Arts & Culture

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.

Mequon Jewish Preschool changed gala date

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  MEQUON – Mequon Jewish Preschool has rescheduled its Annual Dinner Gala to Sunday, Nov. 18, 5-9 p.m. This replaces a previously announced date. “With the compass of communal collaboration and supporting each other as organizations that are serving the greater good, we have decided to move the date of our Dinner Gala that was […]

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 […]

Milwaukee Film Festival showing two Jewish interest films in coming weeks

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  MILWAUKEE – At least two films with themes of interest to Jewish moviegoers are to be shown by the Milwaukee Film Festival this year – “Bye Bye Germany” and “The Cakemaker.” The Milwaukee Film Festival is Oct. 18-Nov. 1. Here are the film descriptions and show times.   Bye Bye Germany. “A post-war comedy […]

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 […]

‘Palestinian Neighbor’ to be subject of ‘Milwaukee Jewish Community Read’

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  MILWAUKEE – Several local agencies and book clubs are partnering to hold a “Milwaukee Jewish Community Read” of a bestselling book, “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor,” before the author speaks here in May. The Atlantic has hailed the short non-fiction book, by Yossi Klein Halevi, as “one of the best one-volume introductions to the […]

Poll: How many Jewish books have you read?

Poll: How many Jewish books have you read?

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How many Jewish-oriented books did you read over the last 12 months? Our poll is aimed at finding out where our local community stands on Jewish book reading! We’re looking forward to seeing if any voracious readers out there select the “25 or more” choice! If you do, contact us! We’d like to ask you […]

Talk, exhibit to relay lawyers’ plight in Nazi Germany

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One of the first Jewish lawyers arrested in Nazi Germany, Max Hirschberg, lost his freedom in March 1933. Held for five and a half months, Hirschberg felt that any night the murderers could enter his cell. Now, Hirschberg’s biographer will offer a local lecture on Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany.  The Sept. 16 lecture marks […]

Annual Campaign: Seven things to know about Jonathan Safran Foer

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  MILWAUKEE – There’s so much to know about celebrated author Jonathan Safran Foer, who will speak at Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration, it’s dizzying. The Chronicle is here to make the motion stop. What you need is a quick field guide. Here are seven things to know about Foer: He started […]

Noted author Jonathan Safran Foer to speak

Noted author Jonathan Safran Foer to speak

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  MILWAUKEE – Jonathan Safran Foer, the noted author of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” will headline Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. Jody Hirsh, director of Judaic education at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, will moderate a discussion with Foer. Hirsh will do so on […]

Do a locally crafted Rosh Hashanah art card project!

Do a locally crafted Rosh Hashanah art card project!

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This project developed by Rena Porat, long time art teacher at Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Also, special thanks to Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Jewish Education Community Planner of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, for her help. Rosh HaShanah Art Project  

‘Sweat and soul’: Writing the Rosh Hashanah sermon

‘Sweat and soul’: Writing the Rosh Hashanah sermon

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  The horror of 9/11 and the sadness of losing his father produced the two hardest Rosh Hashanah sermons Rabbi Gil-Ezer Lerer has had to deliver. Several Wisconsin rabbis talked frankly in interviews about the challenges of writing and delivering sermons, especially for the High Holidays annually. Gil-Ezer remembers adjusting quickly after 9/11. The Temple […]

Art for joy, not stress or illness

Art for joy, not stress or illness

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  GLENDALE – A Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich painting isn’t just a painting. It’s a collage of vibrant colors, the blues, greens, reds and golds springing off the canvas. No sadness here. Just happiness, often mixed with the elegance of a French café or walls from the old city of Jerusalem. But when we say a Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich painting […]

‘1945’ film at Northshore Cinema

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MEQUON – The film “1945”opened Friday Aug. 24 at Northshore Cinema. The film had a 96 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” at press time. On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. […]

Author recalls Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball and more

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  Forty years ago, two Midwestern high-school students got the idea to interview celebrities and the result is a new book of moments with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Lucille Ball, among others. “Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends,” is a collection of 20th century celebrities’ profiles which draws from archives, tapes […]