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Shorewood eruv could be done soon

Shorewood eruv could be done soon

Posted on: April 2, 2020 | 8 Nisan 5780 by Melissa Taylor

A new eruv for the Milwaukee area could be completed soon, bringing to fruition a project that has been about 30 years in the making. The new eruv will serve the east side of the Milwaukee region; it is primarily in Shorewood but will also cover portions of Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay. It generally will […]

Don’t forget! You have until Thursday at 5 p.m. to request absentee ballot

Don’t forget! You have until Thursday at 5 p.m. to request absentee ballot

Posted on: April 1, 2020 | 7 Nisan 5780 by Rob Golub

Are you a Wisconsinite who would like to vote in the presidential primary and the state Supreme Court race? You can ask to have an absentee ballot mailed to you until Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m.   To request your ballot, visit MyVote.Wi.Gov. Many municipalities have made absentee voting by appointment available, too. Contact your city or village clerk for more information.  If you would like to request […]

Making a newspaper during a pandemic

Making a newspaper during a pandemic

Posted on: April 1, 2020 | 7 Nisan 5780 by WJC Staff

MILWAUKEE — This month’s print edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle was produced with both safety and responsibility in mind. “We have a duty. We have a responsibility to operate,” said Tony Smithson, Regional Director of Printing Operations for APG Printing Solutions, which prints the Chronicle in Janesville. APG Printing Solutions is in the niche […]

Brian and Sami Avner don’t know if they’ve had the virus 

Brian and Sami Avner don’t know if they’ve had the virus 

Posted on: March 29, 2020 | 4 Nisan 5780 by Rob Golub

  A pair of local Jewish professionals, with young children, are part of a growing category of American life – people who aren’t sure if they’ve had the coronavirus.  Brian and Sami have exhibited mild symptoms associated with the virus, but they haven’t been tested. They’ve spoken with medical professionals and have been advised to seek in-person treatment only if fevers rise above […]

Our self-imposed quarantine story

Our self-imposed quarantine story

Posted on: March 27, 2020 | 2 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

If we have learned anything so far about the coronavirus, it is that things are changing very quickly. I do not know if what I am writing will still be relevant when you read it, and yet, I have been asked to share my story. I hope it is helpful to some of you.

Summerfest conflicts with Rosh Hashanah

Summerfest conflicts with Rosh Hashanah

Posted on: March 26, 2020 | 1 Nisan 5780 by Rob Golub

  The new dates for Summerfest conflict with Rosh Hashanah, which starts Sept. 18, 2020. Summerfest had been scheduled for early summer, as usual, but due to the coronavirus it has been rescheduled to Sept. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19, 2020. “We certainly don’t take the dates lightly by any means,” said Milwaukee World Festival Board […]

Largest synagogue calls all congregants, remakes website 

Largest synagogue calls all congregants, remakes website 

Posted on: March 19, 2020 | 23 Adar 5780 by Rob Golub

  Congregation Shalom, the largest synagogue in Wisconsin with about 900 families, hopes to call every congregant by the end of next week. Meanwhile, it today changed much of its website to a Covid-19 presentation.  “We’re calling every congregant to see how they’re doing and identify their needs,” said Rabbi Noah Chertkoff. The rabbis, cantor, executive director and director of synagogue relations are […]

Large JCC convention scheduled for Milwaukee in May is canceled 

Large JCC convention scheduled for Milwaukee in May is canceled 

Posted on: March 18, 2020 | 22 Adar 5780 by Rob Golub

  MILWAUKEE – JSummit, the largest gathering of Jewish Community Center leaders in North America, had been scheduled for May 3-5 in Milwaukee this year. It has been canceled.   JSummit, a conference formerly known as the Biennial, was to be held May 3-5 in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center. Jewish Milwaukee had been involved with planning tours for visitors, providing kosher meals and more.  […]

Jewish community center temporarily closes

Jewish community center temporarily closes

Posted on: March 14, 2020 | 18 Adar 5780 by WJC Staff

In response to the community spread of the coronavirus, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center will temporarily close all JCC buildings starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, with a scheduled reopening on April 17. The decision to close JCC facilities was difficult, according to Joe Kasle, JCC Board Chairman. “We’re […]

Milwaukee Jewish Day School cancels in-person classes

Milwaukee Jewish Day School cancels in-person classes

Posted on: March 13, 2020 | 17 Adar 5780 by Rob Golub

  Milwaukee Jewish Day School is temporarily halting in-person classes, replacing them with an “extended distance learning plan,” starting Monday, March 16, 2020.  The current plan is for a return to classes on Monday, April 20.  “As this is a dynamic situation, our return date may change and we will communicate all changes as they occur,” the school wrote in a […]