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At Rufus King, Wisconsin is united in love

At Rufus King, Wisconsin is united in love

Posted on: November 4, 2019 | 6 Heshvan 5780 by Rob Golub

MILWAUKEE –  At Rufus King International High School, Jewish students, Muslim students and others are working together for mutual understanding. They do so through a school club called Wisconsin United in Love. It’s a club that would be a good model for other schools, according to Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Hours Against Hate program coordinator, Andrea Bernstein. She’s […]

Five things to know about the first female rabbi

Posted on: November 4, 2019 | 6 Heshvan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Ask most Jews where and when the world’s first female rabbi was ordained, and they may guess 1970s America. But they’d be off by four decades and a continent. The first woman rabbi was not Sally Priesand, ordained by the Reform movement in 1972, but Regina Jonas, who earned the title in 1935 in Berlin. […]

Local mental health event for masculine-identifying teens

Local mental health event for masculine-identifying teens

Posted on: November 1, 2019 | 3 Heshvan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

BBYO-Wisconsin Region is hosting a free event devoted to the wellness of masculine-identifying teens on Sunday, Nov. 17. This event, MENtal Health, is not only open to masculine-identifying teens, but also their parents, other adult loved ones and youth professionals. MENtal Health will be facilitated by mental health professionals. The program aims to recognize the […]

Grief group held on Wednesdays

Posted on: November 1, 2019 | 3 Heshvan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road in Fox Point, will be the site of a grief support group on Wednesdays from Nov. 6 to Nov. 27, noon-1 p.m. Jewish Family Services sponsors the group, which is facilitated by clinical professionals. Drop-ins are welcome. The sessions are free. After Nov. 27, the sessions will move […]

At OSRUI, you get to put electronics aside

At OSRUI, you get to put electronics aside

Posted on: October 30, 2019 | 1 Heshvan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

At OSRUI, the Reform movement overnight camp in Oconomowoc, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cell phone over the summer. “We are screen free,” said Director Solly Kane of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. “Campers are allowed to have a music player if it just displays the name of the song.” Kane […]

Award-winning Mandy Patinkin ‘never had a plan’

Award-winning Mandy Patinkin ‘never had a plan’

Posted on: October 30, 2019 | 1 Heshvan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mandy Patinkin, 66, in advance of his performance at the Riverside Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as part of his North American tour, “Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries.” The event is offered locally by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Tickets are available at PabstTheater.org. […]

Dr. Moffic’s ABCs of aging well (Jewishly)

Posted on: October 7, 2019 | 8 Tishri 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

We are in the midst of our High Holy Days. That often means some increased anxiety about whether we will again be put into the “Book of Life.” For the elderly like myself, death feels more imminent. How, then, to age as well as possible given the opportunity to do so, and is there anything […]

Kosher meals on wheels benefits seniors, others

Posted on: October 7, 2019 | 8 Tishri 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Kevin Boland would not be able to sleep at night if he knew a veteran was looking for a kosher meal and couldn’t get one. “They deserve that,” said Boland, who is the director of social services at Milwaukee-based Jewish Family Services.  The agency offers a number of programs to support members of the community […]

As Deborah E. Lipstadt’s career shifts, she’s set to speak here

As Deborah E. Lipstadt’s career shifts, she’s set to speak here

Posted on: October 4, 2019 | 5 Tishri 5780 by Rob Golub

Deborah E. Lipstadt was working mainly as a Holocaust historian, until everything went haywire. With the worldwide resurgence in antisemtism, life has pointed her in a new and unexpected direction. She’s now a foremost antimsemitsm explainer. She’s getting constant interview and speaking requests from all over the world, she said, rattling off appointments with the […]

Winter coat drive for migrants. Yes, winter coats.

Posted on: October 2, 2019 | 3 Tishri 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

When Rabbi Emeritus Ron Shapiro at Congregation Shalom gave a recent Friday night sermon on life near the border, after he visited down south, it inspired congregant Nina Edelman. This struck Edelman and she has organized a local High Holy Day winter coat drive for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Yes, winter coats. Working with […]