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My Yom Kippur experience at Mount Everest 

My Yom Kippur experience at Mount Everest 

Posted on: September 23, 2020 | 5 Tishri 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  “Hike your hike!” I love this line and try to live it every time I get on a trail.  So, when a friend asked if I’d like to join a group of people to hike to Everest Base Camp in 2017, “hike your hike” was my response … of course!   Then I found out […]

Mequon native’s novel is on childhood medical condition 

Mequon native’s novel is on childhood medical condition 

Posted on: September 23, 2020 | 5 Tishri 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Mequon native Evan Wolkenstein grew up with a medical condition called micrognathia, which causes his chin to recede into his face. Bullies at school said he looked like a turtle.   Now, he’s published a fictional book inspired by his childhood experience. “Turtle Boy” follows a Jewish seventh grader who struggles with self-image after he’s […]

Do you need a volunteer witness for your absentee ballot? 

Do you need a volunteer witness for your absentee ballot? 

Posted on: September 14, 2020 | 25 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  After receiving the below letter, we reached out to Tikkun Ha-Ir Milwaukee and they say they are ready to send a volunteer to witness a signature on an absentee ballot, from outside a home with social distancing and mask wearing. We have connected Marc Mayerhoff, the letter writer, with that organization. Contact Sam Stein Avner […]

Opinion: Black Lives Matter deserves better 

Posted on: September 14, 2020 | 25 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  I am the mother of four Black Jewish children who were raised in Milwaukee, and I feel compelled to raise my voice in alarm after reading the August edition of the Chronicle.     In the midst of the events of this summer, I have been encouraged as some Jewish leaders and groups here in Wisconsin […]

With help of sound engineer, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun syncs voices 

With help of sound engineer, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun syncs voices 

Posted on: September 14, 2020 | 25 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Cantor David Barash of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is a self-described “digital dinosaur.”   Yet in the past few months, he’s led the creation of choir videos, learned to use a Bluetooth microphone and speaker during remote services, and thought up innovative ways to create a high-quality listening experience for congregants over Zoom.    When Barash […]

Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin’s free food program to continue through 2020 

Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin’s free food program to continue through 2020 

Posted on: September 9, 2020 | 20 Elul 5780 by Rob Golub

  Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin has extended its free food program at least through the rest of 2020, after initially indicating it might have to end on Aug. 30, 2020.   “In normal times, thank God, there are many organizations in the city that deal with physical well–being,” said Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin, executive vice president for Chabad-Lubavitch of […]

Posters exhibit features virtual and in-person options  with Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Posters exhibit features virtual and in-person options with Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Posted on: September 7, 2020 | 18 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  An upcoming exhibit at Jewish Museum Milwaukee includes limited-edition print of posters displayed in an art exhibit preceding President Obama’s first inauguration. That inauguration exhibit, held at a Georgetown gallery in Washington D.C., was called “Manifest Hope: DC.”  The images in the exhibit have also been used on posters at protests in France, Turkey, Greece, Israel […]

Ordained as rabbis during a pandemic, they’re finding a path in rural Wisconsin 

Ordained as rabbis during a pandemic, they’re finding a path in rural Wisconsin 

Posted on: September 7, 2020 | 18 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  In the 1800s, much of organized Reform Judaism was founded at the renowned Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati. It’s where Reform movement co-founder Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise famously made things happen.   In the modern era, it’s in this building that a rabbi lays hands on the shoulders of a rabbinical candidate. In this moment, […]

Northern synagogues are on it – Jewish life continues in Manitowoc, Wausau, Appleton and La Crosse

Northern synagogues are on it – Jewish life continues in Manitowoc, Wausau, Appleton and La Crosse

Posted on: September 3, 2020 | 14 Elul 5780 by Rob Golub

  Synagogues to the north, in Wisconsin’s mid-sized cities, are working to provide their congregants with a vibrant Jewish life.  There’s no uniform playbook. They’re considering their circumstances, making choices and deciding on solutions.   For one synagogue, this can mean selling the synagogue building and renting space from a church. For another, it’s reconsidering affiliation. […]

Julie Schack will be vice president of fundraising 

Julie Schack will be vice president of fundraising 

Posted on: September 3, 2020 | 14 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Julie Schack transitioned from a 25-year career in advertising and marketing to fundraising in the Jewish world—a career she describes as “sales with a soul.”  The four-year executive director of Hillel Milwaukee is taking on the position of vice president of fundraising at Milwaukee Jewish Federation, full time by October. She will be responsible […]