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 among 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, 2:30-4 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, 414-529-6966.
Film: ‘Why the Jews?’
“Why the Jews?” (Canada) (2018) Nov. 3, 1 p.m. Why have Jews accomplished so much – in the sciences, the arts, as doctors, lawyers, comedians, filmmakers, inventors, professors, journalists – in undo proportions to their numbers? Documentary looks at extraordinary contributions Jews have made to the world – and using some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, looks for answers. 52 minutes. Ages 12 to adult. Talkback following the film with Jody Hirsh. 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.
Israeli Falafel Night
Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, is once again having Israeli Falafel Night with Israeli chef Yaniv Swissa. He will be making his authentic falafel balls along with pita, Israeli salad, chumus and techina. Nov. 3. 5-7 p.m. 262-242-2235. Members: $16 per adult, $12 per child. Regular price: $18.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Mandy Patinkin at the Riverside
Tony and Emmy award-winning performer to appear in concert. See page 9.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Music for KOACH seniors
KOACH, a program for adults 65 and older, will be held on Nov. 7 at Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th Street, Milwaukee. Entertainment by Frogwater, the acoustic musical pairing of John and Susan Nicholson, musical ambassadors of “eclectic acoustic peoples’ music” spanning from Celtic to Delta blues, classical to pop with a healthy dose of unique original material in the mix. Lunch and/or program is $8. Lunch at noon. Reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 4. 414-967-8258. KOACH is a collaborative program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and congregations Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Emanu-El B’Ne Jeshurun, Shalom, Sinai and Temple Menorah.
Film: ‘My Dear Children’
“My Dear Children” (United States) (2017) Free film class Nov. 7, 7 p.m. How does a mother find the courage to send away her own children from danger? This documentary examines pogroms following the Russian Revolution of 1917, highlighting the story of a Jewish mother of 12 who wrote a first-hand account of why she sent some of her children away. Note: Includes graphic violent images. 1 hr. 10 min. Suitable for ages 16 to adult. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Talkback following the film with Dr. Amy Shapiro. Held at the JCC, 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.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Commemorate Kristallnact, the Nov. 9-10, 1938 pogrom. Organized by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Held at Ovation Jewish Home – Rubenstein Pavilion, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, 3 pm on Nov. 10. For more information, email Herc@MilwaukeeJewish.org or call 414-963-2710.
La Crosse Choral Concert
Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale to hold “Outreach Interfaith Choral Concert” in La Crosse. Cantor Brian Serle, spiritual leader at Sons Of Abraham Congregation in La Crosse is organizing this event. He will be singing and soloing with the Chorale. Other La Crosse faith communities will participate. This concert is made possible by a grant from a generous donor. Nov. 10, 5 p.m., reception follows. English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse. Contact Enid Bootzin Berkovits at 414-416-0580. MilwaukeeJewishCommunityChorale.org.
Monday, Nov. 11
Author Goldie Goldbloom
Talk with author of “On Division.” Orthodox/LGBTQ issues. See page 5.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
“Korczak” (Poland/Germany) (1990) Free film class. Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Drama brings to life the story of Jewish Holocaust hero Janusz Korczak – a famous Polish children’s author, physician and an innovator in the field of educational psychology. He is best known for the orphanage he ran for homeless children in the Warsaw Ghetto – and how he refused to desert the orphans when offered safe passage out of Poland during the Holocaust, perishing with them in Treblinka. In Polish and German with subtitles. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Ages 13 to adult. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Talkback following the film with Dr. Rachel Baum. Held at the JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. Contact: Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Thursday, Nov 14
Film class: ‘Regina’
‘Regina’ (Hungary) (2013) Discover the story of Regina Jonas – the first woman ever to be ordained as a rabbi – in 1930s Berlin. Jonas grew up in a traditional household and she led and counseled Jews in Theresienstadt before being killed in Auschwitz. Rachel Weisz narrates this documentary. In Hungarian, English and German with subtitles. 1 hour, 6 minutes. Suitable for ages 12 to adult. Talkback following the film: Rabbi Shari Shamah. Nov. 14, 1 p.m. Free. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. Contact: Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Comedian Ashley Blaker
Ashley Blaker, an internationally acclaimed Jewish comedian who performs stand-up worldwide and can be seen and heard on the BBC and on TV and radio across the world, will perform in the Milwaukee area on Nov. 16. According to The New York Times: “A slickly funny stand-up show. He is proof that even the most reverent enjoy a little irreverence.” Organized by Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the show will be held at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, at 7 pm. Tickets for $18 at MilwaukeeJewish.org/Blaker, or contact Allison at (414) 390-5724 or AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Sunday, Nov. 17
Seminar: Roosevelt, Jews
Holocaust Seminar: “Reflections on the Holocaust: Franklin Roosevelt, Immigration, and the Jews.” Nov. 17, 3-5 p.m. Program co-sponsored with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology at 7335 S. Lovers Lane Road, Franklin. Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. Lecture. by Dr. Tim Crain. 414-529-6966.
Monday, Nov. 18
Film: ‘Miss Rose White’
Free film class: “Miss Rose White” (United States) (1992). Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Sisters are separated and years later reunited after the Holocaust. One sister traveled with her father from Europe to America – one was left behind and survived the concentration camps. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Suitable for ages 12 to adult. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. Contact: Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the JCC. Talkback after film: Laurie Herman
Sunday, Nov. 24
Grandchildren and Jewish identity
Want to spend time telling your Jewish family story to your grandchildren with other grandparents and grandchildren? This is a year-long experience for grandparents and their 5-6th grade grandchildren to explore meaningful connections, family narratives and legacies around Jewish experiences. Meet the 2019 participants at this information session to learn more about the program and if it is a good fit for you and your grandchildren. Organized by the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and held at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, 1:30-3 pm on Nov. 24. RSVP at MilwaukeeJewish.org/IsraelInMilwaukee or contact Rabbi Hannah Wallick at 414-390-5764 or HannahW@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Monday, Nov. 25
Film: ‘Prosecuting Evil’
Free film class: “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” (Canada) (2018). Nov. 25, 7 p.m. At 98-years-old, feisty and articulate Ben Ferencz is the last surviving Nuremberg trial prosecutor. After the war, Ferencz dedicated his efforts to establish an International Criminal Court that would try “crimes against humanity”– which was revolutionary for its time. 1 hour, 22 min. Suitable for ages: 12 to adult. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the JCC. Talkback: Attorney Franklyn Gimbel. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Open to the entire community. Contact: Laurie Herman at LHerman@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8212.
Ongoing Health & Support
Alzheimer’s and dementia
Social engagement opportunities, support options and other information at Alz.org/Sewi/Helping_You.
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 AAMilwaukee.com.
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 AbcdBreastCancerSupport.org.
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 NamiGrm.org and NamiWisconsin.org.
North Shore Al-Anon
North Shore Al-Anon no longer holds weekly meetings, but if interested contact Gerald Melnick at MelnickGerald@gmail.com.
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. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.