Coming events, August 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, August 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Diaspora in China

“Diaspora in China: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai 1938-1950” is an event by Jewish Museum Milwaukee, set for Aug. 7, 7 p.m. From 1938 to 1941, at least 17,000 German and Austrian Jewish refugees and more than 2,000 Polish Jews fled from the Nazi terror to Shanghai, China. The refugees hoped to use Shanghai as a temporary waiting room for their transfer to North America. Assistant professor of German at University of Wisconsin – Madison, Weijia Li, will explore how the Jewish exile in Shanghai promoted the interaction among various Jewish communities in China. Museum members $6. Non-members $8. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Senior luncheon

Free gourmet senior luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 8. For seniors of all ages. Socialize with old friends and new acquaintances in a warm and welcoming environment. Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road. RSVP to Amy 262-242-2235 or to Fagie 262-389-5890.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Federation Annual Meeting

The community is invited to attend the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Meeting 2018 on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Rd. Free and open to all. A reception with desserts and wine (dietary laws observed) begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program from 7:15-8:15 pm. The program will include recognition of outgoing Board Chair Andrea Schneider and incoming Board Chair Moshe Katz, a year in review, special thanks to all volunteers, remarks from teens on creating Jewish identity and recognition of outgoing and incoming board members. Event co-chairs — mother and daughter — are Carrie Steinberger and Taylor Steinberger. RSVP at or contact Ashleigh Lund at or (414) 390-5741.

Thursday, Aug. 16

Correspondence of Sara Spira

“Translating Lives: An Exploration of the Correspondence of Sara Spira” will be held at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Aug. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. While Mary and George Stern escaped the Holocaust and immigrated to the United States in 1938, Mary’s mother Sara Spira chose to stay in Germany. Mary and George settled in Racine and maintained communication with their family trapped in Europe. Eventually, Sara was deported from Germany to Poland, where she continued to send postcards updating her children on the hardships she faced living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sara perished in the Holocaust, but her family kept her treasured correspondences. Explore the history of Sara Spira and Mary and George Stern with Amos Bitzan, Assistant Professor of History at UW-Madison, who took his students on a journey of discovery to uncover the details of their experience through these postcards and letters. Offered in connection with Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, April 8 – Sept. 16. 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 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month); Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Summer Carnival

Enjoy a Summer Carnival at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Food trucks. Free admission. Cash for food and rides.

Author talk and book signing

Author of “Children, Save Yourselves!” and professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Ronald J. Berger will share the true story of two Jewish brothers who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. One brother was the author’s father who survived several concentration camps, including Auschwitz and the winter death march. The other brother was the author’s uncle who survived outside of the camps by passing as a Catholic among anti-Semitic Poles, eventually becoming an officer in the Soviet Army. Presented by the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, on Aug. 21, 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. Free. For further information, contact Kari Altman at 414-963-2716 or

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.