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Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

Beth Hillel Temple of Kenosha held a vigil Aug. 10, 2019, as part of a nationwide “Close the Camps” weekend co-sponsored by T’ruah, a New York-based group devoted to “the rabbinic call for human rights.”

More than 50 vigils and other events were held around the United States, with encouragement and sponsorship from T’ruah and other organizations. Beth Hillel Temple had the only Wisconsin event on the T’ruah list.

National organizers chose the Tisha B’Av weekend, marking the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, because it is a day of communal mourning. Tisha B’Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar; it marks the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

T’ruah reports it is inspired to act, “in response to the tragedies occurring at our border and across our country.” 

The Kenosha vigil was held just outside the synagogue, 6050 8th Ave., in downtown Kenosha. It was held immediately after Erev Tisha B’Av services.

Journal seeks proposals on Midwestern Jewish history

The journal “Middle West Review” is welcoming proposals outlining potential articles on various aspects of Midwestern Jewish history for a special issue of the journal.

The Middle West Review is an interdisciplinary journal about the American Midwest and the only publication dedicated exclusively to the study of the Midwest as a region, according to the publishers. It provides a forum for scholars and non-scholars alike to explore the contested meanings of Midwestern identity, history, geography, society, culture and politics.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, Jewish life in major cities such as Detroit and Chicago and smaller cities such as Saginaw and Sioux Falls; the experience of Jews in Midwestern small towns, on farms, and within other rural settings; prominent intellectuals and artists such as Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Horace Kallen, Studs Terkel, Betty Friedan, Marge Piercy, Philip Levine, and Bob Dylan; Jewish political involvement; and, most generally, how life was experienced by Midwestern Jews in comparison to the Jewish experience in other American regions.

Proposals should be two paragraphs, include a curriculum vitae, and be sent to MWR@USD.edu by Dec. 1, 2019.

Federation nets a four-star rating

Milwaukee Jewish Federation has been granted a four-star rating by Charity Navigator.

It’s due to the nonprofit’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, according to Charity Navigator.

This is the seventh time in a row that the Federation has earned the distinction.

Using objective analysis, Charity Navigator awards only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating, according to the Charity Navigator organization.

Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board seeks members

Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board is seeking teen members.

This past year, 30 teens from across the community formed the second cohort of the teen philanthropy program. After several educational and interactive sessions, including on-site visits, they decided how to allocate $18,000 in grants to the local community, said Anna Goldstein, outreach/teen philanthropy coordinator for Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  

Teens in 9th through 12th grade are welcome to apply. Teens have been represented from all different youth groups, synagogues and high schools in the first- and second-year cohorts.

This year, the program will run from October 2019 to December 2020, with a break during the summer.

Applications are due on Sept. 18, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. Visit JewishChronicle.org for a link to the application