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Adam Minter, author of ‘Junkyard Planet,’ to speak for Jewish Museum Milwaukee  

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    Adam Minter comes from a family of scrap dealers going back more than 100 years. He is the great grandson of Abe Leder, a Russian immigrant, who echoed the common cry of the turn-of-the-century Jewish peddlers: “Junk man! Any rags, any bones, any bottles today?”   Minter will be speaking 7 p.m. Nov. 18, virtually for Jewish Museum Milwaukee, which is hosting through Jan. 30 a traveling exhibit: “Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling.” The event is being held in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library. Visit Jewishmuseummilwaukee.org.   Minter, of Minneapolis, grew up...

Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate assistant prosecutor, to speak live 

Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate assistant prosecutor, to speak live 

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  Jill Wine-Banks is a woman of firsts, having blazed a trail in professional positions, all while shattering gender stereotypes.   She took on mobsters as the first female trial attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. And she confronted Watergate criminals on the special prosecutor’s trial team from […]

Mordecai Lee writes about those we don’t think about, examines FDR presidency through the assistants  

Mordecai Lee writes about those we don’t think about, examines FDR presidency through the assistants  

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  Mordecai Lee keeps writing books on a topic that the head of a library once suggested.   “I went to the FDR library, which is in Hyde Park, New York, and requested some files, and often those are files that no other scholar had asked to see because these are, sort of, secondary subjects,” Lee […]

Jewish Community Pantry Mural is an amalgam of requests 

Jewish Community Pantry Mural is an amalgam of requests 

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  MILWAUKEE – Residents asked for positive public art, so positivity is what local artist LaNia Sproles poured into the new Jewish Community Pantry Mural.   On Aug. 31, 2021, Sproles gave a tour of the mural she painted onto a wall outside the Jewish Community Pantry, 2900 W. Center St.  The mural was funded by […]

I’m at Tufts, but I’m still part of Mitzpe, Israel 

I’m at Tufts, but I’m still part of Mitzpe, Israel 

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  Wisconsinite Julia Appel, 19, recently completed a gap year, including spring and summer in Israel, before starting as an undergraduate at Tufts University. She wrote this article about her participation in a four-month program in the fall and summer called Project TEN with NEXT. The program offers young adults the chance to “give of […]

Solidarity mission to Israel during crisis: Post-war, pandemic-era visit was meaningful to Milwaukeeans and to Israelis  

Solidarity mission to Israel during crisis: Post-war, pandemic-era visit was meaningful to Milwaukeeans and to Israelis  

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    When five local Jewish leaders went on a pandemic-era Milwaukee Jewish Federation Solidarity Misson trip to Israel in June 2021, the experience was heartfelt and met with warmth at a time of great pressure for Israel. The trip occurred following the May 2021 ceasefire in the war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.  “We wanted to show the Israeli people that […]

New BBYO-Wisconsin Region director loved her youth groups 

New BBYO-Wisconsin Region director loved her youth groups 

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  Tamar Tenenbaum, who was inspired by her Jewish youth groups in Minnesota, is the new Regional Director for BBYO-Wisconsin Region. She started Sept. 1, 2021.  “I feel like I grew my passion for Judaism and Israel when I was a teen,” she said. “I want to show that passion to the kids.”  BBYO is […]

Monthly ‘Lunch and Learn’ discussions explore Torah 

Monthly ‘Lunch and Learn’ discussions explore Torah 

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  MILWAUKEE — Have you ever wanted to learn more about Torah, but weren’t sure how to start?   Perhaps you have a cursory knowledge of the main figures, like Adam and Eve or Avraham and Sarah, but outside of few basic details, lessons gleaned from Hebrew school or a half-remembered sermon, you’re not really sure […]

Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidate says he meant no harm

Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidate says he meant no harm

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  Kris Kittell, who is running to unseat an incumbent in a Mequon-Thiensville School Board recall election, says the Holocaust references he posted to social media were not intended maliciously.   “I don’t have an antisemitic bone in my body,” he said.  Scarlett Johnson, Charlie Lorenz, Cheryle Rebholz and Kittell are all running to recall current […]

Museum’s Scrap Yard exhibit looks at Jewish entrepreneurs in recycling industry 

Museum’s Scrap Yard exhibit looks at Jewish entrepreneurs in recycling industry 

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  MILWAUKEE — If you’ve ever talked to older relatives, perhaps those who grew up in the 1930s or 40s, you might have heard them mention the “rag man” or the “junk man.”  Today the image of the neighborhood rag man remains fixed in history, almost cliché.  But a new exhibit opening this month at […]

New program promises to elevate  Volunteer Leadership Development to new heights 

New program promises to elevate  Volunteer Leadership Development to new heights 

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  This month the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is launching a first-of-its-kind development program for Milwaukee Jewish communal lay leaders: the Gerald z”l and Louise Stein Leadership Institute. The goal is to provide volunteers with the knowledge, skills and peer network necessary to most effectively guide local organizations. The institute will combine national courses led virtually […]

Joan Lubar, new Federation board chair, brings wealth of experience to new role  

Joan Lubar, new Federation board chair, brings wealth of experience to new role  

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  It likely comes as no surprise to anyone involved in the Milwaukee and international Jewish communities that Joan Lubar was asked to fill the top lay leader position at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  Locally, Lubar has excelled in many key Federation volunteer roles, including Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair, Women’s Philanthropy President, Annual Campaign Chair and […]

Jewish Social Services to resettle at least 25 Afghans fleeing regime change

Jewish Social Services to resettle at least 25 Afghans fleeing regime change

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  Jewish Social Services of Madison is expecting to resettle about 25 refugees fleeing Afghanistan after the rapid regime change in that country.   “The state of Wisconsin is supposed to be receiving 399 Afghans through the crisis that’s currently unfolding. Dane County we will be getting 25,” said Executive Director Dawn Berney, referring the collapse […]

New Israel Fellow was inspired by Havdalah  

New Israel Fellow was inspired by Havdalah  

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  Or Eliaz, 26, joined Hillel Milwaukee as an Israel Fellow this summer; the visiting Israeli is pursuing his dream, to engage students and represent Israel.   “Israel needs to have the backs of the Jews in the Diaspora and they need us against antisemitism,” Eliaz said.   The Israel Fellow program is a project of Milwaukee […]

Veggie Chop Shop gives through food 

Veggie Chop Shop gives through food 

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  Jill Weinshel, a professional, culinary-trained chef, likes to find a purpose in her cooking beyond pleasing customers.  Milwaukee newcomer and teacher Phillip Salat fittingly said he was “hungry to find ways to be part of the community.”  Both Jewish volunteers found their way to Veggie Chop Shop, a seasonal community kitchen in Milwaukee run […]