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Yom Rivii, 1 Elul 5774








Dan Danson


This column will arrive in your mail somewhere very close to July 28, 2014, the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. WWI is the war that never should have been. The great powers fell into it quite by accident, the loss of life was staggering (e.g. a million casualties in the Battle of the Somme), and the armistice that settled it led directly to WWII. It was war at its most insane, so much so that both during and after the war it garnered the slogan, “the war to end all war”.

 But war is still with us. The news during these last few months has been particularly unsettling. Whether it is the “separatists” in the Ukraine, ISIS in Syria and Iraq, or yet another war in Gaza, our television screens are filled with conflict. In terms of scale, all of these conflicts are small, but each one has the potential to set blocks of nations against each other. This is hardly a new phenomenon. One could go back, decade by decade, and find similar examples; the Balkan conflict in the ‘90’s, the Iran-Iraq war in the 80’s, and the entirety of the Cold War. Each time the world has escaped being drawn into another large scale war.

 However, the hundredth anniversary of WWI reminds us that every time nations go to war, the risk is out there. And each of the current conflicts, the civil wars in Syria and Iraq, the Russian aggression in the Ukraine, and as of today (7/22/14) Operation Protective Shield in Gaza, continue to escalate. Most probably, they will not result in war between large, standing armies, but WWI is a haunting reminder that that is always a possibility.

 The First World War is also a reminder of how insanely destructive war is. Each of the current conflicts reflects this; the 2,000,000 refugees from the Syrian civil war, the unimaginable slaughter at the hands of ISIS, and the large number of civilian deaths in Gaza, Israel’s efforts notwithstanding.  No one knows better than we Jews the price of being stateless and powerless, but once war starts it is all too easy to succumb to the siren call of “our” heroes, the absolute “rightness” of one’s cause, and even the “romance” of it all. Nations have a way of being far better at being drawn into war than of seeking to “be among students of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace” (Pirke Avot). This hundredth anniversary of WWI is a reminder that mostly, war is a fool’s errand.






11:00AM & VEGETARIAN BRUNCH POTLUCK                                     


Julie Luks and Rabbi Dan are hosting a Northwoods Shabbat service, followed by a Torah discussion, on Saturday, August 16th, at 11:00am, at their cottage, 2330 Point Lane, Lac Du Flambeau.  Please bring a dish suitable for a Shabbat Vegetarian Brunch.  You are invited to stay for the day, relax and enjoy the Northwoods.  WEATHER PERMITTING:  There will be a pudgie pie dinner around the camp fire, hosted by the Danson-Luks family.



9/5  6:15pm     Marshfield Shabbat

9/12                 Family Retreat/No Service

9/20  10am      Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion

9/26  7:30pm   Shabbat Shuvah




The inner history of a people, is contained in its song.

-Rabbi A. Jelinek

Please support High Holiday Music, with our cantorial soloist – Melanie Kuolt, by making a donation to the cantorial fund.

-Thank you!


Wed, Sept 24

8:00 pm        Erev Rosh Hashanah


Thurs, Sept 25

10:00 am  Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

          * Picnic to Follow

2:00 pm        Taschlich

2:30 pm        Children’s Service


Fri, Oct 3

8:00 pm        Kol Nidre


Sat, Oct 4

10:00 am  Yom Kippur Morning Service

  1:00 pm Discussion

  3:00 pm Children’s Service

  3:45 pm Afternoon Service


          Concluding Service

          Break the Fast



Travelers, if attending services at a different URJ synagogue, call our office for a “letter of introduction” to be sent on your behalf for seating.

Prayerbooks are available for purchase through our office. Everyone is responsible for having his own GOR prayerbook.

Mt Sinai will be collecting food and non-perishable items for our annual Holiday Food Drive. Donations may be dropped off under the coat racks.

LUNCH BUNCH / Lunch Bunch will meet Wed, August 13th.







A sponsorship may be in honor of a loved one, an award, a birth, wedding, or other lifecycle event, etc.


MEMORIAL BOARD / The Mt Sinai Memorial Board honors loved ones.


Please contact the office for more information.


TREE OF LIFE / The Tree of Life is an opportunity to say Mazel Tov to a job well done, an anniversary, a marriage, a birth, etc.




Mt. Sinai Family Retreat


September 12 – 14, 2014


Registrations and Deposits are due by

August 1st.




BOOK CLUB / The Mt Sinai Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm. All members of Mt Sinai are welcome to join at any time! Below is the reading list through January 2015:


September: Defending Jacob

October:  An Invisible Thread  

November:  The Lowland        

December:  Love in the Time of Algorithms

January 2015:  And the Mountains Echoed


**Note: If the group does not meet due to low attendance or inclement weather, we will discuss that month’s book at the next meeting.  Therefore, this schedule is subject to change.






      8/2          Devarim          

                     Deut. 1:1 – 3:22

      8/9          Vaetchanan       

                     Deut. 3:23 – 7:11

      8/16        Ekev   

                     Deut. 7:12 – 11:25

      8/23        Re’eh  

                     Deut. 11:26 – 16:17

      8/30        Shoftim          

                     Deut. 16:18 – 21:9












Beginner and Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew classes will be offered this year. These classes are for people who would like to learn how to read the Hebrew alphabet or to polish up their prayerbook reading and comprehension skills. Classes will begin on Sunday, October 12th, and run through early spring. Intermediate classes will be held on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and Beginner classes will begin at  1:30 p.m.  Classes are for synagogue members and the only charge is for the books used in the program.  To register, please call the office at (675-2560) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




9/7       Teacher In-Service at 10:00 am

9/12-14  Mt. Sinai Family Retreat at OSRUI  

9/21     First day religious school at 10:00 am

9/28     Meeting for Hebrew School Parents and Students at 12pm



(speedy recovery)

To:   Martha Trevino, recovering from a stroke.

To:   Ben Goldberg, who is receiving chemotherapy.

To:   Linda & Raymond Glaznor’s son, Robert recovering from a heart attack


(many thanks)

To: Jerry and Tara Woolpy, for opening their home for the Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion, on

Saturday, June 28th.


Music Fund

Mark and Andrea Steinberg, in memory of Peter Wallach.

Miscellaneous Donations

Debbie Ginsburg, in loving memory of Debbie’s mom – Alice Troffer.

Jerry Louis, in memory of Elton and Scott Louis.

Karen Knoell, in memory of her husband Roger Knoell.

Cantorial Fund

-Janet Cohodas

-Stephen and Susan Blonsky

-Syd and Lois Cohen

-Mel Golden

-Jeff and Barb Rothweiler

-Rabbi Dan Danson and Julie Luks

-Larry and Jenny Gordon

-Jeff and Julie Kobin

-David and Linda Bluestein, in honor of Melanie Kuolt for Cantor Services High Holiday.

-Mitch and Jessie Musicant, in honor of Melanie Kuolt for High Holiday Services.

-Ed and Faye Miller


Rochelle Luks, in honor of Rabbi Dan.

Robert Kreczner, for supporting Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland.

Joyce Louis, in memory of Peter Wallach, in honor of Lisa Stella’s ordination as a Rabbi and in honor of David

Wallach for graduation as a Cantor.

Bruce and Beverly Abbott in memory of Peter Wallach.

Mitch and Jessie Musicant for a Mi Sheberach for: Martha Trevino, Jay Stapleton and Millie Messerschmidt.

Endowment Fund

Art and Jeannie Waldman in memory of Riva Golden and Terry Oliver.


Mt. Sinai Congregation 

 910 W. Randolph Street

 Wausau, WI 54401


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Saturday, August 16


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AUGUST 2014                 AV-ELUL 5774


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 – 2pm