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What I learned about Holocaust education (and myself) while in Europe  

What I learned about Holocaust education (and myself) while in Europe  

Posted on: June 11th, 2024 | 5 Sivan 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

In April, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s mission to Poland and Hungary, in collaboration with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and alongside 30 incredible community leaders. The theme of our trip was Rediscovery, Resilience, and Reflection, and this mission brought us to ghettos, […]

Letter from a Gen-Z Jew: I see the rise in antisemitism

Letter from a Gen-Z Jew: I see the rise in antisemitism

Posted on: June 11th, 2024 | 5 Sivan 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

In late March, I joined my boyfriend on a cross-country road trip as he decided where to attend graduate school. We paid attention to the usual criteria — best academics, employment outcomes, and cost of living — to narrow down which school would be the best fit. But, at the top of my mind this […]

IN PICTURES: Yom HaShoah commemoration 

IN PICTURES: Yom HaShoah commemoration 

Posted on: June 10th, 2024 | 4 Sivan 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

Holocaust scholar Danny M. Cohen, Ph.D, spoke on Holocaust history and memory. Cohen is a distinguished professor of instruction at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. The Yom HaShoah commemoration on May 5, at the JCC, was co-chaired by Felicia Miller and Leo Kleiner. 

IN PICTURES: Huge crowd for Walk for Israel  

IN PICTURES: Huge crowd for Walk for Israel  

Posted on: June 10th, 2024 | 4 Sivan 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

For Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, hundreds of people walked from the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, through Whitefish Bay, on May 19. Photos by Rob Golub.  

IN PICTURES: Victims of terror, soldiers remembered

IN PICTURES: Victims of terror, soldiers remembered

Posted on: June 10th, 2024 | 4 Sivan 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

It was standing room only on May 13, 2024, at the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, when the community came together for Yom HaZikaron. The annual local Yom HaZikaron commemoration honors Israel’s victims of terror and fallen soldiers and veterans of the Israel Defense Forces and other […]

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch stepping away

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch stepping away

Posted on: June 6th, 2024 | 29 Iyyar 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch’s title will soon be followed by the word “emeritus,” but he doesn’t view that transition as his retirement. Rather, Biatch said, he is “concluding and progressing.” On June 30, Biatch will finish his tenure as the rabbi for Temple Beth El in Madison, a Reform congregation serving about 600 households. Biatch has […]

A difficult school year, with hope and gratitude 

A difficult school year, with hope and gratitude 

Posted on: June 6th, 2024 | 29 Iyyar 5784 by Special to the Chronicle

I accepted the job as executive director of Hillel Milwaukee just over a year ago because of my passion for Jewish learning, my love of building supportive Jewish communities, and my desire to have an impact on the future of Judaism by strengthening the next generation of Jewish leaders. And though Zionism and a love […]

Many UW-Madison students were not enthusiastic for encampment, according to peers

Many UW-Madison students were not enthusiastic for encampment, according to peers

Posted on: June 6th, 2024 | 29 Iyyar 5784 by Rob Golub

After Oct. 7, Jewish students at University of Wisconsin-Madison found themselves acting as ambassadors for the Jewish people.  Many times, their non-Jewish, not-involved friends on campus asked them to explain what was going on in Israel and Gaza. Jewish students gave their best answers, but in these kinds of conversations, they also learned something. The […]

Antisemitic campus protests boiled over, but they only strengthened Jewish pride at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Antisemitic campus protests boiled over, but they only strengthened Jewish pride at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted on: June 6th, 2024 | 29 Iyyar 5784 by Rob Golub

The encampment at University of Wisconsin-Madison, laced with anti-Israel and anti-Jewish slogans, was painful, even frightening. Yet if it’s possible to imagine a silver lining, it was the Jewish pride on campus.  “The rallies that we’ve had, and being together, has been so powerful and meaningful,” said Ariana Rosenfeld, who is entering her junior year […]

After making encampment deal that outraged Jewish Milwaukee, UWM chancellor apologized – for weighing in

After making encampment deal that outraged Jewish Milwaukee, UWM chancellor apologized – for weighing in

Posted on: June 4th, 2024 | 27 Iyyar 5784 by Rob Golub

When Chancellor Mark Mone of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee released the text of an agreement with encampment protesters, it immediately angered and disturbed much of the Milwaukee Jewish community.  Nine days later, on May 21, Mone apologized for discussing geopolitical issues but not for the agreement’s content. The agreement was not withdrawn.  Then, Hillel Milwaukee and […]