National Council of Jewish Women celebrates anniversary, Bernstein, Avner
The National Council of Jewish Women – Milwaukee Section is continuing its 125th anniversary celebration with an Installation and Awards Program, to be held virtually on Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend. For more information, go to NcjwMke.org.
Andrea Bernstein, associate director of the local Jewish Community Relations Council, will receive the NCJW Milwaukee Section’s Hannah G. Solomon Award. This award is presented biannually to a person who has helped to change and expand the role of others in vital areas of community life, and whose leadership has motivated others to fight for change.
Bernstein has been a member of NCJW’s board for the past eight years, serving as co-president and president for four of those years. She has demonstrated her commitment to the ideals of NCJW through her work at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation with Hours Against Hate and Listening Library, according to a news release.
Sami Stein Avner will receive NCJW Milwaukee’s Barbara Stein Building Bridges Award. This award honors those who demonstrate talent and dedication in building links among different agencies, organizations and people. Avner has been a board member of NCJW for several years and is the executive director of Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee.
NCJW Milwaukee will present its emerging leader award to two of its up-and-coming section leaders, Genina Berger and Hope Liu, according to the release. Both women have been active board members, helping to develop, plan and execute programs.
Eiseman joins Mequon Jewish Preschool
Robyn Eiseman is the new Director of Engagement and Outreach at Mequon Jewish Preschool. Eiseman will connect with students and their families through event planning and projects and will lead the MJP Alumni group. Eiseman will also work on strengthening existing community partnerships and seeking new opportunities.
Eiseman is an MJP parent and was an early childhood educator and assistant director of MJP from 2003 to 2018.
Avner joins Congregation Shalom
Brian Avner will be the new director of congregational learning at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point. The position will be full time. Avner starts July 1.
American Airlines resumes Miami nonstop
After successfully flying the route this past winter, American Airlines is resuming its Saturday nonstop service between Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and Miami International Airport on June 5, 2021, according to an airport news release.
The flights will be offered every Saturday from June 5 to Aug. 14, 2021, and Nov. 13, 2021, to March 22, 2022.
Miami is American’s largest international gateway.
The flights will be operated with WiFi-equipped Embraer E-175 aircraft. The Milwaukee departure time to Miami will be 7 a.m., with a 7:45 p.m. return flight.
Get a bagel box for Mother’s Day
Ahava BBG, a girls’ chapter of BBYO–Wisconsin Region, will deliver bagels to local moms just before Mother’s Day.
On May 9, six bagels of your choice along with a tub of cream cheese, a flower, and other goodies from the community can be delivered to your door, to support the chapter. The cost, including delivery, is $14.
Place your order by May 1, 2021, at http://bit.ly/BAGELBOX21.
Contact Secundaij@Gmail.com for more information.
FEMA is reimbursing funeral expenses
The Federal Emergency Management Association is reimbursing some funeral expenses that are related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation, according to FEMA. For more information, call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number at 844-684-6333 or visit Fema.gov.
RUACH presents virtual violinist
RUACH, a Milwaukee-based Jewish arts and music organization, is presenting “Jewish Voices,” a high-quality virtual presentation by French violinist Arnaud Sussmann.
The presentation combines about 60 minutes of Holocaust-inspired recital with a brief personal and educational discussion based on Sussmann’s grandfather’s experience in the Shoah.
A live post-concert question and answer session with Sussmann will follow via Zoom. The presentation will premiere on Sunday, May 23, 2021, and will be available on-demand through Sunday, May 30, 2021. The Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation, Beth Israel Center in Madison, Congregation Shalom, Lake Park Synagogue, Mt. Sinai Congregation of Wausau, and the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center are co-sponsors of this program. Arnaud Sussmann is represented by Sarah Dinin, Director of the Milwaukee-based Dinin Arts Management & Consulting.
Sussmann has appeared with major orchestras including the American Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship, according to a news release. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener. His clear tone [is] a thing of awe-inspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.”
Sussmann’s “Jewish Voices” program will include works by Bloch, Schulhoff, Szymon Laks, Robert Dauber, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. “Serenade,” a featured piece, was written by Dauber