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Congregation Sons of Abraham

The heart of Jewish life in the La Crosse area for over 100 years

1820 Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601
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Bimah Flower Contributions…

Contributions are being sought for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Floral Arrangements. Please contribute toward the purchase of holiday flowers to adorn our Bimah.  Please sign up below to let Jennifer Short know that you wish to be part of this annual tradition.

New CSOA Board Lineup

  • Posted on August 23, 2012
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We thank outgoing Board members David Hartman, Ed Neuman, and Roger Ziff.  The new board composition may be viewed here.

Maureen Freedland to be honored

  • Posted on January 8, 2012
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Maureen Freedland will receive the MLK Leadership Award during the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration Program scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 16th at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse.

Last-Minute Shopping at the Giftshop…

  • Posted on December 8, 2011
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Dear CSOA parents, grandparents, and kids at heart, The last shipment of new merchandise will be on display this Sunday 10AM – Noon, in the synagogue social hall. Candles from Safed, Israel (limited quantities going fast!) … and other more affordable varieties too Dreydels, Gelt, Books, Games, Crafts, … Giftware, Kitchenware, Menorahs, … Decorations, Wrapping Continue Reading »

Mireille “Mary” Rostad: 1924 – 2011

  • Posted on December 1, 2011
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On May 21st, CSOA’s Holocaust Remembrance honoree Mary Rostad (right), and Darryle Clott (2008 honoree) posed by the Tree of Life which bears a special recognition leaf for both women. Mary’s leaf reads: “Mireille Broullard Rostad, Resister, Witness and Teacher. ‘Do not stand idly by’ Lev. 19:16.” Mary passed away on October 13 at the Continue Reading »

AMOS Update

  • Posted on December 1, 2011
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CSOA continues to be a congregation member of AMOS (Advocating, Mobilizing, Organizing in Solidarity), and on Sunday, November 20, five CSOA families attended AMOS’s fourth anniversary celebration at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. The theme of the dinner, in a talk by LaDonna Redmond, who is from the Institute for Agricultural Trade Policy, was “Food + Continue Reading »

Greg Wegner Honored

  • Posted on December 1, 2011
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Greg Wegner, was chosen as Wisconsin’s Professor of the Year of 2011 and participated in an awards ceremony on November 17 in Washington, D.C. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education sponsor the annual award. For the past generation, Wegner has worked tirelessly on behalf Continue Reading »

Israel’s “Joan Baez” in Decorah

  • Posted on December 1, 2011
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Shuly Natan, Israel’s “Joan Baez,” is pictured with her son Harel Weiss following the November 13 concert she gave in Decorah, IA. Shuly’s signature song is Jerusalem of Gold, which she first sang in 1967 at the age of 19, shortly before the outbreak of the Six-Day War. Harel, representing the Israel Permaculture Organization is Continue Reading »

Thanks to all the Flower People

  • Posted on December 1, 2011
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Thanks to all our High Holiday 5772 “flower people” for beautifying the synagogue with holiday flowers: the Altmans, Bernsteins, Blankes, Ann Brice and Bill Haviland, ViAnn Cabezal, Cagins, Eglashes, Faillaces, Freedlands, Gelatts, Hartmans, Hockersmiths, Cheryl Keeffe, Mark Kastel, Krumholz’s, Lawrences, Sheryl Miller, Neumans, Prombaums, Sartin-Tarms, Shorts, Strauss’s, Vandervennets and Wedro-Shannons.

Shed Finally Complete!

  • Posted on November 25, 2011
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With the encouragement of CSOA Board president Ed Neuman (“I won’t take up another board meeting with this. We’ve been talking about it for over 10 years.”), cemetery caretaker Leigh Running supervised the construction of a replacement Maintenance shed which was completed in September. The story of the bureaucratic hoops we had to jump through Continue Reading »