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Jewish Education Innovation Grants are allocated

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Milwaukee Jewish Federation is issuing $20,000 in Jewish Education Innovation Grants for the 2019-20 school year, for programming including a college-level Jewish Bioethics course and a Teen Jewish Art League. In 2017, one of the recommendations of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s newly formed Jewish Education Task Force was to create the innovation grant fund. It’s for introducing more children to Jewish education by encouraging new partnerships and original programming throughout the local Jewish community. Grant beneficiaries included: • A college-level Jewish Bioethics...

‘Spiritual remodeling’ at La Crosse congregation

‘Spiritual remodeling’ at La Crosse congregation

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A La Crosse congregation — more than 100 years old — is going through a spiritual remodeling, after the retirement of its rabbi of 37 years. Congregation Sons of Abraham has been a steadfast pillar of Conservative Judaism in La Crosse for over a century, but with the retirement of Rabbi Simcha Prombaum on June […]

Federation offered ‘First 7 Minutes’ training

Federation offered ‘First 7 Minutes’ training

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Would people at local faith-based institutions know what to do in the first minutes of a medical crisis? Now, thanks to local training offered through a partnership between Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Magen David Adom, many have been given training for a good foundation in initial response. The training made the Federation the first organization […]

‘Give Me Liberty’ celebrates Milwaukee; U.S. premier at Oriental Theater on Aug. 22

‘Give Me Liberty’ celebrates Milwaukee; U.S. premier at Oriental Theater on Aug. 22

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MILWAUKEE — Great cities have inspired dozens of memorable films. New York has its “Manhattan,” Rome its “Roman Holiday.” And now Milwaukee has its own cinematic love letter in the form of “Give Me Liberty.” Directed and co-written by Milwaukee transplant and Russian Jewish immigrant Kirill Mikhanovsky, the film follows Vic, a hapless young Russian […]

Words of wisdom from Elie Wiesel: Author who interviewed him to speak

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Elie Wiesel, renowned novelist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and professor of Judaic studies, gave so much to the world prior to his death in 2016 – like his novel, “Night,” his infamous book on the Holocaust.  Posthumously, he’s given one more thing: final words of wisdom immortalized in the book, “The Art of Inventing Hope: […]

Friendship Circle to grow, adding a North Shore coffee shop

Friendship Circle to grow, adding a North Shore coffee shop

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FOX POINT – The Brooklyn, New York-based Friendship Circle has programs throughout North America and elsewhere, pairing volunteer teens with kids who have special needs, among other programming. Over the summer of 2017, the local Friendship Circle executive director, Rabbi Levi Stein, and his partner and wife Leah Stein, decided to take that international mission […]

Cantor Berman to ‘complete’ her ‘tenure’

Cantor Berman to ‘complete’ her ‘tenure’

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FOX POINT – Contemplating her life’s work, Cantor Karen Berman said it has been so very “relational.” As in relationships.  “I get to give them a hug in the hall,” she said. “I have loved them and in return they have loved me.” Berman is to “complete” her “tenure” — she’s not a fan of […]

Still walking, with walker

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Ruane “Ru” Hill is 95 years old, but his goal is to live as long as his great aunt Martha, who died one week before turning 112. Motivated to achieve this goal, Ru makes an effort to be active. Despite his use of a walker to assist with balance, Ru goes on a 50-minute walk […]

Reps. Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan oppose boycott condemnation bill

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House overwhelmingly condemns Israel boycott movement, but local representatives see it differently

‘First 7 Minutes’ training slots open for faith-based workers

‘First 7 Minutes’ training slots open for faith-based workers

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Do you work at a local faith-based institution? Would you know what to do in the first seven minutes of a medical crisis? Milwaukee Jewish Federation has spots available for Magen David Adom’s “First 7 Minutes” training, to be held locally in four-hour slots from July 15-17, 2019. The training provides guidance on what to […]

At Milwaukee’s most frequent egalitarian minyan, women count

At Milwaukee’s most frequent egalitarian minyan, women count

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No disrespect to others intended, minyan attendees find comfort, obligation

After more than 50 years, Lubavitch leader is still on a mission

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Rabbi Yisroel Shmotkin met “the Rebbe” several times before the revered Chabad-Lubavitch leader’s death in 1994. This included a private audience. The Rebbe, the Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, remains a guiding patriarch, even in death, for the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Firm ties to the Rebbe set Chabad-Lubavitch apart from other streams of Jewish thought. (Though […]

Time to say Lehitraot … My term as shlichah is at an end

Time to say Lehitraot … My term as shlichah is at an end

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Time is a peculiar thing. The last two years seemed to pass so quickly it felt like it went by in a minute, yet so many life-changing moments happened since we got to Milwaukee.   The decision to go on shlichutwas probably the biggest decision we had to make as a family. We hardly knew anything about Milwaukee (except that […]

Racine native receives bone marrow donation

Racine native receives bone marrow donation

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Edward Wolfman spent a year on the search for the ultimate mensch — a bone marrow donor who could cure his leukemia and save his life. In the spring of 2019, Wolfman finally got the call; a match had appeared on the bone marrow registry. Wolfman had reached out to the Chronicle during his search […]

Aliyah: Q&A with Michael Eglash, formerly of Milwaukee

Aliyah: Q&A with Michael Eglash, formerly of Milwaukee

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I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Israel. I met with as many Israeli friends as I could. One of those friends was Michael Eglash, who I’ve known since 1990. I met Eglash when I was a junior at Riverside University High School. It was a time in my life when I was becoming […]