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Friday - 7:00 PM - In person and online through Zoom.
Shabbat Services are led by lay leaders and Rabbi Moshe Halfon.
Thursday, August 4 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Torah Thursday. Rabbi Moshe will meet in the Social Hall with anyone who wishes for Torah study and discussion. Topics will include weekly Torah portions, stories, laws, commentary, and your requests! Feel free to bring your own lunch. A microwave is available for use in the Social Hall. The kosher kitchen will be closed.
Friday, August 5 – 7 – 8:15 PM – Shabbat services in person and 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/84687533228. Meeting ID: 846 8753 3228. Here’s a link to the book we’ll be using: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/.
Sunday, August 7 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Sisterhood meeting in person.
Sunday, August 7 – 7 PM – Tisha’ B’Av service in person and on Zoom. Zoom meeting starts at 6:30 PM. Meeting ID: 836 9533 5598. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83695335598
Monday, August 8 – 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, August 9 – 6 PM to 8 PM – Rabbi Halfron will speak on: “They Fought Back: Stories and Songs of Physical and Spiritual Resistance” in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library as part of the traveling exhibit Americans and the Holocaust which is at the library from July 18-August 29, 2022, including talks by professors and other experts. The exhibit will be on display on all three floors of the library for visitors to engage with and learn about this time period. For more information about this exhibit, please click on this link: https://lclsonline.org/americans-and-the-holocaust/
Thursday, August 11 – 12 noon to 1 PM – Torah Thursday. Rabbi Moshe will meet in the Social Hall with anyone who wishes for Torah study and discussion. Topics will include weekly Torah portions, stories, laws, commentary, and your requests! Feel free to bring your own lunch. A microwave is available for use in the Social Hall. The kosher kitchen will be closed.
Friday, August 12 – 7 – 8:15 PM – Shabbat services led by Rabbi Halfon, in person and 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/84687533228. Meeting ID: 846 8753 3228. Here’s a link to the book we’ll be using: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/.
Saturday, August 13 – 10 AM – Simon Wolf’s Bar Mitzvah!! Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Halfon, in person and via Zoom We’ll open the meeting at 9:30 so people can chat. Services begin at 10 AM. Zoom info: Meeting ID: 891 4335 3884. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89143353884
Sunday, August 14 – 2 PM to 5 PM – Four Congregation Inter-Congregational Gathering at Roland Moore Park in Ft. Collins. This is a great opportunity to interact with our neighbors to the South. Please contact Phyllis if you are interested in carpooling.
Monday, August 15 – 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.
SAVE THE DATE!
Hadassah Book Group – Sunday, August 21, 4 PM, via Zoom. Helen Wecker’s The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinn. This is a sequel to her previous novel The Golem and the Jinni which we read in 2020.
Masks are not required in the Synagogue but are available for anyone who wants to wear one. No one will be turned away or prevented from entering the Synagogue to pray and worship. You may want to consider wearing a mask when in the Synagogue. Please click here for more details about our policy.
Weekly Message from the Board President
August is going to be a really busy time at your friendly, neighborhood Synagogue. We have five things coming up in the next few weeks, and all of them are pretty interesting. Let’s go chronologically.
This coming Sunday, August 7, Rabbi Halfon will hold a special service commemorating Tisha B’Av. According to the Hebcal website, Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B’Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av.
Tisha B’Av is usually celebrated with a fast and is considered a period of mourning. Rabbi Halfon will hold a service in the Synagogue on Sunday, starting at 7 PM. He says it will not be a downer. It will be available on Zoom. The Zoom meeting will start at 6:30 PM. Here’s the Zoom info: Meeting ID: 836 9533 5598. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83695335598.
The Laramie County Library is holding a special exhibit about the Holocaust. On Tuesday, August 9 at 6 PM, Rabbi Halfon will lead a discussion. Here’s what the Library says about it.
“As it became clear by at least 1942 that the ultimate goal of the Nazi regime was the extermination of all Jews worldwide, Jews and their allies mounted many forms of physical, spiritual, and political resistance, particularly in the “ghettoes” (walled-in sections of cities the Nazis had created), extermination and work camps, and forests throughout Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Rabbi Halfon – who has studied the period extensively – will discuss just a handful of such uprisings and acts of resistance (both spiritual and personal as well as physical), and as an added bonus, he will perform songs of the “Partizaner” fighters of that time in both Yiddish and English translation. This event is part of the library’s programming for Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition for libraries, currently on display at Laramie County Library in Cheyenne.”
It has been years since we celebrated a Bar Mitzvah at Mt. Sinai. That drought ends on Saturday, August 13, when Simon Wolf climbs to the Bima and performs the service. Simon has been working very hard and we are looking forward to his service. The service begins at 10 AM in the Synagogue. The Zoom broadcast starts at 9:30.
Meeting ID: 891 4335 3884
The next day, Sunday, August 14, will be something new. Three of the Jewish congregations in northern Colorado have decided to get together, and they’ve invited Mt. Sinai Congregation to come down and join them. We will all meet at a park in Ft. Collins. It will take place from 2 to 5 PM at Roland Moore Park, 2201 N Shields St, in Fort Collins. There will be food, singing, and an opportunity to connect with Jews from other Synagogues in our region. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.
So that’s the next two weeks. It is pretty busy, but we should also mention that the Rabbi is planning an open house and will be hanging mezuzot in his home, later in the month. We’ll have more details on that when we get closer.
We mentioned Simon Wolf’s Bar Mitzvah earlier. The Endowment Fund would like to honor Simon with a plaque with his name on it in our large sanctuary. It’s a fundraiser for the Endowment Fund, of course, but it is also a nice way for the congregation to commemorate Simon.
The plaques are $500, but an anonymous donor is willing to donate half that amount under certain conditions. If you would like to help, please use our website or contact the Synagogue office.
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Oyb di bobe volt gehat reder, volt zi geven a vogn.
If grandma had wheels, she would be a wagon.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
Four Congregation Inter-Congregational Gathering at
Roland Moore Park
Temple Or Hadash, Congregation Har Shalom,
Beth Israel Congregation, and Mt. Sinai Congregation
are joining forces to host an
at Rolland Moore Park.
Hike, Schmooze, and engage in meaningful dialogue,
bring your own dinner.
Our congregations are working together to build a vibrant
Jewish culture in Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
Those interested in a relaxed hike along the Spring Creek Trail
can meet at Pavilion #2 in Rolland Moore Park at 2:00PM
Rabbi Lynn Goldsmith, Or Hadash,
Rabbi Sally Finestone, Har Shalom,
Rabbi Moshe Halfon, Mt. Sinai Congregation in Cheyenne,
Rabbi Sara Gilbert at Beth Israel Congregation in Greeley.
For those who would like to stay for a picnic dinner,
please bring your own meal.
Water will be provided.
We are eager to bring the congregations together
with more social activities.
Don’t miss this opportunity to interact
with other like-minded Jews in the area.
4 Rosalyn Baker
6 Ashley Ginsburg
9 Jonathan Make
13 Rick Wagner
14 Jill Zarend-Peebles
15 Logan McLoud
16 Michael Rosenthal
18 Howard Schneider
20 Katie Lerner
22 Warrie Means
24 Jenny Coelho
25 Tim Solon
27 Priscilla Golden
28 Babs Klein
29 Chris Humphrey
31 Nate Breen