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Four things to know about Whitewater and students with disabilities

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  The Chronicle reported on University of Wisconsin – Whitewater as part of a pair of stories on the Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund. Here are four things to know about Whitewater: Special role. Back in 1973, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater was designated the key school to work with disabled students. Other schools work with disabled students too, but Whitewater has a special role. 9 percent. Whitewater’s Center for Students with Disabilities is currently serving about 1,150 students, about 9 percent of the overall student population. Case management. “I think...

Hecht fund eases the college burden

Hecht fund eases the college burden

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WHITEWATER – Consider a pair of Jewish college students who attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, about 75 years apart. They came from different generations but are forever linked through a monumental act of tzedakah. Richard Hecht attended Whitewater first, back in the 1950s. Richard could attend only because of an anonymous gift from […]

Don’t assume you need to fit a mold to win a Hecht college scholarship

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It’s a $5,000 college scholarship that’s not just for highly involved students with top grades. The Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund committee, which has strong Hecht family representation, wants to live up to Harry Hecht’s wishes, and he wanted it to go to someone in need. The fund gives out $5,000 scholarships and is […]

G2 program brings grandparents and children together

G2 program brings grandparents and children together

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For Lloyd Levin and Sheri Miller Levin, a new program at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has been a family bonding opportunity. The Levins participated in the first local cohort of G2, formally known as the Global Intergenerational Initiative. The program is part of Partnership2Gether by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Using a curriculum by director […]

Jews of Color organization launches

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Edot HaMidwest, a newly launched project based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Human Ecology, is working to reduce prejudice while increasing the leadership of Jewish people of color. The project is based at the School of Human Ecology because human ecology is the discipline that studies human beings and our environment, […]

Friendship Circle coffee shop is open

Friendship Circle coffee shop is open

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  The Friendship Circle of Wisconsin coffee shop is now open daily, except Shabbat.  The Chronicle was first to report the plans to open this new kind of coffee shop, representing an idea with little precedent, if any. The Friendship Circle mission is to provide people with special needs the support, friendship, and inclusion they […]

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 […]

Coran will be campaign chair for 2021

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  Judy Coran has been named Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign chair for 2021. Coran has held many roles in the Annual Campaign, including volunteer solicitor, chair of the Maimonides Society and Women’s Campaign chair.  She has sat on the development committee, Israel Center shlichut committee and currently is a member of the boards of […]

$36,000 awards open to teens

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The Helen Diller Family Foundation’s Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is now accepting applications for 2020. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek teens showing leadership in creating and leading a new initiative that embodies the values of tikkun olam. The awards recognize up to 15 Jewish teens annually with $36,000 each to put toward […]

Nominate Jewish educators for awards

Nominate Jewish educators for awards

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On March 15, the Milwaukee Jewish community will gather together to thank local Jewish educators at the perennial Salute to Jewish Educators, organized by the Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Nominations for the awards — The Levy Family CJL Jewish Educator of the Year Award, Inspiration Award for Informal Jewish Education, Rabbi […]

Lake Park Synagogue hosts Rabbi Zvi Grumet

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Lake Park Synagogue is hosting a Shabbaton with Rabbi Zvi Grumet from April 24-26, 2020. Services will begin at 6 p.m. Friday followed by dessert and a talk led by Rabbi Zvi Grumet. His main sermon will be on Saturday morning. Lox n’ Learn, a bagel breakfast and presentation from Grumet on topics related to […]

‘Boogie Without Borders’ dance-a-thon to benefit HIAS

‘Boogie Without Borders’ dance-a-thon to benefit HIAS

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Congregation Sinai is hosting “Boogie Without Borders,” a dance-a-thon to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS, on Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to midnight. HIAS was created to assist Jews with immigration and resettlement into the United States. Through both world wars, HIAS assisted Jewish refugees and aided resettlement in the U.S. HIAS recently […]

Loans available for adoption, infertility and more

Loans available for adoption, infertility and more

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  The Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association is now targeting loans to those adopting a child or otherwise growing their families. The local nonprofit, which makes interest-free loans for various personal needs, has created a fund specifically for adoption and growing families. The Eileen and Glenn Graves Growing Families Loan Fund is the brainchild of […]

Jews who curl

Jews who curl

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  The idea of a Jewish curling team might evoke images of the Jamaican bobsled team in “Cool Runnings,” but Tedd Lookatch of Mequon is determined to assemble one. “I always thought it would be cool to have a team of all Jewish people,” he says. Lookatch has been curling for about 15 years at […]