International

On mission trip to Lithuania and Germany, we stood witness

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“How was your trip?” That’s the question we dreaded most on our way back to the United States. It’s hard to respond to a question when you’re unsure of the answer. The three of us – a social worker, a financial advisor, and an attorney – joined Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Mission to Vilnius, Lithuania and Berlin, Germany. The mission was focused on Jewish history in each respective country as told through the lens of the Holocaust.  From the itinerary we received, we were prepared for the “where” and the “when,” but we found ourselves grossly underprepared for...

Student art recalls Kristallnacht synagogues

Student art recalls Kristallnacht synagogues

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  WHITEFISH BAY – Each of the 11 pieces of art shows us what a synagogue looked like, pre-World War II, with its image surrounded by pieces of glass. It’s an effort to remember and connect with Kristallnacht, often referred to in English as the “Night of Broken Glass.” Kristallnacht marks not just broken glass […]

Struggling with a struggling Germany

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The Milwaukee Jewish Federation Mission to Vilnius and Berlin was a very confusing one for me.  It challenged me on assumptions that I have held for 61 years, were taught to me by my parents, and I have used to chart the course of my life.  I am struggling. We started in Vilnius ­­­­­– the […]

‘Denial’ film playing locally

‘Denial’ film playing locally

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The new film, “Denial,” is playing at multiple Wisconsin theaters. When university Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team […]

Iran nuclear deal dustup continues in Wisconsin

Iran nuclear deal dustup continues in Wisconsin

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  The left and right have been critical of one another over the Iran deal that puts the brakes on the recalcitrant nation’s nuclear program. Now, the battle is heating up in Wisconsin thanks to J Street, the left-leaning Jewish advocacy group. J Street has launched a half million-dollar campaign against Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., […]

Dutch tradition inspires noted artist

Dutch tradition inspires noted artist

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  MILWAUKEE – Like a lot of younger children, Beth Lipman had a plan for what she wanted to do when she “grew” up. “I wanted to be a veterinarian, an artist and a soccer player,” Lipman said laughing. “The one thing that stayed with me at that point was art. I think I would […]

Federation nominee at IsraAID to be granted Muhammad Ali award

Federation nominee at IsraAID to be granted Muhammad Ali award

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky ­– An international award named for the late Muhammad Ali is to be granted to Israeli Navonel Glick for his work as chief operating officer of IsraAID, after his nomination by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award is given to six young humanitarians from around the world, age 30 […]

IsraAID leader sees ‘impermanence and fragility of this world’

IsraAID leader sees ‘impermanence and fragility of this world’

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  TEL AVIV – When you see photos of disaster workers at the scene, you probably think they’re exhausted and hard-working, and they are. But that’s not all. Israeli Navonel Glick is also inspired. He’s lifted up by the people he arrives to rescue. Glick is the 29-year-old chief operating officer of IsraAID, a Tel […]

Understanding the Shoah through reading

Understanding the Shoah through reading

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  MILWAUKEE – Looking for a meaningful read? Look no further than the library at 1360 N. Prospect Ave., just steps away and one floor up from Jewish Museum Milwaukee. The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center Library is home to 1,500 titles, covering topics like the Holocaust, genocide, anti-Semitism and diversity. Most […]