Coming events, February 2017 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, February 2017

To submit an event for consideration write to by the 15th for the issue 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.

Friday, Feb. 3

Two careers – lawyer and chaplain

The adult havurah of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills, will follow a 6:15 p.m. Shabbat service on Feb. 3 with a potluck dinner. The guest speaker will be Karen Lieberman who holds a law degree and a master’s degree in Jewish studies. She practiced law, taught at Marquette University Law School and changed careers several years ago, which led her to hospital chaplaincy. Lieberman worked at Columbia St. Mary’s and now serves at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She is board certified by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. She will discuss her two careers and her Jewish path in serving the greater community. Guests are welcome. For more information and to RSVP call Joyce Gutzke at 262-236-3923.

Saturday, Feb. 4

8th grade mystery bus tour

The 8th Grade Mystery Bus Tour is Saturday, Feb. 4, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., for 8th grade students interested in BBYO-Wisconsin Region (see story, this edition). Eighth graders are invited to visit, spend time with each chapter and then pick their preferred chapter later in the month. Free. No RSVP required. Pick up and drop off is at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and Bader Hillel Academy parking lot, 6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. Eighth grade students can still join if they miss the date, as can high-school students at any time. More info: 414-326-2808 or

Sunday, Feb. 5

Holocaust on television

“Living Room Witnesses: The Holocaust on American Television.” Feb. 5, 2 p.m. lecture by Jeffrey Shandler, professor and chair of Jewish studies at Rutgers University. Held by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Free with kosher refreshments. Golda Meir Library, fourth floor conference center, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. 414-229-6121.

Shmotkin film class: ‘Kabbalah Me’

“Kabbalah Me” is a 2009 film. One never knows where the pursuit of kabbalah may lead! This upbeat documentary follows one secular Jew’s spiritual journey as he becomes attracted to traditional Judaism while exploring the world of kabbalah. Part of a series, “Jews Around the World: Films Portraying International Jewry.” Instructor: Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin. Suitable for ages 14 to adult. Sunday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m. Free and open to all. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. 414-967-8200.

Warm-up brunch at Menorah

“Warm-Up Winter Brunch @ Temple Menorah.” Get out of the cold and into warm! The annual Winter Brunch will be served at Temple Menorah on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.  The Sisterhood and Men’s Club will host this event at 9363 N. 76th St. Temple Menorah’s members, $12; Non-members of the synagogue, $15. RSVP Feb. 1. 414-355-1120.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Speaker: Israeli water expert

The geopolitics of water in Israel and the Middle East will be the topic of a free lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee. Event organizers point out that this is a unique opportunity to learn with Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research Director, Dr. Noam Weisbrod. Space is limited, and RSVP is required by contacting Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5724. Sponsored by Israel Center and Jewish Community Relations Council, both of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Saturday, Feb. 11

Musician Alan Goodis at Shalom

Congregation Shalom welcomes musician Alan Goodis to Milwaukee, hosting a concert open to the community on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the service will be an ice cream social with a meet-and-greet with Goodis. Free. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Jewish Community Pantry. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. 414-352-9288.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Book: ‘We’re in America Now’

Fred Amram, the author of “We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories,” will be at Boswell Book Company on Feb. 12, 3 p.m. Amram is a retired University of Minnesota professor of communication and creativity. The loss of uncles, aunts, a grandmother and many more relatives has motivated him to share his experiences in hopes of ending genocide everywhere. “We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories” is a memoir that begins with the author’s birth during the rise of Hitler in 1930s Germany. He and his surviving family soon escape to Holland and sail to America where they encounter many challenges as immigrants in a new world. This country truly becomes a land of opportunity where one can build a new life and become more than a “Holocaust survivor.” Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. 414-332-1181.

Teaching about the Holocaust

Join Irene Ann Resenly, a doctoral candidate at University of Wisconsin – Madison in curriculum & instruction – social studies education, as she addresses the teaching of the Holocaust in Germany, particularly at sites of memory of former concentration camps. Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave. Sponsored by CBINT and Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Brittany Hager McNeely at or 414-963-2714.

Friday, Feb. 17

‘Fabric of Survival’ exhibit opens

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and created works of fabric art to share her story with her daughters. Jewish Museum Milwaukee will have all 36 pieces on display, telling a complete story, starting with a childhood home in Europe and ending in America. The “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” exhibit, featuring her work, opens Feb. 17, at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 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, Feb. 23

Museum lunch & learn

“World War II Milwaukee” lunch & learn book talk with Meg Jones. Have you ever wondered what Milwaukee was like during World War II? Author and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones explains why Milwaukee got the reputation of being the machine shop to the world. Learn how Milwaukee factories retooled and mobilized for wartime production, including Harley-Davidson and Falk Corporation, and how locals sacrificed their lives for the cause like Mildred Fish Harnack, Mayor Carl Zeidler, and USS Arizona captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh. A kosher lunch can be ordered at a cost of $10. Selections are: tuna salad supreme, tuna sandwich, egg salad sandwich, fish sandwich, grilled cheese or vegetarian patty melt. Or feel free to bring your own lunch. 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Feb. 23. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 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. General Admission $5/members free.

Friday, Feb. 24

Lunches for young professionals

“Lunch with a Legend” for young professionals. The Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation invites young professionals (45 and under) to a series of exclusive lunches with legends from the local Jewish community. Discover inspiring stories of how their leadership and commitment to Milwaukee and Jewish life has enriched their personal and professional lives. The Lunch with a Legend series starts with Alan Marcuvitz from 12-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 at Von Briesen, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., #1000, Milwaukee. Lunch with Betsy Green is set for 12-1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 28 at the Helfaer Community Services Building, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. The series concludes with Bob Habush from 12-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at the Helfaer Community Services Building, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $10 per lunch, $25 to attend all three. Dietary laws observed. Limited seating is available, and tickets are required. Tickets for the first lunch must be purchased by Feb. 20. For further information and to purchase tickets, contact Ashleigh Lund at or 414-390-5741.

Sunday, Feb. 26

Awards program honors educators

The Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee Jewish Federation invites the community to the Salute to Jewish Educators — its annual awards program and recognition of all Jewish educators — from 2:30 – 4 p.m. on Feb. 26. Free. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. See the list of award winners and RSVP at or contact Tzipi Altman-Shafer at or 414-963-2718.

Thursday, March 2

Diversity in cloth

“Diversity in Cloth: Culture & Catharsis” will be a panel discussion featuring Nina Edelman, Maikue Vang and Ethel on March 2, 7 – 9 p.m. Related to the “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” exhibit. Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 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. General Admission: $5/members $3.

Friday, March 3

Madison play: ‘The Whipping Man’

The Madison Theatre Guild presents Matthew Lopez’s play recounting a previously untold Civil War story.  Dana Pellebon directs. It’s April 1865 and the Civil War has just ended. Caleb DeLeon, a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer, returns to his family home, now in ruins and abandoned by everyone except for two of his family’s former slaves. It is the second night of Passover, and the three celebrate a Seder, commemorating the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt. But the pains of more recent enslavement are not so easily soothed. “The Whipping Man” explores the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the challenging new world in which former slaves and masters find themselves. Bartell Theatre. Evjue stage. Several show times from March 3 – 18. Tickets are available at, or 608-661-9696.

Saturday, March 4

Father-daughter dance

A father-daughter dance is March 4, 7 p.m. Girls ages 7-13 and their dads! A night that dads and daughters never forget. Activities, dancing, desserts and quality time together.

RSVP to Rabbi Shari Shamah, or 414-967-8229. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. 414-967-8200.

Sunday, March 5

Celebrating Jackie Robinson

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, is holding the Brotherhood’s annual Family Sports Night (public event) in honor of Jackie Robinson’s 70th anniversary debut into Major League Baseball. On March 5, doors open at 6 p.m., program 6:15 p.m. Featured speaker is former Negro League pitcher Dennis Biddle. The 1950 movie, “The Jackie Robinson Story” (starring Jackie himself) will be shown. Admission: each attendee is asked to bring two non-perishable food items or make a cash donation to the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force or the Jewish Community Food Pantry. Call to RSVP by Wednesday, March 1.  Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills. 414-228-7545.

March 11 

Waukesha Purim party

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha will hold a Purim celebration on March 11 at the synagogue, 830 W. Moreland Blvd. Carnival followed by adult wine and dessert party. Open to the public. Call 262- 547-7180 to RSVP, or for more information, including costs.


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

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 Beth Shapiro, intake coordinator, at 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 three local synagogues. Call Beth at 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