Sunday, Jan. 6
Film class: ‘A Bag of Marbles’
Free film class: “A Bag of Marbles” (Un Sac de Billes) (France) (2017). Based on a bestselling Holocaust memoir, this touching film focuses on a 10-year-old boy and his 13-year-old brother who must make their way alone from Paris to the Free Zone in Nazi-occupied France. In French with subtitles. 1 hour 50 minutes. Suitable for ages 12 to adult. Talkback led by Daniel Haumschild. Co-sponsored by the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Shown Jan. 6, 3 p.m., at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Monday, Jan. 7
Israeli chefs visit Shalom
Israeli chefs Gili Altman and Yehuda Ninniyo — from the community’s Sovev Kinneret partnership region, visit with Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. The synagogue’s Women of Shalom is hosting this event Jan. 7, 7 p.m. $10 for members. $15 for non-members. For more information contact Sarah Acker at SarahAcker729@gmail.com or Shalom at 414-352-9288.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Live food show: Israeli chefs
Accomplished Israeli chefs Gili Altman and Yehuda Ninniyo — from the community’s Sovev Kinneret partnership region — go head-to-head for the chance to be crowned Shakshuka King! Free and open to the community. There will be audience participation, food samples (dietary laws observed) and recipes from the chefs. Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Free and held at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and CBINT. RSVP to MilwaukeeJewish.org/IsraelInMilwaukee or contact Allison Hayden at 414-390-5724.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Taste of Israel at Sinai
Congregation Sinai is hosting a “Taste of Israel” event with Israeli chefs Gili Altman and Yehuda Ninniyo on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of tasting of current Israeli cuisine with small plates or tapas. The chefs will share their thoughts on cultural influences on the latest food trends in Israel. The event is being sponsored by the Sinai Israel Connection, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Women of Sinai, B’rit Nashim and The Spice House. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Held at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Contact Judy Schneider at JudithSchneider@hotmail.com or Sinai at 414-352-2970.
Book Club: ‘The Crucible’
The Crucible by Arthur Miller will be the subject of a book club discussion at Jewish Museum Milwaukee on Jan. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn about the allegorical references in Arthur Miller’s 1953 iconic play “The Crucible” with the Coalition for Jewish Learning and Jewish Museum Milwaukee, both of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The Crucible is a story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 17th-century. Miller wrote the play as an allegory to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s “witch-hunts” in the United States. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended. Museum members free. LOMED Educators free. Non-members $5. Doors open 6 p.m. A LOMED (Learning Opportunity for Milwaukee Educators) program sponsored by the Coalition for Jewish Learning. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 10.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Seth Meyers returns
The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center announced Seth Meyers will return as the headline performer for Laugh It Up Milwaukee, the annual fundraiser that celebrates community partnership. Meyers, host of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” will take the stage of the Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 with proceeds to benefit programs at the JCC and partner beneficiary Running Rebels. Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2019 tickets range from $45-95 and may be purchased at LaughItUpMilwaukee.org or PabstTheater.org.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Film class: ‘Bombshell’
Free film class: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (United States) (2017) Discover the hidden story of Hedy Lamarr, glamorous Hollywood movie star of the 1930s and 40s – and an Austrian Jew who fled her Nazi sympathizer husband and found fame in show business. Few knew that she was also a talented inventor who patented a secret World War II communications system that led to today’s wireless technology. 1 hr. 28 min. Suitable for ages 12 to adult. Talkback led by Rachel Baum. Co-sponsored by the Sandy Hoffman Jewish Cultural Arts Fund and the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Shown Jan. 13, 3 p.m., at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Film class: ‘GI Jews’
Free film class: “GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II” (United States) (2018). More than 550,000 Jewish American men and women fought in World War II. In this new documentary, veterans (including Mel Brooks and Henry Kissinger) share their war experiences and tell what they faced as Jews and how their experiences transformed them. 1 hr. 24 minutes. Suitable for ages 14 to adult. Talkback led by Chris Cowles. Co-sponsored by the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Shown Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Yeshiva Elementary School banquet
Annual banquet for Yeshiva Elementary School to be held Jan. 16, 5:30-9 p.m. at Four Points – Sheraton North at 8900 N. Kildeer Ct., Brown Deer. The YES Annual Banquet will honor Bader Philanthropies, celebrate 30 years of YES, and pay tribute to three community leaders who passed away: Mr. Don Grande, Dr. Miriam Guttman and Mrs. Caron Rice. For more information, contact Rabbi Aryeh Borsuk, director of development & advancement, at 414-871-9376, extension 107.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Lunch n’ Learn: Tefillin
Assistant Rabbi Jenn Mangold of Congregation Shalom leads this talk and exploration of the tefillin, its history, mitzvah, and how wrapping oneself in tefillin helps one connect with God. Tefillin are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. Free and open to all. Please bring your own bag lunch. RSVP: 414-352-9288. Congregation Shalom,7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point.
The Lavender Scare
A lecture titled “The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government” will take place Jan. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. As the famous question, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” resonated in the halls of Congress, security officials were posing another question at least as frequently, if more discreetly: “Information has come to the attention of the Civil Service Commission that you are a homosexual. What comment do you care to make?” Historian David K. Johnson will relate the frightening, untold story of how, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered as dangerous a threat to national security as Communists. Museum members $5. Non-members $8. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. Sponsored by Cream City Foundation. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, though March 10.
Friday, Jan. 18
Join Chabad’s Young Jewish Professionals of 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. 7 p.m., Jan. 18, 3133 North Hackett Ave., Milwaukee. Yjpmke.com.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Hazzan’s midwinter concert
Join Hazzan Jeremy Stein and his musical guests as they perform special selections for your enjoyment. Unique compositions will include the flute and vibraphone. The community is invited for this annual midwinter joyous event; melt away the winter frost with this warm and inviting musical recital. Jan. 19. 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave. 414-352-7310. CbintMilwaukee.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Book talk: ‘The Orphan’s Tale’
Enjoy a book discussion of “The Orphan’s Tale” before author Pam Jenoff visits next month. Jenoff’s historical novel tells of the friendship of two extraordinary women finding refuge with a German traveling circus in Europe during World War II. Facilitator: Laurie Herman. Co-sponsored by the JCC, Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Emanu-el B’ne Jeshurun and Congregation Shalom. Book discussion held Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Subsequent author visit set for Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Film: ‘Fictitious Marriage’
Free film class: “Fictitious Marriage” (Nisuim Fiktiveem) (1988). In this comedic social satire, Eldad (actor Shlomo Bar-Aba) is supposed to take a plane to America for business – but instead, stays in Israel and assumes a number of false identities, including that of a deaf/mute Arab laborer. In Hebrew with subtitles. 1 hour 30 min. Ages 14 to adult. Instructor to be announced. Part of the series: Emerging Trends: Celebrating 70 Years of Israeli film, this film highlights Israel in the ‘80s. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Shown Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org 414-967-8212.
Saturday, Jan. 26
BBY0 Mystery Bus Tour
The annual Mystery Bus Tour will take place Jan. 26, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Eighth grade students will taste-test six BBYO-Wisconsin Region chapters in one night through youth-led games and activities before choosing a chapter to join. Boys and girls will get on separate school buses, each bus visiting three locations with a different chapter. More info: 414-326-2808 or Wisc@Bbyo.org
Sunday, Jan. 27
Tu BiShvat celebration
Jewish National Fund is hosting its first annual Tu BiShvat Community Celebration at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 East Brown Deer Road, Bayside. This celebration of the new year of the trees is open to all ages and will feature tree planting, arts and crafts, short nature hikes and a special Tu BiShvat seder. Jan. 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. The event is being hosted with the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and is supported by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Education Innovation Grant. For more information, contact Andrea Sak, campaign executive, Midwest, ASak@Jnf.org, 414.963.8733.
Monday, Jan. 28
Discussion: Power and money
Roundtable discussion: “Power & Money & Response & Resistance.” Jan. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Many of the plays in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2018/19 season explore the relationship between power & money – how do power and money shape one another, and how do these forces shape individuals, communities, and society? Dive deeper into the relationship between power, money, response and resistance. Visit the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s exhibit, Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, and listen in as a journalist, a visual artist, a scientist, and a theater artist discuss the impact of federal funding on their work. The discussion is moderated by Adam Carr. Panelists include: Margaret Noodin, director of the Electa Quinney Institute; Chad Bauman, executive director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Neel Guptasarma, professor & chair of the Physics Department at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; Katie Loughmiller, arts project coordinator at the Milwaukee Public Library. Held at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 10.
Sunday, Feb. 3
World wide wrap
Join Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid and the Men’s Club as they join in the world-wide teaching and observance of wearing tefillin during daily prayer. For those who do not own their own set, CBINT will provide one during this important and spiritual session. Celebrate this meaningful and historic ritual intergenerationally! 9 a.m. minyan will meet in the CBINT Jacobson Chapel. Feb. 3, 9 a.m. CBINT, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave, Glendale. CbintMilwaukee.org
Monday, Feb. 4
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and using the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda by documenting events in the ghetto as they unfolded. “Who Will Write Our History” mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and dramatizations to transport viewers inside the ghetto. Feb. 4, 7 p.m. at UWM Union Cinema, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. Presented by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and The Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. For more information contact Judy O’Hara at 414-963-2710 or visit HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org/Films.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Book discussion: ‘Lost Girls’
Bestselling author Pam Jenoff will be speaking about her newest book of historical fiction, “The Lost Girls of Paris” (2019) on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. For more information, contact Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Ongoing Health & Support
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 AAMilwaukee.com.
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 SupportCenter@AbcdMentor.org.
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 MelnickGerald@gmail.com.
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. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.