Coming events, October 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, October 2018


Wednesday, Oct. 3

Polish speech law

“The Good Name of Poland:  The Polish ‘Holocaust Speech’ Law & Its Historical & Contemporary Meaning.” Oct. 3, 7 p.m. at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Curtin Hall 175, 3243 N. Downer Ave. Dr. Neal Pease is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, specializing in modern Polish and central European history. He is editor in chief of The Polish Review, and a member of the UWM Polish Studies and Jewish Studies committees. Dr. Pease will talk about Poland’s ‘Holocaust Speech” law and sift through the issues, past and present, explain what the law says, and does not say, and offer thoughts on its implications for research and discussion of some of the most important topics of 20th century history. Free and open to the public. Co-Sponsors: Coalition for Jewish Learning and Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, UWM Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies.

Thursday, Oct. 4 

Film class: ‘Hitler on Trial’

“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 of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Free. Open to the entire community. 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.

Monday, Oct. 8 

Chorale’s first rehearsal

Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale’s first rehearsal of its 25th season. Join them to sing traditional and contemporary Jewish music. 7:15 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Brass Bell Music store, 210 W. Silver Spring Drive. Contact Enid Bootzin Berkovits for more information or auditions, 414-416-0580,

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Orthodox feminist leader in Israel shares advocacy efforts

Orthodox feminist leader Esty Shushan will share her organization’s advocacy efforts in Israel to have women included in Haredi political parties. Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Held at a private residence in the Milwaukee area; address provided upon RSVP. Organized by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and National Council for Jewish Women. For further information and to RSVP, contact Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5724.

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, Milwaukee, 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.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Holocaust story at Cathedral

“Holocaust Stories At The Cathedral Featuring Raye David.” Oct. 14, 10:15 a.m., Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. Holocaust survivor Raye David will share her courageous story of survival. She is a member of the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center’s Speakers Bureau, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. This program allows community members, both teenagers and adults, an opportunity to listen to the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors and to recognize these unique individuals for their heroic survival during the Holocaust. Interview conducted by Matt Seigel. Free and open to the public.

Monday, Oct. 15

Ladies against blacklist

“The Ladies that Broke the Blacklist: Madeline Gilford, Lee Grant, and Ruby Dee.” Madeline Gilford’s daughter, Lisa, together with Madeline’s grandson, Max Smerling, will take visitors through the history of a little-known part of the blacklist. Max and Lisa will weave a tale of three brave women who risked everything to stand up to the government to defend the Constitution. Their sources draw heavily from Madeline’s book. “170 Years of Show Business,” Lee Grant’s memoir, “I Said Yes to Everything,” as well as the research these documentarians have done for their film, “Calling All Women.” Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a project of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue – Milwaukee, Oct. 15, 5–7 p.m. $5 members. $8 non-members.

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.

Friday, Oct. 19

Young Jewish Professionals

Friday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m. Young Jewish Professionals Milwaukee at 3133 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee. Chabad of the East Side. Join YJP Milwaukee for a Shabbat experience like none other. Enjoy gourmet dinner and kosher wines, and mix and mingle with Milwaukee’s young Jewish professionals. This event is free, and open to all.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Holocaust story at JCC

“Holocaust Stories: In Their Honor Featuring Sam Peltz.” Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay.  Holocaust survivor Sam Peltz will share his courageous story of survival during the Holocaust. This program allows community members, both teenagers and adults, an opportunity to listen to the testimonies of our local Holocaust survivors and to recognize these unique individuals for their heroic survival during the Holocaust. Interview conducted by Ben Merens. Free and open to the public.

McCarthy and blacklist

“McCarthy and the Hollywood Blacklist: Parallel Delusions,” Oct. 21, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin is remembered as the commanding figure at the height of American fear of communism. “McCarthyism” became a synonym for wild charges and red-baiting. The House Un-American Activities Committee’s (HUAC) Hollywood hearings and the blacklist pre-date McCarthy’s infamous 1950 speech on Communists in the State Department.  Yet such was his fame that he is sometimes credited for the activities of HUAC and others. Historian Richard Fried will explore McCarthy’s role in the Red Scare and its limits. He will treat McCarthy’s meteoric rise and fall, and why many people mistakenly recognize him as the only player in the Red Scare. Cost: Museum Members $5. Non-Members $8. Free Parking.

Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid presents “Lenny at 100: Celebrating Bernstein’s Jewish Voice” featuring Hazzan Jeremy Stein alongside a cast of Milwaukee’s top musical theater performers in a  concert highlighting the Jewish elements in Leonard Bernstein’s music including favorite Broadway classics as well as little known synagogue pieces. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 21, at CBINT, 6680 N. Green Bay Ave. Tickets are $18. 414-352-7310.

Tuesday Oct. 23

Interfaith Choral Concert

Synagogue and church choirs, and the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale, share songs from our traditions. 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at Ovation Sarah Chudnow, 10995 N. Market St., Mequon. Contact Enid Bootzin Berkovits for more information: 414-416-0580,

Thursday, Oct. 25

‘Dove Flyer’ film class

“The Dove Flyer” (Farewell, Baghdad) (also known as “Mafriach Hayonim”) (2014) at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Part of the Emerging Trends: Celebrating 70 Years of Israeli Film, a free film series that explores the development of Israeli film and is co-sponsored by the JCC and Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. “The Dove Flyer” is the first dramatic feature film to depict Iraqi Jewry in the early 1950s, as almost the entire community (130,000 Jews) is exiled and prepares to immigrate to the new state of Israel. Told through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy. In Judeo-Arabic with subtitles. 1 hr. 48 min. Suitable for ages 15 to adult. Talkback following the film by Keren Weisshaus, Milwaukee shlichah. Each month, this series will highlight different aspects of a particular decade in Israel. October is Israel in the 1940s and 1950s. All free film classes are open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at or 414-967-8212.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Israeli cinema Chicago trip

Day trip to Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. $50 per person. Sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Films include “Remember Bagdad” and “The Museum.” Check for more information.

Talk: ‘Never a bystander’

“Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story,” a presentation and book signing with Holocaust survivor Dr. Irene Butter. The scholar is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  She is a frequent and favored inspirational speaker, talking about her experience during World War II and stressing the importance of “never a bystander” and that one person can make a difference. Oct. 28, 2 p.m., Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Economic Forum

Listen to “straight talk about the economy” at Economic Forum 2018, organized by Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 30 at The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Keynote speaker: Kara Swisher. Panelists: Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School; Joe Kirgues, co-founder of gener8tor; and Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact Hannah Rosenthal at 414-390-5707 or For individual tickets, go to after Oct. 15.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Waukesha book fair

A Book Fair open to the public will be held at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha on Sunday, Nov. 4. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in conjunction with Books & Company of Oconomowoc, an independent book store. The synagogue is located at 830 W. Moreland Blvd. The Book Fair provides an opportunity to browse and purchase featured adult, young adult and children’s books with Jewish content. Lisa Baudoin, co-owner of Books & Company, said, “I carry all of these books in the book store, but this is the only opportunity that people have to see a full selection of Jewish materials all together.”  To have a particular book sold at the Book Fair, contact Cindy Levy at 262-879-0832 or

Film screening and talkback

Back in Milwaukee by popular demand, Yair Agmon, creator of “The Hitchhikers” Israeli web video series, is back with his new partner Tamar Kay. A screening and talkback with the filmmakers of the new film “Senior Moments” will be held Nov. 4, 1-3 p.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Free. The film samples a cultural variety of personalities in modern-day Israel that provides an inspiring outlook on what it means to be older today and so we may learn from their lifetime of experience. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. For further information and to RSVP, contact Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5724.

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.