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Repairing Together asks, if different cultures grow up together, what happens?

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  What happens if young children from different cultures – who were perhaps not destined to see much of each other or even meet in America’s most segregated city­ ­– spend 10 years growing up together? Elsie Crawford plans to find out. Crawford is the founder of Repairing Together, a project of Milwaukee Jewish Day School that’s bringing four schools together. Participants are Milwaukee Jewish Day School in Whitefish Bay; the Indian Community School in Franklin; Milwaukee College Prep 38th Street Campus, which has a largely black student body; and Bruce Guadalupe...

Kindergarteners’ letter of love leads to a Milwaukee Jewish Day School visit

Kindergarteners’ letter of love leads to a Milwaukee Jewish Day School visit

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  WHITEFISH BAY — After a Chicago-area school district saw two high-school suicides in November of 2018, Milwaukee Jewish Day School teacher Rona Wolfe’s kindergarten class sent them a letter. “Dear Friends,” it said, in the sort of giant-size print you’d expect from a kindergarten class. “We heard you are feeling sad. We hope you […]

At anti-Semitism town hall, trends cited and a call for vigilance

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Wisconsin saw a 166 percent increase in anti-Semitic vandalism in 2018, according to a recent audit by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council. That’s one of the findings in a report that raises the alarm regarding rising anti-Semitism. Incidents overall are up by 20.5 percent from the prior year. On an annual basis, […]

Coming events, April 2019

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Wednesday, April 3 ‘Swipe Out Hunger’  Swipe Out Hunger CEO Rachel Sumekh will share how one woman can make a difference with her innovative approach to swiping out hunger among college students at the 5th Annual Edie Adelman Lecture. April 3, 7 p.m., at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road. This free lecture is presented […]

Wisconsin voyage to Uganda: Big moments, big take-aways

Wisconsin voyage to Uganda: Big moments, big take-aways

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  When three Wisconsinites joined a Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 2019 trip of Jewish music professionals to Africa, there were moments and take-aways to never be forgotten. Observations are from Cantor Jerry Berkowitz, formerly of Congregation Beth-El Ner Tamid in Mequon and current spiritual leader for Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue of Manitowoc; Hazzan Jeremy Stein of […]

Abayudaya Jewry: Riches without wealth

Abayudaya Jewry: Riches without wealth

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  The chief Rabbi of Uganda is to speak in Milwaukee on Monday, April 8, a visit hastily arranged to fit into his already-planned American tour, after local music professionals visited Africa in January and February. Wisconsin’s visitors to Africa found a small but highly engaged community, with commitment to tzedakeh, plus a desire to […]

Saber is organizing Poland trip — want to go?

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  Local Jewish educator Jennifer Saber is organizing an educational Poland experience for adults, set to include a trip to Europe and local study sessions. Her “Poland Journey for Adults” with the Ramah Israel Institute is slated for July 22-28, 2019. The Ramah Israel Institute helps plan educational trips to Israel and is affiliated with […]

State’s cantors to come together in Waukesha

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Many of the state’s cantors will bring their voices together on Sunday, April 14, for “A Journey of Jewish Music,” and its influence on popular American music. The concert is in celebration of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha’s 80th anniversary, and Cantor Deborah Martin will be explaining the diverse Jewish music of our heritage throughout the globe […]

Local author takes on Trump

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Dr. H. Steven Moffic, an occasional contributor to the Chronicle, is one of 10 authors added to a new edition of the book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” The full title of the new edition is “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President – Updated and […]

Jewish Community Relations Council reports rise in incidents

Jewish Community Relations Council reports rise in incidents

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  Wisconsin is experiencing an “alarming” rise in anti-Semitic incidents, announced the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, as it released its 2018 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents in March of 2019. Mirroring the rise of white supremacy, racism and anti-Semitism in the U.S. and across the globe, new data shows an unprecedented […]

Psychiatrist and rabbi probe Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

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  A Jewish psychiatrist and a rabbi – a father and son duo – will give a talk on their respective books, one on Islamophobia and the other on anti-Semitism, Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave. This event is a “rare opportunity to see how the two subject […]

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see light

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see light

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  The play was written by a prisoner of a Holocaust-era ghetto. Today, its presence is to be felt locally. “The Last Cyclist” is being staged April 4-14 at Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point. The original version of “The Last Cyclist” was written as a cabaret in 1944 by Karel Svenk, a prisoner in […]

World War II: Photography exhibit offers rare glimpse of Jewish partisans

World War II: Photography exhibit offers rare glimpse of Jewish partisans

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MILWAUKEE — In a time of war and genocide, only three things stood between Faye Schulman and certain death: a camera, the ability to use it well and a lot of bravery. On Thursday, March 28, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., will launch “Pictures of Resistance: […]

Burial plots secured for Jewish community in Madison

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  The Jewish Burial Association of Madison, a nonprofit, set out to meet the burial needs of the Madison Jewish community with their acquisition of 1272 new Jewish burial plots in the Beit Olamim Jewish section of Sunset Memory Gardens. These plots will serve the Jewish community for the next 50 years, according to the […]

Mushka Lein makes Shabbat meals new and different

Mushka Lein makes Shabbat meals new and different

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As Shabbat approaches, Mushka Lein has a “whole method” to putting the kosher spread on the table for Chabad of the East Side, which includes online grocery ordering and “last minute chopping.” Lein and her husband, Rabbi Yisroel Lein, lead Chabad of the East Side. “We’re the whole shpiel,” she said. The couple moved from […]