MT SINAI CONGREGATION
910 W. Randolph Street ∙ Wausau, WI 54401
E. Daniel Danson
Each year, the senior students in our religious school take part in a service marking Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. During the memorial we read from a Torah scroll that was smuggled out of Germany, after Kristallnacht and then brought to America by Ludwig and Rosa Schwab, the grandparents of one of our members, Sharon Schwab. We are honored to have this Torah residing at Mt. Sinai as it continues its journey with the Schwab family.
The most famous collection of Torahs that survived the Holocaust are known as the Westminster Torahs. A group of almost 1600 scrolls, they were saved by the Czech Jewish community and in the 1960’s found their way to Westminster Synagogue in London. Many of them have been restored and now serve in congregations all over the world http://www.memorialscrollstrust.org/. They provide a living memorial to the lost Czech communities where they came from, and to the European Jewish Community that perished in the Holocaust. While the Schwab Torah is not part of this collection, it holds a similar place at Mt. Sinai.
It is a particularly beautiful Torah, written in a fine hand and is wonderfully light for a scroll its size. Sadly, the ink used in Germany in the nineteenth century had a propensity to fade and this has rendered the Torah non-kosher (not ritually acceptable.) But almost all of its text is easily read and there are very few spots that are not legible. We have strived to carve out a path that acknowledges the changed ritual status of the scroll, even as we embrace it as a powerful symbol for inspiration and remembrance. We currently read the Torah only at the services for Simchat Torah/Consecration, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), and Shavuot/Confirmation.
The impact on our students of seeing the Torah read and learning its history is clear. They have become very aware of its story and are clearly moved when they hear it being read. One day the Schwab Torah will leave Mt. Sinai to continue on in the loving care of Ludwig and Rosa’s great-granddaughter Savanna. In the meantime it is our privilege to partner with the Schwab-Dahl family in keeping their family’s Torah a vital and important part of the life of yet another generation of Jews.
APRIL SERVICE SCHEDULE
Fri, April 3 No Service (First Seder)
Fri, April 10 7:30pm Stevens Point Community Shabbat/Historical Society Service**
Friday, April 17 7:30 pm Shabbat Service**
Fri, April 24 6:00pm Stevens Point Family Shabbat
Sat, April 25 10:00am Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion**
Sat, May 2 10:00am Bat Mitzvah / Alexis Tate
**Please note: These service dates/times have changed from the membership booklet.
CONGREGATIONAL PASSOVER SEDER
The Mt Sinai Congregational Passover Seder will be held on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6:00 pm. Babysitting will be provided starting at 5:45 pm.
STEVENS POINT COMMUNITY SHABBAT/HISTORICAL SOCIETY SERVICE
Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
1475 Water St, Stevens Point
Our April 10th Shabbat Service is going to be at the Portage County Historical Society (the old Beth Israel Synagogue). The service will start at 7:30 pm and we invite you to bring friends and neighbors to the service. There will be an Oneg Shabbat following the service.
STEVENS POINT FAMILY SHABBAT
A Family Shabbat and Potluck Brunch will be held on Friday, April 24, at 6:00pm, place – TBA. All ages are welcome. Please bring a dish to share.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS
4/5 No School
4/12 21st Session (P/K)
4/19 22nd Session
4/26 23rd Session (P/K)
4/4 1st Day of Passover
4/11 Shemini I
4/18 Shemini II Lev. 9:1 – 11:47
4/25 Tazria – Metzora Lev. 12:1 – 15:33
LUNCH BUNCH: Wed, April 8 at 12pm
BOOK CLUB: Wed, April 8, at 1pm
MAH JONGG: Wed, April 15, at 7pm
TODAH RABBAH (many thanks)
Barb and Jeff Rothweiler for hosting the oneg Shabbat February 27th.
Janet Cohodas and Bill and Barbara Schwisheimer, for hosting the oneg Shabbat on March 7th.
Randy and Robyn Chip for hosting the Stevens Point Family Shabbat on March 14th.
MERRILL MAPLE SYRUP SEASON TOURS
Want to spend a fun morning or afternoon? Come take a tour at Maple Hollow, of our Kosher Pure Maple Syrup Cooking Facility, during the season (now until the end of April.) Call Jay Stapleton at 715/536-7251.
If you have any address, email or phone number changes, please start getting them into the office so that Kellie can make the changes to the new directory. Thank you!
The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, April 26th, at 12:30 pm. All congregants are encouraged to attend.
A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
THE WELCOME MAT
We would like to welcome Ms. Amy Gervasio as a new member of Mt. Sinai Congregation.
Art and Jeannie Waldman, in memory of Esther Bousley.
RABBI’S DISCRECTIONARY FUND
Evelyn Breimeister Martin, in memory of her mother, Mollie Deutch.
Kent and Nancy Ugoretz, Yahrzeit for Kent’s father, George Ugoretz.
To the family of Esther Bousley, who passed away in March.
Murray Brilliant, Ph.D.
Sunday April 12, 2015
** Dr. Brilliant, a member of Mt. Sinai; is Director of the Center for Human Genetics at the Marshfield Clinic; Lead Genetic Scientist, Wisconsin Genome Initiative, Madison;
Director - ICTR Translational Technologies and Research Core, Marshfield; Member - Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Wisconsin and Marshfield Clinic
A great big THANK YOU…
To everyone who helped make this year’s Purim Carnival such a success!
Thanks to each of the Religious School classes for the games, the Religious Education Committee – Robyn Chip, Julee Duessing, Kim Luft, Marsha Stella and Karen Teter for the planning and the Social Committee cooks- Michael Kolasinski, Robert Kreczner, Julie Luks, Mitch Musicant, and Barb Rothweiler for the yummy lunch! Thank you to Rabbi Dan for the cotton candy!
Special thanks to our generous and skilled bakers/shoppers for making this year’s inaugural Cake Walk so delicious and fun including: Janet Fagan, Melanie Kuolt, Joyce Louis, Kimberly Luft, Barb Rothweiler, Karen Teter, Martha Trevino, and anonymous others!
MT. SINAI SISTERHOOD
Sisterhood Upcoming Events for April:
Mah Jongg Wed, April 15th
Join the Sisterhood for a "Peep Show"!
On Sunday, April 12th at 2pm, our Mt. Sinai Sisterhood will gather at the Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point to view their annual Peep Show. All art is created by local artists and community members, and it features the popular candy “Peeps”. Exhibits are often witty and humorous! After we tour the gallery, we’ll head over to Emy J’s to nosh and kibitz. The only costs for this event are your food and drink items ordered at Emy J’s.
What: Peep Show and Emy J’s
Date: Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Place: Riverfront Arts Center
1200 Crosby Ave, Stevens Point, WI 54481
The Sisterhood has started collecting purses, wallets, scarves, hats and costume jewelry for our 1st Annual Hags with Bags Bizarre this Summer!
UP & COMING:
Contact Information: www.mtsinaiwisconsin.org
Office Hours: Tues, Wed, & Fri 9am to 2pm