Team Milwaukee girls volleyball team in action against the Israeli team at the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games held in Boca Raton, Fla. Photo provided by Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.
“When Jewish teens get to be together, for athletics and social action, to celebrate Israel, they are celebrating their Judaism. It’s not in a traditional venue but still the same Judaism that has persisted for millennia.”
How many years have you walked into Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur services and wished you had gotten a reminder?
Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on June 26, my marriage, and the marriages of countless others, are valid and equal in all 50 states.
The court has torn down what remained of perhaps the most fundamental cultural bulwark against moral anarchy and social disintegration.
I am deeply troubled by the agreement between the P5 1 nations and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program reached in July.
Americans for Peace Now welcomes the news that the Obama Administration and its P5 1 partners — France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China — have reached an agreement with Iran to radically roll back and limit Iran’s nuclear program.
Theodore Bikel, an actor and folksinger who was recognized in 1997 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, died July 21 at age 91.
The road to the agreement secured in July, which will limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, began decades earlier.
Back to School
It recently became clear to me that despite all our efforts to publicize the work that we do at the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, even some of our most generous donors and most stalwart supporters don’t always know — through no fault of their own — the full extent of our activities.
“Whether you are a teacher, a kid or a parent, we’re all on a Jewish journey together,” said Karen Faust. And that is the case “even if you are not Jewish, because we’re always learning about Judaism.”
For about 17 years previously, groups of Jewish teens from Wisconsin and the Sovev Kinneret (around Lake Kinneret) region in Israel have visited each other for a Teen Mifgash (Encounter) program that provides informal education for both. This year, the encounter had a surprise addition.
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Does the Iran deal have the votes or not?
A petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Britain in September has reached more than 41,000 signatures and must receive a government response.
Israeli security forces said they prevented 17 suicide attacks and eight kidnappings so far in 2015, in addition to several attacks stopped by the Palestinian Authority.
Israel said it has reached a deal with a consortium of companies over the development of several off-shore natural gas fields.
Sam Gingold became a man at 7-years-old. There was no bar mitzvah ceremony.
An Orthodox Jew who works as an entertainer can find life on the road challenging. So it helps when someone like comedian Danny Lobell meets kind people.
On July 1, Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks became the assistant rabbi at Congregation Shalom.
On July 1, Cantor Deborah Martin became the spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha.
What are people obligated to do when others around them are enduring poverty? That was the topic of a symposium held at Lake Park Synagogue on June 25.
Governor Scott Walker signed the 2015-17 state budget into law on July 12, one day before announcing his presidential run.
Eileen Graves is a long-time Jewish community volunteer and now serves as president of Women’s Philanthropy of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
Baseball doesn’t just have an honored place in American culture. It seems to have exerted an attraction to Jewish Americans beyond most other professional sports.
Sixteen community leaders will be honored on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Annual Tribute Banquet.
In a curious way, both of this year’s Milwaukee Jewish Federation young leadership honorees come from helping professions.