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Yom Shishi, 15 Av 5775


 August 2015


Upcoming Events

August 6

Mah Jongg on the Green at Wausau Country Club. Registration starts at 10:30am. (See pg. 5)

August 8

August Shabbat Service & Torah Portion Discussion & Kiddish Brunch Potluck at 10am at Schmeeckle Reserve

       in Stevens Point (See pg. 2)

August 12

NO Lunch Bunch

Book Club at 1pm

Board Meeting at 7pm

August 19

Mah Jongg at 7pm


Rabbi’s Reflections – E. Daniel Danson




At Yom Kippur services this fall we will be using the new Reform machzor (high holiday prayerbook), Mishkan Hanefesh (Sanctuary of the Soul.) As its name implies, it is the cousin publication to our Shabbat and Holiday siddur (prayerbook), Mishkan T’filah. The Wallach family, Toby, her children and grandchildren, have very generously donated a complete set of Mishkan Hanefesh.



Like Mishkan T’filah, all the Hebrew in Mishkan Hanefesh is transliterated. The new machzor also has a broad array of interpretive English readings and extensive notes on the service. The goal of these innovations is to make High Holiday worship an experience that moves the soul.



The High Holiday service can be particularly confounding. It often goes on at length either about human decrepitude or God’s glory and holiness, neither of which are themes that appeal to Jews steeped in the Jeffersonian tradition. We are more likely to be moved by journeys of self-examination, the awe we feel in nature, or the call to justice and peace. Mishkan Hanefesh strives to open up all these avenues by providing themed readings and by shining light upon traditional prayers that are dramatically more moving when we understand them.



The complete Hebrew transliteration is another point of entre. When our Shabbat prayerbook, Mishkan T’filah, was being developed few changes were more hotly contested than the proposal to fully transliterate the Hebrew. Critics contended that it would undermine decades of Hebrew progress in Reform synagogues. Ironically, it was Chabad’s Artscroll Press that pioneered the fully transliterated prayer book and they were on to something. Not only does transliteration make the service more accessible, but at least at Mt. Sinai, it has sparked a dramatic interest among adults in learning prayerbook Hebrew. With every passing year, the absence of transliteration on the Holidays has been felt more strongly. For many of us, the opportunity to participate in prayers like Avinu Malkeinu and the Al Chet will feel like a journey home.



As exciting as the prospect of our new machzor may be, it will also be somewhat dislocating. The Days of Awe are rich with tradition. Our new prayer book will bring a world of spiritual riches to our service, but also a certain sense of loss. So we will use our old machzor, Gates of Repentance, one final time on Rosh Hashanah and begin using Mishkan Hanefesh on Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur. A day to say goodbye and a day of discovery.

Be sure to take a look at the notes on p. 4 of this month’s bulletin concerning how we’ll be going about this transition.  And as usual, bring your current High Holiday prayerbook, Gates of Repentance, with you on Rosh Hashanah but leave them home for Yom Kippur. And please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns.  



SATURDAY, AUGUST 8th at 10am












Join us for a Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion 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.



REFUAH SHLEMAH (Speedy Recovery)



To:  Toby Wallach, who is recovering from a severe car accident and is at the University Hospital in Madison.


To:  Steve Blonsky, who is recovering from a cardiac procedure.





Todah Rabbah 


To: Mark and Andrea Steinberg, for hosting Kiddish in honor of Matthew’s Bar Mitzvah on May 23rd.

To: Jerry Goldberg and Jody Gross, for hosting the Marshfield Shabbat on May 29th

To:  The Bluestein, Gordon, Rothweiler and Tate Families, for hosting the Confirmation Oneg on June 5th.

To:  Donna and Jay Stapleton, for hosting Kiddish in honor of Donna’s Bat Mitzvah on June 6th.

To: Barb, Sylvia & Emma Rothweiler, Michael Kolasinski, Max Stella and Toni Starr for helping at the July 10th BBQ Potluck.



-        Mark & Andrea Steinberg, in honor of Matthew’s Bar Mitzvah.

-        Larry & Jenny Gordon, in honor of Noah’s Confirmation and in honor of Donna Stapleton’s Bat Mitzvah.

-        Janet Cohodas, in appreciation for Jenny Gordon’ dedicated & diligent work for Mt. Sinai Sisterhood and the gift shop.


-        Debbie Ginsburg, in memory of her mother, Alice Troffer.

-        Lu Shovers and Janice Gratch, in honor of Eli Danson’s college graduation and in memory of Esther Bousley.

-        Pamela Natarus & Ace Gray, in appreciation for sending the Bulletin.

-        Evelyn Breimeister Martin, in memory of her parents, Mollie and Louis Deutch.

-        David and Linda Bluestein, in honor of Donna Stapleton’s Bat Mitzvah.

-        Richard & Brenda Mamer, in honor of David Waxman’s Yahrzeit.


-        Barb and Jeff Rothweiler, in appreciation of Rabbi Dan and in honor of the Confirmation students.


-        Kim Waldman, in honor of her parents 45th Wedding Anniversary.





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.



New High Holiday Machzor (Prayerbook)

Toby Wallach and the Wallach family have made a very generous donation of 140 copies of the new Reform High Holiday Machzor, Mishkan Hanefesh, to Mt. Sinai Congregation. The donation is in memory of Peter Wallach.

We will begin using Mishkan Hanefesh on Yom Kippur. Please bring your current High Holiday prayer books with you to Rosh Hashanah services. The new prayer book will be set out for Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur services.

For more about Mishkan Hanefesh please see Rabbi Dan’s message on p. 1 of the bulletin.






The inn history of 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!




                 TORAH PORTIONS

8/1                  Vaetchanan             Deut. 3:23 – 7:11

8/8                  Ekev                           Deut. 7:12 – 11:25

8/15                Re’eh                         Deut. 11:26 – 16:17

8/22               Shoftim                       Deut. 16:18 – 21:9

8/29               Ki Tetze                       Deut. 21:10 – 25:19






9/13   Teacher’s In-service at 10am


9/20   First day of Religious School at 10am




            Book Club

The Mt. Sinai Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm.  All members of Mt. Sinai are welcome to join at any time.  Below is the reading list through December 2015.  The new reading list will be decided at the September meeting.

Aug – And the Mountains Echoed

Sept – The Way the Crow Flies

Oct – Angle of Repose

Nov – The Family

Dec – The Girls of Atomic City







Sisterhood Upcoming Events for August:

All Ages, All Stages - All that’s missing is YOU!

Women of Reform Judaism/Mt. Sinai Sisterhood is a group of dynamic women at all ages and stages of life that come together for fun and friendship, spiritual growth and learning, and service and support of our synagogue and community. All that's missing is you!

Your membership makes the difference. We are stronger together. Your dues support our congregation and special projects here at Mount Sinai, as well as our work with those in need in our community, and provide significant support to our parent organization, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Sisterhood is one of the most vital organizations at Mount Sinai Congregation.

We invite you to join us by becoming a member or renewing your membership.

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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



Mah Jongg:  Wed, Aug.19th 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

Save the Dates:

August 6 – Mah Jongg on the Green – See page 5 for more details

August 8 – August Shabbat Service, Torah Portion Discussion and Kiddish Brunch Potluck at Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point – See page 2 for more details