Iyar 5774 ---  May 2014

CJL News

We are excited to announce that J-WISE, the Jewish Wisconsin Initiative for a Sustainable Environment will soon begin!  The initial event will be held:


Thursday, May 15, 2014

6:30 - 9pm

 Daniel M. Soref Community Hall  

of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center located on the Karl Jewish Community Campus


This event will feature a keynote presentation by Rabbi Shlomo Levin who will demonstrate how Jewish textual insights can inform planning for a sustainable environment.  Other sessions will share information for assisting action planning for a sustainable Jewish community.  This event is free and open to all.


For questions contact: 

Steve Baruch




Website Temporarily Down 

Unfortunately the CJL Website has been experiencing some technical difficulties.


We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the problem will be rectified soon.


Shavuot Materials

We hope everyone had a wonderful Passover!  However our attention now turns to counting the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot.   The following links are five Shavuot activities for younger students.   We hope you enjoy them!


Blini Babies


CJL in the News!



2013-2014 Annual School Census 


CJL has completed its annual census of enrollment in Jewish schools. The data shows a decline in enrollment which continues the pattern of recent years.  






Community Wide Events

Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center Film -- No Place On Earth will be playing at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on May 1 at 7pm.                        MORE INFORMATION

Yamim 2014: Journey of a People

Yom HaZikaron -- May 4
Yom HaAtzmaut -- May 6

2014 Fay Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture featuring Darcy Berkle, will take place on May 8 at the UWM Golda Meir Library and is sponsored by The Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies.         MORE INFORMATION

Milwaukee Public Television will be broadcasting 5 different programs about the Holocaust throughout the month of May starting on May 11.  Click the link for the complete schedule.                     MORE INFORMATION

Free Jewish Film Series
at the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC features various films with themes like international Jewry and Isreali short films.  This film series runs through May 22.     MORE INFORMATION

Art from the Ashes: Finding Light in the Shadow of the Shoah remains on display on the 4th floor of UWM's Golda Meir Library until May 30.  This exhibit features the art of Helene Fischman, an MFA candidate for UWM's Department of Art & Design, who honors the lives lost in the Shoah with her artwork.    MORE INFORMATION

Jews Who Rock: A Musical History Tour has had its debut and is off and running at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee until August 10.  This unique exhibit looks at influential Jews in rock & roll.        MORE INFORMATION

Welcome to the Coalition for Jewish Learning's E-Newsletter! 

This newsletter is published monthly on Rosh Chodesh.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to join us as we explore the joys of Jewish learning in Milwaukee and beyond!

Contact Us At:

1360 N. Prospect Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202-3094

414.390.5747 (fax)

Dr. Steven Baruch 
Executive Director
Karen Torem
Professional Development Coordinator
Amanda Stein
Day School Grant Coordinator
Brittany Hager 
Administrative Assistant
Susie Rosengarten

TRIP: Teacher Recognition & Incentive Program  
Educators develop a professional growth plan based on a self assessment of their own strengths and weaknesses.  CJL grants financial assistance to help educators carry out their professional growth plans.  For more information email



is CJL's Congregational School Initiative! The program includes: classes for teachers, seminars for educational directors, grants, school assessments, curriculum writing, and consultation.


CJL is excited to announce that educators participating in CSI-Milwaukee will soon be able to enroll in online classes from Gratz College.  These offerings are specifically designed for religious school teachers.  Details to follow! 


CSI-Milwaukee is a partnership between the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and Congregations Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, Emanu-El of Waukesha, Shalom, and Sinai.  


For more information email



Become a Legacy Partner!

The Coalition for Jewish Learning is part of the Create a Jewish Legacy Program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  We offer you a way to build the Jewish future through your legacy planning.  The CJL staff will gladly discuss this program with you, or contact

Jane Chernoff

The next MA deadline at
The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
for full-time and part-time, as well as in-residence and online applicants is May 1, 2014 with rolling admissions through August.  Scholarships are available!

Register by June 13, 2014 for the 15th Annual Greenfield Summer Institute.  This year's theme: "Jews and their Neighbors".

NewCAJE 2014 Conference in Los Angeles, August 10-13

Let's discuss how the Coalition for Jewish Learning's TRIP initiative can help you attend NewCAJE!

Check out the schedule for The Mofet Institute's spring professional development sessions.

Experiential Jewish Education is transforming the landscape of Jewish education and Jewish identity.  It is not only a passion, it is a profession.  The certificate program trains outstanding Jewish educators to re-imagine and professionalize the scope and impact this field has on the Jewish community.


2014 Annual Campaign 

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Annual Campaign is concluding.  We advance the mission of securing a vibrant Jewish community now and into the future with every gift.