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Local Jewish educators pursue professional development  

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  The recent Education Task Force of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation asked the community about the state of Jewish education in the Milwaukee area last year and learned that a top funding priority is professional development for educators. While more professional development could certainly be implemented, there is already a lot being done in area schools, according to Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Jewish education community planner and director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning. This school year, the Coalition for Jewish Learning will offer a dozen...

Making Jewish life work with sports

Making Jewish life work with sports

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  Eido Walny remembers the first time his son Ilan skated on ice. Ilan was 2-years-old in November of 2008 when Eido took him to a rink. He didn’t expect to be there long, just enough to give alone time to his wife Michelle, who at the time was pregnant with Ilan’s sister. How much […]

Student artist lives in retirement community

Student artist lives in retirement community

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  Ovation Chai Point offers an unconventional program where one college student lives in the senior living center for a whole year, with free room and board, to connect with the residents through arts and crafts. The artist-in-residence program, in its third year, is open to art students from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and […]

First person: An unexpected meeting

First person: An unexpected meeting

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  The year was 1948 and I was 12. We lived in a remodeled upper duplex on 15th Place and Scott Street on the near south side of Milwaukee. My dad owned and ran a drug store two blocks away on the southeast corner of 16th Street and Greenfield Avenue. This ethnically diverse neighborhood was […]

East side Judaica artist reinvents the seder plate

East side Judaica artist reinvents the seder plate

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  Judaica artist Lizzie Katz wants to redefine the nature of Jewish ritual objects, navigating as she does across the physical and conceptual boundaries of sculptural, industrial, architectural and decorative forms. Her limited-edition sculptural bronze Hanukkah menorah, commissioned in 2014 by The Jewish Museum in New York City, is both ultra-modern and symbolic, with the […]

Sherman Park festival searches for common ground

Sherman Park festival searches for common ground

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  RUACH, a local Jewish non-profit, is sponsoring a series of events in Sherman Park, in an effort to find common ground among the people of the neighborhood. The festival will span several months and encompass three main events. The festival is not meant to be a traditional weekend lakefront event with booths and vendors. […]

Community Passover Food Drive

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    MILWAUKEE – Food donations for the Community Passover Food Drive (Ma’ot Chittim) will be collected March 6-20 at several collection sites, including Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and local synagogues. Products needed, which must have kosher certification for Passover: matzo, canned gefilte fish, chicken soup/matzo ball […]

Torah, music led to National Jewish Book Award

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  A winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, a Wisconsin native, is influenced by his transformative connection to others through playing music. Joey Weisenberg, 36, a musician and composer, is the 2017 National Jewish Book Award winner for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. He won for his book, “The Torah of Music.” Weisenberg […]

Awards to be granted at Salute to Jewish Educators

Awards to be granted at Salute to Jewish Educators

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  The 2018 Salute to Jewish Educators awards are to be granted to Jerry Benjamin and Ellie Gettinger, among others. An awards event will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. The annual awards are hosted by […]

Coming events, March 2018

Coming events, March 2018

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Among the events listed is the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration, Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel, set to take place from 3-6:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Coalition for Jewish Learning offers grants

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  MILWAUKEE – The Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee Jewish Federation has launched a grant program to support innovative ideas for education. The grants, which will range from $2,500 to $10,000, are aimed at exposing more children to Jewish education by lowering barriers, and creating excellent, sustainable and impactful programs for Jewish learning. Last […]

Madison Hillel initiates student seminar

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  MADISON – Executive Director of University of Wisconsin – Hillel Greg Steinberger says he thinks students are living in a time of increased tension — something he wants to work toward easing with a new seminar. “I think people feel a raw discomfort at the moment in society, where there’s this polarization, or there’s […]

Anshai Lebowitz has new rabbi

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  MEQUON – Congregation Anshai Lebowitz has hired Rabbi David Korngold, Esq. of Long Island, New York, to be its new spiritual leader. Also a lawyer with 11 years in public and private practice, most recently as the head of his own firm  in New York, Korngold is an ordained rabbi, experienced cantor and a […]

JCC staff delegation visited Israel

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  WHITEFISH BAY ­– The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center sent a delegation of staff and leadership on an 11 day trip to Israel in February. The delegation, a diverse cross-section of JCC professional staff, visited Feb. 11-22 with stops in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Sovev Kinnert region. The JCC delegation […]

Hwang’s House of Yum fights MS

Hwang’s House of Yum fights MS

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  Through one woman’s diagnosis, people keep coming together for a night of eggrolls and stir-fry. Sarah Hwang, 46, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and has been living with it for 19 years. She is passionate about raising funds and awareness through her “Hwang’s Wok-ers” team for Walk MS, an annual event through […]