religious community on campus is diverse in culture and beliefs, including that
of Judaism. However, there is no local place of worship for these students.
Levine, a junior triple-major in art, biology, and communication, said that at
one time there was a Jewish population in Stevens Point.
used to be a synagogue here in Point. I’m not too sure what happened, but for
some reason the Jewish community headed over to Wausau and the synagogue
followed them there,” Levine said.
mentioned that the former synagogue is now used as a Jewish museum and that it
shows the past strong Jewish community of Stevens Point.
is one of the few Jewish students on campus and takes pride in his Jewish
makes me different. It gives me something that very few people here have any
experience with, and I enjoy that,” Levine said.
Levine takes a lot of pride in being Jewish, he doesn’t confess to be the most
religious person. When he refers to himself as a Jew, he mainly means his
ancestry. Although he does go to synagogue, his family can be traced back to
one of the two remaining tribes of Judaea, Levi.
never been too religious in the way of going to synagogue, so I haven’t been
affected too much. I’ve told myself that if there was a closer synagogue, I’d
go to it more often,” Levine said.
has even considered starting his own club on campus.
thought about making a Jewish club or something, but I honestly don’t know if
there is enough interest in one to actually get it going,” Levine said.
from Saint Paul, Minnesota, the transition was much easier to deal with because
the Jewish population was also small. However, he still struggled at first in
hated Point when I got here, but it grew on me eventually. The Jewish
population where I was raised was so small, so the Jewish transition wasn’t a
big deal,” Levine said.