Coming events, September 2016 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, September 2016


To submit an event for consideration send a press release to by the 15th for the issue arriving in homes on or about the 1st of the following month. Include date, time, location, a description, contact information and whether the event is free or what is charged.

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Lecture: Anti-Judaism

“Anti-Judaism: Past and Present,” a lecture from Dr. David Nirenberg, of the University of Chicago. He will speak on the history of anti-Judaism and how it impacts the way we think of Judaism today. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, among others. Marquette University, Alumni Memorial Union, Room 163, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. More information: or 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Nickoll Award luncheon

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Benjamin E. Nickoll Young Leadership Award Luncheon will celebrate recipient Joe Devorkin. The Federation 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 Federation and Jewish community in the 1940s and 1950s. $40. Dietary laws observed. Noon-1:30 p.m. The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Learn more or register at or call Ashleigh Lund at 414-390-5741.

Israel book conversation

You’re invited to join the conversation at the new Israel book review series. The first book will be “Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History,” by Saul David. Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. 414-228-9296. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Mound Zion Cemetery meeting

The Mound Zion Cemetery Association will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. at the Harry & 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.

Fiddler: The Untold Tradition

Some “Fiddler on the Roof” songs never made it to the stage or screen. This concert features this music interspersed with the Fiddler classics. Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 North Green Bay Ave., Glendale. 7:30 p.m. $18 per person. For tickets call CBINT: 414-352-7310.

Holocaust dresses in Madison

“Stitching History From The Holocaust,” originally curated by Jewish Museum Milwaukee, is to be held at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery in Madison through Nov. 13. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s costume shop meticulously created with historic accuracy eight dresses and accessories from original sketches by Hedy Strnad, who died in the Holocaust. An opening event is slated for Sept. 11 with a 1 p.m. panel discussion, “The Story Behind the Exhibition,” followed by a reception. Learn about the people who were behind the launch of the exhibition. Ruth Davis Design Gallery, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison. Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison. Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 4 p.m. 608-262-1162. Free.

Shopping benefits Sisterhood

A fundraising event for the Temple Menorah Sisterhood will benefit the organization based on sales at Luci Boutique in The Shops of East Towne Square. Shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount at the boutique, which carries designer women’s clothing and fashion accessories. Kosher hors d’oeuvres will be served. 1515 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. All are welcome. RSVP to the Temple Menorah office at 414-355-1120.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Glass artist at museum

“Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman” opens at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Running through Jan. 8, 2017, the exhibit is on Sheboygan Falls-based contemporary glass artist Beth Lipman. Inspired by seventeenth-century Baroque still lifes, Lipman uses the delicate medium of glass to comment on society, art and life. The result of her spontaneous and expressive process are works of art that capture transitory moments caught between growth and decay and stand as timeless portraits of humanity. 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 4 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 414-390-5730. Museum admission: Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free.

Thursday, Sept. 15

David Gregory to speak

Special guest speaker David Gregory will share his journalistic endeavors and discuss his critically acclaimed memoir, “How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey” at Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2017 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $18. The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Dessert reception (dietary laws observed). More information and RSVP: or call Ashleigh Lund, 414-390-5741.

Holocaust heroes at Alverno

Opening reception and public conversation for an exhibit at Alverno College, “Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females Tapestries and Sculpture.” Alverno’s Arts & Cultures Gallery kicks off its 2016–17 season with the exhibit, which runs Aug. 24 to Oct. 1, and is part of a series of humanities-focused programs scheduled for fall 2016 that will use the Holocaust to examine heroes and heroism from a woman’s perspective. Programs are designed to help adults, college, high school and middle school students build understanding of the influences of heroic women in their lives, examine what it means to act from an ethical framework and evaluate their own individual value systems. The four-part exhibition features 10 original tapestries and 21 box sculptures depicting women who risked or lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne Frank, alongside lesser-known women such as Yukiko Sugihara (wife of Japan’s wartime counsel to Lithuania, who persuaded her husband to rescue 6,000 Jews with visas to enter Japan); and Noor Inayat Khan (a Muslim who sent radio signals to allies in Nazi-occupied France and was executed at Dachau). It also includes a 7-minute looped video, featuring Gloria Steinem, Abigail Disney, Elizabeth Sackler and others. The opening reception will include a public conversation with artist Linda Stein, who received the 2016 National Association of Women Artists award for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.” Exhibit and opening reception is free and open to the public. Stein artist conversation 6-7 p.m.; opening reception 5-8 p.m., both on Sept. 15.

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, according to event material. 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.

Dedication of sanctuary

The Bernard and Helen Soref Sanctuary at Temple Menorah has been remodeled. The dedication ceremony will include a performance by the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale, as a tribute to Cantor Siegel’s musical contribution to the Milwaukee Jewish community. A gala reception will follow the program. The Temple Menorah congregational family invites the entire community to join the celebration. Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St., Brown Deer. 414-355-1120. 10:30 a.m.

Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein

Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein is to appear as part of a “Local Lives, National Voices” series at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. The first program in the series will feature the filmmaker. Held at 5 p.m. Free to members and free to the public with museum admission. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Museum hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 414-390-5730. Museum admission: Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free.

Monday, Sept. 19

Author Ron Balson 

Author Ronald H. Balson to visit the JCC. With his critically acclaimed debut, “Once We Were Brothers,” author 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

Mega challah bake

Not your typical cooking class, this event is for the gourmet baker and the woman who has never dipped her hand in flour! Organizers promise a fun, inspiring evening with great feminine energy. This event is brought to you by Jewish Women’s Circle, Rosh Chodesh Society, BBYO – Wisconsin Region, ASKT Women’s group, Hillel Milwaukee, Chabad UWM and other groups. Participants will mix and knead their own dough, learn an array of braiding techniques and the traditional and mystical meaning behind every step that goes into making this fragrant bread. The event is open to the public for women and girls. For more information and to RSVP visit, email or call 414-961-6100. Held at The Four Points by Sheraton. 8900 N. Kildeer Ct., Brown Deer. 7 p.m. $18.

Traditional Medicine in Israel

Many diverse communities have come together in the land of Israel, each with its own distinctive culture and lifestyle, as well as their traditional medications and medicinal plants. Professor Zohara Yaniv-Bachrach, mother of Milwaukee Israel emissary Amit Yaniv-Zehavi, will discuss Israeli ethnobotany as a whole as well as the contributions of the Bedouins, Yemenites and Ethiopians, and the effect of geography and culture. Free, 7 pm. Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee. Learn more and RSVP: Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5724.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Speaker on Holocaust denial

Hear acclaimed historian and author Deborah Lipstadt share her story of Holocaust history on trial prior to the autumn release of the biopic “Denial. The film recounts Lipstadt’s battle for historical truth as she faced a libel suit by infamous Holocaust denier David Irving. The movie is based on her book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”  She will also discuss contemporary anti-Semitism. Free, 7 p.m. Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Rd. Pre-registration required to guarantee a seat. Learn more and RSVP: or contact Ashleigh Lund at or 414-390-5741. This event is brought to the community courtesy of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of MJF.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Charitable bequests

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.

Palestinian and Israeli Parents

Bassam Aramin — a Palestinian whose daughter was killed by Israeli border police in 2007, and Robi Damelin — an Israeli whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper in 2012 — will speak as representatives of the Parents Circle Families Forum, a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization that is devoted to reconciliation. Free, 7 p.m. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Learn more and RSVP: or contact Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5781. Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, it is part of the Let’s Talk Israel series, a comprehensive yearlong project of the Federation’s JCRC and Israel Center to increase opportunities for thoughtful and civil conversations about Israel.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Ice Cream Social

Temple Menorah’s new members and their families will be honored at an annual S’lichot Ice Cream Social on 2016 at 8:45 p.m. at the synagogue, located at 9363 N. 76th St. The delicious sweetness of this annual event will mark the beginning of the High Holiday season. Hosted by the Temple Menorah Sisterhood, new members and their families will be greeted by the 2016-2017 Temple Menorah officers and board members. S’lichot services will follow the reception, beginning at 9:30 p.m. For further information, call the Temple Menorah office at 414-355-1120 or see and Facebook.

Sunday, September 25

Conference on peace

Conference: “Reviving Peace: Inspiration, Education, and Action for Change.” This conference is to provide opportunities for deeper learning and to make new connections for peace work. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. More information: Contact Andrew Warner at 414-964-1513 x2. Plymouth Church, UCC, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Milwaukee Hadassah update

The Milwaukee chapter of Hadassah will give an update on the recent Hadassah National Convention, plus what’s new in Israel and at Hadassah Medical Center there. Rena and Fred Safer will be the speakers. Rena is a past chapter and region president and Fred is currently president of Hadassah Associates (for men). Questions: Judy Eglash, 414-353-3479. Chai Point, 1400 N. Prospect Ave. This is an open program. 2:30 p.m.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Rosh Hashanah begins

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown and ends Tuesday, Oct. 4 at sundown. L’shanah tovah!

Sunday, Oct. 9

Corris composition at St. Josaphat

The Bel Canto Chorus will perform “Da Lifney” at the Basilica of St. Josaphat, composed by Congregation Shalom congregant Penny Corris. She composed a song in 1991 for her daughter’s bat mitzvah. The song, Mi-Ha-Ish, later took a first prize in a Montreal Jewish music competition. Rabbi Ronald Shapiro asked Corris if she could adapt her song for the fall 1992 dedication of Congregation Shalom’s new sanctuary. Corris, a classically trained composer, replied that she would write something special for the dedication. The result was “Da Lifney,” a 13-minute cantata for choir, soloist, flute, oboe, French horn, violin, viola, cello, bass and organ. “Da Lifney” takes its themes from the inscriptions on the bimah wall of the sanctuary. The Hebrew words translate into “know before whom you stand” and “make for me a sanctuary and I shall dwell among you.” Corris was inspired by the people in her congregation, whom she described as young and old, comfortable and struggling, all blending together into a single harmonious unit. To listen to excerpts of Corris’ piano trio or songbook, go to For more information about the concert, contact Corris at The Bel Canto Chorus will perform Da Lifney at the Basilica of St. Josaphat, 2333 S. 6th St., Milwaukee, as part of its first concert of the 2016-2017 concert season. 3:30 p.m. The discounted fee for seniors is $23.70, for ages 25-64 it’s $28.10 and for students or ages 6-24 it’s $19.30. A free shuttle from the synagogue is planned. Contact or call Amber at 414-352-9288 to RSVP for tickets by Sept. 29.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Yom Kippur begins

Yom Kippur begins at sundown and ends on Oct. 12 at sundown.


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, Sept. 20 at 1-2 p.m. Chai Point, 1414 N. Prospect Ave. Call 414-289-9600 to RSVP.

Grief and loss support

The Grief and Loss Support Group is specifically for people who have lost a spouse. Facilitated by a staff member from 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. Open to all. Free.

Parkinson’s spouses support

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


Chai Point

MILWAUKEEEasy Days Barbershop Quartet returns for a Labor Day performance on Monday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy the music of this award-winning quartet as they entertain with Big Band music of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

Howard Tolkan, Milwaukee attorney, community volunteer and Jewish music aficionado, presents “Mandy Patinkin, Part 1” on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. Patinkin has been fortunate to create a varied career including theater, the concert stage, film, television, and as a recording artist.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m., Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Alan Borsuk takes everyone “Behind the Headlines.”

The “Designs of Our Lives” series, which focuses on the appreciation of design and how it has enhanced our daily living, continues on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1:30 p.m., with a presentation from Michael Opitz, director of security and technology at Jewish Home and Care Center. Opitz will discuss “High Tech Living” and how recent technological developments have enhanced, and continue to enhance, our lives. The next topic in the series is “Green Design,” presented by Kurt Zimmerman, principal/architect, at Zimmerman Architectural Studios in Milwaukee, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. He has testified before the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, and the U.S. State Department.

Classical pianist Frederick Moyer performs on Friday, Sept. 16, at 1:30 pm.

Art professor James Slauson presents “Renoir and Degas,” on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. Both Renoir and Degas were part of the impressionist art movement in late 19th century France, where artists violated the rules of academic painting by using freely brushed colors versus lines and contours.

The “Listen & Learn” concert series in partnership with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music continues with a performance from folk fiddling trio Tatianani on Friday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

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