Wednesday, Jan. 1
New Year’s dance party
New Year’s Day Israeli Dance Party. Join the Milwaukee Israeli Folk Dance Group to start off the year with three hours of Israeli circle dancing (they typically do not do partner or line dances) and some schmoozing. Bring a water bottle, your dancing shoes and your friends. This annual event has been going strong for over 10 years. Jan. 1,11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay.
Girls Challah Bake
Young Jewish Professionals Girls Challah Bake. It’s challah time! Join the ladies of Young Jewish Professionals Milwaukee as they knead, braid and connect. Learn a new twist on this age-old tradition. You will go home with your own handmade challah. Jan. 1. YJP Milwaukee, 3133 N. Hackett Ave. 7-9 p.m. 414-316-4643. Rabbilein@ChabadWi.org.
Sunday, Jan. 5
Mussar at MobCraft
Meet new friends, enjoy food and drink and study mussar with Rabbi Jenn Mangold. Mussar is a spiritual tradition that teaches one to pay attention to the spiritual traits of our soul as we follow the path of holy living. Hosted by Young Leadership Division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Jan. 5, 4-6 p.m. Free. Mobcraft, 505 S. 5th St., Milwaukee. Contact Anna Goldstein at AnnaG@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5733.
Saturday, Jan. 11
The Lego Mania Family Fun Night is Jan. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. 414-964-4444.
Sunday, Jan. 12
BBYO for 8th graders
All 8th graders are invited to join BBYO-Wisconsin Region, the teen youth group, for free for an afternoon at the new WhirlyBall facility in Brookfield (busses from/to North Shore) for recruitment kickoff. Jan. 12. Wisc@Bbyo.org or call 414-326-2808.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Israel Ride info session
The 2020 Israel Ride will be Oct. 27- Nov. 3, 2020. The bike ride is a beautiful way to see Israel, riding over the course of a week from Jerusalem to Eilat. This ride is a fundraiser for the Arava Institute, an organization of Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians studying together and finding solutions to environmental concerns in the region, while also learning each other’s narratives and building trust. Local organizers are holding an information session in Milwaukee on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the home of two alumni from last year. Cantor David Barash: CantorDavidBarash@Gmail.com. Israelride.org/event/israel-ride-in-milwaukee-wi/
Wednesday, Jan. 15
‘The Hate U Give’
“The Hate U Give” film and book will be discussed at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Come if you are interested in either! Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Tikkun Ha-Ir. There will be a discussion led by Tzipi Altman-Shafer, Jewish Education community planner of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Open to all. For teens and adults. Free. Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 414-963-2718. Tziporaha@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Friday, Jan. 17
Waukesha in Israel
Cantor Deborah Martin will lead the Jan. 17 Shabbat service from 7-8 p.m., followed by a travelogue and pictures of the recent trip to Israel by Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha congregants. The evening will conclude with a potluck oneg. Call 262-547-7180 for more information.
Monday, Jan. 20
Museum free for King Day
Celebrate the civil rights movement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s traveling exhibit, “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights.” On display for one day only. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in partnership with Milwaukee Museum Week, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, admission is free for residents of Milwaukee County. Allied in the Fight explores the partnership between Jewish and black leaders in confronting systematic racism in the United States. The exhibit addresses black-Jewish collaboration and the complicated nature of Jewish contributions to the civil rights movement. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
MJDS ED Talk
This Ed Talk will be on “Growing Healthy Brains: Applying Current Neuroscience to Parenting,” on Jan. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Milwaukee Jewish Day School, 6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd. These days, our culture seemingly is making it difficult for us to raise calm, flexible, patient and happy children. Clinical psychologist, Dr. Michael Mazius, will discuss how our children’s brains are structured, work and develop during their childhood and adolescent years and teach specific ways in which we, parents, from the start, can do right by our kids. Join MJDS for an hour of lively discussion and important information. For more information or to RSVP, contact Aaron Lippman, ALippman@Mjds.org. Responses are appreciated, but not required.
Saturday, Jan. 25
BBYO for new members
Interested in joining BBYO-Wisconsin Region teen youth group? 8th-12th graders who are thinking about joining are welcome to join the Mystery Bus Tour. You’ll get on a bus and visit each of the three chapters you are eligible to join – then, you get to pick your best fit. Jan. 25, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Wisc@Bbyo.org or call 414 326 2808.
Monday, Jan. 27
Free film screening of “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” and talkback with starting pitcher, Joey Wagman. Wagman helped secure the Israeli Olympic Baseball team in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m. Marcus North Shore Cinemas at 11700 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon. RSVP by Jan. 23. Allison Hayden, 414-390-5724.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Dance-a-thon for HIAS
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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.