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Longtime community advocate takes director spot

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Dana Margolis, a longtime volunteer with Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the observant west side community, has been named director of Women’s Philanthropy. She started part time with the Federation in the director role on July 1. She switches to full time as of Sept. 3, 2019. Beyond her extensive volunteering – which has included board […]

UWM is first public university to fully offer Jewish studies online

UWM is first public university to fully offer Jewish studies online

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MILWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is now offering comprehensive online education in Hebrew and Jewish studies – a first among public institutions.  It is the first time that a public university or college in the United States has offered a major or minor in Jewish studies entirely online, according to a news release. […]

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

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Photos are generally not permitted at Rosh Hashanah services, even at the relatively liberal Congregation Sinai of Fox Point. How this photo came to be, of Jerry and Jim Salinsky each blowing the shofar, with Rabbi David Cohen and Cantor Lauren Phillips between them, will have to remain a mystery of the High Holy Days.

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

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The annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is to include works tied to a smorgasbord of disparate topics – Sigmund Freud, special needs, the origin of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a kidney transplant, Israeli politics, a Nazi occupation, and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Included in the line-up is “Golda’s Balcony, The Film” featuring a […]

Houdini exhibit visits Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Houdini exhibit visits Jewish Museum Milwaukee

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Ehrich Weiss wanted to be like a superhero. Weiss, known pre-immigration as Erik Weisz, was the man who performed magic and escape acts as Harry Houdini. For Weiss, Houdini wasn’t merely a stage name, but a persona. “He created a back story and a biography for himself that contributed to the understanding of him that […]

Federation reports a year of crucial work at Annual Meeting

Federation reports a year of crucial work at Annual Meeting

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MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Jewish Federation is building a vibrant Jewish community in Milwaukee, in Israel and around the world, according to Federation President and CEO Miryam Rosenzweig. And it’s doing so while addressing antisemitism and current community safety issues.  Rosenzweig made her remarks at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Federation, on Tuesday, Sept. 3 […]

Federation is increasing funds for synagogue security

Federation is increasing funds for synagogue security

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Milwaukee Jewish Federation is increasing security assistance for local synagogues. The Federation is issuing grants of up to $10,000 per synagogue to pay for professional security guards. Funding can be used for security guards at services for High Holy Days this year, as well as throughout the year at Shabbat, religious school and special events. […]

Large conference for JCCs to be held here

Large conference for JCCs to be held here

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JSummit, the biennial conference for Jewish Community Center leadership in North America, is to be held in the Milwaukee area in 2020. The Milwaukee area’s Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center has been named host, according to a news release. The event, which is expected to bring nearly 1,000 leaders in the Jewish […]

Local teens compete in Mexico 

Local teens compete in Mexico 

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Local high school seniors Rachel Dallet and Max Katz were the only Wisconsin athletes chosen to play soccer in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City in July of 2019.  Unlike the JCC Maccabi games Milwaukee hosted in 2015, where all athletes were teenagers, the Pan American Maccabi Games are an athletic competition for […]

Noted author Alice Hoffman to appear

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Alice Hoffman, author of “The World That We Knew,” is to appear at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Hoffman is the author of more than 30 novels and will be a guest of the JCC’s arts-promoting Tapestry program. Hoffman’s novel, “Here on Earth,” an […]

Milwaukee native keeps bees, donates proceeds from honey sales

Milwaukee native keeps bees, donates proceeds from honey sales

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Allen Kracower has had a lot hobbies over the years. He’s bred dogs, kept horses and has been an avid hunter. In recent years, however, those activities have largely given way to what has become Kracower’s greatest passion: beekeeping. And that passion has just as much to do with the thoughtful process of beekeeping as […]

Reform synagogues offer live video; It’s not for everyone, but some see benefit

Reform synagogues offer live video; It’s not for everyone, but some see benefit

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Attending high holiday services this year could be as easy as one click of a mouse. Several Milwaukee-area Reform congregations will again be live-streaming their high holiday services this year. The goal is to provide an authentic service to elderly and out-of-town congregants who are unable to attend. Congregation Sinai, Congregation Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El […]

Sen. Baldwin seeks restitution of Holocaust property in Poland

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A letter signed by 88 U.S. senators, and promoted in particular by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, calls on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push for the restitution of property for Holocaust victims in Poland. The letter notes that survivors and their families have “found it nearly impossible” to reclaim or seek compensation for property […]

Open questions for student who grabbed swastika sign

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The young woman who made off with another student’s swastika sign is trying to figure out what to do with all that money. Also, what will happen in court? Grae Hosmanek, 19, has raised more than $1,000 to cover her court costs on a GoFundMe page, and a California lawyer has offered to represent her […]

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

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Beth Hillel Temple of Kenosha held a vigil Aug. 10, 2019, as part of a nationwide “Close the Camps” weekend co-sponsored by T’ruah, a New York-based group devoted to “the rabbinic call for human rights.” More than 50 vigils and other events were held around the United States, with encouragement and sponsorship from T’ruah and […]