Jewish Family Services clinician Dawn Giorno, APSW, MSW, working with a client. Photo by Dan Zaitz/Zaitz Photography.
Milwaukeean Ellen Anders (not her real name), 59, a single mother, was earning a good living until she and her job became casualties of the economic downturn that began in 2008.
The "secular" has much to teach us and can even add greater dimensions to what we consider "sacred."
As if the start this past September of Jewish year 5775 wasn’t bad enough with the horrid fallout from Israel’s defending itself in Operation Protective Edge. (See my Editor’s Desk column in that month’s issue.) We now are going into secular year 2015 with a bunch of developments and arguments in the news that are making my brain and heart both ache.
Not supporting every aspect of Israeli policy does not make one any less Jewish.
Jerusalem — Jews around the world have just finished celebrating Chanukah and the season of miracles. As we know, Chanukah celebrates miraculous events that took place in Israel just over 2,000 years ago.
As I am sure you have noticed from the first page, the January printed issue of your Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle looks very different.
Last year saw a doubling of anti-Semitic incidents in France to a record high and a 60 percent increase in Belgium.
In an economically depressed town populated largely by a minority group, a young man is killed under disputed circumstances. In the days that follow, riots consume the town, pitting frustrated and angry residents against the police, who maintain their officers acted in self-defense.
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem saw nearly 11,000 Israeli Jewish visitors last year, an increase of 28 percent over 2013.
Speakers from 29 European parliaments signed a declaration against anti-Semitism.
Damian Pachter, the Argentine-Israeli journalist who was the first to report the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, said he feels safe now that he has arrived in Israel.
A new program now offered at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee — SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss — is showing that museum objects can help build connections between people experiencing memory loss and those who love and/or care for them.
It’s considered 75 percent social and 75 percent educational. At least that’s how Rabbi Jessica Barolsky, director of lifelong learning at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun wants everyone to view Kulanu, a newly formed, collaborative program made up of teenagers from three area congregations.
While fans of fresh produce see fruit flies as a nuisance, Edward Blumenthal sees them as an opportunity.
“Whatever the project, it means total involvement for Flora Cohen.” So began a Dec. 13, 1978, article in the old Milwaukee Sentinel by Dorothy Austin.
An empty vessel, like a shoe or a milk can, can be full of meaning when Leora Saposnik creates it.
I’ve been a volleyball coach for about 25 years. I have coached boys and girls, women and men, at every level from fourth grade through college. Yet I have never been a part of something as life affirming and positive as my experience coaching at the JCC Maccabi Games, which took place Aug. 10-15 in Boca Raton, Fla., and which will be coming to Milwaukee in August 2015.
There was once a scrappy Jewish boy who grew up in Whitefish Bay at a time when very few Jews lived there.
Ed Clemon lived in Glendale and worked with me at Gimbels for many years. We have remained friends since his return to Boston. He recently traveled to Europe with his wife Judy to determine the origin of his family.