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Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate assistant prosecutor, to speak live 

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  Jill Wine-Banks is a woman of firsts, having blazed a trail in professional positions, all while shattering gender stereotypes.   She took on mobsters as the first female trial attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. And she confronted Watergate criminals on the special prosecutor’s trial team from 1973-1975. She was also the first woman to serve as General Counsel of the Army.  Wine-Banks, an MSNBC legal analyst, will be discussing her debut book at 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Congregation Shalom. The event is sponsored by L’Chaim Chaverut...

Mordecai Lee writes about those we don’t think about, examines FDR presidency through the assistants  

Mordecai Lee writes about those we don’t think about, examines FDR presidency through the assistants  

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  Mordecai Lee keeps writing books on a topic that the head of a library once suggested.   “I went to the FDR library, which is in Hyde Park, New York, and requested some files, and often those are files that no other scholar had asked to see because these are, sort of, secondary subjects,” Lee […]

Book corner: Nancy Churnin and Mr. Dickens 

Book corner: Nancy Churnin and Mr. Dickens 

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  For my column today, I’m sharing two outstanding picture books by the same author, Nancy Churnin. Both address two incredible women who speak up. These are timeless books appropriate for all ages and a must for anyone who has an appreciation for Jewish literature.   “Dear Mr. Dickens,” illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe, published by Albert […]

2021 Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is on

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  The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival this year is offered both in the theater and in your home.  Films will be shown at at Marcus North Shore Cinema and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, and also on the internet. The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is part of Tapestry: Arts & Ideas […]

Jewish Community Pantry Mural is an amalgam of requests 

Jewish Community Pantry Mural is an amalgam of requests 

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  MILWAUKEE – Residents asked for positive public art, so positivity is what local artist LaNia Sproles poured into the new Jewish Community Pantry Mural.   On Aug. 31, 2021, Sproles gave a tour of the mural she painted onto a wall outside the Jewish Community Pantry, 2900 W. Center St.  The mural was funded by […]

Museum’s Scrap Yard exhibit looks at Jewish entrepreneurs in recycling industry 

Museum’s Scrap Yard exhibit looks at Jewish entrepreneurs in recycling industry 

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  MILWAUKEE — If you’ve ever talked to older relatives, perhaps those who grew up in the 1930s or 40s, you might have heard them mention the “rag man” or the “junk man.”  Today the image of the neighborhood rag man remains fixed in history, almost cliché.  But a new exhibit opening this month at […]

Liza’s book corner: ‘Happy ‘Roo Year’

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Our monthly recommendations from local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer:  ‘Not So Fast, Max: A Rosh Hashanah Visit With Grandma’  By Annette Schottenfeld, illustrated by Jennifer Kirkham, publisher Kalaniot Books.  When Safta comes to visit Max and Emily for the Jewish holidays, she knows just what to do to make their time together special, fun, and […]

Whitewater memorializes Weinberg family history 

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  A new sign has been installed at Cravath Lakefront Park in Whitewater to commemorate the history of the Weinberg family, who operated a scrap yard in Whitewater at the site of the park.   The scrap business was founded by Ukrainian immigrants Bernhard and Mollie Weinberg in the early 1900s. The operation began on 4th […]

Prairie Green had restorations 

Prairie Green had restorations 

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  Prairie Green, the green burial space at Milwaukee’s Greenwood Cemetery, has bloomed after restorations by Marek Landscaping beginning in 2019.   “This is what we had envisioned,” John Pereles, the president of the Greenwood Cemetery Association, said as he looked over the slice of yellow wildflowers.   In green burials like those done at Prairie Green, […]

The Chudnow family project: Timna Park 

The Chudnow family project: Timna Park 

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  Does your family have a project? Maybe you do puzzles together, or maybe you work to improve a Wisconsin lake house?  For the Chudnow family, the project is Timna Park, a desert park in Israel offering camping, hiking and archeological finds. No, no, their family project is not just visiting the park. They’re devoted […]

Liza’s Book corner: ‘Adventure Girl: Dabi Digs in Israel.’ 

Liza’s Book corner: ‘Adventure Girl: Dabi Digs in Israel.’ 

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  This is our monthly recommendation from local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer …  “Adventure Girl: Dabi Digs in Israel.” Picture book. Written and illustrated by Janice Hechter. Published May 10, 2021 by Alazor Press.  In this lovely picture book, Dabi travels to Israel with her parents to visit family. Because of Dabi’s love for exploration, […]

At a Jewish Museum Milwaukee event, David Zucker gives Milwaukee credit for “The Naked Gun,” “Airplane!” 

At a Jewish Museum Milwaukee event, David Zucker gives Milwaukee credit for “The Naked Gun,” “Airplane!” 

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   Director, producer and screenwriter David Zucker credits his early life in Milwaukee with helping prepare  him for success in the film industry with hits like “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun” series.    “I think in Milwaukee, you know you’re not hot stuff because LA is cool and New York and even Chicago [are cool],” Zucker […]

The goal is coffee shops and treats – this active local couple is enjoying many hobbies 

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  Renice Konik and Jim Kramlinger of Mequon are making the most of life, and they are having fun while doing it.   The couple is active both physically and mentally, a lifestyle that keeps the seniors “vibrant,” in Jim’s own words.   After five years of marriage, it seems that Jim could not have chosen a […]

CBS 58’s Scott Grodsky is living the dream 

CBS 58’s Scott Grodsky is living the dream 

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  Scott Grodsky had an epiphany at work one day.  “Yesterday, I was at the Bucks-Nets game, and I’m realizing … ‘I’m getting paid to be here’,” Grodsky, a sportscaster, said in May. “‘This is my job. This is work. This is one of the hottest tickets in Milwaukee.’”  As an anchor and reporter for […]

Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color 

Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color 

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   Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color, helping them get to know one another and informing the larger community.   “Edot Midwest is a collaboration of different Jews of color who are leaders in their communities,” said Chelsea Cross, a spokesperson for the Milwaukee chapter. “The organization is really focused on bringing Jews […]