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La Crosse synagogue is active

Posted on: July 12, 2018 | 29 Tammuz 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  La Crosse, with a population of about 50,000, may not be one of Wisconsin’s largest cities, but it has a synagogue with about 50 families and the city takes Holocaust education seriously. Congregation Sons of Abraham is a Conservative synagogue in La Crosse, population 52,000. The synagogue is over 100 years old and a […]

First person: My trip with 20 UWM leaders, inexperienced on Israel

First person: My trip with 20 UWM leaders, inexperienced on Israel

Posted on: July 12, 2018 | 29 Tammuz 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  In the last six months I have gone to Israel three times and in two weeks I will be making it a fourth. My mom always asked me why I continually go on these trips that are in theory all the same – going to Israel to be a tourist and learn the land, […]

Annual Campaign is up, up and away

Annual Campaign is up, up and away

Posted on: July 9, 2018 | 26 Tammuz 5778 by Rob Golub

  MILWAUKEE – Donations have again increased for the Annual Campaign of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, reaching $6.35 million. “This is a significant increase,” said Caren Goldberg, chief development officer for Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The $6.35 million for 2018 beats the $6.17 million raised for the Annual Campaign in 2017. The Annual Campaign has been rising […]

Three area youth groups are rebuilding

Three area youth groups are rebuilding

Posted on: July 9, 2018 | 26 Tammuz 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  MILWAUKEE – Three area youth groups have been rebuilding in recent years, each one representing a major North American religious movement. “MiTY, MUSY and NCSY are all in rebuilding phases,” said Tziporah Altman-Shafer, the Jewish education community planner for the Coalition for Jewish Learning of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, referring to local Reform, Conservative […]

Herber leaving Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid

Posted on: July 9, 2018 | 26 Tammuz 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Rabbi Jacob Herber is leaving Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, the Glendale Conservative congregation, for a position with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Herber will be with CBINT through the end of July, said the synagogue’s board president, Rick Strait. “We valued his 15 years of synagogue leadership and wish him all the […]

Musician seeks to form a ‘Cream City Klezmer Band’

Posted on: July 9, 2018 | 26 Tammuz 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Leno’s San Francisco race was a close one

Posted on: June 29, 2018 | 16 Tammuz 5778 by Rob Golub

In a nail-biter of a race, it looked at first as though Wisconsin native Mark Leno, the subject of a profile in the June Chronicle, could become mayor of San Francisco. Leno was ahead by 144 votes in ranked-choice balloting at four days after election night in early June, according to the area’s ABC affiliate. […]

Wisconsin’s largest synagogue, Congregation Shalom, sees changes

Wisconsin’s largest synagogue, Congregation Shalom, sees changes

Posted on: June 29, 2018 | 16 Tammuz 5778 by Rob Golub

FOX POINT – Congregation Shalom is seeing some changes among its clergy, just as it’s set to embark on a three-year effort to form and implement a vision for its future. The state’s largest congregation, with more than 900 families, is set for changes in rabbinical staff effective over the July 1, 2018 weekend. Rabbi […]

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 […]