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 […]

Winning essay: New beginnings then, new beginnings now

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Bader Hillel Academy student Jaycelan Stewart won the national contest “Born to Live: Remembering Children of the Holocaust.” It’s a visual arts and writing contest through the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn, New York. Seventh-grade student Jaycelan took first place in her age group, earning a monetary prize and a display spot for her […]

Poll: On Gadot’s Wonder Woman?

Poll: On Gadot’s Wonder Woman?

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  Gal Gadot, 32, is the Israeli star of the new film “Wonder Woman.” Gadot, 32, does not shy away from touting her Israeli heritage. She praised the Israeli military in a widely shared Facebook post during the 2014 Gaza War. She served in the Israeli army as a combat instructor during the 2006 Lebanon […]

Mentalist to use ‘Mind over Mortgage’ at synagogue celebration

Mentalist to use ‘Mind over Mortgage’ at synagogue celebration

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  GLENDALE – Sidney Friedman is a mentalist. He performs mindboggling feats that demonstrate his extraordinary mental powers. He mesmerizes audiences across the country, leaving many wondering if there really is such a thing as extrasensory perception. On Sunday, June 11, you can meet Friedman and decide for yourself. He’ll be performing at Congregation Anshe […]

Wisconsin art installed at Hebrew University

Wisconsin art installed at Hebrew University

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  Art, says Fox Point sculptor Richard Edelman, is about telling stories. Take, for example, the Double Helix, a two-ton, 17-foot tall stainless steel piece installed in April near the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at the Givat Ram Campus of Hebrew University in the center of Jerusalem. “The core narrative of […]

Opinion: No justification for high school assignment debating genocide

Opinion: No justification for high school assignment debating genocide

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In a series of serendipitous events on April 4, two 17-year-olds, Jordan April and Archer Schurtliff, became my heroes. Upon arriving in Oswego, New York for my book signing at the River’s End Bookstore, I stopped at a grocery store to load up on caffeine. A downpour kept me in my car, so I scrolled […]

Local Orthodox Jewish rocker was musician before physician

Local Orthodox Jewish rocker was musician before physician

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  The year: 1990. The location: Israel. Mark Skier was touring with the legendary Jewish rock band, Shlock Rock, which he helped found. “We had a great concert suddenly get canceled,” said Skier, an orthodox Jew who lives in Milwaukee and works as a physician for Aurora Advanced Healthcare. “So, we drove to an army […]