Opinions

Opinion: Black Lives Matter deserves better 

Posted on: September 14, 2020 | 25 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  I am the mother of four Black Jewish children who were raised in Milwaukee, and I feel compelled to raise my voice in alarm after reading the August edition of the Chronicle.     In the midst of the events of this summer, I have been encouraged as some Jewish leaders and groups here in Wisconsin […]

Opinion: Being Jewish should spur us to action for racial justice 

Opinion: Being Jewish should spur us to action for racial justice 

Posted on: September 4, 2020 | 15 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  In the August edition of the Chronicle, the article, “Analysis: Black Lives Matter and pro-Israel are challenged as a combination,” missed the mark. Rather than focusing on reasons Jews should not support Black Lives Matter, we at Tikkun Ha-Ir are aligning our work with current calls for racial justice.  Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Przysucha […]

Opinion: Don’t delay surgical treatment due to fear of hospital exposure 

Posted on: September 2, 2020 | 13 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Dr. Alysandra Lal is chief of surgery at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee.

On our pandemic September: We can do this 

On our pandemic September: We can do this 

Posted on: August 31, 2020 | 11 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Come September, it looks like at least some schooling and most High Holy Days services will be done virtually while most of us remain at home. That means that we will lose the live, large community interaction that has always been valued by Judaism and school learning.  As we make choices between live, online, […]

When I met John Lewis, I asked him a question 

When I met John Lewis, I asked him a question 

Posted on: August 30, 2020 | 10 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  I first met John Lewis in 1968. I was 18 and I believe he was 27 at the time. Although I saw him a few times back then, I wouldn’t see him again until 2003, when I was working with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and doing a project with the Congressional Black Caucus.    […]

Opinion: Black Lives Matter is not what it seems 

Posted on: August 14, 2020 | 24 Av 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Just one month ago, I was shocked the very first day it was suggested that all over America police departments be defunded. Now we are seeing these out–of–control sentiments go nationwide. This began in Minneapolis; now there is serious talk in New York, Los Angeles Chicago and right here in Milwaukee. Worse still, police […]

Message from Emma Jacobson, age 10: If we wear masks, we can stop the virus 

Message from Emma Jacobson, age 10: If we wear masks, we can stop the virus 

Posted on: August 3, 2020 | 13 Av 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Do you like COVID-19? Because I know I don’t. Do you like not being able to go to school and see your friends or talking to them from social distance? Because I don’t. Do you like having your camps or play dates canceled? Because I don’t.   But if we wear masks every time we go […]

Opinion: When will we breathe? 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  The words “I can‘t breathe” will never again have a simple meaning in our country. For many of us, regardless of race, those words will symbolize something far different. They are symptomatic of a pandemic that has taken – not just the more than 100,000 lives claimed by COVID-19, but a pandemic that has […]

Editor’s Desk: We can fix policing in America 

Editor’s Desk: We can fix policing in America 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  You cannot crush the life out of someone on Minnesota pavement like it’s nothing.   This is not justice.   A person of color, approached by an officer, should not have to feel fear, a fear I can only imagine because of my privilege. Put another way, a police officer’s patience must not be determined by […]

Opinion: How to overcome racism – Jewishly and rationally 

Opinion: How to overcome racism – Jewishly and rationally 

Posted on: June 26, 2020 | 4 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Once again, racism has come to the fore in society. Not that it has ever come close to going away, but progress was made after the turbulent 1960s, such as in an upward social mobility of many African American people and the elections of President Obama.   However, many were left behind and still subject to […]