MT SINAI CONGREGATION
910 W. Randolph Street ∙ Wausau, WI 54401
E. Daniel Danson
his article appeared on the Jewish Values Online website.
If one’s daughters married non-Jews, can their children and spouses attend the Pesach seder according to Jewish law and custom?
According to Reform custom, the answer is a resounding yes – by all means invite them in. Your question is about your own family but it’s important to also look at why Reform Judaism would argue that it’s just fine to invite non-Jews to a seder.
Reform Judaism focuses on both the universal aspect of Jewish tradition and the particular. Pesach is about the Israelites gaining freedom, but it’s also about God’s love of justice and human dignity, both of which are violated by slavery. A seder is an opportunity for our neighbors to understand this time-honored Jewish perspective and to see it stated in a powerful and convincing fashion, through text, song, and ritual. The seder is also an opportunity for non-Jews to learn that the struggle for freedom is a constant Jewish concern that, alas, has not gone away with time. It is also a very personal way to share our tradition and lives with friends, neighbors, and co-workers, so that we can understand each other and better live in peace.
It is harder to make generalizations about how appropriate this is for your own family because everyone’s context is different. Many things shape one’s situation, including how traditional your Jewish practice is, what your attitude is about inter-marriage, and the particular relationships within your family. But in asking the question about attending, one can assume that you either have a desire to reach out to the inter-married members of your family, or respond to their request for inclusion.
As much as we might believe that the sanction of prohibiting participation in Jewish life by an intermarried family member might move them to change their life choices, the reality is that we live in a profoundly autonomous society and coercion rarely works. However, inclusion can help promote a sense of shalom beit, family harmony, and perhaps open doors that may lead family members to renew their Jewish practice, introduce their children to Judaism, or gain the support of their non-Jewish spouses. An invitation may not bring them back to the tradition but it will certainly enable a kind of healing to take place.
MARCH SERVICE SCHEDULE
Sat, Mar. 1 Stevens Point Family Shabbat 10:30 am
Fri, Mar. 7 Shabbat Service 7:30 pm**
Sat, Mar 15 Shabbat with Torah Discussion 10:00 am**
Sun, Mar 16 Purim Carnival / Service 10:00 am
Fri, Mar 21 Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Join us for Torah Study on Saturday, March 15, at 10:00 am.
TORAH PORTIONS - MARCH
3/1 Pekudei Ex. 38:21 – 40:38
3/8 Vayikra Lev. 1:1 – 5:26
3/15 Tzav Lev. 6:1 – 8:36
3/22 Shemini Lev. 9:1 – 11:47
3/29 Tazria Lev. 12:1 – 13:59
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS
3/2 Religious School
3/9 Religious School
3/16 Purim Carnival
3/24 NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK
3/31 NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK
This section will appear in the April bulletin.
This section will appear in the April bulletin.
The Mt Sinai Congregational Passover Seder will be held on Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 6:00 pm. Babysitting will be provided starting at 5:45 pm. Please send your reservation no later than April 8th
.A reservation form is included in this newsletter.
STEVENS POINT FAMILY SHABBAT / POTLUCK BRUNCH
Sunday, March 16, 2014.
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Service! Megillah Reading! Games!
Costumes! Carnival! Food!
Please, join us for services and the reading of the Book of Esther (Megillah),
followed by the Purim Carnival, Luncheon and Silent Dessert Auction.
$6 for adults / $4 children under 7
Thanks so very much!
See you on 3/16/14!
For the Dessert Auction:
Please bring in your desserts on that morning or, a few days ahead of time is OK if your item will not spoil. Also, leave your item(s) on the kitchen island or in the refrigerator. Additionally, please mark that it is for the dessert auction and please note your name. Todah Rabah! :-)
MT. SINAI CENTENNIAL
Small Congregations Network Rabbinic Director
INTERNATIONAL COOKING NIGHT:
A FOODIE, DO IT OURSELVES DINNER
March 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Only the Best: Appetizers and Desserts
Be there! Food Ingredients Provided!
Together we cook and eat a great dinner!
$15 per person
Mt Sinai Congregational
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 6:00 pm
Please RSVP by April 8th!
Y Come celebrate the Seder with family and friends
YJoin in the retelling of our story of liberation
Y Share in songs, symbols, and stories
Y Babysitting provided (starting at 5:45 pm)
NAME:___________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________
____# of Vegetarian meals ____ #Adults @ $25 $_____________
____# of Chicken meals ____#Children (3-10) @ $15 $_____________
____# of Fish meals ____#Children (2 & under / Free)
£ I cannot afford the full amount. Enclosed is my check for: $_____________
No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
£ My contribution to help sponsor a fellow congregant: $_____________
Unused contributions will go to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
Total Enclosed: $_____________
Babysitter Needed? Y N / # of children ______ Ages: __________________________________
I/ We can help with: ___Set Up ___ Clean Up ___ Serving ___ Bringing a dessert
Please make check payable to Mt Sinai Congregation and mail this form, with payment, to:
Mt Sinai Congregation ∙ 910 W Randolph St ∙ Wausau, WI 54401
Note: This form is available on the website: mtsinaiwisconsin.org, navigate to Sacred Times/Passover.
Mt. Sinai Congregation
910 W. Randolph Street
Wausau, WI 54401
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Office Hours: Tues, Wed, & Fri 9am to 2pm