Coming Events, January 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming Events, January 2020


Sunday, Jan. 3 

BURN training 

BURN is High Intensity Interval Training in a small group setting that focuses on delivering results and improving athletic abilities. Try this for free the week of Jan. 3-9, curtesy of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.  Test your heart rate, strength, and stamina with this 45-minute workout. All materials will be accessible online. Your registration includes access to any of the Zoom and in-person classes, pre/post fitness test, scans, two On Demand workouts per week, wellness course, and an in-home equipment pack. Visit for more information. 

Thursday, Jan. 7 

Ruth Messinger, social justice  

Jewish Work for Social Justice and Racial Equality: Our Responsibility to Engage with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Examine relevant texts, look into the root causes of the problems that are defining our era. Former President and CEO of American Jewish World Service Ruth Messinger considers with the audience what we can do and what next steps we can take. Sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid Social Action Committee, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Congregation Sinai, Susan Angel Miller, Tikkun Ha-Ir and 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 

Monday, Jan. 11 

Yemen’s Sephardi Community 

Virtual Tour of Yemen’s Sephardi Community with the Institute of Jewish Experience and Jewish Museum Milwaukee will be held on Jan. 11 at noon. Yemen has traditionally been seen as disconnected from overall Jewish history and the global Jewish community. The origins of the Yemenite Jewish community date to Biblical times and have remained there to this day. Explore Yemenite Jewish history and visit notable sites including the tomb of Rabbi Shalom Shabbazi in Taiz, the Jewish Quarter of Sana’a, and more. Museum members free. Nonmembers $10. Registration is required to access the Zoom session. RSVP at 

Tuesday, Jan. 12 

Tapestry Author Event 

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Tapestry will host an author event with Ian Michael Black on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Ian Michael Black is the author of A Better Man. Author events are free with advance registration, and books are available prior to event for curbside pick-up at the JCC. Register at  

Art for Lil Ones 

Join instructor Andes Hernandez and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center for Art for Lil Ones at Home at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays starting on Jan. 12. Classes will be held every Tuesday until Feb. 16. You will explore all forms of art; painting, watercolor, paper, and clay.  Children will learn how to use their fine motor skills to grow and develop as an artist.  All supplies are provided via curbside pickup at the JCC.  For ages 18 months-3 years. Six Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16. For more information and to register visit  

Lego Winter Wonderland 

Don’t let your children get stir crazy this winter, let them use their creativity with the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Lego Winter Wonderland at Home! This is a two-part event that will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Jan. 19. Children will learn to create winter themed projects and start thinking about how they can free-build Legos by using a theme.  For K4 through1st grade students. For more information, visit  

On Broadway 

Experience Milwaukee Jewish Film – On Broadway with the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Streaming from Jan. 12-14, with a Zoom talkback on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theater coming back from the brink thanks to innovative work, inclusion, and an uneasy balance between art and commerce. A hurly burly ride down the main street of American show business. For more information, visit  

Wednesday, Jan. 13 

LOMED Book Club 

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning’s LOMED Book Club will be discussing “Lost at School” by Ross Greene on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome for this book club, discussing how to approach the emotional needs of children in the classroom. Please feel free to come even if you haven’t read the book. Email Tziporah Altman-Shafer for the link: 

Sunday, Jan. 17 

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself 

Learn how to love thy neighbor as thyself in a time of division on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. with Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha. Cantor Martin will take from Jewish texts and discuss how they reflect on today’s times and how we can come together during this time of divisiveness. Contact Cantor Martin by Jan 10 to sign up for this class: or 608698-4363. 

Monday, Jan. 18 

Dining for adults 

An evening of dining for adults. Enjoy a gourmet dinner with the culinary inspirations of award-winning Chef Greg Abbate. There will be a dinner on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Peltz Center for Jewish Life. $35 per person. $60 per couple. Limited seating. Reservations required, visit to register. 

Tuesday, Jan. 19 

Tribute to Bob Dylan 

Get ready to rock out with Trapper Schoepp’s Acoustic Tribute to Bob Dylan on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. In 2019, Trapper Schoepp published a song with Bob Dylan called “On, Wisconsin,” making him the youngest musician to share a co-writing credit with the Nobel Prize Winner. Join Trapper and his brother, Tanner Schoepp, as they sing “On, Wisconsin” and other Dylan classics from Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s atrium to celebrate the closing of our current special exhibit Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan. Ways to Watch: Look for the video premiere on Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s Facebook page or on Trapper Schoepp’s Facebook page at 7 PM. 

Wednesday, Jan. 20 

Versiti Blood Drive  

The Versiti Blood Drive will be on Jan. 20 from 1-6 p.m. at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. They are partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin for a blood drive. Your donation ensures that they have enough blood to meet demand in our communities. To help manage social distancing, it is recommended that all donors schedule an appointment. Visit for more information. 

Sunday, Jan. 24  

Exploring Judaism  

Exploring Judaism is a four-part introduction to Jewish worship, text and culture. It will be held on Sundays from 3-5 p.m., on Jan. 24 and 31, Feb. 7 and 14, and is hosted by Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha. This class is for Jews and non-Jews who would like to learn more about Judaism and Jewish thought. Contact Cantor Martin by Jan. 15 to sign up for this class: or 608698-4363.  

Tuesday, Jan. 26 

Broadway Jazz  

Listen to Broadway Jazz with the Milwaukee Jazz Institute Quartet and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Guitarist Paul Silbergleit, pianist Mark Davis, bassist Jeff Hamann, and drummer Dave Bayles will perform jazz renditions of songs by the brilliant Jewish American composers who wrote extensively for Broadway musicals. This concert is possible thanks to the caring support of Bruce Weiss and Melinda Steffey. For more information visit 

Wednesday, Jan. 27 

LOMED Lunch & Learn: Tu Bshvat 

Bring a lunch and join a discussion about the Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat (the day of the trees) on Jan. 27 from 12 – 1 p.m. via Zoom with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning. Email Tziporah Altman-Shafer for the link: 

How our Government Segregated America  

Join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee for “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” on Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. Listen in as Richard Rothstein and Lila Corwin Berman discuss contemporary racial segregation across the United States. The panelists will dig into the history of public housing projects, suburbanization, and the actions of the federal housing administration and then interrogate the racial segregation and income gap in America today as a byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal levels. Presented by The National Museum of American Jewish History in partnership with The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and Temple BZBI. Ways to Watch: Look for the LIVE post on The National Museum of American Jewish History’s Facebook page at 5 p.m.