What’s Nu? July

Dallet running for Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON – Judge Rebecca Dallet is running to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Dallet was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2008, and re-elected in 2014, after serving as presiding court commissioner. She previously worked for 11 years as a prosecutor, in both state and federal court.

Dallet is a member of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Benjamin Cardozo Society. She has served on the Federation’s board and its Women’s Philanthropy board. Dallet is a member of Congregation Shalom of Fox Point.

The election for Supreme Court will be held April 3, 2018, with a primary election to be held on Feb. 20, 2018.

J Street founder Kohl running for Congress

WASHINGTON – A founder of J Street and a scion of a famed Wisconsin family is running for Congress as a Democrat in a district seen as solidly Republican.

Dan Kohl helped to start J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby.

Kohl is a lawyer who has worked as an executive on the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA team his uncle Herb Kohl bought in 1985 to keep it from moving out of the city. The elder Kohl, who was a U.S. Senator from 1989 to 2013 and an heir to the Kohl’s department store chain, sold the team in 2014.

Dan has also been on the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, on the board of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and a chairman of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School.

The district’s incumbent, Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., defeated a more moderate Republican in the 2014 primary. The district map has Fond Du Lac at the center, stretching from Portage to Lake Michigan and dipping a toehold into Milwaukee’s North Shore area.

National Jewish leader visits Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – Martin Raffel, a consultant, columnist and former vice president with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, spoke at the Jewish Community Relations Council annual meeting and also met with Milwaukee Jewish Federation representatives in June.

“The Jewish community often needs to be a leader in pulling people together,” he advised, while speaking in a meeting with about a dozen Federation staff and leadership. He noted that this can be the response to rising tensions against Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ and other groups.

He said that community relations work can be very rewarding, because those involved get to ask, “What kind of world do we want to be in?”

Raffel has served as assistant director of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee and executive director of the Pennsylvania Regional office of the American Jewish Congress. He writes a biweekly column, Raffel’s Riffs, for the New Jersey Jewish News.

Rosenthal published in book chapter

Hannah Rosenthal, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, was published in a book chapter in “Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women” by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen.

Published in March 2017, “Pirkei Imahot” is collectively written by women who are mothers, leaders and teachers in their community. The book focuses on giving Jewish women a voice by sharing their own experiences.

Rosenthal writes of doing “the right thing” and when “the small voice inside you says get over your fear,” one can “just act.”

Rosenthal is published in section five, Mother’s Wisdom.

Milwaukee native publishes novel

Milwaukee native Ken Luber, who now resides in California, published a young adult novel, “The Sun Jumpers” in October.

The novel features a teenage couple and their two friends, who set out to save their Stone Age clan but end up in the 21st century.

“One of the other things you get from the book is we’re all part of the same family whether it’s 10,000 years ago or now,” Luber said in a news release.

“The Sun Jumpers” received the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence in 2017.

To learn more about the book visit TheSunJumpers.com.

Wisconsin teen receives fellowship

The Bronfman Fellowship has selected 11th grade students for its annual five week summer program of study and travel in Israel. Among the 26 students is Milwaukee-area native Yoni Altman-Shafer.

Altman-Shafer, a junior at Nicolet High School in Glendale, was chosen from 252 across North America.

The curriculum relates to pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.

Altman-Shafer is the son of Joel and Tziporah Altman-Shafer. The student previously attended Milwaukee Jewish Day School. He is the president of the local National Conference of Synagogue Youth chapter and president of the local CTeen (Chabad teenagers) chapter, and an intern for StandWithUs, an international Israel advocacy group.

At Nicolet, he has served in National Honor Society, as president of the Hebrew Honor Society, vice president of Hebrew Club, co-founder of the Political Union, a STAR Tutor and writing mentor and a member of Model UN.

Chronicle editor receives two awards

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Editor Rob Golub received two awards in May for excellence in journalism from the Milwaukee Press Club.

Golub’s “Review: ‘There Are Jews Here’ is a tender avalanche” received bronze for best critical review and “Remember the Holocaust and other genocides, too” received silver for best single editorial, statement of editorial position or opinion.

This year’s contest garnered more than 600 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate categories. The competition was judged by professional journalists from press clubs throughout the United States.