – Shabbat services led by Rabbi Halfon in person and via Zoom. We’ll open the Zoom meeting at 6:30 so people can chat. Services begin at 7:00. Zoom info:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84687533228. Meeting ID: 846 8753 3228
Sunday, February 19 – 1 PM – Kugel Cookoff & Mt. Sinai Anniversary Party. Bakers, bring your best Kugels. Everyone, come and taste all of the Kugels and then vote for the best ones. We need Kugel tasters!
Sunday, February 19 – 3 to 4:30 PM – Israeli Folk Dancing is back! Anyone who wants to learn the basic Horas, Yemenite, and modern Israeli steps will enjoy this class. No charge, just put on your dancing shoes and join us.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Hadassah Book Group – We have chosen as our next read Talia Carner’s The Third Daughter. Here is a link to the author’s website: https://www.taliacarner.com/the-third-daughter/ We will meet on February 26, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Masks are not required in the Synagogue but are available for anyone who wants to wear one. No one will be turned away or prevented from entering the Synagogue to pray and worship.
Weekly Message from the Board President
Hail and farewell, Dorothy Feldman. On Saturday, Dorothy left Cheyenne. She moved to Arkansas to be closer to family. Dorothy grew up in Cheyenne. She got married to her beloved Joe, in the old Synagogue that was built back in 1910. She said the current building wasn’t ready when her wedding was scheduled, so it took place in our old Synagogue.
Dorothy was heavily involved in all aspects of our Synagogue life. But she also had a great impact in the larger Wyoming community. At a celebration in her honor a few years ago, stories were told of Dorothy’s meetings with governors and other politicians, as well as clergy and community leaders.
In the 1990’s, Dorothy’s husband Joe passed away. Dorothy decided to donate Joe’s collection of Jewish-related books to the Synagogue, and created the Mt. Sinai Library. She, along with good friend Tim Solon, operated and grew the library until Covid. It became the largest collection of Judaica in the state of Wyoming.
Dorothy Feldman leaves a lasting legacy at Mt. Sinai, Cheyenne, and Wyoming. We will miss her, and wish her all the best in her new home.
Speaking of the library, a special shoutout to Noam, Aviv, and Talia Mantaka, David Lucero, Carol Fischer, Phyllis Bloomberg, Laurie Lerner, Tikvah McKinnon, James Peebles, and Dave Lerner (yes, me). They came to the Synagogue on Sunday and spent hours moving bookshelves and box after box of books. The library had been moved to the lobby when the social hall was painted. We now have our lobby back, but it will be awhile before the books are all put back on the shelves in order. It was a lot of hard work, but we had a good crew and everything went smoothly.
One of our matriarchs was honored during First Saturday Shabbat services over the weekend. Lila Gallensky was called to the Torah, and later celebrated during a delicious lunch of blintzes. Lila’s in her ninth decade, but you wouldn’t know it from the energy she continues to pour into Sisterhood and Mt. Sinai. We can’t thank her enough for all she has done for the Synagogue, but Saturday’s service was a start.
Tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 7, is our Tu B’Shvat Seder. Rabbi Halfon will be leading. It’s very different from a Passover Seder. Fruit and nuts will be served, for example. It will be in person at the Synagogue starting at 7. You can also tune in on Zoom, starting at 6:30. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81434101294 Meeting ID: 814 3410 1294
Then on Thursday, we’re all going out to dinner at Bejo’s. It’s the Asian restaurant on 17th Street near Central. Let’s meet at 6:30 PM. This is our Shalom dinner, so please invite anyone you wish. Everyone pays for their own meal, and we get together for fun and great conversation.
Two Synagogue related dinners in one week? Yeah, we can do that.
A special shoutout to our own celebrity – Noam Mantaka. We learned this week that a Wyoming Tribune Eagle story about Noam and his food truck – Noam’s Table, won second place in the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s Best Business Feature Story (Daily Division). Congratulations to Will Carpenter, who wrote the story, and to Noam, for being such an excellent subject.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Er klert vi di velt dreyt zikh.
He’s contemplating the rotation of the earth.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
3 Courtney Schlisserman
5 Allison Baca
12 Susan Mervis
13 Samuel Moldo
15 Sherri Means
14 Rayette Reece
19 Jonathan Savelle
23 Liam Linn
27 Judy Brown