Coming events, March 2019 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, March 2019

Events this month include the Shalom Baby Meet-Up, 10-11:30 a.m. on March 24, held at a private home. Contact Anna Goldstein, or 414-390-5733.

More events:

Friday, March 1

Speaker poet, veteran

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun invites the community to attend its Adult Havurah on March 1, 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, and offer comments, followed by questions and answers. To RSVP call Joyce Gutzke at 262-236-3923 and leave a voicemail, including your name and what dish you will bring to share, or Belle Anne Freund at 262-783-7373. The event will take place at the synagogue, 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. Former Milwaukeean Cantor Nancy Abramson is the first female director of the Cantors’ Assembly, is director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is director of the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue of JTS. CBINT, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. 414-352-7310.

Fight MS: Eggroll Style

Fundraiser for MS awareness and research by Sarah and Milton Hwang. Sarah has been diagnosed with 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 on Facebook, at a link ( or at the door.  Held at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, but not a program of Congregation Sinai. Questions:

Father-daughter dance

March 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. Father-daughter dance held at the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay. 414-964-4444. $40/family. Members $36/family. RSVP required. For questions, contact Rabbi Shari Shamah at 414-967-8229. Party attire. Music provided by Charizma Entertainment.

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 for their commitment to providing local youth with a quality Jewish education. 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., Whitefish Bay. Appetizers and desserts (dietary laws observed). To see the list of awardees and to RSVP: or contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer at 414-963-2718 or

Blanket making event

 Join the National Council of Jewish Women-Milwaukee Section for a kid-friendly event as they make tie-fleece blankets to donate to youth served by Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth. March 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Held at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. RSVP to Cost $5 per family to help cover cost of materials (pay at event). Bring sharp scissors, if you have them. Also accepting donations of diapers for HIAS.

Thursday, March 7

 Film: ‘Aida’s Secrets’

“Aida’s Secrets” film and talk-back from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay and co-sponsored by the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-963-2710. In this documentary, the discovery of records from World War II sparks a family’s quest for answers. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Laurie Herman at or 414-967-8212.

Friday, March 8

Jewish scholars visit

Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, 6717 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale is hosting a power couple in the world of Jewish scholarship, March 8-10. The visiting scholars will be Dr. Smadar Rosensweig, assistant professor of Bible at Stern College for Women and Yeshiva University and Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig, Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and Rosh Kollel of the Beren Kollel Elyon. Programming will feature pre-Purim inspiration and scholarship throughout the weekend, including a Friday night dinner and talk, a special Kiddush luncheon and lecture and a Saturday night lecture. There will also be a Sunday morning talk with light breakfast provided. Those interested in learning more or attending the program, contact Administrative Coordinator Carrie Barbakoff at 414-228-9296 or

Tuesday, March 12

Former IDF spokeswoman

Jewish National Fund is hosting a Women for Israel Purim event featuring guest Libby Weiss, former Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman. Attendees of the event will be treated to a live hamantaschen demonstration with local chef Hanna Sattler. The event is free, March 12, 7-9 p.m., at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. People can register by visiting:

Friday, March 22

Pop-Up Shabbat

Congregations Shalom, Sinai and Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, with Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Young Jewish Adults of Milwaukee will hold a Pop-Up Shabbat on March 22, 7-9 p.m. at Pizza Man, 2597 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee.  $18/person or $30/couple. For more information contact Lauren Berger at

Sunday, March 24

Film, self-defense workshop

Attend this free special opportunity with Yehudit Sidikman, co-founder of El Halev. She provides empowerment self-defense and martial arts training. She recently received an award from Israel’s President Rivlin for her contributions toward eradicating violence against women. Attend one or both on March 24: 2 p.m. “Beauty Bites Beast” documentary on Sidikman; 3:30 p.m. hands-on self-defense demonstration. Organized by Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. RSVP required by March 21 at

Sunday March 24

Shalom Baby

Shalom Baby Meet-Up, 10-11:30 a.m. on March 24, held at a private home. Contact Anna Goldstein, or 414-390-5733.

Friday, March 29

Speaker: Mass incarceration

“Mass Incarceration: Is There A Better Way?” at Congregation Shalom at 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. At Social Action/Women of Shalom Shabbat Service on March 29, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Guest speaker Kevin Carr, secretary of the state Department of Corrections.

Sponsored Oneg follows the Shabbat service. Contact: Abby at 414-352-9288 ext. 130.

Sunday, March 31

Rabbi Skorka lecture, signing

“The Pope and the Rabbi: A Faithful Friendship” lecture and book signing with Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Through their many years of dialogue, these two Argentinian religious leaders — Catholic and Jewish — formed a trusted and lasting friendship. March 31, 2 p.m., Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, 7335 S. Hwy. 100, Franklin. RSVP:, or contact Bonnie Shafrin at 414-529-6966.

Sunday, April 7

Blood drive

Lake Park Synagogue will be hosting a Blood Drive on April 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It will be held at the synagogue, 3207 N. Hackett Ave. The blood donation can save three lives. Reserve at For more information, contact Dena Abramowitz at or 414-962-5508.

Diva Day at synagogue

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid’s Sisterhood will hold its annual Diva Day: Spring Boutique and Vendor Fair. The event, which is open to all, will take place on April 7 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the synagogue, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale. The boutique will feature over 40 local, talented and inspired artisans selling clothing, jewelry, soaps and scents, artwork and more. Vendors will include Color Street, Discovery Toys, LuLaRoe, Mary Kay and Scentsy. Vegetarian luncheon items will be available for purchase. Guests can participate in a raffle with drawings every 15 minutes, and they can receive a free raffle ticket with the donation of a can of food to the Jewish Community Pantry. For more information, or to exhibit, contact CBINT at or 414-352-7310.

Friday, April 12

Ruth Messinger visits

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun brings its 2019 Scholar in Residence program, featuring Ruth Messinger, global ambassador, American Jewish World Service. Former Manhattan borough president and former president of  American Jewish World Service. The program, “Jewish Work for Global Social Justice,” will be held April 12-14 at CEEBJ, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. April 12 will feature a catered dinner at 6 p.m.  (members, $18, non-members, $20/person). An Erev Shabbat Service, at 7:30 p.m., will have Messinger speak on:  “Jewish Work for Global Social Justice:  The What, the Why, and the How.” More on April 13 and 14. All presentations by Messinger are open to the public at no charge. To register for individual sessions and to reserve your place for meals (fees required) visit For more information, see the website or call 414-228-7545.

Sunday, April 14

Cantors sing together

Many of the state’s cantors will bring their voices together on April 14, for A Journey of Jewish Music and its influence on popular American music. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University, celebrating Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha’s 80th anniversary. Performers will include Cantor Karen Berman of Congregation Shalom, Hazzan Jeremy Stein of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Cantor Richard Newman of Congregation Sinai, Cantor Sharon Brown Levy of Temple Beth El in Madison, Cantor Deborah Martin of CEEW and cantorial soloist Marsha Fensin of CEEW. The Carroll University choir and A Band’n All Hope (a klezmer band) also will perform. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 through 15. Tickets at the door (cash only) are $30 and $15. Go to to purchase advance tickets. Contact Laurie Schwartz at for further information.

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.