Whats Nu, September 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Whats Nu, September 2018

Chabad of Waukesha welcomes Torah scroll

WAUKESHA — Chabad of Waukesha-Brookfield will be welcoming their first Torah scroll on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Members of the Jewish community will have the opportunity to ink the final letters.

Upon completion of the final lettering, the Torah scroll will be paraded through the streets under a traditional canopy in a joyous procession that will include live music, singing and dancing.

For more information about the Grand Torah Celebration and Chabad of Waukesha-Brookfield, visit JewishWaukesha.com.

‘1945’ film at Northshore Cinema

MEQUON – The film “1945”opened Friday Aug. 24 at Northshore Cinema and it may still be showing.

The film had a 96 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” at press time.

On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back.

JCC names Elyse Cohn chief development officer

WHITEFISH BAY – The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center announced that Elyse Cohn will been named its chief development officer. Cohn, who has been with the JCC as grants manager for the past two years, will assume her new role on Sept. 4.

“In her two years as part-time grants manager, Cohn has led a sea change in the JCC’s approach to proactive grant writing – and receiving – and has built strong partnerships across all of our service areas. In the full time leadership role as our CDO, Elyse will build upon the success of our team, leading us to greater heights and the high-impact, highly accountable philanthropy our community expects,” said JCC president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro.

Prior to joining the JCC,  Cohn served as director of development and marketing for Danceworks, director of corporate and foundation giving for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and director of marketing and public relations for First Stage.


Harriet Rothman, who has served the JCC in various capacities over her decades-long career, will move into a newly created, part-time position as the JCC’s major gifts manager.  In this role, she will represent the JCC to new and existing donors, building upon her exceptionally strong and lasting relationships throughout the community, according to a news release.

“This reflects Harriet’s deep commitment to our agency and mission, where she’ll continue to grow our impact, awareness, and funding opportunities,” added Shapiro. “Harriet has served the JCC in too many ways to count, in too many departments to number, and we are blessed that she will continue to help us deliver exceptional programs and unique Jewish experiences for our community.”

Shir Hadash has new site, logo

Congregation Shir Hadash has launched a new website at ShirMke.org, with a new logo for the congregation.

The new logo includes a tagline, “Progressive Judaism in the City.”

Congregation Shir Hadash billed itself as an inclusive, progressive and participatory spiritual community, located on Milwaukee’s East Side. It’s a Reconstructionist synagogue, utilizing space at Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Ave.

A communications committee worked on the project, with participation from Jim Winston, Natalie Frankel, Jen Essak, Irv Gottschalk, Rachel Howitt and Larry Kramer.

Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool is re-accredited

Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool was re-accredited in August by the National Association for Education of Young Children.

This is the school’s fifth consecutive accreditation with the National Association for Education of Young Children. The school’s first accreditation from the nonprofit was in 1998.

The process involves classroom observations, portfolio assessments and scoring. This year’s scores were the preschool’s highest ever, according to Jewish Beginnings.

Chicago ball field renamed for Jewish teen

SKOKIE, Ill. – A Chicago-area ball field was renamed in memory of a local Orthodox Jewish teen who loved to play there and died last year after a long battle with cancer.

Caleb Field in Laramie Park was dedicated in August in memory of Caleb Maeir, who died Dec. 9 at the age of 19.

An avid baseball and basketball player, Maeir was known for his warm smile and friendliness; one of his favorite parts of baseball was shaking his opponents’ hands after the game.