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Rachael Badt is leaving BBYO-Wisconsin Region 

Rachael Badt is leaving BBYO-Wisconsin Region 

Posted on: August 2, 2021 | 24 Av 5781 by Rob Golub

  Rachael Badt, the senior regional director of BBYO—Wisconsin Region, is leaving after 16 years.   In that time, she has worked to build relationships with teens, advisors and stakeholders with programming for the Jewish community.  “Leaving is bittersweet. It’s been an amazing 16 years. They’ve flown by,” said Badt, whose next move is executive director […]

Star of David stone found in Kenosha 

Star of David stone found in Kenosha 

Posted on: August 2, 2021 | 24 Av 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Kenosha has a mystery on its hands after a stone inscribed with the Star of David was discovered near the campus of Carthage College in April.    Amy Kehl, a resident of Somers in Kenosha County, noticed the stone along the lakeshore north of the campus while on a walk.   “I noticed it so quickly […]

D’Var Torah: Hillel the elder – ‘Do not separate yourself from the community’ 

D’Var Torah: Hillel the elder – ‘Do not separate yourself from the community’ 

Posted on: August 2, 2021 | 24 Av 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  I stepped up to the bimah at Congregation Sons of Abraham here in La Crosse exactly two years ago. My first year was engaged in getting to know the people, the families, the history and the seasonal rhythms of this warm and loving community.  My predecessor – the esteemed Rabbi Simcha Prombaum – had […]

Deborah Lipstadt is Biden’s pick for antisemitism envoy 

Deborah Lipstadt is Biden’s pick for antisemitism envoy 

Posted on: July 30, 2021 | 21 Av 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  President Joe Biden is set to nominate Deborah Lipstadt, the Emory University Holocaust historian, to be the State Department’s antisemitism envoy, according to media reports.  The White House alerted top Biden supporters of the pick, which has been expected for weeks, on Thursday night, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned.  Lipstadt is perhaps best […]

Madison chancellor apologizes for Rosh Hashanah conflict 

Madison chancellor apologizes for Rosh Hashanah conflict 

Posted on: July 20, 2021 | 11 Av 5781 by Rob Golub

  The University of Wisconsin-Madison sent emails to parents, students and staff on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, expressing regret for the school’s scheduling conflict with Rosh Hashanah.  “This is an overlap which we should have identified when schedules were being set,” wrote Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank. “Our process didn’t work in this instance and for […]

Jewish Community Relations Council meets in an era of discord and rising antisemitism

Posted on: July 7, 2021 | 27 Tammuz 5781 by Rob Golub

   Toxic polarization “stops being ideas and starts being about our identities,” said Rabbi Sam Englender, speaking at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Annual Meeting. It’s something to try to eliminate, he said.  The Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation held its annual meeting June 17, with Englender as a speaker. The meeting […]

Shaked Ram says goodbye to Hillel Milwaukee 

Shaked Ram says goodbye to Hillel Milwaukee 

Posted on: July 7, 2021 | 27 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Hillel Milwaukee Executive Director Deb Fendrich laments the departure of a good friend.  Marquette University graduate Amanda Krahn said she feels like she is losing a sister.  Both say that Shaked Ram, a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, has made a lasting impact on college-age and young adult Jews in Milwaukee. Her exit last month […]

CBS 58’s Scott Grodsky is living the dream 

CBS 58’s Scott Grodsky is living the dream 

Posted on: July 6, 2021 | 26 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Scott Grodsky had an epiphany at work one day.  “Yesterday, I was at the Bucks-Nets game, and I’m realizing … ‘I’m getting paid to be here’,” Grodsky, a sportscaster, said in May. “‘This is my job. This is work. This is one of the hottest tickets in Milwaukee.’”  As an anchor and reporter for […]

Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color 

Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color 

Posted on: July 6, 2021 | 26 Tammuz 5781 by Rob Golub

   Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color, helping them get to know one another and informing the larger community.   “Edot Midwest is a collaboration of different Jews of color who are leaders in their communities,” said Chelsea Cross, a spokesperson for the Milwaukee chapter. “The organization is really focused on bringing Jews […]

Remote journalism internship for 2021 school year

Posted on: July 6, 2021 | 26 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is offering a remote journalism internship for college students. The Chronicle has one opening for fall 2021. Full-time jobs and other internships often require or prefer previous professional experience. The Chronicle internship is designed to provide you with a good rung on that ladder. You will publish work samples that […]