Coming events, May 2021 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, May 2021


Saturday, May 1 

Sinai anniversaries 

Join Congregation Sinai in celebrating Sinai’s 65th and Rabbi David Cohen’s 25th anniversaries on Saturday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. The Fox Point congregation will also be honoring the Lubar family for their contributions to the Campaign for Tomorrow. 

Sunday, May 2 

Blood drive 

The Peltz Center for Jewish Life is honoring Zevi Silvers memory with a blood drive to help save (and extend) other peoples lives on May 2 at 10 a.m. at the Peltz Center for Jewish Life. This was started by Zevi in appreciation of the blood that he received so many times. For more information, go to 

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 this installation, on Sunday, May 2, at noon, you will join the Ashkenazi Levy family as they bake the Chocolate Pound Cake that Erez always had for his birthday. 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. Visit to register and for more information.  

Flights in Memory 

Flights in Memory of the Souls of Auschwitz will be held on May 2 at noon and feature will Major Gen. Elyezer Shkedy. Elyezer will share the story of his father’s survival of the Holocaust in Hungary and his instrumental role in a special IAF memorial fly-over Auschwitz in September 2003 in memory of those murdered at Auschwitz. This is a program put on by Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. To register, visit 

Monday, May 3 

Professor Gillian Roger 

A Tapestry initiative by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center features local university and arts professionals in a series of classes about the diversity of Jewish engagement in the arts. The session on Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m. will feature Prof. Gillian Roger of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School for the Arts. Find more info and register at  

Tuesday, May 4 

Buenos Aires 

The hub of Jewish life in Argentina is the AMIA – Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina in Buenos Aires. Join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee on May 4 at noon for a virtual tour highlighting the physical and historical significance of this Jewish Community Center and content from the exhibit, Sites to Remember and Honor, exploring the monuments and works of art dedicated to victims of the Holocaust, the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, and the 1994 bombing of the AMIA. Register at 

Letters in the Scroll 

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning will be hosting a virtual LOMED Book Club on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 pm. Join Tziporah Altman Shafer in a discussion of “Letters in the Scroll” by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have read the book. Email to register.  

Wednesday, May 5 

Antisemitism: How to respond 

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation invites 10th-12th graders and parents with children of all ages to participate in two virtual seminars that will empower participants to recognize and respond to antisemitism in productive ways. This free online training, developed by the Anti-Defamation League, will educate about antisemitism and bias, foster critical thinking about online activity, equip students to effectively respond to antisemitism. The parent session will be held on Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. and the teen session will be held on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Email Allison Hayden at to register for either or both.  

Thursday, May 6 


The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center brings you another year of fundraising at Kidshare on May 6 at 7 p.m. KidShare 2021 will support – and celebrate the success of – the Campaign for a Strong JCC, which supports JCC programs like camping, early childhood education, programs for individuals with special needs, and scholarship support for those who need it. For more information and to register, contact Micki Seinfeld at 

Sunday, May 9 

Mother’s Day Brunch 

Join the Peltz Center for Jewish Life in honoring the most important person in many of our lives, our mothers on May 9 at 11:30 a.m. This kosher brunch will be held in Oren’s Garden at the Peltz Center for Jewish Life. Contact with questions and to register.  

Thursday, May 13 

Hollywood Hates Hitler! 

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee welcomes Chris Yogerst for a virtual book talk about Hollywood Hates Hitler! on May 13 at noon. In September 1941, a handful of isolationist senators set out to tarnish Hollywood for warmongering, introducing a resolution aimed to limit both radio and film that “extensively used for propaganda purposes designed to influence the public mind in the direction of participation in the European War.” The immigrant moguls in Hollywood were acutely aware of the conditions in Europe. After Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), the gloves came off and a number of studios released films later targeted by the Senate. Join author of Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures,Chris Yogerst, as he examines the years leading up to and through the Senate Investigation into Motion Picture War Propaganda, detailing the isolationist senators’ relationship with the America First movement. Register at 


Koach is a Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center program that is designed for those ages 55+ to listen to musicians and various entertainment both local and worldwide. Don’t miss this performance by Keshena, a local non-profit United Performing Arts musician specializing in keyboard and singing on May 13 at 12:45 p.m. Contact Rachel Pressman at to be added to the Zoom list. 

Friday, May 14 

Lunch and Learn: Shavuot 

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Coalition for Jewish Learning will be hosting a virtual Lunch and Learn program about Shavuot on May 14 at noon. Join Tziporah Altman Shafer in discussing the holiday of Shavuot. Email to register.  

Social Justice Shabbat  

Join Congregation Sinai for Social Justice Shabbat with State Rep. Evan Goyke, who will be speaking on criminal justice reform in the Wisconsin legislature, on May 14 at 6 p.m. Evan Goyke is a state representative and attorney who represents a district on Milwaukee’s north side. He is a former public defender who was first elected to the assembly in 2012. For Zoom information, contact Jen Friedman at 

Sunday, May 16 

Fashion Metropolis Berlin 

Join author of ‘Fashion Metropolis Berlin,’ Uwe Westphal, as he brings to life Berlin’s fashionable past describing the rise and destruction of the Jewish fashion industry from 1836 to 1939 on Sunday, May 16, at 4 pm. Register at  

Wednesday, May 18 

Antisemitism: How to respond 

For teens. See May 5 

Sunday, May 23 

Teen Philanthropy ceremony  

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Teen Philanthropy Board as they award this year’s grant money to several deserving organizations on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Email Cait Schmidt at to receive the link. 

Chorale Concert 

The Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale for an online Chorale Concert, featuring solos and small ensembles on May 23. Time is to be determined, For virtual location and time visit 

Tuesday, May 25 

Make pretzels 

Cook with a chef! Join Katie and Matt Wessel, owners of Milwaukee Pretzel Company, as they take us though how to make homemade pretzel in twists and specialty za’atar pretzel challah on Tuesday, May 25, at 5 p.m. This is a Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center program, find more information at 

Thursday, May 27 

Diversity, equity 

Jewish Gospel, Anti-Racism and a Call for Justice in 2021.Join the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center for the Spring Luddy Lecture Series on Thursday, May 27, at 7:30 pm. Featuring guest speaker Yavilah McCoy, CEO of Dimensions Inc in Boston. McCoy is an educator, activist, and spiritual teacher who has spent the past 20 years partnering with the Jewish community to engage in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. To register visit