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Marx Brothers performance is at the Rep

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MILWAUKEE – The sons of Jewish immigrants from Germany and France, the Marx Brothers became zany masters of stage and screen in the first half of the last century. Now, about 100 years later, a renowned live interpreter of the Marx phenomenon is to visit Milwaukee. “An Evening with Groucho” starring Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx opens March 24 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret venue. An award-winning actor, director and playwright, Ferrante recreates his New York and London-acclaimed portrayal of Groucho Marx in “90 minutes of fast-paced hilarity,”...

New book from Rabbi Evan Moffic

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Rabbi Evan Moffic, a Fox Point native who now leads an Illinois congregation, released a new book in March. “Shalom for the Heart: Torah-Inspired Devotions for a Sacred Life” is his fourth book on Amazon.com. “What if one word could change your life?” reads an introduction to the book. “What if one word made sense […]

Alabama Christian is Madison’s kosher king

Alabama Christian is Madison’s kosher king

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  MADISON — Executive Chef Jason Kierce may be a Christian from Alabama, but if you’re looking for glatt kosher cooking or a large, luscious matzo ball about the size of a baseball, he’s your man. He runs the only kosher-certified restaurant in the state capital, effortlessly salting conversation about his work with words like […]

Are you looking for love?

Are you looking for love?

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The Chronicle does not have a personals section but we’re considering a one-shot feature to help bring people together. (The possible need for this was suggested to us by a local rabbi!) If you’re 18 to 180, looking for love and part of the local Jewish community, send an email to Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org. We won’t share […]

Principal’s students amassed six million paperclips

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    One afternoon in 1998, Linda Hooper had been sitting in her office when a student came to visit her. “’You know, I don’t get six million,’” Hooper recalled the student saying. Along with other teachers, Hooper, then principal of Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, Tennessee had helped institute a Holocaust education class. Although […]

From day school to life: Yeshiva Elementary School sparked Jewish advocacy

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  Did you know that Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is a Mormon, wears a mezuzah around his neck? That’s what Rabbi Eric “Yitz” Frank learned during a lobbying trip to Washington D.C. a couple years ago. Frank, who grew up in Milwaukee, is the Ohio director for Agudath Israel. Agudath is a […]

From day school to life: Scholar remembers Bader Hillel Academy fondly

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Nathaniel Deutsch has an indelible memory of how Devorah Shmotkin devoted herself to being more than just a teacher when he was a student at Bader Hillel Academy. “She was a very kind-hearted, compassionate person who had a real ability to empathize with children and to see the world through their eyes, while still being […]

From day school to life: After Yeshiva Elementary School, faith helps social worker

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  They say being a mother is a full time job. That means Chanie Delman, LCSW, (nee Cohen) has two full time jobs. Delman grew up on the West Side of Milwaukee, and later River Hills. She attended Yeshiva Elementary School as a child. Currently, she lives in Queens, New York, with her husband Boruch […]

From day school to life: Bader Hillel Academy was nurturing for researcher

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“From day one,” Avi Rudack said, he had forecast he would become a forecaster. Bader Hillel Academy helped him achieve his ambition. Rudack, 48, is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, doing research related to weather forecasting. He lives near Silver Spring with his wife and five children ranging […]

Next year in Lake Geneva?

Next year in Lake Geneva?

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  LAKE GENEVA – For more than 30 years Roberta Katz spent days, sometimes weeks, cleaning her house top to bottom for Passover. The kitchen and dining room were the hardest – the refrigerator and stove were moved so she could clean, then every cupboard was scoured, every shelf wiped meticulously. She and her husband […]

From day school to life: How one Milwaukee Jewish Day School graduate found her way

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  Not long after posting pictures of her newborn son to Facebook, Sara Galicki was surprised by a message from Merzy Eisenberg, a former teacher at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School in Fox Point. “She was never my direct teacher, but she messaged me and she asked for my address because she wanted to send […]

From day school to life: Milwaukee Jewish Day School fostered identity

From day school to life: Milwaukee Jewish Day School fostered identity

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  Thinking back to his time in college, Derek Goodman remembers being the go-to source for his Jewish friends who needed some background on certain traditions. “Derek, what are you supposed to do for Rosh Hashanah? Why do we celebrate Passover? What’s the connection to the Last Supper?” Goodman, who attended the Milwaukee Jewish Day […]

Reflections on our staff trip to Israel

Reflections on our staff trip to Israel

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  Last month I traveled to Israel with 26 of my co-workers. The trip was funded by a few generous donors with great foresight. They understood something I did not: the experience would transform our entire organization. The trip forever changed the way I will think and communicate about Israel. I met remarkable people like […]

Bestselling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to speak at free breakfast

Bestselling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to speak at free breakfast

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  MILWAUKEE – Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is coming to Milwaukee, to speak at a free community breakfast sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. Telushkin is the noted author of more than 15 Jewish books, including “Jewish Literacy,” an 800-pager that’s been used in conversion classes. His 2014 book, “Rebbe,” is a New York Times bestseller. […]

UW-Madison feels safe and can be a Jewish bubble, with exceptions

UW-Madison feels safe and can be a Jewish bubble, with exceptions

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  MADISON — The University of Wisconsin – Madison campus is a place where you can Jewishly connect as much as you like and can even immerse yourself in a Jewish bubble. But there can be moments of ignorance and even some rare episodes of anti-Semitism on campus. Interviews with several students on campus reveal […]