Sunday, Feb. 3
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. 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. “Who Will Write Our History” mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews. Feb. 4, 7 p.m. at UWM Union Cinema, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. For more information contact Judy O’Hara at 414-963-2710 or visit HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org/Films.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Mr. Rogers remembered
Hedda Sharapan, longtime producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and dear friend of Fred Rogers, will share her experiences from more than 52 years with Fred Rogers and his company at “Behind the Scenes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on Feb. 6 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Sharapan will share video clips and stories of her time together with Rogers. General seating $18. Prime seating $50. JccMilwaukee.org/MisterRogers
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.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Learn to play catchball, the fastest growing sport for women in Israel. No cost and no athletic requirements, just a willingness to learn and have fun! During the week of Feb. 4, players must commit to one instructional session, one open gym session and the friendly tournament on Feb. 10. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC. All activities held at the JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Learn more at MilwaukeeJewish.org/IsraelInMilwaukee.
Film: The Last Mentsch
Film class held Feb. 10, 2 p.m. The Last Mentsch (Der Letzte Mentsch) (Germany/Switzerland/France) (2014) A drama where Marcus, a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz and Theresienstadt (who has erased his past) embarks on a road trip from Germany to his native Hungary to try to find evidence of his Jewish identity so that he may be buried in a Jewish cemetery. In German, Hungarian, Hebrew and Yiddish with subtitles. 1 hr. 29 min. Ages 13 to Adult. Instructor: Pnina Goldfarb, Ph.D. Open to the community. Free at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. For more information, contact Laurie Herman, 414-967-8212.
Blacklist and Golden Age
“The Blacklist: A Tarnish on Hollywood’s Golden Age.” Feb. 10, 2-3:30 p.m. at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. With David Fantle, co-author of “Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends.” The lecture will be followed by a book sale and signing. Program is free with the cost of admission. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 10, 2019. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.
Monday, Feb. 11
Lessons from Pittsburgh
Kol Yisrael Areivin Zeh Ba Zeh: Lessons from Pittsburgh – Jewish unity and service to others. There will be a dessert reception. Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Congregation Beth Jehudah, 3100 N. 52nd St. The Milwaukee Chevra Kadisha invites all members of the Jewish community to join them for a special program to fulfill the tradition of marking the anniversary of the death of Moses, Moshe Rabbeinu, on the seventh of Adar on the Jewish calendar. Rabbi Yonason Meadows, a chaplain from Milwaukee, will speak about his experiences working with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh in the aftermath of the October 2018 murders of 11 people during services at a synagogue. For more information, email ChevraKadishaMke@gmail.com
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Free film class: ‘Paradise’
Free film class Feb. 12, 7 p.m., “Paradise” (Ray) (Russia/Germany) (2016) Winner of 3 Russian Academy awards! This film tells the stories of three people whose fates crossed during World War II: A French collaborator; a Russian aristocrat and member of the French resistance (arrested for hiding Jewish children); and a German SS officer. In black and white. In Russian, German, French and Yiddish with subtitles. 1 hour 50 minutes. Suitable for adult audiences. Instructor: Dr. Amy Shapiro. Open to the community. Free at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. For more information, contact Laurie Herman LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org, 414-967-8212.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
An Evening with Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger – The Jewish Journey of a Nazi’s Son
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 from 6:30-9 p.m. Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun at 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Program from 7-9 p.m. Cosponsors: Israel Bonds and The Temple Brotherhood of Congregation Emanu-El B’Ne Jeshurun.
Monday, Feb. 18
Author: Old South cooking
Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South” to speak Feb. 18, 6 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library, Mitchell Street Branch, 908 W. Historic Mitchell St. Acclaimed culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Food Writing and Book of the Year, appears at MPL’s Mitchell Street Branch. Cosponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. Free registration is required for this event, at Mpl.org/Twitty. See Feb. 19 Michael W. Twitty event.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Discussion: Old South cooking
A panel discussion featuring Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South,” with Portia Cobb, Jennifer Jordan, and Shahanna McKinney Baldon. Feb. 19, 4 p.m., at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Golda Meir Library, fourth floor conference center, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Moderated by Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie. Free and open to the public, no registration required. See Feb. 18 Michael W. Twitty event.
World’s funniest rabbi
“Why Act Jewish?” Billed as the world’s funniest rabbi, Rabbi David Orlofsky of Israel will appear at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. You may find it difficult to decide if you are at a comedy show or gaining from a rabbi’s wisdom. Sponsored by MAJOR, The Milwaukee Alliance For Jewish Reconnection. Free for students. Suggested donation $15 in advance. $20 at the door. Feb. 19, 7 p.m. GoMajor.org
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Can’t We Just Get Along?
Speaker Rabbi Hillel Brody, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:45 p.m. at Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Rabbi Brody is the new director of community outreach at Yeshiva Elementary School in Milwaukee. His topic will be “Can’t We Just Get Along? Lessons from the Purim Story.” The lecture is free and open to the community. 414-228-9296. Asktshul.com.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Professor on film and Judaism
Rachel Baum, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will speak in Waukesha on Feb. 21 about Jewish American films and television. Baum’s program will be held at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, beginning at 7 p.m. Baum will show clips from current movies and television shows, and analyze what they say about Jewish identity now and in the future.
Black, Jewish and Red
Conversation starter: Black, Jewish and Red. In this presentation, Elliot Ratzman, fellow in Jewish studies at Lawrence University, examines how Jews and blacks on the left helped create the culture and politics of the twentieth century. Thursday, Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee of Milwaukee Jewish Federation at 1360 North Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. Sponsored by the Black-Jewish Alliance of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee through March 10. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Milwaukee Jewish Day School Ed Talk
“Fostering Grit in Our Upper School Students: Why It’s Oh, So Important,” is the topic for a Milwaukee Jewish Day School Ed Talk. Feb. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents and educators from throughout the metro Milwaukee area to come together for an evening of dialogue focused on the importance of building perseverance in middle school-aged children. This discussion will be led by Dr. Michael A. Mazius, Ph.D. MJDS ED Talks began in 2015 and follow the format of the famous TED Talk, featuring engaging speakers on the forefront of education and parenting. Dr. Mazius will deliver thoughtful and inspiring insight based on his research in neuroscience, academic underachievement, social skills and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Mjds.org/Ed-Talk.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Film: ‘Pick a Card’
Free film class: Pick a Card (Afula Express) (Israel) (1997) Winner of six Israeli Academy Awards, including best picture. David, a garage electrician living in the slums of Tel Aviv with his girlfriend, Batya, chases his dream of becoming a professional magician. In Hebrew with subtitles. 1 hour 35 minutes. Ages 13 to Adult. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Free at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. For more information, contact Laurie Herman LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org, 414-967-8212.
Friday, March 1
Author at synagogue
Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun invites you to attend their adult havurah on March 1, 2019, 6:15 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by pot luck supper and guest speaker. Professor DeWitt Clinton is the author of four books of poetry and his poems and essays have appeared in regional, national and international literary journals. Clinton is a Vietnam veteran and his creative poems touch on the startling brutality of war with beautiful spiritual images, wisdom and mysteries drawn from his Jewish faith and East Asian philosophies. He will read from his book, which will be available at the event. To RSVP call Joyce Gutzke at 262-236-3923 and leave a voice mail, including your name and what dish you will bring to share, or Belle Anne Freund at 262-783-7373. CEEBJ, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Guests are welcome.
Saturday, March 2
Scholar in Residence
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid Sisterhood Scholar in Residence Weekend, March 2-3. CBINT, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave. 414-352-7310. CBINT Sisterhood presents its annual Scholar in Residence Weekend. Join them for prayer, spirituality, education, friendship and discovery.
Fight MS: Eggroll style
Fundraiser for MS awareness and research by Sarah and Milton Hwang. Sarah has multiple sclerosis. 5:30-9:30 p.m., March 2. Fight MS: Eggroll Style admission is $25 suggested minimum donation per person. Authentic Chinese appetizers and dishes. Event is not for children. Chef’s table: $100 minimum donation. Donate at a link (bit.ly/2sLQrJL) or at the door. Held at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, but not a program of Congregation Sinai. Questions: FightMS.EggRollStyle@gmail.com.
Sunday, March 3
Salute to Jewish Educators
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning invites the entire community to honor local Jewish educators. There will be awards and recognition of all Jewish educators. March 3, 3-5 p.m., free, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Appetizers and desserts (dietary laws observed). To see the list of awardees and to RSVP: MilwaukeeJewish.org/CJL or contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer at 414-963-2718 or TziporahA@MilwaukeeJewish.org.