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Local synagogues work to welcome interfaith families

Local synagogues work to welcome interfaith families

Posted on: December 22, 2017 | 4 Tevet 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Jeff Shabman, a Jewish man from New York, fell in love with a Lutheran woman from Wisconsin. As they settled in West Allis, Judy Shabman was ensconced in her church, where she was the religious education director for 29 years, and its bookkeeper. So they focused on finding a spiritual home for Jeff. They […]

Author gathered little-known history of Wisconsin’s German prisoners

Posted on: December 22, 2017 | 4 Tevet 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Betty Cowley authored “Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WWII prisoner-of-war camps” in 2002, a pioneer work on this local history. Cowley, of Eau Claire and not Jewish, is a retired history teacher who taught high school in Altoona for 35 years. When she presented this history to her students, they refused to believe there had been […]

Jewish Family Services celebrates 150 years

Jewish Family Services celebrates 150 years

Posted on: December 22, 2017 | 4 Tevet 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  MILWAUKEE – Jewish Family Services was born 150 years ago, as the Hebrew Relief Society, in 1867. It has had five different names along the way. JFS has a humanitarian history of helping children, youth, seniors and refugees, providing services which include therapy, vocational services, childcare and safe havens for immigrants, refugees and orphans. […]

Land of Milk and Honey? Milwaukee man can sell you some of that.

Land of Milk and Honey? Milwaukee man can sell you some of that.

Posted on: December 13, 2017 | 25 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  The Torah tells us that when G-d spoke to Moses at the burning bush, He said the Israelites would be redeemed in “a land flowing with milk and honey,” referring to the Land of Canaan, which became known as the Land of Israel. According to Justin Lubin — a Milwaukeean by way of Worcester, […]

A Jewish journey that started out Christian

A Jewish journey that started out Christian

Posted on: December 13, 2017 | 25 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

When Jim Stillman met his future father-in-law for the first time, the reception was cool. “Nancy and I went to her parents’ home in Shorewood to tell them that we wanted to get married,” Stillman said, recalling the encounter some three decades later. “Her father would not give us his blessing.” It was an awkward […]

Three amazing craft projects for Chanukah

Three amazing craft projects for Chanukah

Posted on: December 11, 2017 | 23 Kislev 5778 by Rob Golub

Chanukah is a great time for family projects. These three projects are easy, fun and can probably be done with materials you’ll find around your house. They were developed by art teacher Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich of Bader Hillel Academy in Fox Point. Our thanks to Jewish Community Education Planner Tziporah Altman-Shafer for her help with this, too. Enjoy! […]

Drop point for books and toys

Posted on: December 11, 2017 | 23 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Jewish Federation is once again a drop-off location for new toys and books for children served by the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Through December, the collection barrel can be found inside the front door of the Helfaer Community Service Building, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. View the […]

Poll: Give part of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state?

Poll: Give part of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state?

Posted on: December 11, 2017 | 23 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Would you support giving part of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state as part of a peace deal? After peace talks were launched by Israel and the Palestinians in 1993, the U.S. position has been that the sides should hash out what the boundaries are in and around Jerusalem. Since the Camp David talks in […]

Wisconsin’s water advocate signs agreements with Israel

Wisconsin’s water advocate signs agreements with Israel

Posted on: December 5, 2017 | 17 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

TEL AVIV — The Water Council of Wisconsin signed two agreements during Gov. Scott Walker’s trade mission to Israel, one with a university and the other with an innovation-oriented arm of the Israeli government. The governor’s trade mission, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, also included meetings between Israeli and Wisconsin leaders in business and technology. […]

Walker signs anti-boycott order, meets with Netanyahu

Walker signs anti-boycott order, meets with Netanyahu

Posted on: December 5, 2017 | 17 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  MADISON – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an anti-boycott executive order on Oct. 27, just before his trade mission trip to Israel and a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The order prohibits state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that boycott Israel. The move is a clear rejection of the boycott, […]