Coming events, September 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, September 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, Sept. 4

Study at Milwaukee Kollel

A new weekly shiur, or study session, has started at the Milwaukee Kollel on Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m. (maariv at 8:45 p.m.), having started on Gimel Elul, Aug. 14. They began with the halachos of getting up in the morning, including negel vasser, yarmulke, etc. 5007 W. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee. 414-447-7999

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Film class: Rise and fall of a fixer

This pre-holiday film offers a quirky look at ethics. “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”  (United States) (2016)  Richard Gere delivers an acclaimed performance as Norman, a lonely New York fixer, who gets his lucky break when he befriends a politician who later becomes the Prime Minister of Israel. Stars Lior Ashkenazi, Steve Buscemi, Martin Sheen and Dan Stevens. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Suitable for ages 17 to Adult. Rated R. Talkback following the film: Jody Hirsh. Free. Open to the entire community. 7 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Shanah tova

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Israeli cantor to perform

Congregation Anshai Lebowitz has retained Cantor Avner Zadot for the past 25 years to be the synagogue’s High Holiday cantor. He is a renowned singer in Israel and has produced a number of albums of various music genres. Much of his music is on YouTube. He is a Jew of Yemenite descent. This year he will again continue in the role of cantor. In addition, he will perform a concert of Israeli music in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel. The concert will take place Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 2415 West Mequon Road. The concert will be a fundraiser for the synagogue. $18.

Lawyers without rights

“Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich” is an exhibit at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Lecture, “Discrimination, Degradation, Defiance: Jewish Lawyers Under Nazism,” to open the exhibit on Sept. 16, 6 p.m. University of Milwaukee – Wisconsin Golda Meir Library, fourth floor conference center, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Exhibit open Sept. 16 – Oct. 7. Open 7:30 a.m. weekdays and noon weekends. Closed 11 p.m. daily, except closed 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Free.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Have an easy fast

Yom Kippur begins at sundown.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Campaign kick-off with author

Award-winning and best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer will be the special guest speaker at Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. The evening will also include a dessert reception (dietary laws observed) and a moderated discussion by Jody Hirsh with the guest speaker. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at The Pfister Hotel – Imperial Ballroom, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Cost is $18. Co-Chairs: Annual Campaign Chair Lauri Roth and Women’s Campaign Chair Cheryl Moser. Learn more and RSVP by Sept. 21 at or contact Ashleigh at 414-390-5741.

Sunday, Sept. 30

Young leaders and Shoah survivors

“Bearing Witness: A Young Leadership Encounter with Holocaust Survivors.” Join the Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation for a light breakfast and conversation with local Holocaust survivors on Sept. 30, 9:45-11:15 a.m. at the Congregation Sinai Sukkah, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Young Leadership Division. Contact Ashleigh Lund at or 414-390-5741 for further information and to RSVP.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Film class: Jewish lawyers in Germany

“Hitler on Trial”  (United Kingdom)  (2011)  Drama based on the true story of Jewish prosecutor Hans Litten who put Adolf Hitler on the stand in 1931 Germany – in an attempt to discredit Hitler as a public figure in a trial against SA members. 1 hour, 25 minutes. Suitable for ages 14 to adult. Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Talkback following the film: Attorney Donald Schoenfeld. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. Free. Open to the entire community. 7 p.m. Film at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. Offered in concert with exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich.” Exhibit at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Golda Meir Library.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Film: 1945

The film “1945” will be shown at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha on Oct. 6. The program, which begins with Havdalah at 5:45 p.m. followed by a pizza and salad dinner at 6 p.m., is open to the public. The film will begin at 6:45 p.m. The 90-minute film looks at how a small Hungarian town is surprised when two strangers, both Orthodox Jews, arrive by train and nothing is ever the same again. Film critic Kenneth Turan writes, ‘“1945’ is a lean, unadorned parable about guilt and the nature and consequences of war.” The cost is $14 for dinner and the film. Non-members should RSVP by Oct. 3 with names of people attending and check made out to CEEW and mail to: Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, c/o Adrian Richfield, 830 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI.,53188. The cost is $8 at the door for the film only. Call 262-547-7180 for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Dad’s Jewish, I’m in therapy

“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” featuring actor and comedian Peter J. Fogel, is a one-man show where Fogel brings more than 25 different characters to life. It runs Oct. 10-28 in Milwaukee’s Broadway Theatre Center. Ticket prices are $45–$65 and may be purchased online at or in person at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, 158 N. Broadway, Historic Third Ward or by calling 414-291-7800.

Friday, Oct. 12

Visiting scholar at CBINT

Visiting scholar in residence Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is scheduled to participate in programs during the weekend of Oct. 12 through 14 at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid. Most of the programs are free and all are open to the public. The only cost to attend is for the Shabbat dinner, which costs $20 per person or up to $50 per family. For more information, visit or call 414-352-7310.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Speaker series

“Podium Picks,” a bi-monthly series of presentations on a variety of relevant and informative subjects will be presented Oct.17, Dec. 19 and into 2019 at Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. 7 p.m. 414-228-9296.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Broadway comes to CBINT

It’s a funny twist on the classic romantic comedy: boy meets girl while performing on Broadway, boy marries girl, girl encourages boy to move to her native Wisconsin to raise their son, boy and girl become stars of the Milwaukee TV and theater scene. In this case it’s Andrew and Susan Varela and they’ll be performing as a team on Oct. 21 at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale. Jeremy Stein, CBINT’s resident Cantor will feature the Varelas in a concert “Lenny at 100, Celebrating Bernstein’s Jewish Voice.” Susan and Andrew aren’t Jewish but this is their third time starring in the synagogue’s yearly concert. When they aren’t starring in local TV commercials or performing at Skylight Music Theater, among other things, they love to work with Hazzan Stein on unique and creative projects like this. Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 7:30 p.m. $18. 414-352-7310.

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.