International

Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival hits disparate topics, opens Sept. 15

|

The annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is to include works tied to a smorgasbord of disparate topics – Sigmund Freud, special needs, the origin of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a kidney transplant, Israeli politics, a Nazi occupation, and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Included in the line-up is “Golda’s Balcony, The Film” featuring a multi-camera shoot from the original run of a play starring Tovah Feldshuh. The tale focuses on Meir, the former Wisconsinite. It will be accompanied by a live talk-back from the Broadway play’s original producer, David Fishelson....

Local teens compete in Mexico 

Local teens compete in Mexico 

|

Local high school seniors Rachel Dallet and Max Katz were the only Wisconsin athletes chosen to play soccer in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City in July of 2019.  Unlike the JCC Maccabi games Milwaukee hosted in 2015, where all athletes were teenagers, the Pan American Maccabi Games are an athletic competition for […]

Bearing witness to the fate of my Polish family

Bearing witness to the fate of my Polish family

|

After years of looking for Shoah answers, I realized I had to put my feet on the ground in Poland. So I joined the Ramah Israel Institute’s Poland Journey For Adults program that took place at the end of July 2019. It occurred to me that by seeing my place of origin, Chmielnik, I might […]

Sen. Baldwin seeks restitution of Holocaust property in Poland

|

A letter signed by 88 U.S. senators, and promoted in particular by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, calls on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push for the restitution of property for Holocaust victims in Poland. The letter notes that survivors and their families have “found it nearly impossible” to reclaim or seek compensation for property […]

An open letter to Rep. Gwen Moore

An open letter to Rep. Gwen Moore

|

Dear Rep. Moore, As voting constituents of your district we must express our personal disappointment and dismay at your recent vote against HR 246. Your public opposition to a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and its efforts to isolate and delegitimize the Jewish state, the only democracy in the Middle East, is […]

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

|

Beth Hillel Temple of Kenosha held a vigil Aug. 10, 2019, as part of a nationwide “Close the Camps” weekend co-sponsored by T’ruah, a New York-based group devoted to “the rabbinic call for human rights.” More than 50 vigils and other events were held around the United States, with encouragement and sponsorship from T’ruah and […]

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

|

reanna West is a former Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle intern and is a 2019 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in sociology.

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

|

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 […]

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

|

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 […]

Werner’s gift: He escaped the Nazis, ran a small store and gave away $2 million

Werner’s gift: He escaped the Nazis, ran a small store and gave away $2 million

|

MILWAUKEE – Werner Froehling lived for decades in a modest house on Locust Street, near Oakland Avenue. He never married or had children, just cared for his parents, who’d escaped with him from the Nazis during World War II. He attended Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun regularly for many years. He never got involved much with […]