Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org
Friday - 7:00 PM - Online through Zoom.
Shabbat Services are led by lay leaders.
Friday, April 9 – Shabbat services via Zoom. We’ll open the meeting at 6:30 so people can chat. Services begin at 7:00. Zoom info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83627327018. Meeting ID: 836 2732 7018. Here’s a link to the book we’ll be using: – https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/
Friday, April 9 – 7 PM – Abraham Exhibit opening reception, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 104 S. 4th Street, Laramie
Sunday, April 11 – Noon to 1 PM – Sisterhood Meeting
Sunday, April 11 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Sunday, April 11 – 1:30 to 3 PM – The Bea Montross Israeli Folk Dancers – cancelled until further notice.
Monday, April 12 – 5:30 PM – Bibles and Beer 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.
Friday, April 16 – Shabbat services via Zoom. We’ll open the meeting at 6:30 so people can chat. Services begin at 7:00. Zoom info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83627327018. Meeting ID: 836 2732 7018. Here’s a link to the book we’ll be using: – https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/
Sunday, April 18 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Sunday, April 18 – 1:30 to 3 PM – The Bea Montross Israeli Folk Dancers – cancelled until further notice.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our next Hadassah Book Group will be on Sunday, May 9th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom; link to follow in a later email. We have picked Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites as our read. “Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.”
Weekly Message from the Board President
It’s a do-over. We began with 30 applicants for the position of Rabbi at Mt. Sinai. Some we eliminated right away, like the two Christian pastors and the Starbucks barista. Then the Rabbi Search Committee sent out a detailed questionnaire, asking things like how the applicant would feel about moving to Cheyenne, and if they were skilled at reading from the Torah.
Some applicants dropped out because they were looking for Orthodox Synagogues. Others decided they didn’t want to move to Cheyenne, or wanted to make more money than we could afford. The Rabbi Search Committee held Zoom interviews with six semifinalists, and then invited three of them to lead services and teach classes via Zoom. The committee did not feel that the other semifinalists would be a good fit for Cheyenne, for reasons specific to the individuals.
The three finalists then met our congregation virtually. After the sessions, two of them told us they wanted more money (about double what we could pay), and the third decided he did not want to move to Cheyenne after all.
So it’s a do-over. We’re starting our Rabbi search again. This is not unusual for Mt. Sinai. According to our elders, Mt. Sinai has had to conduct searches twice, or even three times, to find a Rabbi in the past.
We have already placed ads on Zip Recruiter, Indeed.com, and RabbiCareers.com. We are also reaching out to Jewish seminaries to see if they have students graduating who might be interested, and there are some other websites we are considering. We should mention that the other websites charge $200 or more to place a job listing, so we want to see if our earlier efforts pay off before spending that money.
We were in the news again! Wyoming PBS did a story on how Mt. Sinai celebrated Passover during the Pandemic. You can see it here: https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/synagogue-plan-host-passover-events-alternative-ways-pandemic-continues-2021#stream/0
There’s an interesting art exhibit in Laramie this weekend. It’s called “Abraham: Out of One, Many” and features the works of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish artists. Their work focuses on events in Abraham’s life. Our Dr. Jason Bloomberg will give a brief talk on Friday night. You can see more about the exhibit here: https://www.oncaravan.org/abraham.
Every month, the Endowment Fund focuses on a different individual the fund would like to honor with a plaque on a chair in the large sanctuary in the Synagogue. For the month of April, it’s the late Johnny Veta.
Johnny Veta was a prominent Cheyenne businessman. He owned Western Ranchman Outfitters in downtown Cheyenne. He served on the Mt. Sinai Board of Directors and as its president. President Jimmy Carter named him to represent the State of Wyoming at Carter’s National Small Business Conference in 1980. Veta was also featured one year in Fortune Magazine’s issue on entrepreneurs.
Sponsorship of a chair is $500, but an anonymous donor has offered to cover half the cost under certain conditions. The principal of the Endowment fund is never spent. Just 18% of the interest is given to the Synagogue to cover expenses. If you would like to donate, please use our website or contact the Synagogue office.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Bay nakht zenen ale ki shvarts.
At night all cows are black.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
1 Nathan Weinstein
3 Daniel Solish
6 Sally Nolan
12 Pat Wolf
16 Lynn Grimm
24 Carol Fischer
24 Cheryl Hite
24 Tori Rosenthal
29 Barbara Karz-Wagman