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Local Jews recall a different life in former Soviet Union

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Leo Soroka’s coworker wanted to know: was he Russian or Ukrainian? Soroka moved to the Milwaukee area from Ukraine in 1992 after the Soviet Union collapsed. A few years later, when asked about his nationality, Soroka answered that he was Jewish. “He wouldn’t understand,” Soroka said. “For him, Jewish is just religion, it’s not nationality. So people here cannot comprehend why we are calling ourselves Jewish, because we’re not practicing. Especially in the beginning, we were not practicing at all.” Soroka and his wife, Olga, left the former Soviet Union after about...

Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit examines diary found at Auschwitz

Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit examines diary found at Auschwitz

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A new exhibit coming to Jewish Museum Milwaukee will explore the content and context of a diary found in the rubble of the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which went unexamined for more than 60 years. “The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka From the Łódź Ghetto” was first mounted by the Galicia Jewish Museum in […]

During Milwaukee visit, Israeli Anat Hoffman expresses dismay over anti-LGBT billboards

During Milwaukee visit, Israeli Anat Hoffman expresses dismay over anti-LGBT billboards

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  BROWN DEER – Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, is concerned about billboards she’s seen comparing the Reform movement to Nazis, among other pejorative messages.  The billboards, in Israel, have appeared during the run-up to recent elections. Hoffman is worried that the billboards could reappear in the next Israeli election […]

Rabbi and nun advocate for justice at the border

Rabbi and nun advocate for justice at the border

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Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Sister Norma Pimentel, both advocates for immigrants, spoke about border control at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, and shared stories of how immigrants have impacted their lives. Yanklowitz is the founder of Arizona Jews for Justice. Pimentel is the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in […]

Local immigrant project collected 500 pounds

Local immigrant project collected 500 pounds

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In just two weeks, Congregation Shalom collected two U-Hauls worth of needed items for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Donations included 500 pounds of clothing, with 1,300 pairs of socks, 217 coats and 66 backpacks. The coats are needed because some migrants are on their way to colder climates. Nina Edelman, congregant of Shalom, was […]

Tony award winner Patinkin to appear

Tony award winner Patinkin to appear

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  Mandy Patinkin, a Tony and Emmy award-winning performer, will appear in concert Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at the Riverside Theater, an event offered by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Patinkin played Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride.” He has been the voice of Papa Smurf and appeared in “Yentl” and “Dick […]

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

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

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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 […]

Local teens compete in Mexico 

Local teens compete in Mexico 

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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

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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

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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 […]

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

Kenosha synagogue: ‘Close the Camps’

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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 […]

Rep. Bryan Steil to speak on Israel; Kenosha invites Milwaukee

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Beth Hillel Temple is inviting the Milwaukee Jewish community to a Tuesday, Sept. 3 , 2019, conversation with Rep. Bryan Steil, the Republican representing Wisconsin’s first district in Congress. He holds the seat previously held by Rep. Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House. Steil recently visited Israel. He will speak about the visit […]

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

My college trip with We Bear Witness Holocaust Student Fellowship

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

Time to say Lehitraot … My term as shlichah is at an end

Time to say Lehitraot … My term as shlichah is at an end

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Time is a peculiar thing. The last two years seemed to pass so quickly it felt like it went by in a minute, yet so many life-changing moments happened since we got to Milwaukee.   The decision to go on shlichutwas probably the biggest decision we had to make as a family. We hardly knew anything about Milwaukee (except that […]

Chagall’s Le Cirque: After years apart, the series is united and headed for Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Chagall’s Le Cirque: After years apart, the series is united and headed for Jewish Museum Milwaukee

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Artist Marc Chagall was described as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century” by art critic Robert Hughes. On June 14, 2019, you’ll be able to experience Chagall’s quintessentially Jewish art when his Le Cirque series — on loan from the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc — goes on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, […]