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New approach to census finds more than 2,800 connections

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  MILWAUKEE – A census of Milwaukee-area Jewish youth education has found more than 2,800 Jewish connecting points. The study is not comprehensive, in that it does not include summer camps and some other activities. But the census of Jewish schools, youth groups and a reading program found a total of 2,851 touches. In prior […]

Challenge grant could transform breast cancer nonprofit

Challenge grant could transform breast cancer nonprofit

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  GLENDALE – “ABCD,” a local nonprofit that seeks to connect people affected by breast cancer with volunteer mentors, has been given a big boost. The organization’s full name is “ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis.” It’s in Glendale but serves patients, families and friends from anywhere at all. ABCD connects them with trained volunteer mentors. […]

First person: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Jewish values

First person: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Jewish values

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    The Chronicle asked Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner and Ellen Friebert Schupper, do your Jewish values connect you with your work in support of those facing breast cancer and its aftermath? Brenner is the vice president of the board for ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and the recently retired publisher of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. […]

As need grows, so does Jewish Family Services’ Mobile Food Pantry

As need grows, so does Jewish Family Services’ Mobile Food Pantry

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  BROWN DEER – Jewish Family Services has increased the frequency of its Mobile Food Pantry, in an effort to meet the needs of the 330 residents of JFS Housing, where the average family income is about $18,000 per year. “There is a growing need,” said Daniel Fleischman, vice president of housing and residential services […]

Former skinheads talk with Milwaukee students, express regret

Former skinheads talk with Milwaukee students, express regret

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  John Daly and Kevin Connell, ex-neo Nazi skinheads, reconnected over social media 20 years after they left the movement. Then, they together visited the Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps in Prague and Poland. The two men have become friends in their journey to find redemption for their past grievances. Director Daniel Brea showed his […]

Reunion and conference on Madison in the ’60s set for June

Reunion and conference on Madison in the ’60s set for June

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  MADISON – A nonprofit organization, The Madison Reunion, is to hold “The Madison Reunion” and the “Conference on Madison in the ’60s” on June 14-16, 2018, billing it as a “50th anniversary cultural Woodstock.” University of Wisconsin alumni Judy and Ben Sidran, with former UW Chancellor John Wiley and the support of town, gown, […]

Exhibit has Jews, blacks ‘Allied in the Fight’

Exhibit has Jews, blacks ‘Allied in the Fight’

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    “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights” is an exhibit set to open at Jewish Museum Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 19, part of a Milwaukee-wide initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1960s open housing marches. The museum exhibit will focus on Black-Jewish cooperation both nationally and […]

Q&A: Meet Betsy Green, longtime Federation leader

Q&A: Meet Betsy Green, longtime Federation leader

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  Betsy Green has served in many leadership roles at Milwaukee Jewish Federation, including president and Annual Campaign chair. Green has been a chair and a committee member of many Federation committees and activities. Green served as chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She’s served as president of Jewish Family Services […]

Local synagogues work to welcome interfaith families

Local synagogues work to welcome interfaith families

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  Jeff Shabman, a Jewish man from New York, fell in love with a Lutheran woman from Wisconsin. As they settled in West Allis, Judy Shabman was ensconced in her church, where she was the religious education director for 29 years, and its bookkeeper. So they focused on finding a spiritual home for Jeff. They […]

Author gathered little-known history of Wisconsin’s German prisoners

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  Betty Cowley authored “Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WWII prisoner-of-war camps” in 2002, a pioneer work on this local history. Cowley, of Eau Claire and not Jewish, is a retired history teacher who taught high school in Altoona for 35 years. When she presented this history to her students, they refused to believe there had been […]

Jewish Family Services celebrates 150 years

Jewish Family Services celebrates 150 years

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  MILWAUKEE – Jewish Family Services was born 150 years ago, as the Hebrew Relief Society, in 1867. It has had five different names along the way. JFS has a humanitarian history of helping children, youth, seniors and refugees, providing services which include therapy, vocational services, childcare and safe havens for immigrants, refugees and orphans. […]

Reggio Emilia philosophy puts students in control

Reggio Emilia philosophy puts students in control

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  The horrors of World War II signaled a need for change throughout the world. In Italy, the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy was a step toward such change, a departure from traditional early learning pedagogy that allowed the population to focus on the future: the children. Today early learning institutions throughout the world still use […]

Land of Milk and Honey? Milwaukee man can sell you some of that.

Land of Milk and Honey? Milwaukee man can sell you some of that.

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  The Torah tells us that when G-d spoke to Moses at the burning bush, He said the Israelites would be redeemed in “a land flowing with milk and honey,” referring to the Land of Canaan, which became known as the Land of Israel. According to Justin Lubin — a Milwaukeean by way of Worcester, […]

A Jewish journey that started out Christian

A Jewish journey that started out Christian

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When Jim Stillman met his future father-in-law for the first time, the reception was cool. “Nancy and I went to her parents’ home in Shorewood to tell them that we wanted to get married,” Stillman said, recalling the encounter some three decades later. “Her father would not give us his blessing.” It was an awkward […]

For Greece, a record of sorrow and righteousness

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  During World War II, Archbishop Theophilos Damaskinos was surprised to learn that German-occupied Greece had started to deport Jews from the city of Salonika. An armistice held that all Greeks, regardless of their race or religion, were to be treated equally. In the archbishop’s opinion, the Greek Jews were law-abiding and had sacrificed for […]