Arts & Culture

Seven things to know about Judaism and vegetarianism 

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  A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat. A vegan, on the other hand, is someone who does not eat any food derived from animals.  And a Jewish vegan or Jewish vegetarian is arguably someone who sees their food practice through a Jewish lens. Did you know there are ties between Judaism and veganism or vegetarianism? Here are seven:  1. ETHICS: Abby Bar-Lev Wiley, 34, of Bayside, became a vegetarian when she was 17.  “I decide to become a vegetarian when I was becoming more aware of the world and asking questions about food, sustainability and treatment of workers,” she said....

Got a tech problem? Call Mensch Techs 

Got a tech problem? Call Mensch Techs 

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MILWAUKEE – Older adults who could use some free help with technology questions can now call Mensch Techs, which is staffed by volunteer Hillel Milwaukee students.   Having trouble figuring out Zoom? Can’t get your smartphone to work right? Need help scheduling an appointment online? For these and other technology questions, contact Mensch Techs at 414-533-7212 […]

Brian King, former head of school for Milwaukee Jewish Day School, leads Betty Brinn through challenge, change 

Brian King, former head of school for Milwaukee Jewish Day School, leads Betty Brinn through challenge, change 

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  First, Brian King was a seventh– and eighth-grade social studies teacher at Milwaukee Jewish Day School in Whitefish Bay. Then he was head of school. Now he’s executive director of Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave.  His journey is woven thoroughly with children’s education and Jewish community. Now he’s arrived at a […]

Yom HaAtzmaut – or Israeli Independence Day – to be marked with Israeli music star Kobi Oz

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  This year, you can virtually celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut Israeli style, with a renowned Israeli musician’s performance.   Yom HaAtzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day, is often celebrated in Israel with barbecues and family time in the park. The nighttime features stages with music, like Summerfest, but spread across 20 to 30 different cities in Israel, according […]

2021 Yamim is a chance to stay connected 

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  MILWAUKEE – Yamim events this month will be virtual, and people can help build community when they participate, said Rabbi Hannah Wallick, vice president of outreach, Israel and overseas for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  She recalled one recent Zoom event: “When you got onto it and you looked in the chat, people said things […]

Nominate someone for a social justice award 

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  The Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation is seeking nominees for its seventh annual Robert H. Friebert Social Justice Award.   The award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, courage and compassion as a social justice advocate, while working to eliminate discrimination and injustice in the greater Milwaukee area. […]

Public schools foundation launches RBG Scholarship 

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  Fred Tabak, a local member of the Jewish community, is spearheading the creation of a new Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation scholarship fund, to provide more access to the field of law for women of color.   The Milwaukee-based law firm that Tabak founded in 2006, Tabak Law, has already put $25,000 toward the fund and […]

Rabbi Woll joins interfaith fellowship 

Rabbi Woll joins interfaith fellowship 

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  Rabbi Michal Woll has been named a Rukin rabbinic fellow by 18Doors, a national nonprofit that assists interfaith families.  Woll is the spiritual leader for Congregation Shir Hadash, of Milwaukee’s east side. She is part of the second group to enter the 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic fellowship program, which launched with a virtual kick-off retreat […]

Weekend celebrates Rabbi David Cohen 

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Congregation Sinai is celebrating Rabbi David Cohen’s 25 years as spiritual leader with a weekend of virtual events open to the community. Congregation Sinai, a Fox Point congregation, is also celebrating its 65 years of existence that weekend.   The weekend begins Friday, April 30, with a Shabbat of Tribute, with former Sinai cantors and educators […]

Sam’s Place Jazz Café is open 

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Sam’s Place Jazz Café opened to the public in February, close to the Bader Philanthropies building in the Harambee neighborhood of Milwaukee.  Bader Philanthropies moved to its Harambee spot from its prior headquarters in Milwaukee’s Third Ward in 2018, as part of a commitment to a revitalization of the neighborhood. Sam’s Place Jazz Café is […]

Friendship Circle café open for seating 

Friendship Circle café open for seating 

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  If you’ve been vaccinated, are feeling newly free, and are looking to get out, you’ve got an option in the Friendship Circle Café. The café has been open with seating for much of the pandemic, except for a period of about four months.  Inside seating is available and there’s a heat lamp for outside […]

Beber Camp switches to Friendship Circle challah 

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  Beber Camp, a non-profit Jewish overnight camp in Mukwonago, has contracted with Friendship Bakery to provide all challah each week during Summer 2021.  In the past, the camp baked its own challah, but because of the pandemic and a change in staffing, the camp decided to explore using a bakery to supply its challah, […]

Beth Jehudah women gather virtually 

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  The rhythm of Jewish life has always moved to the beat of gatherings, from Shabbat dinners where guests held a seat of honor at the table to synagogue services and life cycle events. Jews gather in groups to learn, and a service can only be held if there’s a minyan.   It’s been nearly a […]

Amy Ferrante-Gollwitzer will continue kosher-style service 

Amy Ferrante-Gollwitzer will continue kosher-style service 

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  Amy Ferrante-Gollwitzer’s local food service businesses will continue to offer kosher-style food, even after they end certified kosher food services on May 25, 2021, she said.  It comes down to the kitchens.   Ferrante-Gollwitzer uses kitchen space at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay to prepare food certified by […]

Kobi Oz sings for unity 

Kobi Oz sings for unity 

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  Kobi Oz, singer for the Teapacks of Israel, can’t wait for the pandemic to be over.  “We are very, very hungry for the big stages, for the big concerts,” he said.  “We are just getting out of the ‘corona’ crisis. The big lights and the smell of the stage. I just want to dance […]