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When a swastika appeared at school, Rufus King students spread love to 1,500 desks

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MILWAUKEE – They met after school one day, last spring at Rufus King International High School.  About 40 student volunteers gathered up 1,500 messages of love and then – everyone, go! The notes were the response of a school interfaith club, Wisconsin United in Love, to a single incident of antisemitism at school. When a swastika and thunderbolt were found dark-penciled onto a desk corner, students decided it was time for every desk corner in the school to get papered in love. That’s 1,500 desks. English teacher Kelly O'Keefe-Boettcher is a whiz at providing initial...

At Rufus King, Wisconsin is united in love

At Rufus King, Wisconsin is united in love

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MILWAUKEE –  At Rufus King International High School, Jewish students, Muslim students and others are working together for mutual understanding. They do so through a school club called Wisconsin United in Love. It’s a club that would be a good model for other schools, according to Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Hours Against Hate program coordinator, Andrea Bernstein. She’s […]

Five things to know about the first female rabbi

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Ask most Jews where and when the world’s first female rabbi was ordained, and they may guess 1970s America. But they’d be off by four decades and a continent. The first woman rabbi was not Sally Priesand, ordained by the Reform movement in 1972, but Regina Jonas, who earned the title in 1935 in Berlin. […]

2020 journalism internship

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The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is offering a journalism internship for college students. This is an unpaid position that will give you writing and reporting experience. You will publish work samples that you can show to prospective employers. Employers tend to prefer published work samples. If you join us, your supervisor will be Editor Rob Golub, […]

Local security efforts continue and grow

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  Years-long security efforts have continued and have recently been redoubled in Milwaukee, said Ari Friedman, director of security and community properties for the Federation. Over the last year, local synagogues have seen active assailant training from law enforcement professionals and from Friedman, he said. Also, educational sessions for representatives of local Jewish institutions have […]

What’s Nu? Nov. 2019

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Local immigrant project collected 500 pounds In just two weeks, Congregation Shalom collected two U-Hauls worth of needed items for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Donations included 500 pounds of clothing, with 1,300 pairs of socks, 217 coats and 66 backpacks. The coats are needed because some migrants are on their way to colder climates. […]

Marcus Foundation grants $3.2 million

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The Marcus Foundation awarded a $3.2 million grant to the Foundation for Jewish Camp for supporting mental, emotional and social health needs. Over the next four years, funding will be distributed to approximately 60 Jewish camps across North America, according to a news release. This initiative will be called “Yedid Nefesh: Nurturing Mental, Emotional and […]

Local mental health event for masculine-identifying teens

Local mental health event for masculine-identifying teens

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BBYO-Wisconsin Region is hosting a free event devoted to the wellness of masculine-identifying teens on Sunday, Nov. 17. This event, MENtal Health, is not only open to masculine-identifying teens, but also their parents, other adult loved ones and youth professionals. MENtal Health will be facilitated by mental health professionals. The program aims to recognize the […]

Grief group held on Wednesdays

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Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road in Fox Point, will be the site of a grief support group on Wednesdays from Nov. 6 to Nov. 27, noon-1 p.m. Jewish Family Services sponsors the group, which is facilitated by clinical professionals. Drop-ins are welcome. The sessions are free. After Nov. 27, the sessions will move […]

At 2019 Economic Forum, forecaster sees risk but has optimism

At 2019 Economic Forum, forecaster sees risk but has optimism

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MILWAUKEE — There’s some risk, but the U.S. economy is strong and could weather the current worldwide storm, according to a top economic forecaster. He made the prediction as others are cautioning that an economic downturn could be on the horizon, if only because the last recession was a long time ago by economics standards. […]

Local immigrant project collected 500 pounds

Local immigrant project collected 500 pounds

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In just two weeks, Congregation Shalom collected two U-Hauls worth of needed items for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Donations included 500 pounds of clothing, with 1,300 pairs of socks, 217 coats and 66 backpacks. The coats are needed because some migrants are on their way to colder climates. Nina Edelman, congregant of Shalom, was […]

Charges dropped against student

Charges dropped against student

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The college student who made off with a man’s swastika sign has seen her charges dropped in exchange for 10 hours of community service, she said. Grae Hosmanek, an elementary education major at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, reportedly took and tore up the sign outside at school, near the library. The man, who was […]

At Chai Point, after director’s diagnosis, residents offer strength

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Some people have a fear of aging. But not Trish Cohn, executive director of Ovation Chai Point. Cohn’s grandparents impressed upon her from an early age that being old was not a bad thing. They enjoyed life and engaged in acts of kindness in the larger community. When life became more challenging for them, Cohn’s […]

Coming events, Nov. 2019

Coming events, Nov. 2019

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Events this month include Israeli Falafel Night, see Nov. 3.

At OSRUI, you get to put electronics aside

At OSRUI, you get to put electronics aside

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At OSRUI, the Reform movement overnight camp in Oconomowoc, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cell phone over the summer. “We are screen free,” said Director Solly Kane of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. “Campers are allowed to have a music player if it just displays the name of the song.” Kane […]