Arts & Culture

Film bits are tiny slices of Israeli life

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    The scene opens with two sweating men on a beach, swinging paddles at a tiny ball. “Ping!” “Pow!” “Pong!” It’s an unmistakable sight and sound for anybody who’s spent an afternoon at the beach in Israel. Then the Hebrew words for “Just a Minute” (pronounced rock regga) appear on the screen. Now, there’s […]

2017 Journalism internship

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Esther’s quilts tell a startling, uncomfortable story

Esther’s quilts tell a startling, uncomfortable story

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Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and created works of fabric art to share her story with her daughters. Jewish Museum Milwaukee will have all 36 pieces on display, telling a complete story, starting with a childhood home in Europe and ending in America.

First person: Community shares views on Jewish education

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  Milwaukee is doing a lot right, but things can improve. That was one of the key findings of research conducted by the Education Task Force of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The task force is examining formal education, such as day schools and synagogue-based religious schools, as well as informal education including youth groups, Israel experiences […]

‘Educator of the Year’ says teaching is fun

‘Educator of the Year’ says teaching is fun

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MILWAUKEE – Marsha Fensin describes herself as never being at a loss for words. But when she received the phone call letting her know she had won the 2017 Coalition for Jewish Learning Grinspoon Educator of the Year Award, she could only repeat one thing: “Oh, my.” “I mean, that’s still my response. It’s really […]

Shalom Yiddish Club brings in youth

Shalom Yiddish Club brings in youth

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As a proud board member of the Shalom Yiddish Club of Milwaukee, I have facilitated numerous programs for it, pertaining to Yiddish language and culture: academic speakers, film documentaries, concerts, etc. But an ongoing concern of the 16-year-old organization has been how to instill an appreciation of Yiddish to local younger generations, especially with our members […]

Sandra Friedman Dolnick, public libraries advocate, dies at 80

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Sandra Friedman Dolnick, a Wisconsin native and public libraries pioneer who created a national network of “friends” of library groups, died Sunday, Dec. 11. She was 80. A former member of Congregation Sinai of Fox Point, she was involved in local Jewish community activities until she moved to Philadelphia in 1988, according to her daughter, […]

Student art recalls Kristallnacht synagogues

Student art recalls Kristallnacht synagogues

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  WHITEFISH BAY – Each of the 11 pieces of art shows us what a synagogue looked like, pre-World War II, with its image surrounded by pieces of glass. It’s an effort to remember and connect with Kristallnacht, often referred to in English as the “Night of Broken Glass.” Kristallnacht marks not just broken glass […]

Short Story: The Rabbi and the Orchard

Short Story: The Rabbi and the Orchard

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About this story The Chronicle held a short story contest and received many entries. A committee reviewed all entries and selected this story, a lovely parable of a child, a papa, a rabbi and apples. The Rabbi and the Orchard “Why an apple, Papa?” Raizel asked. “Always with the questions,” Esther grumbled. Her father Dovid […]

Memoir by Wisconsin author now in Hebrew, too

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MILWAUKEE – The Hebrew translation of a World War II memoir by Milwaukee-area author Max Gendelman has been published in Israel. The English title is “A Tale of Two Soldiers: The Unexpected Friendship Between a WWII American Jewish Sniper and a German Military Pilot.” The book is a memoir about the unlikely friendship between an American […]

Local authors on ‘NegotiaPhobia’

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FOX POINT – The new book, “Overcoming Your NegotiaPhobia: Negotiating Your Way Through Life,” from a pair of Wisconsin natives, is now available. Larry Waldman and Cary Silverstein authored the book for people suffering from “NegotiaPhobia.” Will you agree to almost anything to avoid conflict? If you would answer “yes,” then this book could be […]

Poetry: g-d contended land

Poetry: g-d contended land

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    the wall stands before me, solid and crumbling all at once wailing under the weight of time and pressure and prayers pieces of paper are smoothed gently into cracks and the cracks are soothed by kisses and tears by those who stand in the g-d contended land   i stand in front of […]

JCC Exhibit: Perspectives of Milwaukee Jewish photographers

JCC Exhibit: Perspectives of Milwaukee Jewish photographers

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  “Through the Lens: Unique Perspectives of Milwaukee Jewish Photographers” is a new exhibit celebrating the intersection of photography and Jewish Culture. This exhibit includes 20 photographers from across the spectrum of the Milwaukee Jewish community. The opening of the exhibit, running Dec. 8 through January 2017, will take place on Dec. 8 and include […]

 Milwaukee Jewish Day School makes use of innovation space

 Milwaukee Jewish Day School makes use of innovation space

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    WHITEFISH BAY – From abstract plans to concrete fruition, the Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s new innovation hub is open for business to students interested in turning their ideas into realities. The innovation hub, which was completed over the summer, houses three main spaces for students to brainstorm, design and create: the ideation studio, […]

Local musician plays ‘pretty much every day’

Local musician plays ‘pretty much every day’

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MILWAUKEE – Adam Margolis’ Jewish identity has always been linked to his music-making. “Jewish music resonates within me,” he said. Margolis, 44, who is part of Congregation Beth Jehudah, 3100 N. 52nd St., Milwaukee, fell into music as a child because he wasn’t good at sports, he said. Margolis started playing guitar as a teenager, […]