Coming Events, December 2018 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming Events, December 2018


Saturday, Dec. 1

Blacklisted: A Concert

In the 1940s and 1950s, hundreds of famous American singers and songwriters were accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee of being communists or communist sympathizers. Regardless of testimony given in the HUAC court hearings, many of these artists were silenced by being blacklisted by the music industry. Hear Chicago’s finest cabaret talents perform the songs that HUAC never wanted you to hear – a concert of songs written or made famous by blacklisted artists such as Leonard Bernstein, Yip Harburg, Lena Horne, Burl Ives, Zero Mostel, Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and more! Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Arts Center Lecture Hall, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Museum Members $25, non-members $35.

Sunday, Dec. 2


The holiday beings at sundown on Dec. 2.

Chanukah Fun Day

Chanukah Fun Day will be held at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha. The synagogue, located at 830 W. Moreland Blvd., will hold a Chanukah Fun Day during religious school on Dec. 2, starting at 10 a.m. Families with children of all ages are invited to participate in Chanukah activities, songs, dreidel playing and food. The cost is $5 per person for non-members.   Contact Carrie Barbakoff at to RSVP or with questions.

Lux Center Holocaust seminar

Join The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center for a presentation called, “The Legacy of Catholic – Jewish Relations” with Dr. Tim Crain.  Crain is the director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and an assistant professor of history at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, 7335 S. Hwy. 100, Franklin. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Bonnie Shafrin, director of the Lux Center at 414-529-6966 or

Monday, Dec. 3

Community-wide celebration

The “Community Wide Hanukkah Celebration” is set for Dec. 3, 4-6:30 p.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. 414-964-4444.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Chorale Chanukah Concert

“Chorale Chanukah Concert for Chaverim.” Dec. 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale sings lively Chanukah tunes and other Jewish favorites for their JCC Chaverim at this annual event. Other friends welcome too.

Study group

Study “David – King of Israel: The Beginning of his reign” with the Sefer Shmuel Bet study group led by Rabbi Wes Kalmar. Dec. 4 at 12:15 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.,Whitefish Bay. Contact Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah at 414-228-9296.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

‘Chanukah Bowl Party’

“Lights & Strike – Chanukah Bowl Party.” Wednesday, Dec.5, 6-8 p.m., UWM Recreational Center at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. $10/person, $45/family max. Chabad of the East Side. To include bowling, pool tables, arcades, buffet dinner, latkes, doughnuts, menorah lighting and dreidel games.

Thursday, Dec. 7


Latke dinner

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, located at 830 W. Moreland Blvd., will hold its

annual Latke Dinner. Dec. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Latkes made by congregants will be part of a potluck dinner. RSVP by Dec. 2 to Carol O’Neil at or 920-699-3682.

Dinner will be followed at 7 p.m. by a Shabbat Service led by Cantor Deborah Martin, CEEW’s spiritual leader, and CEEW’s first- through fourth-grade students.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Young adults – ‘Hipstory Hannukah’

“Hipstory Hanukkah Party” on Dec. 8, 7-10 p.m., with special guest —Israeli artist Amit Simoni, creator of Hipstory — talking about his portraits at this party’s pop-up gallery! Featuring a latke bar, drinks and other yummy treats (dietary laws observed), dreidel-spinning and door prizes! RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Cost is $18/person or $30/pair. Co-sponsored by Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Young Jewish Professional of Chabad and Young Jewish Adults of Milwaukee. Learn more at

Sunday, Dec. 9

Film talkback: ‘The Invisibles’

See the film, “The Invisibles” (Die Unsichtbaren) (Germany) (2017), with a talkback with. Winson Chu. This film details the true stories of Jews who secretly stayed in Berlin after it was illegal in 1943 and survived, often disguising themselves in plain sight. The film’s inventive structure focuses on four individuals, telling their stories through a combination of their own words and dramatic re-enactment. Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Laurie Herman at 414-967-8212 or

End of Chanukah Bash

Lake Park Synagogue will be holding their “End of Chanukah Bash – Better Late Than Oily” on the last day of Chanukah, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. The party will be held at the synagogue, 3207 N. Hackett Ave. For those who are “fried” from eating too many latkes and jelly donuts, the event will feature absolutely nothing made with oil but will have a nice warm soup for a cold winter day plus salad, baked potato and yogurt bars. The evening activities will be for all ages and will include “No Limit Texas Dreidel,” Chanukah-themed movies and an opportunity to make your own dreidels to get a head start on Chanukah 5780! No charge but RSVPs to  or 414-962-5508  are appreciated by Dec. 5.

‘Hipstory’ opens with artist

Meet and greet with Israeli artist Amit Simoni from 4-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. Hear the concept behind the success of the Hipstory art line of turning historical figures into modern day hipsters. Hors d’oeuvres and wine (dietary laws observed). Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Brought to the community by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and co-sponsored by the JCC. Exhibit will be on display through Jan. 10, 2019. Learn more at

Monday, Dec. 10

Chorale Chanukah Concert

“Chorale Chanukah Concert @ Chai Point.” The Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale performs Chanukah songs and other favorites for Chai Point residents and the larger community. Enjoy lively holiday tunes as they celebrate together. Dec. 10, 7-8 p.m. Ovation Chai Point at 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. 262-512-0909.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Anti-Semitism on campus

Podium Picks, a series of lectures on pertinent and interesting Jewish topics will present Michelle Shain, Ph.D., on Dec. 11 at 7:45 p.m. at Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Shain, who received her doctorate from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management will discuss anti-Semitism on college campuses. Shain is presently associate research scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. She is the author of many peer reviewed articles and in demand as a speaker and will be a presenter at the 2018 Anti-Defamation League Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate.  Shain is the daughter of Phyllis Robbins of Glendale.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Lunch and Learn

Milwaukee Jewish Day School is holding a Lunch and Learn with Jewish professionals from noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 12. MJDS, 6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Jewish professionals from all over the Milwaukee community are invited to MJDS for a special lunch and learn event led by MJDS students. For more information or to reserve your space, contact Michal Deskalo,

Thursday, Dec. 13

‘Hollywood on Trial’

“Hollywood on Trial with Tony Kahn.” Gordon Kahn was a successful American author and screenwriter who was blacklisted for his defense of the Hollywood Ten entitled “Hollywood on Trial,” written in 1948. Gordon was subsequently subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, but was never called to testify. Fearing arrest, Gordon sold his 13-room Beverly Hills home and fled to Mexico where his wife and sons joined him six months later. Dec. 13, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, at 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Museum members $5. Non-members $8. Free parking. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display through Feb. 10, 2019.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Congregation Sinai Mitzvah Day

Congregation Sinai Mitzvah Day, Dec. 16, from 9:30 am to 1 p.m. What began as an experiment in education and volunteering has become one of Sinai’s most popular and effective programs, with over 200 participants last year alone. Volunteer for part or all of Mitzvah Day! Paint bowls to feed the hungry. Knit baby hats for patients at Children’s Hospital. Cook meals for Pathfinders’ adolescents and young adults or tired and anxious families at the Ronald McDonald House. Prepare backpacks for impoverished/sexually exploited youth. Create fleece blankets for families staying at Community Advocates Milwaukee Women’s Center over the winter holidays. And more. For information and registration, contact Julie Turetsky at 414-899-5128 or

Muslim Jewish Partners

Join the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Madina Institute Masjid Alquran for an evening of dialogue, learning and breaking bread on gratitude and thanksgiving. Comments by Rabbi Marc Berkson and Hafiz Shafique. Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. at Masjid Alquran, 11723 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee. RSVP to Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5781. Note: Masjid Alquran is not handicap accessible. Reasonable accommodations can be made upon advance request.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Hadassah event

Milwaukee Chapter of Hadassah Annual Dessert and White Elephant Gift Exchange. Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Helen Eglash in Glendale. Minimum donation $12. RSVP by Dec. 14 to Helen at 414-352-2972. Contact Judy Eglash at 414-353-3479,

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Annual Christmas Cinema

Looking for something fun to do Christmas Day? Enjoy the radiant and stylish love story starring a luminous Audrey Hepburn and handsome Gregory Peck in “Roman Holiday.” Tuesday, Dec. 25, noon to 4 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. The screenwriter of “Roman Holiday,” Dalton Trumbo, refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of communist influences in the motion picture industry. He and hundreds of other industry professionals were subsequently blacklisted. Film Synopsis: Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get an exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way. Film at 1 p.m. should end around 3 p.m., giving attendees enough time to view permanent and special exhibits before or after the film. Free popcorn. Cost: Museum admission. Members free. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display through Feb. 10.

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.