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After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

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    I was born on a kibbutz one year after the Six Day War and grew up during the post-war days. I can still remember the atmosphere in the kibbutz on Yom HaAtzmaut then: the colorful bicycle parade, the party into late night hours, with everybody singing and dancing. There was so much pride in the air! Pride of being an Israeli, a Zionist, and a kibbutznik. We felt like the icing on the Israeli cake, with kibbutzniks taking on a disproportionate part in the fighting, protecting our land. I remember going to the big city as a little child, with my sister, and asking her...

Returning to Israel, I hope for better

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  In 1978, when Israel was 30 and I was 10, my Israeli parents decided to return to Israel after 16 years in New York. I encountered a naïve, un-cynical and optimistic Israel. My peers were very accepting. I spent many hours outdoors, “unattended,” barefoot, climbing trees, playing. I rode my bike to school through […]

Milwaukee’s community shaliach returning to Israel

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  When Amit Yaniv-Zehavi led a recent Jewish Federation staff trip to Israel in March, she scheduled a stop at Kibbutz Tzora. “We were on kibbutz and in my own house, the place where I will be sitting in three months and drinking coffee,” she said. Yaniv-Zehavi, her husband Doron and their children Yonatan, Daniel […]

‘This Is Hunger’ open to all at Emanu-El

‘This Is Hunger’ open to all at Emanu-El

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RIVER HILLS – The faces of hunger in America are both familiar and hidden from view, yet they are all too real and far too many. To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in Milwaukee, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring a “This Is Hunger” […]

Olivieri to receive award at Jewish Community Relations Council meeting

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  The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation will honor a local community leader and welcome Israel expert Martin Raffel at its annual meeting on Thursday, June 15. The ticketed luncheon event, held at the Ovation Jewish Home – Rubenstein Pavilion in Milwaukee, will also feature the election of members to a […]

Twelve hours of rocking to stop suicide

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MILWAUKEE – Ben Slowey, of the Milwaukee-area chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, took part in a “Rock-a-thon” on Tuesday, May 9 at the campus union. He said he was rocking back and forth in a chair for 12 hours straight to raise money for suicide prevention awareness. He has struggled with mental disorders and he […]

Peter Max appearing with his psychedelic work

Peter Max appearing with his psychedelic work

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  WHITEFISH BAY – Artist Peter Max will present many of his “cosmic” works at Milwaukee’s Gallery 505 in June. Max, 79, catapulted to fame in the 1960s with his bright, psychedelic paintings. By 1967, his “Love” poster was everywhere with more than one million copies sold. In the decades that followed, his art has […]

Student court rules discrimination against Jews is unacceptable

Student court rules discrimination against Jews is unacceptable

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  MADISON – A student court delivered a stern rebuke in May, to campus activists who are accused of discriminating against Jewish students to ram anti-Israel legislation through the student government approval process. A panel of four student justices at the University of Wisconsin – Madison ruled that “Jewish students were the subject of discrimination […]

Rosenblatt exhibit opening at Jewish museum

Rosenblatt exhibit opening at Jewish museum

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  MILWAUKEE – “Moments & Markers: An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective” will be open June 16 – Aug. 27 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. The exhibit will feature the work of Adolph Rosenblatt, an artist known for creating and painting sculptures of local people and places. Rosenblatt, of Shorewood, died Feb. 16 of natural causes, […]

‘The Wedding Plan’ film to open in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE – “The Wedding Plan” is a comedy about a young woman with an elaborate wedding planned – and just one month to find a groom. The Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, sets the plot in motion with the breakup of an ultra-Orthodox couple. The film opens May 26 nationwide, with showings at the […]

State Assembly: May is Jewish American Heritage Month

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MADISON – Assembly representatives Lisa Subeck, Daniel Riemer and Jonathan Brostoff introduced a Joint Resolution to declare May as Jewish American Heritage Month.   “Representative Subeck, Representative Riemer, and I are proud Jewish Wisconsinites and we have been given the honor to represent this great state,” said Brostoff in a statement. “We know it is […]

Bader Philanthropies commits itself to Harambee neighborhood

Bader Philanthropies commits itself to Harambee neighborhood

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  MILWAUKEE — Did you know that a catalyst is a substance that causes a chemical reaction? The Bader family most certainly knows what a catalyst is – the family was deeply involved with the early years of Sigma-Aldrich Corp., a large chemicals company. Alluding to that history, Dan Bader talked Monday of how the family […]

Wisconsin scholar uses ground radar for Holocaust tunnel

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A 20-minute drive from Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius, the Ponar forest once stood witness to the gruesome devastation of the Holocaust. From 1941 to 1943, between 80,000 and 100,000 Jewish people had been shot and buried in mass burial pits and graves in the forest. While in the Ponar forest, Dr. Harry Jol remembered […]

Behind the scenes, Federation works on security and anti-hate measures

Behind the scenes, Federation works on security and anti-hate measures

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  MILWAUKEE – When Milwaukee Jewish Federation Director of Security & Community Properties Ari Friedman was busily texting with the Wisconsin Jewish Agencies Emergency Group in January, he didn’t know it would be a false alarm. The texting group, set up within an app by the Federation, allows synagogues and other Jewish organizations to instantly […]

Special needs program offers confidence, interaction

Special needs program offers confidence, interaction

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  The Largent family’s home in Fox Point is filled with pictures of birds, drawn by 10-year-old Annabelle. Looking at the reams of paper on which their only child drew brings a type of joy to Addye and Steve only experienced by those for whom the scene didn’t exist for most of their child’s life. […]