International

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 […]

Author gathered little-known history of Wisconsin’s German prisoners

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  Betty Cowley authored “Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WWII prisoner-of-war camps” in 2002, a pioneer work on this local history. Cowley, of Eau Claire and not Jewish, is a retired history teacher who taught high school in Altoona for 35 years. When she presented this history to her students, they refused to believe there had been […]

Reggio Emilia philosophy puts students in control

Reggio Emilia philosophy puts students in control

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  The horrors of World War II signaled a need for change throughout the world. In Italy, the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy was a step toward such change, a departure from traditional early learning pedagogy that allowed the population to focus on the future: the children. Today early learning institutions throughout the world still use […]

Poll: Did you grow up hearing Yiddish spoken at home?

Poll: Did you grow up hearing Yiddish spoken at home?

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Yiddish is a language of the Jewish people. It was spoken frequently among Eastern European Jews before World War II and some Jews, particularly among the observant, still speak it today. Did you grow up hearing Yiddish spoken at home?

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 […]