Arts & Culture

Liza’s pick: ‘Let Liberty Rise!’

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Local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer has this book on her mind …  “Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty” by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, March 2, 2021, Scholastic.   There are many connections to Lady Liberty and the Jewish people, and Chana Stiefel shares an important link in this […]

Tapestry season to focus on Broadway 

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  The JCC’s Tapestry program will focus on Broadway this year, with events such as a Broadway-oriented jazz concert.   “Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC” is a program of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. It seeks to serve as a central hub for building community through the arts in Milwaukee.   […]

Milwaukee librarian Amy Waldman has options for those with vision loss or health issues 

Milwaukee librarian Amy Waldman has options for those with vision loss or health issues 

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  Reading is one of life’s great pleasures and for a lot of people, retirement means more time to read. But for some older readers, vision loss or other health issues can limit the ability to read a physical book.   Before starting library school, I was vaguely aware of the options for readers with visual […]

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor is publishing ‘Jewish Cultural Studies’ 

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  Simon Bronner wanted to tell a story not about Judaism, but about what Jews do, feel and think.   Bronner, who is the dean of the College of General Studies and a distinguished professor of social sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has introduced classes on Jewish studies and focused on the subject as a […]

Liza’s recommended books for Chanukah  – toddlers to teens

Liza’s recommended books for Chanukah  – toddlers to teens

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  Here are some books worth considering. Give these for Chanukah or anytime at all.   Pre-k & up “Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story”   By Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates.  This Sydney Taylor Honor Award picture book is inspired by true events. Illness prevents Gittel’s mom from traveling to America with her. She’s […]

The 1980s Jewish community asked the Milwaukee Public Museum to create the Jewish House, so they did 

The 1980s Jewish community asked the Milwaukee Public Museum to create the Jewish House, so they did 

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  For nearly 40 years, the Jewish House at the Milwaukee Public Museum has been educating visitors about pre-war Jewish life in Europe, thanks to the work of the 1980s Milwaukee Jewish community, and the openness of the non-Jewish museum staff of that era.   Today, it may seem obvious that a tour of old Europe […]