Coming events, April 2019 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, April 2019

Wednesday, April 3

‘Swipe Out Hunger’ 

Swipe Out Hunger CEO Rachel Sumekh will share how one woman can make a difference with her innovative approach to swiping out hunger among college students at the 5th Annual Edie Adelman Lecture. April 3, 7 p.m., at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road.

This free lecture is presented by Women’s Philanthropy of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and sponsored by the Edie Adelman Political Awareness Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.  Learn more at or call (414) 390-5741.

Thursday, April 4

Jewish theater evening

Alyssa Quint, author of “The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater,” and Debra Caplan, author of “Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy,” in conversation with Joel Berkowitz, April 4, 7 p.m. Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave. Evening of Jewish theater history co-sponsored by Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies of University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and moderated by the center’s director, Joel Berkowitz.

‘The Last Cyclist’

Play written in Terezin Ghetto – but never performed ­– to see the light locally. “The Last Cyclist” is being staged April 4-14 at Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point. See story, p. 3.

Sunday, April 7

East Side 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. A 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. to 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.

Spaghetti and silent auction

Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St., will hold a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on April 7, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. 414-355-1120. Temple Menorah’s Men’s Club and Sisterhood invite you to their annual “Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction.” Tickets are $9 in advance purchased before April 4, or $11 at the door. Dinner starts at 530 p.m. and the auction will begin shortly after. Dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, bread sticks, salad, beverages and dessert. Some of the auction items include gift baskets, jewelry, home decor, gift certificates, and many more!

Ovation art opening

Artist and photographer Barbara Budish will be showing her fine art photography at Ovation Jewish Home, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. The exhibit is called “Eclectic Experiences.” The opening will be April 7 from 4-6 p.m.

Monday, April 8

Abayudaya rabbi

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, chief rabbi of Uganda, to speak. See page 44.

Tuesday, April 9

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Father and son speakers at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N Downer Ave., Milwaukee. 414-332-1181. Rabbi Evan Moffic, author of “First the Jews: Combating the World’s Longest-Running Hate Campaign” and Dr. Steven Moffic, editor of “Islamophobia and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment.” April 9, 7 p.m. Evan and Steven Moffic present a conversation they’re calling “Son and Father, Rabbi and Psychiatrist: The Moffics Look at the Overlap of Religion and Psychiatry,” in which they’ll consider the challenges of our time through the lens of religion and psychiatry, as part of the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC’s Tapestry series. Their conversation will be moderated by Laura Reizner Emir, who serves on the board of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Veterans’ Seder

A pre-Passover Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Levi Emmer, VA chaplin, and sung by Cantor David Barash. Guests will be veterans at the hospital and of the Jewish War Veterans Organization. April 9, 10:30 a.m., Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center, 5000 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee, Third Floor-B-3435 (formerly B-312). For more information contact Ron Laux at

Thursday, April 11

Faith advocacy day

People of Faith United for Justice 2019 Advocacy Day, April 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, near the Capital Square, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison. People of Faith United for Justice is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all the people of Wisconsin. Issues for advocacy will be clean water, expanding Badger Care and early child education. Co-sponsors include Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Madison and Wisconsin Jewish Conference. Contact Wisconsin Council of Churches at 608-837-3108 or

Museum: Women and resistance

“Voices of Resistance: The United States, Social Movements, and the Role of Women,” at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., April 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Women have been instrumental in social and political change in the United States since the first European settlers arrived on the shores in North America. From the founding period forward, women have had important and often under-examined roles in advocating for and moving towards political change of all kinds. Join Lilly Goren for an important exploration of women’s voices, their engagement and their advocacy which has had significant impacts on the lives we all lead today. Museum members $5. Non-members $8.

Friday, April 12

Ruth Messinger visits

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun’s 2019 Scholar in Residence program will feature 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 per 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.

Blue and Gold Shabbat

Hillel Milwaukee is hosting its first Blue and Gold Shabbat on April 12 at 6 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Union Ballroom, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. It will be a night to share the Shabbat experience with the campus communities from all of the universities they serve and recognize students with awards and scholarships. Speaker Lian Najami is the first Arab Israeli Rhodes Scholar, who will speak about overcoming adversity. The evening will promote tolerance, inclusion and celebrating diversity. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are $25 for all; college students are free.  The event is sponsored by Susan Lubar Solvang, David and Madeleine Lubar, and Joan Lubar and John Crouch. 414-961-2010.

Share Shabbat with Young Leadership Division

Experience a home-hosted, intimate Shabbat dinner with 6-10 friends, old and new, organized by Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Meet for happy hour drink and receive your host’s address. Share Shabbat participants to meet at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., and travel to homes by 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required by April 8 at or call Ashleigh at 414-390-5741.

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, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha, celebrating Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha’s 80th anniversary. 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.

Friday, April 19

Chometz burning new location

Chometz burning for Pesach 2019/5779 will take place on April 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. It will not be in Glendale this year. This year’s burning will be at Station 81, 4401 W. River Lane in Brown Deer. The burn will take place behind the station and in front of the Department of Public Works. It is important for everyone who attends to know that no one can park in front of the station; all attendees must enter from the rear of the property. Information: or call Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah at 414-228-9296.


Passover begins tonight, April 19. See p. 22 for Seder options.

Sunday, April 28

Holocaust survivor

“Holocaust Stories: In their Honor” featuring Steen Metz, April 28 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Contact the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation at 414-390-2710.

Thursday, May 2

Film: ‘God on Trial’

“God on Trial” (England) (2008). A group of Auschwitz prisoners form a rabbinical court to debate whether God has broken his covenant with the Jews and how God can allow his people to suffer such misery and atrocities. This filmed television play is based on a true story that Elie Wiesel witnessed in the camps. In English, French, Polish and Hebrew. 1 hr. 26 min. Suitable for ages 13 to adult. Discussion leader: Rabbi Ron Shapiro. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. May 2, 7 p.m. Free and open to the community at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. 414-964-4444.

Wednesday, May 8

Armed resistance

“Don’t Ever Say the End is Near and Hope is Gone: Jewish Armed Resistance During the Holocaust.” May 8, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Conversation on the heroism and perseverance of Jewish resistance fighters – in the ghettos, camps, in partisan units and in a variety of underground organizations – who chose to respond to the Nazi Final Solution plan by resorting to armed resistance.

Dr. Shay Pilnik, Executive Director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, will explore the topic. Museum members $3. Non-members $5.

Ongoing Health & Support

Alzheimer’s and dementia

Social engagement opportunities, support options and other information at

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 visit

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 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.

Mental health

NAMI-Wisconsin resources and connecting points available at and

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.