What’s Nu? June 2023 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

What’s Nu? June 2023

Tikkun Ha-Ir’s Food Justice Walk 

Tikkun Ha-Ir, a Jewish social justice and social action organization, is hosting a Food Justice Walk. The walk is in celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary.  

The walk will be taking place on June 4, 2023, from 9-11 a.m. at Urban Ecology Center-Riverside, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee. The public is invited to join the walk. They are also encouraged to donate fresh or nonperishable food for local organizations and will have the opportunity to win prizes through raffles at the walk. The walk will raise money for Tikkun Ha-Ir’s year-round Food Justice Program including their program Veggie Chop Shop. The Veggie Chop Shop program assists individuals and families who are housing or food insecure and provides them with meals.  

“Tikkun Ha-Ir has been a valuable community partner for almost 15 years. We are grateful for their dedication to helping Meta House families find lifelong health and wellness,” said Valerie P. Vidal, the CEO of Meta House which is a partnered agency. 

For more information, contact Sami Stein Avner at sami@thi-milwaukee.org or 414-501-3618. 

-Belle Nahoom 

Jewish American Heritage Month  

A resolution proclaiming May to be Jewish American Heritage Month passed in the Wisconsin Assembly.  

The resolution, authored by representatives Lisa Subeck and Daniel Riemer, passed unanimously on April 25, 2023. The resolution is a joint resolution, meaning it only needs to be passed by the Wisconsin Legislature.  

“The impact of Jewish Americans on Wisconsin’s history cannot be overstated,” Subeck said.

“The Jewish people are committed to the principles of justice and religious freedom. With division and hatred on the rise in our culture today, this resolution serves as a powerful statement of unity.” 

Rabbi Andrea Steinberger of the Hillel at the University of Wisconsin accepted the resolution.  

– Belle Nahoom 

Trip to Israel in November 

Join Partnership2Gether with Milwaukee and St. Paul Jewish Federations to their Partnership region, Sovev Kinneret, in Israel.  

A cultural and culinary experience that will deepen your appreciation for Israel diverse cuisine. From Market to Mountain Top: Culinary Odyssey Through the Sovev Kinneret will be November 5-14, 2023.  

Registration is open now at MilwaukeeJewish.org/P2G. Questions? Contact Susie Rosengarten at SusieR@MilwaukeeJewish.org. 

JCC festival seeks vendors 

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is hosting its Tapestry of the Arts Festival and is looking for local vendors to showcase their work at the event. The festival is planned for Sunday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The opportunity is open to local Milwaukee artists, food vendors and more.  

The Tapestry of the Arts Festival is a community arts and culture celebration where attendees can engage with art, food and fun activities while enjoying live music. It is a family-friendly event. The celebration will take place at the JCC in the west parking lot. 

The event is a program of Tapestry: Arts & Ideas and Adult Social Programs at the JCC.  

Each vendor will receive a 10×10 space. If interested in more details or in applying to be a vendor, see Jccmilwaukee.org/Community 

-Belle Nahoom 

Milwaukee Jewish Day School designated 

Milwaukee Jewish Day School has been designated a Heart Safe School.  

The school has been collaborating with Project ADAM, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the North Shore Fire Department to form and train a medical response team. The group trained to hold a CPR/AED drill successfully in response to any cardiac emergency. 

Project ADAM is a national initiative that trains medical response teams in designated locations in defibrillation. The initiative was started by Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel in honor of their child Adam Lemel, a Milwaukee Jewish Day School alum, who passed away at 17 from cardiac arrest. It has saved more than 200 individuals who went into cardiac arrest. There are 38 affiliated sites with the program in 29 states. 

In celebration of forming the medical team in collaboration with Project ADAM, the school hosted an event on April 19 with Joe Lemel, Adam’s father, and Dan Shapiro, a project ADAM board member. 

-Belle Nahoom 

Emanu-El graduates 

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is seeing several students graduate from its programming this year. 

Those students are Justin Dorf, Max Lakric, Lewis Silber, Jacob Wertz and Declan Winterfield. 

Mazel tov! 

National Council of Jewish Women installs board 

The National Council of Jewish Women in Milwaukee installed its new 2023-2025 board.  

The new board is as follows: presidents Genina Berger and Leigh Wallace Tabak; vice presidents Marjorie Mallin Margolies, Dr. Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, Alisa Wasserman, Robyn Eiseman and Barbara Levin; Treasurer Judith Parrish and Secretary Armona Nadler-Strick. 

The installment took place at a brunch meeting on April 23, 2023. The event also honored the council’s three emerging leader award winners – Dr. Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, Angie Domnitz and Arielle Boom – and the Barbara Stein Building Bridges Award recipient Lance Jones. 

-Belle Nahoom 

Chronicle wins first-place awards 

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle received multiple awards from the Milwaukee Press Club during its annual Gridiron Awards dinner at the Pfister Hotel. 

Editor Rob Golub won Gold for Best Long Hard Feature Story, for his article, “At 20, this Interlaken summer camp counselor is a Ukrainian refugee.” Golub also won Bronze for Best Column for his column, “Editor’s Desk.” 

Also winning awards, in the collegiate category, were two former Chronicle interns. Sofia Rubinson won Silver for Best Short Hard Feature Story, for her article “Local chavurah helps Afghan refugees.” Rachel Gorman-Cooper won Gold for Best Editorial or Commentary for her article “Opinion: We fought so hard for equality. We thought we won, and here we are again. We must act.”