Coming events, August 2016 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, August 2016

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

Madison speaker: Rabbi Feingold

“Why Less is Sometimes More: Jewish Life in Smaller Communities.” Rabbi Dena 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.

Federation annual meeting

PUBLISHER,  NEWS, KAS, 1- Elizabeth "Betsy" Brenner has been named  the new president and publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Monday, November 22, 2004. Photograph by Karen Sherlock

Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner

Celebrate Jewish Generations at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s annual meeting. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dessert and wine reception (dietary laws observed). The annual meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. and will include a presentation by Elizabeth Brenner, former publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The evening is co-chaired by Sue Strait and Danya Strait. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Rd. Learn more and RSVP at or call Ashleigh Lund at (414) 390-5741.

Friday, Aug. 12

Mah Jongg and memory panel

“Mah Jongg and Memory: Game Playing and its Effects on Brain Health.” Bring your lunch. A panel explores the physiological and social benefits of games, while learning new strategies to improve brain health. 11:30 a.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Five congregations mark Tisha B’Av

Five congregations are planning their annual joint Tisha B’Av service on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Congregations Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Emanu-El of Waukesha, Shalom, Shir Hadash and Sinai will participate at Shir Hadash, 2717 E. Hampshire Ave., Milwaukee. (the corner of Hampshire and Hackett, housed in Plymouth Church). It will begin with a Tisha B’Av evening service at 7:30 p.m.  At 8 p.m. there will be chanting of selected verses of Eicha, the book of Lamentations, in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, and there will be songs from the combined choirs of the five congregations and the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale. Between each of the five chapters of Aicha, the group will engage in “Jewish Responses / Solutions to Despair,” by focusing on Images of God through the 10 Haftarot of Despair / Consolation; examining Fasting; discussing Optimism / Hope; and reflecting on Teshuvah. There will be the opportunity to explore these ideas and find relevance of Tisha B’Av in our lives.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Mah Jongg tile art

“The Art of the Tile: Mah Jongg Jewelry & Creativity Workshop.” Artist and community Shlichah Amit Yaniv-Zehavi will guide you through techniques for using Mah Jongg tiles to create jewelry, wine glass charms, key chains and more!  Create, make and take items to enjoy personally or to give as gifts. 6-8 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730.

Saturday, Aug. 20

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Lovin’ Kind

Classic ‘60s rock at Sinai

Lovin’ Kind to perform classic 60s rock at Congregation Sinai. Open to all and family friendly. 7 p.m., with havdallah at dusk. Part of a “Sinai Summer Series.” Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. 414-352-2970.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Menorahfest 2016

Everyone is welcome to attend Menorahfest 2016. Games, prizes, raffles and food galore are a long-standing tradition at the Temple Menorah Annual Picnic. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is free and the picnic fare will be sold throughout the day. Look for Temple Menorah on Facebook and at For further information, contact Temple Menorah at 414-355-1120.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Jewish National Fund banquet

The Jewish National Fund Annual Tribute Banquet honoring Eileen and Dr. Glenn Graves, Aura Hirschman, Jody and Dr. David Margolis and Molly Zall, next generation leader. “JNF: Creating an Inclusive Society” to feature speaker Yossi Kahana, director, JNF Task Force on Disabilities. The Watermark at Shully’s, 146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville. RSVP by Aug. 15 to or 414-963-8733. Cocktails 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Young Leadership’s Casino Nightcoming events casino night

The Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation presents annual event Summer Set, featuring Casino Night. Play black jack, craps, roulette and poker. A DJ will be spinning tunes for an evening that will include great door prizes, appetizers and open bar (dietary laws observed). Summer chic attire. 7-10 p.m. $50 cover is inclusive of an $18 gift to the 2017 Annual Campaign. Hot Water Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St. Learn more at

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Anti-Judaism: Past and present

“Anti-Judaism: Past and Present” is a lecture by David Nirenberg. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world, and often in negative ways.  What does this history of Anti-Judaism have to do with how we think about Judaism today? Alumni Memorial Union Room #163, Marquette University, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. 7 p.m. For more information contact Brittany Hager McNeely at 414-963-2714 or

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Nickoll Award Luncheon

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Benjamin E. Nickoll Young Leadership Award Luncheon will celebrate recipient Joe Devorkin. The MJF has presented the award since 1962. It is given to a young man who demonstrates exemplary leadership within the Jewish community. It was established to honor Ben Nickoll, a leader of the MJF and Jewish community in the 1940s and 1950s. $40. Dietary laws observed. Noon-1:30 p.m. Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Learn more or register at or call Ashleigh Lund at (414) 390-5741.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Mound Zion Cemetery meeting

The Mound Zion Cemetery Association will hold a special meeting on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay, to ratify modifications to its current by-laws. The annual plot owners’ meeting will immediately follow the special meeting. All plot owners/heirs are encouraged to attend. Contact Stan Teplin at 262-242-3845 for information.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Speaker: Arab-Jewish balance

“The Arab-Jewish Demographic Balance: No Demographic Time Bomb!” A Talk by Yoram Ettinger. The proposal that Israel should concede Jewish geography to secure Jewish demography ignores the demographic trends, in Israel, the Islamic world in general, and west of the Jordan River in particular. Yoram Ettinger, ambassaor (retired), served as minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel’s Embassy in Washington D.C., Israel’s consul general in Houston and director of Israel’s Government Press Office. A consultant to Israel’s cabinet, he briefs U.S. legislators on Israel’s contribution to vital U.S. interests. Author and publisher of “The Ettinger Report.” Sponsored by the Committee for Truth and Justice. Joseph and Rebecca Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road. 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19

Author Ron Balson 

Author Ron Balson to visit the JCC. With his critically acclaimed debut, “Once We Were Brothers,” author Ronald H. Balson provided a tale of love, survival and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit. Now, Balson’s new offering, “Karolina’s Twins,” returns to the popular themes and setting that made Once We Were Brothers a national bestseller. Sponsored by Boswell Books and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Held at the JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Free. 7 p.m. For more information contact Mona Cohen at 414-967-8249 or

Thursday, Sept. 22

Charitable planning with retirement accounts

Professional advisors will learn from Professor Christopher R. Hoyt, JD, about the latest developments on lifetime gifts from IRAs using the Charitable IRA Rollover, plus the strategies and the legal requirements to make charitable bequests from IRAs, 401(k) plans, and 403(b) plans. $35. CLE and CFP credits applied for. Continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., program from 8-10 a.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Waukesha County Community Foundation. InterContinental Milwaukee – Lobby Salon, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. Register online at For questions, call (414) 336-7064.

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, 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, 7 p.m. at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, in the board room. 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 – SCC’s Senior Living seminar series, “It’s a Jungle Out There; a Safari Through Elder Care Services,” continues on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.

The annual Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m., with a performance from Dixie Doodlers. On Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., enjoy the sounds of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. The month closes out with a performance from flautist Rick Aaron, singer Victoria Benson Hora, and drummer Mitch Shiner on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

In addition to the seminar series and Summer Concert Series, there are other programs in August including:

Community leader Valerie Spinner-Banks presents “Why We Are Different,” on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. Spinner-Banks will discuss her experiences in working to end discrimination. She is currently advisor for cultural diversity at Mount Mary College and director of the Beyond Racism Project.

To close out the month, songstress Julie Thompson brings her silky and soulful sounds and toe-tapping jazz standards to SCC on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m.

Find more activities and musical events on the Sarah Chudnow Community Activity Calendar at or by calling 262.478.1500. Questions? Email

Chai Point

MILWAUKEE – The “Listen & Learn” concert series in partnership with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music continues on Wednesday, August 3, and Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m., with Drumming with Julio Pabon.

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6:45 p.m., enjoy “Broadway and Standards: A Summer Evening of Music” with vocalist Helen Morrison and Milwaukee native pianist Bill Hindin.

Performers Yuri (violinist) and Daniel (pianist) Beliavsky return to Chai Point for a summer concert on Monday, Aug. 15, at 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m., Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Alan Borsuk goes “Behind the Headlines.”

Country comes to Chai Point on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6:45 p.m., with a performance from classic country western band A Western Edge.

The Marc Davis Jazz Trio, presents an afternoon of jazz standards on Friday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m. Davis has been a mainstay of the Milwaukee jazz scene for over 25 years.

Classical guitarist Hector Torres performs on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m., Chai Point features the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.

All programs and performances are free unless otherwise noted. Free parking is also available under the building at 1414 N. Prospect Avenue.