Coming events, October 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, October 2020

 Thursday, Oct. 1 

Israeli female Artists 

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center for its Israeli Female Artist Series on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. This is a threepart virtual exhibit experience showcasing the art of three women from Israel. They will share their work as well as what we can learn about Israels society from that work. The other two sessions will be on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29. Email Uria Roth at for the Zoom link.  

Tuesday, Oct. 6 

Sukkah Family Fest 

The Peltz Center for Jewish Life is hosting The Grand Sukkah Fest Experience on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. on its campus. The event will be modified to comply with social with social distancing guidelines.  

Israeli cooking class 

Join Hillel Milwaukee for an Israeli cooking class on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Email for the Zoom link.   

Wednesday, Oct. 7 

Sukkot and Simchat Torah 

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning for LOMED Lunch and Learn: Sukkot and Simchat Torah on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at noon. Email Tziporah Altman-Shafer at for the Zoom link.  

Thursday, Oct. 8 

Charlottesville conversation 

Critical conversation starter: Charlottesville and the case against white supremacy. Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Includes screening of the short film, Reawakening, by Alexandra Horowitz, in which rabbis and members of Charlottesville’s only synagogue voice responses to the 2017 Unite the Right rallies. Hear from Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, attorney Michael Bloch, and Reggie Jackson, co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners, for an overview of this landmark case and the broader fight against white supremacy, antisemitism, racism, and other forms of hate. Moderated by Hannah Rosenthal, who served as a Special Envoy and as the head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the Obama Administration, and as the former president and CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 

Friday, Oct. 9 

KOACH for 55+ 

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s KOACH program will be held Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. This program is designed for those ages 55+ to listen to musicians and various entertainment. There will be a second KOACH special on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Contact Rachel Pressman at to be added to the Zoom list. 

Monday, Oct. 12 

Sukkah take down 

Hillel Milwaukee is taking down their Sukkah on Monday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m. Email with any questions.  

Tuesday, Oct. 13 

Pantry clean u 

The Jewish Community Pantry is facilitating its second annual Pantry Cleanup on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.noon. With the use of Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful’s mobile tool shed, the pantry will be weeding, pruning bushes, and picking up garbage and recyclables. The goals are to instill pride in their space and our pantry block, enhance quality of life for our neighbors, and engage new community volunteers. If you are interested in joining the cleanup, contact Pantry Director Heidi Gould at 

Polish museum tour 

Virtual tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. You can join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee for Virtual Tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews at noon on Oct. 13. Warsaw’s renowned POLIN is a historical museum that presents the 1,000 years of Jewish life in the Polish lands. Opened in 2013 as a public-private partnership of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute, the City of Warsaw, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Museum sits within the boundaries of the Warsaw Ghetto. Join us for a virtual tour revealing unknown dimensions of the past, present, and the future of the city for its residents today. Followed by a Q & A session with expert members of POLIN’s staff. Email for the link.  

25 Years after Rabin 

Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center is holding an event to mark the 25th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. This will be a four-part series about the biggest conflicts in Israel’s society from 1995-2020. Session 1: the Jewish-Arab conflict. Session 2 (Oct. 27): Religious-Secular conflict. Session 3 (Nov. 10): Right vs. Left. Session 4 (Nov. 24): screening of the movie “Incitement” followed by Q&A with the director. Email Uria Roth at for the Zoom link.  

Book series 

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center will be holding a meeting of its Book Series on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Join Myla Goldberg (author of The Bee Season) for an in-depth discussion about her new book, Feast Your Eyes. Book included. For more information and the event link visit 

Wednesday, Oct. 14 

Tapestry baking class 

Join the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Tapestry for Taste and Tradition on Oct. 14 at 5pm. Cook with a chef. Online cooking experience with Anna Bakalinsky, president, and owner of Mila’s European Bakery. Mila realized at a young age the “strong sense of family roots and passion for baking business.” Key ingredients will be included with purchase and available for curbside pick-up at the JCC. The cost to participate is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Register at 

Expecting parents 

Expecting parents are invited to join the Young Leadership Division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Congregation Shalom for B’sha’ah Tovah on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This program is for expecting parents. B’shaah Tovah means “At a Good Time,” and we say this to expecting parents because it means that all good things will come at the right time. This will be a space where you can meet other expectant parents and talk with one another. The group will check in with families that are still expecting as well as those who have recently welcomed a new child into their home. Attend this virtual group by emailing Anna Goldstein at 

Sunday, Oct. 18 

Cemetery tour 

What Lies Beneath: A Virtual Tour of Milwaukee’s Greenwood Cemetery.Jewish Museum Milwaukee will host an event on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. Greenwood began as a German Jewish cemetery and continued that trend for fifty years. By the mid-1920s, other members of Milwaukee’s Jewish community chose to have their family burials at Greenwood. Many well-known names associated with the development of Milwaukee’s Jewish community are buried here. Join docent Paul Haubrich, professor emeritus at UW-Milwaukee and a former chair of the Board of Directors for the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association, for a virtual tour exploring the history of the cemetery, its architecture, and the lives of several individuals buried there. Email for the link. 

Love in Nazi Germany 

The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany Join the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation for a talk about the book, The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. A testament to the enduring vitality of music and love even in the harshest times, The Inextinguishable Symphony gives us a look at Holocaust history that has gone largely untold. This talk will take place on HERC’s Facebook Page.  

Wednesday Oct. 21 

Jewish Family Services meeting 

Jewish Family Services Annual Meeting. Jewish Family Services will hold its Annual Meeting on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Learn more about Jewish Family Services and our mission to nearly 2,500 individuals annually. 

Thursday, Oct. 22 

Israelis on U.S. elections 

The Milwaukee Jewish Federations Israel Center will host “What Israelis Really Think of American Elections on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.  Hear from Social Media Analyst Tal Been about how and what the Israelis are posting about the elections, who are they supporting, and how much they really know about American politics. Email Uria Roth at for the link. 

Lessons from Life  

Join the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Tapestry program for Lessons from Life on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. This concert is an online adaptation of Tapestry’s signature multi-dimensional performance. Lessons from Life is centered on the theme of joy and sadness. When we are feeling great joy, how do we share that joy? How does music help us express the joy of the moment? And likewise, if we are experiencing sadness, or even tragedy, how does the world nurture us? And, how does music help us find solace. Visit for more information. 

Friday, Oct. 23 

Jewish Film Festival  

The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival will start on Friday, Oct. 23. This year, the Festival will bring the best of Jewish filmmaking into your home. Watch films on your own schedule at home, then join them for scheduled Zoom film discussions with special guests. The festival will run from Oct. 23 – Nov. 5.  For more information visit

Sunday, Oct. 25 

Social Justice story time 

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee will host Rona Wolfe, master educator and creator of curricula around social justice, as she leads Social Justice Story Time in celebration of the exhibit, Luba Lukova: Designing Justice, on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. Each session will engage children of all ages in thoughtful discussions about important issues like racial justice, immigration, and the environment. We will also hear from representatives close to the issues, sharing their personal experiences. Email to receive the link. 

Tuesday, Oct. 27 

Encountering the Status Quo 

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee will host Encountering the Status Quo on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Join Dr. Margaret Schmitz to learn about the history of protest art and design and the impact this visual culture continues to make today. Explore the visualizations of resistance, and analyze shifting power dynamics and the ways artists, as well as designers, have, and still do, subvert the political status quo. Email for the Zoom link.  

Thursday, Oct. 29 

Professional development 

The Mequon Jewish Preschool will be hostIf Only the Eye Could Jump Over the Wall, on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Honoring Loris Malaguzzis 100th birthday, they will present this professional development opportunity for the first time in our area for educators, community members, and parents with Paola Strozzi, a teacher and Pedagogista from Reggio Emilia. For more information visit or call Rivkie Spalter at 262-242-5437.