Hedwig and Paul Strnad

Hedwig and Paul Strnad

Holocaust victim’s dress designs come to life at Jewish museum

By Rebecca Levine

An extraordinary example of the talent lost to the world in the Holocaust will be on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee beginning this month.

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D’var Torah: Failure isn’t bad if we learn and improve

By Rabbi Moishe Steigmann

F.A.I.L. is really just a First (or Further) Attempt In Learning. 


Editor’s desk: What is it going to take?

By Leon Cohen

Why do so many think of Arab and Muslim chauvinists and fascists as victims and “freedom fighters,” and of the truly endangered Jewish and Israeli minority as “racist” oppressors? 


Hineni: Visit to Buchenwald inspires defiance

By Hannah Rosenthal

The most stunning moment was when we went to Buchenwald, the camp in which you were incarcerated. The kids felt it was the place they could be the most defiant.


How should teachers discuss the Gaza war?

By Jack Wertheimer

Students in all likelihood are not oblivious of the virulent hostility to Israel and Jews surfacing in the media and on the Web. It’s not clear how prepared schools are to address this issue.


It’s never too late to apologize

By Melanie Wasserman

So many possibilities for healing, reconnection and love can arise from the words “I am so very sorry.” 


Letter: Blockade is not a precision weapon

The blockade itself is not a precision weapon. It is a crude and not very effective weapon with tremendous humanitarian repercussions for ordinary Gazans. The same goes for a war.


Rosh HaShanah Magazine

World War I was traumatic for Wisconsin and its Jews

By Leon Cohen

Their names were Victor L. Berger and Elkan C. Voorsanger. Both came to Milwaukee from elsewhere, and both exemplified some of what World War I meant to Wisconsin’s and America’s Jewish community.


World War I was ‘most Jewish of all wars,’ says author

By Stephanie Wagner

 It was the first great multinational conflict where you had Jews represented in large numbers on both sides. The French, German, Austro-Hungarian, British, Russian and American armies all had thousands of Jews serving in their ranks. It’s almost certain that Jewish soldiers in one army killed Jewish soldiers in another. I can’t think of another war for which this was true.


Rosh HaShanah services held on an enchanted island

By Arlene Becker Zarmi

"I feel every day here is Shabbat."


Didn’t know there are Latino Jews? UWM collection is enlightening

By Joshua Becker

“You’d be amazed how often I’ve heard Jews say: ‘I didn’t know there are Jews in Latin America,’” said Joseph Sectzer, a Mequon resident originally from Argentina.


Milwaukee native doctors are also interesting authors

By Susan Ellman

Can’t decide what book to read next? Even if you narrow your choices down to recent books by doctors from Milwaukee, you might still have trouble making up your mind between these three books.


Europe trip was a Jewish journey

By Ronnie Eder

Last spring, during the second semester of my junior year at George Washington University, I had the opportunity to study abroad. I decided to go to Ireland to study at Trinity College Dublin.


Remembering the DPs who came to Milwaukee

By Lucille Atlas

I was 24 years old when I completed my Master of Social Work degree at the Milwaukee State Teachers College, now the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The year was 1949, and I was one of six social workers hired by the then Jewish Family and Children’s Service (now Jewish Family Services) — two men and four women, all of us in our 20s.


Finding unknown relatives brings sorrow and joy

By Ellen Bravo

She walked into the restaurant wearing the broad face of my maternal grandfather, the smile of my great-aunt and the nose of a much-loved second cousin — all long deceased. Her English was minimal but her love was boundless.


Givat Haviva officials seek to make Israel a ‘shared society’

By Leon Cohen

 “Israel has still not defined to itself what it wants to be,” Darawshe said. “What is a Jewish state? Does that mean it is not a normal state for non-Jews? That 21 percent of its population is stateless? Is Israel a technical home for them or also a homeland for them?”