Arts & Culture

Opinion: How to overcome racism – Jewishly and rationally 

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Once again, racism has come to the fore in society. Not that it has ever come close to going away, but progress was made after the turbulent 1960s, such as in an upward social mobility of many African American people and the elections of President Obama.   However, many were left behind and still subject to ongoing micro and macro aggressions.   Moreover, 400 years of racism has produced an intergenerational transmission of trauma, which can leave African Americans more vulnerable to be re-traumatized by current trauma. And current trauma we surely have, in police brutality and the...

Jewish resources to share, to spread some love, not hate

Jewish resources to share, to spread some love, not hate

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As a Milwaukee librarian, it brings me joy to connect people with resources that help make their lives better. For our print edition’s special section, “Standing Up Against Hate,” I get to do it for love, the opposite of hate. Here are eight Jewish-themed websites, one that includes Jewish content and an Israeli podcast that […]

Five ways to cope at this strange time

Five ways to cope at this strange time

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We’ve heard it so many times. It’s a strange time. Historic. But down on the ground, in the nitty-gritty, it’s not just history but life. Social isolation, business closings, loss of contact with loved ones and the absence of our usual activities are a recipe for grief.

Hazzan Rozansky heals body and soul

Hazzan Rozansky heals body and soul

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This physical therapist is also a cantor. Michele “Mimi” Rozansky knew from age 14 that her life’s work would be in the healing arts. In 1980, the Milwaukee native earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned to her hometown to work with children living with severe neurological challenges. In […]

Everyone’s making #ChallahFromHome

Everyone’s making #ChallahFromHome

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ChallahFromHome has spread all over social media. This Shabbat will only be the 11th #ChallahFromHome, but it already feels like an enduring institution. The digital world is now filled with pictures of challah accom- panied by the Milwaukee-born #ChallahFromHome hashtag. Clicking on the hashtag leads Internet users to tons of people who are making Challah […]

The unthinkable summer: No camp

The unthinkable summer: No camp

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The hardest part of cancel- ing camp this summer is “restart- ing the countdown” for which the excitement grows exponentially, said Megan Gendelman, 18, a He- brew immersion counselor at the Union of Reform Judaism’s Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute. “We live ten months for two. So now we’ve been saying we’re waiting 22 months […]

First Person: My college graduation during a pandemic

First Person: My college graduation during a pandemic

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Sunday, May 15, was going to be a day to celebrate, a day to be giddy and a day to relax. Graduation. I was supposed to be in that white sundress, with my nails done, pearly whites out smiling because it was going to be one of the happiest moments of my life. It’s almost […]

First Person: There’s a worm in my bed and it must be 2020

First Person: There’s a worm in my bed and it must be 2020

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The other night, I found a large bottle of Lysol in my bed. This is not some fringe COVID-19 disinfectant method (that I know of!). No, someone in my family tucked the Lysol down at the foot of my bed as a prank. Seven weeks (eight? four hundred?) into Gov. Tony Evers’s “Safer at Home” […]

Jewish-themed bobbleheads are what we need

Jewish-themed bobbleheads are what we need

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Stressed out? We have an antidote for that: Jewish-themed bobbleheads, courtesy of Phil Sklar, co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Milwaukee. These bobbleheads are all in the museum collection, said Sklar, who is a member of Congregation Shalom. The museum produced two of them, Rabbi Shapiro and […]

Katie Eder is going to repair the world

Katie Eder is going to repair the world

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Katie Eder, 20, who is executive director of a nonprofit that helped nationally organize digital Earth Day activities last month, remembers Congregation Shalom of Fox Point fondly. “There was a song that everyone learned that talked about tikkun olam,” she recalled. “I think about that song a lot.” Eder is a key player in a […]

How to work without everyone right there

How to work without everyone right there

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For those now working from home, the coronavirus pandemic has completely upended daily life. This can mean more than just finishing work tasks from the comfort of home – it involves adapting to a new normal, especially for so many whose workspaces might now be populated with children, family members, or temptations to exchange to-do […]

A young activist’s advice for her peers

A young activist’s advice for her peers

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A 20-year-old from Shorewood, who is a key national organizer of strikes in opposition to climate change, has advice for young people. “Jump in and do it.” said Katie Eder, interviewing from her home in Los Angeles. She’s taking a gap period of two years between ShorewoodHigh School and Stanford University in California. Eder is […]

Resilience grows through gratitude

Resilience grows through gratitude

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Right now, we’re all worried about our health, the health of our friends and families, the economics of the shutdown, and its effects on our Jewish agencies and programs. We might even be reacting in ways we know are not productive or even not typical for ourselves. These feelings are not only understandable but to […]

They came to Wisconsin and made 1,000 hamantaschen

They came to Wisconsin and made 1,000 hamantaschen

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MADISON — It was a big, empty room, with one guy quietly studying in the corner until the whole space was overwhelmed with more than 100 young ladies chatting, laughing and making lots and lots of hamantaschen. About 100 members of Madison’s Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and about 40 other students, gathered on a Tuesday […]

The view from Milwaukee’s Holocaust Seder

The view from Milwaukee’s Holocaust Seder

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Before leading the motzi at this year’s Holocaust Seder, Rabbi Steve Adams took a moment to thank some people at Ovation Sarah Chudnow for their help in advance of the event. “I’d like to thank the residents who helped make the butterflies on the centerpieces at your tables, Susie Fono for making the challah cover […]