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Milwaukee Jewry turns out, to be with ‘family’ after Pittsburgh horror (2018)

GLENDALE — About 1,800 people filled the room, with hundreds standing at the edges for the lack of empty seats. There were Reform and Orthodox, young and old.

They came to be with their michpacha — family. Read more

Rabbi Wes Kalmar spoke at the gathering to watch his speech click here

Longtime rock for Israel to speak (2018)

You can’t put Israeli Aryeh Green in one category. He’s many things.
He’s the former executive director of a nonprofit devoted to assisting journalists in Israel. He’s chief strategy officer for an Israeli company that works to bring renewable energy production to developing nations. He’s even just published a book on his long walk along the National Israel Trail, where he gathered up life lessons and faced down the pain of his divorce. Read more

You can purchase his book, My Israel Trail through ASKT. email asktshul@gmail.com

​​​​​​​Rabbi Kalmar's Yom Ha'atzmaut Address at City Hall "The Israeli and American Dream"

Click on Above Image to Watch the Address Being Delivered

What is the American dream?  The American dream is that everyone has an opportunity.  That you don't need to be a gentleman, a noble, a prince or a king to pursue your dreams to the fullest - you just need opportunity - in a place of liberty, rights, equality, and democracy - no matter who you are - no matter your sex or your religion or your age or the color of your skin - you have the ability to reach for your dreams. Read More

​​​​​​​Synagogue Marks Independence Day As A Religious Holiday (2018)

It's complicated. That's how Rabbi Wesley Kalmar describes Yom HaAtzmaut.
Much like Purim and Chanukah, Yom HaAtzmaut is not mentioned in the Torah and is based on a miracle – victory by the Jews when faced with annihilation.
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Torah Tours: Spreading the Yom Tov Spirit (2018)

Now in its fourth decade, Aaron and Blanche Schreiber's Torah Tours® joint program of The Office of Student Life and CJF shares the Torah knowledge and enthusiasm of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), and Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) students and alumni with Jewish communities throughout the world. Read More

Our new chessed initiative at Torah Academy of Milwaukee (2018)

A normal day at Torah Academy of Milwaukee, located in Glendale, includes many acts of community service, or chessed, done for people in need. This can range from just simply smiling at someone who has had a hard day, to giving someone a hand with a heavy load. Read More

Synagogue raises $2,636 for trees after Israeli fires (2017)

GLENDALE – Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah congregants came together to plant trees in Israel to replace those destroyed in the November forest fires there, as part of a Charidy.com fundraiser. Read more

Path to Torah was through Israel (2017)

GLENDALE – “Don’t worry. I won’t come back Orthodox.”

That’s what Glendale’s Dick and Debbie Alpert heard from their daughter, Mara, as she was about to spend a year in Israel. Read more

We knew we were done with Saturday (2017)

It’s Friday afternoon, and Amy Gelfman is in the kitchen of her East Side duplex, cutting up vegetables. Challah dough is rising in a bowl on the kitchen table. Two of her six sons pop in and out of the room to grab a snack or ask a question. Read more

Jerry Wicentowski: Thanks, Mac! Songs of Mac Wiseman (2017)

On his second album, New York native and longtime Milwaukeean Jerry Wicentowski pays tribute to bluegrass pioneer Mac Wiseman. In his recordings for Dot Records in the 1950s and ’60s, Wiseman shone through with an amiable persona with distinct phrasing and diction harkening back to early 20th-century popular music. Read More

Mentalist to use 'Mind over Mortgage' at synagogue celebration (2017)

GLENDALE – Sidney Friedman is a mentalist. He performs mindboggling feats that demonstrate his extraordinary mental powers. He mesmerizes audiences across the country, leaving many wondering if there really is such a thing as extrasensory perception. Read more

The annual Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah men's retreat took place in June, 2016 at Camp Edwards in East Troy.

He Who Must be Named (2016)

In the popular Harry Potter children’s book series, the evil villain of the story, Lord Voldemort, is often referred to as "you know who" or "He who must not be named" by characters who fear to even use his proper name.  Harry Potter’s wise mentor and headmaster advises him, "Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself." Read More

CJL director retires after 15-year 'temporary' job (2015)

After nearly half a century, one of the Milwaukee Jewish community’s most distinguished and influential members is leaving the paid workforce. Read More

HERC director to speak about Babi Yar (2015)

Shay Pilnik, Ph.D., will speak at Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah’s event “Memory without Memorials: The Story of Babi Yar” on Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m., at the synagogue, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave.
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ASKT to celebrate Israel's birthday (2015)

Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah on Thursday, April 23, 5:30 p.m., will hold a Yom HaAtzmaut Seudah celebrating Israel’s Independence Day.
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Finishing Judges (2014)

  After more than three years and 72 classes, Rabbi Wes Kalmar of Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah (fifth from left) and his class at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center celebrated finishing the Book of Judges with a siyyum, a traditional celebration held when study of a Jewish text is completed.  Read More

Chanukah and a hurricane help us see what's truly important (2012)

As I write this, I am reflecting on the devastating emails I have just finished reading. The emails are from a Google group comprised of friends that attended yeshiva and college with me approximately 20 years ago. Read More

Levines look back on 26 years with ASKT (2012)

  In 1986, Rabbi Nachman Levine was a contented, full-time Judaica teacher with 18 years’ tenure at Hillel Academy in Milwaukee. He must’ve been very effective, too, because a group of Hillel parents asked his help in forming a modern Orthodox congregation in Glendale. Read more

Joel of YU: All Jews own a sacred story (2011)

Jews may love to tell each other the hoary joke about how three Jews, stranded on an island, will build four synagogues — one for each individual to pray in, and one for all three to boycott. Read more

Glendale Congregation Celebrates All Things Cholent! (2011)


Wes Kalmar (left) prepares his Packer Nation cholent as his competitor Ouri Marciano tries to sneak a peek.

March Madness may be over, but Cholent Madness goes on.
That's cholent, as in the Jewish comfort food that is quite literally a melting pot of ingredients, a meat stew that cooks for hours (and we do mean hours) in a slow cooker.
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D'var Torah: Seize the moment, do a mitzvah (2010)

As an admitted college sports enthusiast, in the short time I have been in Milwaukee, I have already developed fan loyalties for the Badgers, Panthers, and Golden Eagles.

But right now my heart truly lies with the Yale Bulldogs Women’s Hockey team. A hockey team that has added a new player: Giana Cardonita, 9. Read more

ASKT sets new program for adult Jewish Education (2010)

Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah in Glendale has announced the beginning of an educational initiative called “Program for Learning and Adult Torah Education” (PLATE). Read more

Meet Rabbi Wes Kalmar (2010)

As of Aug. 1, Rabbi Wes (Wesley) Kalmar, 36, is the new principal rabbi at Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah in Glendale. His predecessor, Rabbi Nachman Levine, is now rabbi emeritus. Read More

New rabbi starts at Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah (2010)

As of Aug. 1, Rabbi Wesley Kalmar is the new spiritual leader of Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, an Orthodox congregation in Glendale. Read more

Excitement over Israel's birth suffused state Jewry in 1948 (2008)

The year 1948 would have been a busy and even historic period at any time for the Jewish communities of Wisconsin. Read more

'Rabbi's rabbi saluted by hundreds of Milwaukeeans (1987)

Anshe Sfard to celebrate 95th year (1984)

Sat, November 17 2018 9 Kislev 5779