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Family camps build bonds

Posted on: June 20, 2018 | 7 Tammuz 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Overnight summer camp is one of the most pivotal experiences in a young person’s life. When campers return home, as parents can attest, they regale their families with camp-adventure stories for weeks after. For parents who attended overnight camp as youths, their children’s stories often conjure fond memories of their own. For parents who never […]

Holocaust education ramped up at Milwaukee Public Schools

Holocaust education ramped up at Milwaukee Public Schools

Posted on: June 6, 2018 | 23 Sivan 5778 by Rob Golub

  MILWAUKEE – Shay Pilnik, local Holocaust educator, asked about 35 kids a question: What does “standing by” mean? In the very back of the room, 14-year-old Melissa’s hand flew up, followed by an answer: “To not do anything at all.” Yes, said Pilnik, executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of […]

New nonprofit offers activities, socializing for seniors

Posted on: June 1, 2018 | 18 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  MILWAUKEE — Judy Winnik never imagined she would return to the Milwaukee area after she left for college. But as she neared retirement, her mother was aging, and she decided to return to Bayside to help her. “I just realized it’s in our Jewish values to take care of, to honor, the elderly,” Winnik […]

Author recalls Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball and more

Posted on: June 1, 2018 | 18 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Forty years ago, two Midwestern high-school students got the idea to interview celebrities and the result is a new book of moments with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Lucille Ball, among others. “Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends,” is a collection of 20th century celebrities’ profiles which draws from archives, tapes […]

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun featured in book

Posted on: May 24, 2018 | 10 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is featured in a new book about the oldest existing Jewish congregation in each of the 50 U.S. states – plus Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “America’s Pioneer Jewish Congregations: Architecture, Community & History,” recently published by Fonthill Media, is by Julian H. Preisler. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, […]

Artists’ Lab theme: ‘Crossing the Threshold’

Posted on: May 24, 2018 | 10 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

WHITEFISH BAY – The Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Lab is ready to show you its results this year. Art reflecting this year’s theme – “Crossing the Threshold” – will be displayed at a free opening reception for the Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Lab. The reception is slated for Sunday, June 3 at 4 p.m., with a program […]

Local and Israeli students study together – virtually

Local and Israeli students study together – virtually

Posted on: May 18, 2018 | 4 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  The sixth and eighth graders of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale and the third and eighth graders of Nofei Arbel School in Kibbutz Ginossar, Israel were jumping and singing together on Jan. 18. Well, kind of together. “They had a Skype conference,” explained Lori Abramson. “The Nofei Arbel kids learned a Tu […]

Wisconsin native co-hosts popular Jewish podcast

Posted on: May 17, 2018 | 3 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  While Shorewood native Lex Rofes is not following in his parent’s footsteps, as both are attorneys, his chosen profession does have to do with laws. The promulgations he focuses his life’s work on are those contained in the Torah, not necessarily the Constitution. A third-year rabbinical student at ALEPH, The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, […]

Poll: What is Judaism’s greatest challenge today?

Posted on: May 15, 2018 | 1 Sivan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Think about it. What is our greatest challenge? We scoured the Internet for ideas and came up with assimilation, anti-Semitism, Israeli-Palestinian issues, Iran and divisiveness within Judaism as some of the top challenges. What do you think?  

Ben-Gurion visiting Milwaukee. No, really.

Posted on: May 11, 2018 | 26 Iyyar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Carrying the Ben-Gurion name was not a childhood burden for the grandson of Israel’s first prime minister. “For me and my two sisters, it was a normal life,” said Alon Ben-Gurion, who grew up in Israel. “The kids in my neighborhood were like, ‘If you can play soccer, come with us.’ They didn’t care […]