Coming events, March 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.

Sunday, March 4

Live: Bernice King, Heschel

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Milwaukee Urban League are offering “Praying With Their Feet,” a community program featuring Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susannah Heschel, daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. This will be a moderated conversation on the civil rights movement, their fathers’ unique roles in that movement and their own personal leadership in advancing their fathers’ legacies in the current social environment. 3 p.m., March 4, Pabst Theater. Free. See story, p. 21.

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.

Thursday, March 8

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Part of the “Hot Topics for Cold Nights” series —  robust and civil conversations about Israel — features “Exploring the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Multiple Narratives.” Led by Keren Fraiman, Ph.D., who is the dean and chief academic officer at Spertus Institute and the former director of research and evaluation at the iCenter for Israel Education. March 8, 7 p.m., free, 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.

Saturday, March 10

Fight MS: Eggroll Style

Sarah Hwang was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. Through one woman’s diagnosis, come together for a night of eggrolls and stir-fry to fight MS. Hwang’s House of Yum will be held at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point (not a program of the congregation). March 10, 6-10 p.m. JewishChronicle.com for a link to register. See story, p. 48.

JCC Father-Daughter Dance

Held at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. March 10, 7 p.m. Contact Rabbi Shari Shamah at 414-967-8229 or SShamah@JccMilwaukee.org  for more information or visit JccMilwaukee.org/FatherDaughterDance.

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, 3-4:30 p.m., free, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Appetizers and desserts (dietary laws observed). To see the list of awardees 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.

Tuesday, March 13

Young Jewish speed dating

“You had me at Shalom!” — young Jewish (21-39) speed dating and speed double dating from 6:30-9 p.m. on March 13 at Casablanca, 728 E. Brady St., Milwaukee. Cost is $12, which includes one drink ticket and vegetarian appetizers (kosher option available upon advance request) and date basket door prizes. RSVP by March 8 at MilwaukeeJewish.org/Speed or contact Anna Goldstein at AnnaG@MilwaukeeJewish.org or (414) 390-5733. Organized by Shalom Milwaukee of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Young Jewish Adults of Milwaukee.

Wednesday, March 14

Curious George film

Part of the fourth annual Holocaust Speaker Event at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. March 14, 7 p.m. See the documentary, “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators.” Rabbi Noah Chertkoff, senior rabbi at Shalom, will be leading a question and answer session immediately following the documentary.  This movie is being shown in advance of children’s author, Louise Borden’s visit to Milwaukee.  Borden will be speaking at Congregation Shalom on March 18. Free and open to the public. See story, p. 50.

Friday, March 16

Social justice Shabbat

“Social Justice Shabbat Service Explores Bridging the Black and Jewish Communities.” The community is invited to Shabbat services at Congregation Shalom on March 16, at 6:45 p.m.  During the service, guest speakers Mr. Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan will present “Bridging the Black and Jewish Communities: Our Shared History and Future.”  American Jews and African Americans have both struggled for access and respect.  At times, we’ve worked and walked together, most famously during the Civil Rights Movement – including the 200 nights of open housing marches in Milwaukee.  This talk explores lesser-known stories of Black/Jewish mutual aid in the past and how we can continue to collaborate in these times. Jackson and Kaplan have conducted workshops and consult about diversity and inclusion for organizations and the media locally and nationally. Both have garnered numerous awards for their work. The program is being organized by the Voices for Justice Committee at Congregation Shalom, located at 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., in Fox Point.  For more information, contact Congregation Shalom at 414-352-9288.

Sunday, March 18

Author Louise Borden speaks to the community. Free and open to the public March 18, 2 p.m., at Congregation Shalom. Borden, author of “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey,” will discuss her book. The event is free and open to the public. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. See story, p. 50.

Monday, March 19

Civil rights in America

The final session of this three-part series with Jody Hirsh and Tim Crain, presented by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, engages the Allied in the Fight exhibit by examining the history of Jewish and African American alliances and tensions in the struggle for civil rights in America. Monday, March 19, 2-3 p.m at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. To register, contact Mona Cohen at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 414-967-8249. 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, 2018.

How do we love Israel?

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Ph.D — who is billed as one of America’s foremost Jewish thought leaders — will discuss “How do we love Israel without liking all its policies?” at the fourth annual Edie Adelman lecture series at 7 p.m. on March 19. Post-lecture reception with Israeli wine tasting and desserts (dietary laws observed). Held at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road. Presented by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, Israel Center and the Edie Adelman Political Awareness Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation. Co chairs: Barbara Kohl-Spiro and Felissa Lee. Free. RSVP by March 15 at MilwaukeeJewish.org/Edie or contact Ashleigh Lund at 414-390-5741 or AshleighL@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

Tuesday, March 20

Tosa lecture: Shoah in Greece

Celebrating the Legacy of Archbishop Theophilos Damaskinos, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Lecture marks the 75th anniversary of the historic letter written by Archbishop Damaskinos protesting the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews in Greece.  Archbishop Damaskinos was the archbishop of Greece during World War II and was a leader against the German policy of annihilating the Jews of Greece.  He wrote letters against deportation policies; helped facilitate the creation of false identity papers; and encouraged clergy in Greece to hide, aid and save Greek Jews. Free and open to the public. March 20, 7p.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 9440 W. Congress St., Wauwatosa

Wednesday, March 21

Japanese diplomat and Shoah

A staged reading of a play, “Chiune Sugihara: Unsung Hero of the Holocaust,” will be presented at Cardinal Stritch University on March 21, in cooperation with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Ovation Communities. This play looks at the life of Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as Vice-Consul for Japan in Lithuania. 7 p.m. Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, Glendale. Free and open to the public. See story, p. 20.

Thursday, March 22

Coexistence in Israel

Part of the “Hot Topics for Cold Nights” series — robust and civil conversations about Israel — this final session in the series features “Destined to Live Together: Looking Ahead to the Possibilities of Coexistence.” Led by Keren Fraiman, Ph.D., who is the dean and chief academic officer at Spertus Institute and the former director of research and evaluation at the iCenter for Israel Education. March 22, 7 p.m., free, 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.

Sunday, March 25

Museum Lil’ Rev concert

“Allied in the Fight Closing Concert with Lil’ Rev” at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, March 25, 2-3 p.m. One hour set of original and cover songs featuring the theme of social justice including songs from Lil’ Rev’s “Jews n’ the Blues” set and more. Free with admission. 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, through March 25. 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 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 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.

Friday, March 30

Passover begins

The first night of Passover is March 30. See guide to seders and more, p. 25.

Sunday, April 8

Hear a survivor’s story

Holocaust Stories: In Their Honor series features Renata Laxova at 10 a.m. on April 8. Laxova is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Free and open to the public. For further information visit HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org or contact Brittany Hager McNeely at 414-963-2714. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Sunday, April 15

Yom HaShoah commemoration

The community Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration will be at 3 p.m. on April 15 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Keynote speaker: Holocaust survivor Eric Blaustein. Event co-chairs: Rachel Baum and Bonnie Klein-Tasman. Held in partnership with the JCC and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Wednesday, April 18

Yom HaZikaron commemoration

The community Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Day of Remembrance commemoration will be at 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Yom HaZikaron honors veterans and fallen military personnel of the Israel Defense Forces, other Israeli security services and victims of terror.  Guest speakers: three generations of the Ben-Yitzhak family. Event co-chairs: Joan Kazan and Bobbi Rector. Held in partnership with the JCC and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Sunday, April 22

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration

Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel will take place from 3-6:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Brought to the community by the JCC and Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The celebration will include a ceremony, a solidarity walk for Israel and activities for all ages. Co-chairs: Ari Domnitz and Laura Graupe.

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. RSVP only. All Saints Catholic Church, 4051 N. 25th St., Milwaukee. Adults $10. Students $5. 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.