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Orthodox Union awards Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah program 

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  The Orthodox Union awarded a $5,000 grant to the Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah synagogue for its TeLeM program, which seeks to bring people back to synagogue life.   An OU committee selected 35 synagogues, including ASKT in Glendale, from among 300 submissions across 34 states. The ASKT program was one of those chosen for “both out-of-the-box thinking and opportunities that are more likely to rebuild and reaffirm the value of synagogue and community and therefore encourage congregants to return for the long term,” according to an OU statement.  The synagogue was already gearing up to...

Holocaust center offered weeklong workshop 

Holocaust center offered weeklong workshop 

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  The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, held a weeklong workshop for Wisconsin educators from July 12-16.  “Navigating the Holocaust: Your Compass to Holocaust Education,” reached educators from nearly 40 Wisconsin school districts, said HERC Executive Director Samantha Abramson.  The week of virtual programming included experts […]

Rachael Badt is leaving BBYO-Wisconsin Region 

Rachael Badt is leaving BBYO-Wisconsin Region 

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  Rachael Badt, the senior regional director of BBYO—Wisconsin Region, is leaving after 16 years.   In that time, she has worked to build relationships with teens, advisors and stakeholders with programming for the Jewish community.  “Leaving is bittersweet. It’s been an amazing 16 years. They’ve flown by,” said Badt, whose next move is executive director […]

Help for students with varying learning needs 

Help for students with varying learning needs 

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   Jewish educator Jen Saber started July 1 in a new Coalition for Jewish Learning role – Kesher inclusion specialist – that aims to help the Jewish community meet the needs of all students, including those with disabilities or special needs.  Saber said synagogue schools are filled with students with different learning needs – some […]

Star of David stone found in Kenosha 

Star of David stone found in Kenosha 

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  Kenosha has a mystery on its hands after a stone inscribed with the Star of David was discovered near the campus of Carthage College in April.    Amy Kehl, a resident of Somers in Kenosha County, noticed the stone along the lakeshore north of the campus while on a walk.   “I noticed it so quickly […]

Hillel Madison to serve students during date conflict 

Hillel Madison to serve students during date conflict 

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  Seven months after Hillel Madison first raised the alarm that there would be a Rosh Hashanah scheduling conflict, the Jewish student services organization is now making plans to connect with students who will find themselves living through the problem in September.   The first day of fall classes at Madison and several other schools in […]

Werner “Benji” Benjamin is remembered 

Werner “Benji” Benjamin is remembered 

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  Werner “Benji” Benjamin, who slipped from the Nazis’ grasp, eventually made his way to Milwaukee, and opened the storied Benjamin’s Delicatessen and Restaurant of Shorewood, died May 5, 2021. He was 93.  Werner was born in a German village on July 30, 1927. After Kristallnacht in 1938, he was sent to Holland to live with […]

Madison chancellor apologizes for Rosh Hashanah conflict 

Madison chancellor apologizes for Rosh Hashanah conflict 

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  The University of Wisconsin-Madison sent emails to parents, students and staff on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, expressing regret for the school’s scheduling conflict with Rosh Hashanah.  “This is an overlap which we should have identified when schedules were being set,” wrote Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank. “Our process didn’t work in this instance and for […]

The goal is coffee shops and treats – this active local couple is enjoying many hobbies 

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  Renice Konik and Jim Kramlinger of Mequon are making the most of life, and they are having fun while doing it.   The couple is active both physically and mentally, a lifestyle that keeps the seniors “vibrant,” in Jim’s own words.   After five years of marriage, it seems that Jim could not have chosen a […]

Jewish Community Relations Council meets in an era of discord and rising antisemitism

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   Toxic polarization “stops being ideas and starts being about our identities,” said Rabbi Sam Englender, speaking at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Annual Meeting. It’s something to try to eliminate, he said.  The Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation held its annual meeting June 17, with Englender as a speaker. The meeting […]

A Wisconsinite’s gap year in Israel: Lauren Cayle saw Israel in pandemic, conflict 

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  Lauren Cayle’s decision to postpone her first year of undergraduate education at American University was an easy one.   “The coronavirus,” she explained bluntly. “It hit, and I’m someone who learns much better in person — I’m a very visual learner — so being online was not going to be very good for me.”   Instead, […]

Shaked Ram says goodbye to Hillel Milwaukee 

Shaked Ram says goodbye to Hillel Milwaukee 

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  Hillel Milwaukee Executive Director Deb Fendrich laments the departure of a good friend.  Marquette University graduate Amanda Krahn said she feels like she is losing a sister.  Both say that Shaked Ram, a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, has made a lasting impact on college-age and young adult Jews in Milwaukee. Her exit last month […]

CBS 58’s Scott Grodsky is living the dream 

CBS 58’s Scott Grodsky is living the dream 

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  Scott Grodsky had an epiphany at work one day.  “Yesterday, I was at the Bucks-Nets game, and I’m realizing … ‘I’m getting paid to be here’,” Grodsky, a sportscaster, said in May. “‘This is my job. This is work. This is one of the hottest tickets in Milwaukee.’”  As an anchor and reporter for […]

Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color 

Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color 

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   Edot Midwest works on behalf of Jews of color, helping them get to know one another and informing the larger community.   “Edot Midwest is a collaboration of different Jews of color who are leaders in their communities,” said Chelsea Cross, a spokesperson for the Milwaukee chapter. “The organization is really focused on bringing Jews […]

Remote journalism internship for 2021 school year

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  The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is offering a remote journalism internship for college students. The Chronicle has one opening for fall 2021. Full-time jobs and other internships often require or prefer previous professional experience. The Chronicle internship is designed to provide you with a good rung on that ladder. You will publish work samples that […]