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All Jewish day schools see two-year increase 

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  Jewish day school enrollment has increased, while overall synagogue school enrollment has dropped in the Milwaukee area, according to the annual education census of the Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  All Milwaukee-area Jewish day schools have seen an increase in enrollment over the last two years.  Synagogue educational programs have seen […]

Liza’s pick: ‘Let Liberty Rise!’

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Local Jewish educator Liza Wiemer has this book on her mind …  “Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty” by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, March 2, 2021, Scholastic.   There are many connections to Lady Liberty and the Jewish people, and Chana Stiefel shares an important link in this […]

100 years ago, two men founded the Chronicle 

100 years ago, two men founded the Chronicle 

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  MILWAUKEE – Nathan Gould and Irving Rhodes founded the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle in 1921 to unite and support the Jewish community in Milwaukee.  Starting his career as a lawyer, Gould earned his degree from the University of Michigan. There, he met Samuel Rhodes, who introduced him to his future business partner, Samuel Rhodes’ brother […]

Here are ten big local Jewish stories of the last 100 years 

Here are ten big local Jewish stories of the last 100 years 

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  Here, we bring you 10 of the biggest local Jewish news stories of the last 100 years. It’s part of how we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary. We’ve created this list looking backwards, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.  Would you have picked different headlines? Let us know! We like to hear from you.  Chronicle […]

Despite national concerns, MJDS sees three years of increase, for several reasons 

Despite national concerns, MJDS sees three years of increase, for several reasons 

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  Milwaukee Jewish Day School has seen its third straight year of increase in enrollment numbers, a notable achievement after many years of declining numbers.   Much has been discussed nationally regarding a feared decline of non-Orthodox Jewish life in America. Yet Milwaukee Jewish Day School – a self-described “pluralistic” school that serves many non-Orthodox families […]

Wisconsin to do Purim virtually 

Wisconsin to do Purim virtually 

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  The silliness of Purim can’t be stopped. Purim, a joyous festival where things get turned upside down, is Feb. 25.  This year’s themes at local shuls include dogs for “Pawrim” (ouch), while at another, “Grease” will be the word. All of the plans we’ve found have been virtual. This is a roundup of a […]

For 100 years, the Chronicle has been grateful 

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  We published this article on April 19, 1963, noting the accomplishments of 25 years of the Jewish Welfare Fund, a predecessor to today’s Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. The Chronicle for 100 years has recognized that without such efforts, there could not be a vibrant local Jewish community.   Born in 1921, the Chronicle in […]

Torah Academy of Milwaukee navigates pandemic 

Torah Academy of Milwaukee navigates pandemic 

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  The pulse of things at Torah Academy of Milwaukee – a school for girls from observant families – has been sorely impacted by the pandemic, just as so many other schools and institutions have been.   Torah Academy of Milwaukee has been holding classes with social distancing and mask wearing; cordoned off its student lounge; […]

Marilyn K. Franklin seeks school board reelection 

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  Marilyn K. Franklin is seeking reelection to the Nicolet School Board in Glendale.  The primary is Feb. 16, followed by the general election April 6. Franklin has served on the board since 1988, including service as president and clerk. She has served as founding trustee and president of the North Shore Library School Board and […]

How to best open next summer? Interlaken director finds answers – for the nation 

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  Toni Davison Levenberg wanted answers from people who had lived the problems, so she went and got them – for herself and for Jewish camps nationwide.  Jewish summer camps everywhere have been working to determine best practices for opening next summer, given the pandemic. There have been Zoom sessions with advice, sponsored by various […]

New ‘Next Gen’ director, Jeffrey Tiell, sees possibilities 

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  Jeffrey Tiell is the new director of Next Gen for Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and he’s working to engage young Jewish adults. Tiell started Jan. 4  Tiell said wants to leverage the Federation as a convener and connector for Jews ages 21-45.  “That could look like a lot of different things,” he said. It could […]

Milwaukee bar mitzvah during a pandemic 

Milwaukee bar mitzvah during a pandemic 

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  Tzviki Eisenbach had a bar mitzvah with more than 200 guests, including at least 50 from out of town. That was in August 2019. Then, it was his younger brother Mutty Eisenbach’s turn this winter.  Yet as the pandemic wore on, it became increasingly clear that 13-year-old Mutty’s bar mitzvah would be different from […]

Tapestry season to focus on Broadway 

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  The JCC’s Tapestry program will focus on Broadway this year, with events such as a Broadway-oriented jazz concert.   “Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC” is a program of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. It seeks to serve as a central hub for building community through the arts in Milwaukee.   […]

Sinai hosts monthly discussion with Israeli shul 

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  About 25 people from Congregation Sinai in Fox Point and Emet veShalom in Nahariya, Israel, are connecting on a monthly basis through Zoom to discuss coping with uncertainty.   The group reads and discusses, in English, Jewish texts relating to the theme “ ‘I just don’t know!’ – Dealing with (and Embracing) Uncertainty.”   In addition […]

Manitowoc congregation is shutting down 

Manitowoc congregation is shutting down 

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  In 2016, when Manitowoc’s Anshe Poale Zedek congregation sold its synagogue building, there were media reports that it was “closing its doors,” but the congregation did not disband. It moved into a nearby chapel at a First Presbyterian Church complex.  Now, Anshe Poale Zedek really is closing its doors.  “It’s devastating. It hurts me […]