Arts & Culture

Don’t assume you need to fit a mold to win a Hecht college scholarship

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It’s a $5,000 college scholarship that’s not just for highly involved students with top grades. The Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund committee, which has strong Hecht family representation, wants to live up to Harry Hecht’s wishes, and he wanted it to go to someone in need. The fund gives out $5,000 scholarships and is […]

G2 program brings grandparents and children together

G2 program brings grandparents and children together

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For Lloyd Levin and Sheri Miller Levin, a new program at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has been a family bonding opportunity. The Levins participated in the first local cohort of G2, formally known as the Global Intergenerational Initiative. The program is part of Partnership2Gether by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Using a curriculum by director […]

‘Boogie Without Borders’ dance-a-thon to benefit HIAS

‘Boogie Without Borders’ dance-a-thon to benefit HIAS

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Congregation Sinai is hosting “Boogie Without Borders,” a dance-a-thon to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS, on Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to midnight. HIAS was created to assist Jews with immigration and resettlement into the United States. Through both world wars, HIAS assisted Jewish refugees and aided resettlement in the U.S. HIAS recently […]

Noted author of Houdini book to speak

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The author of “The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini,” which is listed as the “#1 New Release” in Amazon’s Magic and Illusion category, is to speak Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski is a former senior columnist for Sports Illustrated, and a current national columnist […]

Congregation Shalom seeks tutors

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Congregation Shalom is in need of volunteer tutors. The synagogue partners with Our Next Generation to tutor inner city children at the shul. Students arrive at Shalom between 4:20 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons during the school year. The shul tutors them until about 5:15 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Tutoring involves helping with […]

For your bucket list: The Wall during Days of Awe

For your bucket list: The Wall during Days of Awe

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When thousands of Jews stand in front of the Western Wall during the Days of Awe, it shows “the beauty of the diversity of Judaism,” according to Israeli Rakefet Ginsburg. During the 10 Days of Awe, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, Jews seek atonement and at the Wall worshippers can feel a tremendous sense […]

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

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Photos are generally not permitted at Rosh Hashanah services, even at the relatively liberal Congregation Sinai of Fox Point. How this photo came to be, of Jerry and Jim Salinsky each blowing the shofar, with Rabbi David Cohen and Cantor Lauren Phillips between them, will have to remain a mystery of the High Holy Days.

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

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The annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is to include works tied to a smorgasbord of disparate topics – Sigmund Freud, special needs, the origin of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a kidney transplant, Israeli politics, a Nazi occupation, and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Included in the line-up is “Golda’s Balcony, The Film” featuring a […]

Houdini exhibit visits Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Houdini exhibit visits Jewish Museum Milwaukee

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Ehrich Weiss wanted to be like a superhero. Weiss, known pre-immigration as Erik Weisz, was the man who performed magic and escape acts as Harry Houdini. For Weiss, Houdini wasn’t merely a stage name, but a persona. “He created a back story and a biography for himself that contributed to the understanding of him that […]

Noted author Alice Hoffman to appear

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Alice Hoffman, author of “The World That We Knew,” is to appear at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Hoffman is the author of more than 30 novels and will be a guest of the JCC’s arts-promoting Tapestry program. Hoffman’s novel, “Here on Earth,” an […]

Local filmmaker brings virtual reality to D.C. Holocaust museum

Local filmmaker brings virtual reality to D.C. Holocaust museum

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  Imagine — It’s spring 1943 and you’re wandering through a courtyard in the now-abandoned Warsaw ghetto. It’s eerily silent. Snow begins to fall. A distant train horn sounds.  Then, you realize: It’s not snow. It’s hundreds of down feathers drifting from the bedding an entire Jewish community has left behind. Soon, you may hardly […]

Author to speak on ‘Breaking Hate’

Author to speak on ‘Breaking Hate’

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  MILWAUKEE — When Chrisitian Picciolini was just 14-years-old, he was drawn into the violent hate-filled world of the Chicago Area Skinheads. It was 1987 and as an insecure teen with absent parents, Picciolini quickly became emboldened by the neo-Nazi movement’s message. He spent the next eight years of his youth spreading its dogma through […]