2610 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
(307) - 634 - 3052
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Shabbat Services
Friday - 7:00 PM
Saturday - 10:30 AM
Shabbat Services are led either by Rabbi Larry Moldo or by lay leaders.

Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org

Coming Up

Wednesday, November 15 - 6:30 to 8 PM - Board Meeting.  

Thursday, November 16  - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105   

Thursday, November 16 - 6:30 PM - Shalom dinner at the Synagogue hosted by the Sisterhood.  We will be serving the Sisterhood's special brisket with sides and dessert.  There will be a vegetarian option. This is a Synagogue fundraiser and donations will be appreciated.

Friday, November 17 -7 PM - Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, November 18 - 10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo  followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, November 19 - 10 AM to noon - Religious School

Sunday, November 19 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Sunday, November 19 - 11 AM to 2 PM - Therese (Tikvah) McKinnon's birthday party at the Kiwanis Community Center in Lions Park.  We're all invited!  Stop by anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM.  The Mt. Sinai Dancers will be there between 1 and 2 PM and we encourage everyone to join us in some dances.

Friday, November 24 -7 PM - Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Saturday, November 25 - 10:30 AM to noon - Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sunday, November 26 - 10 AM to 4 PM - See's Candy Sale opens & Gift Shop Open House.  

Sunday, November 26 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.

Sunday, November 26 - 1:30 to 3 PM - Jewish & Israeli Dancing.  Everyone is welcome!!  Please contact Mary Weinstein if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you.  


NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1              Marilyn Beeman
3              Jared Miller
4              Julie Breen
7              Ya’el McLoud
10           Roslyne Kaufman
11           Alan Wolf
14           Ruth Langley
25           Therese McKinnon
25           Stephanie Ehrlich
26           James Peebles
27           Phyllis Bloomberg
27           Nolan Rap
29           Lila Gallensky

               


        

 



 

Weekly Message from our Board President

We’re getting busy!  The year may be winding down, but Mt. Sinai Congregation is just warming up!  There’s a lot going on.  Here’s a list, in chronological order.

Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 P.M., the Sisterhood is hosting the Shalom Dinner in the Social Hall at the Synagogue.  The Sisterhood’s famous brisket is on the menu, along with vegetarian choices. (Thank you Georgia Young for the brisket donation).  There’s no agenda… it’s just come, enjoy wonderful food, and have fun with our Jewish Cheyenne family.

Sunday, November 19, from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Kiwanis house in Lions Park – It’s a birthday party for Therese (Tikvah) McKinnon.  Tikvah says she’s turning 60, but we don’t believe her – she looks way too young!  Come help us sing Happy Birthday!

The next week is Thanksgiving. 

Sunday, December 10 is our annual congregation meeting.  It starts at 10 AM with brunch, followed by the meeting.  We’ll be electing members of the Board of Directors, reviewing the Synagogue budget, and discussing other Synagogue business.

We won’t have movie night in November because of the holiday, but we’re moving it up earlier in December.  So join us Sunday, December 10 at 6:30 PM for movie night.  We’ll be showing An American Tail.  It’s the 1986 cartoon about a young Jewish mouse – Fievel Mouskevitz, and his family’s adventures as they travel from Russia to the United States to escape cats.

Hanukkah starts on Tuesday, December 12.  It will be in full swing when we hold our annual Hanukkah party.  That will be Sunday, December 17.  We’ll light dozens of Menorahs (our Synagogue heating bill will drop as a result), play dreidel, eat latkes, and more.  It’s a community event, so definitely come.  We always have spare Menorahs, too.

We have a special Christmas tradition at Mt. Sinai.  Yes, we’re a Jewish synagogue.  So we celebrate Christmas is the best Jewish way… we go out for Chinese food.  We’ll have details on the time and restaurant as we get closer.  It’s our Shalom Dinner for December, but we always make it a Chinese restaurant, because that somehow became a Jewish thing.

So lots of stuff coming up!

We have also had some very special things to celebrate in the past few weeks.  Dorothy Feldman celebrated her 90th birthday by donning a Mexican sombrero and being serenaded at the Guadalajara Restaurant.  Then Helen Zigmond celebrated her 90th birthday with a dinner at Poor Richards.  And Roz Kaufman just celebrated her 90th, with lunch at Olive Garden.  Sounds like the restaurants in Cheyenne are really benefiting from our 90-years-young members!  Here’s pictures from Roz’s celebration.  She asked for a new car… wait till you see how her daughters fulfilled her request:

Let’s finish off the week with a saying from Babs Klein:

By three things a man gives himself away: by his tumbler, his tipping, and his temper.

Shalom!

Dave Lerner
President
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors


Rabbi's Column

The story in this week's Torah portion is the only one that involves Isaac in active roles. The last couple of weeks he played  an important part in Abraham and Sarah's stories, but this week he gets his own spotlight for a few literary moments. Related to this (I will tell you how, shortly) is that while Mordechai is on stage quite often during the Book of Esther, he has only one speaking part.

One lesson I get from combining these two bits of information is that a person's importance is not measured by their moments in the spotlights or the volume of their speech (both in terms of loudness and in terms of sheer amount). A person's importance can also be measured by how they continue and extend what happened before them, as well as how much integrity they are filled with.

On a slightly different topic, these days I become more impressed with Jewish jurisprudence. Granted, the system, especially for crimes involving the death penalty, may never have been actually used since we were often ruled by other people. Here are some of the principles and ramifications that have been recently floating in my mind:

Ignorance of the law is an excuse. Since that is true, and because the Torah requires two witnesses to an event for it to attain legal status, one of the jobs of the witness is to warn the perpetrator that what they are doing is illegal and to let them know what the punishment will be. This warning functions like a blessing, in that both need to be connected closely in time to the event they describe.

When all that is involved is money, you can accept a person's sworn word for what they have done. When their own life is involved, you may not accept, ask for, or make use of, what a person might have to say about their own actions. It doesn't matter whether you are silent or not - we have a responsibility to ignore anything you might say about yourself or your family - as allowing you to implicate yourself or your family is slightly disrespectful towards God.

The Jewish legal system presumes that God is part of the system, and punishing the innocent individual (in cases where the individual is on trial) is far worse than not punishing the guilty. The system does agree with the current model of public opinion in that often an individual's actions can affect an innocent group in which that person happens to be. The biblical example par excellence is contained in the traditional second paragraph of the Shma, where we are told that if some do not follow God's ways, then nobody will get rain at the right times to grow enough food. Today, we have many cases where if one actor or actress is behaving inappropriately, everyone involved with the show they had been on is punished by subsequent loss of royalties and public exposure when the show is cancelled and pulled out of syndication.

When it happens that a witness lies because they want to punish the person they are accusing, the system imposes the punishment they had planned to inflict upon the innocent person on them instead. I do think it is interesting that an integral part of the Jewish justice system assumes that people will sometimes lie in order to punish others. The majority will tell the truth as they know it - but there is always that pesky minority.

May all of us be fortunate enough in our lives to never be harmed by that pesky minority, and may we strive mightily to avoid declaring internally that the ends justify the means so that we are willing to stretch the truth in order to punish somebody we can't stand. 

More than 50 Years of Watkins Stained Glass Windows at Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Watkins Stained Glass Studio 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".

 

Additional Information

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Mt. Sinai Religious School

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.

We also offer Adult Education classes on a variety of topics throughout the year. Please click here.

If you would like further information, please contact Phyllis Bloomberg or Rabbi Larry. 

 

Mt. Sinai Movie Nights

All movies are shown at Mt. Sinai on the “big screen” and with surround sound. Refreshments and drinks provided. Come join us for any or all of our upcoming movies.


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