Arts & Culture

Former skinheads talk with Milwaukee students, express regret

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  John Daly and Kevin Connell, ex-neo Nazi skinheads, reconnected over social media 20 years after they left the movement. Then, they together visited the Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps in Prague and Poland. The two men have become friends in their journey to find redemption for their past grievances. Director Daniel Brea showed his documentary film on Daly and Connell, “Escape from Room 18,” at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Student Union on Wednesday, Nov. 29.  Daly and Connell were there with Brea, to talk with the audience after the film. It...

Reunion and conference on Madison in the ’60s set for June

Reunion and conference on Madison in the ’60s set for June

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  MADISON – A nonprofit organization, The Madison Reunion, is to hold “The Madison Reunion” and the “Conference on Madison in the ’60s” on June 14-16, 2018, billing it as a “50th anniversary cultural Woodstock.” University of Wisconsin alumni Judy and Ben Sidran, with former UW Chancellor John Wiley and the support of town, gown, […]

Exhibit has Jews, blacks ‘Allied in the Fight’

Exhibit has Jews, blacks ‘Allied in the Fight’

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    “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights” is an exhibit set to open at Jewish Museum Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 19, part of a Milwaukee-wide initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1960s open housing marches. The museum exhibit will focus on Black-Jewish cooperation both nationally and […]

Author gathered little-known history of Wisconsin’s German prisoners

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  Betty Cowley authored “Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WWII prisoner-of-war camps” in 2002, a pioneer work on this local history. Cowley, of Eau Claire and not Jewish, is a retired history teacher who taught high school in Altoona for 35 years. When she presented this history to her students, they refused to believe there had been […]

Reggio Emilia philosophy puts students in control

Reggio Emilia philosophy puts students in control

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  The horrors of World War II signaled a need for change throughout the world. In Italy, the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy was a step toward such change, a departure from traditional early learning pedagogy that allowed the population to focus on the future: the children. Today early learning institutions throughout the world still use […]

Poll: Did you grow up hearing Yiddish spoken at home?

Poll: Did you grow up hearing Yiddish spoken at home?

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Yiddish is a language of the Jewish people. It was spoken frequently among Eastern European Jews before World War II and some Jews, particularly among the observant, still speak it today. Did you grow up hearing Yiddish spoken at home?

Three amazing craft projects for Chanukah

Three amazing craft projects for Chanukah

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Chanukah is a great time for family projects. These three projects are easy, fun and can probably be done with materials you’ll find around your house. They were developed by art teacher Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich of Bader Hillel Academy in Fox Point. Our thanks to Jewish Community Education Planner Tziporah Altman-Shafer for her help with this, too. Enjoy! […]

Israel’s Reform schools are in crisis, with former Milwaukee emissary on the front lines

Israel’s Reform schools are in crisis, with former Milwaukee emissary on the front lines

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  New government rules in Israel are shuttering Reform schooling for children, creating a woeful situation for the nation’s small progressive Jewish movement. “It’s not just unfair,” said Rabbi Nir Barkin, executive director and spiritual leader at Kehillat Yozma, a Reform congregation in Modi’in, Israel. His congregation is affiliated with one of the affected schools. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Madison synagogue moved Sunday school to Saturday

Madison synagogue moved Sunday school to Saturday

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  MADISON – Children at Beth Israel Center synagogue here were given pie plates during school on a recent Saturday. They were told they could arrange buttons and other items to form images on the plates. But they were given no glue. The buttons were dumped back in a bag at the end of the […]

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 […]

Overnight camps teach core Jewish values

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  Toni Davison Levenberg looks at her job this way: “We tell parents that we hope at the end of the summer to send their kids back to them as a better version of his or herself, and we do that through the teaching of Jewish values.” Levenberg has been director of the Steve & […]

Happy to meet you, yet sorely missing the food

Happy to meet you, yet sorely missing the food

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  “Yummy,” she said softly, but in Hebrew, actually. So what she really said was “ta-im.” Amit Glass grew up in Israel with her grandmother’s Iraqi soup, called kubba. Just thinking about it had her muttering that enthused “ta-im” during an interview. Glass and Omri Bitan interviewed soon after arriving in the United States in […]