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Local teens headed for San Diego – The JCC Maccabi Games start July 31 

Local teens headed for San Diego – The JCC Maccabi Games start July 31 

Posted on: June 30, 2022 | 1 Tammuz 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  The JCC Maccabi Games last a week; new friends and a healthy dose of Jewish identity can last a lifetime.  That’s the hope for four young Jewish athletes from greater Milwaukee and Oconomowoc who will compete in the JCC Maccabi Games in San Diego from July 31 – Aug 5, 2022.  “I want to […]

Evelyn Garfinkel remembered – longtime community advocate loved connecting, family  

Evelyn Garfinkel remembered – longtime community advocate loved connecting, family  

Posted on: June 30, 2022 | 1 Tammuz 5782 by Rob Golub

  Evelyn “Evy” Garfinkel, a devoted connector of family and community, and a longtime director of the Women’s Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, died June 18, 2022. She was 92.  It was never about ego for this longtime community advocate. “She did what she did, because she just did it. She wasn’t looking for accolades […]

Otto Feller turned 100, honored as a Holocaust survivor

Otto Feller turned 100, honored as a Holocaust survivor

Posted on: June 28, 2022 | 29 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

When Otto Feller came to Milwaukee in 1965, he had only ten dollars and a self-described lovely singing voice.   Fifty-seven years later, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany recognized Otto Feller’s 100th birthday on June 22, 2022. The Conference has asked for a flag to be flown in his honor above the U.S. […]

Teaching the Shoah, digitally – Holocaust education makes use of holography, virtual reality  

Teaching the Shoah, digitally – Holocaust education makes use of holography, virtual reality  

Posted on: June 27, 2022 | 28 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  For days, under hot film lights, Holocaust survivors answer hundreds of questions about themselves and what they remember about the atrocities they endured and witnessed. The result is the highly renowned “Dimensions in Testimony,” a collection of powerful interactive biographies at University of Southern California Shoah Foundation.    For Rachel Baum, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee […]

Jewish families to be key topic at Greenfield Summer Institute

Jewish families to be key topic at Greenfield Summer Institute

Posted on: June 27, 2022 | 28 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  The Jewish family can be considered the core of Jewish identity. At a four-day event, attendees can develop a rich understanding about the history and function of family in a Jewish context, according to organizers.   “In many ways, the Jewish story is a family story,” said Cara Rock-Singer, co-chair of the Greenfield Institute Committee. […]

Hiking trip across Israel is planned 

Hiking trip across Israel is planned 

Posted on: June 8, 2022 | 9 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  “Hike Israel from Sea to Sea” is a series of short hikes, paired with a trip to the Milwaukee area’s partnership region in the north of the Jewish state, subsidized by Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  The trip is a project of Federation, its Israel Center and the Partnership2Gether network. The approximate cost is $2,900, which […]

Planning a wedding for an onerous 2022 – bride Sarah Hendrix said planning her wedding has been a challenge 

Planning a wedding for an onerous 2022 – bride Sarah Hendrix said planning her wedding has been a challenge 

Posted on: June 2, 2022 | 3 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Oh, 2022, why do you have to be so difficult? Milwaukee resident Sarah Hendrix has had to jump through hoops to plan her perfect Jewish wedding for 2022.  Hendrix and Jeremy Walker will marry in September at The Atrium in Shorewood. Something about 2022, after years of pandemic living, has changed wedding planning, Hendrix […]

Holocaust education with fewer survivors – the third generation is learning to tell their stories 

Holocaust education with fewer survivors – the third generation is learning to tell their stories 

Posted on: June 1, 2022 | 2 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Jessica Sectzer-Rubin’s grandfather worked in the family bakery in Poland before he was deported to Auschwitz and survived as a forced laborer. When Nazis broke into their bakery, they beat him and his father until they bled, then shoved her great-grandfather’s face into a bag of flour.  Sectzer-Rubin, 43, relays these traumatic events in […]

As educators train Wisconsin teachers, they’re stumbling onto common mistakes made in the classroom 

As educators train Wisconsin teachers, they’re stumbling onto common mistakes made in the classroom 

Posted on: May 31, 2022 | 1 Sivan 5782 by Rob Golub

  Holocaust educators who travel Wisconsin to train the state’s teachers have noticed something – their lessons are needed.  “There’s a lot that’s being taught that isn’t necessarily right, and we want to make sure they get it right,” said Mark Miller, board chair of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a […]

Local Asian and Jewish communities form alliance 

Local Asian and Jewish communities form alliance 

Posted on: May 31, 2022 | 1 Sivan 5782 by Rob Golub

  MILWAUKEE – There are major differences between the Jewish and Asian experience in America, but there’s common ground, too.   “There is a need for us to address what it means to be an ‘other,’” said Ron Kuramato, president of the Japanese American Citizens League – Wisconsin Chapter, during a May 22, 2022, panel discussion. […]