Arts & Culture

Award-winning Mandy Patinkin ‘never had a plan’

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Mandy Patinkin, 66, in advance of his performance at the Riverside Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as part of his North American tour, “Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries.” The event is offered locally by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Tickets are available at PabstTheater.org. Mandy Patinkin is to appear Nov. 5, 2019, 8 p.m., at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, an event offered by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Tickets for “Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES,” presented by the JCC, are...

Milwaukee Film Festival rolls out films of Jewish interest

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The 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival will be showing a handful of Jewish and Israel-related films at various theaters around the area from Oct. 17-31. “Abe” is about a 12-year-old boy who explores his love of cooking. But with one Jewish grandparent and two Palestinian grandparents, he’s been placed at the center of a conflict. “Abe” […]

As Deborah E. Lipstadt’s career shifts, she’s set to speak here

As Deborah E. Lipstadt’s career shifts, she’s set to speak here

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Deborah E. Lipstadt was working mainly as a Holocaust historian, until everything went haywire. With the worldwide resurgence in antisemtism, life has pointed her in a new and unexpected direction. She’s now a foremost antimsemitsm explainer. She’s getting constant interview and speaking requests from all over the world, she said, rattling off appointments with the […]

Weekend and comedian reach for unity

Weekend and comedian reach for unity

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When hundreds of people from the Milwaukee-area Jewish community came together at a memorial event, soon after the Oct. 27, 2018 mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, it reminded Rabbi Wes Kalmar of one of his convictions. That is, he’d like to see local Jewry come together for good things, too. The result, after much […]

Tony award winner Patinkin to appear

Tony award winner Patinkin to appear

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  Mandy Patinkin, a Tony and Emmy award-winning performer, will appear in concert Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at the Riverside Theater, an event offered by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Patinkin played Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride.” He has been the voice of Papa Smurf and appeared in “Yentl” and “Dick […]

In theater: Hasidic man’s role in death

In theater: Hasidic man’s role in death

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“Fires in the Mirror,” a play about a Hasidic man’s role in the death of a black child, runs though Oct. 13 at the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. In the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in August of 1991, a Hasidic man’s car jumped a curb, killing a 7-year-old black child. Later, a Hasidic rabbinical student […]

Local performers make music fit around observance

Local performers make music fit around observance

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Jerry Wicentowski’s love lies with bluegrass music. When he was a teenager, he had some experience playing classical guitar. Folk music grew popular during his early adolescence, and “boy, you could win a lot of attention from people by playing chords and singing songs,” Wicentowski said. Today, Wicentowski plays guitar and sings in bluegrass bands […]

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 […]

UWM is first public university to fully offer Jewish studies online

UWM is first public university to fully offer Jewish studies online

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MILWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is now offering comprehensive online education in Hebrew and Jewish studies – a first among public institutions.  It is the first time that a public university or college in the United States has offered a major or minor in Jewish studies entirely online, according to a news release. […]

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 […]

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

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reanna West is a former Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle intern and is a 2019 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in sociology.

‘Give Me Liberty’ celebrates Milwaukee; U.S. premier at Oriental Theater on Aug. 22

‘Give Me Liberty’ celebrates Milwaukee; U.S. premier at Oriental Theater on Aug. 22

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MILWAUKEE — Great cities have inspired dozens of memorable films. New York has its “Manhattan,” Rome its “Roman Holiday.” And now Milwaukee has its own cinematic love letter in the form of “Give Me Liberty.” Directed and co-written by Milwaukee transplant and Russian Jewish immigrant Kirill Mikhanovsky, the film follows Vic, a hapless young Russian […]