Coming events, December 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, December 2020

Tuesday, Dec. 1 

Beginners Mah Jongg class  

Never played Mah Jongg and want to learn, especially before the cold winter months? Learn with the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center with classes beginning on Dec. 1. The experienced instructor will teach you the difference between bams, cracks, and dots, and show you how to make a hand in this live, interactive, online Mah Jongg Beginners class. Learn the basics and how to play skillfully online in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere, without having to leave your home. With a maximum of 4 people per class, you will be sure to get plenty of individualized attention so you can master the game. Join with a group of 4 or come individually and connect with others. Classes consist of four, two-hour sessions. Register at 

Pirkey Avot  

Bring your lunch and join a conversation about Pirkey Avot, the Ethics of the Fathers on Dec. 1 at noon. Pirkey Avot is filled with wonderful, practical wisdom. Come discuss these timeless ideas. Email for Zoom information.  

Wednesday, Dec. 2 

Chanukah virtual cooking class 

Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center will be hosting a Chanukah Virtual Cooking Demonstration with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Solomonov is best known for his famed Zahav restaurant in Pittsburgh. As we bake recipes such as Abe Fisher’s Potato Latkes, Roman Artichoke with Arugala and Olive Oil Poached Salmon, and Sfenj with Cinnamon Sugar, we will hear more about Chef Michael’s journey, inspiration, and connection to Israel. Email Uria Roth at for the registration link.   

YJP Challah Bake 

Join Young Jewish Professionals Milwaukee as they knead, braid, and connect on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Learn a new twist on this age-old tradition. RSVP to reserve your challah ingredient package! YJP will package the ingredients needed to create a traditional challah. Email for details and the zoom link.  

Thursday, Dec. 3 

Author: Jason Brian Rosenthal 

Join Jason Brian Rosenthal and the Harry and Rose Sampson Jewish Family Community Center for an author event on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Jason Brian Rosenthal will be discussing his book “My Wife Said You Wanted to Marry Me.” To register go to 

Art under communism  

“Art Under Communism: Unofficial Artists” with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee and Christine Evans on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Christine Evans, associate professor of History at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, will discuss the ways that official artists like Luba Lukova, creator of “Luba Lukova: Designing Justice” navigated around censorship in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere in the Eastern bloc, and learn more about what Lukova’s art and career can tell us about the history of socialist visual propaganda and unofficial art under communism. RSVP at 

Monday, Dec. 7 

Racial Justice Call to Action 

“Jewish Community Racial Justice Call to Action” by Tikkun Ha-Ir, with partner Edot: Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative, invites you to listen, learn and share as they present tools to begin this conversation on a personal and community level on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. To register, go to  

Wednesday, Dec. 9 

Cook with a chef 

Learn to cook like a chef, and just in time to create a special holiday meal for Chanukah. The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is partnering with Chef Scott and Beth Shully, owner of Shully’s Cuisine and Events, for this virtual cooking demonstration on Dec. 9 at 5pm. Key ingredients used in the demonstration will be included and available for curbside pick-up at the JCC. Cost is $10 for members, and $15 for community members. Register at 

Virtual game night 

Hillel Milwaukee will be hosting a virtual game night on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. that will benefit Milwaukees college students and young adults. The live virtual event will feature an auction, at home challenge games, and more. Register at and bring the connection home with your Hillel@Home Game Night participation box! Please call Hillel Milwaukee at 414-961-2010 or email at for more details or help registering.  

Thursday, Dec. 10  

Grand Menorah Lighting 

The Grand Menorah Lighting, hosted by The Shul and The Friendship Circle, will be held at Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. See Chanukah section, this edition.  

Friday, Dec. 11 

BBYO Global shabbat 

Join in as six BBYO regions come together on Friday, Dec. 11. This inter-regional gathering will celebrate coming together for Hannukah as well as finding joining to find a light in the dark. Email for more information. 
Sunday, Dec. 13 

Grand Menorah Parade 

Join the Parade of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. The parade will start in Mequon and proceed through River Hills, Glendale, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Milwaukee, Fox Point, and Bayside. The parade will conclude at the Shul in Bayside at approximately 3:30 p.m. followed by a short program and menorah lighting, with proper social distancing. There will be donuts and gelt at the lighting. To reserve your menorah, visit and for any further information, email Rabbi Avremi Schapiro at 

Tuesday, Dec. 15 

King David faces rebellion  

Join Rabbi Wes Kalmar for his Lunch and Learn on “King David Faces Rebellion”. The series is continuing Dec. 1, 8, and 15 via Zoom. Email for Zoom link and more information. 

Global Museum Passport 

Jewish Museum Milwaukee is presenting Global Museum Passport: Virtual Home Edition. Travel to exciting destinations and visit venues around the world from the comfort of your couch with Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s new online adventure series, ‘Global Museum Passport: Virtual Home Edition’. The edition on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 12 p.m. will feature a virtual tour of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Israel. Register at  

Wednesday, Dec. 16 

Critical Conversation Starters  

“Critical Conversation Starters: Milwaukee Civic Response Economic Recovery Team” with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Explore the collaboration between the mayor’s office and local non-profit organizations that established an Economic Recovery Team. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color, who were struggling to access fundamental needs. The Team will address their response to urgent issues surrounding education and technology, mental and physical health, food, housing and transportation. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to access the Zoom session. RSVP at 

Sunday, Dec. 20 

Social Justice Story Time  

“Social Justice Story Time: Loving our Earth, Protecting Our World” with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. Hear from Rona Wolfe, master educator and creator of curricula around social justice, as she leads Social Justice Story Time. Each session will engage children of all ages in thoughtful discussions about important issues like racial justice, immigration, and the environment. In December, children will learn about Loving Our Earth, Protecting Our World. Sponsored by Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, Tikkun Ha-Ir, Hours Against Hate and Milwaukee with Kids. In collaboration with PJ Library. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to access the Zoom session. RSVP at