Arts & Culture

Student artist lives in retirement community

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  Ovation Chai Point offers an unconventional program where one college student lives in the senior living center for a whole year, with free room and board, to connect with the residents through arts and crafts. The artist-in-residence program, in its third year, is open to art students from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and serves to “bridge the gap between generations,” said Tricia Cohn, executive director of Ovation Chai Point. This year’s artist-in-residence is Christina Theobald, 27, from Madison. She is a senior graduating in May, double majoring in...

East side Judaica artist reinvents the seder plate

East side Judaica artist reinvents the seder plate

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  Judaica artist Lizzie Katz wants to redefine the nature of Jewish ritual objects, navigating as she does across the physical and conceptual boundaries of sculptural, industrial, architectural and decorative forms. Her limited-edition sculptural bronze Hanukkah menorah, commissioned in 2014 by The Jewish Museum in New York City, is both ultra-modern and symbolic, with the […]

Sherman Park festival searches for common ground

Sherman Park festival searches for common ground

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  RUACH, a local Jewish non-profit, is sponsoring a series of events in Sherman Park, in an effort to find common ground among the people of the neighborhood. The festival will span several months and encompass three main events. The festival is not meant to be a traditional weekend lakefront event with booths and vendors. […]

Torah, music led to National Jewish Book Award

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  A winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, a Wisconsin native, is influenced by his transformative connection to others through playing music. Joey Weisenberg, 36, a musician and composer, is the 2017 National Jewish Book Award winner for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. He won for his book, “The Torah of Music.” Weisenberg […]

Awards to be granted at Salute to Jewish Educators

Awards to be granted at Salute to Jewish Educators

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  The 2018 Salute to Jewish Educators awards are to be granted to Jerry Benjamin and Ellie Gettinger, among others. An awards event will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. The annual awards are hosted by […]

Musician Ben Sidran’s 1960s reunion recalls Jewish influx

Musician Ben Sidran’s 1960s reunion recalls Jewish influx

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  Mention the student protests and unrest of the 1960s and some may think of Columbia or Berkeley. But University of Wisconsin – Madison was a hotbed of activist thought as well. In June, a reunion of witnesses and participants will descend on the city for three days of concerts, seminars, films and exhibits. Dubbed […]

Milwaukee scholar co-founded Digital Yiddish Theatre Project

Milwaukee scholar co-founded Digital Yiddish Theatre Project

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In the beginning, the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project wasn’t digital, and it wasn’t a project. It was just a nameless concept and the topic of an ongoing discussion between friends Joel Berkowitz and Debra Caplan. “Debra, at the time, was a Harvard graduate student writing her dissertation,” said Berkowitz, professor of foreign languages and literature […]

JCC event features Bernice King, Susannah Heschel

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  MILWAUKEE – Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susannah Heschel, daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, will visit the Pabst Theater in an event co-organized by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. The JCC and the Milwaukee Urban League are holding “Praying With Their Feet,” a community […]

How should Hebrew be used at summer camps?

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  Since 2012, Professor Sarah Bunin Benor has visited 27 Jewish summer camps, venturing well beyond her home base at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She found none that are quite like OSRUI, the Reform Jewish movement’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc. OSRUI had an unusual Hebrew immersion program […]

Illinois museum offers Holocaust holograms

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The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, is offering holographic conversation with 15 Holocaust survivors shown on rotation. The hologram of each survivor can conceivably answer thousands of questions. Much like Apple’s Siri technology, the voice-recognition system responds to audience questions by picking up on key words. “It enables the most life-like conversational […]

‘Are you still doing that…camp thing?’

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  “Are you still doing that…camp thing?” my coworker, college friend, or maybe distant family member asks. I’ve heard it countless times. After eight summers as a camper and six on staff at the Steve and Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC, I have trouble answering accurately. It will never be as simple as saying, […]

Taking in exhibit — and talk by Commando on Jewish-black cooperation

Taking in exhibit — and talk by Commando on Jewish-black cooperation

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  MILWAUKEE – Prentice McKinney’s job was to protect the marchers. In 1967 and 1968, members of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Youth Council wanted to show the impact of housing discrimination in the city. Alderwoman Vel Phillips — the first black member of the Milwaukee Common […]