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Milwaukee Film Festival showing two Jewish interest films in coming weeks

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  MILWAUKEE – At least two films with themes of interest to Jewish moviegoers are to be shown by the Milwaukee Film Festival this year – “Bye Bye Germany” and “The Cakemaker.” The Milwaukee Film Festival is Oct. 18-Nov. 1. Here are the film descriptions and show times.   Bye Bye Germany. “A post-war comedy […]

Opinion: Academic boycott of Israel makes no sense

Opinion: Academic boycott of Israel makes no sense

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  When I read of the professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to attend a Tel Aviv study-abroad program, my thoughts turned to Flint, Michigan.    Yes, Flint, Michigan.   You may recall, Flint is the city that had too much lead in the drinking water. A government switch […]

Poll: Should Israel bar visitors who support a boycott?

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An American graduate student being barred from entering Israel over accusations that she supports a boycott of the country has lost another round in court — and is running out of chances. On Friday, an Israeli court rejected an appeal by Lara Alqasem, 22, in her bid to enter Israel for a one-year master’s program in […]

New, young Israeli visitors can put on a show

New, young Israeli visitors can put on a show

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  MILWAUKEE – If you like the arts, these teens are for you. The new shin shins, the local Jewish community’s 18-year-old visitors from Israel, are tied to dance, film and drama. Specifically, Yogev Toby loves theater, films and photography. His partner here for a year, May (pronounced “my”) Ben-Shabat, is a serious hip-hop dancer. […]

‘Palestinian Neighbor’ to be subject of ‘Milwaukee Jewish Community Read’

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  MILWAUKEE – Several local agencies and book clubs are partnering to hold a “Milwaukee Jewish Community Read” of a bestselling book, “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor,” before the author speaks here in May. The Atlantic has hailed the short non-fiction book, by Yossi Klein Halevi, as “one of the best one-volume introductions to the […]

Poll: Should a professor refuse recommendation for study in Israel?

Poll: Should a professor refuse recommendation for study in Israel?

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Should a professor refuse to make a recommendation for a student who wants to study in Israel? This issue has been in the news lately. At the University of Michigan, Professor John Cheney-Lippold declined to write a recommendation letter. An image of his refusal note was posted to Facebook on Sept. 16 by Club Z, a […]

Now in Israel, former Milwaukee emissary’s school cut staff

Now in Israel, former Milwaukee emissary’s school cut staff

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  Rabbi Nir Barkin, who once served as an emissary to Milwaukee, reports his Reform public school in Israel has cut staff, salaries and progressive Jewish education to survive. In December 2017, the Chronicle reported that new government rules in Israel were shutting down Reform-themed education for children, creating a woeful situation for the nation’s […]

Rabbi Nir Barkin makes surprise visit, raises Israel issues

Rabbi Nir Barkin makes surprise visit, raises Israel issues

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  FOX POINT — Rabbi Nir Barkin, a former Israeli emissary to Milwaukee, made a surprise visit to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Meeting, to honor his friend Moshe Katz. Katz has been nominated by committee to serve as the next Federation board chair. “You are a leader in the spirit of your namesake, Moses,” […]

Hillel Milwaukee Israel campus fellow started Aug. 6.

Hillel Milwaukee Israel campus fellow started Aug. 6.

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  MILWAUKEE – Shaked Ram’s cousin said to her, “You should do it.” She’s a lifelong Israeli. Her cousin was a student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and he’d really gotten to know and appreciate his campus Israel fellow. Ram, having grown up in a town of about 800 families in central […]

I never expected what happened at Yad Vashem

I never expected what happened at Yad Vashem

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  Shlomo sent us. The soldiers inquired why we were in the special line for the memorial ceremony at the most solemn place in Israel. Security at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum, was tight. “Shlomo sent us.” Where is your invitation? Your badge? “Shlomo sent us.” So…who is Shlomo? “Shlomo is from Bolechiv.” So… […]

Poll: Has Israel acted appropriately at the Gaza border?

Poll: Has Israel acted appropriately at the Gaza border?

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  How do you feel about the protests at the Gaza-Israel border? Israel has drawn sharp criticism in recent months for confrontations with Palestinian protesters on its Gaza border. Israeli troops have killed over 30 Palestinians and wounded hundreds. Israel says the protesters are not peaceful and have tossed rocks and explosive devices at troops. […]

Walker signs bill against Israel boycotters

Walker signs bill against Israel boycotters

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  Gov. Scott Walker signed an Israel-related bill into law on April 3, in the presence of several activists and political figures. The legislation bars the state from entering into contracts with companies that boycott Israel. The law applies to companies, not people, and only to contracts in excess of $100,000. Pictured from left to […]

Tel Aviv 2018: The nation we built in Israel

Tel Aviv 2018: The nation we built in Israel

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  About this photo-story: Israel turns 70 on May 14, 2018, but on the Hebrew calendar, that date falls in April.   Fran Assa, a Milwaukeean who winters in Israel, shot these photos over the last few months in Tel Aviv. Just look at how it has developed – Tel Aviv is a central jewel […]

Synagogue marks Independence Day as a religious holiday

Synagogue marks Independence Day as a religious holiday

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  It’s complicated. That’s how Rabbi Wesley Kalmar describes Yom HaAtzmaut. Much like Purim and Chanukah, Yom HaAtzmaut is not mentioned in the Torah and is based on a miracle – victory by the Jews when faced with annihilation. For some, Israel Independence Day is basically a secular holiday. But at shuls such as Anshe […]

Celebrate Israel at 70 with walk, hats, cake and camels

Celebrate Israel at 70 with walk, hats, cake and camels

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  WHITEFISH BAY – Wisconsin will celebrate Israel at 70 on Sunday, April 22, with a two-mile Walk for Israel and activities for kids, plus free hats and cake. The Walk for Israel attracts several hundred people annually, serving as the largest celebration of Israel in the state. This annual Yom HaAtzmaut event – marking […]