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Wisconsin honey is like no other

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  Jews who will be dipping apples in honey for a sweet new year in the weeks to come might consider the local option – Wisconsin honey has its own taste and challenges of production. Production One of the main challenges of honey production is crucial – keeping the bees alive. Healthy bees are essential for great honey but diseases spread by mites make this difficult, according to Wisconsin beekeepers. They are currently trying to find an organic solution, said Chris Werner from Indian Summer Honey Farm. Wisconsin beekeepers are also faced with the challenge of keeping...

Children of fallen Israeli soldiers visit Chicago, New York and the Dells

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  WISCONSIN DELLS – Every summer since 2010, the Jewish Community Center Chicago Camp Chi in the Dells has opened its bunks to a group of Israeli campers. Between the water sports and top-of-your-lungs singing, the (kosher) bug juice and ropes course, the biggest reason for these campers to be here is the simplest: it’s […]

Shlichah: Artist, mom and Israeli, Keren and her family are here for you

Shlichah: Artist, mom and Israeli, Keren and her family are here for you

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  MILWAUKEE – She’s outdoorsy, with a love of art and a career in Israeli galleries, and her family lineage is so cemented to Israel, she comes to Wisconsin representing her country with an unbridled passion. “We need to create strong connections because we are different, but we are one people,” said Keren Weisshaus, the […]

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle 2018 internships

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2018 Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle internship

Israeli diplomat’s Wisconsin message: Mispacha (family) matters

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It’s easy to forget that Israel is over 6,000 miles away when standing in front of 700 supporters at our annual Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. It’s moments like these that make me feel like I’ve been a member of the Midwest Jewish community forever. It reminds me what I already know – that the Jewish people […]

Journalist Mara Liasson will speak on the moment at Campaign Kick-Off

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Putting current news in context is what Mara Liasson does every day as a national political correspondent for NPR. In September, she will do that in person, as the headline speaker at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2018 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. She will also take questions from the audience. “Whatever is happening at the moment, […]

‘We are family’ at Milwaukee Jewish Federation annual meeting

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  FOX POINT — The theme was “We are family” and the mood was celebratory at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 10, with Federation having again beat the prior year’s annual campaign, along with other achievements. About 200 people attended the meeting at Congregation Sinai, with upbeat speakers and videos highlighting […]

Teen philanthropy board seeks applicants

Teen philanthropy board seeks applicants

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  Milwaukee Jewish Federation is seeking applicants and nominations for a new Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board. The Teen Philanthropy Board will be a teen-led program with a manageable time commitment, said Anna Goldstein, outreach and teen philanthropy coordinator for the Federation. The commitment is comprised of six Sunday evenings, an independent site visit and […]

Candidate for Congress sees Israel through economic lens

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Scott Olmer, a candidate for Congress who knows he faces an uphill battle, is a supporter of Israel, based largely on economic grounds. In an interview, he said he very much views the United States relationship with Israel through an economic lens. “Obviously having an ally and a friend within the Middle East is essential. […]

Museum exhibit: ‘The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat’

Museum exhibit: ‘The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat’

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MILWAUKEE – It is said that Shabbat is the most important ritual observance in Judaism and is the only ritual observance instituted in the Ten Commandments. Halakha — Jewish law — describes how Shabbat should be observed in precise detail, which is how Orthodox Jews observe the day of rest. But just because some Jews […]

The young lawyer who fell into Holocaust reparations

The young lawyer who fell into Holocaust reparations

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  William Marks was a young lawyer in Washington D.C. in 1992 when he received a providential phone call from his brother-in-law. “He asked me if I wanted to meet this guy, Hugo Princz, the custodian where he worked,” Marks recalled. “He said the guy had an interesting story that he couldn’t stop talking about […]

For Dan Kohl, supporting Israel is nothing new

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GRAFTON – Dan Kohl, candidate for Congress, is no stranger to thinking about solutions to Israel’s most difficult problems. The incumbent in the Sixth Congressional District is Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman, who won more than 57 percent of the vote with two opponents in 2016. For 2018, Dan Kohl of Mequon, the nephew of former U.S. Sen. […]

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is back home, admiring Israeli optimism

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Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman returned from his first trip to Israel with admiration for Israeli optimism and an unflagging support for the Jewish state. The incumbent in the Sixth Congressional District won more than 57 percent of the vote with two opponents in 2016. For 2018, Dan Kohl of Mequon, the nephew of former […]

Synagogues replace Kulanu teen program with fresh approaches

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Three Milwaukee-area synagogues are each launching new educational programming for teens, seeing opportunity for fresh and exciting approaches after the end of their joint teen education program called Kulanu. Kulanu operated for three years, with classes of teens rotating among two Reform congregations and one egalitarian Conservative one. The arrangement to operate the program was […]

New head of school at Milwaukee Jewish Day School: Create generation mensch

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WHITEFISH BAY – After a long summer break, it can be hard for students and teachers to get back into the swing of things. But not for Aaron Lippman, the new head of school of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, a pluralistic co-educational school for Jewish children through eighth grade. Lippman is roaring to get […]