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.

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.

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Opinions

Local students: Joshua may not be presidential

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. 

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The Torah’s take on priests

By Rabbi Ira Grussgott

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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In the news

Coming events for May, 2016

 What's happening in May?

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Purim event thrills Lake Park congregants

By Rob Golub RobG@MilwaukeeJewish.org

For Purim, some saved Milwaukee from disaster while others socialized, all of it taking place at a trendy Third Ward spot. 

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New rabbi at Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun

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.

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University School students work with MIAD on Holocaust project

University School of Milwaukee seventh graders work with MIAD faculty on Holocaust memorial project 

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Shoah survivor offers himself as living proof

By Katlynne Davis Special to the Chronicle

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. 

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Kids: What I like about Passover

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.

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The Szyk Haggadah reflects the times

By Stephanie Wagner StephanieW@MilwaukeeJewish.org

The four sons of the Szyk Haggadah reflected the artist’s life experience, including his native Poland. Szyk portrayed his wicked son as Hitleresque.

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Poetry: Negev

By Lauren Kohlenberg Special to the Chronicle

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.

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A progressive makes her own Haggadah – again and again

By Rob Golub RobG@MilwaukeeJewish.org

Shayna Kurland of Milwaukee has pieced together her own Haggadah three times, using online resources. 

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