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Teens welcome at BBYO events

Have you got a teen looking to connect with the Jewish community?

BBYO-Wisconsin Region is hosting two events for prospective teens. For teens and families, the Jewish youth group is holding a “Kickoff Cookout” on Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For teens only,the group is headed to Action Territory for an afternoon of fun on Sept. 8. RSVPs required.

You do not need to be a BBYO member to attend either of these events.

BBYO is a pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences.

For more information on either event contact Wisc@Bbyo.org or 414-326-2808.

Holocaust institute assists in Wisconsin

A New York-based Holocaust education institute is running a seminar July 28- Aug. 2, 2019 at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point.

The seminar is organized by the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights. It’s for Wisconsin educators, to create a toolbox of lessons and curricular ideas for their classrooms. The effort seeks to help students understand the lessons of the Holocaust and how those lessons apply to our lives and society today.

The seminar includes a visit to the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois and Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Participants hear testimony from two survivors and attend presentations by experts in Jewish history.

Professional development continues after the seminars, when teachers can access mini-grants of amounts up to $1,000 to support projects that bring Holocaust and social justice education to wider audiences.

The Olga Lengyel Institute is named after a survivor of Auschwitz who dedicated her legacy to education. The Institute is not affiliated with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Federation’s locally-based effort, though the organizations have worked together in the past.

Bayside student joins NCSY Israel event

More than 2,500 Jewish teens and others converged in an Israeli park as part of an NCSY gathering; NCSY is the Orthodox Union’s youth group. Among them was Mackenzie Zeitlin of Bayside.

The teens, staff and guests from 29 states, Canada, Israel, Argentina and the United Kingdom participated in 2019 summer programs. They nibbled on American barbeque and rocked to live musical performances at the Yom NCSY event, according to an Orthodox Union news release.

“Yom NCSY represents the very essence of what NCSY Summer is all about. At the event it doesn’t matter what your religious background is, it’s about a united non-judgmental, encouraging environment celebrating our shared connections in the home of the Jewish people,” said NCSY Summer Director David Cutler. “The palpable energy, cheering, singing and dancing has made this the highlight of the summer.”

Bader Philanthropies in new headquarters

Bader Philanthropies has now been in its new headquarters for one year, after a move to Harambee.

The move from Downtown Milwaukee is part of the nonprofit’s dedication to positively impacting Milwaukee neighborhoods by “living” the “mission,” according to a spokeswoman.  Harambee is a Milwaukee neighborhood, set between Riverwest and Interstate 43.

For the project, Bader Philanthropies hired local, minority-owned companies as contractors and embedded roots into one of the neighborhoods it supports.

Good news: More people have come through the Foundation’s doors for events, from differing communities, according to the nonprofit.

Waukesha trip to Israel

The public is invited to join members of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha on a trip to Israel this fall.

Cantor Deborah Martin, the spiritual leader at CEEW, will lead the trip, which will take place through Ayelet Tours from Oct. 27 through Nov. 7, with an optional extension to go to Eilat and Petra in Jordan, returning on Nov. 9.

“It will undoubtedly be an inspiring and unforgettable journey,” Cantor Martin said. “There will be the ‘normal’ touristy things, such as floating in the Dead Sea and exploring Masada. When at Yad Vashem, we will hold a memorial service for those who were lost during the Holocaust. The land of Israel is full of beauty, spirituality and history and we will be enjoying its many charms!”

Other highlights include: engage with members of Women of the Wall and participate in Rosh Chodesh services; participate in hands-on agricultural tour; stroll through the streets of the old city; and visit the mystical city of Safed.

Contact Cantor Martin at SpiritualLeader@WaukeshaTemple.org.

Madison’s Copelovitch attends Atlanta education week

Nearly 70 Jewish educators gathered in Atlanta in June for a week to study education as it relates to Israel.

The participants included Beth Cohn Copelovitch, the education director at Madison’s Beth Israel Center.

The Center for Israel Education and Emory’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel held the 18th annual CIE/ISMI Educator Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel from June 23 to 27 with attendees from across North America. More than half work at Jewish day schools, several of which sent cohorts of educators to absorb and synthesize as much of the content as possible.

CIE Vice President Rich Walter, who coordinated the workshop said, “Our goal is for attendees to sharpen their knowledge about a variety of aspects of Israel, experiment and create new ways to transmit Israel’s story to their constituents, and serve as an ongoing resource for them in their work.”

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