Jack Nusan Porter

Fine Town: Milwaukee was a diverse, thriving and tolerant city when Jack Nusan Porter was a child in the 1950s.

Why Wisconsin Was a Great State To Grow Up Jewish

Jack Nusan Porter arrived in America in 1946 as a baby son of poor immigrants. In Wisconsin, he found prosperity, tolerance — and a great state to grow up Jewish.

Of Golda Meir, Laverne and Shirley and 8 Other Facts About (Jewish) Wisconsin

Wisconsin has cheeseheads. It also has Golda Meir, who was born in Milwaukee, Harry Houdini and ‘Laverne and Shirley.’

Cabaret Nights: Tales of One Rabbi’s Short-Lived Pulpit in Paradise

For a month before and a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks, I was the southernmost rabbi in the continental United States or, as my brother liked to say, the “Key Vester Rebbe.”My memories of those days resurfaced recently when I read “Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret” (University of Chicago Press, 2003), by two University