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Madison victim of hate  identifies as culturally Jewish

Madison victim of hate identifies as culturally Jewish

Posted on: June 26, 2020 | 4 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  Madison 18-year-old Althea Bernstein, who was reportedly set on fire by a white man, identifies as culturally Jewish, according to a family spokesperson.  The Madison Police Department is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Bernstein is a biracial African American, according to family spokesman Michael Johnson. The family identifies as both culturally Jewish […]

COVID-19: Conflicting data, difficult decisions 

COVID-19: Conflicting data, difficult decisions 

Posted on: June 25, 2020 | 3 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  My reflections as the president of a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Milwaukee.  The world around us continues to be driven by the devastation resulting from the COVID-19, both in terms of illness and death, as well as economic instability.   The past several weeks have also seen demonstrations around the nation following the murder of George Floyd. […]

Interfaith Conference director: Fight hate with understanding

Interfaith Conference director: Fight hate with understanding

Posted on: June 22, 2020 | 30 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee plays an important role at a time of rising antisemitism and other hate crimes in Wisconsin, said Pardeep Singh Kaleka, executive director of the 50-year-old nonprofit organization. The 21 members of the Interfaith Conference are committed to regular dialogue within its leadership committee. They also offer programs designed to […]

One local Muslim’s mission: Understanding

One local Muslim’s mission: Understanding

Posted on: June 22, 2020 | 30 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

If we want to “Stand Up Against Hate,” as this newspaper implores, Fatih Harpci has a way. Harpci, a religious studies professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, works mutual understanding into his teaching. In his free time, the practicing Muslim promotes interfaith dialogue by meeting with churches, Jewish groups and others.

How to report antisemitic incidents

How to report antisemitic incidents

Posted on: June 19, 2020 | 27 Sivan 5780 by WJC Staff

MILWAUKEE — These are guidelines for reporting antisemitic incidents, from the Jewish Community Relations Council, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Guidelines for reporting antisemitic incidents What is considered antisemitic activity? Antisemitic activity includes overt acts of expressions of anti-Jewish bigotry and hostility. Many incidents are not crimes. Activity can generally be categorized as follows: […]

Hazzan Rozansky heals body and soul

Hazzan Rozansky heals body and soul

Posted on: June 18, 2020 | 26 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

This physical therapist is also a cantor. Michele “Mimi” Rozansky knew from age 14 that her life’s work would be in the healing arts. In 1980, the Milwaukee native earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned to her hometown to work with children living with severe neurological challenges. In […]

‘The Jew in the light’ …  archives reveals Milwaukee’s historic struggles with antisemitism

‘The Jew in the light’ … archives reveals Milwaukee’s historic struggles with antisemitism

Posted on: June 17, 2020 | 25 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

MILWAUKEE — In the 2004 novel “The Plot Against America,” Jewish author Philip Roth weaves an alternate history of 1940s America — one in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt is defeated in the 1940 election by famed aviator and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh. The unexpected result eventually leads to Jews being persecuted across the country. […]

Grafton library remains a complex symbol of hate, patriotism

Grafton library remains a complex symbol of hate, patriotism

Posted on: June 16, 2020 | 24 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

GRAFTON — Nestled in Ozaukee County, Grafton is as about as tranquil as any of the more far-flung suburbs ringing the city of Milwaukee. Thirty-two years ago, however, the small village was home to one of the biggest controversies southeastern Wisconsin has ever seen. And it all had to do with a library. In 1987, […]

Tasse is new director for Jewish Community Relations Council

Tasse is new director for Jewish Community Relations Council

Posted on: June 15, 2020 | 23 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Jenny Tasse’s work is, in large part, the fight against antisemitism. What motivates her is the antisemitic experiences of her maternal grandparents in Wisconsin. “They were never physically targeted for their faith, to my knowledge, but they both recounted incidents of discrimination and verbal harassment in their youth and even to a degree in their […]

May their memory be a blessing

May their memory be a blessing

Posted on: June 11, 2020 | 19 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

COVID-19 has taken from Jewish communities around the world; here are just a few names. Alison Schwartz, 29, People magazine staffer and devoted gift giver When Alison Schwartz set out to find a gift for her best friend’s wedding in 2018, she did it with her trademark creativity and fastidiousness. The idea was to make […]