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Program to help families in need gets $155,000 boost

Program to help families in need gets $155,000 boost

Posted on: July 8, 2020 | 16 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

 The Milwaukee Jewish Federation has boosted the local J-Help financial assistance program with a $155,000 infusion, to help families who can’t meet their expenses during the current economic downturn.  J-Help provides temporary and emergency financial assistance to Jews and clients of Jewish Family Services. Total funding for J-Help last year was $90,000.  “No cash ever […]

Milwaukee Jewish Federation predicts food insecurity, plans response

Milwaukee Jewish Federation predicts food insecurity, plans response

Posted on: July 8, 2020 | 16 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Milwaukee Jewish Federation has assessed community needs for some possibly difficult months to come, and it has identified three core issues: unemployment, food insecurity and mental health.  These are predicted to be the top need categories in the future, in part because people’s unemployment benefits are expected to expire and that impacts all three […]

Federation’s local allocations unchanged despite downturn 

Federation’s local allocations unchanged despite downturn 

Posted on: July 8, 2020 | 16 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Milwaukee Jewish Federation, which funds various nonprofits and community efforts, has not changed its local allocations for the 2020-21 fiscal year.  Local annual allocations include more than $165,000 to Wisconsin’s on-campus Hillels and more than $500,000 each for Jewish Family Services and Milwaukee Jewish Day School. The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community […]

After death of George Floyd, local rabbis had a message 

After death of George Floyd, local rabbis had a message 

Posted on: July 5, 2020 | 13 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  When local congregational rabbis wrote or spoke in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, with the nation around them aroused, several thought of the America’s promise, or the notion that everybody counts.  These two themes in local rabbinic statements emerged from a place of horror and passion. Rabbi Joel Alter wrote of Floyd’s death […]

College senior Noah Wolfe takes protests to suburbia 

College senior Noah Wolfe takes protests to suburbia 

Posted on: July 5, 2020 | 13 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Noah Wolfe, a local college student, got started with suburban protesting when he posted a June 6 event to Facebook: “North Shore Justice for George Floyd Peaceful Protest.”  “I created the event on Facebook, just thinking, maybe we’ll get 100 or 200 people,” he said.   Instead, more than 1,500 people showed up to Atwater […]

Chabad mobilizes, offering to feed children for free

Chabad mobilizes, offering to feed children for free

Posted on: July 2, 2020 | 10 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin is providing free kosher food for children. The organization is mobilizing its statewide synagogues and outposts, and tapping government programs, to provide at least 500 breakfasts and lunches daily next week. “The needs are endless,” said Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin, executive vice president for Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin. “You’ve got to start somewhere.” […]

Jews of color to speak at event organized by local Jews 

Jews of color to speak at event organized by local Jews 

Posted on: July 2, 2020 | 10 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

Jews of color will speak at a “Milwaukee Jews for Black Lives Matter Action” event on Milwaukee’s east side on Friday afternoon. The event is the creation of several local Jews, spurred to action by their fellowship with a national Jewish organization.  Anna Goldstein, Ariel Kohll, Nicole Gorelik, Sahar Steiner and Joey Allis are among the […]

Driver cited after parking meter flies into Racine synagogue 

Driver cited after parking meter flies into Racine synagogue 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  A newly released police report shows the driver who damaged Racine’s Beth Israel Sinai Congregation was issued two citations: one for inattentive driving and one for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.   The Racine man was allegedly on his phone when he hit a parking meter, launching it through two panes of glass and […]

How can I get help? How do I stay connected? How do I help? 

How can I get help? How do I stay connected? How do I help? 

Posted on: June 28, 2020 | 6 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Pandemic assistance: Milwaukee Jewish Federation and its partners are here for you.   How can I get help?    Mental health   Jewish Family Services is open. They are available to meet mental health needs for all ages and stages of life.   Call JFS at 414-390-5800.  Visit the JFS website at JFSMilw.org.  Social services, kosher […]

Tikkun Ha-Ir and synagogues take a pledge for racial justice

Tikkun Ha-Ir and synagogues take a pledge for racial justice

Posted on: June 28, 2020 | 6 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Milwaukee social justice organization Tikkun Ha-Ir issued a statement on June 19, pledging to do more to combat racial injustice, co-signed by nine local synagogues and organizations.  The co-signers are Hillel Milwaukee, Congregation Anshe Lebowitz, Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Congregation Shalom, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Lake Park Synagogue […]