What’s Nu, July 2021 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

What’s Nu, July 2021

Love to Learn moved and expanded 

Love to Learn Tutoring moved in January 2021 to a 2,000-square-foot office at 11516 N. Port Washington Road, in the Mequon Office Park from its old location immediately east in the same development. The move ensures the business could safely accommodate in-person learning as it continues to grow. 

The new location is larger, with nine rooms. There are acrylic dividers and masks are worn by everyone in the building, with social distancing. 

“As a result of school interruptions, we have seen an increase in the number of students that want and need support from our tutors,” owner Sharon Schuman said. “With expanded physical space, we’re able to accommodate more in-person instruction with safeguards in place.” 

Schuman and her husband are members of Congregation Shalom, and she has previously taught at Bader Hillel Academy and Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun.  

Love to Learn works with more than 150 students per semester, including some from Milwaukee Jewish Day School. It tutors students at all grade levels, from Wisconsin or elsewhere, online or in-person at the new location. 

Love to Learn can be reached at 414-526-3526 or LoveToLearnss@Gmail.com. 

–Eli Friedman 

A Wider Bridge has a new flag 

A Wider Bridge, an organization that works to promote LGBTQ equality in Israel, as well as the equality of Israel in LGBTQ communities, announced its new Jewish pride flag in June.  

This flag replaces A Wider Bridge’s previous pride flag, which featured a rainbow pride flag with a white Star of David. The new flag has been updated to incorporate more inclusive colors.  

“The original pride flag, the inclusive colors, and the star each stand for inseparable parts of our identities,” said A Wider Bridge Executive Director Ethan Felson and Chairman of the Board Alan Schwartz, in a statement. “We cannot allow one to be removed just as we won’t be excluded from either the LGBTQ community or the Jewish community.” 

–Eli Friedman 

American Red Cross needs blood donors 

The American Red Cross is urging donors of all blood types — especially type O and those giving platelets — to make an appointment to donate to help address a severe blood shortage.  

The blood shortage is due to an unusually high number of trauma cases coupled with increased hospital demand for blood as people who deferred care during the pandemic present with more advanced disease progression, according to a Red Cross press release. 

Individuals who donate through June 30 will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. Prospective donors should visit RedCrossBlood.org/Together.  

–Eli Friedman 

Legislators compare pandemic rules, gun laws to Holocaust 

At least three Wisconsin lawmakers compared pandemic vaccine rules or gun restrictions to the Nazis or the Holocaust during the month of June, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.  

Rep. Shae Sortwell said a museum requiring people who want to go maskless to bring vaccination cards was like the Gestapo. The Milwaukee Jewish Federation issued a statement June 9 saying that it “strongly condemns” the comparison.  

On the floor of the Legislature, Republican Rep. Tim Ramthun of Campbellsport compared vaccine requirements to “Germany back in the ’40s.”  Republican Rep. James Edming of Glen Flora referred to “Germany” in opposing gun restrictions.  

Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck of Madison told the newspaper that such comparisons are “offensive.”