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Happy staff, happy campers

Posted on: February 20th, 2024 | 11 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

A study grounded in research involving the Foundation for Jewish Camp has found a key to increased well-being at camp, something sorely needed for today’s post-pandemic campers, according to a news release.  The study suggests that increased staff well-being and feelings of support are related to increased youth well-being at camp. The study was published […]

Gan Ami Early Childhood Education says the field ‘chose her’

Gan Ami Early Childhood Education says the field ‘chose her’

Posted on: February 20th, 2024 | 11 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

Shelly Eiland, educator of 3- and 4-year-olds at Gan Ami Early Childhood Education in Whitefish Bay, was going to school for social work when she decided to switch to a career in early education.   Twenty-five years later, Eiland is still loving the profession that she said “chose her.” While attending class at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee […]

Camp Young Judaea Midwest is connected with nature, Israel 

Camp Young Judaea Midwest is connected with nature, Israel 

Posted on: February 20th, 2024 | 11 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

In her new role as camp director of Camp Young Judaea Midwest since November 2022, Rabbi Hannah Wallick, formerly of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, works year-round recruiting campers, hiring staff, and building the program calendar. All of these separate puzzle pieces ar meant to contribute to making sure camp feels magical.   Although her daughter attended Camp […]

Liza Wiemer’s monthly recommendation: Illustrations of India by Siona Benjamin

Liza Wiemer’s monthly recommendation: Illustrations of India by Siona Benjamin

Posted on: February 20th, 2024 | 11 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

The Blue Butterfly of Cochin, by Ariana Mizrahi, illustrated by Siona Benjamin, published by Kalaniot Books  In this important and touching picture book, Mizrahi shares the history of Jews from Cochin, India, highlighting their magnificent ancient synagogue and the Jewish community’s traditions. As the Cochin Jews get ready to move to the land of Israel, […]

Josh Nankin joined religious pilgrimage to Ukraine, after bout with addiction 

Josh Nankin joined religious pilgrimage to Ukraine, after bout with addiction 

Posted on: February 20th, 2024 | 11 Adar I 5784 by Rob Golub

Josh Nankin does not flinch from telling his story: He grew up in Milwaukee, was enmeshed with Jewish life here, went out into the world, and fell into the dark pit of a terrible addiction. Then his marriage “fell apart,” he said.  But now, thanks to a strain of Jewish thinking called “Breslov,” he’s feeling […]

IN PICTURES: Choosing abundance  

Posted on: February 14th, 2024 | 5 Adar I 5784 by Rob Golub

Cantor Berman to receive lifetime impact award 

Posted on: February 14th, 2024 | 5 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

For decades, Congregation Shalom Cantor Karen Berman had her hand in education, from teaching music to coordinating and teaching the synagogue’s b’nai mitzvah tutorial program.  For her work, Berman will receive the 2024 Salute to Jewish Educators Lifetime Impact Award.   The award ceremony will be held at Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center […]

What’s Nu? February 2024 

Posted on: February 14th, 2024 | 5 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

Chancellor from controversy is fired  A Wisconsin university chancellor who resisted scheduling classes to accommodate religion, after a Rosh Hashanah scheduling controversy, has been fired for appearing in pornographic videos.  The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow declined to consider religion in class scheduling after the head of the state Board of Regents asked […]

Wisconsin-born playwright brings “The Chosen” to Milwaukee  

Wisconsin-born playwright brings “The Chosen” to Milwaukee  

Posted on: February 14th, 2024 | 5 Adar I 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

“The Chosen,” the story of a pair of Jewish boys growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, began life as a novel by Chaim Potok, first published in 1967. It was adapted into a movie in 1981 and then, in 1999, Aaron Posner worked with Potok to turn it into a stage play.   That play […]

Wohlfeiler Memorial Scholarship Fund supports college scholarships for high school students, emphasizing immigrant families

Wohlfeiler Memorial Scholarship Fund supports college scholarships for high school students, emphasizing immigrant families

Posted on: February 9th, 2024 | 30 Shevat 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

A child who grows up in a Jewish home will typically get the message that getting a good education is key. My parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, who survived the atrocities of World War II, and the emphasis on education was more than key. It was of utmost importance!   If I brought home a […]