International

American leaders oppose Netanyahu’s Western Wall decision

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American Jewish leaders are reacting in a way rarely seen – speaking critically of current Israeli policy. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism's holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reneged in a Cabinet vote Sunday, June 25, effectively canceling the deal and caving to the interests of his haredi Orthodox coalition partners. The compromise would have expanded a non-Orthodox prayer section south of the main Western Wall plaza, created a shared entrance to all prayer areas and appointed an...

First person: Ecological delegation to Israel comes away wiser

First person: Ecological delegation to Israel comes away wiser

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  What was the ecological delegation? Three visitors to Israel from the Milwaukee area were part of an ecological delegation earlier this year. The Partnership2Gether program, a cooperative venture of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel, created the trip to encourage human connections among people who work in ecological development and environmental education. More […]

The force of truth: films from Israel

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  Fran Assa of Shorewood reviews current film and finds a reveal of women’s experiences in ways that are achingly true, for the most part. * * * Something is happening in Israeli/Israeli-Palestinian film production that is unique. It is the deliberate and forceful exploration of fundamental philosophical questions: what is a man, and what […]

Holocaust center sees more interest, students

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering a horrific camp known for art

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  A spring series of local events focuses on creativity during the Holocaust, looking deeply at how art was part of the lives of people and children imprisoned in a Czech concentration camp. People created art in many of the camps used by Germans to imprison Jews and others, but what happened at Terezin was […]

Downtown exhibit on Holocaust by Bullets

Downtown exhibit on Holocaust by Bullets

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  From April 20 through May 23 the Holocaust by Bullets museum exhibit will be on display in Milwaukee, giving people the chance to learn about this lesser-known side of the Holocaust. Created from the work done by the Rev. Patrick Desbois, a French priest, the exhibit includes photographs and videotaped eye witness testimonies about […]

Q&A with the Father Patrick Desbois

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During the “Holocaust by Bullets,” entire communities that never saw the camps were murdered. An exhibit focusing on that aspect of the Holocaust is coming to Milwaukee this spring, along with the man responsible for the field work that has brought these stories out of the past and into the present. The Rev. Patrick Desbois has spent years […]

The Holocaust – not just by camps but also by bullets

The Holocaust – not just by camps but also by bullets

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People think they know what happened during the Holocaust, but there’s an aspect of it that has remained buried for decades, and has only recently garnered more public notoriety. When people think of the Holocaust, said Hannah Rosenthal, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, they tend to think of concentration and death camps, […]

Holocaust survivor on WISN 12 on Sunday

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MILWAUKEE – Michael Bornstein will discuss his book, “Survivors Club,” in his first national interview on “Matter of Fact,” airing Sunday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. on WISN 12 Milwaukee. In 1945, 4-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. The footage, and resulting […]

Wisconsin students saving pennies to remember

Wisconsin students saving pennies to remember

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  EDGERTON — Teachers and students at Edgerton Middle School, located between Janesville and Madison, are attempting to collect one million pennies to commemorate the Holocaust. They seek to help conceptualize what one million looks like, representing one-eleventh the number of people believed to have been killed in the Holocaust. A GoFundMe page, “Totals for […]

Principal’s students amassed six million paperclips

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    One afternoon in 1998, Linda Hooper had been sitting in her office when a student came to visit her. “’You know, I don’t get six million,’” Hooper recalled the student saying. Along with other teachers, Hooper, then principal of Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, Tennessee had helped institute a Holocaust education class. Although […]