Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org
Friday - 7:00 PM - Online through Zoom.
Shabbat Services are led by lay leaders.
Wednesday, January 20 – 6:30 PM – Board Meeting via Zoom.
Thursday, January 21 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Friday, January 22 – 7 PM – 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, January 24 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Sunday, January 24 – 1:30 to 3 PM – The Bea Montross Israeli Folk Dancers – cancelled until further notice
Monday, January 25 – 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.
Thursday, January 28 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Friday, January 29 – 7 PM – 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, January 31 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Sunday, January 31 – 1:30 to 3 PM – The Bea Montross Israeli Folk Dancers – cancelled until further notice
SAVE THE DATE!
Our next Hadassah Book Group meeting will be on February 7th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom; link to be provided in the future.
We have picked Naomi Ragen’s Sotah as our next read and here is what Amazon has to say about the book:
“Beautiful, fragile Dina Reich, a young woman in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox haredi enclave, stands accused of the community’s most unforgivable sin: adultery. Raised with her sisters to be an obedient daughter and a dutiful wife, Dina secretly yearned for the knowledge, romance, and excitement that she knew her circumscribed life would never satisfy. When her first romance is tragically thwarted, she willingly enters into an arranged marriage with a loving but painfully quiet man. Dina’s deeply repressed passions become impossible to ignore, find a dangerous outlet in a sudden and intense obsession with a married man, with terrible consequences. Exiled to New York City, Dina meets Joan, a modern secular woman who challenges all she knows of the world and herself. Set against the exotic backdrop of Jerusalem’s glistening white stones and ancient rituals, Sotah is a contemporary story of the struggle to reconcile tradition with freedom, and faith with love.”
For those who are curious about the title, a sotah is a woman suspected of adultery. The biblical ritual of the ordeal of bitter water used to determine innocence or guilt is recorded in Numbers 5:11-31. You may read further here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordeal_of_the_bitter_water
Weekly Message from the Board President
We have a great deal for you, thanks to Sabrina and Phil Reichert, and their new store in downtown Cheyenne, Instant Attraction. Here’s what Sabrina said.
10% welcome discount to congregants, in-store when they let us know they’re part of Mount Sinai, and online if they reach out to us to get their 10% discount code (they can email [email protected] or call or text 3072143160).
We just got a lot of new merchandise for Valentine’s Day, all from exciting brands. Most products are listed on our website shopinstantattraction.com, but people can also check out our fb and instagram @shopinstantattraction for content and updates.
Instant Attraction opened in mid December. Its downtown on 17th Street, where old Xerox store used to be. Instant Attraction features New York styles and fashions (https://www.shopinstantattraction.com).
The Reicherts are new in town, and one of the first things they did after setting up their store was to visit Mt. Sinai. They have applied to join us as members and are interested in getting involved in our Synagogue activities. A very warm welcome to Sabrina and Phil, and their dogs Crouton and Waffles. We’re delighted to have you in Cheyenne and at Mt. Sinai.
The Rabbi Search Committee meets tomorrow (Tuesday) and will narrow down our applicants. Finalists will be asked to lead our Friday night services, so watch for details on that.
The Mt. Sinai Board of Directors meets on Wednesday, and will be looking ahead to activities we can do safely during 2021. The vaccines are out, and some members of our Congregation have already received the shots. It will still be awhile before we can open completely and return things to normal. We have a Synagogue Reopening Committee working on the details.
The Endowment Fund met on Sunday and reviewed its fundraising efforts during 2020. In the past, the Fund has held concerts to raise money. That didn’t happen in 2020. Instead, the Endowment Fund focused on offering sponsorships of chairs in the sanctuaries. The chairs in the large sanctuary are $500 each, and the Fund has honored a different individual each month. That effort has been very successful – in fact, the chairs raised more money than the concerts did. Of course, at some point the Endowment Fund would like to do both.
Money in the Endowment Fund is invested and never spent. This year, just 18% of the interest will be given to the Synagogue to use for expenses. The exact amount will be determined after the Endowment Fund’s February meeting.
The Fund is raising money in January to honor Mark Goldberg. Mark was born and raised in New York, but moved to Cheyenne in 1995 and got involved in the Synagogue almost immediately. Mark was an avid fisherman and guide, and after he passed away, he donated all of his equipment (some of it brand new) to the Synagogue. It was sold in a rummage sale and raised a good amount of money for the Mt. Sinai.
We also want to mention the Mt. Sinai Trust. The Trust, like the Endowment Fund, does not spend its principle. A portion of the interest is used to help pay the Rabbi’s salary. The Trust has been around for a long time, and has grown substantially over the years. The Trust will be revising its investment policy later this year to focus on getting better returns.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Geshmak iz der fish oif yenems tish.
Tasty is the fish from someone else’s table.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
1 Agnes Weinstein
2 Jacob Westover
11 Stephanie White
12 Laurie Lerner
15 Steve Lerner
25 Donna Pepper
26 Jacob Means
26 David Young
27 Erin Brown
29 Howard Rodack