2610 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
(307) - 634 - 3052
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Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org
Please join us for Shabbat services every Friday evening at 7 PM. Shabbat Services are also held on the first Saturday of every month at 10 AM, when we honor someone special in our Congregation. Our services are in person and online through Zoom At the conclusion of services, enjoy our Oneg Shabbat.
Shabbat Services are led by lay leaders and Rabbi Moshe Halfon.
Tuesday, March 28 – Judaism 101. Rabbi Halfon’s class on Judaism, available on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81434101294 Meeting ID: 814 3410 1294.
Thursday, March 30 – 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! The topic this week will be Passover.
Friday, March 31 – 7 PM – Women’s Shabbat service 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, April 2 – 2 to 4:30 PM – Special Family Program. Make your own matzah and then watch the movie Prince of Egypt.
Sunday, April 2 – 3 to 4:30 PM – Israeli Folk Dancing cancelled.
Monday, April 3 – 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.
Tuesday, April 4,- 6 to 8 PM in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library. Participate in the next Braver Angels event exploring the challenges and rewards of reaching across racial/ethnic divides for understanding and common ground. We will watch an abridged documentary, and short follow-up, related to one man’s controversial approach and success in changing hearts and minds. Then, there will be facilitated small-group discussions about issues raised by these film clips, designed to improve understanding of issues and perspectives related to racial and ethnic bias. Please see the attached flyer and register for this important event.
Wednesday, April 5 – Our annual Passover Seder. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Seder starts at 6 PM sharp.
Thursday, April 6 – 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, April 7 – 7 PM – Shabbat services led by Rabbi Halfron, 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, April 9 – 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, April 10 – 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.
Donations for disaster relief after the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria can safely be sent through the CDP (Center for Disaster Philanthropy), https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/3-ways-to-support-survivors-of-the-earthquakes-in-turkey-and-syria/
Weekly Message from the Board President
It’s all in the family! Mt. Sinai is holding a special family event this Sunday, April 2, starting at 2 PM. We’ll be teaching you how to make matzah (and everyone, especially the kids will make their own matzah). While the matzah is baking, we’ll also be making Afikomen holders. Then we’ll all get together and watch Prince of Egypt, the animated musical that tells the story of Moses. It’s an event for the whole family, but the kids will really enjoy it.
It’s a preview of our big event, the annual Passover Seder. That takes place on the first night of Passover, which is Wednesday, April 5. The doors open at 5:30 PM and the Seder starts at 6.
To quote Jeff Weinstein, “there is nothing like the first taste of matzah at Passover…. Or the last.” To celebrate that last taste of matzah, we’re going to hold a Chametz party after the holiday.
When Passover is over, it’s time to bring back bread, rolls, muffins, doughnuts, and most importantly, pizza, into our lives. We’re going to have a pizza party before Shabbat services on Friday, April 14. It will start at 6, with hot pizzas at the Synagogue. Then we’ll move into the sanctuary for our regular Shabbat services. The pizzas will be vegetarian (sorry, meat on pizza isn’t kosher). If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, we’re sure there will be plenty of takers!
The women of our Congregation have been hard at work, preparing a special Shabbat service. It will take place this Friday, March 31. The women will share different readings and prayers and lead the service. Men are welcome too, of course. This will be an exciting and new twist on our services, and we’re looking forward to it a lot. The service will be in person and on zoom.
We’ve added a new page to our website. It’s about the Endowment Fund. There’s a graphic of a new brochure we created explaining the fund, what it is, how it works, and what the money is used for.
The main fundraising effort of the Endowment Fund has been offering sponsorships of chairs and bookholders in the large sanctuary. You can sponsor a chair for someone you would like to honor, including yourself. (They are $500 each) A lot of people have taken advantage of the opportunity. We’ve posted photos of all of the chair plaques on the new page. You can see it here: https://www.mtsinaicheyenne.org/endowment.
The Membership Committee has been updating how we approach membership and fundraising. The committee decided to change the process from asking for dues to asking for pledges, and has drafted a letter to go out to the community.
Here’s a preview.
Dear Mt. Sinai member,
The Board of Directors and President of Mt. Sinai wish you much good health and joy in 2023.
Because we are a small Congregation, we often feel more like an extended family. A family that participates in lively discussions with many opinions. A family that shares its love and caring and respect for each other.
But we are more than an extended family.
We are the only Jewish community in Cheyenne. This is where we come together to celebrate, share our faith, and practice our religion. This is where we come to teach, learn, and grow as Jews, and to better ourselves as people. This is where we come in times of need and in times of joy. This is where the larger community comes to show solidarity with us here and with Jews everywhere.
Mt. Sinai participates in social justice issues in Cheyenne and beyond. We are involved in several multi-faith organizations. We represent Judaism to those of other religions and offer numerous educational programs. These activities build greater understanding and enrich all of us.
To maintain our vibrant community, we NEED your participation. We NEED your time as a volunteer. And yes, we also NEED your money. We suggest an annual pledge of $1,000, of which $400 is designated to pay our Rabbi. If you can pledge more, we are very appreciative. If that amount is too much, we are very grateful for whatever amount you can pledge.
Here in the Diaspora, on the Western frontier in Wyoming, we need every Jew, every opinion, every idea, every penny….and you.
Please complete and return the enclosed pledge form. Pledges and donations are tax deductible.
On behalf of the Jewish community of Cheyenne, thank you!
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Ven er iz tsvey mol azoy klug, volt er geven a goylem!
If he were twice as smart, he’d be an idiot!
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
2 Sharon Pucillo
3 Marshall Brown
5 Denise Bendori
7 Stanley Sandick
9 David Silver
21 Sihaya Reid
26 Esme Reid
28 Jason Bloomberg
28 Rich Menkin
28 Morris Gardner
31 Dr Charles Kuckel