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Mt Sinai

Yom Shlishi, 20 Tammuz 5775




Wausau, Wisconsin

Summer 2015


The Confirmation of Alex Bluestein, Noah Gordon, Sylvia Rothweiler, and Kayli Tate will be held on Friday evening, June 5th, at 7:30 pm.


Donna Stapleton Bat Mitzvah Anniversary

Please join Donna Stapleton as she celebrates becoming a Bat Mitzvah on the 46th Anniversary of her 13th birthday.  Shabbat morning, June 6, 2015 at 10am.  Luncheon to follow. 

Everyone is welcome.



Friday, July 10 at 6:15 pm

Join us for a BBQ Potluck dinner on Friday, July 10th, starting at 6:15 pm, followed by a Shabbat service.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and lemonade will be provided. A small contribution of $3/person would be appreciated to cover the cost of these items. We ask that you please bring a salad, side dish, and/or dessert to share.


Reminder:  Rabbi Danson will be at OSRUI June 14 – 28.



Saturday, August 8 at 10am

Join us for a Shabbat service and Torah Study followed by a Kiddish Brunch Potluck on Saturday, August 8th, starting at 10:00am at the Schmeeckle Reserve, 2419 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point in the meeting room.


LUNCH BUNCH:  Will meet at 12pm on Wednesday, June 10 and July 8.

BOOK CLUB: Will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, June 10 and July 8.


6/6       Beha’alotecha      Num. 8:1-12:16

6/13     Shelach                Num. 13:1-15:41

6/20     Korach                 Num. 16:1-18:22

6/27     Chukkat              Num. 19:1-22:1


7/4       Balak               Num. 22:2-25:9

7/11     Pinchas            Num. 25:10-30:11

7/18     Matot-Masei  Num. 30:2-36:13

7/25     Devarim          Deut. 1:1-3:22


Kellie’s summer office hours, beginning June 2, are Tues, Wed & Thurs, 9-2. Vacation days will vary so please call ahead if you plan to stop by the office.




  • Mitch & Jessie Musicant, in memory of Marsha and Steve Shopsis
  • Jeanine & Ed Semon, in honor of Ben Semon’s Yahrzeit.
  • Rachel Tate, in appreciation of Rabbi Dan and the Temple for Alexis’ Bat Mitzvah.


  • Dan Ronis and Nancy Lease, for the donation of Jacob’s Legacy Book: A Genetic View of Jewish History to the Mt. Sinai Library.


  • David and Linda Bluestein, in honor of Art and Jeannie Waldman’s new grandson, Oliver Waldman.


  • Jeff and Barb Rothweiler, in appreciation of Art Waldman.


  • Phil Albert and Margo Quinn
  • Jeff and Barb Rothweiler, in appreciation of Rabbi Dan




Work has begun on the 2015-16 membership directory. We only print the information you provide us, so please look at your listing from this year and notify Kellie of any changes you wish to make.




Announcements for the August Newsletter need be sent to the office no later than July 17th. This includes graduations, births, marriages, awards, special programs, etc.



Mt. Sinai extends its condolences to Art & Jeannie Waldman on the death of their sister-in-law, Barbara Sim Coffman who passed away in April.

Also, to Tara & Jerry Woolpy, on the death of Tara’s father, Scott White Reed who passed away in May.



Anna Andersen who graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Maggie Weiser and Ken Stevenson are the proud parents of Frances Isabel Stevenson, born on April 22, 2015. Grandparents are Larry and Julia Weiser.

Jake and Christy Albert are the proud parents of Hudson, born on May 15th.  Grandparents are Phil Albert and Margo Quinn.



To: Ed and Faye Miller and Larry and Julia Weiser, for hosting the Kiddish on April 25th.

To: Rachel Tate and Joyce Louis, for hosting Kiddish in honor of Alexis’ Bat Mitzvah on May 2nd.

To: Jeff and Barb Rothweiler, for hosting Kiddish in honor of Emma’s Bat Mitzvah on May 9th.

To: Beth Klaips and Janet Fagan, for hosting Kiddish in honor of Damien’s Bar Mitzvah on May 16th.

To: Andrea Steinberg, for her first year as religious school administrator.

To: Marsha Stella and Rachel Tate, for their work with Andrea Steinberg in keeping the religious school running smoothly.

To our religious school teachers: Melissa Trevino, Bill Duessing, Jessie Musicant, Tara Woolpy, Joyce Louis, Debbie Ginsburg, Jerry Goldberg, and Rabbi Danson.

To our Hebrew teachers: Shanny Luft and Jeff Resnick.

If anyone has inadvertently been omitted, please accept our apologies. We try very hard to get all the names at every event.




Sisterhood Upcoming Events for June & July:

Mah Jongg:

 Wed, June 17th & July 15th

at 7pm


Join the Sisterhood on

Saturday, August 29th

Amherst Quilt, Craft, & Furniture Auction at the Amherst Fairgrounds

A fun day to bid for unique items and Amish donuts that alone are worth the schlep!

  • Viewing quilts 7:00 to 9:00 am
  • Craft Auction starts at 8:00 am along with flowers.
  • Quilt auction starts at 9:00 am in separate tent.
  • Furniture starts at 12:00 noon along with quilts

There is also flea market and Amish baked goods sale. Bring a chair. Held under a tent rain or shine.

More details to follow soon on the Sisterhood Facebook Page.

Questions about the auction – Contact – Julee Duessing




Mah Jongg Fun-raiser –

Mah Jongg on the Green, August 6th Wausau Country Club. Registration at 10:30am. Cost $45 includes lunch, Mah Jongg and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  Questions? Contact Marsha Stella (715-571-2295 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


The 23rd Portage County Cultural Festival:

Mt. Sinai had a very successful day at the Portage County Cultural Festival on May 9.  Our exhibit table was incredibly busy stamping passports, spinning dreidels, and representing the Jewish community for the approximately 10,000 visitors.  Many thanks to the following volunteers that helped from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.: Gail and Bill Skelton, Julia and Larry Weiser, Len and Leslie Markman, Shanny, Simon, and Ellie Luft.  Also, thanks to Mt. Sinai members and friends that visited our exhibit during the day: Ruth Marx, Aaron and Heidi Marx, Amy Gervasio, Aaron and Camille Kadoch, Elizabeth Levine, Bill and Eliana Duessing, Linda Glazner.  Next year's cultural festival is on May 7, 2016.

Although it is not our purpose to sell dreidels, we did have revenue of $66 (Two for $1).  That will cover some expenses for duplication and any cost of the exhibit table.

Special thanks to Rabbi Dan for transporting Judaica items. 



Annual Meeting

For those of you who were not able to join us at the Annual Meeting, below is a summary:

-       Please welcome our new Board members-

Ruth Marx is Treasurer, Marian Greenburg and Shanny Luft are Trustees

-       The Technology Committee researched and presented a solution to the Board to implement video conferencing for meetings, educational opportunities, and tutoring.  This information was shared at the Annual Meeting.  The final presentation was made at the May 13 Board Meeting.  A motion was made to accept and was passed.  We are working on having the system in place and key personal training completed before winter.  Key personnel would then train and support smaller groups of people.

-       Budget deficit- Mt. Sinai Congregation continues to accomplish what we accomplish on a very lean budget.  With that said, we will still have a budget short fall estimated at about $20,000.  In years past, we have been blessed with the generosity of donations and gifts.  As wonderful as that has been, we cannot build a budget counting on those gifts.

~   Dues - Mt. Sinai will be increasing annual dues by 3%.  We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

~   Mt. Sinai will be looking for long term and short term opportunities for fund raising.  The fund raiser at Noodles, sponsored by the Mt. Sinai Sisterhood, had a great turn out.  The Sisterhood was able to donate those funds back to Mt. Sinai.  Let us know if you have any ideas that you want to share.

-       We have new Board members and all of our committees could use another person to offer ideas and energy.  How about you?



Summer Service Schedule for the Summer! (see front page)

June 5th Confirmation

June 6th Donna Stapleton Bat Mitzvah Anniversary

July 10th July Service and BBQ Potluck at Mt. Sinai

August 8th Shabbat Service & Potluck Kiddish Brunch at Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point


Contact Information:     Office:  715-675-2560  

Rabbi E. Daniel Danson, ext. 12  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary Kellie Messman, ext. 11       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summer Office Hours: Tues, Wed, & Thurs    9am to 2pm

Please call ahead to be sure someone is in the office!