Coming events, December 2017 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, December 2017


To submit an event for consideration write to 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.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Gala charity auction

A gala charity auction will be held Dec. 2.  Doors open 7 p.m. Auction begins 8 p.m. $7 admission. Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. 414-355-1120.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Hear a survivor’s story

Holocaust Stories: In Their Honor series this month features Lee Marnett on Dec. 3. Marnett is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. For further information visit or contact Brittany Hager McNeely at 414-963-2714. Free. 10 a.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Free film class: Holocaust

Explore Jewish films on a large screen in an informal classroom setting and participate in educational discussions with Milwaukee Jewish educators and professionals. Free and open to the community. Presented at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. “A Taste of the Israeli Ma’ale Film School: The Little Dictator and A-Maiseh.” In the comedic drama “The Little Dictator” (28 minutes), a dull history professor who specializes in the study of totalitarian leaders finds himself in a surreal situation at the 90th birthday party of his wife’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. The film “A-Maiseh” (18 minutes) takes a look at the relationship between an elderly Holocaust survivor and his Filipino caretaker who does not have a work permit. In Hebrew with subtitles. Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Instructor: Jody Hirsh. Approximately one hour (plus discussion). Ages 14 to adult. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Hadassah Chanukah

The Milwaukee chapter of Hadassah invites you to attend its annual Chanukah Party on Dec. 6, 6 p.m. at a private home in Glendale. The chapter will continue its tradition with a white elephant gift exchange (bring a wrapped white elephant gift). A non-perishable food item for the Jewish Community Food Pantry would be appreciated. RSVP by Dec. 3. Couvert is $18. Call 414-352-2972.

Prime prayer

Finding meaning in life by delving into the fundamental prayer of Judaism, the Amidah. With Rabbi Wes Kalmar. Everyone is welcome. Starting as a Four Part Series Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. 414-228-9296.

Sunday, Dec. 10        

Film on Sidney Lumet 

“By Sidney Lumet” is a 2015 U.S. film. A portrait of one of America’s top filmmakers, this documentary includes a never-before-seen interview of Lumet shot in 2008, as well as clips of many of his signature films including “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “The Pawnbroker.” Lumet’s films often illuminated his concern with social justice and ethical dilemmas. Instructor: David Fantle. Dec. 10, 4 p.m. Free. 1 hour, 43 minutes. Suitable for ages 14 to adult. Presented at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Monday, Dec. 11

Share the Light

A community-wide Chanukah celebration will be held Dec. 11, 4-6:30 p.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. Free. There will be activities and fun, plus food for purchase. #ShareTheLight. Bring wrapped candies, mini-toiletries or new unwrapped gifts to be donated. Contact Rabbi Shari Shamah, 414-967-8229.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Chanukah begins

Chanukah begins on Dec. 12 at sundown.

Community Chorale concert

Chanukah concert by the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale on Dec. 12, 7 p.m. at Ovation Chai Point Senior Living, 1400 N. Prospect Ave. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 15

Blue laws

“Lunch & Learn: A Historical Perspective on the Work Week (& Blue Laws)” event at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Blue laws, which were designed to enforce religious standards in America, restricted or banned businesses from opening on Sundays to promote the predominantly observed day of worship or rest. Join scholar Jonathan Pollack on Dec. 15, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. in exploring the historical and contemporary implications for the Jewish people. Pollack has been a full-time history instructor at Madison Area Technical College since 1998, and an honorary fellow of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2012. He also serves on the Ritual Committee of Beth Israel Center in Madison. Kosher box lunches are available to order in advance or feel free to bring your own lunch. Lecture and lunch $18. Lecture only $7. Offered in connection with The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, an exhibit on display through Dec. 31. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730.

Chanukah in Waukesha

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha will celebrate Chanukah on Dec. 15. The event, which begins with games and songs at 5:30 p.m., is open to the public. The 6 p.m. dinner is pot-luck and will include a latke bakeoff. The 7 p.m. service that night will include Chanukat haSiddur – presenting the 3rd/4th-grade students their own prayer book. RSVP by Dec. 14 with what you will bring for the pot-luck dinner to Cantor Deborah Martin at or to Principal Phil Musickant at

Chanukah at Emanu-El

Celebrate Chanukah at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills. 414-228-7545. Children’s choir will perform after dinner. Chinese/latke dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 15, followed by service and new member consecration. Reservations with payment by Dec. 7 at 414-228-7545 or

Monday, Dec. 18

Community Choral

Chanukah concert by the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale on Dec. 18, 7 p.m. at Ovation Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., Mequon. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Israeli films

“A Taste of the Israeli Ma’ale Film School: ‘The Gravedigger’s Daughter’ and ‘The Divide.’” In “The Gravedigger’s Daughter” (17 minutes), Esther, the only daughter in a traditional Sephardic home, wishes to follow in her father’s footsteps as a gravedigger. The problem is that in his will, her father requested that one of his sons follow in his profession – a job that none of his sons wishes to undertake. “The Divide” (22 min) raises the dilemma faced by a young man who joined the army – despite his parents’ objection – when he learns that the army has given an order to evict his family. In Hebrew with subtitles. Instructor: Keren Weisshaus. Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Approximately 1 hour (plus discussion). Ages 14 to adult. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Presented at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Monday, Dec. 25

Annual Christmas cinema

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee Annual Christmas Cinema will feature “The Princess Bride.” Looking for something fun to do Christmas Day? As you wish — visit Jewish Museum Milwaukee to enjoy the classic fairy tale “The Princess Bride,” and film-fare-favorite – popcorn!

Bring your kids and a blanket. “The Princess Bride” tells the story about a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. Released 30 years ago, the movie was directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner and stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted “The Princess Bride” the 38th greatest comedy film of all time. Screening at 1 p.m., Dec. 25, should end around 2:40 p.m., giving attendees enough time to view permanent and special exhibits before or after the film. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Regular museum admission applies. Museum admission: Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free. Members free. 414-390-5730.

Sunday, Jan. 28

Education and camp fair

Start planning for kid’s and teens’ summer and 2018-19 school year at the “Go Jewish! Fair” from 2-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2018 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd., Glendale. Free admission and parking.  Attendees will be able to learn about Jewish camps, schools, youth groups and more, with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with educational program and camp representatives. There will also be three drawings to win $100 credit to one of Milwaukee’s Jewish educational programs. For further information, contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733 or “Go Jewish!” is a campaign of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation to promote Jewish education.

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

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

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

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.