Opinions

Opinion: Why march on Madison?

Opinion: Why march on Madison?

Posted on: January 27, 2017 | 29 Tevet 5777 by Rob Golub

  I didn’t want to march. I don’t like crowds. I wasn’t sure what marching would accomplish or how it would be interpreted. But it felt like too much was at stake not to show up. Why did I choose to go? Because, as Gloria Steinem said at the Women’s March on Washington, “Sometimes we […]

Opinion: The election through Republican eyes

Posted on: December 29, 2016 | 29 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  I realize that those who supported Hillary Clinton are in an awful amount of hurt because of the unexpected shock of the Trump victory. Part of this is the very fact that the Democratic Party did not realize what was happening in most of America outside of the big urban areas. As a Republican […]

Opinion: The left is wrong on Trump, Bannon and anti-Semitism

Posted on: December 29, 2016 | 29 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  The December Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle included six op-eds from local writers commenting on the results of the election. All six were written from a leftist perspective and decried the results of the election. When I pointed out in an email to members of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council leadership that […]

Twelve hours from Israel

Twelve hours from Israel

Posted on: December 2, 2016 | 2 Kislev 5777 by Rob Golub

  Allow me to take you to a place where civilization was born and time seems to stand still. The sound of many people, talking excitedly in various distinct tongues. The smell of exotic spices and warm bread fills the air. You can taste them. And the people are the best part: Tourists in brightly […]

Opinion: The victors, and those despairing, have much to offer

Posted on: December 2, 2016 | 2 Kislev 5777 by Rob Golub

  Roughly 2,000 years ago a debate broke out in the house of study. Rabbis Eliezer, Akivah, Joshua and Gamliel were debating about a new type of oven. The question, if a portion of the oven became unclean would that render the oven un-kosher? Rabbi Eliezer was an expert on the laws of kashrut and […]

Struggling with a struggling Germany

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation Mission to Vilnius and Berlin was a very confusing one for me.  It challenged me on assumptions that I have held for 61 years, were taught to me by my parents, and I have used to chart the course of my life.  I am struggling. We started in Vilnius ­­­­­– the […]

Opinion: Let’s not hide from our differences

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by WJC Staff

  Mark Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, shared the following message with staff and members. At the Seder table each Pesach, our family follows the same Haggadah and revisits the same story. As we explore the Four Questions, the youngest at […]

Opinion: Jewish Community Relations Council on Trump

Opinion: Jewish Community Relations Council on Trump

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by WJC Staff

  The Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation issued these two statements soon after the election of Donald Trump for president. Jewish Community Relations Council looks forward after election  The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump on his victory this week. Unfortunately, this election has […]

Opinion: The election’s over ­– now what?

Opinion: The election’s over ­– now what?

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

    If we learned anything at all in the recent presidential election, it’s this: we are still a divided people. Note my use of “still.” Many are decrying the fact that “this is the most divided we’ve ever been” or at least, “this is the most divided we’ve been in a long time.” But […]

Opinion: Keep your sleeves rolled up

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

“I think I’ll accept that invitation to serve on the Urban League Board. That’s something positive I can do in response to Trump’s election.” A congregant of mine made this announcement to me at an Oneg Shabbat just after Nov. 8. I am gratified to know that he – and others – are not giving […]