Today is June 24, 2019; 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 Ethan Short and Mclaine Schwertfeger on the birth of Jax Hawkins Short  (21 in., 7 lbs. 12 oz.) on June 2nd in La Crosse. Special Mazel Tovs go  to Grandparents: Jennifer and Daniel Short, Leda & Mike Schwertfeger; Aunts and Uncles: Eliana Short, Ben Short, Caitlin & Dan Collins, Ian Schwertfeger, Delaney Schwertfeger and Gunnar Schwertfeger; Great-Grandparents: Robert Scarth, Carrol Hunder, Marshall Short and Richard Schwertfeger.

Mazel to new parents Stephanie and Hillel Prombaum in Atlanta on the brith of their daughter Sophie Louise (20 in., 6 lbs. 14 oz) in Atlanta. Special Mazel Tovs go to Grandparents: Keren and Simcha Prombaum and Marcie and Larry Teter.

Mazel Tov to  new parents Jessica and Michael Schonberger on the birth of their son, Jacob Ezra (19.5 in, 6 lbs. 11 oz) on  May 30, 2019.

(A joint blessing for the three newest children):

May G-d  bless, Jacob, Sophie and Jax with health and happiness, the love of family and community, the ability to build bridges of friendship, a passion for learning, and a life of purpose. Believe in yourselves and in your ability to make the world a better place.

Mazel Tov to Angie and Jeff Lawrence, on Dylan’s graduation from UW Medical School.  Dylan begins his Orthopaedic Residency in Erie, PA at the end of June.

Mazel Tov to Dan Gelatt, on the birth of a granddaughter, Alina Berta Gelatt Gurarie, 6 lbs 12 oz, to Andrea Gelatt and Elie Gurarie, on May 24, 2019 in Washington D.C.  Alina Berta, our prayer for you is the same one we offered for your big sister, Mira Liliana, when she was born…  As you begin your life’s journey, may G-d’s blessings of health, happiness and fulfillment always be yours!

Mazel Tov to Ed Lazere, son of Monica Lazere who will be honored by Avodah [Washington] DC as one its three 2019 Partners in Justice on May 22, 2019.  Ed is being honored for living a life dedicated to Jewish Values of Social Justice.  Avodah develops and engages a network of Jewish leaders working to promote social justice and fight domestic poverty.  Every year Avodah brings young leaders to DC to work at local anti-poverty organizations and receive intensive leadership and Jewish Social Justice training. Ed is a partner in this training effort.

Mazel Tov to Ann Brice and Bill Haviland on the birth of their granddaughter, Eloise Joule Haviland Wech, daughter of Julie Haviland and Justin Wech on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Caitlyn Wech (Eloise’s older sister) will have her hands full when this bundle of joy becomes ambulatory.  May G-d grant Eloise and her family good health, abundant love and happiness always.

Mazel tov to Stephanie Neuman and Scott Butler, two of 20 “Rising Stars” chosen by the River Valley Media Group and the 7 Rivers Alliance for the class of 2018. Rising Stars are community leaders younger than 40, making a positive difference in our part of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Your Congregation Sons of Abraham family is proud of you and shares your joy.

Mazel tov to Busya Lugovier, on the birth of her new grandson, Michael Alexandrovich Bobrov, to Alexander (Sasha) Bobrov and Laura Miller on July 26, 2018.  Misha, welcome to the world! May G-d bless you and your entire family with good health and happiness always. Big brother Dima will teach you everything you need to know. Your duties include many visits to La Crosse to see grandma Busya and meeting many new friends at Congregation Sons of Abraham.

Mazel tov to Dr. Ann Brice, PhD,  upon receiving her doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.  Ann, you are greatly admired in CSOA and in the La Crosse community-at-large as a goal setter and an achiever. This is a great milestone. May we be privileged to share many more with you!