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My Shabbat in Jerusalem, my bike ride through Israel

Posted on: March 1, 2018 | 14 Adar 5778 by Rob Golub

David Barash is cantor with Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun of River Hills. He wrote these blog posts while on sabbatical in Israel, where he participated in the Israel Ride in November, 2017. For a link to more blog posts, visit CEEBJ.org or JewishChronicle.org. Shabbat in Jerusalem Oct. 19, 2017 There’s something special about preparing for Shabbat […]

Coming events, March 2018

Coming events, March 2018

Posted on: February 28, 2018 | 13 Adar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Among the events listed is the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration, Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel, set to take place from 3-6:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Deaths

Posted on: February 27, 2018 | 12 Adar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Deborah Carter Berkson dies at 67 Chronicle staff MILWAUKEE – Deborah Carter Berkson died Feb. 10, 2018. She was 67. She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Marc Berkson of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in River Hills, and other family. A funeral service was held Feb. 13 at CEEBJ. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu […]

Musician Ben Sidran’s 1960s reunion recalls Jewish influx

Musician Ben Sidran’s 1960s reunion recalls Jewish influx

Posted on: February 23, 2018 | 8 Adar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Mention the student protests and unrest of the 1960s and some may think of Columbia or Berkeley. But University of Wisconsin – Madison was a hotbed of activist thought as well. In June, a reunion of witnesses and participants will descend on the city for three days of concerts, seminars, films and exhibits. Dubbed […]

Milwaukee scholar co-founded Digital Yiddish Theatre Project

Milwaukee scholar co-founded Digital Yiddish Theatre Project

Posted on: February 23, 2018 | 8 Adar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

In the beginning, the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project wasn’t digital, and it wasn’t a project. It was just a nameless concept and the topic of an ongoing discussion between friends Joel Berkowitz and Debra Caplan. “Debra, at the time, was a Harvard graduate student writing her dissertation,” said Berkowitz, professor of foreign languages and literature […]

Florida shooter linked to hate as victims are remembered

Florida shooter linked to hate as victims are remembered

Posted on: February 23, 2018 | 8 Adar 5778 by WJC Staff

  Evidence has emerged of links to hate for the gunman who killed 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida. On Feb. 14, Cruz used a semiautomatic rifle in a shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz, a former student at the school who was expelled, was in custody. At least five […]

7th graders built sukkah, found much more

Posted on: February 23, 2018 | 8 Adar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

When Milwaukee Jewish Day School students Levi Gottlieb and Noah Bernstein spoke at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation board meeting in October, they delivered this D’var Torah. Hello, my name is Levi. And my name is Noah. And we are seventh graders from MJDS. This week there is a special parsha. It is special because it […]

Opinion: Local rabbis say Israel should ‘shelter the powerless’

Opinion: Local rabbis say Israel should ‘shelter the powerless’

Posted on: February 15, 2018 | 30 Shevat 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  From its pre-state days, Israel has aspired to be both a light to the nations and a normal country like any other. These two countervailing goals were articulated by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. He often spoke to the aspiration that Israel should become, in the language of Isaiah, “a light to the […]

How should Hebrew be used at summer camps?

Posted on: February 15, 2018 | 30 Shevat 5778 by Rob Golub

  Since 2012, Professor Sarah Bunin Benor has visited 27 Jewish summer camps, venturing well beyond her home base at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She found none that are quite like OSRUI, the Reform Jewish movement’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc. OSRUI had an unusual Hebrew immersion program […]

What’s nu? February, 2018

Posted on: February 12, 2018 | 27 Shevat 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

Ryan opponent labeled anti-Semitic Paul Nehlen, who is running to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in the Aug. 14 primary, has been accused of anti-Semitism. “Paul Nehlen Is an Anti-Semitic Clown,” reads a Jan. 24. headline in the Atlantic. The Forward reported he “spent the morning after Christmas being anti-Semitic on Twitter.” Nehlen’s Twitter account […]