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First-time visitors are awed by Israelis

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  Jerusalem. The Western Wall. Masada. Tel Aviv. The Sea of Galilee. The Dead Sea and many other historic sites — these are the places that typically leave the greatest impression on first-time Jewish visitors to Israel. However, that wasn’t necessarily the case for four members of Congregation Shalom, who joined 28 other members for […]

1968: Do you remember?

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  Are you old enough to remember what was happening 50 years ago? Here are some of our top headlines from the July 12, 1968 Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, with some 2018 perspective. Welfare fund buys land at Good Hope Road The 1968 Chronicle told us about the Jewish Welfare Fund’s purchase of a four-acre site […]

When college students taught us about being pro-Israel on campus

When college students taught us about being pro-Israel on campus

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  Our world is in the hands of powerful teens everywhere. In light of recent events, active citizens know it, political leaders know it, students at University of Wisconsin ­– Madison know it, and now, more than ever, so do the teens in BBYO-Wisconsin Region. In April of 2017, the University of Wisconsin student government […]

Local grants awarded for Hebrew learning, special needs

Local grants awarded for Hebrew learning, special needs

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  MILWAUKEE – Some of the money will be used to bring kids with special needs together with others in the community, while another portion of the pot will change the way Hebrew is taught. In all, four plans for local Jewish education are to get a helping hand. Milwaukee Jewish Federation is granting a […]

First person: My trip with 20 UWM leaders, inexperienced on Israel

First person: My trip with 20 UWM leaders, inexperienced on Israel

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  In the last six months I have gone to Israel three times and in two weeks I will be making it a fourth. My mom always asked me why I continually go on these trips that are in theory all the same – going to Israel to be a tourist and learn the land, […]

Annual Campaign is up, up and away

Annual Campaign is up, up and away

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  MILWAUKEE – Donations have again increased for the Annual Campaign of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, reaching $6.35 million. “This is a significant increase,” said Caren Goldberg, chief development officer for Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The $6.35 million for 2018 beats the $6.17 million raised for the Annual Campaign in 2017. The Annual Campaign has been rising […]

‘Hours Against Hate’ seeks to dismantle bigotry

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  MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Jewish Federation has re-launched “Hours Against Hate” and hired coordinator Andrea Bernstein in recent months. Hours Against Hate is a program aimed at dismantling bigotry by encouraging community members to interact with individuals of a different race, culture, religion, class or sexual orientation, according to a news release. “I believe deeply […]

Herber leaving Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid

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Rabbi Jacob Herber is leaving Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, the Glendale Conservative congregation, for a position with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Herber will be with CBINT through the end of July, said the synagogue’s board president, Rick Strait. “We valued his 15 years of synagogue leadership and wish him all the […]

Musician seeks to form a ‘Cream City Klezmer Band’

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Neil J. Zimmerman founded and played in the Lafayette Klezmorim for 33 years, when he was a professor at Purdue University. Now, the Glendale resident wants to again form a klezmer band. “After I retired and moved to Cincinnati, I was a founding member of the Queen City Klezmer Band,” he said. “Now that I’m […]

Teen Philanthropy issues $16,000 in grants

Teen Philanthropy issues $16,000 in grants

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After several months of meetings, the Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board made $16,000 in grants, announced at a May 23 ceremony at Congregation Sinai in Fox Point. “The teens all presented beautifully to the attendees and the grant recipients were thrilled to be honored at this celebratory and meaningful event,” said Outreach and Teen Philanthropy […]

Rabbi Cohen blows shofar at immigration rally

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  Rabbi David Cohen of Congregation Sinai in Fox Point spoke on June 21 at a Voces de le Frontera rally outside a Downtown Milwaukee federal immigration office. The rally was to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Cohen quoted from the Torah, that “you shall … proclaim liberty throughout the land to all of […]

Exclusive interview: What is Israeli ambassador’s greatest challenge?

Exclusive interview: What is Israeli ambassador’s greatest challenge?

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  MILWAUKEE – When asked if he could name the most challenging part of his job, the Israeli ambassador to the United States didn’t say all the traveling or the conflict or the politics. No, he said the challenge is getting people to recall the facts. Ron Dermer visited Milwaukee on Tuesday, June 5, when […]

Wisconsin’s largest synagogue, Congregation Shalom, sees changes

Wisconsin’s largest synagogue, Congregation Shalom, sees changes

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FOX POINT – Congregation Shalom is seeing some changes among its clergy, just as it’s set to embark on a three-year effort to form and implement a vision for its future. The state’s largest congregation, with more than 900 families, is set for changes in rabbinical staff effective over the July 1, 2018 weekend. Rabbi […]

With BBYO trip, I found my way

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  Judaism is a word rooted in its profound history, and kept alive by its thriving posterity.  I didn’t fully understand this sentiment until last summer. On July 13, 2017, I ventured to the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania where it always rained, and where Wi-Fi was scarce. I attended a fully immersive Jewish program called […]

How to get to sustainable camping

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  While staring mindlessly at the stars and letting our thoughts wander as we lose ourselves by the campfire that dances endlessly yet stays the same, we ponder… how can we make camping functional yet sustainable? Here are some tips you might want to consider this summer. Use your fuel efficiently. Some camp stoves will […]