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After elevator incident, Sam Waisbren remembered with love

Posted on: October 2, 2019 | 3 Tishri 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

FOX POINT – About 500 people attended the funeral, with many flying in. “I think what was amazing about this was how many lives Sam touched,” said Sam’s father, Charles Waisbren, of Fox Point. Sam Waisbren died Thursday, Aug. 22. He was 30. Sam was exiting an elevator in Manhattan when the elevator malfunctioned. He […]

In theater: Hasidic man’s role in death

In theater: Hasidic man’s role in death

Posted on: September 27, 2019 | 27 Elul 5779 by Rob Golub

“Fires in the Mirror,” a play about a Hasidic man’s role in the death of a black child, runs though Oct. 13 at the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. In the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in August of 1991, a Hasidic man’s car jumped a curb, killing a 7-year-old black child. Later, a Hasidic rabbinical student […]

What’s nu? October, 2019

Posted on: September 27, 2019 | 27 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  In theater: Hasidic man’s role in death “Fires in the Mirror,” a play about a Hasidic man’s role in the death of a black child, runs though Oct. 13 at the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. In the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in August of 1991, a Hasidic man’s car jumped a curb, killing a […]

Local performers make music fit around observance

Local performers make music fit around observance

Posted on: September 27, 2019 | 27 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Jerry Wicentowski’s love lies with bluegrass music. When he was a teenager, he had some experience playing classical guitar. Folk music grew popular during his early adolescence, and “boy, you could win a lot of attention from people by playing chords and singing songs,” Wicentowski said. Today, Wicentowski plays guitar and sings in bluegrass bands […]

Antisemitic graffiti found at Racine synagogue

Posted on: September 22, 2019 | 22 Elul 5779 by Rob Golub

Antisemitic graffiti was discovered at Racine’s Beth Israel Sinai Congregation on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, as board members arrived for a meeting in the afternoon. “At first I was very angry that someone would do this,” said congregation President Joyce Placzkowski, who was first to notice the spray-painted swastika and the word “Jude,” along with […]

Volunteers help power Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Volunteers help power Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Posted on: September 12, 2019 | 12 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

At Jewish Museum Milwaukee, volunteer docents are doing some of the most important work. One of many trained tour guides, Renice Konik shares information about the museum’s exhibits to visitors. But a docent’s job isn’t just about presenting information; oftentimes, a docent will share their own personal connections to the exhibit, too. As a docent […]

Longtime community advocate takes director spot

Posted on: September 6, 2019 | 6 Elul 5779 by WJC Staff

Dana Margolis, a longtime volunteer with Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the observant west side community, has been named director of Women’s Philanthropy. She started part time with the Federation in the director role on July 1. She switches to full time as of Sept. 3, 2019. Beyond her extensive volunteering – which has included board […]

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

A few of Milwaukee’s shofar regulars, on how they see it (or hear it)

Posted on: September 5, 2019 | 5 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Photos are generally not permitted at Rosh Hashanah services, even at the relatively liberal Congregation Sinai of Fox Point. How this photo came to be, of Jerry and Jim Salinsky each blowing the shofar, with Rabbi David Cohen and Cantor Lauren Phillips between them, will have to remain a mystery of the High Holy Days.

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

Posted on: September 5, 2019 | 5 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

The annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is to include works tied to a smorgasbord of disparate topics – Sigmund Freud, special needs, the origin of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a kidney transplant, Israeli politics, a Nazi occupation, and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Included in the line-up is “Golda’s Balcony, The Film” featuring a […]

Reform synagogues offer live video; It’s not for everyone, but some see benefit

Reform synagogues offer live video; It’s not for everyone, but some see benefit

Posted on: September 3, 2019 | 3 Elul 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Attending high holiday services this year could be as easy as one click of a mouse. Several Milwaukee-area Reform congregations will again be live-streaming their high holiday services this year. The goal is to provide an authentic service to elderly and out-of-town congregants who are unable to attend. Congregation Sinai, Congregation Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El […]