Click her to see an article from the Sheboygan Press and Photos
6 pm: Famous Sheboygan fish dinner.
7 pm: Official Opening Erev Shabbat service with Oneg Shabbat following.
8:30 - 11 pm: General informal gathering by family groups. We'll set up areas for each family to gather, display and share family information, family trees, old family photos and stories. (Genealogists bring your family trees and several copies of your GEDCOM files to give to relatives and others. - we will try to compile a master Sheboygan Jewish Families GEDCOM data base - each family should try to have a master genealogist)
12 noon Dairy Lunch
1:30 pm Formal Opening (No Tuxedoes Please) by Harold Holman (Synagogue President) and Joel Alpert (Reunion Committee)
2:00 pm Pre-Sheboygan History by H. Elliott Lipschultz, Historian (see below) - Where most of our ancestors came from - Belorussia - Their immigration to Sheboygan.
2:45 pm "Her Story, His Story, Our History" Early Sheboygan History and Discussion of Growing Up in Early Sheboygan - led by Stella Wasserman Schwartz with active audience participation expected - Please think about any good stories you want to share -this will be your chance to join in!
3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Break to do whatever you want, with suggested options:
- NEW Click here to see the current list of where the original families lived
- (This is a work in progress - not yet finished - and we hope to clarify it further - so keep an eye on this spot)
6 pm: Famous Sheboygan baked chicken dinner.
7 pm: Havdalah Service and Awards Ceremony
8 pm: Film "Yidl in the Middle" - Growing up Jewish in a small Midwestern town, by Marlene Booth. (57 minutes)
10 am: Presentation by Susie Alpert Drazen , "Bentching in Chair City...- How did our family come to Sheboygan, and what did we find there?"
10:30 am: Informal goodbyes
11:15 am: Formal Closing - Any thoughts of doing this again in a year or two??? - Make sure to fill out the questionaire form before leaving.
-- til 6pm - Stay to shmooze and enjoy if you want, the shul will remain open
Optional: Visit the graves of your ancestors at the Sheboygan Jewish Cemetery in Kohler, only 15 minutes from shul and near the highway.
Optional tours of the "Old Jewish Neighborhood" and the Jewish Cemetery in Kohler, both are an short drive from the synagogue. Maps and directions to both the neighborhood and the cemetery are posted on this web site.
Yidl in the Middle (Growing up Jewish in Iowa) by Marlene Booth (1998, 58 min.) With warmth and wisdom, Booth delves into the complexity of her own childhood in Des Moines in the 1950s and 1960s. Through classic home movies; conversation with friends, relatives, and Jewish and civic leaders; and visits to childhood haunts (including Camp Herzl in Wisconsin), she examines the forging of an identity made of conflicting parts. (Review in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Film Calendar)
- M.A., History . Elliott is currently the Executive Director of Tax History Foundation and Museum in Northfield, IL. He is a member, Board of Directors, LitvakSIG, Inc. (Finance Chair). He is the author and publisher of Family Tribal Letter, a private historical and genealogical letter to his cousins. His maternal family is from Siauliai, Kraziai, Kovno Province, Lithuania and his paternal family from Warsaw, Poland. Elliott is currently engaged in research about Jews who emigrated from Eastern Europe to the Middle West.
Contributions to the Synagogue are Welcome
Even if you do not attend you may want to help support the Beth El Synagoge in Sheboygan by making a contribution to either the Operating Fund or the Endowment Fund. Make checks out to: Beth El Synagogue. Send to Congregation Beth El, 1007 North Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53083.
Dokshitz Yizkor Book Translation Fund
Not surprisingly many of the original Sheboygan Jews, our ancestors, came from a very small region of Belorussia. This region includes Dokshitz (not pronounced "Dog ----"). There is now an ongoing project to translate the Dokshitz Yizkor Book into English. The book was written by survivors of the war about the town and is really part of our history. About 1/3 of the book is already translated and on the web, and we have a substantial contribution to complete most of the rest of the work. We are lacking about $500 and request your help in bring you your own history. The contributions are tax-deductible in the US.
You can contribute by check to: You may send a check to:
- JewishGen, Inc., 12 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1100, Houston, Texas 77046
- Please include your name, address and the notation "Dokshitz Yizkor Book Fund"
- You can use the internet and contribute on line by clicking here and filling out the forms.
Thank you very much, Joel Alpert
We plan to have copies of the English translation (whatever is currently completed) available for purchase at the reunion.
If you are interested in a copy - cost to be determined - please email to me at alpert@LL.MIT.EDU so we can prepare enough copies.
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