MT SINAI CONGREGATION
910 W. Randolph Street ∙ Wausau, WI 54401
E. Daniel Danson
With its bevy of girls dressed as Queen Esther, endless carnival prizes, and noise makers, Purim is the most kid friendly holiday ever. But once upon a time it was the opposite; a day of mandatory drinking, cross dressing, and a sacred text that would barely squeak by with a PG13 rating. The pediatric side of Purim is here to stay but there is a powerful case to be made for reclaiming the adult aspect of the festival. Here are two suggestions for how to do that.
The first is to attend Mt. Sinai’s adult Purim party on the night of Saturday, March 7. Featuring belly dancers, music by the Remnants (a classic rock band), and Manischewitz Jello shots (emes/really), it is a distinctly adult occasion. And an interactive one, with a Purim Trivia contest and an invitation to come dressed in “Your favorite decade attire.” Even if you choose to pass on the wine, beer, and Jello shots, it promises to be a fun and very grown up evening.
The second is to take a few minutes and read the Book of Esther. It is easy to turn it into a children’s story, with its silly king, beautiful princess, and villainous vizier. But one only has to read the first chapter, which features satire, debauchery, and a very spunky queen, to uncover its adult makeup.
The Megillah (aka the Book of Esther) is at once engaging, infuriating, and rife with themes both silly and serious. Like so much of classic literature, its sensibilities are pre-modern and therefore often unnerving. The end chapters, 8 & 9, are quite violent and are almost always skipped over in religious school. But this is an invitation to read the book rather than to swallow it whole. There are many other moments that are laugh out loud funny or have us on the edge of our seats rooting for our heroes or shaking our heads at Haman’s relentless evil and boundless ego. What is certain is that you won’t find it dull or juvenile.
Whether one attends our Purim party or picks up the book of Esther, both are excellent ways to fulfill the Talmudic injunction, “Be happy it’s Adar*”
*Purim falls in the 14th of the month of Adar
MARCH SERVICE SCHEDULE
Sat, Mar. 7 Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion 10:00am
Sat, Mar. 14 Stevens Point Family Shabbat 10:30am
Fri, Mar 20 Shabbat Service 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 28 Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion 10:00am
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS
3/1 18th Session
3/8 19th Session - Purim Carnival
3/15 20th Session
3/22 NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK
3/29 NO SCHOOL / SPRING BREAK
STEVENS POINT FAMILY SHABBAT / POTLUCK BRUNCH
The Mt Sinai Congregational Passover Seder will be held on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6:00 pm. Babysitting will be provided starting at 5:45 pm. Please send your reservation no later than March 27th.
A reservation form is included in this newsletter.
PLEASE NOTE TWO SERVICE DATE
CHANGES IN APRIL
The April 10th and 17th Services have been switched:
The Stevens Point Community Shabbat will now be on Friday, April 10th at 7:30pm.
The Shabbat Service will now be on Friday, April 17th at 7:30pm.
TORAH PORTIONS - MARCH
3/7 Yitro Ex. 18:1 – 20:23
3/14 Mishpatim Ex. 21:1 – 24:18
3/21 Terumah Ex. 25:1 – 27:19
3/28 Tetzaveh Ex. 27:20 – 30:10
IT’S A DECADES PURIM
THIS IS ONE EVENT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!
COME DRESSED IN YOUR FAVORITE DECADE ATTIRE
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015; 7:00 pm to 10:00pm
Where: Mount Sinai Congregation 910 W. Randolph St., Wausau
Who: EVERYONE who wants to have fun
Cost: $25 / person (to support Mt. SinaiCongregation)
Sunday, March 8, 2015
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
Attention all you amazing bakers (or shoppers...). We think Mt. Sinai's kids take the cake!! Or they WILL! Instead of a dessert auction this year for Purim, we will be having a cake walk!! (Think of musical chairs where you can win a cake!) But we do need desserts to give as prizes. Can you bring in a cake, cupcakes, or any goodie of your choice to donate to the game? Adults can participate in the cake walk too! Proceeds will go to the Religious School program.
Please bring in your goodies that morning. Leave your item(s) on the kitchen island or in the refrigerator. If you need to bring it the day before, please leave it on the table in the teacher's room. Please mark all items that it is for the cake walk, include your name and if the item contains nuts or is gluten free. Todah Rabah!
To the family of Shirley Nobler, who passed away in January.
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund:
Janet Cohodas, in appreciation of Rabbi Dan and Julie.
Spiritual Leadership Fund:
Janet Cohodas, in appreciation of Rabbi Dan and Julie.
-Ron and Peggy Nobler, in memory of Ron’s mother, Shirley Nobler who recently passed away.
TODAH RABBAH(Many Thanks)
To Everyone that organized and helped bring food in for the Community Shabbat.
Tu B’Shevat Seder Potluck: Mike Kolasinski, Barb, Sylvia and Emma Rothweiler, Donna Stapleton, Marsha Stella and Rabbi Dan.
To Barb and Jeff Rothweiler and Max and Marsha Stella, for hosting the Kabbalat Shabbat on February 13th.
To Sumeet and Kathryn Goel for hosting the Stevens Point Family Shabbat on February 14th.
Mt Sinai Congregational
Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 6pm
Please RSVP by March 27th!
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)
Dinner Options: Vegetarian, Chicken or Fish Meals
Adults $25 each Children (3-10) $15 each Children (2 & under) Free
Go to our website to get the reservation form:
http://www.mtsinaiwisconsin.org page then go to home/sacred time/holiday/Passover and then click on the 2015 Mt. Sinai Seder Info RSVP form
Murray Brilliant, Ph.D.
Sunday April 12, 2015
** Dr. Brilliant, a member of Mt. Sinai; is Director of the Center for Human Genetics at the Marshfield Clinic; Lead Genetic Scientist, Wisconsin Genome Initiative, Madison;
Director - ICTR Translational Technologies and Research Core, Marshfield; Member - Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Wisconsin and Marshfield Clinic
MT. SINAI SISTERHOOD
Sisterhood Upcoming Events:
Mah Jongg Wed, March 18th at 7pm
On March 25th from 4-9pm, the Sisterhood will be having a Noodles (in Wausau) Synagogue fundraiser. See enclosed flyer
The Sisterhood has started collecting purses, wallets, scarves, hats and costume jewelry for our 1st Annual Hags with Bags Bizarre this Summer!
Contact Information: www.mtsinaiwisconsin.org
Office Hours: Tues, Wed, & Fri 9am to 2pm