Today is June 23, 2018; the

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
(608) 784-2708 |

Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov to Arieyeh and Barbara Austin and their entire family on the B’not Mitzvah of their daughters Sophia and Naomi on May 5th. We wish you all the best in your move to Levenworth, Kansas!

Mazel Tov to Hallie Strauss and Zach Rabovsky on the birth of  their daughter, Marnie Elizabeth on Monday, May 7 in Washington, DC.  A special Mazel Tov to proud grandparents Richard and Pam Strauss, proud grandparents Michael Rabovsky and Laurel Linden, and to their families.  Dear Marnie Elizabeth, we wish you and yours a life of health, meaning, love and joy! There is so much to learn and so many milestones a head.  Enjoy each and every one!

Mazel Tov to Alex and Sarah “Aj” Prombaum on the birth of a baby boy, March 22nd in Philadelphia, and to proud grandparents Rabbi Simcha and Keren Prombaum and Margaret Rappaport.  Boy Prombaum was a breech birth in a blizzard.   On Thursday, March 29,  he will, please G-d, receive his English and Hebrew names at his circumcision ceremony. Wishing one and all good health and much happiness.

Mazel Tov to Marty and Karol Smith on the birth of their first great grandchild, Noel Ann Smith, born on March 2.  Welcome Noel Ann! May you find favor in the eyes of G-d and in the eyes of everyone you meet on your life’s journey, and may you be blessed with good health and much happiness.

Mazel tov to Martin Smith, MD, who recently was recognized by the Gundersen Medical Foundation for his leadership, service, and philanthropy with its highest award, the 2017 Founders Award in Medical Leadership.  Marty was honored for his outstanding accomplishments in patient care, medical research, and medical education.  Dr. Smith joined the Internal Medicine and Hematology Department of Gundersen Clinic in 1966 and went on to become the director of the Hematology Laboratory.  From 1975 until he retired in 1999, Marty served as Gundersen Medical Foundation’s Director of Medical Research.

Mazel tov to Susan T. Hessel, who was one of 11 Outstanding Women honored by the YWCA-La Crosse during their annual tribute dinner on November 9.  Sue, a writer and personal historian, was recognized as the Outstanding Woman/Trailblazer of the “Class of 2017.”  Susan, may you continue to go “from strength to strength,” in excellent health, and may we, together with your family and friends, be privileged to celebrate your achievements in the years ahead.

Mazel Tov to Talya and Joshua Gepner on the birth of a baby girl, Amira Estee Gepner on Sunday evening, November 5 in Minneapolis, two weeks before her due date. Amira was 19 inches and 5 lb., 13 oz. at birth. A special Mazel Tov to grandparents Keren and Simcha Prombaum.  That same day, we dedicated Simcha’s father’s grave marker in Chicago.  His name, Ephraim, is incorporated in his great granddaughter’s middle name, Estee (his sisters called him Effie).  The circle of life continues.  “A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.” Eccles. 1:4

Mazel Tov to Susan Ziff and Alex Ries on the birth of Maxwell Ziff Ries on November 1, and to proud grandparents Roger and Carol Ziff.  Maxwell, welcome to the world!  May G-d grant you, your parents, your grandparents and your family, many years of good health and many joyous events to celebrate together.

Mazel tov to Karen Sherman and Irving Balto on the birth of a granddaughter, Hannah Rose Fisher, to Karen’s daughter Lori Versole and Evan Fisher in Atlanta on August 26, 2017.  A “special mazel tov” goes to great-grandfather Jerry Sherman.  May G-d grant “Bubbe” and “Zayde” many years of health to enjoy Hannah Rose and much naches from her accomplishments.

Mazel Tov to Abby Taub and Charlie Koch on the birth of a baby girl,  Charlotte Pearl Koch, who was born on August 21, 2017.  We wish Charlotte, her loving parents and her extended family good health and long life and many happy occasions to share together!

Mazel Tov to newlyweds Ethan Short and Mackey Schwertferger, who wed on June 16.

Mazel Tov to Rachel Hartman, who was engaged to Mike Bey in January. They will wed this September.

Mazel Tov to Keren and Simcha Prombaum on Levi‘s engagement to Jarden Stern. The couple plans to wed in August 2018 in Israel.

Mazel Tov to Rose Tavas Arndt, Daughter of Laura and David Arndt, who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on June 10th.  Rose, your CSOA family is very proud of you. May you continue to go from strength to strength.

Mazel Tov to Lyle Peacock, longtime R.S.V.P volunteer, who accepted a unique honor on behalf of himself and Dee from Women in Philanthropy. In April, Women in Philanthropy named its annual recognition of an exemplary R.S.V.P volunteer for their service to others the Myrna “Dee” and Lyle Peacock Award.  A plaque bearing the names of Peacock Award recipients past, present and future hangs in the R.S.V.P. Board Room with the following inscription:  Myrna “Dee” and Lyle Peacock Award.  This award is presented by Women in Philanthropy, a grassroots organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community, including honoring people who make significant contributions. It is in memory of Myrna “Dee” Peacock and in honor of her husband, Lyle. They have exemplified service to others through the Coulee Region R.S.V.P. and many other worthy organizations. Through their volunteer efforts, they have inspired us all.

Mazel Tov to  Class of 2017 Central High School graduate Benjamin Anthony Short. Benjamin, an AP Scholar who graduated Magna Cum Laude, will attend UW-Madison’s Biomedical Engineering Program in the fall.  Benjamin! Your CSOA family is very proud of your achievements. Best wishes for every success in college.

Mazel Tov to Designing Jewelers for being named “Best of the Best” in the Coulee Region by the La Crosse Tribune.  Way to go Alan and Brenda! Designing Jewelers is the “1st Place” (and only  place) for jewelry.

Mazel Tov to attorney Jason Goldstein, Bosshard Parke Ltd., on receiving the ranking of AV- Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, in recognition of his strong legal ability and high ethical standards.  Less than 5% of attorneys nationwide receive this ranking, which is based upon peer reviews from attorneys/judges and reviews from his clients.  Jason, your CSOA family congratulates you on this prestigious, professional recognition by a jury of your peers.

Mazel Tov to Eliana Short on receiving Central High School’s Red Raider Achievement Award in Science for  2016-2017.  (A recognition plaque and certificate were presented on May 10th, 2017.)  Way to go, Eliana! Your CSOA family is proud of your achievements.