Coming events, July 2016 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, July 2016

Sunday, July 3

Summerfest Jewish Rock

The Moshe Skier Band is playing Jewish rock and blues at Summerfest. The Moshe Skier Band is a Milwaukee-based Jewish rock band specializing in original and classic Jewish music, played in a hard-hitting classic rock and blues style. Featuring the blistering guitar of Mendel Appel and pulsing bass of Moshe Skier, the band has been spreading Jewish grooviness across the Midwest since 1998. Noon, at the Summerfest grounds, at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage.

Friday, July 8

MSO’s Dinur at Shalom

Congregation Shalom hosts this year’s annual Milwaukee Symphony concert in memory of Rubin Sharpe. This special presentation will feature Israeli musician Yaniv Dinur, the new MSO Assistant Conductor, on piano, and the MSO’s associate concertmaster, Ilana Setapen, on violin.  Free and open to the public. No ticket necessary, but seating is limited. Box dinners are offered at $10 each for dining at 7:15 p.m. prior to the concert, or feel free to bring your own. RSVP if dining. Call for information at 414-352-9288. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. Concert at 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 9

Artist Elisha Ben Yitzhak

World-renowned Milwaukee artist Elisha Ben Yitzhak is hosting a solo art show at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library in Mequon/Thiensville. Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. He has lived in Milwaukee since 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals, plus private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London. His paintings have appeared in countless publications and electronic displays. This is the first major art show in the Milwaukee area by Ben Yitzhak. Held at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, Mequon. A meet-the-artist event at the library on July 9 from 4-5 p.m. is part of a free gala reception from 3-6 p.m. Show is also on display July 1 through Aug. 31 at the library. Regular library hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and closed Sundays.

Monday, July 11

Friendship Caravan at Bayshore

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan, hosted by Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center, will entertain with singing, dancing and personal stories during this outdoor concert for all ages. For further information, contact Allison Hayden at or (414) 390-5724. Free. 6-8 p.m. Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive.

Wednesday, July 13

Kids’ evening swim

PJ Our Way Evening Swim. What could be better after a day of camp? An evening with your friends at the pool. Dinner provided. 5 p.m. at the Hy & Richard Smith JCC Water Park, 11015 N. Market Street W15, Mequon. For Children 9 – 11 years. Contact Rabbi Shari Shamah at or 414-967-8229.

Sunday, July 17

Hear a survivor’s story

The “Holocaust Stories: In Their Honor” series this month features Raye David, with the interview conducted by local journalist Ben Merens. For further information visit or contact Brittany Hager McNeely at or (414) 963-2714. Free. 10 a.m. Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Wednesday, July 20

Madison speaker on Chicago renewal

“Prayer as Revolution: Reclaiming, Repurposing, Restoring Religion for the Next Generation.” When Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann explored the possibility of creating a spiritual community as a way of connecting with Jewish young adults in Chicago, some thought her misguided. Four years later, Mishkan Chicago connects over 2,000 people every year through music, prayer, learning, social activism and one-on-one relationship building among unengaged Jews in Chicago, its signature event being Friday night Shabbat services. Heydemann will share the ethos behind this kind of revolution and what it will take to reclaim Judaism with meaning and spirituality at its center, for the next generation. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 12. Sponsored by Jewish Social Services. Part of the Levy summer series of speakers, sponsored by Madison businessman Jeffrey C. Levy. 12:30 p.m. Call 608-278-1808 or visit for more information. Meal is $15.

Sunday, July 24

Kosher picnic with Shalom Baby

Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Shalom Baby presents a kosher picnic lunch that is open to all families who have had a new addition in the past year or two through birth or adoption. Older siblings and friends welcome. For further information, contact Allison Hayden at or (414) 390-5724. Free. 12-2 p.m. Klode Park, 5900 N. Lake Drive in Whitefish Bay.

Tuesday, July 26

Madison golf classic

Join JEM for its fifth annual Golf Classic, taking place at the River Club. 1 p.m. To sponsor a hole or join Jewish Experience of Madison at the event contact Rocky Anton at 414-708-6353 or

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Speaker: Jewish vote

Rabbi A.D. Motzen will speak on “The Jewish Vote: Does My Vote Count?” Motzen is the national director of state relations for Agudath Israel of America. Motzen oversees the organization’s government affairs activities in each state. Agudath Israel of America is a national, grassroots, advocacy and social service organization representing Orthodox Jews, including 250,000 children in nonpublic schools. Admission to the lecture is $36 per person or $50 per couple, reservations required. 7:30 p.m. at Torah Academy of Milwaukee, 6800 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. 414-352-6789.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Federation meeting

Milwaukee Jewish Federation holds its annual meeting. Celebrate “Jewish Generations.” Presentation by Elizabeth Brenner, former president and publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sue Strait and Danya Strait are chairs. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee. RSVP Ashleigh Lund at (414) 390-5741, or

Madison speaker: Rabbi Feingold

“Why Less is Sometimes More:  Jewish Life in Smaller Communities.” Rabbi Feingold will speak about the upside of Jewish life and Jewish identity when framed in a smaller Jewish community setting. She will also address the challenges and changes she has seen over the 30-plus years she has served as a rabbi in Kenosha and in a congregation which has never topped 130 families. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Aug. 2. Sponsored by Jewish Social Services. Part of the Levy summer series of speakers, sponsored by Madison businessman Jeffrey C. Levy. 12:30 p.m. Call 608-278-1808 or visit for more information. Meal is $15.

Through September

Holocaust garden in Oshkosh

Congregation B’nai Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Garden welcomes visitors for free tours. The garden is open through September. To schedule, call the synagogue, 920-235-4270. Call Barbara Kuhn with any questions at 920-426-2920.


Caregiver support group

Are you providing care and support for a loved one with dementia? Do you want to connect with others who know what you’re going through? Social workers with Chai Point understand and are here to help in this caregiver support group. Explore dementia, discuss challenging behaviors and offer practical tips and strategies. Facilitated by social workers Dana Rubin–Winkelman and Carolyn Schuman. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Held Tuesday, July 19; Tuesday, August 16; and Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1-2 p.m. Chai Point, 1414 N. Prospect Ave. Call 414-289-9600 to RSVP.

Grief and Loss Support Group

The Grief and Loss Support Group is specifically for people who have lost a spouse. Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Co-sponsored with Jewish Family Services and held at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. RSVP to Abby at either or at 414-352-9288.

Parkinson’s Spouses Support Group

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 Held 10:30 a.m. to noon, meeting the second Monday of the month.

North Shore Al-Anon

North Shore Al-Anon holds weekly meetings on Mondays, 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, in the small chapel. 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 or Gerald Melnick at


Sarah Chudnow

MEQUON – From a “Safari” to summer music, Sarah Chudnow Community offers programs to beat the summer heat.

On Monday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m., the young men and women of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan will perform and talk about Israeli history and life. Formed in 1995, the Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. – Tzofim (FOIS) encompasses programs which develop and maintain a connection between the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) movement in Israel and North American Jewry.

The next presentation in SCC’s Senior Living seminar series, “It’s a Jungle Out There; a Safari Through Elder Care Services,” is Michelle Putz, RN, NHA, on Tuesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Putz, who is also COO at Jewish Home and Care Center, will discuss the different Medicare plans and how to make the right choices.

The annual Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m., with a performance from Jazz Prime. Playing classic swing and bossa nova standards, this foursome specializes in your favorites from the great American songbook. This piano, bass, drums group is topped off with the wonderful vocals of Darele Bisquerra. On Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Mr. Lucky Syndicate. Powered with class, Mr. Lucky influences ranges from the campy TV show “Get Smart” to marching bands mixed with hearty portions of Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder.

These events are in addition to regularly scheduled activities at Sarah Chudnow Community. Find more activities and musical events on the Sarah Chudnow Community Activity Calendar at or by calling 262.478.1500. Questions? Email