International

Wisconsin voyage to Uganda: Big moments, big take-aways

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  When three Wisconsinites joined a Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 2019 trip of Jewish music professionals to Africa, there were moments and take-aways to never be forgotten. Observations are from Cantor Jerry Berkowitz, formerly of Congregation Beth-El Ner Tamid in Mequon and current spiritual leader for Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue of Manitowoc; Hazzan Jeremy Stein of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid of Glendale; and Stein’s wife, Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, who is earning her doctorate in musicology at Northwestern University. No roof. “There was one village that was particularly...

Abayudaya Jewry: Riches without wealth

Abayudaya Jewry: Riches without wealth

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  The chief Rabbi of Uganda is to speak in Milwaukee on Monday, April 8, a visit hastily arranged to fit into his already-planned American tour, after local music professionals visited Africa in January and February. Wisconsin’s visitors to Africa found a small but highly engaged community, with commitment to tzedakeh, plus a desire to […]

Saber is organizing Poland trip — want to go?

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  Local Jewish educator Jennifer Saber is organizing an educational Poland experience for adults, set to include a trip to Europe and local study sessions. Her “Poland Journey for Adults” with the Ramah Israel Institute is slated for July 22-28, 2019. The Ramah Israel Institute helps plan educational trips to Israel and is affiliated with […]

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see light

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see light

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  The play was written by a prisoner of a Holocaust-era ghetto. Today, its presence is to be felt locally. “The Last Cyclist” is being staged April 4-14 at Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point. The original version of “The Last Cyclist” was written as a cabaret in 1944 by Karel Svenk, a prisoner in […]

World War II: Photography exhibit offers rare glimpse of Jewish partisans

World War II: Photography exhibit offers rare glimpse of Jewish partisans

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MILWAUKEE — In a time of war and genocide, only three things stood between Faye Schulman and certain death: a camera, the ability to use it well and a lot of bravery. On Thursday, March 28, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., will launch “Pictures of Resistance: […]

A pope’s friend: Rabbi Skorka of Buenos Aires coming to Milwaukee

A pope’s friend: Rabbi Skorka of Buenos Aires coming to Milwaukee

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From the moment a conclave of cardinals elects a new pope in Vatican City, there are revelations, and I don’t mean discoveries of faith. In March 2013, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio emerged as the new worldwide leader of the Roman Catholic Church, there were many stories about him: how he returned, post-conclave, to personally […]

Capturing Eichmann: Former Mossad agent to tell story on March 10

Capturing Eichmann: Former Mossad agent to tell story on March 10

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  A spy is only as good as his or her disguises. Raise suspicions with the wrong accent or a strange wig, and the jig might be up. Avner Avraham became a master of disguise during his 28-year career with Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel. He retired four years ago with countless stories […]

Speakers: Once a young Auschwitz prisoner, now to visit Milwaukee, Baraboo

Speakers: Once a young Auschwitz prisoner, now to visit Milwaukee, Baraboo

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  For all the truth out there, said Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, there are also plenty of lies. That, she said, is why she and her father, Mike Bornstein, had to write their book. At age 4, Bornstein was imprisoned with his family at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates […]

As ‘Fiddler’ arrives at Uihlein Hall, a Tevye understudy is ready

As ‘Fiddler’ arrives at Uihlein Hall, a Tevye understudy is ready

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  The first time Danny Arnold saw “Fiddler on the Roof” was as a middle schooler in Succasunna, New Jersey. His older brother Adam was one of the Russian soloists in a high school production. “I became hooked on the show and always wanted to do it from that point on,” he said, “and saw […]

A year abroad – with the Latvian Jewish community

A year abroad – with the Latvian Jewish community

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  For that first job out of college, many people head to the office. One headed for adventure abroad. Molly Kazan, 22, is spending a paid year immersing herself in the needs of a Jewish community overseas as a part of her fellowship with JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps. Kazan graduated from the University […]