Arts & Culture

Free Jewish books for kids

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  Families of young children can grow an in-home collection of Jewish books through a free resource called PJ Library. Based in Massachusetts, PJ Library sends picture books and early chapter readers about Jewish values and culture monthly to enrolled kids ages six months through 8-years-old. It also develops activities to engage Jewish children and create a sense of community. PJ Library is funded through donors and a partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation — an organization that invests in Jewish life and community. It also has more than 200 partners in communities...

War veterans dance through trauma

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  War veterans and company members from the Milwaukee Ballet will share the stage May 12-13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Danceworks, in a performance night called “Moving Beyond the Battlefield: an Arts Collaboration Among Veterans and Artists.” Dance, with its emotional and physical connection to the body, can be healing and liberating, especially for people who […]

I never expected what happened at Yad Vashem

I never expected what happened at Yad Vashem

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  Shlomo sent us. The soldiers inquired why we were in the special line for the memorial ceremony at the most solemn place in Israel. Security at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum, was tight. “Shlomo sent us.” Where is your invitation? Your badge? “Shlomo sent us.” So…who is Shlomo? “Shlomo is from Bolechiv.” So… […]

Interlaken alum takes on ‘World Marathon,’ raises funds

Interlaken alum takes on ‘World Marathon,’ raises funds

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  MILWAUKEE – Mitch Moser never even considered himself a jogger, let alone a long-distance runner. A product liability attorney, the longest Moser had ever run was three miles when in August of 2016 he decided to explore the sport as a way of getting into shape. Little did he know that by the end […]

Building childhood memories through crafts

Building childhood memories through crafts

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  Some of my favorite childhood memories are of my family’s Passover seders. I recall the fierce competition over the afikomen, yummy food and lots of laughs. The fun was always deeply intertwined with the beautiful lessons that the seder inspired. The Passover seder is meant to be a highlight of the year and a […]

Jewish Family Services to host ‘Evicted’ author

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MILWAUKEE– Jewish Family Services is bringing Professor Matthew Desmond to Milwaukee on May 16 for a luncheon event: “Home and Hope: A Community Call to Action,” focusing on the urgent need for safe and affordable housing in the city, and celebrating the nonprofit’s 150th year. This event will be Desmond’s first public lecture in Milwaukee […]

At home with the Milwaukee Bucks and Interlaken

At home with the Milwaukee Bucks and Interlaken

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  MILWAUKEE – Don’t ask Ari Rosengarten where he feels more at home, the Bradley Center or the Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC. It’s an impossible question. Rosengarten, 23, of Glendale, has been a Milwaukee Bucks fan since childhood. “Half my wardrobe is Bucks clothing that I’ve accumulated over the years,” he said. […]

When ‘Curious George’ escaped from the Nazis

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  Perhaps you remember your parents reading “Curious George” books to you when you were a child? Or, maybe you’re familiar with “Curious George” because you’ve read the books to your own children? For those who don’t know, “Curious George” is a fictitious brown-colored monkey who was taken from his home in Africa by “The […]

Local Jewish educators pursue professional development  

Local Jewish educators pursue professional development  

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  The recent Education Task Force of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation asked the community about the state of Jewish education in the Milwaukee area last year and learned that a top funding priority is professional development for educators. While more professional development could certainly be implemented, there is already a lot being done in area […]

Making Jewish life work with sports

Making Jewish life work with sports

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  Eido Walny remembers the first time his son Ilan skated on ice. Ilan was 2-years-old in November of 2008 when Eido took him to a rink. He didn’t expect to be there long, just enough to give alone time to his wife Michelle, who at the time was pregnant with Ilan’s sister. How much […]

Student artist lives in retirement community

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 […]

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 […]

My Shabbat in Jerusalem, my bike ride through Israel

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David Barash is cantor with Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun of River Hills. He wrote these blog posts while on sabbatical in Israel, where he participated in the Israel Ride in November, 2017. For a link to more blog posts, visit CEEBJ.org or JewishChronicle.org. Shabbat in Jerusalem Oct. 19, 2017 There’s something special about preparing for Shabbat […]