MT SINAI CONGREGATION
910 W. Randolph Street ∙ Wausau, WI 54401
E. Daniel Danson
This article ran in the October 19 issue of the Wausau Daily Herald (Thanks to David Liners of WISDOM for his editing help.)
During the 2012 Weston bus referendum it was a Catholic priest who got the chance to speak on behalf of keeping the K line running. Today, for the 2014 Weston bus referendum, it is a rabbi. Some have asked, “why is this a religious issue?”
The K line is a religious issue because all our faith traditions speak of human dignity, and the need to be concerned about each other, especially those of us who are disabled, don’t have big incomes, or are growing old. Public transit is integral to the dignity and independence of many of our fellow citizens. Public transit should speak to our hearts. In Weston, on November 4, the right thing to do is to cast a yes vote to keep the buses rolling.
One of the great themes in civic life today is about the importance of self-sufficiency and independence. For many, without public transit, without being able to get where you need to be when you need to be there, you can’t be self-sufficient. You can’t get to your job, visit an aging parent, or shop for your groceries. Imagine, imagine what your life would be like if your car disappeared today and there was simply no other way to get around. Now imagine it with a disability or the challenges of age.
If the Weston bus referendum doesn’t pass, public transit and paratransit will end in Schofield, Weston, and Rothschild, the region's whole south side. That is what is at stake in this referendum. The responsibility belongs to everyone. But, because of the strange way Transit is funded in our state, and because of decisions made by local leaders, the ball right now is in the hands of Weston voters.
The welfare of the widow or orphan is a biblical metaphor for the most vulnerable citizens and this is the number one social concern of the Old Testament. Today, not having access to transit often translates into being vulnerable. Furthermore, through the centuries many rabbis taught that helping someone become self-sufficient was the highest order of religious service. For many of us there is no way of being self-sufficient without public transportation.
I’m sure if I had a chance to personally tell Weston residents a story about some fellow village member who wouldn’t be able to get to work or visit family if the bus stops running and then gave them the opportunity to change that for just $10 a year, they’d consider it an honor to help out ($10 is what a yes vote will cost the average Weston homeowner.) You can have that honor by simply voting yes on November 4 -- and make a priest and a rabbi proud of their community.
Stevens Point Shabbat Service
Join us Friday, Nov. 7, for a Stevens Point Shabbat Service and potluck beginning at 6:15 pm at the home of Bill and Gail Skelton. Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck. Everyone is invited.
Shabbat Service & Torah Portion Discussion
Join us on Saturday, November 15, at 10am for a Shabbat Service and Torah Portion Discussion.
Stevens Point Family Shabbat Service
On Saturday, November 22, at 10:30am we will be celebrating a Family Shabbat in Stevens Point at the home of Bill and Julee Duessing followed by a brunch potluck. Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck. Everyone is invited!
11/1 Lech Lech Gen. 12:1 – 17:27
11/8 Vayera Gen. 18:1 – 22:24
11/15 Chaye Sarah Gen. 23:1 – 25:18
11/22 Toledot Gen. 25:19 – 28:9
11/29 Vayetze Gen. 28:10 – 32:3
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
On Friday, December 5, starting at 6:00pm, Mt. Sinai will be having a Kabbalat Shabbat get together. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to get to know one another in a fun and informal setting. There will be a short Shabbat service beginning at 6:00pm followed by dinner at either the Mandarin restaurant hosted by Marsha and Max Stella or at the Elks club (membership not required) hosted by Karen and Peter Rotter. The only cost is for the dinner and both restaurants are very reasonably priced. Any questions, please contact Marsha Stella or Peter Rotter.
BOOK CLUB will be held on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:00pm.
LUNCH BUNCH will be held on Wednesday, November 12, at Noon.
MAH JONGG will meet on Wednesday, November 22, at 7pm.
REFUAH SHLEMAH (speedy recovery)
To Ed and Faye Miller, on the birth of their grandson, Tate Miller Dausman.
To Family of Terry Fagan, who passed away in September - Janet Fagan, Brian Fagan, Ray and Beth (Fagan) Klaips and their children, Damien, Sara and Eli.
To Debora Katz on the death of her mom, Lorraine Elford, who passed away in August.
To Judy Sachs, on the death of her brother, Mike Greenwald who passed away in September.
TODAH RABBAH (many thanks)
To: Len and Leslie Markman and Rabbi Dan and Julie Luks, for hosting the kiddish September 20.
To: Steve and Susan Blonsky and Len and Arleen Wurman, for hosting the oneg on September 26.
To: Jeff and Julie Kobin and Peter and Karen Rotter, for hosting the Simchat Torah oneg on October 17.
To Kim Luft and Julee Duessing for planning the beginning day religious school picnic and BBQ and the Sukkot family potluck.
To Julie Luks, our Webmaster, for updating the Mt. Sinai website for the new year.
To: Michael Kolasinski, Peter Rotter, Jessie and Mitch Musicant, Linda Glazner and Rabbi Danson for their help in preparing the Marathon County Historical Society exhibit about Mt Sinai and the Graveyard tour. We also had help from some outsiders. All the Historical society staff, Kaye Weiss (cousin of Linda Glazner), Paula Cantu (friend of the Musicants) and Mark Seiler. It was a wonderful exhibit
High Holiday Thanks -
To: Cantor Melanie Kuolt
To: Ann Applegate, accompanist
To: Lawrence Leviton, cellist
To: Larry Celing, for setting up and taking down as needed
To: Everyone who donated food to the Food Drive
To: Jenny Gordon and her team for assisting Janet Fagan and the Social Committee in organizing Break the Fast.
To Erica Esser, Chairperson and the Ritual Committee for arranging the honors for the high Holidays and the oneg on Rosh Hashanah.
To the Ritual Committee Sukkah Team, headed by Donna and Jay Stapleton to build and decorate the sukkah.
To Peter Rotter for getting the pine boughs and cornstalks for the Sukkah.
MT. Sinai COMMUNITY SUPPER
Volunteers are needed to help with cooking, set up, clean up, and to act as greeters, for the Mt Sinai sponsored Community Supper to be held Sunday, December 7, at First Presbyterian Church.
High Holiday Service Donations
Dana Zickerman Bartocci
David & Anita Cash
Syd & Lois Cohen
Sam & Cindy Sax
Keith & Carole Yuster
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
Beverly Ladin, in appreciation for husband, Herbert’s Yahrzeit.
Janet Fagan, Brian Fagan, Beth (Fagan) Klaips and family, in memory of Terry Fagan. And also, in appreciation for Rabbi Dan’s support.
- Deborah Ginsburg, in memory of her father, George Troffer.
- Mary Lynn & Kent Kretchmar, in memory of Terry Fagan.
- Amy Gervasio
- Janet Cohodas
- Mitch & Jessie Musicant, Mi Sheberach’s
for: Noah Gordon, Ken Rajek and Roger Appell.
BAKED GOODS NEEDED:
We are members of Faith in Action. They are having a Bake Sale on Friday, November 14th. If anyone, would like to contribute a baked good, let Linda Glazner know and then bring it to Mt. Sinai on Thursday, November 13th. Linda will transport to Emmanuel Lutheran where the Bale Sale will be on the 14th.
Used Book Sale
Our annual Used Book Sale will be starting soon!
Please bring in your used Adult and Children's books, CD's, and DVD's.
All proceeds benefits the Religious School.
Silent Auction & Latke Party
We will be having a silent auction held in conjunction with the Hannukah party (and Shhh, and NEW interactive activity for all ages. Stay tuned for more details) on December 14th.
Permit No. 520
Wausau, WI 54401
Mt. Sinai Congregation
You Are Invited To
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING MEAL
Thurs, November 27 at 1:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
406 Grant St ∙ Wausau, WI
First Presbyterian Church is
Contact Information: www.mtsinaiwisconsin.org
Office Hours: Tues, Wed, & Fri 9am to 2pm