Coming events, November 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, November 2018


Thursday, Nov. 1

Lecture: Hollywood Blacklist

Lecture: “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic.” Nov. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel as he tells the compelling story behind the classic American Western “High Noon,” and the toxic political climate in which it was created. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, “High Noon” became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. He faced a test of conscience: accuse others of subversion or be fired from his job. The lecture will be followed immediately by a book sale and signing. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Hebrew class in Waukesha

Adult Biblical/Prayer book Hebrew class in Waukesha. Nov. 3, from 10-11 a.m. Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, 830 W. Moreland Blvd..  $125 for CEEW members; $150 for non-members. 15-20 sessions (depending on how fast the class goes). Feel free to bring in breakfast treats and coffee will be made. The fee includes the cost of the book and any recordings for attendees to use to learn the prayers. The class will have the opportunity to advance to the next book and beyond, which will help students learn all of the prayers, as well as, the possibility of doing a joint b’nai mitzvah for those who wish to have a bar/bat mitzvah. RSVP at 262-547-7180.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Waukesha book fair

A book fair open to the public will be held at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha on 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

Ramah Israel high school info 

Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, Ramah Israel’s high school abroad program, will hold an informational meeting Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m., with Director of Ramah Israel Institute Betsalel Steinhart. The program is a two- or four-month study abroad experience for 10-12th grade students. Enrolled students make Israel their classroom and Jerusalem their home, as students meet all of their requirements from home schools while living in the heart of Jerusalem. Students take courses in Jewish history and Hebrew language. Students experience every facet of the country – hiking and exploring the land, participating in community service projects and immersing themselves in Israeli culture and society. Students walk away from Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim feeling more confident and independent, better connected to Israel and their Judaism, and armed with the ultimate college prep experience, according to organizers. Even if your child is in elementary school or middle school, come out and hear about what to look forward to (and save for) down the road. Info meeting at private home in Milwaukee area. Contact Jennifer Saber, education director, CBINT at 617-240-4137 and Visit

Classical music with Yaniv Dinur

Congregation Sinai hosts an evening of classical music with Yaniv Dinur & Prometheus Trio. 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Nov. 4. 5:30 p.m. Presented by The Lieberman Memorial Arts Fund. The Trio will be joined by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Ilana Setapen and feature performances by Sinai Cantor Richard Newman. Dinur is the associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He performed with the Israel Camerata, making him the youngest conductor ever to conduct an orchestra in Israel. Prometheus Trio is in residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of music, with Margot Schwartz, Scott Tisdel and Stefanie Jacob. Premium tickets: $200 (six premium seats and 4:30 p.m. champagne/hors d’ouevres reception. Preferred: $100 (four preferred seats and 4:30 p.m. champagne/hors d’ouevres reception). General seating: $36 per person prior to Oct. 26 ($50 after or at the door). Coffee and desserts available to all following the performance. For tickets and information contact: or call The Sinai Box Office at 414-352-2970.

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 Jewish Community Center, 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.

Monday, Nov. 5

Leadership award luncheon

The Nickoll Young Leadership Award Luncheon will be held Nov. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. $40. Celebrating recipient Jordan Herbert. Dietary laws observed. RSVP required. Call Ashleigh Lund at 414-390-5741 or

Films: ‘Mute’s House,’ ‘Arrest’

Back in Milwaukee by popular demand is Yair Agmon with his new partner Tamar Kay. “The Mute’s House” — on the Academy Award’s shortlist in 2016 — is an Israeli documentary about a single mother and her son, both Palestinians, living in the Jewish quarter of Hebron. “The Arrest” — shown at the Tribeca Film Festival — is a story about an alternative reality for Palestinians. The filmmakers are looking at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a new perspective. Free. Israeli snacks. Nov. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Hillel Milwaukee 3053 N. Stowell Ave. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Congregation Shir Hadash and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Federation. For further information and to RSVP, contact Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5724.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Study group

“David – King of Israel: The Beginning of his reign.” Lunch and learn on Tuesdays. Everyone is welcome – open to all levels. Sefer Shmuel Bet study group led by Rabbi Wes Kalmar. 12:15 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Reading Room at 6255 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Whitefish Bay. 414-228-9296.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Packers Tailgate Party

Nov. 11, doors open 2:30 p.m.., Temple Menorah at 9363 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. Go Pack Go! Help cheer on the Packers as they take on the Miami Dolphins at 3:25 p.m.. You can enjoy the game on the huge projection screen while having good food and being in good company! Cost is $9 per person in advance, $11 at the door, includes food and drinks. 414-355-1120.

Jewish National Fund Dinner

Guardian Of Israel Award Dinner features Ido Aharoni. The former consul-general of Israel is scheduled to speak in Milwaukee about the nation’s history. Nov. 11, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore, 8900 N. Kildeer Court, Brown Deer. More information: or Kim Levy, executive director, Midwest Jewish National Fund, or 414-963-8733.

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Join the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 to commemorate 80 years since the November 9th and 10th pogrom, known as Kristallnacht, so that the world may never forget the magnitude of violence the Third Reich unleashed against the Jews, and to recognize the devastating consequences of hatred and intolerance. Individuals from all religious backgrounds are invited. Held at Ovation Jewish Home in the Rubenstein Pavilion, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Organized by HERC, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Learn more at

Monday, Nov. 12

Film class: ‘Israeli Cuisine’

“In search of Israeli Cuisine” film and class. 2015 film. Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. See the film Nov. 12, then meet the chef Nov. 28 – see listing. Revisit the popular mouth-watering film that wowed sold-out audiences previously at the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival. Join three-time James Beard Award winning chef and restauranteur Michael Solomonov, author of the bestselling cookbook “Zahav,” as he travels throughout Israel and highlights the diversity of the people through food – from Israel’s finest restaurants to street bazaars to simmering pots in family kitchens.  1 hr. 37 min.  Suitable for ages 12 to adult. Co-sponsored by the JCC and the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Aly Raisman to speak

Aly Raisman will speak at Congregation Shalom on Nov. 13, at a free event to kick off the launch of SHOFAR, a new initiative grounded in the idea that Jewish families are not exempt from child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and domestic violence. See story, page 7. Nov. 13, 6:45 p.m. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. Free. RSVP required to guarantee a seat at MilwaukeeJewish/SHOFAR. Questions only to Ashleigh at or 414-390-5741.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Madison: Lost Yiddish songs

“Lost Songs of World War II” program to be held Nov. 14, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus 4 p.m., at Union South Varsity 3. Program to feature University of Toronto Professor (and Yiddish Glory co-creator) Anna Shternshis, who will present music written by Holocaust victims and survivors (mostly women and children) and Jewish refugees who used music to describe Nazi atrocities during the war. As World War II raged through Europe, a group of Soviet Yiddish scholars embarked on an ambitious goal to preserve Jewish culture of the 1940s. The scholars died thinking that their work had been lost and destroyed – none of which had been performed since 1947. The ensemble Yiddish Glory has resurrected and recorded these works. More information: Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, 608-265-4763.

Responses to Red Scare

“Victim and Villain: Jewish Responses to the Red Scare.”  Jews are often portrayed as victims of the Red Scare, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. What was Jewish anti-communism? And when was it most fervent? Join Larry Ceplair, blacklist scholar and author, for a detailed look at the roots of Jewish anti-communism. Jewish communists, blacklistees and atomic spies raised fears in the Jewish community that a wave of anti-Semitism might be provoked, which led to a strident Jewish response to communism. Ceplair will particularly focus on the infamous trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the Jews who were especially vocal advocates, for their ultimate capital punishment, and will also comment on the role Jews played in the Hollywood blacklist. Nov. 14, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. Offered in connection with “Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare,” an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee through Feb. 10.

Lecture series on Israel

Rabbi Martyn Adelberg and Maria just returned from one of the greatest experiences of their lives — their first visit to Israel in almost 50 years. Come share their experience during a series of 5 lectures to be given at Beth Israel Sinai, 3009 Washington Ave., Racine. There is free parking in the rear of the building.  Lectures will be on Wednesdays beginning on Nov. 14 through Dec. 19 and they will start at 7 p.m.  Suggested donation for the lecture series will be $50. Free to members. The synagogue is also considering a group tour to Israel in October 2019.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Film: ‘Boy With Green Hair’

Did you know on the third Thursday of each month, Jewish Museum Milwaukee is open late? That’s right – they stay open until 7 p.m. so you have extra time to explore exhibits! In November, see “The Boy With Green Hair,” a 1948 American comedy/drama film directed by blacklistee Joseph Losey and staring the young Dean Stockwell. It’s a gentle anti-war fable in which a war orphan, Peter, awakens one day to find that his hair has turned green. This makes him an object of ridicule in his small town, where the locals call for the boy’s head to be shaved. After running away, the child dreams of other war orphans who urge him to return to the town and make its citizens aware of how simple differences can escalate into armed conflict. Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Film screening begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost: Museum admission – Adults $7; seniors $6; students $4; children age 6 and under are free; active duty military are free. Members free. Offered in connection with “Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare,” an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee through Feb. 10. 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. 414-390-5730.

Friday, Nov. 16

Young Jewish Shabbat

Young Jewish Professionals Shabbat Social. Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m. 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.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Appetizers and raffle

Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah will be holding an appetizers and bucket raffle event on Nov. 18. 2 p.m. preview. 4:30 p.m. official door opening. 6 p.m. winners called. There are two grand prizes, two tickets to Israel or an Artscroll Talmud Bavli. Buy raffle tickets before Nov. 15 for early bird rates. ASKT, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. 414-228-9296.

Library director talk

“A Conversation with Rachel Muchin-Young, Library Director at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library in Mequon.” Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. Free. Sponsored by the Temple Menorah Sisterhood, topics to include favorite books in various genres, what are the hot reads for the upcoming year, services a library can offer, and many more. RSVP to Temple office at 414-355-1120.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Day school reunion

Milwaukee Jewish Day School is holding an Alumni Reunion on Nov. 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd. 414-964-1499. MJDS Classes 1990-2008 are invited to come to MJDS for the Alumni Reunion. This event is free and snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Michal Deskalo,

Monday, Nov. 26

Film class: Ben Gurion

“Ben Gurion –Epilogue” (2016) will be shown. Part of “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 Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  November’s theme is Israel in the 1960s. Nov. 26. 7 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Winner of the Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film offers a rare and intimate portrait of David Ben Gurion through footage from a recently discovered interview conducted in 1968 which focuses on his views of Zionism. In Hebrew with subtitles. 1 hour 10 minutes. Ages 14 to adult. Talkback following the film. For more information about free film classes at the JCC, contact Laurie Herman or 414-967-8212.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Jews, blacks and civil rights

Molly Dubin, curator at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, will speak on Jews and blacks in our society at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is based on the museum’s exhibit last spring entitled “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights.”  Developed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Milwaukee’s historic 1967 and 1968 open housing marches, the exhibit recounted the efforts made by Jewish and African American leaders, organizations, movements and community members in fighting for fundamental human rights before and during the civil rights era. Dubin will explore the resonant themes addressed in the exhibit, and highlight historical events and meaningful instances of mutual advocacy. The synagogue is located at 830 W. Moreland Blvd. Call 262-547-7180 for more information.

Chef/author visit

Meet multiple James Beard Award winners Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook as they speak about their new book, “Israeli Soul: Easy Essential Delicious” – their newest book since their trailblazing cookbook “Zahav.” The book highlights popular Israeli street food, often passed down through the generations. Solomonov is a renowned award-winning chef, Cook is a hospitality entrepreneur with a business background, and the two are co-owners of several Philadelphia restaurants. Their restaurant Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine as one of “The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years.” Co-sponsored by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. At the JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. $40 includes Israeli appetizers and a copy of the new cookbook “Israeli Soul.” $60 per couple with one book

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Farewell to Hannah Rosenthal

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 in saying farewell and happy retirement to Milwaukee Jewish Federation CEO/President Hannah Rosenthal. For $40, the evening includes heavy appetizers (dietary laws observed) and a performance by musical satirists the Capitol Steps. Held at The Pfister Hotel – Grand Ballroom, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Pre-registration required by Nov. 27 at Contact Ashleigh for questions at or 414-390-5741.

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.