BROKEN HEART: Ephraim Slutzkin, who turns 2 in June, is with his mother, Gabrielle Slutzkin and sister Batsheva Leah Slutzkin, 3. Ephraim survived birth with a hole in his heart.
Students at Milwaukee Jewish Day School wrote opinion pieces on Joshua’s leadership qualities and what they can teach us as we select our next president of the United States. Rabbi Moishe Steigmann's sixth-grade Jewish studies class, at the school in Whitefish Bay, has been turning to the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, for leadership lessons. The Chronicle met with the students to give them tips on writing a commentary.
Our Torah readings at this time of year from Leviticus (Vayikra) deal with sickness and health, both spiritual and physical. Secular scholars are quick to make a simplistic glib comparison by equating the priest to the doctor. Thus were medicine and religion inter-related and connected albeit in a confusing and indeed ignorant way.
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She’s from Texas but with close ties to Wisconsin, and she worked in Jewish communal life for years before deciding to become a rabbi. Toba Schaller will be the new rabbi/director of lifelong learning at Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun in River Hills.
University School of Milwaukee seventh graders work with MIAD faculty on Holocaust memorial project
When it comes to speaking publicly about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, Sam Harris is not only compelled to teach his audience, but also to stand as human evidence.
We asked children at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale what they like most about Passover and we got back such wonderful responses! We couldn’t use them all, but here’s a fabulous sampling.
From family to food, Pesach is a special time for these local fifth and sixth grade kids.
The four sons of the Szyk Haggadah reflected the artist’s life experience, including his native Poland. Szyk portrayed his wicked son as Hitleresque.
Lauren Kohlenberg, 20, of Shorewood, went on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in January 2016. She wrote this poem upon her return after visiting the Chan Hashayarot Desert Camp in the Negev desert for a night of camping and reflection in a traditional Bedouin tent. Kohlenberg is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a sophomore majoring in information science and technology.
Shayna Kurland of Milwaukee has pieced together her own Haggadah three times, using online resources.
To join the Walk for Israel this year, you’ll take your first steps at the war memorial on downtown Milwaukee’s lakefront, on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
In January, after a Palestinian teen stabbed a Jewish mother of six to death in her home, her husband said “the true solution is love.”
The local Holocaust education center dedicated a new memorial – Pinat Hatikvah or Corner of Hope – with a commitment to remember that which must never be forgotten.
A zoo named ‘Shalom”
Have you ever seen advertising for the Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary? In recent months, you may have seen a billboard on Highway 45 for it. This is the story behind the small-town Wisconsin zoo that’s named for a Hebrew word.
A group of women decided that they had much to learn from each other and as well as women of other faiths
Michael Dorf's entertainment management career has included a move to New York City, opening performance venues around the country, organizing events at Carnegie Hall and putting on star-studded Passover Seders featuring performers like Al Franken, Lou Reed, David Broza and Dr. Ruth.
Ephraim Slutzkin turns 2 in June. Doctors are reportedly amazed that he survived having an undiagnosed heart defect at birth.
Purim, which commemorates Queen Esther’s influence on her Persian king to save the Jews from evil Haman, is celebrated this year on March 23 and 24. It’s a time for silliness, so remember, if you can’t get into Harvard, maybe you can at least get into Purim.
Richard Edelman, a local sculptor with an international profile, is to receive an award that has previously been granted to Elie Wiesel, Chaim Potok and Leonard Bernstein.