Tuesday, March 2
The Countdown is a series of conversations led by Community Shaliach Uria Roth. This session will focus on political right for the fourth round of recent Israeli elections with anchor Lital Shemesh. Tuesday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Other upcoming events in this series are: “State, religion, and elections” on Monday, March 8 at noon and “The life of parliamentarians in Israel: Is it still worth it?” on Tuesday, March 16 at noon. Email UriaR@MilwaukeeJewish.org for the Zoom links.
“The Assignment,” a novel by local author Liza Wiemer, explores discrimination and antisemitism. Join a book discussion on March 2 at 7 p.m., led by the Coalition for Jewish Learning’s Jewish community education planner, Tzipi Altman-Shafer and by the author of the book, Liza Weimer. This is a LOMED (Learning Opportunity for Milwaukee Educators) program offered by the Coalition for Jewish Learning and in partnership with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. RSVP by emailing Tzipi Altman-Shafer at TziporahA@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Wednesday, March 3
Antisemitism audit update
The Jewish Community Relations Council will release the 2020 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Unpack the antisemitic trends in Wisconsin over the past year and discuss continued, communal response to combatting a further increase in incidents. Register at MilwaukeeJewish.org/2020Audit.
Thursday, March 4
The Shoah: Talking to kids
How to Talk to Your Kids about the Holocaust will be held on March 4 at 7 p.m., and feature Simone Schweber, Goodman Chair of Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This interactive workshop will combine 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 is a Jewish Museum Milwaukee program; register at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org/events.
Kiss Me Kosher
Milwaukee Jewish Film celebrates quality, diversity, and innovation of Jewish Filmmaking from around the world. Starting March 4, Milwaukee Jewish Film invites you to enjoy the viewing of “Kiss Me Kosher.” This program is in cooperation with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center, and will feature a talkback led by community Shiliach Uria Roth on Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m., where he will be joined by film Director Shirel Peleg and lead actress Moran Rosenblat, live from Israel. Access the film at JCCMilwaukee.org/Programs.
Sunday, March 7
In the Rabbi’s Study
Join Congregation Sinai for the “In the Rabbi’s Study” at 10 a.m. on March 7. Loosely modeled on PBS’s “In the Actor’s Studio,” Rabbi David Cohen interviews and converses with a series of thoughtful speakers. In this edition, a conversation with Rabbi Joel Alter of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid. Free. For the Zoom link, email Jen Friedman at JFriedman@CongregationSinai.org.
Tuesday, March 9
Lessons from Elie Wiesel
The 6th Annual Edie Adelman Political Awareness Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on March 9. This year’s theme is: Lessons from Elie Wiesel in Light of Today’s Challenges with Rabbi Burger. Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger, biographer and protege of Elie Wiesel, uses teachings and lessons learned from his mentor to help us make sense of challenging times. Co–sponsored by the Women’s Philanthropy, the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Free. Register at MilwaukeeJewish.org/Edie.
Sunday, March 14
The Rise of Antisemitism
Congregation Sinai’s Sinai Brotherhood Coffee welcomes Milwaukee Jewish Federation Jewish Community Relations Council Director Jenny Tasse for a discussion on The Rise in Antisemitism and White Nationalism at 10 a.m. on March 14 via Zoom. Her presentation will include a look at the local and national rise in antisemitism in recent years, coinciding with a resurgence in hate group activity. For the Zoom link, contact Jen Friedman at JFriedman@CongregationSinai.org.
Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism will be held at 2 p.m. on March 14 via Zoom. The featured speaker will be former white supremacist Christian Piccolini. This partnership program is presented by Boswell Book Company, Congregation Shalom and the Milwaukee Jewish Federations Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. Email KariA@MilwaukeeJewish.org for the link to RSVP.
Tuesday, March 16
Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy for a virtual cooking demonstration with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov at 7 p.m. on March 16. Michael Solomonov is best known for his famed Zahav restaurant, as well as several other Israeli eateries he co-owns in Philadelphia. Free. Register at MilwaukeeJewish.org/Solomonov.
Wednesday, March 17
Sam Kassow will join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on March 17 for a talk on World War II ghettos. Kassow is a historian and author of “Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto,” and will share his expertise about ghettos during World War II. The talk will center on the Łódź Ghetto, the centerpiece of JMM’s 2020 special exhibit ‘Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto,’ and will provide comparisons to Theresienstadt, the centerpiece of the current special exhibit, “To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly.” Register at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org/Events.
Sunday, March 21
‘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. Taste and smell have a strong bond with our memories. And for most of us, food means love. Each of the bereaved families from Sovev Kinneret will share their loved ones’ favorite foods as well as stories to commemorate them in the Taste of Memories cooking and baking sessions. On March 21 at 1 p.m., the Avitan family will cook the Yellow Kubbeh Soup that Adi loved eating every Friday. This series of cooking sessions is based on the recipe book “Taste of Memories.” Issued by Merkaz Tze’irim (Center for Young Adults) of the Lower Galilee Regional Council; it’s related to the memory of fallen soldiers from the Sovev Kinneret region. RSVP at MilwaukeeJewish.org/TasteofMemories.
Jews & Christians: Siblings
Join the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies for its spring 2021 public lecture, “Blood Brothers: Jews and Christians as Sibling Rivals” featuring Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Ph.D., at 3 p.m. on March 21. Burton is a professor of midrash & interreligious studies and director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Register at SHSST.edu/LuxCenter-eventsandnews/
Tuesday, March 23
Discuss a troubling book
“Book, book, book, book of Job, Job, Job.” Join Congregation Sinai and Rabbi Cohen for a deep dive into the Bible’s most arrestingly complex and troubling book, the Book of Job on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from March 23-April 27. What is the book really about? How did it end up in the Bible? What are we to make of a God who allows Job to suffer unjustly? For more information and to register visit CongregationSinai.org/events.
Cartoons as Commentary
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee presents Cartoons as Commentary: Phil Hands Explores the Work of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly on March 23 at 7 p.m. Phil Hands, editorial cartoonist for the Wisconsin State Journal, will discuss political cartooning and how Leskly’s drawings fit into the field. Hands will demonstrate how he draws easily identifiable political figures and crafts well-chosen text to create deeper meaning for the reader. Register at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org/events.
Wednesday, March 24
Taste and Traditions
The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s Tapestry’s Taste & Traditions series continues with chefs from Milwaukee restaurants offering their take on Jewish and Israeli cooking. This session will focus on Passover inspired dessert and take place on March 24 at 5 p.m. For each class, participants will receive a key ingredient available for curbside pick-up at the JCC and a list of additional ingredients needed. Expand your culinary repertoire and learn from some of the best chefs in Milwaukee. Find more information at JCCMilwaukee.org/programs.
‘Three Ordinary Girls’
Come and be inspired by “Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins and WWII Heroes” featuring award-winning historian and author Tim Brady at 7 p.m. on March 24. This partnership program is presented by Boswell Book Company and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. Email KariA@MilwaukeeJewish.org to register.
“Deconstructing White Supremacy” will be held at 7 p.m. on March 24. Guest speaker Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a leading expert in the connections between antisemitism and white nationalism, will examine this critical issue, accompanied by a conversation with Rabbi Dena Feingold of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha. This program is presented by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council. Email AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org for the Zoom link.
Tour Tucson Jewish museum
Explore the Tucson Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center alongside the Jewish Museum Milwaukee at noon on Tuesday, April 6. “Asylum/Asilo” weaves a dialogue from the personal histories of individuals who have fled horrific situations in their home countries only to face an asylum system on the US-Mexico border turned into chaos by the government’s own making. Paired with “Clamor in the Desert / Clamor en el Desierto,” a Sukkah installation by Argentina-based artist Mirta Kupferminc. Register at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org/Events.