International

Milwaukee scholar co-founded Digital Yiddish Theatre Project

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In the beginning, the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project wasn’t digital, and it wasn’t a project. It was just a nameless concept and the topic of an ongoing discussion between friends Joel Berkowitz and Debra Caplan. “Debra, at the time, was a Harvard graduate student writing her dissertation,” said Berkowitz, professor of foreign languages and literature and director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin ­– Milwaukee. This Thalia Theatre poster promotes King Solomon at the Thalia Theatre, New York, by Josef Kroger, 1897. “We...

Making Jewish life work with sports

Making Jewish life work with sports

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  Eido Walny remembers the first time his son Ilan skated on ice. Ilan was 2-years-old in November of 2008 when Eido took him to a rink. He didn’t expect to be there long, just enough to give alone time to his wife Michelle, who at the time was pregnant with Ilan’s sister. How much […]

Opinion: Local rabbis say Israel should ‘shelter the powerless’

Opinion: Local rabbis say Israel should ‘shelter the powerless’

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  From its pre-state days, Israel has aspired to be both a light to the nations and a normal country like any other. These two countervailing goals were articulated by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. He often spoke to the aspiration that Israel should become, in the language of Isaiah, “a light to the […]

For Greece, a record of sorrow and righteousness

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  During World War II, Archbishop Theophilos Damaskinos was surprised to learn that German-occupied Greece had started to deport Jews from the city of Salonika. An armistice held that all Greeks, regardless of their race or religion, were to be treated equally. In the archbishop’s opinion, the Greek Jews were law-abiding and had sacrificed for […]

Birthright extends age range to 32

Birthright extends age range to 32

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  NEW YORK – Birthright Israel, which gifts trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, has created a new age category for the first time since the organization’s founding in 1999. Birthright Israel trip options for 27 to 32-year-olds are to be introduced this summer, in addition to the standard programming available for 18 to 26-year-olds. The increase in Birthright Israel’s maximum eligible age […]