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Mt Sinai

Yom Shishi, 18 Nisan 5774


                   MT SINAI CONGREGATION

     910 W. Randolph Street ∙ Wausau, WI 54401

APRIL 2014


E. Daniel Danson


Mt. Sinai’s centennial year has officially begun. On March 14, 1914, the congregation’s incorporation papers were signed,

“Know all men by these presents, that the undersigned...have organized themselves into a religious society of the Jewish church (sic), located in the city of Wausau... which society shall be the name Mt. Sinai Congregation...which shall be conducted in accordance with the practice and tenets as set forth by the [Reform] Union Hebrew College of Cincinnati (sic), Ohio.”

We have a lot to celebrate because it is not a given that we would make it to this landmark. In 1914 most small cities in America had a synagogue. In 2014 fewer and fewer small U.S. cities have one, let alone a congregation that continues to thrive. We’ve gotten here because of our shared dedication to Jewish tradition, a great deal of gifted leadership, and the commitment of each and every congregant through this past century.

Our celebration begins with two events, our gala Centennial Dinner, on Saturday, May 3, at the Wausau Country Club and the publication of our Centennial history book, edited by Tara Woolpy, Larry Weiser, and Julie Kobin, which will be unveiled that night.


The featured speaker will be Rabbi David Fine, Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Small Congregations Network, Rabbinic Director. We will also take a stroll, in picture and story, through our past 100 years.

The dinner and book are just the start of the year. Other events include:

  • A Centennial exhibit of Jewish life in Wausau at the Marathon County Historical. Society. The display will run from September to December.
  • The “Voices of the Past” cemetery tour, at Wausau Hebrew Cemetery, on Sunday, September 28. The tour will be conducted by The Marathon County Historical Society.
  • There will be a Fall family event to celebrate the Centennial. Date to be announced.
  • The Centennial will be the focus for our Community Shabbat in January.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for the May 3rd gala dinner. It promises to be an exciting beginning to our Centennial year.







Friday, April 4                          No Service this Shabbat

Sat, April 12                            10:00 am                     Shabbat Service and Torah Study

Friday, April 18                       7:30 pm                       Shabbat Service at Stevens

                                                                                    Point Historical Society

Friday, April 25                       7:30 pm                       Shabbat Service

Sat, April 26                            10:30 am                     Stevens Point Family Shabbat

Fri, May 2                                7:30 pm                       Shabbat Service



Tuesday, April 15th, at 6:00 pm. Reservations are due by April 8th.



Join us for Torah Study on Saturday, April 12th, at 10:00 am.



A Family Shabbat and Potluck Brunch will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 10:30 am, at the home of Shanny and Kim Luft,  Stevens Point. All ages are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. RSVP appreciated to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, April 27th, at 12:30 pm. All congregants are encouraged to attend.



Our condolences to Amy Gervasio, on the death of her husband, Michael P. Gervasio, who passed away in February.



Erica Esser and Matthew Stellner are the proud parents of Emelia Bea Stellner, born Sunday, March 9, 2014!



BOOK CLUB:  Wed, April 2, at 7:00 pm

LUNCH BUNCH:  Wed, April 9, at noon



4/5        Metzora                         Lev. 12:1 – 15:33

4/12      Acharei Mot                   Lev. 16:1 – 18:30

4/19      4th Day of Passover      

4/26      Kedoshim                      Lev. 19:1 – 20:27



4/6      No School

4/13   21st Session (P/K)

4/20   22nd Session

4/27   23rd Session (P/K)













TODAH RABBAH (many thanks)

Ritual and Social Action Committees for hosting the Oneg for the Community Shabbat in January.


Josh and Livia Luce, along with Len and Arleen Wurman, for hosting the oneg Shabbat January 31st.


Ray and Linda Glazner for hosting the oneg Shabbat on February 14th.


Larry and Julia Weiser, along with Dan and Julie Danson, for hosting kiddish Shabbat on February 22nd.


Mitch and Jessie Musicant, along with Jeff and Barbara Rothweiler, for hosting the oneg Shabbat on February 28th.


Bill and Julee Duessing for hosting the Stevens Point Family Shabbat on March 1st.


Ray and Julie Goga, along with Wolfram Weinberg and Jeannie Russell, for hosting the oneg Shabbat on March 7th.


Jerry and Tara Woolpy, along with Bill and Barb Schweisheimer and Mel Golden, for hosting kiddish Shabbat on March 15th.





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.





Art and Jeannie Waldman, in memory of Annette Albert.



Mitch and Jessie Musicant, for two Mi Sheberachs: Marilyn Cohen and Sean Betterman.


Mitch and Jessie Musicant, a Mi Sheberach for their dear friend, Jerry LeMoine.



Kent Ugoretz, in appreciation for George Ugoretz Yahrzeit.


Ron and Peggy Nobler, in appreciation.


Scott Breimeister, in memory of his parents/grandparents, Louis and Molly Duetch.




Please join us for a Shabbat service at the old Beth Israel Synagogue, 1475 Water Street in Stevens Point. Friends and the community at large are invited to come.







(Beth Israel Synagogue Museum)



FRIDAY, APRIL 18TH at 7:30 pm


























Wausau Country Club

Schofield, WI


Special guest

Rabbi David Fine

Small Congregations Network Rabbinic Director

Union for Reform Judaism 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

R.S.V.P. deadline is Friday April 18th

Please contact the synagogue office if you have not received

your invitation, or for any questions.


River District Theater Presents


Talley’s Folly, by Lanford Wilson


At Mt. Sinai Congregation, April 18-20, 2014


The scene is a deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri. Matt Friedman, an accountant, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible, but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.




Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm


Saturday, April 19, 7:30 pm


Sunday, April 20, 3pm


Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.






To all involved with our Purim Carnival  - March 16, 2014.

 I would like to thank everyone that pitched in to make this a super-wonderful Purim Carnival for the kids and the adults.  So much effort went into this function, I hardly know where to start.


 Prime, I think is the Men's Club and all the congregants that joined them to help cook.  Thanks so much for the wonderful food that came out of the Mt. Sinai kitchen.  The food was plentiful and yummy.  Also, thank you to those that brought their own delicious dishes to cook and serve.


 We want to thank those that shopped and brought in the food as well as all those that cooked.  Also, thank you to those that did the set-up and clean up.


 Then, we want to thank all those that donated desserts for the Silent Dessert Auction.  All was wonderful!


 Next, I want to thank the entire Religious Education Committee.  With all your help, everyone had a marvelous day!


 Thank you to those that decorated the hallways.


 Thank you to the 3 judges for the Costume Contest.


 Thank you to all the teachers for the marvelous games that the children ran. 


 Thank you also to our ticket seller.


 I am not using many names, for I fear that I will miss one.  So, I am thanking you all.  :-)


 Rabbi Dan, your help and guidance helped this to be a very successful day on all ends.


 Please, if I missed anyone, please forgive me.  We could not have done this without each and every person.

 To all,

 Todah Rabah

 My very best and utmost appreciation,

 Jessie Musicant

 Rel. Edu. Chair.








Our annual meeting is right around the corner. Please remember to submit your committee’s report to Becky ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by April 1, 2014.










It’s that time of the year again when Mt Sinai does its good service to our Christian neighbors who celebrate Easter. We are hosting, yet again, the community supper at the first Presbyterian Church Easter Sunday April 20 from 1ish  (depending on meal) to 6ish PM.  We need people to help plan the meal (before the 20th) and then on the day, to pick up the food at County Market and bring to First Presbyterian Church, to set tables, to cook, to welcome the guests, to serve beverages and dessert, to serve the main meal, to bus tables and then clean up.


Each of these activities takes about 1-2 hours


Here is the schedule (subject to change)


 Schedule and helpers:


PLAN dinner (1)


Shopper   (1)                                Greeter  (1)


Dining room  (2 and 2)


2:00 -- 3:30+/-                                                           3:30 -- 5:30


Cooks 1-4 pm (3)


Servers 4-5:30 (3)


Clean up 4:00-6:30 +/- (3)


Please let me know what you can do.  You can work more than 2 hours if you want.


Thank you   Linda K Glazner 715-370-4897 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






The week of March 16th, Rabbi Dan was named to The Forward’s 2014 list of America’s 28 Most Inspiring Rabbi’s.




To see the article, go to:


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APRIL 2014                                                            NISAN 5774


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Office:  715-675-2560             Rabbi E. Daniel Danson, ext. 12                      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Secretary Becky Kermitz, ext. 11                    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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