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Free Jewish books for kids

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  Families of young children can grow an in-home collection of Jewish books through a free resource called PJ Library. Based in Massachusetts, PJ Library sends picture books and early chapter readers about Jewish values and culture monthly to enrolled kids ages six months through 8-years-old. It also develops activities to engage Jewish children and create a sense of community. PJ Library is funded through donors and a partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation — an organization that invests in Jewish life and community. It also has more than 200 partners in communities...

Local and Israeli students study together – virtually

Local and Israeli students study together – virtually

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  The sixth and eighth graders of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale and the third and eighth graders of Nofei Arbel School in Kibbutz Ginossar, Israel were jumping and singing together on Jan. 18. Well, kind of together. “They had a Skype conference,” explained Lori Abramson. “The Nofei Arbel kids learned a Tu […]

Wisconsin native co-hosts popular Jewish podcast

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  While Shorewood native Lex Rofes is not following in his parent’s footsteps, as both are attorneys, his chosen profession does have to do with laws. The promulgations he focuses his life’s work on are those contained in the Torah, not necessarily the Constitution. A third-year rabbinical student at ALEPH, The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, […]

Israel’s ambassador to the United States to speak in Milwaukee

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Israel’s ambassador to the United States will speak in Milwaukee on Tuesday, June 5. The Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee have joined together for a special lunch program with Ambassador Ron Dermer. The June 5 luncheon is set to take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the War Memorial […]

Ben-Gurion visiting Milwaukee. No, really.

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  Carrying the Ben-Gurion name was not a childhood burden for the grandson of Israel’s first prime minister. “For me and my two sisters, it was a normal life,” said Alon Ben-Gurion, who grew up in Israel. “The kids in my neighborhood were like, ‘If you can play soccer, come with us.’ They didn’t care […]

Two groups are aimed at young mothers

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  Every mom needs a breather, sometimes in the form of a hot cup of coffee and a supportive table of friends. There are at least two local groups to help you get there, one at Congregation Shalom and the other a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation called Shalom Baby. Congregation Shalom and Shalom Baby […]

Visiting doctors treat Syrian children

Visiting doctors treat Syrian children

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  MILWAUKEE – When a community group from the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul visited Israel in November 2016, they visited the Kinneret College, a winery, a water management installation and a hospital, among other spots. When the group of about a dozen from the St. Paul Jewish community visited Baruch Padeh Medical Center, […]

Finally, Milwaukee choir feels it’s ready

Finally, Milwaukee choir feels it’s ready

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  MILWAUKEE — Quite some time ago, a member of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale said the local singers should take on an usually difficult piece. We’re not ready, Artistic Director Enid Bootzin Berkovits told Merzy Eisenberg, the chair of the group’s music selection committee. Then, Eisenberg said it again. She said it again and […]

Thank you for being kosher

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  MILWAUKEE – It can be challenging to maintain a kosher diet, even for Jews who grew up eating kosher. Every product in the store — excluding fresh produce — must be checked to see if it carries a kosher-certification symbol. Kosher meat can be more expensive. Even kosher-style delis or restaurants are usually not […]

Longtime rock for Israel to speak

Longtime rock for Israel to speak

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  You can’t put Israeli Aryeh Green in one category. He’s many things. He’s the former executive director of a nonprofit devoted to assisting journalists in Israel. He’s chief strategy officer for an Israeli company that works to bring renewable energy production to developing nations. He’s even just published a book on his long walk […]

War veterans dance through trauma

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  War veterans and company members from the Milwaukee Ballet will share the stage May 12-13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Danceworks, in a performance night called “Moving Beyond the Battlefield: an Arts Collaboration Among Veterans and Artists.” Dance, with its emotional and physical connection to the body, can be healing and liberating, especially for people who […]

Review: ‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’

Review: ‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’

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Amy Waldman is a regular writer for the Chronicle. As a librarian with the Milwaukee Public Library, Waldman has led discussion groups on the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” Here, she shares her thoughts on the book. Perhaps because it’s set in Milwaukee, Matthew Desmond’s immersive study of […]

Jewish Community Center announces awards

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  MILWAUKEE – The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center announced the recipients of its three highest annual honors: the Joe E. Smith Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, the Yachad Award for Community Partnership, and the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging Leaders Award. The 2018 Yachad Award, presented to a community partner who supports […]

Donation truck to tour the area

Donation truck to tour the area

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  Tikkun Ha-Ir, the local nonprofit that’s “repairing Milwaukee,” is collecting clothing, toys, books, diapers, linen, toiletries and more for area shelters and agencies. A clearly marked collection vehicle will visit drop-off locations Sunday, May 6 at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 9–11:30 a.m.; Monday, May 7, at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 12–3 p.m.; Tuesday, […]