Arts & Culture

‘This Is Hunger’ open to all at Emanu-El

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RIVER HILLS – The faces of hunger in America are both familiar and hidden from view, yet they are all too real and far too many. To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in Milwaukee, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring a “This Is Hunger” exhibit here. It features black and white portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day, according to the synagogue. Through digital and hands-on...

Peter Max appearing with his psychedelic work

Peter Max appearing with his psychedelic work

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  WHITEFISH BAY – Artist Peter Max will present many of his “cosmic” works at Milwaukee’s Gallery 505 in June. Max, 79, catapulted to fame in the 1960s with his bright, psychedelic paintings. By 1967, his “Love” poster was everywhere with more than one million copies sold. In the decades that followed, his art has […]

‘The Wedding Plan’ film to open in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE – “The Wedding Plan” is a comedy about a young woman with an elaborate wedding planned – and just one month to find a groom. The Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, sets the plot in motion with the breakup of an ultra-Orthodox couple. The film opens May 26 nationwide, with showings at the […]

Special needs program offers confidence, interaction

Special needs program offers confidence, interaction

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  The Largent family’s home in Fox Point is filled with pictures of birds, drawn by 10-year-old Annabelle. Looking at the reams of paper on which their only child drew brings a type of joy to Addye and Steve only experienced by those for whom the scene didn’t exist for most of their child’s life. […]

Remembering a horrific camp known for art

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  A spring series of local events focuses on creativity during the Holocaust, looking deeply at how art was part of the lives of people and children imprisoned in a Czech concentration camp. People created art in many of the camps used by Germans to imprison Jews and others, but what happened at Terezin was […]

See Spot run — and then take a photo of Spot

See Spot run — and then take a photo of Spot

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  Last summer Marty Kimmel was with friends in Door County when all of a sudden one of them yelled out, “Dog spot!” Kimmel, a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, was bewildered. Why, he wondered, was his friend so excited to see a dog? “They told me about Dogspotting, so I went […]

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Twerski works

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Twerski works

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MILWAUKEE — Rabbi Michel Twerski, the longtime leader of Congregation Beth Jehudah, an anchor for the West Side’s Orthodox community, is also a songwriter. Twerski, 78, has been writing songs since 1959, close to 100 pieces in all. His work reaches across a range, from more traditional ballads like “Ilu Phinu,” grounded in the praising […]

Jewish master’s program to start another Wisconsin group

Jewish master’s program to start another Wisconsin group

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  MILWAUKEE – For a price that’s right, nine Wisconsinites are completing their two-year master’s degrees from Chicago’s Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. The first Milwaukee class through the program had students paying just $5,000 each, for two years in total. The next Milwaukee-based class will pay $6,500 each. The nine current students […]

Jordan River Village – gem of partnership region – wins prize

Jordan River Village – gem of partnership region – wins prize

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  JERUSALEM — Musician Itzhak Perlman’s prize fund granted more than $500,000 to 14 projects that will bring classical art to people with disabilities, among them an initiative at the Jordan River Village. The Jordan River Village, located within Milwaukee’s Sovev Kinneret partnership region in northern Israel, has seen many visitors from Wisconsin-based missions. The […]

‘One wondering Jew’ to keynote for Women’s Philanthropy event

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FOX POINT – Writer Abigail Pogrebin spent the Jewish year 5775 immersed in studying, experiencing, and writing about every single Jewish holiday for the first time in her nearly 52 years — including each obscure festival and all six fasts. Her book, “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew,” chronicles what she discovered, how it […]

Wisconsin students saving pennies to remember

Wisconsin students saving pennies to remember

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  EDGERTON — Teachers and students at Edgerton Middle School, located between Janesville and Madison, are attempting to collect one million pennies to commemorate the Holocaust. They seek to help conceptualize what one million looks like, representing one-eleventh the number of people believed to have been killed in the Holocaust. A GoFundMe page, “Totals for […]

Principal’s students amassed six million paperclips

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    One afternoon in 1998, Linda Hooper had been sitting in her office when a student came to visit her. “’You know, I don’t get six million,’” Hooper recalled the student saying. Along with other teachers, Hooper, then principal of Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, Tennessee had helped institute a Holocaust education class. Although […]

Katie Eder wins award

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Katie Eder of Shorewood, a junior at Shorewood High School, earned an engraved silver medallion, part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She is one of Wisconsin’s top two youth volunteers of 2017. She receives $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C.

Bestselling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to speak at free breakfast

Bestselling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to speak at free breakfast

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  MILWAUKEE – Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is coming to Milwaukee, to speak at a free community breakfast sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. Telushkin is the noted author of more than 15 Jewish books, including “Jewish Literacy,” an 800-pager that’s been used in conversion classes. His 2014 book, “Rebbe,” is a New York Times bestseller. […]