Coming events March 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events March 2020

Sunday, March 1

Hamantasch bake

Hamantasch bake and face painting. Roll, shape and fill those three-cornered treats. Choose a delicious filling and decorate your own yummy hamantaschen. March 1, 1 p.m. Peltz Center for Jewish Life at 2233 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. 262-242-2235.

Mayor Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will be guest speaker at Temple Menorah’s Annual Winter Brunch on March 1. 10 a.m. Barrett will speak on the Democratic National Convention being held in the city of Milwaukee this summer, the new Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee’s streetcar “The Hop,” among other topics. For more information, call the Temple office at 414-355-1120 or email $13 for members and $17 for non-members.

Monday, March 2

Hidden Music of the Holocaust

Music composed by musicians who were victims of the Shoah. There will be a quartet of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians including Frank Almond, MSO concertmaster and Todd Levy, MSO principal clarinet. Part of the Nina and Sydney Widell Lecture Series. March 2, 7-9 p.m. Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Sponsored by the Jewish Home & Care Center Foundation. Free. Reservations are required. RSVP to Dedra Devereaux at or 414-721-9255.

Thursday, March 5

Mah Jongg Madness

Mah Jongg Madness returns! Congregation Shalom invites you to join them for an exciting evening filled with maj, prizes, food, friends and more. $10. 6:30-9 p.m. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. RSVP to 414-352-9288.

Saturday, March 7

BBYO Bash fundraiser

BBYO isn’t just for teens! Bust out your favorite concert attire and join them at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., 224 W. Bruce St. for a 21+ night of food, music and fun. Pat McCurdy performing. All proceeds go back to local teens. BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement and a Jewish community platform for reaching and inspiring post-b’nai mitzvah teens. Saturday, March 7, 7-10 p.m. $60 general admission. $30 for 30 and under. Includes one drink. 414-326-2808.

Sunday, March 8

BBYO Connect

BBYO Connect to attend Milwaukee Wave game. All Jewish 6th and 7th graders invited to join for an afternoon watching the Milwaukee Wave soccer team. Busing provided from Milwaukee Jewish Day School. March 8, 1-4 p.m. Contact to RSVP or for more information.

Monday, March 9

Purim Celebration

Celebrate dressed up with your Friendship Circle friends! March 9, 6 p.m. Free. Friendship Circle of Wisconsin, 8649 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. 414-755-5855.

Space alien debate

Join six Jewish aliens from Mars who plan to land at Central Faux Park in Milwaukee at 7 p.m., March 9. There, they will discuss how to get back home, and the six of them are expected to have at least seven opinions. It just so happens, by the way, that March 9 is the first night of Purim, when things are traditionally turned upside down, and this is nothing but a ridiculous and false entry in the calendar. Happy Purim!

March 10

Face painting at shul

Annual ASKT Purim Seudah and face painting and balloons, fun for all ages. March 10. 5:30 p.m. to RSVP and for more details. Contact Administrative Coordinator, Carrie, at

Thursday, March 12

Book launch

Book launch: “Diary of a Lonely Girl,” by Miriam Karpilove, translated by Jessica Kirzane.
March 12, 7 p.m. Kirzane, University of Chicago, discusses this Yiddish novel published just over a century ago. Karpilove’s work explores issues of consent, body autonomy, women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship and politics. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book, courtesy of Boswell Book Company, will be available for sale and signing by the translator. Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee.

Sunday, March 15

Interactive murder mystery

The year is 1933, the final year of Prohibition in America. In Europe, Hitler has just been elected chancellor of Germany. In Milwaukee, a pro-Nazi German American Bund is growing, much to the concern of local Jews. The Mob has tight control over the speakeasies in Milwaukee, but in Jake’s Speakeasy on Milwaukee’s east side the band plays on . . . until an ugly murder threatens the safety and security of Jake’s loyal patrons.  $100/person includes an immersive speakeasy environment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and one free drink ticket to the full bar. Supports Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC. Bugsy’s Back Alley Saloon, 218 N. Water St., Milwaukee. 414-964-4444. Can’t make the big event? Join an in-house performance on March 18, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. The same drama with light snacks. Wine and soft drinks available for purchase. JCC members $25. Community $30. Both events 7-9 p.m.

Bagels, lox and tefillin

Bagels, lox and tefillin! Infuse your month with an extra kick with a monthly wrap and delicious bagel breakfast. Join the guys of Young Jewish Professionals Milwaukee for tefillin and a traditional breakfast spread with all of the trimmings. Takes place on the third Sunday of every month. March 15, 10-11 a.m.  YJP Milwaukee, 3133 N Hackett Ave., Milwaukee.

Monday, March 16

Torah Academy banquet

Torah Academy of Milwaukee High School is holding a banquet honoring its first graduating class of 1995, with Beth Borsuk Meister, Chaya Cohen Tabor and Chagi Twerski Katz. Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Northwest Conference Center, 11600 W. Park Place. 6 p.m., March 16. $45-80. RSVP. Contact Trudy Farber, 352-6789.

Wednesday, March 18

ADL training

Anti-Defamation League’s trained facilitators will offer their Words to Action training, which focuses on building awareness among Jewish middle and high school students about classic antisemitic myths and stereotypes, and on developing strategies for responding to these forms of antisemitism. Separate trainings will be offered for 8th/9th grade students, for 10th-12th grade students, and for parents. Congregation Shalom, Fox Point, at 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. BBYO, 414-326-2808.

Thursday, March 19

55 and older

Get out and socialize with friends old and new while enjoying a delicious lunch and entertaining program designed for adults 55 and better. This month, KOACH will be held at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun on March 19 at noon with entertainment from the CEEBJ Band. $8. RSVPs required by the Monday prior. KOACH (ko’-akh) is a partnership of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Congregation Shalom, Congregation Sinai and Temple Menorah. Programs rotate monthly among the JCC and the synagogues. Contact Rachel Pressman at or 414-967-8258 to RSVP. Visit to learn more.

Wednesday, March 25

Shalom Baby Musical Morning

Shalom Baby Musical Morning with Jewish Beginnings, 10-11:30 a.m. Jewish Beginnings, 6401 Santa Monica Blvd. Free.. Join Shalom Baby and Jewish Beginnings for a musical morning — sing songs, play instruments and have fun with friends. RSVP by March 20. You may be asked to provide an ID upon entering the school. Shalom Baby is supported by the Tikkun Olam Shalom Baby Endowment Fund and the Nathan & Dolores Holman Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733 or for more information.  For more info about Jewish Beginnings contact Devorkie Shmotkin,

Thursday, March 26

Life and Death in Łódź

“Ghetto Chronicles Part II- Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto with author and historian Sam Kassow.” The Łódź Ghetto was the second-largest ghetto in Europe, and it survived until August 1944. The saga of the Łódź Ghetto is inseparable from the story of Chaim Rumkowski, whom the Nazis appointed as “The Elder of the Jews” in 1944 and who ruled the Ghetto with an iron hand until he perished in Auschwitz at the end of August 1944. Many Jews saw him as a vile and corrupt dictator while others grudgingly admired him for his determination to do whatever it took to gain time and save as many Jewish lives as possible. Join Sam Kassow, historian and author of “Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto,” for discussion. March 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. Museum members $6. Non-members $8. Book sale and signing will immediately follow the lecture. Co-sponsored by Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. Offered in connection with The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, through May 17, 2020.

Wednesday, April 8


Passover begins tonight.

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, 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.