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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 […]

Legacy program raised $17.9 million

Legacy program raised $17.9 million

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  MILWAUKEE – During its first three years, the Create a Jewish Legacy program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation raised about $17.9 million in future gifts. “This created a strong basis for a broad-based, community wide local culture of legacy giving,” said Caren Goldberg, chief development officer for the Federation and executive […]

Seven tips for back to school

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My eldest grandchild, Noah, just graduated middle school. Here is what he wrote to us: “I don’t know if I said this already, but thanks so much for the graduation money. This is a pretty big milestone for me. I’m starting summer school tomorrow! It feels weird going back to school, and even weirder that […]

Local Jewish community tackles hunger

Local Jewish community tackles hunger

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  RIVER HILLS – The uplifting part of this story is that so many people – including many Jews – in the Milwaukee area are involved with trying to end hunger. The depressing part is hearing Reenie Kavalar say: “We know hunger is never-ending.” Kavalar chairs the Salinsky Program to Feed the Hungry at Congregation […]

Rosenblatt exhibit open through Aug. 27 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Rosenblatt exhibit open through Aug. 27 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE – In his obituary published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last February, Adolph Rosenblatt’s daughter Sarah remembered the times her father brought her and her siblings to Brewers games. But Adolph’s focus wasn’t on baseball. Instead, Sarah remembered that he would bring clay with him to the games so that he could sculpt the […]

Local teen Katie Eder awarded $36,000 for creating change

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SHOREWOOD – The Helen Diller Family Foundation granted a $36,000 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award to Katie Eder of Shorewood for creating a creative writing workshop for underprivileged children. Eder and 14 other teens from around the nation are each receiving the awards, which can be used for philanthropy or for the student’s own education. […]

Tikkun Ha-Ir accepted into accelerator program

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MILWAUKEE – Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee has been selected for support from UpStart, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to advance innovative ideas that contribute to the growth and vitality of Jewish life. Tikkun Ha-Ir will participate in the UpStart “accelerator” program, which is supporting nine other Jewish organizations around the United States this year. […]

A doctor’s dream – fight disease with cartoons

A doctor’s dream – fight disease with cartoons

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  WAUWATOSA — The 8-year-old girl asked an unexpected question: “Where’s the anesthesiologist?” Dr. Diana Lerner remembers that the girl, in the pre-operative area of a day surgery department, actually seemed excited about her unfolding stay at the hospital. Yes, excited. “She also really wanted to see the operating room,” Lerner remembered. “It was so […]

Kerns co-chairs invite all to Annual Meeting

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  MILWAUKEE – Henry “Pat” Kerns and Daniel Kerns, co-chairs of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s “We Are Family” Annual Meeting, invite everyone to celebrate the organization’s successful year, which was made possible by the dedicated and involved local Jewish community, according to the Federation. Free and open to all, the program will include a year […]

Milwaukee adds direct flights to Jewish destinations

Milwaukee adds direct flights to Jewish destinations

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  MILWAUKEE – Got family out of town? It’s getting easier to go visit. Frontier Airlines is adding daily direct flights to south Florida from Milwaukee, growing the roster of common Jewish destinations Wisconsinites can get to nonstop. New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. are the nation’s most Jewish cities, according to […]

Holocaust center sees more interest, students

Holocaust center sees more interest, students

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  MILWAUKEE – When Shay Pilnik, executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, first began working with the organization in 2014, HERC was able to reach out to between 15,000 and 16,000 students in Wisconsin every year. But now, that number has blossomed to 20,000. “We see an increase in […]

Does Shalom congregant plan a bobblehead museum? Nod, nod, nod …

Does Shalom congregant plan a bobblehead museum? Nod, nod, nod …

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MILWAUKEE  – Somewhere, in an undisclosed Milwaukee location, hidden away under lock and key, sit 7,000 small plastic and ceramic statuettes, silently waiting, nodding occasionally, pending relocation to their permanent home. Finding the right place for them is the goal of National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar, who hopes […]

Green Bay synagogue sees transition

Green Bay synagogue sees transition

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GREEN BAY – It’s going to feel different for Rabbi Shaina Bacharach. “We never get to sit together in temple,” Bacharach said, referring to her husband, Bob Dick. At least that’s been the case for the past 13 of their 20 years of marriage, during which she has been full-time rabbi at Congregation Cnesses Israel […]

Lorraine Hoffmann, devoted daughter of survivors, dies at 74

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MILWAUKEE – Lorraine Hoffmann, a daughter of Kristallnacht survivors, devoted her clear voice and giving nature to Jewish continuity, the betterment of Milwaukee and Holocaust education. She died Tuesday, July 11. She was 74. It seemed she was involved in everything. She was a strong supporter of the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study. She was […]

Chronicle editor receives two awards

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Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Editor Rob Golub has received two 2016 awards for excellence in journalism from the Milwaukee Press Club. Golub’s “Review: ‘There Are Jews Here’ is a tender avalanche” received bronze for best critical review and “Remember the Holocaust and other genocides, too” received silver for best single editorial, statement of editorial position or […]