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Memo from a survivor of esophageal cancer

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The call came in the morning three years ago. I had had a colonoscopy and because I had developed a difficultly in swallowing in the previous months the doctor ordered an endoscopy. When a doctor calls first thing in the morning after a test it is usually not a good sign and my heart sank. […]

Remembering a horrific camp known for art

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  A spring series of local events focuses on creativity during the Holocaust, looking deeply at how art was part of the lives of people and children imprisoned in a Czech concentration camp. People created art in many of the camps used by Germans to imprison Jews and others, but what happened at Terezin was […]

Not Jewish, but flying an Israeli flag in Oshkosh

Not Jewish, but flying an Israeli flag in Oshkosh

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    OSHKOSH – Ben Ganther isn’t Jewish. But no one would blame you for driving past his family’s business Ganther Construction and assuming he is. On the top of a flag pole on the sprawling grounds of the construction and architecture firm – just below Old Glory itself – waves an Israeli flag. The […]

See Spot run — and then take a photo of Spot

See Spot run — and then take a photo of Spot

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  Last summer Marty Kimmel was with friends in Door County when all of a sudden one of them yelled out, “Dog spot!” Kimmel, a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, was bewildered. Why, he wondered, was his friend so excited to see a dog? “They told me about Dogspotting, so I went […]

Thoughts of volunteering? New engagement director can help

Thoughts of volunteering? New engagement director can help

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  Milwaukee Jewish Federation runs with the help and guidance of more than 300 (!) volunteers. These amazing individuals give of their time and expertise to help with finances, allocations, programs, education, Israel and many other areas of community leadership. Our volunteers have given so much to the Federation, it’s time for Federation to make […]

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Twerski works

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Twerski works

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MILWAUKEE — Rabbi Michel Twerski, the longtime leader of Congregation Beth Jehudah, an anchor for the West Side’s Orthodox community, is also a songwriter. Twerski, 78, has been writing songs since 1959, close to 100 pieces in all. His work reaches across a range, from more traditional ballads like “Ilu Phinu,” grounded in the praising […]

Jewish master’s program to start another Wisconsin group

Jewish master’s program to start another Wisconsin group

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  MILWAUKEE – For a price that’s right, nine Wisconsinites are completing their two-year master’s degrees from Chicago’s Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. The first Milwaukee class through the program had students paying just $5,000 each, for two years in total. The next Milwaukee-based class will pay $6,500 each. The nine current students […]

Walk for Israel is now Walk of 1000, ready for RSVPs

Walk for Israel is now Walk of 1000, ready for RSVPs

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MILWAUKEE – For the first time, organizers of the large, annual Yom HaAtzmaut event and its companion activity, the Walk for Israel, are asking attendees to sign up in advance. Advance sign-ups help with planning (especially as free food and T-shirts will be offered this year). Although drop-ins are welcome, it’s best to text “Israel” […]

A passion for pooches turns into a career with canines

A passion for pooches turns into a career with canines

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  MILWAUKEE – Linda Teweles is a professional shadchan – a matchmaker. In the last couple of years she’s facilitated hundreds of matches. “I’m a strong believer in bashert — that what is meant to be is meant to be,” said the Shorewood native. Now, before you contact Teweles to have her make a match […]

Jordan River Village – gem of partnership region – wins prize

Jordan River Village – gem of partnership region – wins prize

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  JERUSALEM — Musician Itzhak Perlman’s prize fund granted more than $500,000 to 14 projects that will bring classical art to people with disabilities, among them an initiative at the Jordan River Village. The Jordan River Village, located within Milwaukee’s Sovev Kinneret partnership region in northern Israel, has seen many visitors from Wisconsin-based missions. The […]

‘One wondering Jew’ to keynote for Women’s Philanthropy event

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FOX POINT – Writer Abigail Pogrebin spent the Jewish year 5775 immersed in studying, experiencing, and writing about every single Jewish holiday for the first time in her nearly 52 years — including each obscure festival and all six fasts. Her book, “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew,” chronicles what she discovered, how it […]

Poll: Falafel or shawarma?

Poll: Falafel or shawarma?

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Yeshiva Elementary School building struck by bullet

Yeshiva Elementary School building struck by bullet

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MILWAUKEE – A bullet hit one of the building doors at Yeshiva Elementary School on Friday. The children are all safe and no one was injured, according to Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Police have been investigating and at this point have no reason to believe the school was a target. Federation employees are on site assisting […]

Students: Ethics aside, Madison Student Council criticizes Israel

Students: Ethics aside, Madison Student Council criticizes Israel

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  MADISON – Unethical, intimidating and undemocratic tactics preceded the approval of a Student Council resolution critical of Israel on Wednesday night, according to pro-Israel students at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Pro-Israel Jewish students were feeling hurt and disappointed after student government approved a resolution calling attention to various progressive causes while also criticizing […]

Wisconsin students saving pennies to remember

Wisconsin students saving pennies to remember

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  EDGERTON — Teachers and students at Edgerton Middle School, located between Janesville and Madison, are attempting to collect one million pennies to commemorate the Holocaust. They seek to help conceptualize what one million looks like, representing one-eleventh the number of people believed to have been killed in the Holocaust. A GoFundMe page, “Totals for […]