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Sophie Packman took a gap year in Israel; she found a path despite pandemic, conflict

Sophie Packman took a gap year in Israel; she found a path despite pandemic, conflict

Posted on: June 30, 2021 | 20 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  The coronavirus pandemic led Nicolet High School graduate Sophie Packman to think about what she really wanted out of her college experience.   “As things just kept getting worse, I started to question more and more what my freshman year would look like in a world like this,” Packman said. “And whether I wanted to […]

Chef José Andrés: We must work together – International food activist spoke at Economic Forum 

Chef José Andrés: We must work together – International food activist spoke at Economic Forum 

Posted on: June 29, 2021 | 19 Tammuz 5781 by Rob Golub

  Chef José Andrés, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based World Central Kitchen, told Milwaukee in June that the pandemic has shown us we must push past our differences and work together.   “You may be a Republican or you may be a Democrat. You may be Jewish or you may be Muslim. At the end, we […]

We must make it work – I’m an ER doctor in Israel, from Wisconsin, and I was here for the rockets

We must make it work – I’m an ER doctor in Israel, from Wisconsin, and I was here for the rockets

Posted on: June 29, 2021 | 19 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

 A May 21 cease-fire ended 11 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas, which rules Gaza. Jeffrey Green, author of this article, is a Wisconsin physician who was there during the conflict. More photos at end of article.  As an emergency physician and a dual American and Israeli citizen residing in Tel Aviv, I want to live life, […]

A Wider Bridge has a new flag 

A Wider Bridge has a new flag 

Posted on: June 29, 2021 | 19 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

A Wider Bridge, an organization that works to promote LGBTQ equality in Israel, as well as the equality of Israel in LGBTQ communities, announced its new Jewish pride flag in June.   This flag replaces A Wider Bridge’s previous pride flag, which featured a rainbow pride flag with a white Star of David. The new flag […]

Memories from a Walk for Israel with unwanted visitors 

Memories from a Walk for Israel with unwanted visitors 

Posted on: June 29, 2021 | 19 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  At age 13, I joined the Walk for Israel in Milwaukee. Israel was 25 years old and in the early years of the walk, its distance was measured in a mile per year of the independence anniversary.  In 1973, the walk widely looped from the JCC on Prospect Avenue to the Temple Shalom parking […]

Coming events, July 2021

Coming events, July 2021

Posted on: June 28, 2021 | 18 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

Wednesday, July 7   YJP Babka Bake   Bake Babka alongside the Young Jewish Professionals at 7 p.m. on July 7.  For more information visit Facebook.com/YJPMilwaukee/Events. This is an in-person event.   Author Liza Wiemer  Join the Peltz Center for Jewish Life and author Liza Weimer for a Fireside Chat on Wednesday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. while […]

Schools respond on Rosh Hashanah conflict; Statements mostly promise to review future calendars 

Posted on: June 28, 2021 | 18 Tammuz 5781 by Rob Golub

  After several state schools scheduled the first day of class for Rosh Hashanah, the institutions issued letters detailing plans for tackling the problem.  The letters are varied. Several offer apology or regret. All except one promise a review of future calendars.   The problem arose when the University of Wisconsin-Madison and several other schools in […]

‘At the End of the World, Turn Left’ … Soviet immigrant Zhanna Slor’s novel considers Russian-Jewish identity 

Posted on: June 28, 2021 | 18 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Zhanna Slor, a 34-year-old Soviet émigré, is far from being religious, as are many contemporary Russian Jews. Yet she writes about a spectrum of Russian-Jewish identity in her new Milwaukee-set book: “At the End of the World, Turn Left.”  The book is a literary mystery set during the 2008 recession. It weaves together the […]

Cantor Deborah Martin is retiring; Martin served Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, Temple Beth-El of Madison 

Posted on: June 28, 2021 | 18 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  After six years as the spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, Cantor Deborah Martin is to retire on June 30, 2021.  Martin grew up in New Jersey and began her musical training taking piano lessons, and then later, voice lessons. She trained classically and received a Bachelor of Music with honors from the […]

Cantor Levson will lead Waukesha synagogue 

Posted on: June 28, 2021 | 18 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

Cantor Martin Levson will be the next spiritual leader for Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha. He starts July 1. The synagogue launched a search in 2019 to find a leader to follow retiring spiritual leader Cantor Deborah Martin. Levson will conduct services, teach in the religious school and preside over life cycle events for the congregation […]