Wisconsin

Lost and Found: Midwestern Kindness

08/02/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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I've been on the road a lot lately. In addition to traveling to Israel for the Rabbinical Assembly convention in late June, I've spent at few days at the Jersey shore, and as I write this late on Thursday night, I'm actually in Buenos Aires for the second time this year, participating in an international conference of the Masorti/Conservative movement.  And while I'm here– the conference was scheduled around this other event– it was my great privilege this evening to participate in the Tekkes Hasmachah, the rabbinical ordination ceremony, of the graduating rabbis at the Seminario Rabbinico Latino Americano, the Conservative Movement's sister seminary in Argentina.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

In Wisconsin, Jews Reach Out To Sikhs After Milwaukee Shooting

08/07/2012

 Almost as soon as she heard the news about a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, Elana Kahn-Oren’s phone started ringing.

As director of the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Kahn-Oren fielded call after call from concerned area Jews asking what they could do to help.

“We have to make sure to be respectful of the Sikh community and to make sure that we find appropriate avenues to express that support,” Kahn-Oren told JTA.

Wisc. Dems want Feingold to run for Kohl's seat

Politico is reporting that former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who lost his bid for a fourth term in last year's election, may be the top choice of Wisconsin Democrats to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl next year.

But the progressive pol is also party activists' top choice to run against the state's embattled Republican governor, Scott Walker, according to a second straw poll.

Wisc. Dems want Feingold to run for Kohl's seat

Politico is reporting that former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who lost his bid for a fourth term in last year's election, may be the top choice of Wisconsin Democrats to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl next year.

But the progressive pol is also party activists' top choice to run against the state's embattled Republican governor, Scott Walker, according to a second straw poll.

Jews Joining Union Showdown in Wisconsin Over Gov’s Proposal

02/23/2011
JTA

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – A growing number of Jews in Wisconsin are joining the protests in Madison against a budget-cutting proposal by the governor to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for public-sector employees.

“Judaism has long stood for the rights of the worker, beginning with the biblical injunction of Deuteronomy: ‘Do not take advantage of the hired worker who is poor and needy,’ ” said Rabbi Bonnie Margulis.

Weekend Reads: Lautenberg Loves Lady Gaga, a Tea Party Game and More

Some political odds and ends for your weekend reading pleasure:

Thanks to the Washington Post's Al Kamen, we now know that Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is a big Lady Gaga fan.

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