Coming events, October 2019

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Second day of Rosh Hashanah

Shanah tovah!

Thursday, Oct. 3

Antisemitism as challenge

“Antisemitism as a Challenge to Our Society.” In a perspective based on his decades of fighting antisemitism both nationally and internationally, Dr. Mark Weitzman will discuss how a definition of antisemitism has become a powerful new tool in the fight against antisemitism and in creating new allies in this struggle. Weitzman serves as director of government affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is a past chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. Free and open to the public. Oct. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., Marquette University, David A. Straz Jr. Hall, Room 105, 1220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Co-sponsored by Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. For more information contact HERC at 414-963-2710.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Intergenerational Playgroup

Ovation Communities Intergenerational Playgroup to be held Oct. 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ovation Chai Point, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Moms, dads and their young children are invited to join for fun and conversation with senior residents. Older siblings are welcome. Snacks will be served. For questions and to RSVP contact Julie Shlensky, JShlensky@Ovation.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Erev Yom Kippur

May you be sealed in the book of life.

Thursday, Oct. 10

‘Survivor Glam Squad’

Ovation Communities is holding a survivor fashion show on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. The event is to be held at Ovation Jewish Home, Rubenstein Pavilion, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Volunteers are needed. You made it through the cancer fight – now it’s time to strut your stuff! No fashion experience necessary. Anyone who has been impacted by cancer is welcome to walk the runway. All you need is a smile and your best outfit. For more information contact Trish Cohn at TCohn@Ovation.org.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Erev Sukkot

Chag Sameach – have a joyous festival!

Holocaust Stories at Cathedral

Holocaust Stories at the Cathedral will feature Sam Peltz, a survivor who will tell his story. This program allows community members, both teenagers and adults, an opportunity to listen to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. Oct. 13, 10:10-11:10 a.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. Organized by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 414-963-2710.

CycleBar charity ride

The BBYO CycleBar charity ride is open to the public. It’s an indoor cycling event. All proceeds are to be donated. Contact BBYO for more information at Wisc@Bbyo.org. Oct. 13, 2-3 p.m. 414-326-2808.

Haunted Milwaukee tour

“Haunted MKE: A Forest Home Cemetery Tour.” Oct. 13. 2-3:30 p.m. Historic and other-worldly, Forest Home Cemetery is home to Milwaukee politicians, beer barons, many noted industrialists, department store magnates and American stage greats. Join a Forest Home volunteer historian for a haunted tour of Milwaukee’s priceless treasures. Organized by Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, in concert with its exhibit, “Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini.” Museum members $10. Non-members $17. Takes place at Forest Home Cemetery; sign up in advance. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Film: ‘After Auschwitz’

“After Auschwitz” (United States) (2017) Oct. 16, 7 p.m. This inspiring post-Holocaust documentary follows six extraordinary women – all survivors of Auschwitz – after the Holocaust as they begin to try to reconstruct their lives. 1 hour 23 minutes. Suitable for ages 14 to adult.  Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. Talkback following the film: Pnina Goldfarb, PhD. Free, 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.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Hookah in the Sukkah

Nosh and schmooze with new and old friends and learn about the significance of the harvest holiday of Sukkot that celebrates shelter. Homemade brewed beer, hookah in the sukkah and finger foods will be provided, along with a lulav and an etrog for you to shake! Free. Kosher options available upon advance request. Oct. 17. 7 p.m. RSVP by Oct 12. Sponsored by Young Leadership Division of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Young Adults at Sinai of Congregation Sinai in Fox Point. Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733. For more information about Young Adults at Sinai contact Brian Avner at 414-352-2970.

Sukkah Fest Family Celebration

Enjoy a full BBQ dinner, kraze maze slide, cotton candy, Atlantis club, giant games, moonwalk and tot town. The feature item will be the “Eliminator.” The Sukkah Fest Family Celebration is slated for Oct. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road. Organized by Chabad-Lubavitch. 262-242-2235.

Sunday, Oct 20

Meet the new shaliach

Sukkot Open House: Meet the new community shaliach. Uria Roth, an enthused sports fan who arrived in August of 2019 to serve as an emissary from Israel. The sabra, or native-born Israeli, will be here connecting with community and assisting Milwaukee Jewish Federation with assorted projects, for 2-3 years. The program is a collaboration of the Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Open house on Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m.at the Shlichut House. RSVP for address. Free. MilwuakeeJewish.org/IsraelinMilwaukee or Allison Hayden at AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5724.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Speaker: Justice Rebecca Dallet

Justice Rebecca Dallet, the newest female member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, will speak at Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. RSVPs are required by Oct. 15 to ceew_sisterhood@yahoo.com. Dallet will discuss the terrain that women face in the legal profession, including the decline of women in every aspect of the legal profession within a few years of graduating from law school; the lack of women partners and leaders in the legal profession; and her vision on how to improve gender diversity and female leadership in the law profession. Dallet, who is Jewish, was elected last year and became the sixth female justice to serve on the court, the highest percentage of female justices in the nation.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Stories of Jewish Poland

“Remembrance of Things Past: Keeping the Stories of Jewish Poland Alive.” In this joint presentation-performance Witek Dąbrowski and Leora Tec will present the work of Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN, a cultural institution and theatre dedicated to preserving the memory of the Jews of Lublin, Poland and staffed entirely by non-Jewish Poles. Oct. 24. 7-8:30 p.m. Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Contact the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation at 414-963-2710.

Friday, Oct. 25

Reform scholar

Reform scholar in residence, president emeritus of Union for Reform Judaism, Oct. 25-26. See page 24.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Free film: ‘The Other Story’

“The Other Story” (Sipur Aher)  (Israel) (2018), Oct. 27,  4 p.m. Nominated for five Israeli Oscars, this modern drama follows two rebellious young Israeli women – one fleeing hedonism for an ultra-orthodox lifestyle; one fleeing a religious upbringing for female empowerment – whose lives intersect with surprising consequences. In Hebrew with subtitles. 1 hr. 52 min.  Suitable for ages: 17 to adult. Presented in part through the support of the Sandy Hoffman Jewish Cultural Arts Fund and co-sponsored by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Talkback following the film: Uria Roth and Laurie Herman. Free at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org 414-967-8212.

Monday, Oct. 28

‘The World that We Knew’

“The World that We Knew” book discussion will be Oct. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. In the Glazer Board Room at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Alice Hoffman’s novel “The World that We Knew” tells how a Jewish mother in Berlin, desperate to save her child, enlists the help of a rabbi’s daughter to create a golem to take her daughter to safety in France. Blending fantasy elements with historical realism, Hoffman creates a beautiful, emotional story of young women trying to survive that will resonate with readers long after the final page. Join a book discussion led by Dr. Amy Shapiro. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Laurie Herman at 414-967-8212 or LHerman@JCCMilwaukee.org. Or contact the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, at 414-963-2710.

Tuesday, Oct 29

Economic Forum

Listen to straight talk about the economy at Economic Forum 2019, organized by Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on Oct. 29 at The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Keynote speaker: Jason Schenker, who was rated by Bloomberg News as a top economic forecaster in 42 categories. Panelists: Peggy Coakley, president and CEO of Coakley Brothers; and Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact Federation President & CEO Miryam Rosenzweig at 414-390-5707 or MiryamR@MilwaukeeJewish.org. For individual tickets, go to MilwaukeeJewish.org/EconomicForum after Oct. 11.

Interfaith Chorale Concert

The Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale will hold an Interfaith concert at Ovation Sarah Chudnow, 10995 N. Market St, Mequon. There is no charge for this event, all are welcome. Oct. 29, 7 pm. Visit MilwaukeeJewishCommunityChorale.org for more information about the Chorale.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Rabbi and nun share border experiences

“Faith & Action: A Rabbi and Nun at the US-Mexico Border.” Oct. 30, 7 p.m., free. Hear from Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz and Sister Norma Pimentel, who are faith-driven advocates for migrants at the Mexican border in Arizona and Texas. Moderated discussion followed by Q&A. Organized by the Catholic-Jewish Conference, a program of Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Council of Rabbis. Held at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. RSVP at MilwaukeeJewish.org/JCRC or call 414-390-5781.

Free film: ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’

“The Catcher Was a Spy”  (United States)  (2018)  Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Drama starring Paul Rudd about Jewish major league baseball player Moe Berg – known as “the brainiest man in baseball” – who went undercover as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services overseas in World War II. Note: This is not the documentary film that played in Milwaukee theatres. 1 hour 38 min. Ages 17 to Adult – Rated R. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. Talkback following the film: Mitch Nelles. Free at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC. Open to the entire community. For more information, contact Laurie Herman LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org 414-967-8212.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Lecture by Dr. Guy Stern

Lecture on Oct. 31, 7-8:15 p.m. With the help of a Jewish committee and a sympathetic consular official, Guy Stern was able to escape the horrors of Nazi Germany and reach the United States. After the outbreak of war he joined the U.S. Army and returned to Europe in time for the invasion of Normandy. He was trained in military intelligence. Stern, ultimately promoted to master sergeant, developed several new methods for obtaining the essential information. His team earned a unit decoration; Stern also earned the Bronze Star. Stern returned to the Normandy coast in 2017, 73 years after D-Day. Free and open to the public. Peltz Center for Jewish Life at 2233 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. For more information contact the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, at 414-963-2710. Co-sponsors: The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and The Peltz Center for Jewish Life.

Halloween Séance

“Linking Houdini: A Halloween Séance.” Houdini died on Halloween of 1926. Every year since his death, a séance has been held to see if he could cross the veil and prove the spiritual afterlife existed. This year, Jewish Museum Milwaukee will try to connect with Houdini in the state where he learned the literal tricks of his trade, and perhaps he will once again make an appearance! Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Members $20. Non-members $25. Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Jewish-Catholic book dialogue

Book Dialogue: “On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century” by Pope Francis and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Meaningful dialogue between members of different faith communities is an antidote to baseless misunderstanding and hatred. That is why the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies offers book dialogue Programs to not only educate the participants, but to also offer opportunities for Catholics and Jews to dialogue with a focus on books of interest to both faith communities. Nov. 3 from 2:30-4 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 812 N. Jackson St. Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, 414-529-6966.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Mandy Patinkin at the Riverside

Tony and Emmy award-winning performer to appear in concert. See story on page 24.