Coming events, March 2017

 

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, March 2

Diversity in cloth

“Diversity in Cloth: Culture & Catharsis” will be a panel discussion featuring Nina Edelman, Maikue Vang and Ethel White on March 2, 7 – 9 p.m. Related to the “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” exhibit. Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 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. General Admission: $5/members $3.

Film: Venice Ghetto

“Venice Ghetto: Five Hundred Years of Life” (Italy) (2015). 7:30 p.m. on March 2. Venice was the site of the world’s oldest ghetto, established in 1516. This documentary highlights the history of the ghetto – and the Jews of Venice, utilizing a format with some animation. In Italian with subtitles. 54 minutes. Ages 12 to Adult. Prior to the screening, the JCC’s café will be highlighting an Italian menu (spaghetti with meat sauce). The café is open 3:30 – 7 p.m. Screened in the JCC’s Community Hall and includes educational discussions with Milwaukee Jewish educators and professors. Free and open to the entire community. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Friday, March 3

Madison opening: ‘The Whipping Man’

The Madison Theatre Guild presents Matthew Lopez’s play recounting a previously untold Civil War story. Dana Pellebon directs. It’s April 1865 and the Civil War has just ended. Caleb DeLeon, a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer, returns to his family home, now in ruins and abandoned by everyone except for two of his family’s former slaves. It is the second night of Passover, and the three celebrate a Seder, commemorating the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt. But the pains of more recent enslavement are not so easily soothed. “The Whipping Man” explores the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the challenging new world in which former slaves and masters find themselves. Bartell Theatre. Evjue stage. Several show times from March 3 – 18. Tickets are available at BartellTheatre.org, or 608-661-9696.

Saturday, March 4

Father-daughter dance

A father-daughter dance is March 4, 7 p.m. Girls ages 7-13 and their dads! A night that dads and daughters never forget. Activities, dancing, desserts and quality time together. RSVP to Rabbi Shari Shamah, SShamah@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8229. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. JccMilwaukee.org. 414-967-8200.

Sunday, March 5

Celebrating Jackie Robinson

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is holding the Brotherhood’s annual Family Sports Night (public event) in honor of Jackie Robinson’s 70th anniversary debut into Major League Baseball. On March 5, doors open at 6 p.m., program 6:15 p.m. Featured speaker is former Negro League pitcher Dennis Biddle. The 1950 movie, “The Jackie Robinson Story” (starring Jackie himself) will be shown. Admission: each attendee is asked to bring two non-perishable food items or make a cash donation to the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force or the Jewish Community Food Pantry. Call to RSVP by Wednesday, March 1.  Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills. 414-228-7545.

Film: ‘Phoenix’

The film, “Phoenix,” will be shown March 5, 3 p.m. in the Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center,

6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. This is a suspenseful, award-winning drama about a Holocaust survivor – who was disfigured in the war and has a reconstructed face – who returns home to Germany to discover whether her gentile husband betrayed her to the Nazis. (Germany, 2014) In German with subtitles. Suitable for ages 17 to Adult. Rated R. 1 hr. 38 min. Instructor: Dr. Amy Shapiro. Free and open to the public. A light dessert reception will follow this film, sponsored in memory of Sandy Hoffman.

Saturday, March 11

Happy Purim!

Purim begins at sundown on March 11.

Waukesha Purim party

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha will hold a Purim celebration on March 11 at the synagogue, 830 W. Moreland Blvd. Carnival followed by adult wine and dessert party. 4:30 p.m. carnival. 5:30 p.m. havdalah, Megillah reading and skit.  6:30 – 9 p.m. dinner and desserts.

Open to the public. $5/person and $18 max/families for CEEW members; $8/person and $25 max/families for non-members; payable at the door. Call 262-547-7180 or contact Phil Musickant at philmusic@wi.rr.com by March 5 to RSVP.

Sunday, March 12

Chabad Purim at UWM

Celebrate Purim with Chabad of the East Side and Chabad at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. “Purim on the Red Carpet.” March 12, 4 p.m. Zelazo Center for Performing Arts. For More Information 414-961-6100, x4643. Or call x4645 for Chabad Lubavitch Torah Center’s Purim Feast at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 16

Film:  ‘Imber’s Left Hand’

“Imber’s Left Hand” (United States)  (2014). This film chronicles the story of Harvard art professor and painter Jon Imber who developed ALS and was determined to continue growing, living and painting – actually creating some of his best work with his left hand after the ALS had progressed. A testament to the human spirit! 7 p.m., 1 hr. 20 min.  Suitable for ages 14 to adult. Screened in the JCC’s Community Hall and includes educational discussions with Milwaukee Jewish educators and professors. Free and open to the entire community. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Sunday, March 19

Speaker: Holocaust survivor

“Holocaust Stories: In their Honor” features Howard Melton on Sunday, March 19, at 10 a.m. Held at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Interview with Howard Melton, a member of the HERC Speakers Bureau, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. This program allows community members, both teenagers and adults, an opportunity to listen to the testimonies of our local Holocaust survivors while there is still time to do so, and to recognize these unique individuals for their heroic survival of the Nazi hell and their creation of a new life on American soil. Free & open to the public. HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org.

Think spring at Menorah

“Life-Long-Learning: Think spring @ Temple Menorah” will be held March 19 at 10 a.m. at the synagogue, 9363 N. 76th St., Milwaukee.  Garden Specialist Lisa from Bayside Garden Center will present “Think Spring:  What To Do & When.” A quick tip – pansies are tolerant of the cool temperatures of early spring! A continental breakfast will be served by Sisterhood and Men’s Club at 10 a.m. Nosh and schmooze before the informative, interactive session. The entire community is invited to attend and learn. Free. Call the Temple Menorah Office at 414-355-1120 to make reservations.  Be sure to find Temple Menorah at TempleMenorah.com and Facebook.

Sunday, March 26

Holocaust teachers’ workshop

A teachers’ workshop on the “Holocaust by bullets” will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 26 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Waitman Beorn, author of “Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus,” will lead this exploration of mass shooting operations carried out by the Nazis before the implementation of the Final Solution. The workshop constitutes an introduction to the “Holocaust by Bullets” exhibit, on display April 19 – May 23. Cost: Free, includes lunch and complimentary copy of “Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews.” For information, or to register, call 414-390-5730 or email Educator@JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org

Speaker: The Wehrmacht’s Role

“We Knew Then That the Jews Would be Shot: The Wehrmacht’s Role in the Holocaust by Bullets.” 3 p.m., March 26. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Brittany Hager McNeely at BrittanyH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-963-2714.Waitman Beorn, the first speaker brought to Milwaukee as part of the Sidney and Nina Widell Annual Memorial Lecture, is to present a public lecture on what the complicity of the German Army in the Holocaust looked like on the ground. He looks beyond vague concepts like “complicity” to explore the ways in which ordinary German soldiers participated in the Nazi genocidal project in the East.

Tuesday, March 28

“Lunch with a Legend” for young professionals

The Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation invites young professionals (45 and under) to a series of exclusive lunches with legends from the local Jewish community. Discover inspiring stories of how their leadership and commitment to Milwaukee and Jewish life has enriched their personal and professional lives. The second in the Lunch with a Legend series is set with Betsy Green for 12-1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 28 at Helfaer Community Service Building, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. The series concludes with Bob Habush from 12-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at Helfaer Community Service Building, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $10 per lunch. Dietary laws observed. Limited seating is available, and tickets are required. For further information and to purchase tickets, contact Ashleigh Lund at AshleighL@MilwaukeeJewish.org or (414) 390-5741.

Speakers: Priest, rabbi

“Building Bridges of Understanding: Interreligious Dialogue in Our Multi-Faith World” will be a free public lecture at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology on March 28 at 7 p.m. The lectures by the Rev. John Crossin and Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, as part of the Lux Center Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue, will be moderated by TV journalist Mark Siegrist. Crossin, is the former executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Poupko is rabbinic scholar at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He is responsible for the Chicago Jewish community’s interfaith relations with Christian seminaries, churches, institutions and denominations. Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, 414-529-6966. luxcenter.shsst.edu.

Thursday, March 30

Film: ‘Raise the Roof’  

“Raise the Roof” (United States)  (2015). Documentary about how the talents of over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries combined to reconstruct a destroyed Jewish landmark over a 10-year-period. Watch how the roof and painted ceiling of one of the most beautiful of the wooden synagogues in Europe is rebuilt and moved for display in the POLIN Museum in Warsaw. March 30, 7 p.m. Instructors: Rabbi Hannah Greenstein & Karl Wallick (associate professor and Architecture Department chair, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee). 1 hr. 23 min. Suitable for ages 13 to adult. Screened in the JCC’s Community Hall and includes educational discussions with Milwaukee Jewish educators and professors. Free and open to the entire community. Shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Monday, April 10

Good Pesach!

Passover begins at sundown on April 10.

Wednesday, April 19

Exhibit: Holocaust by Bullets

Holocaust by Bullets exhibit in the atrium at the Helfaer Community Services Building, April 20 – May 23. Free. Opening program 7 p.m., April 19, $10. Places can be deceiving. Where grass and trees now grow, once were scenes of unspeakable horror – killing fields where more than 2 million people were murdered before the creation of concentration camps. Includes eye-witness testimonies, photographs and archival materials. Sponsored by an anonymous fund of the Jewish Community Foundation; Bader Philanthropies; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; Jewish Museum Milwaukee; The Kennedy Barnett Families; and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 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. MilwaukeeJewish.org/Bullets.

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 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.

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.

Jewish Grief Group

The Jewish Grief Group, under the auspices of Jewish Family Services, is open to all. Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m. It rotates among three local synagogues. Call Beth at Jewish Family Services, 414-390-5800, to register.

North Shore Al-Anon

North Shore Al-Anon no longer holds weekly meetings, but if interested contact Gerald Melnick at MelnickGerald@gmail.com.