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After death of George Floyd, local rabbis had a message 

After death of George Floyd, local rabbis had a message 

Posted on: July 5, 2020 | 13 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  When local congregational rabbis wrote or spoke in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, with the nation around them aroused, several thought of the America’s promise, or the notion that everybody counts.  These two themes in local rabbinic statements emerged from a place of horror and passion. Rabbi Joel Alter wrote of Floyd’s death […]

College senior Noah Wolfe takes protests to suburbia 

College senior Noah Wolfe takes protests to suburbia 

Posted on: July 5, 2020 | 13 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Noah Wolfe, a local college student, got started with suburban protesting when he posted a June 6 event to Facebook: “North Shore Justice for George Floyd Peaceful Protest.”  “I created the event on Facebook, just thinking, maybe we’ll get 100 or 200 people,” he said.   Instead, more than 1,500 people showed up to Atwater […]

Chabad mobilizes, offering to feed children for free

Chabad mobilizes, offering to feed children for free

Posted on: July 2, 2020 | 10 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin is providing free kosher food for children. The organization is mobilizing its statewide synagogues and outposts, and tapping government programs, to provide at least 500 breakfasts and lunches daily next week. “The needs are endless,” said Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin, executive vice president for Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin. “You’ve got to start somewhere.” […]

Jews of color to speak at event organized by local Jews 

Jews of color to speak at event organized by local Jews 

Posted on: July 2, 2020 | 10 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

Jews of color will speak at a “Milwaukee Jews for Black Lives Matter Action” event on Milwaukee’s east side on Friday afternoon. The event is the creation of several local Jews, spurred to action by their fellowship with a national Jewish organization.  Anna Goldstein, Ariel Kohll, Nicole Gorelik, Sahar Steiner and Joey Allis are among the […]

Driver cited after parking meter flies into Racine synagogue 

Driver cited after parking meter flies into Racine synagogue 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  A newly released police report shows the driver who damaged Racine’s Beth Israel Sinai Congregation was issued two citations: one for inattentive driving and one for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.   The Racine man was allegedly on his phone when he hit a parking meter, launching it through two panes of glass and […]

How can I get help? How do I stay connected? How do I help? 

How can I get help? How do I stay connected? How do I help? 

Posted on: June 28, 2020 | 6 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Pandemic assistance: Milwaukee Jewish Federation and its partners are here for you.   How can I get help?    Mental health   Jewish Family Services is open. They are available to meet mental health needs for all ages and stages of life.   Call JFS at 414-390-5800.  Visit the JFS website at JFSMilw.org.  Social services, kosher […]

Tikkun Ha-Ir and synagogues take a pledge for racial justice

Tikkun Ha-Ir and synagogues take a pledge for racial justice

Posted on: June 28, 2020 | 6 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Milwaukee social justice organization Tikkun Ha-Ir issued a statement on June 19, pledging to do more to combat racial injustice, co-signed by nine local synagogues and organizations.  The co-signers are Hillel Milwaukee, Congregation Anshe Lebowitz, Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Congregation Shalom, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Lake Park Synagogue […]

Madison victim of hate  identifies as culturally Jewish

Madison victim of hate identifies as culturally Jewish

Posted on: June 26, 2020 | 4 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Madison 18-year-old Althea Bernstein, who was reportedly set on fire by a white man, identifies as culturally Jewish, according to a family spokesperson.  The Madison Police Department is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Bernstein is a biracial African American, according to family spokesman Michael Johnson. The family identifies as both culturally Jewish […]

COVID-19: Conflicting data, difficult decisions 

COVID-19: Conflicting data, difficult decisions 

Posted on: June 25, 2020 | 3 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  My reflections as the president of a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Milwaukee.  The world around us continues to be driven by the devastation resulting from the COVID-19, both in terms of illness and death, as well as economic instability.   The past several weeks have also seen demonstrations around the nation following the murder of George Floyd. […]

Interfaith Conference director: Fight hate with understanding

Interfaith Conference director: Fight hate with understanding

Posted on: June 22, 2020 | 30 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee plays an important role at a time of rising antisemitism and other hate crimes in Wisconsin, said Pardeep Singh Kaleka, executive director of the 50-year-old nonprofit organization. The 21 members of the Interfaith Conference are committed to regular dialogue within its leadership committee. They also offer programs designed to […]