Photos Courtesy of Louis Davidson, Synagogues360.org
Friday - 7:00 PM - Online through Zoom.
Shabbat Services are led by lay leaders.
Wednesday, June 16 – 6:30 PM – Board Meeting.
Friday, June 18 – 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, June 20 – 11 AM to 1 PM – Yiddish Food Festival!
Monday, June 21 – 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, June 25 – 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, June 27 – Noon to 2 PM – Library Closed until further notice.
Sunday, June 27 – 1:30 to 3 PM – The Bea Montross Israeli Folk Dancers – cancelled until further notice.
SAVE THE DATE:
Haddasah Book Group – We are excited to have picked as our next reading adventure Susan Mervis’ book Zion’s Bridge. Susan is a member at Mt Sinai in Cheyenne and well known to many of us. This is her first published work; congratulations Susan! We will meet August 22nd with further details to follow.
This is the link to Amazon’s page https://www.amazon.com/Zions-Bridge-Susan-Grey/dp/B08YF4ZBVG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=zion%27s+bridge+susan+grey&qid=1622560475&sr=8-1#customerReviews
and here is the short description: In the spring of 1933, Adolph Hitler has been in power for three months and radical changes have already transformed Germany; new laws restrict Jewish employment and atrocities abound. Leaks have led to a worldwide German boycott, which further cripples the Depression economy. Many Jews look to leave, only to find their assets frozen. With Germany ‘encouraging ‘ Jews to leave, Chaim Arlosoroff,of the Jewish Executive Committee, suggests an audacious plan that intrigues the Reich and leads to a unique deal, a deal not all Jews agree with. The controversy grows. It’s called a deal with the Devil, which leads to violence and ends in bloodshed. It does however, rescue 60,000 German Jews.
Weekly Message from the Board President
The timing could be better. It’s been said that Wyoming has two seasons – winter and construction. Well, construction season is in full swing, and you can see it right outside the front door of the Synagogue.
The intersection of 26th and Pioneer is closed because of a storm sewer extension project. The work is expected to run through the summer. Fortunately, we don’t have anything planned, other than reopening the Synagogue, the Yiddish Food Festival, the Summer Picnic, and this little event at the end of July called Frontier Days (sarcasm intended).
Your best way into the Synagogue would be down Thomes to approach the building from the back, or maybe just park on 26th and walk across Pioneer. We hope we don’t get confused calls from people following the Detour signs and winding up in Pine Bluffs or Torrington.
Our scaled back version of the Yiddish Food Festival is Sunday. If you have pre-ordered, you can pick up your food between 11 AM and 1 PM. The Sisterhood does not plan on having food available for walkups. But we hope the festival next year will be back in full swing.
The Rabbi Search Committee has been busy interviewing candidates for the position. The next step will be inviting the finalists to lead services and teach classes. We’ll have details and schedules on that once they are set. We do want to remind you that our services will be on Zoom, but may also be available in person at the Synagogue. Again, details are coming.
The Ritual and Liturgy Committee and the Board of Directors are looking ahead to the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah is September 6. While we may have a new Rabbi in place in August, there might not be time for the person to prepare for the High Holy Days. So the Board and Ritual and Liturgy are making plans, just in case.
Our annual summer picnic is coming up! We usually hold it on the 4th of July weekend, and this year, the 4th falls on Sunday. We’ll turn that into a “Welcome Back to the Synagogue” party, and hope to see everyone there. It will be nice to get together in person after more than a year apart. Weather permitting, it will be outside in the back yard of the Synagogue.
You may have noticed that our online ordering and donation system has been up and down… it seems to break frequently. We’re going to be changing from Square to Paypal. This only affects the online system. Square works just fine for the See’s Candy Sale, in person sales for the Yiddish Food Festival, and other activities. Also, you do not need a Paypal account to use Paypal. It will accept any credit or debit cards that the Synagogue uses. So if you have been holding off on making that big donation… give us a few days and you’ll be good to go.
Dorothy Feldman is a true treasure of our Synagogue. This month, the Endowment Fund is raising money to sponsor a chair for someone who was a treasure to Dorothy… her late husband, Joe Feldman. Joe served on the Mt. Sinai Board of Directors. Dorothy said he was a voracious reader, and particularly loved books about Judaism and Jewish history.
When he died, Joe Feldman left his sizable collection of Jewish books to the Synagogue, and it became our Synagogue library, lovingly tended to by Dorothy and Tim Solon for more than 25 years. The library has grown since then, and is part of the Wyoming Library System.
We would like to raise $500 for a chair in the large sanctuary that would be located next to Dorothy’s, and would feature a plaque with Joe’s name on it. An anonymous donor has offered to cover half the cost with some conditions, we need just $250. It would mean a lot to Dorothy to have her husband remembered this way. If you’d like to donate, please use our website or contact the Synagogue office.
A few weeks ago, Denise Bendori sent us a list of Yiddish words and their definitions. They’ve been fun… here’s another one:
Shtub-mensch (SHTOOB-mensh, with the “oo” pronounced as in “book”): The literal translation of shtub-mensch is room- or house-person, but is used to mean roommate. English already uses “mensch” to describe a good, decent person., so why not give it an upgrade?
“Even though he’s kind of cheap, my shtub-mensch is a real mensch.”
Here’s our Yiddish Phrase of the Week:
Naronim on kropeveh vaksen on regen.
Fools and weeds grow without rain.
Mt. Sinai Board of Directors
5 Noam Mantaka
24 Sherry Snyder
26 Dennis Coelho
30 Carol Serelson