What’s Nu, November 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

What’s Nu, November 2020


Senior housing availability  

JFS Housing has availability in its assisted living apartments in Brown Deer. 

The Deerwood Crossing Senior Residences are for those 55 and older. Available services include housekeeping, linen and laundry service, medication administration, assistance with dressing, bathing or grooming. The facility has 24-hour staff and an emergency call system. 

For more information, contact Stacy Bliss at 414-354 4700 or DeerWoodCrossing@ACCManagementGroup.com. 

Hadassah, other groups, ask for infertility stories 

NEW YORKA coalition of national Jewish organizations is inviting people to record family stories, however they define themselves and their families, through a mobile app. 

The request is, at least in part, to raise awareness of the emotional, physical and other challenges people face when dealing with infertility.   

Using Story Aperture, a mobile app developed by the Jewish Women’s Archive, women, men and nonbinary participants can record their stories, interview, or be interviewed by, friends and loved ones, according to a news release. A series of suggested questions helps guide users. More information is at Jwa.org/Stories.  

The project is a collaboration of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America; the Jewish Women’s Archive and Uprooted: A Jewish Communal Response to Fertility Journeys. 

According to a 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, 13 percent of women of reproductive age have trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. The numbers are higher among American Jews, according to the Jewish Fertility Foundation, with as many as one in six Jewish couples facing infertility, compared to one in eight for the general population. 

Marcus Promotions launches ArtsScene Magazine 

Marcus Promotions, publisher of Footlights programs for local performing arts groups, is launching a new arts publication on Jan. 1, according to a news release 

ArtsScene, a monthly magazine highlighting visual and performing artists, and arts groups, throughout the Greater Milwaukee and Madison areas, will launch on Jan 1. 

“We are thrilled to bring this magazine to the community,” said Ryan Albrechtson, who currently serves as Editor of Footlights, and will take on the role for ArtsScene, too. “After not writing much about the arts since March, I’m so excited to jump back in with our team and continue to share these stories in an even bigger way than before!” 

ArtsScene will start as a digital “flip” style book with links to videos, sites, sounds, and other mixed media content, and it could eventually expand into a print publication, according to the release. 

“Media coverage is sorely lacking in Southeast Wisconsin. The arts need a voice. There needs to be a place to go to find out what, when, where, and why. Enter stage right ArtsScene,” says Steve Marcus, President and Publisher of Footlights and ArtsScene 

ArtsScene will be e-mailed to patrons of the arts monthly and will also reside on Footlights.com. For more information, and to subscribe to the publication, visit Footlights.com/ArtsScene. 

Program helps teens become Israel experts 

The Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education is continuing to listen to the teachers and is holding its fourth Teen Israel Leadership Institute in November, with others in the months ahead. 

In partnership with the Emory University Institute for the Study for Modern Israel, the program will run over two Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15, in the afternoon. Applications from teens across the country are welcome, with space limited. Participants earn a certificate.  

Interactive, innovative and online, the sessions offer Jewish 10th- to 12th-graders educational activities and experiences that acquaint and deepen knowledge about Israel’s place in Jewish history and enable them to answer how Jews sought, made and are sustaining a state, according to a news release. Topics include Israel’s changing borders, the connection between Jewish identity and Israel, Israel in the media, Israeli culture and politics, and what to expect about Israel on college campuses. 

For more information, visit Israeled.org/Teens. Applications are due Nov. 5 by 8 p.m.; contact Teen Program Manager Michele Freesman at Michele.Freesman@IsraelEd.org. 

Madison Chabad provides dinner to hundreds 

Chabad provided a full brisket holiday dinner for 718 college students in Madison for Rosh Hashanah, according the organization. 

About 235 pounds of brisket were served. This even included accommodations for 76 vegetarians, 32 gluten free meals, and the 140 University of Wisconsin students under quarantine who needed delivery, according to Rabbi Mendel Matusof of the Rohr Chabad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Before the beginning of the holiday at nightfall, social distancing “pods” of students joined in on a Zoom to create a sense of community and unity, and to share with each other wishes for a happy new year, Matusof said.