Coming events, December 2016

 

To submit an event for consideration write to Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org by the 15th for the issue arriving in homes about two weeks later. Include date, time, location, a description, contact information and whether the event is free or what is charged.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Short films at JCC

A Taste of the Ma’aleh Film School: “Rabbis Daughter” and “Shabbos Mother.” Explore the short films produced by the Ma’aleh Film School of Israel. “Shabbos Mother” (32 minutes) is a drama that depicts a widowed mother and her daughters – one who left Orthodox Judaism, one who is pregnant and Orthodox and one who is struggling to conceive a child. “Rabbi’s Daughter” (33 minutes) is a revealing short documentary that profiles a number of grown daughters of Orthodox rabbis in Israel (including the director), each who has chosen a different life path than the way they were raised. In Hebrew with subtitles. Instructor: Mikelene Ray, Ph.D. About 1 hour (plus discussion). Ages 14 to adult. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Free and open to the community. Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Laurie Herman, LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Glass lecture at museum

Assistant Professor Helen Lee of the University of Wisconsin-Madison art department glass lab will present a lecture on the propagation of glass as an artistic medium — the roots of which are deeply embedded in Wisconsin. Lee is an artist, designer, educator and glassblower. Her studio practice explores spaces of boundary, transformation, and duality, often at the intersection of language and the body. Lee was the recipient of the inaugural Irwin A. Borowsky Prize in Glass Art in 2013/14. Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Members $3, public $5. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Museum hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. Museum admission: Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Gala Charity auction at Menorah Temple Menorah’s fun-filled evening will begin at 7 p.m., Dec. 3. with the previewing of auction items and the opportunity to play games. Food and beverages will be available for purchase including BBQ beef sandwiches prepared according to Rabbi Gil-Ezer’s secret recipe and the ever-popular hotdog plates. The auction begins at 8:30 p.m. The chances to win free door prizes will be included with the admission price. Raffle tickets may be purchased throughout the evening. The raffle will award a grand prize with additional prizes announced hourly. Sponsored by the Sisterhood and Men’s Club, the proceeds from this annual event will benefit the religious school, provide funds for educational activities and help to maintain services that benefit seniors. Admission $7 at the door will include $1,000 of play money for gaming. Parking is available behind the synagogue at 9363 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. 414-355-1120. TempleMenorah.com.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Film: “Remember”

“Remember”  (Canada/Germany) (2015) In this thriller, Christopher Plummer stars as Zev, a Holocaust survivor with slight dementia, whose best friend (played by Martin Landau) sets him on a cross-country mission seeking retribution from the Nazi who murdered both their families 70 years ago. In English and German (mainly English with some subtitles) Instructor: Jody Hirsh. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Ages 17 to adult. Rated R. Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman, LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Class: End of Life

End of Life in Judaism class with Rabbi Wes Kalmar in December. Wednesday nights, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 7:45 p.m. The series on end of life issues will include end-of-life decision making, palliative care, hospice, DNR, brain death, organ donation, living wills and medical proxies. Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. AsktShul@gmail.com. AsktShul.org. 414-228-9296.

New Parsha Prep Class

The recently-launched parsha prep class continues on Wednesdays.  Come and study the coming parsha every week. ASKT will do a short preview of the parsha, covering all the major themes, stories and sections and then proceed to a more in-depth discussion. 12:10 p.m. on Wednesdays at Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Appropriate for all levels. Everyone is welcome. With Rabbi Wes Kalmar. AsktShul@gmail.com. AsktShul.org. 414-228-9296.

Thursday, Dec. 8 

Exhibit: Through the Lens

“Through the Lens: Unique Perspectives of Milwaukee Jewish Photographers” is a new exhibit celebrating the intersection of photography and Jewish culture. This exhibit includes 20 photographers from across the spectrum of the Milwaukee Jewish community. The opening of the exhibit, running Dec. 8 through January 2017, will take place on Dec. 8 and include a visit from Penny Wolin, award-winning portrait photographer and visual anthropologist who has exhibited solo at the Smithsonian Institution as well as museums and galleries throughout America. She will speak about her latest project, “Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry,” exploring why so many Jews have contributed to the ongoing development of photography as an art form. The exhibit opening begins at 6:30 p.m. with Penny Wolin’s keynote address at 7 p.m.  Dessert and book signing follows at 8 p.m. Held at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org, 414-967-8212.

Israel storytelling workshop

Actor and playwright Jonathan Adam Ross will help participants of “My Israel Storytelling Workshop” explore and narrate their own Israel connections and experience, modeled after “The Moth” storytelling. All perspectives are welcome. Stories do not need to be shared in a group. More information/RSVP: MilwaukeeJewish.org/Storytelling or contact Allison Hayden at 414-390-5724 or AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org. This program is sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center and is part of a comprehensive, yearlong project to increase opportunities for thoughtful and civil conversations about Israel. Dec. 8. 7-9 p.m.  Free. Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Book sale

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is holding a “Pack-A-Bag of Books” used book sale. Sponsored by the Rabbi Dudley Weinberg Library in celebration of Jewish Book Month

Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During synagogue office hours, Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 12-14. Fill a grocery bag with books for $18 per bag. Select from hundreds of adult and children’s books: fiction and non-fiction; recently published titles; classics and out-of-print old favorites. Individual adult books will be on sale for $2 each and children’s books for $1 each. Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Book review at ASKT

Book review: “Self Portrait of a Hero – The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu.”  Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah will be discussing the powerful letters of Yoni Netanyahu, hero of Operation Thunderbolt in Entebbe, who gave his life for the State of Israel. His letters touch on the soul of Israel and speak to struggles that still occupy the minds of those who love the state today.  You do not need to have read the book to participate in the discussion. ASKT is at 6717 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Dec. 13 at 7:45 p.m. AsktShul@gmail.com. AsktShul.org. 414-228-9296.

Talk: 2016 Election Results

Post-elections event with Julia Azari: “Interpreting the 2016 Election Results.” After most elections, everyone asks whether there was a “mandate.” This talk will attempt to put the 2016 election results in context, asking: What do the election results mean? How will the political parties move forward in response to the 2016 results?  What can we expect from the next administration? Azari is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University. She has been on the faculty at Marquette since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on political parties and the presidency, and she is the author of a book on presidential mandates, “Delivering the People’s Message,” which was published by Cornell University Press in 2014. Free and open to the public. She blogs regularly on Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight.com. Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 15

Film: “Labyrinth of Lies”

“Labyrinth of Lies” (Germany) (2015), Germany’s entry into the 2016 Academy Awards, exposes the conspiracy of the German government and prominent Germans after the war to protect former Nazi criminals. The film focuses on a German journalist and a young prosecutor who insist on seeing that justice is served. German with subtitles. Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.  Instructor: Stephen Chernof. About 2 hours. Ages 17 to adult. Rated R. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman, LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Community Wide Hanukkah

This celebration for the whole community will include the building of a giant Lego menorah. Activities and fun for all ages. Free. Food available for purchase. Dec. 19, 4-6:30 p.m. 414-967-8229. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Music, honors from RUACH

Musical entertainment Adam Margolis & the Flying Camels and Lil’ Rev are to perform at an event honoring the Jewish Home and Care Center with the RUACH Spirit award. Held at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee. Dec. 18. An hors d’oeuvre reception (kosher supervision by Wisconsin K) begins at 4:30 p.m., and the program begins at 5:15 p.m. $18 for adults, $10 for students/youth (the event is best suited to those ages 8 and older); order tickets by visiting RuachMilwaukee.org or calling 414-367-4890.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Film: “The Strength to Tell” 

“The Strength to Tell”  (Israel) (2012) is about a group of “at risk” Jerusalem teens, as part of a drama therapy program, are asked to participate in a life-changing project in which they will interview the last surviving witnesses of the Eichmann trial, create a play based on the trial, and actually portray the survivors. Instructors: Amit Zehavi & Laurie Herman. 1 hour (plus discussion). Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Peltz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman, LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Hanukkah Storytime with Rabbi Shari

Join “Rabbi Shari” from the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center who will be sharing some wonderful Hanukkah stories with children. After story time, Rabbi Shari and “Miss Samantha” will be leading everyone through a fun Hanukkah craft! Held at Barnes & Noble, Bayshore Town Center, 5755 Bayshore Drive, Glendale. Dec. 21, call for time. 414-967-1610.

Saturday, Dec. 24

Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah begins at sundown.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Chanukah party

A Chanukah party with BBQ will be held at Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. 414-355-1120. Dec. 25, 5:30 p.m. Families, friends and people of all ages are invited to join in the festive celebration. Participate in the beauty of the candle-lighting ceremony and join in singing holiday melodies. Enjoy the family-friendly all-you-can-eat barbecue menu. Afterward, nosh the freshly-made popcorn while watching the movies, one especially for children. Everyone is requested to bring a non-perishable food item to help replenish the Jewish Community Pantry. Reservations are requested. Phone Temple Menorah before Wednesday, Dec. 21. Adults $12, children under 12 $8. The community is welcome to attend.

Museum film

Looking for something fun to do Christmas Day? Visit Jewish Museum Milwaukee to enjoy a film, fortune cookies and a film-fare-favorite – popcorn! The museum will be screening “The Glass Menagerie” (1987) based on the Tennessee Williams play of the same title, directed by Paul Newman and starring Joanne Woodward and John Malkovich. Film will be shown at 1 p.m., Dec. 25. Free with museum admission. “The Glass Menagerie.” Synopsis: A son, Tom Wingfield, longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister. Tom invites a friend to dinner, raising the hope that a romantic match for his sister is possible. Film offered in connection with the current special exhibit, Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman, on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee through Jan. 8, 2017. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Museum hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. Museum admission: Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free.

Monday, Dec. 26

Hanukkah with the Admirals

Snacks, activities and giveaways. 5:30 p.m. party. 7 p.m. game. $10. Buy one, get one free when you donate a pack of new diapers to the Jewish Community Pantry. Contact Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. JccMilwaukee.org. 414-967-8185.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Winters on glass

Laurie Winters, executive director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, will explore the influence of the 17th century Baroque Still Life tradition on the work of contemporary glass artist Beth Lipman as well as the history and evolution of this classical genre. Members $3, public $5. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Museum hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. Museum admission: Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free.

Sunday, Jan. 8

Film: “Carlvalho’s Journey”

“Carlvalho’s Journey”  (United States) (2015) is a documentary about one of the first American Jewish photographers, Solomon Nune Carlvalho – a pioneering Jewish artist and daguerreotypist who took an extraordinary journey as the first photographer on a westward expedition with explorer John Fremont. Instructor: TBA. 1 hour 25 minuntes.  Ages 13 to adult. Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman, LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Conflict discussion

Jan. 10 kicks off a monthly series exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Interactive, moderated and civil discussions about complex issues, such as peace efforts, settlements, the role of water, the security barrier and more. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center and Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation with the JCC.  Held at the at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. RSVP. 414-390-5724. 7 p.m. MilwaukeeJewish.org/TalkIsrael.

Sunday, Jan. 15

Safety Pin Discussion Group

The Safety Pin Discussion Group will be a monthly place for talk about Jewish values, plus diversity and human rights in America. The safety pin has come to symbolize a safe place for people of color, women, LGBTQ, the disabled, religious minorities and anyone who cares about how we all treat one another. We will talk about the issues of the day and how we choose to live our own lives. Moderated by Rob Golub. First session Jan. 15. 10 a.m. Free. Held at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Advance registration preferred at SinaiSafetyPinDiscussionGroup.Eventbrite.com. 414-352-2970.

ONGOING HEALTH & SUPPORT

Alcoholics Anonymous

An international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Meetings are held at multiple times and locations around the city, including 7 p.m. Monday night, Chabad-Lubavitch, 3901 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee. To find other meeting times and locations, call 414-771-9119, the local office of Alcoholics Anonymous or go to www.AAMilwaukee.com.

Friendship House Fellowship

A support group for Jewish men and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other substances. Requirements for membership are participation in a 12-step program (such as AA or Narcotics Anonymous) and a desire to recover. Meetings are Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at The Shul, 3901 N. Lake Drive in Milwaukee.

Grief and loss support

The Grief and Loss Support Group is specifically for people who have lost a spouse. Held once weekly during the day on weekdays. Facilitated by a staff member from Jewish Family Services and held at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. RSVP to Abby at either Abby@Cong-Shalom.org or at 414-352-9288. Open to all. Free.

Jewish Family Services

Outpatient mental health services to people dealing with personal problems and mental health issues. Contact Beth Shapiro, intake coordinator, at 414-390-5800. JFS is located at 1300 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee.

North Shore Al-Anon

North Shore Al-Anon holds weekly meetings on Mondays, 7 p.m. at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, in the board room. Use the east or back entrance. Al-Anon family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of substance abusers who share their experience, strength and hope to solve their common problems. In Al-Anon you are not alone. Contributions are voluntary. For more information contact Abby at Abby@Cong-Shalom.org or Gerald Melnick at MelnickGerald@gmail.com.

Parkinson’s spouses support

This group is open to the community and welcomes everyone looking for support in dealing with the challenges confronting caregivers. The group is free and will be held in room 3J15 at the JCC. Contact Mona Cohen, 414-967-8249 or MCohen@JCCMilwaukee.org. Held 10:30 a.m. to noon, meeting the second Monday of the month.