Sacramento Jewish Genealogical Society


Wimpel Samples Shown at a Meeting


These pictures were taken at a meeting for the Sacramento Jewish Genealogical Society. Bonnie Kaplan was invited to speak and show some of the wimpelin that she had made. The wimpel with the children’s photos flanking the ends of the fabric, was created for a young couple, Monica Cheron and Scott Shapiro, prior to their wedding. Their concept was articulated to represent their evolvement from childhood to the time of their union by marriage. A chosen Torah Scroll was bound with this wimpel, to be presented at the couples Auf Ruf. Coincidentally, the central words of the wimpel prayer, Ha Shem, fell in the exact middle of the length of their wimpel fabric, thus enriching the concept. Monica elected to ink in the Hebrew letters and chose the variety of colors we see. To date, the names of their two children are to be noted on their wimpel.

A Sacramento family has rediscovered the meaning of the tradition of the wimpel, spanning two generations with an uncanny connection. On December 8, 1996, a Torah Dedication ceremony, scheduled to include the showing of this wimpel, to a local congregation. Details provided information that the wimpel was originally made just outside of Heidelberg, Germany in 1929, for Harry Spatz, father of Laura Spatz Weisberg. When the Spatz family left Germany and immigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1936, the wimpel was taken along. Spatz, in turn, brought it to America when he left Argentina, at the age of 17 in 1946. The wimpel was next passed to his daughter Laura, who willingly shared it with the founder of It was the information provided by Harry Spatz to this site that assisted Laura’s distant family to locate her from far off Israel and ultimately support their family reunification. (“A New Branch Grows on an Old Family Tree” Read the entire story of this saga in The Voice: Your Source for Local and Global News, The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, Mar, 2014, pg. 11)

Photograph to the left:

Top: Wimpel for Rachel Kaplan

Middle: Wimpel for Ari Taff

Bottom: Wimpel for Scott Shapiro and Monica Cheron

Bonnie Kaplan displays several wimpelin that she sewed and designed for families in the Sacramento Jewish community.

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