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Goldberg to retire from Federation, leaves a trail of accomplishments

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  MILWAUKEE – By the numbers, Caren Goldberg’s tenure at Milwaukee Jewish Federation has been inarguably impressive. When she started as an endowment associate in 1996, there was less than $60 million in assets under management at the Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation. Now it’s close to $200 million, with Goldberg as executive director of the Foundation since 2011. In addition to her role at the Foundation, she’s also chief development officer for the Federation. Yet when asked what she’s most proud of, she thinks of the human relationships. “I think it’s mutual...

Wisconsin responds to Chicago riders

Wisconsin responds to Chicago riders

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  After the Chicago Chaiway Riders put a call out for Wisconsin motorcycle riders in the February edition of the Chronicle, about 10 people made contact with the group and expressed interest in starting a Wisconsin riding club, according to organizers. Efforts are underway. Also, Wisconsin resident Jim Salinsky made contact, representing a group that […]

Local filmmaker brings virtual reality to D.C. Holocaust museum

Local filmmaker brings virtual reality to D.C. Holocaust museum

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  Imagine — It’s spring 1943 and you’re wandering through a courtyard in the now-abandoned Warsaw ghetto. It’s eerily silent. Snow begins to fall. A distant train horn sounds.  Then, you realize: It’s not snow. It’s hundreds of down feathers drifting from the bedding an entire Jewish community has left behind. Soon, you may hardly […]

Author to speak on ‘Breaking Hate’

Author to speak on ‘Breaking Hate’

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  MILWAUKEE — When Chrisitian Picciolini was just 14-years-old, he was drawn into the violent hate-filled world of the Chicago Area Skinheads. It was 1987 and as an insecure teen with absent parents, Picciolini quickly became emboldened by the neo-Nazi movement’s message. He spent the next eight years of his youth spreading its dogma through […]

State senate committee to hold public hearing on Holocaust education bill

State senate committee to hold public hearing on Holocaust education bill

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  MADISON — A Holocaust education bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the state Senate, after unanimous approval in the state Assembly on Feb. 18, 2020. The public hearing is set for Wednesday, March 11, 10 a.m., before the state Senate Committee on Education in the Capitol building.   The Assembly voted 98-0 […]

Jewish Democrats launch local chapter

Jewish Democrats launch local chapter

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A chapter of the Jewish Democratic Council of America has launched in the Milwaukee area. The national Council was launched in 2017 “to serve as the voice of Jewish Democrats,” according to the group. The Council endorses candidates and is creating a college campus fellows program. The local co-chairs are Linda Frank, Marvin Tick and […]

Since 2015, a 329 percent increase in reported antisemitic incidents

Since 2015, a 329 percent increase in reported antisemitic incidents

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  MILWAUKEE – A 55 percent annual increase in antisemitic incidents, among other disturbing trends, are part of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s 2019 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. The just-released statewide audit found a marked increase in hate group activity. For antisemitism overall, the audit reports a 55 percent increase in incidents from 2018 to […]

Passover food drive seeks donations, offers food distribution

Passover food drive seeks donations, offers food distribution

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  Food donations for the Community Passover Food Drive (Ma’ot Chittim) will be collected March 15-30 at several collection sites Products needed, which must have kosher certification for Passover, include matzo, canned gefilte fish, matzo ball soup mix and grape juice in plastic containers. These basic items will then be supplemented with traditional Passover items. […]

Pilnik grew local Holocaust center markedly

Pilnik grew local Holocaust center markedly

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Shay Pilnik believes Holocaust education chose him more than he chose the field. In 2014, he was selected to serve as the executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Pilnik has been credited by many for growing the center into a more robust […]

Salute to Jewish Educators slated for March 15

Salute to Jewish Educators slated for March 15

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The annual Salute to Jewish Educators awards, to be held March 15, 2020, are to honor Dr. Steven Baruch and Yael Gal-Ben Yitschak, among others. The awards are slated for 3-5 p.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. There is no charge to […]

At 50, she’s training for Jerusalem Marathon, for three causes

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Tendinitis and hamstring issues haven’t stopped Tanya Mazor-Posner. The pain of hitting the runners’ proverbial “wall” is excruciating but not goal-ending for her. Seeing the disbelief on the faces of family and friends and hearing the “Are you crazy?” remarks have not discouraged her from that goal, which is running in the Jerusalem Marathon on […]

At public hearing, Holocaust bill has support from speakers, legislators

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MADISON — Legislators on a key committee expressed support for a Holocaust education bill at a hearing Wednesday, despite some admitted misgivings about imposing mandates. They were also riveted as Holocaust survivor Eva Zaret spoke. She told members of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs that she saw “babies thrown to the wall.” She told […]

Suit claims antisemitism at Milwaukee’s channel 4

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  MILWAUKEE – According to one lawsuit, antisemitism has been a recent problem at WTMJ-4. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Dec. 23, 2019 that former WTMJ-4 weatherman Scott Steele filed suit alleging antisemitic discrimination, but a Chronicle review of court documents unearths more details about an alleged “culture of discrimination” at the station. Steele’s suit […]

Guide to summer camps 2020

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CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA MIDWEST Director: Robin Andersoninfo@cyjmid.org www.cymid.org Winter address:60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL 60062 (224) 235-4665 Summer address: E989 Stratton Lake Road Waupaca, WI 54981(715) 258-2288 Sessions 2020 We have 6 session options of fees from $600 – $7900 Ages: 2nd–9th Grade, Coed Located in Central Wisconsin, CYJ Midwest has provided a […]

School funding to jump, thanks to Bader Philanthropies

School funding to jump, thanks to Bader Philanthropies

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MILWAUKEE – Local religious education is to see a big cash boost, thanks to Bader Philanthropies. At the same time, school funding calculations are to be simplified in a way that could increase a feeling of privacy for families. Bader Philanthropies has been funding local religious day schools for many years, but thanks to a […]