Arts & Culture

Shorewood native has Elvis impersonators attacking off-Broadway

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  As a kid, Lory Lazarus valued his time in Hebrew school in Milwaukee. But it wasn’t so much the opportunity to learn Hebrew that he enjoyed – it was the time he had to develop his flair for comedy by writing parody songs and cartooning. “My mind was always wandering. My teachers said I was ‘quite precocious.’ I never knew what that meant back then.” Originally from Shorewood, Lazarus spent his time growing up in Wisconsin exploring and cultivating a sense of humor that he describes as “quite twisted and insane.” His initial foray into comedy began with short...

Rosenthal published in book chapter

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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. […]

Poll: What’s your favorite Jewish moment?

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The force of truth: films from Israel

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  Fran Assa of Shorewood reviews current film and finds a reveal of women’s experiences in ways that are achingly true, for the most part. * * * Something is happening in Israeli/Israeli-Palestinian film production that is unique. It is the deliberate and forceful exploration of fundamental philosophical questions: what is a man, and what […]

How do you want to be Jewish?

How do you want to be Jewish?

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  In this month’s Torah readings, we are ending our journey of 40 years in the desert. The Israelites had 40 extra years, initially as punishment, but also as an opportunity to transition from an enslaved people to a free people in our own homeland. This is one of many transitions we have been through […]

Shlichah: Artist, mom and Israeli, Keren and her family are here for you

Shlichah: Artist, mom and Israeli, Keren and her family are here for you

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  MILWAUKEE – She’s outdoorsy, with a love of art and a career in Israeli galleries, and her family lineage is so cemented to Israel, she comes to Wisconsin representing her country with an unbridled passion. “We need to create strong connections because we are different, but we are one people,” said Keren Weisshaus, the […]

Journalist Mara Liasson will speak on the moment at Campaign Kick-Off

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Putting current news in context is what Mara Liasson does every day as a national political correspondent for NPR. In September, she will do that in person, as the headline speaker at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2018 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. She will also take questions from the audience. “Whatever is happening at the moment, […]

The story of the boy and the fire

The story of the boy and the fire

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  Many years ago, before there were any fire engines and most houses were built of wood, a whole town could go up in flames from a single fire. When a fire broke out, everyone rushed to help put out the fire. They would form a human chain between the fire and the nearest well, […]

A doctor’s dream – fight disease with cartoons

A doctor’s dream – fight disease with cartoons

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  WAUWATOSA — The 8-year-old girl asked an unexpected question: “Where’s the anesthesiologist?” Dr. Diana Lerner remembers that the girl, in the pre-operative area of a day surgery department, actually seemed excited about her unfolding stay at the hospital. Yes, excited. “She also really wanted to see the operating room,” Lerner remembered. “It was so […]

Holocaust center sees more interest, students

Holocaust center sees more interest, students

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  MILWAUKEE – When Shay Pilnik, executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, first began working with the organization in 2014, HERC was able to reach out to between 15,000 and 16,000 students in Wisconsin every year. But now, that number has blossomed to 20,000. “We see an increase in […]

Opinion: Rabbi Twerski’s concert hit the mark

Opinion: Rabbi Twerski’s concert hit the mark

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Big. Beautiful. Inspiring. Those were the expectations given in the introductory remarks at the concert of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performing the music of Rabbi Michel Twerski, on June 25, 2017, at the Historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. Bull’s eye. Bull’s eye. Bull’s eye. It was already a given that the concert, combining the niggunim […]

Does Shalom congregant plan a bobblehead museum? Nod, nod, nod …

Does Shalom congregant plan a bobblehead museum? Nod, nod, nod …

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MILWAUKEE  – Somewhere, in an undisclosed Milwaukee location, hidden away under lock and key, sit 7,000 small plastic and ceramic statuettes, silently waiting, nodding occasionally, pending relocation to their permanent home. Finding the right place for them is the goal of National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar, who hopes […]