Coming events, February 2021 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, February 2021

Monday, Feb. 1 

Baum examines Broadway 

Tapestry U will feature Dr. Rachel Baum, deputy director of the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. Broadway musicals can make us laugh and cry; they can make our hearts soar. They also have allowed Jews and other minorities to explore important issues of race and diversity. In this interactive lecture, Dr. Rachel Baum will look at classic Broadway musicals through today’s concerns for inclusion, appropriation, and voice, highlighting that underneath the catchy songs and enthralling dance, Broadway musicals shape the stories we tell about ourselves and each other. This is a Harry and Rose Sampon Family Jewish Community Center Tapestry program. Visit to register.  

Virtual mission to D.C. 

Join Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Jewish Federations of North America for the first-ever national Jewish Virtual Mission to Washington on Feb. 1 and 2. Communities across the United States will virtually meet with members of the new administration and bipartisan Congressional leaders to advocate for the priorities of the Jewish community. Participants will have the opportunity to fight antisemitism, ensure a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, make the case for government resources to keep communal institutions flourishing and provide for the vulnerable, such as Holocaust survivors. Email Cait Schmidt at to register.  

Tuesday, Feb. 2 

Book Talk: Helen Epstein  

At noon n Feb. 2, join Jewish Museum Milwaukee for its virtual book talk with Helen Epstein on the book about her mother, “Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival.” It is an engrossing memoir of a spirited and glamorous young fashion designer who survived World War ll. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to access the Zoom session. RSVP at 

JCC Men’s Club 

Men’s Club is a group for active semi-retired and retired men who enjoy discussing political, religious and current events. Join in via Zoom at 1 p.m. each Tuesday. The meeting on Feb. 2 will feature Meghan Haase, Alliance for American Manufacturing, talking about strengthening U.S. manufacturing by labor and management. If you would like more information, to become a member of the JCC Men’s Club group, or to do a trial run of the Men’s Club talks contact 

Thursday, Feb. 4 

Camp diary 

The Secret World War II Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen will be taking place via Zoom on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Author and Attorney Timothy Boyce will explain who Odd Nansen was, why he was arrested, why he wrote the diary, how he preserved it and why the diary is as important today as it was when it was first written. Presented in partnership with Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. For further information contact Kari Altman at or 414-963-2716. 

Sunday, Feb. 7 

In the Rabbi’s Study 

Rabbi Cohen will be interviewing Cantor Tamar Havilio for this segment of “In the Rabbi’s Study” on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. “In the Rabbi’s Study” is a program that is loosely modeled on PBS’s “In the Actor’s Studio” and created by Congregation Sinai. Tune in to hear Havilio discuss her journey since leaving Milwaukee. Email to register.  

Monday, Feb. 8 

Virtual Water Tours  

The Jewish National Fund will be hosting a Virtual Water Tour from Feb. 8-11. Out of necessity, Israel has been a pioneer and has become a leader in water management. Israel supplies 70% of its annual water requirements and 80% of its annual drinking water requirements (160 billion gallons) from desalinated water. Israel is also the world leader in using recycled water.Learn more about Israel’s water as well as this event at 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 

Yad Vashem’s art  

With more than 12,000 works, the Yad Vashem art collection is the most comprehensive collection of Holocaust art in the world. Come along with Jewish Museum Milwaukee to explore art produced during the Holocaust and discover the incredible stories of persecuted artists who risked their lives in order to leave a trace for posterity in a virtual tour of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust art collection on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at noon. Survey a selection of highlights from the Yad Vashem art collection with Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg, Curator & Art Department Director, Museums Division of Yad Vashem in Israel. Go to to RSVP. 

Sunday, Feb. 14 

Dora’s Story 

Making Connections: Dora’s story will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, at noon. Elaine Culbertson will share the courageous story of her mother Dora, a Holocaust survivor, before, during and after the war. Presented in partnership with Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Partnership 2Gether of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. For further information, contact Allison Hayden at or 414-390-5724.  

Wednesday, Feb. 17  

Taste and Tradition 

In this edition of Taste and Tradition, put on by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, you will learn to make grilled cheese and tomato soup with the Soup Market on February 17 at 5 p.m. Key ingredient provided via curbside pickup. Visit to register. 

Thursday, Feb. 18 

Art of Lichtblau-Leskly 

Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee for the virtual opening preview of To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. During this event, they will explore Erich Litchblau-Leskly’s life, work and legacy with his daughter, Mira Oren, through a virtual presentation from her home in London. They will also celebrate the culture of Leskly’s native Czechoslovakia with a musical performance highlighting the country’s rich classical composing traditions. Go to to RSVP.  

Theater by Hirsh 

Playhouse J: Reunions: A Pandemic Trilogy will be held on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. This world premiere of an evening of live theater by Jody Hirsh chronicles the Covid-19 pandemic in our own time featuring a trilogy of short plays about Pandemic reunions: A young couple renews their friendship while searching for yeast during the buildup to the COVID-19 lockdown, Elijah the prophet visits a divorcee’s solitary Seder during the lockdown itself, and years after the pandemic, an elderly father reunites with his estranged son. Partially funded by Dr. Steven & Rusti Moffic. This is a Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center program, visit to register. 

Sunday, Feb. 21 

The Nazi Hunter 

Simon Wiesenthal’’s granddaughter, Dr. Racheli Kreisberg, will share The Story of the Nazi Hunter on Feb. 21 at noon. Featuring a special introduction by Alison Pure-Slovin, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Midwest Region, who will share the work of Simon Wiesenthal and the legacy he left the world. Presented in partnership with Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Simon Wiesenthal Center, Midwest Region. Dr. contact Kari Altman at or 414-963-2716. 

Jewish Holidays Class 

Jewish Holidays Class, put on by Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, will give an in-depth explanation of the holidays on Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. It will also discuss how interfaith families or converts to Judaism can enjoy the holidays in their homes and/or with their relatives. Free to CEEW members; $10 for non-members. Contact Cantor Martin by Feb. 15 to sign up for this class: or 608698-4363. Checks should be made out to Deborah Martin and sent to Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, 830 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188.  

Jewish Film & Talkback  

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Tapestry program presents Milwaukee Jewish Film: Six Minutes to Midnight’ and talkback. The movie will stream on Eventive from Feb. 21-23 and the talkback will be on Feb. 23. 7:30 p.m. Six Minutes To Midnight is inspired by the real Augusta Victoria College for Girls, which was located on the south coast of England in Bexhill on the Sea, that taught German girls throughout the 1930s and  closed at the outbreak of World War II. The school was run on Nazi ideals throughout Hitler’s governance. The film uses the history of this school as a springboard for a beautifully filmed, superbly acted fictional thriller. Visit to register. 

Tuesday, Feb. 23 

Purim Lunch and Learn 

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning for their LOMED Lunch & Learn about the holiday of Purim on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at noon. Email Tziporah Altman Shafer at for the Zoom link.  

Sunday, Feb. 28  

Salute to Jewish Educators  

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning will be celebrating Jewish educators in the community, a “Salute to Jewish Educators. On Feb. 28, it will be premiering a related video. Visit 

Taste of Memories 

Parternship2Gether Sovev Kinneret, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and St. Paul Jewish Federation present a cooking and commemoration series called Taste of Memories. In the Feb. 28 edition, they will feature Niran’s Semolina Dumplings. Visit to register for the noon program and get the recipe.  

Thursday, March 4 

Talk to kids on the Shoah 

Join Simone Schweber, Chair of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. for an interactive workshop that combines pair-and-share, small-group work and lecture to figure out how to talk to young kids about the Holocaust and other difficult topics. This event is being put on by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, RSVP at   

Sunday, March 7 

Torah Academy musical 

Torah Academy of Milwaukee is offering a March 7 musical review for women and girls at 2 p.m. It will have a 2002-2020 playlist. This is TAMs annual production, meeting the COVID-19 challenge by using stateoftheart technology to produce a virtual performance. Scenes from each of the past 15 TAM Productions will be included with a song from each production, featuring current students. $12 per person. $36 family maximum. Enjoy from your own home.  Contact TAM at for link information.