Arts & Culture

Annual Campaign: Seven things to know about Jonathan Safran Foer

|

  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

|

  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!

|

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

|

  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

|

  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 […]

Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool is re-accredited

|

Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool was re-accredited in August by the National Association for Education of Young Children. This is the school’s fifth consecutive accreditation with the National Association for Education of Young Children. The school’s first accreditation from the nonprofit was in 1998. The process involves classroom observations, portfolio assessments and scoring. This year’s scores […]

‘1945’ film at Northshore Cinema

|

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. […]

Poll: What famous person would you like to meet?

Poll: What famous person would you like to meet?

|

Which major figure from modern Jewish history would you most want to have a chat with? That’s the topic of our twice-monthly online poll. We’ve identified some of the most influential figures in modern Jewish history. Which would you like to meet?

‘A History of Judaism’ reveals diversity

|

  A Jewish joke exists in which a synagogue’s members dispute what was and should be the traditional practice during their worship service. They ask the only surviving congregational founder to resolve the matter — only to learn that the argument is the tradition. Such divergences permeate the history of the Jewish religion. So contends […]

New rabbi’s near-miss career was English teacher

New rabbi’s near-miss career was English teacher

|

  Rabbinical school required Rabbi Jenn Mangold to take a class on clinical pastoral education just once. She took it twice. “It was my favorite part,” she said – not just the class itself, but also the responsibilities that came with it. Mangold, who graduated in May from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of […]

Lamb Chop to appear at State Fair

Lamb Chop to appear at State Fair

|

  Mallory Lewis, daughter of Shari Lewis, will be appearing at The Wisconsin State Fair in August. She’ll bring along the sock puppet Lamb Chop, famous for appearances on “Captain Kangaroo” and other shows. As the daughter of a children’s entertainer, Mallory has been involved in children’s entertainment her entire life. Following her mother’s death in […]

‘Hours Against Hate’ seeks to dismantle bigotry

|

  MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Jewish Federation has re-launched “Hours Against Hate” and hired coordinator Andrea Bernstein in recent months. Hours Against Hate is a program aimed at dismantling bigotry by encouraging community members to interact with individuals of a different race, culture, religion, class or sexual orientation, according to a news release. “I believe deeply […]

Musician seeks to form a ‘Cream City Klezmer Band’

|

Neil J. Zimmerman founded and played in the Lafayette Klezmorim for 33 years, when he was a professor at Purdue University. Now, the Glendale resident wants to again form a klezmer band. “After I retired and moved to Cincinnati, I was a founding member of the Queen City Klezmer Band,” he said. “Now that I’m […]

Commentary: Specter of Karl Marx haunts us still

|

  “What is the worldly cult of the Jew? Bargaining. What is his worldly god? Money. … Money is the jealous god of Israel before whom no other god may exist.” A non-Jewish anti-Semitic lowlife did not write those words. The author of the essay “On the Jewish Question,” from which these sentences come, was […]