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Mt Sinai
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Yom Shabbat, 9 AdarI 5775

 MT SINAI CONGREGATION

 910 W. Randolph Street ∙ Wausau, WI 54401

MARCH Y 2015


RABBI’S REFLECTIONS

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

 

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 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

                                    Fri, Apr 3        No Service (First Seder)

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

A Family Shabbat & Potluck Brunch will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 am, at the home of Randy and Robyn Chip, Stevens Point. All ages are welcome! Please bring a dish to share. RSVP appreciated to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CONGREGATIONAL SEDER

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.

 

 

LUNCH BUNCH:

Wed, March 11, at 12:00 pm

BOOK CLUB:  

Wed, March 11, at 1:00pm

 MAH JONGG:

Wed, March 18, at 7:00 pm

 

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


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    IT’S A DECADES PURIM

      COSTUMEPARTY!

 

        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)

 

                     For more information please call Peter Rotter 

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  1. *PURIM CARNIVAL/SERVICE

Sunday, March 8, 2015

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

Service!  Megillah Reading!  Games!CostumesCarnival!  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!  

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    Our Condolences:

To the family of Shirley Nobler, who passed away in January.

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Donations:

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.

 Miscellaneous Donations:

-Anonymous

-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.

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Mt Sinai Congregational

PASSOVER SEDER

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

 

Questions – Contact Erica Esser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the synagogue office at715-675-2560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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“Jewish Genetics” 

By

Murray Brilliant, Ph.D.

Sunday April 12, 2015

 

9:30am Breakfast

 

10:00am Presentation


** 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

 

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MT. SINAI SISTERHOOD

 

Sisterhood Upcoming Events:

 

March:

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 Joyce Louis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Janet Cohodas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )  or Livia Luce (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) regarding your donations.

           

 

                                 

A Purim Cake Walk –  See page 3

 

 

MARCH 2015                   SHEVAT – ADAR 5775

Contact Information:      www.mtsinaiwisconsin.org

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

 Secretary Kellie Messman, ext. 11     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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