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Annual Campaign: Seven things to know about Jonathan Safran Foer

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  MILWAUKEE – There’s so much to know about celebrated author Jonathan Safran Foer, who will speak at Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration, it’s dizzying. The Chronicle is here to make the motion stop. What you need is a quick field guide. Here are seven things to know about Foer: He started […]

Noted author Jonathan Safran Foer to speak

Noted author Jonathan Safran Foer to speak

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  MILWAUKEE – Jonathan Safran Foer, the noted author of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” will headline Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. Jody Hirsh, director of Judaic education at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, will moderate a discussion with Foer. Hirsh will do so on […]

Do a locally crafted Rosh Hashanah art card project!

Do a locally crafted Rosh Hashanah art card project!

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This project developed by Rena Porat, long time art teacher at Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Also, special thanks to Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Jewish Education Community Planner of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, for her help. Rosh HaShanah Art Project  

‘Sweat and soul’: Writing the Rosh Hashanah sermon

‘Sweat and soul’: Writing the Rosh Hashanah sermon

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  The horror of 9/11 and the sadness of losing his father produced the two hardest Rosh Hashanah sermons Rabbi Gil-Ezer Lerer has had to deliver. Several Wisconsin rabbis talked frankly in interviews about the challenges of writing and delivering sermons, especially for the High Holidays annually. Gil-Ezer remembers adjusting quickly after 9/11. The Temple […]

Art for joy, not stress or illness

Art for joy, not stress or illness

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  GLENDALE – A Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich painting isn’t just a painting. It’s a collage of vibrant colors, the blues, greens, reds and golds springing off the canvas. No sadness here. Just happiness, often mixed with the elegance of a French café or walls from the old city of Jerusalem. But when we say a Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich painting […]

Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool is re-accredited

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Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool was re-accredited in August by the National Association for Education of Young Children. This is the school’s fifth consecutive accreditation with the National Association for Education of Young Children. The school’s first accreditation from the nonprofit was in 1998. The process involves classroom observations, portfolio assessments and scoring. This year’s scores […]

Shir Hadash has new site, logo

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Congregation Shir Hadash has launched a new website at ShirMke.org, with a new logo for the congregation. The new logo includes a tagline, “Progressive Judaism in the City.” Congregation Shir Hadash bills itself as an inclusive, progressive and participatory spiritual community, located on Milwaukee’s East Side. It’s a Reconstructionist synagogue, utilizing space at Plymouth Church, […]

‘1945’ film at Northshore Cinema

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MEQUON – The film “1945”opened Friday Aug. 24 at Northshore Cinema. The film had a 96 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” at press time. On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. […]

Chabad of Waukesha welcomes Torah scroll

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WAUKESHA — Chabad of Waukesha-Brookfield will welcome their first Torah scroll on Sunday, Sept. 2. Members of the Jewish community will have the opportunity to ink the final letters. Upon completion of the final lettering, the Torah scroll will be paraded through the streets under a traditional canopy in a joyous procession that will include […]

Milwaukee Jewish Federation celebrates another growth year

Milwaukee Jewish Federation celebrates another growth year

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  FOX POINT — “As my ancestors planted for me, so do I plant for my children.” This notion, borrowed from the Talmud, was the theme of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Meeting on Aug. 15. Held at Congregation Sinai of Fox Point, the meeting celebrated accomplishments and looked to the future. Andrea Schneider spoke […]

Rabbi Nir Barkin makes surprise visit, raises Israel issues

Rabbi Nir Barkin makes surprise visit, raises Israel issues

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  FOX POINT — Rabbi Nir Barkin, a former Israeli emissary to Milwaukee, made a surprise visit to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Meeting, to honor his friend Moshe Katz. Katz has been nominated by committee to serve as the next Federation board chair. “You are a leader in the spirit of your namesake, Moses,” […]

New Lake Park rabbi loves poking tradition

New Lake Park rabbi loves poking tradition

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  MILWAUKEE – Rabbi Joel Dinin loves poking at Jewish history and tradition, to “understand it better” and to “see what I can find.” Just talk to him. He’s alive with excitement over questions to talk about. When choosing a blessing, what’s the difference between bread, snacks or desserts when the ingredients are often the […]

Hillel Milwaukee Israel campus fellow started Aug. 6.

Hillel Milwaukee Israel campus fellow started Aug. 6.

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  MILWAUKEE – Shaked Ram’s cousin said to her, “You should do it.” She’s a lifelong Israeli. Her cousin was a student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and he’d really gotten to know and appreciate his campus Israel fellow. Ram, having grown up in a town of about 800 families in central […]

Hillel Milwaukee pumps up staff, Jewish education

Hillel Milwaukee pumps up staff, Jewish education

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  MILWAUKEE – Hillel Milwaukee has grown its full-time staff from three to four, adding a Jewish educator to the team. The educator, Eric Leiderman, is to bring more ritual and Jewish thought into Hillel Milwaukee activities. But Leiderman isn’t a fan of “frontal teaching.” He prefers a more experiential approach, as with student-led prayers […]

Coming events, September 2018

Coming events, September 2018

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Wednesday, Oct. 10. “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” featuring actor and comedian Peter J. Fogel, is a one-man show where Fogel brings more than 25 different characters to life.