Friday – 7:00 PM
Saturday – 10:30 AM
Shabbat Services are led either by Rabbi Larry Moldo or by lay leaders.
Wednesday, January 16 – 6:30 PM – Board meeting.
Thursday, January 17 – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105
Thursday, January 17 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Torah Thursday. Join us on Thursday at noon as, with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Rabbi Steinsaltz we look at how Isaac changed the family dynamics for Abraham and Sarah and the eventual repercussions. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Thursday, January 17 – 6 PM – Shalom Dinner at Guadalajara on East Lincolnway.
Friday, January 18 – 7 PM – Shabbat services led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, January 19 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Shabbat services and Torah study led by Rabbi Moldo followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood..
Sunday, January 20 – 10 AM to 12 noon – Religious school.
Sunday, January 20 – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.
Sunday, January 20 – 1:30 PM to 3 PM – Israeli & Jewish Dancing!! New dancers welcome! Contact Mary Weinstein (or any of the dancers) if you have any questions.
Thursday, January 24 – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105
Thursday, January 24 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Torah Thursday. Join us on Thursday at noon as, with the help of Rashi, Sforno and Rabbi Steinsaltz we look at how Isaac changed the family dynamics for Abraham and Sarah and the eventual repercussions. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Friday, January 25 – 7 PM – Shabbat services followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood.
Saturday, January 26 -10:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Shabbat services and Torah study followed by Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood..
Sunday, January 27 – 10 AM to 12 noon – Religious school.
Sunday, January 27 – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Library Open. Other times by request. Call Tim Solon, 632-4105.
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30 PM to 3 PM – Israeli & Jewish Dancing!! New dancers welcome! Contact Mary Weinstein (or any of the dancers) if you have any questions.
Weekly Message from our Board President
So what should we do this year? We have our regular events, such as services, holidays, and things like the Yiddish Food Festival and Shalom Dinners. How about something new? Got any ideas? The Board of Directors will be working on goals for the new year and planning new events, Wednesday night at 6:30. They’ll meet in the social hall in the Synagogue and are eager for your suggestions.
Sometimes, when you have a good idea, it’s worth repeating. We got the inspiration for our Yiddish Food Festival from Cheyenne’s Greek Festival. The folks who organize the Greek Festival gave us a lot of help and suggestions when we planned our first Yiddish Food Festival. Now our neighbors to the south, at Temple Or Hadash in Ft. Collins, have announced the Fort Collins Jewish Festival. It will take place on April 28, and will feature a concert and festival. There will be food and dancing, an opportunity to talk with their Rabbi, and more. Sounds a lot like ours! We wish them all the best with their event, and I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as the date gets closer.
We’re hungry, and Mexican food would hit the spot. Let’s have our next Shalom Dinner this Thursday at the Guadalajara Restaurant on East Lincolnway. We’ll make the reservations for 6 PM, but you know….It’s always a fun time, so please join us. And we’ll make sure there’s enough chips and salsa for everyone!
The Wyoming Legislature came to the Synagogue last week before the session opened, so we got to see the lawmakers before they started politicking. Jason Bloomberg took photos of the event, which are up on the website. Here’s one.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Az men est nisht kain kobol, shtinkt men nit.
If you don’t eat garlic, you won’t smell bad.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
In the Torah this week we are leaving Egypt, which means that the New Year for the trees is not far behind. Yes, it is indeed supposed to be the beginning of Spring like weather in some parts of the world. When Almond Trees begin to blossom, Spring is here.
Unless you are in Wyoming, or Minnesota, or several other places on the planet, in which case the almond trees have nothing to do with when Spring shows up.
Below you will find the D’var Torah I gave the morning of the pre-legislative Interfaith service last Tuesday morning, as well as the texts I was basing the D’var Torah upon.
Genesis 21:25-26 Then Abraham reproached Avimelech because of the well of water which Avimelech’s people had siphoned off. Avimelech said, “I don’t know who did this! If you had not told me about it today, I still would not have heard about it!”
Micah 6:6-8 “With what shall I show that God is a priority for me? Is it in giving God what I no longer need? Will God find satisfaction in troops of rams, in torrents of oil – does giving up even that which is important to me do anything for my wrongdoings?” A person has already told you the good that God seeks from you: doing justice, loving kindness and walking the path of your God in humility.
Proverbs 11:1-3 False statistics are abhorrent to God; integrity in weighing all things is what is desired. In the wake of the arrogant you will find disgrace; among the more modest is where wisdom can be located. The clarity of those with integrity stands them in good stead as the deviousness of the deceitful destroys them.
Matthew 5:3-10 [NRSV translation]
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Baruch shenatan michvodo l’vasar v’dam – I’ll explain more later on.
Justice. Kindness. Humility. Integrity. Blessedness. As well as a bit of politics. All of these are contained within the Sacred Texts I selected to be read this morning. Hopefully they are also a part of each of you as you begin this year’s legislative session.
Let’s begin with Abraham, who might be considered the first lobbyist. That particular selection which was read is also normally read during Rosh HaShanah, the start of the Jewish new year (which in 2019 will take place on September 30 and October 1). Most of the time that I read it in the context of the surrounding story, I imagine that Avimelech knew all about the wells. He uses too many words to make his protest. Abraham is therefore lucky that Avimelech comes to him, so he has the opportunity to right a wrong and keep it from happening again during his lifetime.
Yet, as foreign rulers go, Avimelech is one of the good guys. God appears to him in a dream, letting him know why his family and staff are being punished, so he can rectify the situation. So what if he did not actually know about the wells?
This can teach us about some truths of political life today. Sometimes, a member of the various branches of the government does not know about the effects of a particular decision until they are informed. In theory, that is what lobbyists are for, and the best ones manage to do just that – even if in several cases the effects are merely potential, since the law has not yet been passed in Wyoming.
Within Judaism, we recite a lot of blessings. The typical blessing format is “You are blessed, YHVH, the unique God we identify as ours who happens to run everything, for having created …” The creations range from food to splendid landscapes to, well, leaders. I said a Bracha when I began – “blessed is the One who has given from their weightiness/honor/glory to flesh and blood.” When we say, “You are blessed” the verb form is the same as that used to tell us that a book is written. Saying “This book is written” is not the same as writing the book. In the same way, any blessings recited within Judaism do not change the status of a single item. They are a way to recognize that the reality around us always includes components that prove that God is blessed. This gathering today includes proof for the religious among us that God is blessed.
Justice, kindness, humility, integrity, modesty – the principles that are espoused by Micah and the Proverbs are essential to good governance. Any one of these is difficult. All of them together in any one of us is probably an impossible dream towards which one should strive. Full disclosure: As a registered lobbyist for the Wyoming Interfaith Network, I will have a chance ever so often to see how close you get to fulfilling that quest. In the meantime, let’s all try to be kinder towards each other.
1 Agnes Weinstein
12 Laurie Lerner
15 Steve Lerner
25 Donna Pepper
26 Jacob Means
26 David Young
27 Erin Brown
29 Howard Rodack
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.