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Commentary: Rep. Jamie Raskin and Jewish resilience 

Posted on: March 2, 2021 | 18 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Could there be anything more anguishing to a parent than the death – and a death by suicide at that – of a child? From my long experience as a psychiatrist, I don’t know what that could be.   How do you, if ever, get over that loss in a productive way? Besides the incalculable […]

My pandemic year: I’ve had time to think … about time. 

Posted on: March 2, 2021 | 18 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  I am approaching the anniversary of my pandemic experience. On the second Friday of March last year, I was in the middle of giving a presentation in my AP psychology class when the anticipated announcement came suddenly over the loudspeakers: “The Whitefish Bay School Board has deliberated over every option … we have met […]

Hillel Milwaukee has new staff

Hillel Milwaukee has new staff

Posted on: March 2, 2021 | 18 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Hillel Milwaukee has seen some staff come and go during the pandemic, and the new four-person office has a common character trait, said Executive Director Deb Fendrich. It’s about initiative.   “This team is very self-starting. We are go-getters. We don’t want for something to come up. We seek it out,” Fendrich said.  The staff […]

Local Jewish studies professor asks Biden about white supremacy 

Local Jewish studies professor asks Biden about white supremacy 

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Professor Joel Berkowitz, who is director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, asked President Joe Biden about “white supremacy and conspiracies that align with it.”   Biden visited Milwaukee in mid-February. At a CNN Town Hall event with Biden at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Feb. […]

People over 60 can audit college classes for free 

People over 60 can audit college classes for free 

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  People over 60 can take college classes for free, and one local resident isn’t letting that opportunity go to waste.  Wisconsin residents over the age of 60 can audit classes at any of the University of Wisconsin’s campuses for free. Auditors sit in on class, but they don’t have to do homework or take […]

Pandemic has changed Passover food drive

Pandemic has changed Passover food drive

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  There are hundreds of people in the Milwaukee Area Jewish Community who rely on the goodwill of others. A decades–long tradition, the Ma’ot Chittim Community-Wide Passover Food Drive has been providing those in need with a Kosher for Passover seder meal.  This year with the effects of the pandemic hurting families, the need for […]

Book review: ‘An Independent Spirit’ celebrates Helen Bader, but may not even go far enough 

Posted on: March 1, 2021 | 17 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  When I was a little girl, I thought my parents’ closest friends, the Baders, were poor. I felt bad that Alfred could not afford to replace his shabby suits and rickety old car, let his wife, Helen, install wall-to-wall carpeting, or even buy his sons David and Daniel a television set.    It took me […]

Milwaukee’s Rabbi Twerski remembers his brother for a core lesson 

Posted on: February 25, 2021 | 13 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Milwaukee native Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, who died Jan. 31, 2021, has left us with the knowledge that we must make use of our gifts, said his brother Rabbi Michel Twerski, who leads Congregation Beth Jehudah on Milwaukee’s West Side.  Abraham “took his talents and his gifts seriously, not himself,” Michel said, adding […]

Allen Samson remembered as insightful, accomplished leader 

Posted on: February 25, 2021 | 13 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Allen Samson gave generously and rallied Milwaukee Jews around Israel and local community causes. A Milwaukee native, attorney and businessman, Samson died on Feb. 1, 2021. He was 81.   Samson will be remembered for his intensity, passion, and analysis as a leader of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and other community organizations.  The former general […]

Rabbi Twerski: We can take on the pandemic 

Posted on: February 25, 2021 | 13 Adar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  G-d is telling us that we are equal to the task, said Rabbi Benzion Twerski, a key leader in Milwaukee’s west side Torah-observant community. Twerski is part of several generations of Twerski leadership at Congregation Beth Jehudah, 3100 N. 52nd St.   Twerski made his remarks in a Dec. 27, 2020 video podcast, episode 33 […]