Youth group leaders who signed the bylaws of the new Milwaukee Jewish Youth Council. Photo taken at the BBYO offices by Geri Berg.

Youth group leaders who signed the bylaws of the new Milwaukee Jewish Youth Council. Photo taken at the BBYO offices by Geri Berg.

New council promotes youth group collaboration

By Joshua Becker

The recently formed Milwaukee Jewish Youth Council convenes four area youth groups. Its aim is to promote working together and communication amongst them.

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D'var Torah: The dead still live on in a spiritual world

By Rabbi Yisroel Shmotkin

One of the principles of the Jewish faith delineated by the great rabbi and philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) is the belief in “life after life” — that is, that even after a person’s passing the soul continues to live on in a spiritual world.


Editor's Desk: The stupid war that made our world

By Leon Cohen

One hundred years ago this month, the most important single event of the 20th century began. This event was so powerful that it shaped the whole history of the world afterward, and its effects continue to this day.


Fellowship demonstrates power of community

By Jordan Herbert

It was almost two years ago that I was presented with an opportunity to better myself and my community. I was given the honor of being asked to join the George Weinstein Fellowship.


Volunteering at PrideFest was great experience

By Leonore Lee

Several people have asked me why I volunteered for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s booth at PrideFest for the second year in a row.


Lubavitcher Rebbe’s influence endures

By Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, was inarguably the most well-known rabbi since Moses Maimonides (1135-1204).


Hineni: The ties that bind Judaism and art

By Molly Dubin

I am here. I am present. These are the traditional translations of the Hebrew word, hineni, which can be looked at and acted upon in the literal sense — as in the physicality of your location.


Letter: Nothing wrong with being pro-peace

True, it is often hard to find a “partner” to talk to on the Palestinian side, but we must continue the task. 


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Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Shortly before their synagogue became shrouded by tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews wielding baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the synagogue's heavy metal gate.


Will Israel's third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

By Ben Sales

Get used to conflict. That's the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.