Arts & Culture

Mission: Take Torah from Wisconsin to Uganda, and more …

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  Cantor Jerry Berkowitz spent weeks trying to figure out how to get a Torah from Manitowoc to Uganda. “I don’t want it in baggage. Why? Because it’s a Torah,” Berkowitz gently explained. Berkowitz was the cantor at Congregation Beth-El Ner Tamid, formerly of Mequon, until 2010. “I wanted it with us at all times and I wanted it to be treated properly,” he added. Nine cantors from around the nation, including Berkowitz and Hazzan Jeremy Stein of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid of Glendale, have left for Uganda, to connect with the Abayudaya Jews there....

At Torah Academy of Milwaukee, it’s not just about the theater

At Torah Academy of Milwaukee, it’s not just about the theater

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  GLENDALE – Blocking, in theater, is when the director tells actors where to stand, to ensure proper dramatic effect and good lines of sight for the audience. It’s one aspect of managing a production. At the Torah Academy of Milwaukee, a high school for girls, the student directors, both 17, meet with adult producer […]

Speakers: Once a young Auschwitz prisoner, now to visit Milwaukee, Baraboo

Speakers: Once a young Auschwitz prisoner, now to visit Milwaukee, Baraboo

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  For all the truth out there, said Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, there are also plenty of lies. That, she said, is why she and her father, Mike Bornstein, had to write their book. At age 4, Bornstein was imprisoned with his family at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates […]

Commentary: After loss and crisis, community gave me strength

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  Tragic. Traumatic. Miraculous. These words describe my family’s past decade. When our seemingly healthy 14-year-old daughter Laura died within days of being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, my husband Ron and I were shocked and distraught. Our sheltered family life in Bayside wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. We were overcome by the […]

First person: Thoughts on ‘Oklahoma!’ – a radical production with Jewish roots

First person: Thoughts on ‘Oklahoma!’ – a radical production with Jewish roots

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  It may not seem like it, but the radical LGBTQ production of “Oklahoma!” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has radical Jewish roots that go all the way back to the show’s original production back in 1943. The Oregon production, about two romances in a world of farmers and cowboys in 1906 Oklahoma on the […]

As ‘Fiddler’ arrives at Uihlein Hall, a Tevye understudy is ready

As ‘Fiddler’ arrives at Uihlein Hall, a Tevye understudy is ready

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  The first time Danny Arnold saw “Fiddler on the Roof” was as a middle schooler in Succasunna, New Jersey. His older brother Adam was one of the Russian soloists in a high school production. “I became hooked on the show and always wanted to do it from that point on,” he said, “and saw […]

Local women invited to play catchball

Local women invited to play catchball

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  Come out and play a popular Israeli women’s sport, called mamanet, with Israeli athletes as teammates. There are no athletic requirements, just a willingness to learn and have fun. An Israeli women’s mamanet team will be in Milwaukee Feb. 3-11. They’ll hit the gymnasium of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, […]

Win two tickets to Fiddler on the Roof

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The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle has two pairs of tickets to give away to readers, for excellent seats at “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on opening night, Feb. 12. For more information, see the January print edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, page 26. We’ll randomly select two emails […]

Jewish artists explore a difficult topic – abuse

Jewish artists explore a difficult topic – abuse

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  Married Jewish artists Amy and Jonathan Gelfman painted their interpretation of domestic abuse, intertwined with Jewish symbolism. You can find their piece, a three-panel work of art, at Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s new art gallery, Giving Gallery: Community in Process. Amy and Jonathan were two of 17 artists commissioned for the gallery, which shows art […]

From the archives: The ‘Lone Eagle of Science’

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  This article appeared in a 1936 edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. The headline was, “The Lone Eagle of Science,” followed in smaller font by “An Indirect Interview with Sigmund Freud.” Nov. 13, 1936 Sigmund Freud has not granted any interviews for many years. Miss Strauss, Vienna correspondent of the Seven Arts—Worldwide service, succeeded […]

Whitefish Bay puts on ‘Anne Frank’

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  WHITEFISH BAY – The play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” will be performed by the Whitefish Bay High School Theater on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17. Ticketing information is at WfbHsTheater.com. If your high school or college is putting on a local production of Jewish interest, let the Chronicle know at Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

Aly Raisman speech to launch local ‘SHOFAR’ effort

Aly Raisman speech to launch local ‘SHOFAR’ effort

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  Aly Raisman will speak at Congregation Shalom on Nov. 13, at a free event to kick off the launch of SHOFAR, a new initiative grounded in the idea that Jewish families are not exempt from trauma. SHOFAR will address child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and domestic violence within the Jewish community. It is spearheaded […]

Q&A: Hal Linden on ‘The Samuel Project’

Q&A: Hal Linden on ‘The Samuel Project’

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  Hal Linden, a stage and screen actor best known for playing the lead character in “Barney Miller” in the 1970s and ‘80s, chatted with the Chronicle about his new film, “The Samuel Project.” “The Samuel Project” was part of the Milwaukee Jewish Film festival in October and it was set to show daily at […]

Born in a basement, LiteZilla is play through touch

Born in a basement, LiteZilla is play through touch

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  Adam Butlein of Cedarburg has invented something wholesome, a toy that’s bigger than your kids, brighter than a rainbow. A LiteZilla – a mammoth board with holes for colorful “LitePins” which kids (or playful adults) can move around to create giant designs in doctors waiting rooms or anywhere – is exceedingly tactile. People tell […]

Jewish Film Festival includes Bollywood, Mandela, Perlman

Jewish Film Festival includes Bollywood, Mandela, Perlman

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  MEQUON – Spend an evening at the theater and watch films rich in Jewish history and Israeli culture. See the films at Marcus North Shore Cinema in Mequon, Sunday, Oct. 7 – Thursday, Oct. 11. Purchase individual movies for $12; also available are multi-film and VIP packages. Buy tickets at the Harry & Rose […]