Arts & Culture

Jewish Education Innovation Grants are allocated

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Milwaukee Jewish Federation is issuing $20,000 in Jewish Education Innovation Grants for the 2019-20 school year, for programming including a college-level Jewish Bioethics course and a Teen Jewish Art League. In 2017, one of the recommendations of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s newly formed Jewish Education Task Force was to create the innovation grant fund. It’s for introducing more children to Jewish education by encouraging new partnerships and original programming throughout the local Jewish community. Grant beneficiaries included: • A college-level Jewish Bioethics...

Tikkun Ha-Ir fundraiser honors Jody Hirsh

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Local non-profit Tikkun Ha-Ir honored artist, activist and educator Jody Hirsh at its annual fundraising event, The Art of Giving, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The Art of Giving event featured the opportunity to view and buy local art, design art projects and bid in an art-themed silent auction. Jody Hirsh, the event honoree, is […]

Sarah Eisinger, of Wisconsin camps, to lead national organization

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Sarah Eisinger, an alumna of Camp Shalom in Madison and Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, has been tapped to be the director of JCamp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Eisinger brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field, including coaching, consulting and funding […]

Local composer wins international competition

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Out of 800 entries for the Best Composition/Score category, Penny Corris ­— a local composer from Hartland, Wisconsin — received first place in an international music competition. The competition, The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, took place in Hollywood, California during April 24-27, 2019. Corris, a classically trained composer with a degree from the […]

Chagall’s Le Cirque: After years apart, the series is united and headed for Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Chagall’s Le Cirque: After years apart, the series is united and headed for Jewish Museum Milwaukee

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Artist Marc Chagall was described as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century” by art critic Robert Hughes. On June 14, 2019, you’ll be able to experience Chagall’s quintessentially Jewish art when his Le Cirque series — on loan from the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc — goes on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, […]

Hobbyist re-enactors bring Holocaust into the fold

Hobbyist re-enactors bring Holocaust into the fold

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  Allison Hayden said she is tired of people not talking about the Holocaust when they re-enact World War II. Hayden, an Israel, education and Jewish Community Relations Council program specialist at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is a hobbyist re-enactor. As a pastime, she combines her passions for performing and history to educate people on […]

‘The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank’

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  About ‘The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank’ Hardcover. 40 pages. 4-8 years. Children’s picture book. Published Feb. 5, 2019. Told from the perspective of the cat who actually lived with Anne Frank in the famous Amsterdam annex, this poignant book paints a picture of a young girl who wistfully dreams of a better […]

Shlomo Levin publishes ‘The Human Rights Haggadah’

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  For most Jewish families, the Passover Seder is a lively, raucous event. The frivolity easily extends to the recitation of the Ten Plagues, some of which to the modern ear — and certainly the adolescent ear — come off as, well, weird and funny. Lice? Frogs? Heck, a lot of kids think frogs are […]

Repairing Together asks, if different cultures grow up together, what happens?

Repairing Together asks, if different cultures grow up together, what happens?

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  What happens if young children from different cultures – who were perhaps not destined to see much of each other or even meet in America’s most segregated city­ ­– spend 10 years growing up together? Elsie Crawford plans to find out. Crawford is the founder of Repairing Together, a project of Milwaukee Jewish Day […]

Kindergarteners’ letter of love leads to a Milwaukee Jewish Day School visit

Kindergarteners’ letter of love leads to a Milwaukee Jewish Day School visit

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  WHITEFISH BAY — After a Chicago-area school district saw two high-school suicides in November of 2018, Milwaukee Jewish Day School teacher Rona Wolfe’s kindergarten class sent them a letter. “Dear Friends,” it said, in the sort of giant-size print you’d expect from a kindergarten class. “We heard you are feeling sad. We hope you […]

Wisconsin voyage to Uganda: Big moments, big take-aways

Wisconsin voyage to Uganda: Big moments, big take-aways

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  When three Wisconsinites joined a Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 2019 trip of Jewish music professionals to Africa, there were moments and take-aways to never be forgotten. Observations are from Cantor Jerry Berkowitz, formerly of Congregation Beth-El Ner Tamid in Mequon and current spiritual leader for Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue of Manitowoc; Hazzan Jeremy Stein of […]

Abayudaya Jewry: Riches without wealth

Abayudaya Jewry: Riches without wealth

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  The chief Rabbi of Uganda is to speak in Milwaukee on Monday, April 8, a visit hastily arranged to fit into his already-planned American tour, after local music professionals visited Africa in January and February. Wisconsin’s visitors to Africa found a small but highly engaged community, with commitment to tzedakeh, plus a desire to […]

State’s cantors to come together in Waukesha

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Many of the state’s cantors will bring their voices together on Sunday, April 14, for “A Journey of Jewish Music,” and its influence on popular American music. The concert is in celebration of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha’s 80th anniversary, and Cantor Deborah Martin will be explaining the diverse Jewish music of our heritage throughout the globe […]

Psychiatrist and rabbi probe Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

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  A Jewish psychiatrist and a rabbi – a father and son duo – will give a talk on their respective books, one on Islamophobia and the other on anti-Semitism, Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave. This event is a “rare opportunity to see how the two subject […]

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see light

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see light

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  The play was written by a prisoner of a Holocaust-era ghetto. Today, its presence is to be felt locally. “The Last Cyclist” is being staged April 4-14 at Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point. The original version of “The Last Cyclist” was written as a cabaret in 1944 by Karel Svenk, a prisoner in […]