Arts & Culture

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 at home, then posting it. Toni Davidson Levenberg with #ChallahFromHome On Facebook, the ones you see are generally limited to your friends or people who have made their posts public. Still, the organizers have been doing their...

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 […]

With help of sound engineer, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun syncs voices 

With help of sound engineer, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun syncs voices 

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  Cantor David Barash of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is a self-described “digital dinosaur.”   Yet in the past few months, he’s led the creation of choir videos, learned to use a Bluetooth microphone and speaker during remote services, and thought up innovative ways to create a high-quality listening experience for congregants over Zoom.    When Barash […]

Rosh Hashanah reaches us through food 

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  What do all Jewish holidays have in common? Are you thinking God, Torah, history, family, prayer? While all of these are good answers, my favorite answer is food.   Every Jewish holiday comes back to the food. Even fast days begin and end with special meals. There are specific foods for each holiday that trigger […]

Posters exhibit features virtual and in-person options  with Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Posters exhibit features virtual and in-person options with Jewish Museum Milwaukee

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  An upcoming exhibit at Jewish Museum Milwaukee includes limited-edition print of posters displayed in an art exhibit preceding President Obama’s first inauguration. That inauguration exhibit, held at a Georgetown gallery in Washington D.C., was called “Manifest Hope: DC.”  The images in the exhibit have also been used on posters at protests in France, Turkey, Greece, Israel […]

Shorewood resident is a leader for remote Israeli dance classes 

Shorewood resident is a leader for remote Israeli dance classes 

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  Shorewood resident Deb Schermer, who led a local Israeli dance class before the pandemic, is now leading portions of classes for hundreds of people from all over the world.   “Someday, when I go to a dance camp and I see one of them in person, then I’ll be like, ‘Hey, I saw you on […]

A North Shore Library dispute is on 

A North Shore Library dispute is on 

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  First, the mayor of Glendale wrote on Facebook last month that “Fox Point killed the North Shore Library.” Then, the village of Fox Point issued an Aug. 24 news release in apparent response, stating that Glendale wants to start charging rent to the other communities that share in the library.  The dispute could change […]

Grammy-nominated composer offers free  experience, by RUACH, local  arts organization

Grammy-nominated composer offers free experience, by RUACH, local arts organization

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RUACH has several recent and upcoming events streaming online, including several connected with composer Jonathan Leshnoff. Visit RuachMilwaukee.org/Composer-Spirituality.

Pastry pro: Hayley, 11, is a Mequon source for babka, cakes and more 

Pastry pro: Hayley, 11, is a Mequon source for babka, cakes and more 

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  To be clear, mom is not making the cakes.  Hayley, 11, is the kitchen crackerjack, with mom as an occasional assistant.   You’d know this to be true if you only chatted with the recent elementary school graduate for sixty seconds. Is she 11 or 40?  “A lot people say she has an old soul,” […]

Social justice story time is for children weekly – for free

Social justice story time is for children weekly – for free

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  “L-G-B-T-Q. That’s a lot of letters!” said kindergarten teacher Rona Wolfe, speaking to about 18 children during a Zoom session on July 9.    Wolfe explained what the letters stood for during the weekly session. That same session, a guest shared a picture book about a boy who is transgender; and a parent read a […]

Hilary Miller fights for human rights in Geneva 

Hilary Miller fights for human rights in Geneva 

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  Hilary Miller has long considered herself an ambassador for the Jewish community.  Growing up in Bayside, Miller attended Milwaukee Jewish Day School and was involved in the Jewish community while she attended Nicolet High School.  She served as president of the Wisconsin region of BBYO, for instance.  The Jewish value of tikkun olam was […]