International

Holocaust center sees more interest, students

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  MILWAUKEE – When Shay Pilnik, executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, first began working with the organization in 2014, HERC was able to reach out to between 15,000 and 16,000 students in Wisconsin every year. But now, that number has blossomed to 20,000. “We see an increase in interest in the topic. And the interest reflects the uptick in instances of intolerance that this country has witnessed over the last couple of years,” Pilnik said. “The demand for the services that we offer is far greater than our capacity at this...

Journey of a giving family

Journey of a giving family

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  MILWAUKEE – It was 50 years ago. Israel had just won the Six Day War and a young David Bader had just graduated from the Hillel Academy of Milwaukee. David Bader, then at the start of ninth grade, walked into Riverside High School proudly wearing a T-shirt. It sported a Star of David on […]

Family with Wisconsin ties is committed to St. Thomas

Family with Wisconsin ties is committed to St. Thomas

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    Rabbi Asher Federman and his wife Henya, a Milwaukee native, were willing to move anywhere in the world after they got married. They just wanted to serve the Jewish people. “We Googled all the places in the world where there were Jews and no Chabad. There was Luxemburg, Vietnam, South Korea. We even […]

Visiting scholar says American theater is different 

Visiting scholar says American theater is different 

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  MILWAUKEE – She’s directed, choreographed and taught theater overseas. Now, teaching in Milwaukee, she’s quite certain that theater here is awfully different from theater back home. Tanya Weinstein is spending this semester and next teaching at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Tanya and her husband, Alexander – also an enthused thespian – have observations about the […]

Yiddish – the language of the Jewish experience

Yiddish – the language of the Jewish experience

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  MADISON – Kibitz, schlep, chutzpah, kitsch, maven. Most every American knows at least one or two Yiddish words, whether they know it or not. What they may not realize – unless of course they grew up in a household where Yiddish was spoken frequently – is just how important the language remains to Jewish […]

He remembers Kristallnacht

He remembers Kristallnacht

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One morning on Nov. 9, 1938, 10-year-old Otto Salomon arrived at his Jewish school in Cologne, Germany. It was ablaze. “The fire department was there,” said Salomon, 90, in German-accented English. “They weren’t there to put out the fire; they didn’t want the buildings next to my school to get on fire. Same thing with […]

Opinion: Who was Balfour of the Declaration?

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  Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) held many posts in the British government, including prime minister (1902-05) and foreign minister. Even so, contemporary British journalist Harold Begbie wrote that Balfour “has said nothing, written nothing, done nothing, which lives in the heart of his countrymen.” But Balfour is one of the non-Jews who lives in the […]

Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates hummus, visits 1945

Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates hummus, visits 1945

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MEQUON – The Marcus North Shore Cinema will again be home to the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. The eight-film festival runs Oct. 22 – Oct. 26. This year’s festival includes films from Belgium, France, Israel, United States, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Subjects include […]