Av 5774 --- August 2014


Israel Solidarity Gathering

Sunday, July 27, 2014

5:00 PM

Congregation Shalom

7360 N Santa Monica Blvd. Milwaukee

Israel is on everyone's mind.  The following links share a variety of perspectives to help us and our students better understand the perplexity of the Gaza situation.  We include Israel Experts and Israel Outdoors as a reminder that Israel is still the beautiful country that we love.  

5 Questions People are Asking Rabbi Steinsaltz about the War



CSI - Milwaukee Convocation

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, CSI will sponsor its opening convocation.  The main theme will be: "Teaching Spirituality". 


New Website  

Be sure to check out Milwaukee Jewish Federation's brand new website!  It has many great new features such as a new and user-friendly community calendar, a completely redesigned look, new and updated content, and a searchable community directory by clicking.

Also, be sure to check out CJL's webpage as well as the J-WISE page.


What's NEXT?
The Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers

CJL is excited to announce that educators participating in CSI-Milwaukee will be able to enroll in online classes from Gratz College.  These offerings are specifically designed for religious school teachers.  The next semester's classes are:

Spotlight on K-2nd
 (4 sessions start September 8)

Boot Camp for New Teachers
(9 sessions start September 8)

Judaic Instruction Utilizing Free Web Tools
(8 sessions start October 20)

Brain-Based Jewish Education
(6 sessions start October 20)

Enliven Your Classroom through Active Learning
(4 sessions start October 27)

Experiential Education Strategies for the Classroom
(4 sessions start October 27)

Design Lessons "Backwards" to Propel Learning Forwards
(4 sessions start October 27)

Visit the Gratz College website for more information.


J-WISE Updates

Members of the J-WISE committee have been contacting participating organizations to assist them in beginning a process of text study and planning.  Then, each organization will select an area of sustainability and implement an approach for improvement in an area such as re-cycling or energy conservation.

A website has been launched and offers ideas for text study and action projects.  The committee will be adding to the website throughout the summer. 

The committee is continuing its outreach and anticipates adding several more organizations to the J-WISE network.  We anticipate holding two city-wide events which will showcase additional ideas and provide a forum for sharing ideas.

J-WISE Opening Event photos by Pam Frydman Roza

Want to get involved?  Contact:

Dr. Steven Baruch
Director, Coalition for Jewish Learning



2013-2014 Annual School Census 


The 2013-2014 school year has ended and 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.  The census is available for planning for the next school year.  We anticipate sharing the 2014-2015 Census later in the year. 





Become a Legacy Partner!


The Coalition for Jewish Learning is part of the Create a Jewish Legacy Program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 

Create a Jewish Legacy is a program that helps individuals and families create legacy gifts, providing a permanent source of support for the Jewish causes they care about.  The program is founded on the principle that all of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, can make an enduring financial impact.

The Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is sponsoring this program in partnership with area synagogues, agencies and day schools.  Together, we will create an even brighter future for our community.

Dr. Steven Baruch


Community Wide Events

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

Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Community Celebration

-  Announcing the Robert H Friebert Social Justice Award
-  Recognizing Marlene Lauwasser's two years of service   as Board Chair
-  Election of new board including incoming Board Chair Daniel Bader
-  Presentation by Alan H. Gill, CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
-  August 14 at 6:30pm at Congregation Sinai

Stitching History from the Holocaust tells the story of  Hedwig and Paul Strnad of Prague who in 1939 sent a letter to Milwaukee cousin Alvin Strnad pleading for help to come to the United States.  They included 8 of Hedwig's dress designs to show that they would be employable here.  Despite Alvin's best attempts, Paul and Hedwig were not able to come to this country and they perished in the Holocaust.  The Museum has had Hedwig's dresses actually created to honor her legacy and to remember all of the talent lost in the Holocaust.  This exhibit runs September 14, 2014 - February 28, 2015.

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
Roger Carp


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


CSI - Milwaukee 

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


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





21st Century Jewish Education at its Best: The Jewish Lens Launches New Online Curriculum

This powerful curriculum integrates images and Jewish texts seamlessly, and includes tools for educators, including a forum to share ideas, strategies and lesson plans. Also included is a Moodle-Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment-a digital platform for online assignments, students' posting of homework and projects, and classroom interaction.

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!

Areyvut's mission is to infuse the lives of Jewish youth and teens with the core Jewish values of
chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social action), so that they become thoughtful, giving members of the Jewish community of tomorrow.

We offer day schools, congregational schools, synagogues, community centers, and individual families with a variety of opportunities to help them make these core values real and meaningful to their children.

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.