Coming events, June 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, June 2018

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.

Friday, June 1

Ben Merens speaking

Enjoy an evening of good food and fascinating stories with guest speaker Ben Merens. He is the “Chief Storyteller” for the philanthropy team of the Blood Research Institute, part of the Blood Center of Wisconsin. He also taught a graduate seminar on storytelling at Mount Mary University. Ben is well-known for his 21 year tenure as a talk show host on Wisconsin Public Radio and is the author of the audio book, “People are Dying to be Heard.” Early Kabbalat Shabbat Services. 6:15 p.m. June 1. Adult havurah potluck supper and program. Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills. To RSVP call Joyce Gutzke at 262-236-3923 or Belle Anne Freund at 262-783-7373 and let them know what dish you will bring to share. Guests are welcome.

Sunday, June 3

Holocaust, civil rights

“From the Holocaust to Civil Rights.” Debbie Simon Konkol, Joanne Simon Weinberg and Chris Simon Halverson will tell the story of their family’s journey. Hear how they retraced the steps of their grandmother Alice Simon, who was murdered by the Nazis, and their father Rev. Dr. Carl Simon, a Presbyterian minister. Discover how his family history affected his life and inspired him to become a civil rights activist, including marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, June 3, 4-5 p.m. Museum members free. Non-members $5. Presented in partnership with Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Broadway concert

Salute to Song & Spirit Concert – “Broadway & Beyond, Act 2.” Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills, June 3, 5-7 p.m. Ticket prices: $54 reserved, $36 adult general admission, $18 student general admission. For more information: See story, page 28.

Wednesday, June 6

Baseball umpire memories

Everyone is invited! Bruce Froemming, a former Major League Baseball umpire, will be the keynote speaker at the Brotherhood’s 9th Annual Family Sports Night on June 6 (doors open at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.) at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, Fox Point. Froemming’s presentation will retrace his career from umpiring games on Milwaukee playgrounds to his umpiring the second most games (5,163) in Major League Baseball history. What’s it like to be a minor league umpire as well as be in the video replay room in New York City – you’ll be fascinated and entertained by the stories as they unfold. Admission cost is two non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force and/or the Jewish Community Pantry. Limited seating – RSVP at 414-228-7545.

Thursday, June 7

Hollywood’s Golden Age

Dave Fantle, a writer and historian of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has been teaching film history courses at Marquette University for about eight years. His just-published book, in collaboration with Tom Johnson, is “Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends.” Many of the people profiled in the book are Jewish: Milton Berle, George Burns, Benny Rubin, Burton Lane, Artie Shaw, Don Rickles, George Jessel, Andre Previn and more. Boswell Books and the JCC are holding this free event on the book on June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Kosher honors

Honors for food producers and restaurants with kosher certification. Lake Park Synagogue will honor Burke Candy, Colectivo Coffee, LakeFront Brewery, Rishi Tea and the Spice House for their decision to obtain kosher certification. This is the annual fundraiser for the East Side synagogue and will include a buffet. Several of the honorees will bring samples. The dinner will also honor the memory of Lorraine Hoffman, a member of the shul who died last year. Everybody is welcome. Held at Ovation Jewish Home, June 7, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. annual meeting. $72. For more information, visit or call 414-962-5508.

Sunday, June 10

Chicago Jewish Festival

Billed as the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicago, the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival features four stages of music and dance, a juried art fair, a children’s activity fair, a strictly kosher food fair and an organization fair with over 100 organizations. Festival occurs every two years. June 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve, suggested donation $5. Free parking.

Sheboygan Fiddler

“Fiddler on the Roof meets Oh Brother Where Art Thou featuring Lil Rev will be presented at Congregation Beth El, 1007 North Ave., Sheboygan, June 10, 2-4 pm. The program will include songs and stories of our ancestors from the old country then carry to the golden Medina of America. Expect to sing, clap, dance and rejoice with Lil Rev as they move through Yiddish folk songs, Yiddish theatre pieces, original songs, humor and Jewish folklore.  Suggested donation: $5.

Israel Issues

“Israel Issues: Facts and Fictions.” June 10, 10 a.m. Mitchell Bard, the executive director of the non-profit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Institute to speak at The Joseph and Rebecca Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. 262-242-2235. Free. Sponsored by the Committee for Truth & Justice and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Thursday, June 14

Back to the 90s

Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation holds a “Back to the 90s” summer event on June 14, 7 p.m. at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave. A 5:30 p.m. pre-party happy hour sponsored by the Federation’s Shalom Milwaukee at Merriment Social, 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., with drink included. Live music by Nerdvana. Drinks on the rooftop after the concert. Appetizers (dietary laws observed), 90s giveaways and door prizes. 90s attire encouraged. $36 (inclusive of an $18 tax-deductible gift to Federation’s 2018 Annual Campaign). RSVP required by June 10 at

Monday, June 18

Quartet at museum

Join the Fine Arts Quartet for an evening performance featuring string quartet masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn. Museum members free, non-members $5. 6 p.m., June 18. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Seating limited to first 100. Register at 414-390-5730 or

Thursday, June 21

JCRC annual meeting

Yair Rosenberg, senior writer at Tablet Magazine, speaks at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council Annual Meeting 2018.  The meeting theme is “You have power… Use it for Good.” June 21, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee. Cost: $40. RSVP by June 11, at 414-390-5781. See story, page 13.

Sunday, June 24

Mound Zion meeting

The Mound Zion Annual Meeting will be at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay on June 24 at 11 a.m. All interested plot owners or other interested parties may attend. For questions call Stanley Teplin at 414-467-8169.

Gubernatorial forum

Ovation Sarah Chudnow hosts Democratic candidates for governor of Wisconsin in a forum. Light refreshments. June 24, 3-6 p.m. 10995 N. Market St., Mequon. 262-478-1500.

Tuesday, June 26

Fashion identity at museum

Fashion is a language and, whether you shout at the world about who you are in bold red and leather jackets or whisper in a soft harmony of pastels and feminine silhouettes, we all make choices that reveal our identity. As a fashion designer, Hedy Strnad helped her clients feel more like their authentic selves through her beautiful fashions in the 1930s. Explore how fashion and design reveal a person’s identity and how designers Lynne Dixon-Speller, Miranda Levy and Linda Marcus express themselves and transform clients with their own personal fashion identities. June 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Members $7, non-members $12. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. Offered in connection with Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, April 8 – September 16, 2018.

Wednesday, July 11

Ambassador on nationalism

“Nationalism Then and Now: A Discussion with Former Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro.” Ambassador Andrew Schapiro will explore his mother’s story of immigration from Czechoslovakia to the United States in 1939. She was left as a small child in Prague and was later reunited with her parents in the United States, although most of her family did not get out. Seven decades later, Schapiro was appointed to serve as the representative for the country that saved his mother in the country which she escaped. In his role as ambassador, Schapiro witnessed the return of populism and nationalism in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe and will address these contemporary challenges. July 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Members $5, non-members $8. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730.

Tuesday, July 31

Golf in Mequon

JEM (Jewish Experience of Madison) will be hosting their 7th annual Golf Outing on July 31, 2018 at the River Club in Mequon. To sponsor a hole or reserve your spot call Rocky at 414-708-6353 or email

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.