Join Hannah Rosenthal, our scholar-in-residence for the weekend, in honoring the memory of Rabbi Swarsensky. She will share stories and information about him, drawing on her experiences as a former TBE education director and congregant who knew Rabbi Swarsensky since her childhood.
The program includes a Q&A session. Bring your personal stories and memorabilia to share.
This program is free to attend, but we welcome a donation of $5–$18 to the Rabbi Swarsensky Fund for continued scholar-in-residence programming.
Rabbi Manfred E. Swarsensky was the founding rabbi of Temple Beth El, serving from 1940 to 1970.
Hannah Rosenthal will be our scholar-in-residence for the Swarsensky Memorial Weekend. She is a former Temple Beth El member and Education Director who served in the late 70’s. Her relationship with Rabbi Swarsensky started as a child and the fondness continues today.
Hannah is the daughter of a rabbi and Holocaust survivor and a strong-feminist mother. She graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in religion and studied for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Los Angeles. She is a strong voice for social justice and was the founding executive director for the Wisconsin Women’s Council. In 1995, Rosenthal was appointed by President Clinton as the Midwest regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as the executive director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, where she worked on domestic and international policy for the Jewish community in North America. Under President Obama, Rosenthal served the U.S. State Department as a special envoy, heading the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and was a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. In 2012, she became CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation from which she retired in 2018.