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Editor’s Desk: Thank you, Jeff German – a product of Jewish Milwaukee, the investigative journalist who was slain in Las Vegas has set an example 

Editor’s Desk: Thank you, Jeff German – a product of Jewish Milwaukee, the investigative journalist who was slain in Las Vegas has set an example 

Posted on: October 4th, 2022 | 9 Tishri 5783 by Rob Golub

  I feel like I knew Jeff German, the Jewish Milwaukee boy who moved to Las Vegas.  I know the type, the fearless journalist who lives in the job. When I was an editor at a daily, I felt like I worried about that reporter on my staff more than they worried about themselves. They […]

Opinion: The antisemitism was real in 1950s Milwaukee – I was there and I remember 

Opinion: The antisemitism was real in 1950s Milwaukee – I was there and I remember 

Posted on: September 30th, 2022 | 5 Tishri 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

I read with interest the article by Alan Wolkenstein, “Antisemitism remembered.” This was a well written article bringing back many memories of my youth. I’m sure that many long time Milwaukee residents recall stories from their parents or grandparents with similar experiences.  My parents faced the same housing discrimination when they searched for housing in […]

First person: My trips to the cemetery – what I learned about mourning, and life 

First person: My trips to the cemetery – what I learned about mourning, and life 

Posted on: September 30th, 2022 | 5 Tishri 5783 by Rob Golub

  My folks would take me along when they visited family who were buried at Mound Zion Cemetery.  When we arrived, usually between the High Holidays, dad would park the car and we would walk to the family plot. Dad would have picked up two small stones and then placed them on the monuments to […]

Opinion: We need stories that represent

Opinion: We need stories that represent

Posted on: September 11th, 2022 | 15 Elul 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Our name is the first thing we own when we enter the world. Names honor ancestors, recall favorite characters, evoke nature, and bring joy to those who bestow them. We write our names in crayon on our kindergarten drawings. We scribble it on receipts, carve it into trees, wear it on necklaces, display it […]

Merens: ‘Being written into the book isn’t a final act – it is the first act.’

Merens: ‘Being written into the book isn’t a final act – it is the first act.’

Posted on: September 2nd, 2022 | 6 Elul 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  As another High Holiday season is upon us, I can’t help but recall what I thought about as we ended last year’s High Holiday season. “I am so hungry!” We all hunger for “things” in our lives. We have physical hunger – such as after a 24-hour fast. We have hunger for loving relationships; […]

Opinion: We fought so hard for equality. We thought we won, and here we are again. We must act. 

Opinion: We fought so hard for equality. We thought we won, and here we are again. We must act. 

Posted on: August 5th, 2022 | 8 Av 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  I attended my first pride parade when I was 10 days old. On the corner of 15th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, my sister, Emily, and I napped in our shady stroller, which was absolutely covered in miniature rainbow flags.   Countless LGBTQ members and allies stopped to take in what appeared like a […]

Opinion: Less freedom means less dignity – A Jewish American’s concern 

Opinion: Less freedom means less dignity – A Jewish American’s concern 

Posted on: August 5th, 2022 | 8 Av 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Depending on circumstance, Halakha regards prospective abortions as permissible or not, advisable, or even required. Halakha takes a balanced view, as it weighs many considerations in play. As an American and a Jew, I have found proper the latitude American law has – from Roe until now – given Americans to approach abortion from […]

Opinion: We’re not strangers to the plight of strangers – I invite you to join our hard-working grassroots effort 

Opinion: We’re not strangers to the plight of strangers – I invite you to join our hard-working grassroots effort 

Posted on: August 4th, 2022 | 7 Av 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Imagine you’re a 17-year-old boy from abroad whose parents have both belief in the value of education and the means to achieve it — sufficient means to send you to a private boarding school in the United States for high school as the first step to an American university education.   As your senior year […]

Antisemitism remembered: Just a young Jewish couple looking for an apartment in Milwaukee in 1933 

Antisemitism remembered: Just a young Jewish couple looking for an apartment in Milwaukee in 1933 

Posted on: July 28th, 2022 | 29 Tammuz 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  It was early autumn in 1964 and Kathy and I were engaged to be married on Nov. 1. We were caught up in the seemingly millions of things to do for the wedding. We were talking with my folks and her mom in Florida as we ironed out the details. All but one. What […]

Opinion: Jewish in a North Shore school  – my challenges as a parent when kids are unkind 

Opinion: Jewish in a North Shore school  – my challenges as a parent when kids are unkind 

Posted on: June 14th, 2022 | 15 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  My heart aches as my head panics. My child came home again from school with a play-by-play of sideline reporting from recess. Depending on the day, a peer got picked on for looking different, acting different or sounding different. Again.      This feels like a conversation between a child and a 1939 war-torn Polish mommy. […]