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Volunteers help power Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Volunteers help power Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Posted on: September 12, 2019 | 12 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Longtime community advocate takes director spot

Posted on: September 6, 2019 | 6 Elul 5779 by WJC Staff

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 […]

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

Posted on: September 5, 2019 | 5 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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.

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

Posted on: September 5, 2019 | 5 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Reform synagogues offer live video; It’s not for everyone, but some see benefit

Reform synagogues offer live video; It’s not for everyone, but some see benefit

Posted on: September 3, 2019 | 3 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Sen. Baldwin seeks restitution of Holocaust property in Poland

Posted on: August 27, 2019 | 26 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Open questions for student who grabbed swastika sign

Posted on: August 27, 2019 | 26 Av 5779 by Rob Golub

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 […]

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

Posted on: August 26, 2019 | 25 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

Coming to Milwaukee: The best decision I’ve ever made

Coming to Milwaukee: The best decision I’ve ever made

Posted on: August 26, 2019 | 25 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

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 […]

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

Posted on: August 21, 2019 | 20 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

reanna West is a former Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle intern and is a 2019 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in sociology.