Jewop, a Jewish acapella group, holds practices on campus at University of Wisconsin – Madison. From right to left, Jewop members at practice are Sarah Dicker, a biomedical engineering major from Potomac, Maryland; Alyssa Robin, a strategic communic
As you read this, there’s a pretty good shot they’re arguing about Torah over at the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study. The Orthodox high-school and post-secondary school is the subject of this edition’s cover story.
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Marissa Steinhofer, 23, is mid-way through a ten-month teaching stint in Ashdod, Israel.
The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., organized in 1896 by Jewish veterans of the Civil War, is reportedly the oldest active veterans group in America. Queen said its original mission was to fight anti-Semitism, and to have Jewish gravesites put in military cemeteries. The national headquarters now is in Washington, D.C.
The Wisconsin department, made up of three posts, had close to 1,000 members at one point. That number has been reduced dramatically, but Queen said membership now is steady and younger Jewish veterans are joining. Eligibility is based on an honorable military career, not necessarily during war. Yearly dues are $50, and that along with fundraisers and donations help the group help others.
Jesse Rosen, an experienced JCC manager who has worked for the White House, has been named chief operating officer of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.
“Shaping the dream: Striving for religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel” is the title of a discussion to be held at Congregation Sinai. Graetz-Bartuv is coming to Milwaukee for a day, after stops in New Jersey and St. Louis.
From 2006 to 2009, Ginsburg was a Shlichut in Milwaukee, serving as an Israeli emissary for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Today, she’s a leader in Israel, serving as deputy executive director of the Masorti Movement, the Conservative stream there. She feels her movement has been unfairly marginalized in Israel, especially when it comes to government funding.
The Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study is not just a school, it’s a laser-like focus on preparing boys for an Orthodox Jewish life in a secular world.
Rabbi Nir Barkin is director of the Israel-Diaspora Department of the Reform Movement in Israel. He’s created 140 partnerships between Israeli Reform leaders and American ones since he started the job eight months ago. The goal is to strengthen the small-but-growing Reform movement in Israel, while also helping American Reform Jews feel connected to the Jewish homeland.
In all, 13 Milwaukee Jewish educators visited Poland and participated in programming with Andrzej Folwarczny. Folwarczny is founder and president of the Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, a non-profit Polish organization devoted to fostering Polish-Jewish dialogue. The visits with Milwaukee Jewish representatives are just one part of his organization’s mission.
Overall enrollment in Milwaukee-area Jewish schools is continuing to drop, though it’s considered part of a national trend.
Some men fought the Nazis with guns. Arthur Szyk used his pen.