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No leads in anti-Semitism inquiry at Beloit College

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BELOIT – A Jewish student at Beloit College was targeted twice with anti-Semitic messages in recent weeks and authorities say they’ve exhausted all leads at this time. Beloit Police conducted interviews and examined evidence, in an effort to solve the crime, said Beloit Police Lt. John Kaltenbrun. “Right now we don’t believe we’re going to get anything unless someone comes forward on their own,” he said. A swastika was scrawled onto a dry-erase board on a student’s door on Jan. 25, said Susan Kasten, spokeswoman for Beloit College. Later, a threatening, anti-Semitic...

Spike reported in local anti-Semitic incidents

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MILWAUKEE – Last year included an extraordinarily high number of local anti-Semitic incidents, according to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, having completed its 2016 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. The group performs the audit annually. It noted that its findings mirror a dramatic rise in anti-Semitism across the globe and increased acts […]

Jewish Community Center was twice evacuated in recent weeks

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WHITEFISH BAY — The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center was evacuated twice after threats in recent weeks. A threat was called into the local JCC on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and again on Monday, Feb. 20, leading to evacuations for several hours on both occasions. Based on best practices, the JCC evacuations were conducted […]

Poll: Is President Trump doing a good job?

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Film bits are tiny slices of Israeli life

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    The scene opens with two sweating men on a beach, swinging paddles at a tiny ball. “Ping!” “Pow!” “Pong!” It’s an unmistakable sight and sound for anybody who’s spent an afternoon at the beach in Israel. Then the Hebrew words for “Just a Minute” (pronounced rock regga) appear on the screen. Now, there’s […]

Esther’s quilts tell a startling, uncomfortable story

Esther’s quilts tell a startling, uncomfortable story

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Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and created works of fabric art to share her story with her daughters. Jewish Museum Milwaukee will have all 36 pieces on display, telling a complete story, starting with a childhood home in Europe and ending in America.

2017 Journalism internship

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Israel again turns to Oshkosh Defense

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  OSHKOSH – The Israeli Ministry of Defense is again turning to Oshkosh Defense for equipment, this time moving towards the purchase of 200 tactical trucks. The FMTVs (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) come in different configurations, including tractors, cargo haulers and aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles. It’s not clear what the configuration of the Israeli […]

Invisible ‘eruv’ perimeter will ease Shabbat rules

Invisible ‘eruv’ perimeter will ease Shabbat rules

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  MILWAUKEE COUNTY – Adam Hellman stood at the top of a 16-foot extension ladder, holding steady in blowing snow and biting cold. An hour before Shabbat, when he’d have to stop working, Hellman was struggling in the Wisconsin winter wind to connect a nylon cord, to repair an eruv. “I’m asking myself, why am […]

First person: Community shares views on Jewish education

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  Milwaukee is doing a lot right, but things can improve. That was one of the key findings of research conducted by the Education Task Force of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The task force is examining formal education, such as day schools and synagogue-based religious schools, as well as informal education including youth groups, Israel experiences […]

‘Educator of the Year’ says teaching is fun

‘Educator of the Year’ says teaching is fun

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MILWAUKEE – Marsha Fensin describes herself as never being at a loss for words. But when she received the phone call letting her know she had won the 2017 Coalition for Jewish Learning Grinspoon Educator of the Year Award, she could only repeat one thing: “Oh, my.” “I mean, that’s still my response. It’s really […]

Summer camp guide, 2017

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This is a summer camp guide for 2017 published in the Chronicle. It was an advertising supplement. Beber Camp BeberCamp.com Director: Becky Altman 847-677-7130 Address: Beber Camp 8833 Gross Point Road Suite 312, Skokie, IL 60077 Sessions: 2 and 4 week sessions. Ages: 7-17 years, Co-ed Fee: $4,900–4 weeks • $2,450– 2 weeks Beber Camp […]

Synagogue raises $2,636 for trees after Israeli fires

Synagogue raises $2,636 for trees after Israeli fires

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GLENDALE – Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah congregants came together to plant trees in Israel to replace those destroyed in the November forest fires there, as part of a Charidy.com fundraiser. On the fourth day of Chanukah, the Glendale synagogue began a 24-hour fundraiser with Charidy.com, which quadruples donations thanks to “matchers.”  Some of the effort […]

Seven tips for personal safety

Seven tips for personal safety

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  MILWAUKEE – Ari Friedman issued a list of seven tips for increased awareness and personal safety. “There has been an increase in security concerns,” said Friedman, Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s director of security and community properties. “Just in the past few weeks we have heard in the news about a mass shooting at an airport, a terror […]

Local Jewish Community Center re-opens after ‘non-credible threat’

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WHITEFISH BAY  — The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center was evacuated Tuesday morning, following a “non-credible” threat, and reopened later the same day. “Earlier today, the JCC instituted a safe and calm full evacuation of our facilities,” said JCC president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro in an email blast to members. “Currently, […]