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Don’t assume you need to fit a mold to win a Hecht college scholarship

Posted on: January 7, 2020 | 10 Tevet 5780 by Rob Golub

It’s a $5,000 college scholarship that’s not just for highly involved students with top grades. The Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund committee, which has strong Hecht family representation, wants to live up to Harry Hecht’s wishes, and he wanted it to go to someone in need. The fund gives out $5,000 scholarships and is […]

Local Jews recall a different life in former Soviet Union

Local Jews recall a different life in former Soviet Union

Posted on: January 2, 2020 | 5 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Leo Soroka’s coworker wanted to know: was he Russian or Ukrainian? Soroka moved to the Milwaukee area from Ukraine in 1992 after the Soviet Union collapsed. A few years later, when asked about his nationality, Soroka answered that he was Jewish. “He wouldn’t understand,” Soroka said. “For him, Jewish is just religion, it’s not nationality. […]

Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit examines diary found at Auschwitz

Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit examines diary found at Auschwitz

Posted on: December 31, 2019 | 3 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

A new exhibit coming to Jewish Museum Milwaukee will explore the content and context of a diary found in the rubble of the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which went unexamined for more than 60 years. “The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka From the Łódź Ghetto” was first mounted by the Galicia Jewish Museum in […]

During Milwaukee visit, Israeli Anat Hoffman expresses dismay over anti-LGBT billboards

During Milwaukee visit, Israeli Anat Hoffman expresses dismay over anti-LGBT billboards

Posted on: December 31, 2019 | 3 Tevet 5780 by Rob Golub

  BROWN DEER – Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, is concerned about billboards she’s seen comparing the Reform movement to Nazis, among other pejorative messages.  The billboards, in Israel, have appeared during the run-up to recent elections. Hoffman is worried that the billboards could reappear in the next Israeli election […]

$36,000 awards open to teens

Posted on: December 31, 2019 | 3 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

The Helen Diller Family Foundation’s Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is now accepting applications for 2020. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek teens showing leadership in creating and leading a new initiative that embodies the values of tikkun olam. The awards recognize up to 15 Jewish teens annually with $36,000 each to put toward […]

Nominate Jewish educators for awards

Nominate Jewish educators for awards

Posted on: December 31, 2019 | 3 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

On March 15, the Milwaukee Jewish community will gather together to thank local Jewish educators at the perennial Salute to Jewish Educators, organized by the Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Nominations for the awards — The Levy Family CJL Jewish Educator of the Year Award, Inspiration Award for Informal Jewish Education, Rabbi […]

Coming events, January 2020

Coming events, January 2020

Posted on: December 30, 2019 | 2 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Jan. 27: Free film screening of “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” and talkback with starting pitcher Joey Wagman.

Rabbi and nun advocate for justice at the border

Rabbi and nun advocate for justice at the border

Posted on: December 23, 2019 | 25 Kislev 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Sister Norma Pimentel, both advocates for immigrants, spoke about border control at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, and shared stories of how immigrants have impacted their lives. Yanklowitz is the founder of Arizona Jews for Justice. Pimentel is the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in […]

Reform movement may advocate for reparations for slavery

Reform movement may advocate for reparations for slavery

Posted on: December 5, 2019 | 7 Kislev 5780 by Rob Golub

The Union for Reform Judaism is set to consider a resolution to advocate for United States reparations for both slavery and historic discrimination against black Americans. The proposed resolution, if adopted at the URJ Biennial in Chicago next week, would have the Reform movement advocate for the creation of a federal commission to study and […]

Former TMJ4 reporter and fiancé find love and Judaism

Former TMJ4 reporter and fiancé find love and Judaism

Posted on: December 5, 2019 | 7 Kislev 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

To Samara Sodos and Greg Celestan, the Jewish community is like home. Sodos, a Milwaukee native, grew up in the Jewish community. Although she now lives in Florida, she may be recognized by some in Wisconsin as a former reporter and anchor for Today’s TMJ4. Now the founder of a public relations firm, Sodos said […]