Arts & Culture

JCC hosts Chanukah community event

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  WHITEFISH BAY ­– The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is hosting a community-wide Chanukah program Monday, Dec. 11 from 4-6:30 p.m. A tradition for many years, this is a communal celebration of Chanukah. The celebration’s community partners are Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Milwaukee-area synagogues and Jewish agencies. Anyone can attend (see Coming […]

Visiting scholar says American theater is different 

Visiting scholar says American theater is different 

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  MILWAUKEE – She’s directed, choreographed and taught theater overseas. Now, teaching in Milwaukee, she’s quite certain that theater here is awfully different from theater back home. Tanya Weinstein is spending this semester and next teaching at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Tanya and her husband, Alexander – also an enthused thespian – have observations about the […]

Six absolutely perfect gifts to increase joy

Six absolutely perfect gifts to increase joy

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  When I was a kid, Chanukah was all about getting presents. It was also about latkes, applesauce, sour cream (served alongside Mom’s salmon patties) and playing dreidel. But for me, presents were the big draw. My sister and I grew up in a family where we had something to open every night. These were […]

Where’s Addie? A service dog’s story.

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  In 2000, Donna Luber of Mequon wrote a book in one sitting. After a few failed attempts to get it published, she put it in a drawer and didn’t think about it again. The book was a children’s story about a man and his dog. Luber wrote it shortly after the events it described […]

Do you remember the Hollywood blacklist? Got artifacts?

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  MILWAUKEE – Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is seeking local people with direct connections to the Hollywood blacklist. Seventy years ago, the House Un-American Activities Committee began its hearings about alleged Communist subversion in the film industry, which led to an industry-enforced blacklist. Industry leaders declared: “We will not knowingly […]

Yiddish – the language of the Jewish experience

Yiddish – the language of the Jewish experience

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  MADISON – Kibitz, schlep, chutzpah, kitsch, maven. Most every American knows at least one or two Yiddish words, whether they know it or not. What they may not realize – unless of course they grew up in a household where Yiddish was spoken frequently – is just how important the language remains to Jewish […]

High school in Israel is ‘transformative’

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  Rhyan Orenstein sat on a tank in what had been a desert battlefield. It was her classroom that day. Ross Bordow learned some Israeli history by walking through tunnels in a foot of water, dug by hand thousands of years ago in the Old City. “The major formula of our success is how we […]

‘Fifty Shades of Talmud’ author to speak

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  Maggie Anton just wants you to study Talmud. If you managed to miss scholar Maggie Anton’s five novels – the “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy and the two-part “Rav Hisda’s Daughter” – maybe her newest work will get your attention. “Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say” about you-know-what has already snapped […]

Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates hummus, visits 1945

Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates hummus, visits 1945

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MEQUON – The Marcus North Shore Cinema will again be home to the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. The eight-film festival runs Oct. 22 – Oct. 26. This year’s festival includes films from Belgium, France, Israel, United States, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Subjects include […]

KKK book is a reaction to today’s politics

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  MILWAUKEE — Professor Linda Gordon, the New York University feminist and historian who taught at University of Wisconsin – Madison for many years, planned to make it a short book chapter. But when Donald Trump’s run for the presidency seemed connected with ethnic resentment, she decided to turn her short chapter idea into a […]

Letter from a 1959 Chronicle editor

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When Judy Fleishman worked at the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle in 1959, David Ben-Gurion was prime minister and Ike was president. It was the year Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the union. And the world has kept changing, along with plenty of change at the Chronicle, but we’re still the Wisconsin’s Jewish community connection! Fleishman […]

Recorder book teaches with Jewish music, not ‘Jingle Bells’

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If you go to Amazon.com and type in “recorder music book,” your query will turn up pages and pages of books on how to teach the recorder. Although there is no dearth of recorder-method books, two Jewish music educators are betting that their self-published recorder book will stand out from the rest. “There are many […]