Jack Nusan Porter
By Jack Nusan Porter
Why Wisconsin Was a Great State To Grow Up Jewish
In 1946, I came to America as a poor immigrant boy with my parents. I didn’t have much say in the matter, being only 1 year old. My folks, Srulik and Faygeh Puchtik, later changed their name to Porter, like all the other Porters who came to the goldene medine, since it was easier to…
Of Golda Meir, Laverne and Shirley and 8 Other Facts About (Jewish) Wisconsin
1) Wisconsin has only 50,000 Jews in a state with about 5.9 million people. Sixty percent, 30,000, of them live in Metro Milwaukee and only 4.500 live in the city of Milwaukee itself (out of 600,000) or less than one percent in the city and less than one percent in the entire state. 2) Wisconsin’s…
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),…
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