Standing with the Dreamers

Words delivered by Rabbi David B. Cohen on Capitol Hill during a joint press conference of National Latino groups alongside Jewish and Catholic faith leaders teaming up to protect Dreamers and refugees (January 17, 2018) The Biblical book of Joel describes a utopian, messianic future, a time when: “the old shall...

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Dr. Paul Loewenstein & Jody Kaufman Loewenstein

When we moved here 35 years ago from Indianapolis, we were delighted to find such a wonderfully warm, compassionate and active Jewish community and synagogue! That vibrancy motivates us to commit ourselves to ongoing careers as volunteers.Though of one broad vision, we each have chosen different paths.  Paul focuses his...

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Gordy & Jenni Goldbaum

Jenni and Gordy Goldbaum are delighted to be recognized with the Keter Malchut Crown of Exemplary Leadership Honor this year. The Goldbaum family became members of Congregation Sinai in 2005, not long after moving to Whitefish Bay from the Chicago area.  They were immediately struck by the warmth and openness...

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Dr. Bill (z”l) & Idy Goodman

Idy Goodman has co-chaired Congregation Sinai’s Social Justice Committee for the past 6 years.  She also sits on the COA Youth and Family Centers Board of Directors and is the co-chair of their Youth Committee. Idy will serve as a COA vice-president beginning with the 2017-2018 year.Idy sits on the...

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The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir by Betsy Lerner (B Ler). When Lerner’s mother, Roz became ill, Betsy somewhat reluctantly stepped up to care for her.  Because their relationship had been one of strained civility over the years, Lerner attempted to learn more about her mother in order to understand and...

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The Girl from Venice

Martin Cruz Smith’s latest novel, The Girl from Venice (F Smi) takes place in Pellestrtina, a small fishing community on one side of the Venice Lagoon in 1945. It is almost the end of the war, but while most citizens are tired of the fight, the Germans are still in...

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Linda Frank Books

Milwaukeean, Linda Frank has written two novels, After the Auction (F Fra) and The Lost Torah of Shanghai (F Fra). I must confess that in the past, whenever I have read books by friends, I have always been disappointed. These books, while not in contention for the Mann Booker Prize,...

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To Tell the Truth…

Author: Rabbi David Cohen Published in February-April 2017 Sinai News There is scientific truth, philosophical truth, historical truth and moral truth. At least there used to be. The demise of truth was predicted in George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984, published in 1949, which described a dystopian world in which language...

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Educator’s Message, February 2017

Author: Barb Shimansky Published in February-April 2017 Sinai News As we approach Purim, it strikes me that this story is suddenly extremely relevant in the world we find ourselves living in at the dawn of 2017. Esther is brought into a situation that is not necessarily of her own making,...

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President Message, February 2017

Author: Chip Mann Published in February-April 2017 Sinai News In synagogue life, volunteering and committees are coming full circle. When I was growing up a Sinai, congregants volunteered to teach religious school, head up and serve on committees, baked and served at onegs, among many other tasks. As time went...

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