Wausau-Jewish-History-exhibit-1The Marathon County Historical Society is hosting the new exhibit Looking Back: One Hundred Years of Mt. Sinai Congregation created by the congregation in celebration of their centennial anniversary. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, September 13 at the Woodson History Center, and will be on display through Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Wausau-Jewish-History-exhibit-2This special exhibit will explore the vibrant Jewish community in Central Wisconsin and the role of Mt. Sinai through the years. Photos, oral histories and artifacts tell the stories of those who have kept the congregation a vital part of the Wausau area. Many artifacts from the synagogue will be on display, including Torahs, Torah covers, a traditional silver Etrog box, and a Sukkot.

Jewish history in Wausau goes back to the arrival of the first Jewish settlers in 1873, who established a small, but thriving community. Mt. Sinai congregation was founded in 1914 as a reform synagogue. In 1917 Beth Israel synagogue, a conservative congregation, was founded in Stevens Point. The current congregation has roots in both of these early organizations, having combined in 1944; first as a conservative congregation, then changing in the 1960s to a reformed congregation.

This exhibit, which celebrates the Jewish community and its traditions in Central Wisconsin, can be viewed at the Woodson History Center Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm and Saturday-Sunday 1:00-4:30 pm. There is no admission fee.

Marathon-County-Historical-Society-WausauLooking Back: One Hundred Years of Mt. Sinai Congregation
Public opening: Saturday, September 13, 1:00-4:30 pm
Exhibit on display: September 13-October 12, 2014
Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe Street, Wausau
No admission fee, but donations appreciated