This fountain was part of the Song of Songs display at the Torah Academy of Milwaukee's "Manuscripts of Majesty" exhibit in March. See story in next column. The Song of Songs is read in the synagogue during Passover, which begins April 14.
When seven German immigrants incorporated Mount Sinai Congregation here in March 1914, they probably didn’t imagine a group of congregants creating a book about it 100 years down the line. It’s also a safe bet they couldn’t have foreseen a title like “In Wausau, They Grill Lox.”
The Bible contains many references to dew as a life-sustaining force.
Clearly, freedom is impossible without power.
We would be wise to consider the Pew study our call to action.
Between the reminders for why we must have a state, to the reminder of what is the price of a state.
Hineni, here I am. I never would have guessed when I was growing up in Los Angeles that I would move to Milwaukee in 2003 with my husband, newly hired as a biology professor at Marquette University, and my two young daughters. We could have lived so many places, as Ed applied for faculty positions all over the country. How lucky we were to land here.
I take a deep breath as Pesach approaches, and I think about the work and energy it takes to prepare.
Like most readers of The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, we lead busy lives. We are a professor of law and a pediatrician, mothers and wives, children of aging parents, and women who care about the Jewish people.
I saw the obituary of former Milwaukeean Rabbi Meir Tzvi Schuster in the March Chronicle. It brought back memories.
“The healing of body and spirit is my life’s meaning,” said Rabbi Leonard Lewy.
With very little time before departing and the lonely prospect of the two of us sitting with four glasses of sake, and sushi (gefilte fish?) balls, we consulted Google for Jews in Kyoto. There were Tokyo opportunities, but nothing in Kyoto. So why not host our own?
Lawrence University is a richly diverse college. My courses have been graced with students from all over the world, with differing degrees of familiarity with the Bible.
We are the ones who create our own attitude and approach to a challenge. In that sense, looking upon ourselves as if we have personally gone through the exodus from Egypt means that it is in our hands to choose how to cope with and overcome those different challenges, and that G-d is with us in our journey.
My wife, Anne, and I were on the second leg of a long-awaited heritage tour of Norway and Denmark last summer that was slowly taking an unexpected Jewish turn for me.
“I wanted there to be a definitive anthology of Debbie’s music the way she wrote it,” said Cheryl Friedman, one of her two older sisters, “so people who wanted to sing it as written could, and those who wanted to do arrangements would have a foundation from which to build.”
Heels, as Jewish mysticism explains, have certain advantages over the head and intellect. The heel actualizes the intellect’s will. The heel takes us to where we need to go.
The year since the formation of the new government has seen Jewish Home and the coalition’s other smaller parties driving much of the government's agenda.
The suspect in deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City made no secret of his hateful views, but nobody anticipated the attack that claimed three lives on April 13.
Given that the festival of Purim was only days away, listeners might have expected that Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, would talk about the holiday at the beginning of his presentation.
The Jewish Federation of Madison board of directors voted at its February meeting to join the Partnership2Gether program of the Jewish Agency of Israel.
The students of the Torah Academy of Milwaukee, an Orthodox day high school for girls, had “a tremendous learning experience” from February through March, and it was about more than only Jewish texts.
Many Jewish community institutions, in their effort to engage young people, make the mistake of viewing older people merely “as someone who can write a check.”
Playwright, screenwriter, author and director David Bar Katz loved comic books as a child, including those about superheroes. But one day a realization came to him.
A panel of four people, representing Jewish organizations in the community, met on March 9 at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun to discuss “Local Jewish Responses to the Hunger Crisis.”
In the 69 years since the Holocaust ended, atrocities have continued around the world. Do genocides in places like Darfur, Cambodia and Rwanda prove that the phrase, “Never Again” has lost its meaning? Not if a group of Nicolet High School students has anything to say about it.
The student population attending Milwaukee-area Jewish schools is continuing a slow and so far steady decline. This is the finding of the latest census of the Jewish student population released March 5 by the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the education program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
An unlikely television entertainer appeared to a friendly mixed crowd of more than 100 at the Sacred Heart School of Theology on March 9.
The Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in March announced the acceptance of 16 community partners for the new “Create a Jewish Legacy” program.
This past February, I had a wonderful and unique opportunity to travel on the Heart to Heart Women’s Mission to Israel, which was planned and coordinated by the Jewish Federations of North America.
The days from Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) reflect the great journey of the Jewish people.That will be the theme the Milwaukee Jewish community’s observances of these days (Hebrew plural yamim) this year.
Milwaukee Jewish Federation 2014 Annual Campaign
Yeshiva Elementary School seeks to impart Torah values and foster a love for Judaism to students in K4 through eighth grade.
The Jewish Community Foundation was established in 1973 as the endowment development program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
The Coalition for Jewish Learning is the education department of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
This is what the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center seeks to accomplish every day. Through education, wellness, cultural events, summer camps and social services, the JCC builds community by serving its ever-changing needs.
The Hillel Foundation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers students an inclusive, pluralistic Jewish community.
“Jewish Beginnings is like a home,” said Todd Gruen, past board president. “There is a sense of community and friendships that form amongst the children and families when you become a part of Jewish Beginnings.”