Sivan 5774 --- June 2014

CJL News
J-WISE Opening Event  

On Thursday, May 15 representatives from 16 different organizations in the Milwaukee Jewish community met for the highly anticipated J-WISE Opening Event.  Rabbi Shlomo Levin provided an excellent opening presentation titled "When is Environmentalism Uniquely Jewish?" during which he discussed the important correlation between environmental awareness and Jewish sacred texts.  During the breakout sessions, individuals from the participating organizations circulated the room at four different stations: "Recycling", "Making your Building 'Green': Water and Energy Efficiency, Green Cleaning, Car Pooling, and More", "Creating a Sustainable Food System", and "Accessing Sustainability Resources".  The event was a great success and a perfect beginning to a strong effort by the Wisconsin Jewish community to help protect the Earth.

ALL Jewish organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in J-WISE and there is no cost for joining this community-wide effort.  We look forward to working with you in this unique effort to unite the Jewish Community of Milwaukee in promoting a sustainable world.

J-WISE Opening Event photos by Pam Frydman Roza

Want to get involved?  Contact:

Steve Baruch
Director, Coalition for Jewish Learning


CJL 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 
The following links are for 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

Free Concert Series at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC kicks off on June 11 at 7:00pm with American Jewish songwriters Jack Forbes Wilson and Kay Stiefel.

Shanghai Deliverance: A Holocaust Survival Story
is local Milwaukee resident Edie Shafer's newly published book with Mary Munson Murphy and Sara Sillars discussing her experiences during the Holocaust.  Join her as she discusses her story on July 8.

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

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.