What’s Nu? April 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

What’s Nu? April 2020

Karen Lieberman featured in New Book

Karen Lieberman, a board-certified staff chaplain at the Children’s Wisconsin hospital, contributed to a new book, “Chaplains as Partners in Medical Decision-Making.”

The book offers a collection of case studies, including commentary by both chaplains and non-chaplains to enhance awareness and understanding of the multifaceted role of the professional chaplain, particularly the involvement of chaplains in medical decision-making.

Lieberman serves on the Children’s Wisconsin Ethics Committee. She holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago.

The book is to be published April 21, 2020.

Maistelman appointed to museum board

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of attorney Michael S. Maistelman to the Milwaukee Public Museum Board of Directors in December.

Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., appointed Maistelman.

“As an attorney with a distinguished career, Mr. Maistelman is well equipped to advise and guide the Milwaukee Public Museum at this exciting point in its evolution and will be an excellent addition to the Board of Directors. I appreciate his willingness to serve our community through MPM in the years to come,” said Lipscomb.

Maistelman’s two-year term started on Feb. 20, 2020 and expires on Feb. 28, 2022.

Maistelman is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council Board of the JCRC Community Council.

Hirschfeld family honored by Mound Zion

Mound Zion Cemetery Association has honored Charlotte Hirschfeld and her husband, Ernie, of blessed memory, with a comfort bench and sitting area in recognition of their 45th anniversary as caretakers of the cemetery.

The cemetery was started in 1878 in Brookfield by Congregation Anshe Sefard. In 1924 it became the independent, unaffiliated Mound Zion Cemetery Association.

Charlotte and Ernie started taking care of the cemetery in the spring of 1975. They are the second generation of Hirschfelds serving as Caretakers of Jewish Cemeteries in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area.

Mound Zion’s Board of Trustees are extremely pleased to have Charlotte continuing to support the many families with a connection to Mound Zion, according to a news release.

Moffic, Kahn contribute to book on antisemitsm

Dr. Steve Moffic and Elana Kahn have each edited to a new book, “Anti-Semitism and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Interventions,” published by Springer.

“Anti-Semitism and Psychiatry” is billed as the only non-political, clinical resource on this particular stigma and its negative impact on mental health for psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians and pediatricians, among others.

Coverage ranges from a focus on the social psychiatric aspects of antisemitism to how it may in turn infuse clinical encounters between patients and clinicians. Written by experts in this area, the insight and expertise of psychiatrists from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds will focus on what psychiatrists need to know, according to marketing materials for the book.

Kahn is the former director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Moffic is a retired tenured professor of psychiatry from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Altman-Shafer named co-chair of association

Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Jewish education community planner and director of the Coalition for Jewish Learning at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has accepted the co-chair role of the Association of Directors of Communal Agencies.

ADCA is focused on the role communal agencies and Federation departments of Jewish education and educational engagement play in maximizing Jewish educational opportunities in local communities, according to the organization.

ADCA invests in the professional development of key and potential future professional leadership of these agencies and departments. Altman-Shafer is co-chairing this network with Amian Frost Kelemer, CEO of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education in Baltimore, Maryland.

Closures and Cancellations

It’s not clear as of press time if there are any Jewish organizations that are currently open to ordinary visits from the public, due to orders and recommendations from government officials.

Also, Jewish organizations are not holding group events, along with the rest of Wisconsin.

In particular, Milwaukee Jewish Federation has cancelled postponed or will offer virtual options.Yeshiva Elementary School, Bader Hillel Academy and Milwaukee Jewish Day School are closed and transitioning to distance learning.

All local, in person events are canceled for BBYO-Wisconsin Region. The Hillel Milwaukee staff is working remotely and plans to stay connected with students.

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center has temporarily closed all JCC buildings. Many options to gather are available through their online addresses.

All Milwaukee-area synagogue religious schools are closed.