Arts & Culture

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 of connection. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins Sept. 29 at sundown, with Yom Kippur on Oct. 8 at sundown. There is a ripple effect that can be felt each night during the Days of Awe at the Wall. The crowd stands shoulder to shoulder. “Be prepared to be pushed by many, many...

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 […]

Tikkun Ha-Ir fundraiser honors Jody Hirsh

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Local non-profit Tikkun Ha-Ir honored artist, activist and educator Jody Hirsh at its annual fundraising event, The Art of Giving, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The Art of Giving event featured the opportunity to view and buy local art, design art projects and bid in an art-themed silent auction. Jody Hirsh, the event honoree, is […]

Sarah Eisinger, of Wisconsin camps, to lead national organization

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Sarah Eisinger, an alumna of Camp Shalom in Madison and Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, has been tapped to be the director of JCamp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Eisinger brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field, including coaching, consulting and funding […]

Local composer wins international competition

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Out of 800 entries for the Best Composition/Score category, Penny Corris ­— a local composer from Hartland, Wisconsin — received first place in an international music competition. The competition, The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, took place in Hollywood, California during April 24-27, 2019. Corris, a classically trained composer with a degree from the […]

JCC’s Road to Rainbow program expanding

JCC’s Road to Rainbow program expanding

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Nonprofit to welcome 100 more at-risk kids to free day camp . . MILWAUKEE — A Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center camping program serving at-risk youth is expanding this summer, partnering with local organizations to welcome 100 more children from across southeastern Wisconsin. With a goal of having all children enjoy a […]

Wisconsin bands with ties to Judaism

Wisconsin bands with ties to Judaism

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We hoped to find a few. We found a whole pile of ‘em! We put out the word for bands with ties to Judaism and we hoped to hear from at least two or three. It turns out there are quite a few Wisconsin bands with Jewish members, musical influences, values and melodies. Below is […]

‘The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank’

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  About ‘The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank’ Hardcover. 40 pages. 4-8 years. Children’s picture book. Published Feb. 5, 2019. Told from the perspective of the cat who actually lived with Anne Frank in the famous Amsterdam annex, this poignant book paints a picture of a young girl who wistfully dreams of a better […]