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Cantor Martin to retire

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  Cantor Deborah Martin, the spiritual leader at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, has announced she will be retiring when her contract ends on June 30, 2020. She said her role at CEEW has been “very rewarding and fulfilling, and I will cherish the time I have had with this very special congregation. However, soon it will be time for me to spend more time with my family and to be more available to them. It will be time for more travel and relaxation.” Martin served as cantor for 24 years at Temple Beth-El in Madison before joining CEEW on July 1, 2015, as its first female...

At Torah Academy of Milwaukee, it’s not just about the theater

At Torah Academy of Milwaukee, it’s not just about the theater

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  GLENDALE – Blocking, in theater, is when the director tells actors where to stand, to ensure proper dramatic effect and good lines of sight for the audience. It’s one aspect of managing a production. At the Torah Academy of Milwaukee, a high school for girls, the student directors, both 17, meet with adult producer […]

Speakers: Once a young Auschwitz prisoner, now to visit Milwaukee, Baraboo

Speakers: Once a young Auschwitz prisoner, now to visit Milwaukee, Baraboo

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  For all the truth out there, said Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, there are also plenty of lies. That, she said, is why she and her father, Mike Bornstein, had to write their book. At age 4, Bornstein was imprisoned with his family at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates […]

Alfred Bader remembered as entrepreneur, philanthropist, survivor

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  Alfred Bader, a generous philanthropist, gifted Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a Man With Arms Akimbo” to his alma mater. Wikimedia Commons photo. Dr. Alfred Robert Bader, a chemist and entrepreneur who co-founded Aldrich Chemical Co. after escaping Nazi-occupied Austria, and later in life a prominent art collector, art dealer and philanthropist, died in Milwaukee on […]

Historic Manitowoc items donated

Historic Manitowoc items donated

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  MILWAUKEE – Hundreds of Manitowoc Jewish documents and items, including a Torah cover, have been donated to the archives of Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue materials were donated in December by Bess Schwartz, an Ovation Chai Point resident and longtime synagogue member. The congregation – […]

R+R Club helps families with early-onset memory loss

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  MILWAUKEE – When Dawn Adler started a club two years ago for those with early-onset memory loss, it wasn’t because she saw there were other clubs like it. In fact, it’s an unusual idea. Adler, the director of the adult day care center and ReCharge for Ovation Jewish Home, started the club because she […]

Annual Campaign: Meet Sharyl Paley

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  Sharyl Paley, MD, is the current Women’s Philanthropy Chair for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She spoke recently with The Chronicle. Excerpts of that conversation follow. Tell us about your background. My husband Bob and I live on the North Shore of Milwaukee where we both grew up. We have three children: Hannah, Avi and […]

Census finds more contacts in Jewish education

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  An annual Milwaukee-area census of Jewish education has found an increased number of contacts with Jewish education over the last year. Participation among children and teens rose from 2,851 instances of contact with major Jewish educational programs in the 2017-2018 academic year to 2,923 in 2018-2019. That’s an increase of more than 2 percent. […]

As ‘Fiddler’ arrives at Uihlein Hall, a Tevye understudy is ready

As ‘Fiddler’ arrives at Uihlein Hall, a Tevye understudy is ready

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  The first time Danny Arnold saw “Fiddler on the Roof” was as a middle schooler in Succasunna, New Jersey. His older brother Adam was one of the Russian soloists in a high school production. “I became hooked on the show and always wanted to do it from that point on,” he said, “and saw […]

Hours Against Hate mural brings together diversity

Hours Against Hate mural brings together diversity

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  MILWAUKEE – Early last summer a friend of Milwaukee-based artist Rozalia Hernandez-Singh told her about an opportunity to help children paint a mural at the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp. Intrigued, Hernandez-Singh was put in touch with Andrea Bernstein, the coordinator of Hours Against Hate, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish […]

Hillel’s shining star comes from darkness

Hillel’s shining star comes from darkness

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  MILWAUKEE – She’s a Hillel rock star, livening up events with positive energy, helping to found a new Jewish women’s group and interning at Hillel Milwaukee. “She got the Challah for Hunger program off the ground nearly single-handedly,” said Hillel Milwaukee Executive Director Julie Schack, interviewing in early December. The program has students baking […]

Hebrew class at Nicolet is like family

Hebrew class at Nicolet is like family

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  GLENDALE ­– One day, couches just appeared in the classroom. “It was a few weeks back. We came in on Monday to these couches,” remembered Yishay Levin, a 15-year-old freshman at Nicolet High School. “She actually found them on the side of a road.” What happened was that Nicolet High School Hebrew teacher Yael […]

Local women invited to play catchball

Local women invited to play catchball

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  Come out and play a popular Israeli women’s sport, called mamanet, with Israeli athletes as teammates. There are no athletic requirements, just a willingness to learn and have fun. An Israeli women’s mamanet team will be in Milwaukee Feb. 3-11. They’ll hit the gymnasium of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, […]

How to hire a rabbi in the 1950s

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Are you old enough to remember what correspondence and conducting synagogue business was like in the 1950s? The archives of Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, acquired a treasure trove of documents from Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue in December. The Manitowoc synagogue had close to 200 families in the 1950s, according to […]

Israeli chefs to fight it out in Milwaukee

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  You’ve seen cooking shows where chefs get down and dirty. Now see it live in Milwaukee. This month, Israeli chefs Gili Altman and Yehuda Ninniyo will go head-to-head during a “Shakshuka Shakedown” and will be cooking and meeting people during other local appearances. The men are visiting from Milwaukee and Madison’s partnership region in […]