At Jewish Museum Milwaukee, volunteer docents are doing some of the most important work. One of many trained tour guides, Renice Konik shares information about the museum’s exhibits to visitors. But a docent’s job isn’t just about presenting information; oftentimes, a docent will share their own personal connections to the exhibit, too. As a docent […]
Dana Margolis, a longtime volunteer with Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the observant west side community, has been named director of Women’s Philanthropy. She started part time with the Federation in the director role on July 1. She switches to full time as of Sept. 3, 2019. Beyond her extensive volunteering – which has included board […]
Photos are generally not permitted at Rosh Hashanah services, even at the relatively liberal Congregation Sinai of Fox Point. How this photo came to be, of Jerry and Jim Salinsky each blowing the shofar, with Rabbi David Cohen and Cantor Lauren Phillips between them, will have to remain a mystery of the High Holy Days.
The annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is to include works tied to a smorgasbord of disparate topics – Sigmund Freud, special needs, the origin of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a kidney transplant, Israeli politics, a Nazi occupation, and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Included in the line-up is “Golda’s Balcony, The Film” featuring a […]
Attending high holiday services this year could be as easy as one click of a mouse. Several Milwaukee-area Reform congregations will again be live-streaming their high holiday services this year. The goal is to provide an authentic service to elderly and out-of-town congregants who are unable to attend. Congregation Sinai, Congregation Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El […]
A letter signed by 88 U.S. senators, and promoted in particular by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, calls on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push for the restitution of property for Holocaust victims in Poland. The letter notes that survivors and their families have “found it nearly impossible” to reclaim or seek compensation for property […]
The young woman who made off with another student’s swastika sign is trying to figure out what to do with all that money. Also, what will happen in court? Grae Hosmanek, 19, has raised more than $1,000 to cover her court costs on a GoFundMe page, and a California lawyer has offered to represent her […]
Beth Hillel Temple of Kenosha held a vigil Aug. 10, 2019, as part of a nationwide “Close the Camps” weekend co-sponsored by T’ruah, a New York-based group devoted to “the rabbinic call for human rights.” More than 50 vigils and other events were held around the United States, with encouragement and sponsorship from T’ruah and […]
What is home? Is it where you sleep? Is it where your family is? Or is it, like the song, where your heart is? I never in my life thought I’d have to answer this question at the age of 19, but I have, and I am so satisfied with the answer. During this year […]
reanna West is a former Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle intern and is a 2019 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in sociology.