Today is October 23, 2020; 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 |

xxFrom the Jewish Community League…

Current JCL officers:

  • President: Carol Ziff
  • Vice President:  Michelle Hockersmith
  • Secretary: Jo Ellen Hartman
  • Treasurer: Keren Prombaum
  • Representative to the Board of Trustees:   Michelle Hockersmith

Want to help with a JCL event or sponsor a Kiddush?  Click here to learn how.

Name Change for the Jewish Women’s League:  At the installation of the Jewish Women’s League on Aug. 20, 2019 the group voted to change the name of the organization to the Jewish Community League to reflect, encompass, and encourage participation by all segments of the La Crosse Jewish community, that is families, singles, spouses, and men.

The mission of the organization will remain the same of providing for holiday celebrations, speakers, Friday night dinners and beautification of the synagogue.  We will however, still do business as the JWL so your checks should still be made out to the JWL.

JCL dues:  $20.00

Donation for the Great River Arts and Crafts Festival:  $20.00

Please make your checks payable to the JWL and send them to Keren Prombaum

The Jewish Community League (JCL) enriches the La Crosse Jewish community and supports the synagogue through religious, social and educational functions. The JCL hosts dinners, brunches, Oneg Shabbats, and other programs which bring the Jewish community together to celebrate the holidays and shabatot during the year. The JCL is involved in charitable and cooperative projects which enhance the community-at-large. Proceeds from ongoing JCL fund raising efforts are used in part to beautify and make improvements to the synagogue. Every year the JCL orders and distributes a wide variety of “kosher for Passover” foods, from Matzah and soda pop to sour cream, turkey and candy. The JCL is not affiliated with any national women’s organization. Further information about JCL membership and services can be obtained by contacting the Jewish Community League President.

Coulee Kosher Cookery:

The cookbook created by the JWL in the mid-1980s is back!  Follow this link to access it.

This cookbook was a compilation of recipes from JWL members at that time; it also included some recipes from a previously published JWL cookbook, publication date unknown.   Handwritten recipes were collected, typed by Gladys Neuman, organized, and sent off to a publisher specializing in community cookbooks (General Publishing and Binding, Iowa Falls, IA). Cindy Bernstein did the calligraphy, Carol Ziff created the artwork, Sara Levenstein worked on the index and table of contents, Lynne Goodman covered sales, and Keren Prombaum supplied information about the Jewish holidays. Other committee members included Heidi Blanke, Roberta Gelatt, JoEllen Hartman, Riva Heifetz, and Sandy Perlmutter.

Copies were sold, for $5.95, in the JWL Gift Shop, at the Great River Folk Fest Bake Sale, Readmore Books, and other places