Coming events, August 2019 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, August 2019

Thursday, Aug. 1

Circus in art

“Pop-Up Gallery: The Circus in Modern Art.” Aug. 1, 6-8:30 p.m.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. In partnership with David Barnett Gallery, Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores the longtime fascination of artists with the circus. Wine reception.Lecture by David Barnettand Rachel Kreiter, associate director of David Barnett Gallery,to explore Chagall’s impact in art history through the lens of Le Cirque. The Pop-Up Circus Gallery will include works by Honore Daumier, Claude Weisbuch, Milwaukee’s own Della Wells and more. The art will be on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. The Aug. 1 event is to include 6 p.m. cocktail reception and 7 p.m. lecture. Museum members $5; non-members $8. Offered in connection with Chagall’s Le Cirque, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 14 – Sept. 8, 2019. 414-390-5730. Image courtesy of David Barnett Gallery.

Sunday, Aug. 4

Shalom Milwaukee Tour

Are you a newcomer to the Milwaukee area in the past year? Are you looking to meet other newcomers in the community and learn more about your new hometown? Join Shalom Milwaukee of Milwaukee Jewish Federation for a private sculpture tour in Downtown Milwaukee. Free. Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St. Contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733 or

Tuesday, Aug. 6

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha will offer a picnic Shabbat on Aug. 9, 6 p.m. at Horeb Spring Park in Waukesha.

When is killing permitted?

“Lake Park Synagogue Summer Learning Series.” Through the month, 7-8 p.m. 3207 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee. Open to all levels. Aug. 6: The limits of self-defense – when is killing permitted? Aug 20: Dress to impress – myths and facts about skirts, fedoras and head coverings in Jewish law. Aug. 27: Singing, flirting & praying: Separation of sexes in Jewish law. 414-962-5508.

Friday, Aug. 9

Concert at Shalom

“Summer Evenings: A Musical Kaleidoscope.” Carolyn Wehner will perform her songbook of traditional and contemporary songs as a part of Congregation Shalom’s summer concert series. The Fox Point Aug. 9 performance will begin at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. An optional $10 box dinner is available at 7:15 p.m. prior to the event.  If interested in the box dinner, RSVP and pre-pay no later than Aug. 2 at

Waukesha picnic

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha will offer a picnic Shabbat on Aug. 9, 6 p.m. at Horeb Spring Park in Waukesha. The temple band – A Band ‘n All Hope – will play. Picnic Shabbats start with candle blessings, Kiddush, motzi and bring-your-own dinner, followed by a family-friendly service at 7 p.m. Attendees, especially families, might like to come early because the park offers a swimming pool with slides, a skate park and playground. There is a fee to use the pool. Call 262-547-7180 or go to for more information.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Conversations with Wiesel

Conversation between Howard Reich and his Wisconsin cousin, Nancy Kennedy Barnett, about Reich’s book, “The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel.” Aug. 11, 2 p.m. See story, page 9.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Independent judiciary?

“Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions.” Charles B. Schudson, a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus, will discuss judicial ethics and the financial, political, personal and professional pressures that threaten its independence. Aug. 13, 12-1 p.m. Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Helfaer Community Services Building, board room, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. $10. 414-390-5744. RSVP required by Aug. 9. Co-sponsored by the Cardozo Society and Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Bud Selig to speak

Bud Selig to speak at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun at its Brotherhood’s 10th Annual Public Family Sports Night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Featured speaker is Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner emeritus. Admission: each attendee is asked to bring two non-perishable food items or make a cash donation to the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force and/or the Jewish Community Pantry. Aug. 14. Call to RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 7. Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jershurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. 414-228-7545.

Friday, Aug. 16

Shabbat Social

Young Jewish Professionals Shabbat Social with Chabad of the East Side. Aug. 16, 7-9 p.m. 3133 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee. Join YJP 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

JCC summer carnival

Carnival with food and events for kids, families and adults. Aug. 20, 4:30-7 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. 414-964-4444.

Friday, Aug. 23

Lunch, learn and circus

“Lunch & Learn: Wisconsin’s Great and Hidden Circus History.” At the turn of the last century, Wisconsin was home to more than 100 circuses including the great Ringling Brothers, an immigrant family who settled in the small town of Baraboo where their vast circus empire started. Join Milwaukee journalist and author Meg Jones on Aug. 23 to learn how Wisconsin became an epicenter for circuses, how Wisconsin’s worst tornado in terms of loss of life was due in part to the circus and how elephants became the gold standard for circuses, and ultimately the downfall for Ringling Brothers. Jones is a longtime reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Museum members $3. Non-members $5. Order Kosher boxed lunches or bring your own. Lunch registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. Offered in connection with Chagall’s Le Cirque, an exhibit on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 14 – Sept. 8, 2019. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730.

Sunday, Aug. 25


Walk4Friendship supports Friendship Circle of Wisconsin, a division of Lubavitch of Wisconsin. Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center at 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside.414-847-6347. Walk4Friendship is a 2k walk that raises funds and community awareness for Friendship Circle and children with special needs. Walk4Friendship begins with an opening ceremony followed by the walk. Upon reaching the finish line, walkers will enjoy a post-walk celebration with entertainment, activities and food. See story, page 7.

Summer picnic

Annual congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah event: End of summer picnic at Kletzsch Park. Picnic area 1.  Aug. 25, 4-7

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Early childhood breakfast

Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s “Early Childhood Pancake Breakfast.” Aug. 28, 8-9 a.m. Chadar Ochel at 6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, 414-964-1499. Three-year-old, junior and senior kindergarten students and their families are invited to breakfast and schmooze with other kindergarten families the day before school starts. For more information, contact Michal Deskalo.

“Hazz” in the Park

This event has been canceled. CBINT, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Questions to the CBINT office, 414-352-7310 or

Monday, Sept 2.

BBYO kickoff cookout

Have you got a teen looking to connect with Jewish community? BBYO-Wisconsin is holding a cookout to kick off the school year. Kickoff for teens and their families. Membership not required. BBYO is a pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Sept. 2, 11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. 414-326-2808.

Hillel Milwaukee BBQ

“Welcome Back BBQ – Hillel Milwaukee.” Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m. Hillel Milwaukee, 3053 N. Stowell Ave. 414-961-2010. Welcome back and meet University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and other students. Serves 12 local campuses. Hillel Milwaukee strives to create a dynamic, warm and celebratory Jewish environment for Milwaukee’s university students and young adults (ages 18-26) where they can explore and express their Jewish identities and gain a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. 414-961-2010.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Rabbi Ariella Graetz Bartuv

“My journey from Jerusalem to the Galilee – how different it is in peripheral life. Especially relations with Arabs, secular Jews, Municipality and Reform community aspects.” Sept. 3, 7 p.m. During a visit to Milwaukee, Rabbi Ariella Graetz Bartuv of Israel will speak about how the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism is continuing to make strides for Israel’s future while working to protect the achievements of the Reform movement in the past. The rabbi will also speak about how each of us, as American Jews, can help and engage in this mission actively. It is hoped that alongside the American Reform movement, Israel and the Jewish people as whole will create a more inclusive Jewish society, that is home to all Jews, both Israeli and diasporic, no matter what style they pray, according to event organizers. Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. 414-352-2970.

Federation Annual Meeting

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation invites the community to come together for its 2019 Annual Meeting. Sept. 3, reception 6:30-7:15 p.m., program 7:15-8:15 p.m. Held at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Free and open to all. Reception with desserts and wine (dietary laws observed). Co-chairs: Nancy Kennedy Barnett & Adam Butlein Greenspan. RSVP at or contact Ashleigh Lund at or 414-390-5741.

Sunday, Sept. 29

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.

Ongoing Health & Support

Alzheimer’s & 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, 3109 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, 3109 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.

NAMI – mental health

NAMI-Wisconsin resources and connecting points available at and

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.