Hedwig and Paul Strnad
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.
F.A.I.L. is really just a First (or Further) Attempt In Learning.
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?
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.
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.
So many possibilities for healing, reconnection and love can arise from the words “I am so very sorry.”
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
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.
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.
"I feel every day here is Shabbat."
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?”
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A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now.
The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced that it won't end well.
“I absolutely believe we are at a critical juncture in modern Jewish history,” Alan Gill said to the approximately 200 people attending the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's 2014 Community Celebration. “This is a defining moment for the Jewish people.”
Amit Yaniv-Zehavi on Aug. 25 officially became Israel emissary to Milwaukee and director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center. She will hold the position for two years, with option for one more.
On Sept. 1, Rabbi Nisan Andrews, 33, began working as the spiritual leader of Lake Park Synagogue, the small Modern Orthodox congregation on Milwaukee’s East Side, founded in 1982.
As a student at Hebrew Union College in the late 1970s, not long after the Reform seminary had begun admitting women, Janesville-native Dena Feingold heard vague reports about a woman in Germany who’d been ordained at some point in history.
“Just as during Passover Jews across the world remember that ‘we were slaves unto Pharaoh,’ so too, it is incumbent upon all of us to remember the Shoah/Holocaust because we are all, in a sense, survivors,” she wrote. “In the years to come it will be up to us to give voice to the words that were on the lips of those who perished and those who survived — Never forget. Zachor. Remember.”
On Aug. 20, Danya Paley’s bat mitzvah project was presented to the Milwaukee Jewish community. Together with The Paley Tennis Center of Glendale, Danya and her family invited The Israel Tennis Centers to Glendale and held a fundraiser for them.
5774 in Review
Roundup of Wisconsin Jewish news in 5774.
Roundup of national, Israel and world Jewish events in 5774.
Leonard Fein has been described as a journalist, a writer, an academic and an activist, and he surely was all of these things. He was co-founder and editor of Moment magazine and founder of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger; and he taught at Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Something that looks like a can of soda could be Israel's high-tech answer to the network of tunnels that Hamas has created under the Gaza border.
Kosovo, longing for a solid footing in the West, wants the world to know that it has been good to its Jews. And its tiny Jewish community — having barely survived the 20th-century maelstrom of the Holocaust, communist rule and Balkan wars — wants government support to create tangible markers of Jewish life in the country, where more than 90 percent of the 1.8 million people are Muslims.