Artist Stephen Pevnick, Ph.D., photographed in his studio by Dan Zaitz/Zaitz Photography.
"It's like an enormous inkjet printer that uses water instead of ink."
There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.
One of responsibilities of a leader is to stay on task, especially when shepherding a community through difficult times.
In the face of these acts, we stand with the people of France and all peace-loving people in the struggle against an extremist, supremacist ideology that is filled with hatred and backed by violence.
We must not permit such behavior to continue; we must, as a nation, cure the illnesses of mistrust and bigotry that plague us.
MJDS instills in its students a love of Judaism and prepares them to become leaders who are engaged in the community. BBYO provides experiences that strengthen Jewish identity and build leadership skills. Together, they make a big impact on the future of the Jewish community.
For decades Israel has made concessions and they have all been met by terror and murder.
Support does not mean we claim perfection, but it does mean we sound less like our enemies and more clearly like a friend.
The "secular" has much to teach us and can even add greater dimensions to what we consider "sacred."
As if the start this past September of Jewish year 5775 wasn’t bad enough with the horrid fallout from Israel’s defending itself in Operation Protective Edge. (See my Editor’s Desk column in that month’s issue.) We now are going into secular year 2015 with a bunch of developments and arguments in the news that are making my brain and heart both ache.
Jerusalem — Jews around the world have just finished celebrating Chanukah and the season of miracles. As we know, Chanukah celebrates miraculous events that took place in Israel just over 2,000 years ago.
Not supporting every aspect of Israeli policy does not make one any less Jewish.
As I am sure you have noticed from the first page, the January printed issue of your Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle looks very different.
Last year saw a doubling of anti-Semitic incidents in France to a record high and a 60 percent increase in Belgium.
In an economically depressed town populated largely by a minority group, a young man is killed under disputed circumstances. In the days that follow, riots consume the town, pitting frustrated and angry residents against the police, who maintain their officers acted in self-defense.
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem saw nearly 11,000 Israeli Jewish visitors last year, an increase of 28 percent over 2013.
Speakers from 29 European parliaments signed a declaration against anti-Semitism.
Damian Pachter, the Argentine-Israeli journalist who was the first to report the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, said he feels safe now that he has arrived in Israel.
In the early 1950s, when future rabbi Burton Wax was a camper at Camp Moshava, then located in Rolling Prairie, Ind., the cabins weren’t permanent and had to be dismantled after every summer session, there was no swimming facility, the “baseball field” was just a piece of flat land and to get from the boys’ side to the girls’ you had to go up several flights of steps – the two sides weren’t level.
Fed up with the American Jewish community and the big-mouth nobodies who think they own it? Good news: There’s an election going on. And you can vote.
For upwards of 40 years, the shlichim have been an integral part of daily life and programming at camps in the U.S. -- including Wisconsin -- Canada, the U.K., South Africa and Australia.
Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to maintain contact with family and friends in Israel.
The threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, or ISIS, will be unlike any other the U.S. has ever faced. Moreover, to fight it may require some radical rethinking of democratic and U.S. constitutional values.
"Judaism is about collective good, not individual salvation."
Avoiding catastrophe and bad luck has been part of the human psyche since time immemorial. Among Jews, bad luck is often linked to the eiyen hora (the bad eye), more commonly known as the “evil eye.”
A new program now offered at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee — SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss — is showing that museum objects can help build connections between people experiencing memory loss and those who love and/or care for them.
It’s considered 75 percent social and 75 percent educational. At least that’s how Rabbi Jessica Barolsky, director of lifelong learning at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun wants everyone to view Kulanu, a newly formed, collaborative program made up of teenagers from three area congregations.
While fans of fresh produce see fruit flies as a nuisance, Edward Blumenthal sees them as an opportunity.
“Whatever the project, it means total involvement for Flora Cohen.” So began a Dec. 13, 1978, article in the old Milwaukee Sentinel by Dorothy Austin.
An empty vessel, like a shoe or a milk can, can be full of meaning when Leora Saposnik creates it.
I’ve been a volleyball coach for about 25 years. I have coached boys and girls, women and men, at every level from fourth grade through college. Yet I have never been a part of something as life affirming and positive as my experience coaching at the JCC Maccabi Games, which took place Aug. 10-15 in Boca Raton, Fla., and which will be coming to Milwaukee in August 2015.
There was once a scrappy Jewish boy who grew up in Whitefish Bay at a time when very few Jews lived there.
Ed Clemon lived in Glendale and worked with me at Gimbels for many years. We have remained friends since his return to Boston. He recently traveled to Europe with his wife Judy to determine the origin of his family.