Any chronological account of structures like this is subject to errors and misinterpretations, and it is submitted for whatever value it may have.
Additionally, my doctor connected me with a great fertility specialist at The Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who was supportive and sensitive about my choice to become a parent on my own.
It’s mid-summer, which means it’s time for one of my favorite Jewish traditions—interviewing friend and (former) CJP colleague Sarah Feinberg about her journey as a single mother by choice. C., for a new job a few months ago, she’ll always be a Bostonian to us, and we can’t let the season close without our annual parenting check-in. “It’s such a great way for me to reflect on the year.” Our latest Q&A covers everything from parenting joys and challenges to “diblings” (yes, real word! Gali now gets to spend time with her grandparents whenever she wants and see her aunt and uncle and new cousin frequently.
Although I get daily peeks into Sarah’s life with 3-year-old Margalit (Gali) via Facebook, our summer chat provides a welcome opportunity to dig a little deeper. My friends have been a great support and are introducing us to new friends.
While many structures have been used for Jewish religious purposes in La Crosse over time, we know that John Levy and his wife Fredericka were the first Jewish residents in the city when La Crosse was just a meeting spot on the sand prairie.
In addition to being one of the village’s oldest settlers and businessmen, John Levy was active in the Jewish community, served as cantor for a time, and often invited members of the Jewish community and others to visit his first home as far back as 1847.(1985), wrote further of Levy that, "Though Jewish, Levy opened his home to all faiths for their religious meetings and for secular gatherings as well." It would be another decade, however, until written evidence of a Jewish religious community began to sprout in La Crosse.