Arts & Culture

Every week, it’s all about 15 kids from the central city

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  FOX POINT – It’s another Thursday night and this suburban synagogue is again softly abuzz with children from urban Milwaukee. A couple dozen Congregation Shalom volunteers are teaching, feeding and showing kindness to students from Milwaukee’s central city, including some Muslim immigrant children. Every week, for 42 weeks in an academic year, an anonymous donor’s gift helps cover the cost of busing 15 kids to Shalom after school, for tutoring and dinner. Fifteen card tables are laid out neatly in a rectangle, in the synagogue’s Klurfeld Social Hall, with each...

One tutor appreciates the one-on-one time

One tutor appreciates the one-on-one time

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FOX POINT – Matt Honigman doesn’t just tutor to do some good, he also does it for himself. “I feel like it’s extremely rewarding that you are building a relationship with a student who you would probably never see in our sheltered existence,” he said, referring to life in the suburbs. Honigman, of Whitefish Bay, […]

Shpiels of the future

Shpiels of the future

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Each of these is an example of an upcoming local shpiel – a play for the holiday that’s generally satirical – being produced for Purim 2017. What’s that? You feel left out? Don’t be sad, be glad! Send an email to Chronicle@JewishMilwaukee.org and we’ll be sure to include you next time we send out an […]

First person: My soul soars in the Chorale

First person: My soul soars in the Chorale

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  “What is Jewish music?” my cousin asked, when I talked about the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale (MJCC), describing the group. That question implied another: Isn’t music universal? I found an answer in a book by Rabbi Avraham Trugman. He writes, “[Music’s] appeal on one hand is universal, transcending race, religion, culture, and era, while […]

‘Repairing Together’ teaches tolerance

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WHITEFISH BAY – On Jan. 27, Milwaukee Jewish Day School 7th and 8th grade students welcomed 8th grade students from Milwaukee College Prep to experience a session about tolerance and peace. The session was run by Serve2Unite, a non-profit led by Pardeep Kaleka, the son of the Oak Creek Sikh leader who was murdered four years […]

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 […]

For reading to, or with, younger children: The story of Passover … the greatest escape!

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  Passover is one of the most popular Jewish holidays. One way we celebrate is by going to a very special dinner party called a Seder. We read a script from a book called a Haggadah which urges us to try foods we don’t usually eat, encourages us to ask questions, play with our food […]

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. […]

Downtown exhibit on Holocaust by Bullets

Downtown exhibit on Holocaust by Bullets

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  From April 20 through May 23 the Holocaust by Bullets museum exhibit will be on display in Milwaukee, giving people the chance to learn about this lesser-known side of the Holocaust. Created from the work done by the Rev. Patrick Desbois, a French priest, the exhibit includes photographs and videotaped eye witness testimonies about […]

Wisconsin-made sculpture is a text message on diversity

Wisconsin-made sculpture is a text message on diversity

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FOX POINT ­­– Location, location, location. Jerusalem is arguably at the center of the world. Hebrew University, at the center of Jerusalem. Now, planners have intentionally chosen a spot for Hebrew University’s large, new brain sciences building that is to have it serve as a gateway between the university campus and the city. The brain […]

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 […]

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 […]