Coming events, February 2018

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.

Thursday, Feb. 1

Swastika/Jim Crow film, talk

“From Swastika to Jim Crow.” Joyce Mallory of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will discuss her experiences with sociology Professor Ernst Borinski, a German Jew who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. He helped undermine Jim Crow laws in Mississippi. Dr. Fran Kaplan, who recently retired from America’s Black Holocaust Museum, will facilitate a talkback. Based on a book, “From Swastika to Jim Crow.” Film and talkback. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Feb. 1. 7 p.m. 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 museum Jan. 19 – March 25.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Holocaust in Greece film

Part of “An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece,” a three-month series. On Feb. 7, 7 p.m., free, at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2160 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, watch the film “Cloudy Sunday,” a Greek drama set in 1942 Salonika about the forbidden love between a young Jewish girl and a Christian boy who are members of the resistance. The film depicts the destruction of the Sephardic Jewish community of Salonika. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org/Greece or contact Laurie Herman at Lherman@JCCmilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.

Evening with Bud Selig

“The Integration of Baseball and its Aftermath: An Evening with Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball Bud Selig.” Selig is the commissioner emeritus of Major League Baseball and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Museum Members $7. Non-members $12. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., is a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

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 Jewish Community Center, 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.

Essential oils workshop

Essential oils make and take workshop. Learn to make DIY essential oils products, such as aromatherapy room mist, bath bombs, shower melts and more. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership Division and Shalom Milwaukee. Feb. 8, 7 p.m., $8, at Helfaer Community Service Building – Board Room, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. For further information and to sign-up, contact Ashleigh Lund at AshleighL@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5741.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Film, talkback: ‘The Hitchhikers’

Israeli filmmakers Yair Agmon and Elad Schwartz will present their latest web series, “The Hitchhikers,” which breaks stigmas and displays the diversity of Israeli society. They will talk about their experience while crisscrossing the country offering a lift to everyone they meet. Hear how this experience changed their perspective on Israeli society. Organized by Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Feb. 11, 3 p.m., free, held at the JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. For more information, contact Keren Weisshaus at KerenW@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5705.

Hearing loss/disability program

In recognition of Jewish Disability Month, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun is sponsoring a program Feb. 11, at 1 p.m., “Danger! Untreated Hearing Loss! We hear with our brain, not just our ears.” Presenters Eloise Schwarz and Elizabeth Ermenc are both Hearing Loss Association of America leaders for the local chapter. Both have hearing loss. Brief PowerPoint presentation with CART/Captioning for hearing impaired. They will also share handouts, information about the latest hearing aid equipment, websites, organizations and more. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments. RSVP preferred by Feb. 8. 414-228-7545. CEEBJ, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills.

Shir Hadash fundraiser

A “Souper Bowl Fundraiser” for Congregation Shir Hadash, at Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Ave., Milwaukee, is set for Sunday, Feb. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Soup, bread, desserts and music. Tickets at the door: $36 adults, $10 children 10 and under. 414-297-9159. info@shirmke.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Reggie Jackson on racism, redlining

Local historian, educator and head at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Reggie Jackson, will use maps, photographs and original documents to explain the history of redlining in Milwaukee. $8 non-members. $5 members. Part of a series, “Redlining, Racism and Reflection.” Series is $20 non-members; $15 members. Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Offered in connection with “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 25. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., is a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Sunday, Feb. 18

Holocaust in Greece concert

Concert by Cantor Alberto Mizrahi (child of Greek Holocaust survivors). Part of “An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece,” a three-month series. Feb. 18, 2 p.m., free, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Sponsored by Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and the JCC. HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org/Greece. Laurie Herman at Lherman@JCCmilwaukee.org. 414-967-8212.

Choral workshop and concert

Zemer Am, a Midwest gathering of Jewish choruses, will hold its annual day-long workshop and culminating afternoon concert in Milwaukee for the first time. Previously, the event took place at Chicago-area synagogues. Chorus members spend the day learning and rehearsing songs to sing in common at the concert and in smaller group rehearsals. The Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale (MilwaukeeJewishCommunityChorale.org) is a key organizer. Three Chicago choral groups and two Milwaukee groups are slated to perform. The Feb. 18, 4 p.m. concert at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., is free and open to the public. Choirs are welcome and encouraged to participate. Call Enid Bootzin Berkovits, 414-416-0580, for registration information.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Film, talk on racism

Contextualizing talk and screening of the film, “City Within a City: Pretty Soon Runs Out.” This 1968 documentary explores stories of low-income Milwaukeeans impacted by urban renewal development. Former CEO of Milwaukee Urban League and longtime African American community activist Ralph Hollmon will speak and facilitate discussion. Feb. 20, 7 p.m. $8 non-members. $5 members. Part of a series, “Redlining, Racism and Reflection.” The series is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Offered in connection with “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 25. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., is a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Shoah in Greece movie talkback

See the film “In the Shadow of the Acropolis” plus talkback with filmmaker Laura Zelle. Feb. 21, 7 p.m., free, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Part of a three-month series, “An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece.” Sponsored by Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and the JCC. HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org/Greece. Laurie Herman at Lherman@JCCmilwaukee.org. 414-967-8212.

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 Jewish Community Center, 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Panel on racism

Panel discussion looks at segregation in Milwaukee, analysis of the current status, and discussion of where we go from here. Marc Levine from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development will address growth of entrenched segregation and racial inequality in Milwaukee since the 1970s; Margaret Rozga will review her activism during and after the open housing marches with late husband Father James Groppi; Bill Tisdale, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, will discuss the organization’s role. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. $8 non-members; $5 members. Part of the “Redlining, Racism and Reflection” series of events, with fee for full series at $20 non-members and $15 members. Offered in connection with “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 25. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., is a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Purim begins

Purim begins the evening of Feb. 28 and ends Feb. 29. (OK, forgive us. That’s a Purim joke. Purim beings Feb. 28 and ends March 1.)

Saturday, March 3

Purim Waukesha

An intergenerational Purim celebration open to the public will be held at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, 830 W. Moreland Blvd. Events start 4:30 p.m. with a Purim carnival, followed by havdala, dinner and a hamantaschen bake-off contest. Megillah reading and Purim shpiel. Bring item for the pot-luck, dessert to share and your own beverage of choice. Pay at the door. CEEW members – $5 adults, $3 for children under 8. Non-CEEW members: $8 adults, $5 for children under 8. RSVP by Feb. 27 to Phil Musickant: PhilMusic@wi.rr.com  or Cantor Deborah Martin: SpiritualLeader@waukeshatemple.org. Office: 262-547-7180 (if no one is there to answer, leave a message with your name(s) and how many people will be coming).

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.

Sunday, March 11

Salute to Jewish Educators

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning invites the entire community to honor local Jewish educators for their commitment to providing local youth with a quality Jewish education. There will be awards and recognition of all Jewish educators. March 11, 2:30-4 p.m., free, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Appetizers & desserts (dietary laws observed. For further information and to RSVP: MilwaukeeJewish.org/EducatorRecognition or contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer at 414-963-2718 or TziporahA@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

Art & Justice Bus Tour

Dominic Inouye, educator, artist and founder of ZipMKE, will lead a bus tour exploring Milwaukee’s historic Civil Rights sites, including the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge, the Bronzeville Loop, neighborhoods shared by African American and Jewish communities, and public artworks recognizing local and international social justice leaders. The tour will show and discuss the connection between these two communities through the neighborhoods and locations these groups intersected. March 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. $15 non-members. $10 members. Offered in connection with “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 25. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., is a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, can be reached at 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Sunday, April 29

Freedom Seder

“African American Jewish Freedom Seder.” April 29, 4-6 p.m. Members of Milwaukee’s black and Jewish communities will share a Freedom Passover Seder to explore common ground and the universal pursuit of freedom. In what has become a bridging tradition in cities across the nation, intergroup Seders bring together African Americans and Jews to share this ritual meal to discuss and celebrate the shared values of justice and liberation both culture groups find in the Exodus story. In breaking bread together (or matzo in this case) and engaging in meaningful dialogue, a strengthening of communal understanding and respect can be fostered and celebrated. Location and admission to be announced. Organized by Jewish Museum Milwaukee of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

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.

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.