International

Opinion: Is ‘civilizationism’ good for the Jews?

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   A relatively new word has been increasingly circulating in European and U.S. political discussions – “civilizationism.” What people mean when they use it appears potentially troubling, not least for the world Jewish community.    In a quick Internet search, I have not been able to trace the word’s appearance beyond about 2007. The thinking […]

Opinion: Observations about ‘civilizationism’ after a trip to Central Europe

Opinion: Observations about ‘civilizationism’ after a trip to Central Europe

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You might be surprised to know that the Jewish community in Hungary, in the heart of central Europe, is statistically safer and less likely to be a victim of an antisemitic act, than all other European states, and the government is emphatically pro-Israel. At the same time, there is a roiling controversy about remembrance of […]

Jewish Community Relations Council leader, at rally, calls for compassion at the border

Jewish Community Relations Council leader, at rally, calls for compassion at the border

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MILWAUKEE – Hundreds gathered to protest the way undocumented migrants, including children, have been held after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border, including one speaker who said we are being “miserly” with our “compassion.” Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, continued, “It’s time to soften our hearts and harden […]

Local composer wins international competition

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Out of 800 entries for the Best Composition/Score category, Penny Corris ­— a local composer from Hartland, Wisconsin — received first place in an international music competition. The competition, The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, took place in Hollywood, California during April 24-27, 2019. Corris, a classically trained composer with a degree from the […]

We help because we are Jews — My mission trip to India

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India is a country of extreme contrasts and contradictions. One of the first things our local Indian guide told us was “anything you say about India, the opposite is also true!” We found this to be the case throughout our two week journey in India. My husband John Crouch and I joined the Prime Minister’s […]

Commentary: Is there a cure for the scourge of anti-Semitism?

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We just passed Passover, which may be the first major example of anti-Semitism in our reported history. Such anti-Semitism, even before we became the Jewish people, was bad enough that the story depicts that we couldn’t wait any longer to leave Egypt for our “promised land” of Israel, an Israel which is now the focus […]

Survivor to speak at Yom HaShoah commemoration

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Holocaust survivor Eric Blaustein is to speak at the community Holocaust Remembrance Day, known as Yom HaShoah, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The JCC is holding the event in partnership with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust […]

‘The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank’

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  About ‘The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank’ Hardcover. 40 pages. 4-8 years. Children’s picture book. Published Feb. 5, 2019. Told from the perspective of the cat who actually lived with Anne Frank in the famous Amsterdam annex, this poignant book paints a picture of a young girl who wistfully dreams of a better […]