Coming events this month include Wayne Brady at Laugh It Up; “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” at Jewish Museum Milwaukee; and a “Go Jewish! Fair.”
To submit an event for consideration write to Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org by the 15th for the monthly edition 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.
Sunday, Jan. 7
How to age well, like cheese
Joanne Wagner, who has a lifetime of experience as a clinical therapist, psychological tester, social worker and marital and family therapist, will speak at a Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha Sisterhood program about how to age well. Wagner, a Sisterhood member, will use the stages of cheese-making to suggest how we can attain the best conditions possible as we mature. She will also include her take on ageism and how to make aging work for us in a complimentary way – people ripen into their best stages when they have a good aging environment. She says we do not have to accept labels and fables about ripening perfectly. Jan. 7. 3 p.m. 830 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.
Sunday, Jan. 14
Film: “Cloudy Sunday”
This Greek 2015 drama shows the destruction of the Sephardic Jewish community in Thessaloniki (Salonika) during 1942, while depicting the love story of a young Greek Jewish woman and a Christian man, both in the Resistance. The city’s Jewish population was 50,000 before the war and 1,900 after. 2 hours, 30 minutes. Instructor: Dr. Amy Shapiro. Suitable for ages 15 to adult. Free. Jan. 14, 2 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Presented at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. JccMilwaukee.org.
Chudnow Museum outing
There will be an outing to the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear on Jan 14. Meet at Temple Menorah at 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast; then will carpool to the Chudnow Museum for a private showing at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person; this includes admission to the museum. This event is open to the public. RSVP to Temple Menorah at 414-355-1120.
Monday, Jan. 15
Exploring Judaism Class
Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha is offering a four-week “Exploring Judaism Class” on consecutive Mondays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class, which will be led by Cantor Deborah Martin, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, is for anyone interested in learning about Judaism: Jews wishing to reconnect with their Jewish roots; interfaith couples; adult children and grandchildren of interfaith couples; in-laws of Jews; interested individuals from various faith and cultural backgrounds; or those interested in conversion. The classes serve anyone seeking more knowledge about Judaism as a good beginner course. This course will focus on four areas of Judaism: 1. Spirituality and a Jewish understanding of God in a Jewish context. 2. Ethics (Torah): Exploring what God wants of us, looking at ancient and modern sources that show Jewish teachings on living an ethical life. 3. Community (Israel): How Jews relate and respond to each other, and the connection with a Jewish community. 4. A Jewish home: What does it mean to have a Jewish home, and what are customs and laws that might be followed? The fee for non-CEEW members is $40, due at registration, for all four classes to cover the cost of materials. Contact Cantor Martin with questions and RSVP to her by Jan. 8 at SpiritualLeader@WaukeshaTemple.org.
Thursday, Jan. 18
Museum civil rights preview
Opening preview for “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Allied in the Fight is a museum exhibit exploring the partnership between Jewish and African American leaders regarding civil rights. Part of the Milwaukee-wide initiative, “200 Nights of Freedom,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1967-68 Open Housing Marches. These marches took place over 200 consecutive days in support of the passing of a fair housing bill and were sponsored and organized by the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, its Commando unit, and Alderwoman Vel Phillips among others. Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee to celebrate the allies of then and now with: Prentice McKinney, former Milwaukee NAACP commando; Arnold Kaufman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee emeritus professor of psychology and Jewish community Civil Rights activist; and Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, can be reached at 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. $3 or $5, for members or nonmembers respectively. RSVP by Jan. 15.
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Agencies on Tap
Join the Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation to sample Sprecher’s beers and learn more about the many causes the Federation supports. Enjoy short conversations and a different Sprecher beer (or soda) as you visit with each of the partner agencies. Light appetizers and beer samples included. Dietary laws observed. Cost: $10. Jan. 23, 7 p.m. at Sprecher Brewery, 701 W. Glendale Ave. Contact Ashleigh Lund at AshleighL@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5741.
Saturday, Jan. 27
Wayne Brady at Laugh It Up
The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center announced Wayne Brady as the headline performer for Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2018, an annual fundraiser. Brady is the current host of “Let’s Make A Deal” and recently starred as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” in Chicago. He will take the Riverside Theater stage on Jan. 27, with proceeds going to support the programs of the JCC and the Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2018 partner beneficiary, Safe & Sound. Since Laugh It Up Milwaukee’s inception, the event – now in it’s sixth year – has raised more than $500,000 for community programs that combat cancer, bullying, hunger and intolerance. Safe & Sound, of Milwaukee, sees to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2018 tickets are available now. Tickets range from $45-95 and can be purchased at LaughItUpMilwaukee.org or PabstTheater.org
Temple Menorah will be hosting “Game Night.” Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St. Participants are asked to bring any games desired to play. Snacks will be provided. All are welcome, but please RSVP to the temple at 414-355-1120. $3 per person.
Sunday, Jan. 28
Education and camp fair
Start planning for kid’s and teens’ summer and 2018-19 school year at the “Go Jewish! Fair” from 2-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2018 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd., Glendale. Free admission and parking. Attendees will be able to learn about Jewish camps, schools, youth groups and more, with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with educational program and camp representatives. There will also be three drawings to win $100 credit to one of Milwaukee’s Jewish educational programs. For further information, visit MilwaukeeJewish.org/GoJewishFair or contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733 or AnnaG@MilwaukeeJewish.org. “Go Jewish!” is a campaign of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation to promote Jewish education.
Thursday, Feb. 1
Swastika/Jim Crow film, talk
“From Swastika to Jim Crow.” Joyce Mallory, organization development consultant for the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee and a graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, will discuss her experiences with Sociology Professor Ernst Borinski, a German-Jewish sociologist who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He helped undermine Jim Crow laws in Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s. To conclude the program, Dr. Fran Kaplan, who recently retired from her work at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, will facilitate a talkback session. Based on a book by the late author Gabrielle Simon Edgecomb, “From Swastika to Jim Crow.” Film and talkback. Jewish Museum Milwaukee. 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Feb. 1. 7 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, can be reached at 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. $6 or $8, for members or nonmembers respectively. Offered in connection with Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Jan. 19 – March 25.
Thursday, Feb. 8
Israel, Jewish and democratic
Part of the “Hot Topics for Cold Nights” series. This series offers robust and civil conversations about Israel. This night in the series features “Israel as Jewish and Democratic: Explorations, Implications and Questions.” Led by Keren Fraiman, Ph.D., who is the director of research and evaluation at the iCenter for Israel Education. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. at Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Israel Center, both of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. RSVP and more information at MilwaukeeJewish.org/TalkIsrael or contact Allison Hayden at AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5781.
Thursday, Feb. 22
Religious expression in Israel
Part of the “Hot Topics for Cold Nights” series. This series offers robust and civil conversations about Israel. This night in the series features “Religious Expression, Pluralism and Control in Contemporary Israel.” Led by Keren Fraiman, Ph.D., who is the director of research and evaluation at the iCenter for Israel Education. Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Israel Center, both of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. RSVP and more information at MilwaukeeJewish.org/TalkIsrael or contact Allison Hayden at AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5781.
Wednesday, March 7
Israel history class
“Seven Decades of Israel With Rabbi Wes Kalmar.” A decade by decade discussion of the thrilling history of the Jewish state. Seven week class starts March 7 and is repeated on several subsequent Wednesdays through May 9, all at 7:45 p.m. Kalmar holds a masters in Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University. $70 for the entire series, $12 for individual classes. Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. AsktShul@gmail.com. AsktShul.org. (414) 228-9296.
Ongoing Health & Support
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.
Breast cancer support
Breast cancer patients, their families and friends are matched with professionally trained breast cancer survivors and co-survivors. All connections are personalized and based on similar diagnoses, treatment plans and circumstances. Services are free and begin with a phone conversation. ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis supports both patients and survivors. To receive ABCD support, call 414-977-1780 or email SupportCenter@AbcdMentor.org.
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 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 local synagogues. Call 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.
SPARK! memory loss program
SPARK! Is a program for people experiencing memory loss and their care partners. Jewish Museum Milwaukee holds SPARK! events at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of each month in partnership with Ovation Communities. Jewish Museum Milwaukee is a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.