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Jewish resources to share, to spread some love, not hate

Jewish resources to share, to spread some love, not hate

Posted on: June 23, 2020 | 1 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

As a Milwaukee librarian, it brings me joy to connect people with resources that help make their lives better. For our print edition’s special section, “Standing Up Against Hate,” I get to do it for love, the opposite of hate. Here are eight Jewish-themed websites, one that includes Jewish content and an Israeli podcast that […]

Interfaith Conference director: Fight hate with understanding

Interfaith Conference director: Fight hate with understanding

Posted on: June 22, 2020 | 30 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee plays an important role at a time of rising antisemitism and other hate crimes in Wisconsin, said Pardeep Singh Kaleka, executive director of the 50-year-old nonprofit organization. The 21 members of the Interfaith Conference are committed to regular dialogue within its leadership committee. They also offer programs designed to […]

Five ways to cope at this strange time

Five ways to cope at this strange time

Posted on: June 18, 2020 | 26 Sivan 5780 by WJC Staff

We’ve heard it so many times. It’s a strange time. Historic. But down on the ground, in the nitty-gritty, it’s not just history but life. Social isolation, business closings, loss of contact with loved ones and the absence of our usual activities are a recipe for grief.

Former resettlement client now leads Jewish Family Services

Former resettlement client now leads Jewish Family Services

Posted on: June 17, 2020 | 25 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Jewish Family Services has been an anchor in Olga Vaynshtok’s life. Through the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Vaynshtok relocated from St. Petersburg, Russia in 1991 with her son and was resettled by JFS. Her husband, Sam, had already moved to the Milwaukee area in 1989. Her husband’s family had a close friend in southeastern Wisconsin […]

Bishop Sklba, local Catholic leader, hopes we can find peace

Bishop Sklba, local Catholic leader, hopes we can find peace

Posted on: June 16, 2020 | 24 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Bishop Richard Sklba was dismayed to find “a lovely teacher” in Jerusalem in 1964 who was afraid of priests. This was 51 years before the Vatican issued a statement that Jews do not need to be converted to find salvation, and that Catholics should work with Jews to fight antisemitism. That’s exactly what Sklba has […]

Tasse is new director for Jewish Community Relations Council

Tasse is new director for Jewish Community Relations Council

Posted on: June 15, 2020 | 23 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Jenny Tasse’s work is, in large part, the fight against antisemitism. What motivates her is the antisemitic experiences of her maternal grandparents in Wisconsin. “They were never physically targeted for their faith, to my knowledge, but they both recounted incidents of discrimination and verbal harassment in their youth and even to a degree in their […]

Milwaukee Jewish Federation provides community resources

Milwaukee Jewish Federation provides community resources

Posted on: June 12, 2020 | 20 Sivan 5780 by WJC Staff

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation and its partner agencies have been working remotely throughout the Safer At Home order to provide resources and social services to meet the needs of the Milwaukee Jewish community as it continues to deal with the pandemic and navigate reopening. One of the resources that the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has put […]

Everyone’s making #ChallahFromHome

Everyone’s making #ChallahFromHome

Posted on: June 12, 2020 | 20 Sivan 5780 by Rob Golub

ChallahFromHome has spread all over social media. This Shabbat will only be the 11th #ChallahFromHome, but it already feels like an enduring institution. The digital world is now filled with pictures of challah accom- panied by the Milwaukee-born #ChallahFromHome hashtag. Clicking on the hashtag leads Internet users to tons of people who are making Challah […]

First Person: Shabbat, with company and without

First Person: Shabbat, with company and without

Posted on: June 10, 2020 | 18 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The smell of freshly brewed vegetable soup. The vibrant colors of roasted purple, orange and white potatoes. The soft challah with chocolate chips sprinkled on top. These are my favorite nights: Shabbat. While I was home during my spring break – which was extended for two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic – I would […]

First Person: My college graduation during a pandemic

First Person: My college graduation during a pandemic

Posted on: June 10, 2020 | 18 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Sunday, May 15, was going to be a day to celebrate, a day to be giddy and a day to relax. Graduation. I was supposed to be in that white sundress, with my nails done, pearly whites out smiling because it was going to be one of the happiest moments of my life. It’s almost […]