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JCC hosts Chanukah community event

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  WHITEFISH BAY ­– The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is hosting a community-wide Chanukah program Monday, Dec. 11 from 4-6:30 p.m. A tradition for many years, this is a communal celebration of Chanukah. The celebration’s community partners are Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Milwaukee-area synagogues and Jewish agencies. Anyone can attend (see Coming […]

Settler and Palestinian find common ground

Settler and Palestinian find common ground

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  MILWAUKEE – It’s not every day you get to meet an Israeli settler and a Palestinian who can talk comfortably together, so more than 100 people turned out to hear one such pair speak. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Palestinian Fody Abuayyash, both affiliated with an organization called Roots, spoke at […]

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 […]

At Economic Forum 2017, a call for Milwaukee to work together

At Economic Forum 2017, a call for Milwaukee to work together

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  MILWAUKEE – Karen Mills, a former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, told an audience of local business leaders that they can work together for a stronger economic future. “How is Milwaukee going to be more competitive and what can the people in this room do to move this city towards more growth […]

Contract extension for Mark Shapiro

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MILWAUKEE – The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center Board of Directors announced that JCC President & Chief Executive Officer Mark Shapiro has signed a contract extension to continue serving as the head of the non-profit, social services agency. The extension, which goes into effect immediately, ensures that Shapiro will lead the $13 […]

Six absolutely perfect gifts to increase joy

Six absolutely perfect gifts to increase joy

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  When I was a kid, Chanukah was all about getting presents. It was also about latkes, applesauce, sour cream (served alongside Mom’s salmon patties) and playing dreidel. But for me, presents were the big draw. My sister and I grew up in a family where we had something to open every night. These were […]

Check out our Chanukah special section for 5778

Check out our Chanukah special section for 5778

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  The December Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, with our Chanukah special section inside, is now at the printer! Be sure to check out our craft projects and our art contest participants in the special section. The whole publication is to arrive in homes on or around Dec. 1. Chanukah is a story about a miracle. It […]

One couple’s interfaith wedding

One couple’s interfaith wedding

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  An interfaith wedding may be daunting to plan, but one couple feels they found a happy medium. Becky Bartlein, 34, and Carl Petrillo, 32, married Sept. 18, 2016, with 135 people in attendance at the Milwaukee Yacht Club. It was a religiously liberal Jewish ceremony. “We had the chuppah, Sheva B’rachot, smashed glass; there were a […]

Where’s Addie? A service dog’s story.

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  In 2000, Donna Luber of Mequon wrote a book in one sitting. After a few failed attempts to get it published, she put it in a drawer and didn’t think about it again. The book was a children’s story about a man and his dog. Luber wrote it shortly after the events it described […]

At Mequon Jewish Preschool, there are alumni

At Mequon Jewish Preschool, there are alumni

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  MEQUON – Preschool. It’s a place where children learn basic shapes, colors, the alphabet, fine- and gross-motor skills, social skills and independence. At Mequon Jewish Preschool, students learn all that — and more. “We want to see our graduates as leaders and people who can give back to the community,” said Rivkie Spalter, director […]

Mutual benefit for Cardinal Stritch, Holocaust center

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  GLENDALE – Two organizations sought to augment their educational efforts on the Shoah. So they’re working together, with a boost from We Energies. Collaborating in pursuit of similar goals, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Cardinal Stritch University of Glendale have joined together to create a […]

Federation earns 4-star rating

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  MILWAUKEE – Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, has granted Milwaukee Jewish Federation a 4-star rating. This is the sixth consecutive time that Federation earned this top distinction. Charity Navigator considers governance, ethical practices, financial health and openness, among other factors, as part of its methodology. “Only a quarter of charities rated by […]

Do you remember the Hollywood blacklist? Got artifacts?

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  MILWAUKEE – Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is seeking local people with direct connections to the Hollywood blacklist. Seventy years ago, the House Un-American Activities Committee began its hearings about alleged Communist subversion in the film industry, which led to an industry-enforced blacklist. Industry leaders declared: “We will not knowingly […]

Did you serve in Israel Defense Forces?

Did you serve in Israel Defense Forces?

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  MILWAUKEE – Yom HaZikaron event planners are seeking people in Wisconsin who have served in the Israel Defense Forces, to provide information to students before the spring community remembrance ceremony. Yom HaZikaron, the Israeli remembrance day, will be marked in April in the Milwaukee area with a ceremony at the Harry & Rose Samson […]

When politics and current events cause anxiety

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  It was exactly one year ago that people visited me to talk about their 2016 presidential election anxieties.  They spoke of their fears regarding what could happen if their favoring party were to lose and how that might have a direct effect on our life. The endless negative campaign commercials constantly instilled negative thoughts […]