Arts & Culture

The goal is coffee shops and treats – this active local couple is enjoying many hobbies 

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  Renice Konik and Jim Kramlinger of Mequon are making the most of life, and they are having fun while doing it.   The couple is active both physically and mentally, a lifestyle that keeps the seniors “vibrant,” in Jim’s own words.   After five years of marriage, it seems that Jim could not have chosen a […]

Chef José Andrés: We must work together – International food activist spoke at Economic Forum 

Chef José Andrés: We must work together – International food activist spoke at Economic Forum 

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  Chef José Andrés, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based World Central Kitchen, told Milwaukee in June that the pandemic has shown us we must push past our differences and work together.   “You may be a Republican or you may be a Democrat. You may be Jewish or you may be Muslim. At the end, we […]

A Wider Bridge has a new flag 

A Wider Bridge has a new flag 

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A Wider Bridge, an organization that works to promote LGBTQ equality in Israel, as well as the equality of Israel in LGBTQ communities, announced its new Jewish pride flag in June.   This flag replaces A Wider Bridge’s previous pride flag, which featured a rainbow pride flag with a white Star of David. The new flag […]

‘At the End of the World, Turn Left’ … Soviet immigrant Zhanna Slor’s novel considers Russian-Jewish identity 

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  Zhanna Slor, a 34-year-old Soviet émigré, is far from being religious, as are many contemporary Russian Jews. Yet she writes about a spectrum of Russian-Jewish identity in her new Milwaukee-set book: “At the End of the World, Turn Left.”  The book is a literary mystery set during the 2008 recession. It weaves together the […]

Liza’s Book Corner: ‘No Day Without Torah’

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Our monthly recommendation from local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer … ‘No Day Without Torah: The Story of Rabbi Meir Shapiro and the Daf Yomi’ K-4 to 5th grade. Illustrated by Dena Ackerman, published by Menucha  This beautifully narrated and inspiring story has detailed illustrations that will engage young readers. It highlights the incredible way Rabbi Meir […]

Stars for Charities helps nonprofits hire celebrities for fundraising events  

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  GRAFTON — In the nonprofit world, getting a big name for a fundraising event can often be the difference between collecting a little money or a lot of money your cause.    Stars for Charities was launched to help Wisconsin nonprofits get those big names. Jim Kacmarcik, owner of K-Nation Entertainment, a production and booking […]

Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit is on art commissioned by the government during hard times 

Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit is on art commissioned by the government during hard times 

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  From the Great Depression to the Great Lockdown, the economic parallels between the two cataclysmic events are undeniable. An exhibit that commemorates the Jewish artists of the Works Progress Adminstration, the most ambitious American New Deal agency, seems timely and relevant, said Molly Dubin, curator for the original installation at Jewish Museum Milwaukee.  The […]

Deli on the Crown is open – Mequon restaurant offers New York style food 

Deli on the Crown is open – Mequon restaurant offers New York style food 

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  MEQUON – One reality of keeping glatt kosher in a world that mostly doesn’t is a very limited selection of options for dining out. That selection recently expanded by one with the opening of The Deli on the Crown at the Joseph and Rebecca Peltz Center for Jewish Life.  Rabbi Moshe and Sheina Luchins […]

Liza’s Book Corner – Picture book: “The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine”  

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A monthly recommendation from local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer … Picture book: “The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine.” Writing by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Lisa Anchin, published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. This is a great introduction to viruses and vaccinations and the impact Dr. Jonas Salk had on […]

Student pioneers helped get Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board off the ground in 2017

Student pioneers helped get Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board off the ground in 2017

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Lauren Glusman of River Hills doesn’t remember the particulars of the Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board application she filled out just before her freshman year in high school, nearly four years ago. But she vividly recalls the feelings it provoked. “It was a very reflective application, so it allowed me to really internalize who I […]

At least two entertainment centers are open 

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  Many local entertainment centers are still not open for public gatherings, but at least two say they are ready for b’nei mitzvahs and other celebrations. They are still taking precautions even as the pandemic shows signs of subsiding.  “We’re an adventure park so there’s a lot of frequently touched surfaces,” said Michelle Ferretta, spokeswoman […]

Broadway ‘Hamilton’ star to perform for cancer  

Broadway ‘Hamilton’ star to perform for cancer  

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  Mandy Gonzalez, 42, a California bat mitzvah girl who grew up to stand in line for New York City casting calls, is now cancer free.  But it hasn’t always been that way. She endured chemotherapy while performing in “Hamilton” – as Angelica Schuyler on Broadway in New York City – until she couldn’t. Her […]

For Mother’s Day: Memories of mom are forever tied to ‘Chia’s Fish’ 

For Mother’s Day: Memories of mom are forever tied to ‘Chia’s Fish’ 

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  There is a beautiful Yiddish expression, Ein mama dergreykht mer vi a hundert lerers, which translates as “One mother achieves more than a hundred teachers.”  I was my mom’s (OBM) best pupil. I loved to learn from her and she loved to teach me. Our time together was priceless but as her health began […]

RUACH presents virtual violinist  

RUACH presents virtual violinist  

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  RUACH, a Milwaukee-based Jewish arts and music organization, is presenting “Jewish Voices,” a high-quality virtual presentation by French violinist Arnaud Sussmann.  The presentation combines about 60 minutes of Holocaust-inspired recital with a brief personal and educational discussion based on Sussmann’s grandfather’s experience in the Shoah.   A live post-concert question and answer session with Sussmann […]

Liza’s Book Corner: ‘A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir’ 

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This is our monthly recommendation from local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer … “A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir” By Lev Galinkin. Published by Doubleday. For young adults and adults  This is a harrowing, edge-of-your-seat memoir written by Lev Galinkin about his family’s challenging and inspiring journey out of the USSR to the United States in the […]