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First Person: There’s a worm in my bed and it must be 2020

First Person: There’s a worm in my bed and it must be 2020

Posted on: May 26, 2020 | 3 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The other night, I found a large bottle of Lysol in my bed. This is not some fringe COVID-19 disinfectant method (that I know of!). No, someone in my family tucked the Lysol down at the foot of my bed as a prank. Seven weeks (eight? four hundred?) into Gov. Tony Evers’s “Safer at Home” […]

Jewish-themed bobbleheads are what we need

Jewish-themed bobbleheads are what we need

Posted on: May 20, 2020 | 26 Iyyar 5780 by WJC Staff

Stressed out? We have an antidote for that: Jewish-themed bobbleheads, courtesy of Phil Sklar, co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Milwaukee. These bobbleheads are all in the museum collection, said Sklar, who is a member of Congregation Shalom. The museum produced two of them, Rabbi Shapiro and […]

Levy family steps in to fund Jewish educator award

Levy family steps in to fund Jewish educator award

Posted on: May 14, 2020 | 20 Iyyar 5780 by WJC Staff

The Levy family of Brookfield has stepped in to fill a void at the Coalition for Jewish Learning, agreeing to co-sponsor the CJL’s Jewish Educator of the Year award. It was to be presented at the organization’s annual Salute to Jewish Educators on March 15, but the coronavirus forced a postponement to a date not […]

How to work without everyone right there

How to work without everyone right there

Posted on: May 11, 2020 | 17 Iyyar 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

For those now working from home, the coronavirus pandemic has completely upended daily life. This can mean more than just finishing work tasks from the comfort of home – it involves adapting to a new normal, especially for so many whose workspaces might now be populated with children, family members, or temptations to exchange to-do […]

At Kenco Label & Tag, the story is also Jewish

At Kenco Label & Tag, the story is also Jewish

Posted on: April 30, 2020 | 6 Iyyar 5780 by Rob Golub

The story about Kenco Label & Tag in the secular media is real. The company developed a face shield that the user can stick onto other items protecting the head and face. Kenco came up with this after speaking with a local neurosurgeon about the discomfort of wearing a face shield stuck to an elastic […]

Members of local Jewish community churning out masks from home

Members of local Jewish community churning out masks from home

Posted on: April 28, 2020 | 4 Iyyar 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The bumble bees on Cecilia Parkes’ handsewn masks are a child favorite at Children’s Wisconsin. The Jewish sophomore at Nicolet High School is voluntarily making and donating masks for workers in essential services like those at the Children’s Wisconsin hospital. “The bumble bees are her signature,” said Jenni Goldbaum, who works in occupational therapy at […]

Commentary: Love in the time of coronavirus

Commentary: Love in the time of coronavirus

Posted on: April 21, 2020 | 27 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera” has been on my mind this past week. Set in South America (some say Colombia) near the turn of the 20th century, the novel concerns a series of fraught relationships between its protagonists, one of whom is a doctor who aims to eradicate the disease. While […]

First Person: Our dollars make an impact in Israel

First Person: Our dollars make an impact in Israel

Posted on: April 21, 2020 | 27 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Milwaukee Jewish Federation giving supports not just the Jewish community of Milwaukee but and around the world. Living here, it can be hard to feel connected to this philanthropy. One of the responsibilities of the Federation’s Israel and Overseas Committee is to help our community feel the impact of these dollars. Each year, volunteer leaders […]

Revealed, from boxes in the attic

Revealed, from boxes in the attic

Posted on: April 20, 2020 | 26 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

My uncle, Oscar Shansky, died 22 years ago. He grew up in Milwaukee, one of four children of Frank and Ida Shansky, both from Cohanim parents, who emigrated from Belarus, Russia, in the early 1900s. Oscar, like his parents, was a lifelong member of Congregation Anshai Lebowitz. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – […]

Life at Home: Ten things to do with family

Life at Home: Ten things to do with family

Posted on: April 13, 2020 | 19 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The novel coronavirus pandemic is providing families with time together. Why not use some time for Jewish activities? Here are 10 Jewish things you can do together during your time at hom 1. Once Passover is over, bake challah together. There is nothing like challah fresh from the oven. Once you try homemade, you may […]