Cantorial Soloist Melanie Kuolt
Melanie Kuolt, born in West Allis, WI, joined Congregation Mount Sinai in 2012 as their Cantorial Soloist. Previously, she served various religious communities in the Milwaukee and Madison area. She has experience in leading traditional Reform niggunim, and as as attendee at Union for Reform Judaism’s premier song leader workshop, Hava Nashira, she also strives to bring new music from URJ’s finest innovators and composers.
Melanie studied Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Ilona Kombrink. She currently lives in Stevens Point with her wife, Lorie and their Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy.
Melanie can be reached at her email of:
Administrative Assistant Kristin Conway
Kristin has worked at Mt. Sinai Congregation since 2019. Kristin has spent decades working for non-profits and fancies herself as more of an Administrative “Unicorn” than assistant. She is excited that she finally found the perfect job for her degrees in Sociology and Religious Studies. With a husband and four kids at home, she hasn’t much free time, but she likes to spend it outdoors (summer weather only!) or coaching the local flat-track roller derby team she founded in 2010!
We are fortunate to have her working with us!
Kristin can be contacted at her email:
Kayli Tate and Pam Galowich took over as Directors of Religious Education in 2022.
Pam is a retired PA-C (physician assistant) that has midwestern roots but has lived in the east and west coasts before settling in north central WI. She was in education for many years prior to starting her medical career. She has taught 3rd grade students, low functioning students diagnosed with autism; community college students, staff, and faculty; graduate students; and her most challenging audience–attorneys. She is excited to be co-directing with Kayli and looking forward to creating a dynamic rich program for the religious school at Mt. Sinai.
Kayli has been involved with the Synagogue since she was a little girl. She attended Sunday School, became a B’nai Mitzvah and was also confirmed. After her confirmation, she continued her involvement by volunteering her time teaching Religious School for two years before going off to college. Kayli graduated from UW-Platteville in 2021 with a degree in teaching and returned to the Wausau area to seek a teaching job. In her desire to continue her involvement with Mt. Sinai, she went back to teaching Religious School. Kayli is excited for this new opportunity as Co-Principal to continue being an integral part of the Mt Sinai community once again.
We are so grateful for their hard work!
School curriculum covers a wide range of study of our Jewish tradition and culture. Our students learn about Jewish holidays and traditions as well as a focus on Jewish values and the classical texts that convey them. Through story, the arts, song, and discussion, Jewish heritage and its place in our lives is passed down to the next generation of leadership, our children.
Custodian Ashley Hockers