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Herzl Spiro’s memoir explores mental health, Israel and family 

Herzl Spiro’s memoir explores mental health, Israel and family 

Posted on: March 4, 2021 | 20 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Herzl Spiro wanted to bear testimony.  Spiro, a psychiatrist, is an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At 85 years of age, he works full-time in Milwaukee. Last year, Spiro published his first book that is not technical in nature.  “Of Hope” is Spiro’s memoir, published by Balboa Press. The book covers three […]

When JFK was to speak at the JCC 

Posted on: March 4, 2021 | 20 Adar 5781 by WJC Staff

  Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy was scheduled to visit the Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, on March 23, 1960. Media reports at the time indicate he skipped it, for legislative business in Washington.   If media reports were wrong and you were at the JCC in 1960 and saw Kennedy speak, please contact the Chronicle!  […]

Coalition for Jewish Learning organized an exploration of bias 

Coalition for Jewish Learning organized an exploration of bias 

Posted on: March 4, 2021 | 20 Adar 5781 by WJC Staff

  Jewish Community Education Planner Tzipi Altman-Shafer was worried about whether busy teachers would sign up for a three-session night class; she was pleasantly surprised to garner 40 of them.   Teachers are apparently hungry for learning about diversity.   The Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee Jewish Federation held the diversity classes in November and December […]

Diane Zall, Jewish community leader, leads Women’s Philanthropy 

Diane Zall, Jewish community leader, leads Women’s Philanthropy 

Posted on: March 4, 2021 | 20 Adar 5781 by WJC Staff

  Diane Zall, the new director of Women’s Philanthropy of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has a longtime and deep commitment to local Jewish community. Zall started Jan. 25.  She and her husband raised children in the Milwaukee Jewish community, including attendance at Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Zall has served on boards including for MJDS and Milwaukee […]

Commentary: Rep. Jamie Raskin and Jewish resilience 

Posted on: March 2, 2021 | 18 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Could there be anything more anguishing to a parent than the death – and a death by suicide at that – of a child? From my long experience as a psychiatrist, I don’t know what that could be.   How do you, if ever, get over that loss in a productive way? Besides the incalculable […]

My pandemic year: I’ve had time to think … about time. 

Posted on: March 2, 2021 | 18 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  I am approaching the anniversary of my pandemic experience. On the second Friday of March last year, I was in the middle of giving a presentation in my AP psychology class when the anticipated announcement came suddenly over the loudspeakers: “The Whitefish Bay School Board has deliberated over every option … we have met […]

Hillel Milwaukee has new staff

Hillel Milwaukee has new staff

Posted on: March 2, 2021 | 18 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Hillel Milwaukee has seen some staff come and go during the pandemic, and the new four-person office has a common character trait, said Executive Director Deb Fendrich. It’s about initiative.   “This team is very self-starting. We are go-getters. We don’t want for something to come up. We seek it out,” Fendrich said.  The staff […]

Local Jewish studies professor asks Biden about white supremacy 

Local Jewish studies professor asks Biden about white supremacy 

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Professor Joel Berkowitz, who is director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, asked President Joe Biden about “white supremacy and conspiracies that align with it.”   Biden visited Milwaukee in mid-February. At a CNN Town Hall event with Biden at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Feb. […]

People over 60 can audit college classes for free 

People over 60 can audit college classes for free 

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  People over 60 can take college classes for free, and one local resident isn’t letting that opportunity go to waste.  Wisconsin residents over the age of 60 can audit classes at any of the University of Wisconsin’s campuses for free. Auditors sit in on class, but they don’t have to do homework or take […]

Pandemic has changed Passover food drive

Pandemic has changed Passover food drive

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  There are hundreds of people in the Milwaukee Area Jewish Community who rely on the goodwill of others. A decades–long tradition, the Ma’ot Chittim Community-Wide Passover Food Drive has been providing those in need with a Kosher for Passover seder meal.  This year with the effects of the pandemic hurting families, the need for […]