Coming events, August 2021 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, August 2021


Sunday, Aug. 1 

Jewish Food Festival 

The Jewish Food Festival, Aug.1-2, includes a lineup of local and out-of-state entertainers, interactive cultural booths, children’s activities, fun zone and food. The inaugural Jewish Food Festival was in 2019. For 2021, the event moves to a larger venue, Rotary Park. The 2nd Jewish Food Festival is expected to draw thousands of people from all walks of life together. Held two days, noon to 7 p.m., Rotary Park, 4100 Highland Road, Mequon. Organized by Peltz Center for Jewish Life.  

Monday, Aug. 2 

What the Rebbe Taught  

“What the Rebbe Taught Me: A Virtual Class” Taught by Rabbi Yisroel Lein via Facebook Live. Class on the innovation and teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Aug. 2. 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, Aug. 3 

Tanya for all 

“Tanya for Men and Women with Rabbi Cheski.” Explore Tanya, the foundational work of the Chabad movement. It enables us to better understand our spiritual selves and to more effectively embrace the everyday challenges we encounter in our relationship with G‑d and the world around us, according to Chabad. Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Rabbi Cheski @ 414-439-5041 or email Or contact The Shul Bayside at or 414-228-8000. 

Wednesday, Aug. 4 

A Modern Rabbi 

“A Modern Rabbi’s Approach to the Bible.” Held Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Facilitator Rabbi Jay Brickman, emeritus rabbi of Congregation Siani in Fox Point. Rabbi Brickman is a trained Jungian, a philosopher and a practitioner of Tai Chi. Contact 414-352-2970. 

Weekly Parsha Class 

“Exploring the Weekly Parsha Class with Rabbi Wes Kalmar.” Open to all levels. Every Wednesday from 10:15-11a.m. Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah (ASKT) congregation. 414-228-9296. Contact for zoom information or more information about the class. 

Grief Support Group  

Offering light and hope to those experiencing grief. These grief groups are offered weekly at noon Wednesdays via Zoom and are led by a highly skilled, culturally competent mental health clinician. In hourly sessions, participants learn how to accept the reality of their loss and are supported through the process of experiencing and acknowledging the physical, emotional and spiritual pain. Participants find a way to positively adjust to their new situation, learning new skills and reaching out to others for help. Free and open to the community, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual identity, gender identity, ethnic origin or ability. Facilitated by Judy Strauss, LPC, and co-facilitated by Liz Oettiker, a masters-level social work intern. For more information and to register for the group, contact Kat Blackwell at Jewish Family Services 414-225-1374, or email 

Thursday, Aug. 5 

Domestic Violence Survivors 

Jewish Family Services has been helping individuals who are experiencing intimate partner violence in our community for five years through our collaboration with Sojourner Family Peace Center. JFS is now offering a virtual educational/support group for women within the Jewish community who want to understand and get support in their own healing journey. This virtual support group will be confidential and will be using the Zoom platform to gather. These groups will be led by experts in the dynamics of unhealthy relationships. Next session on Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. Contact Jewish Family Services at 414-390-5800 or visit 

Book talk: Zhanna Slor 

Join Zhanna Slor, author of At the End of the World, Turn Left,” as she discusses her debut novel, a story about identity and how you define “home.” The book is set in Milwaukee’s eclectic Riverwest neighborhood. Slor will be interviewed by Mushka Lein, program coordinator at Chabad of the East Side. The book talk will be followed immediately by a book signing. This program is free and open to the public. Meet at Gordon Park Pavilion, 2828 N Humboldt Blvd, Milwaukee. Aug 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring your own chair or picnic blanket for seating. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is free. Restrooms are available. In connection with “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA,” an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Event is a partnership of Women’s Philanthropy, NextGen Milwaukee, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and Coalition for Jewish Learning, all of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. More info: Women’s Philanthropy,; Jewish Museum Milwaukee,; Coalition for Jewish Learning, 

Friday, Aug. 6 

Virtual Songs of Shabbat 

“Virtual Songs of Shabbat with Cantor Perper.” Aug. 6. 9 a.m. Access this event via Congregation Shalom’s Facebook page: Congregation Shalom, 414-352-9288. 

ReCharge and Renew Club 

This social club offers active individuals experiencing memory loss at an early age opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural events and interactive experiences. The program improves quality of life through social connections and community outings. It is the first model program in Wisconsin to serve individuals under the age of 65. Relax with coffee, overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan in the Rubenstein Family Kosher Oasis and art gallery. Participate in a Specialized Supportive Wellness Group. Learn stress and relaxation techniques. Engage in community outings, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s SPARK! program and participate in a meaningful support group. Upcoming session on Aug. 6, 10 a.m. The R&R Club is now meeting virtually, featuring a variety of guest entertainers, artists and presenters. For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Dawn Adler, or 414-277-8838. 

Caregiver Support Group  

A group specifically dedicated to those providing care and support for a loved one with dementia. The group supports emotional needs while minimizing anxiety and stress to encourage therapeutic calm, balance and connection. Virtual. For more information and zoom link contact. Aug. 6. 1:30 p.m. Ovation Communities. Dana Rubin-Winkelman, MSW, CAPSW. 414-721-9249 

Sunday, Aug. 8  

Water Park festival 

Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center Summer Festival. Happening at the Hy & Richard Smith JCC Water Park in Mequon. For members only. Aug. 8. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 414-964-4444. 

Intro to Judaism  

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid is offering an introduction to Judaism class. Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Call for more information. 414-352-7310. 

Wednesday, Aug. 11  

Musical evening 

Attend a performance by Maestro Israel Edelson of an original production, “Wandering SOULS, Wandering CANDLES: A True Story.” The production shares a personal and story of wandering and purpose. A film accompanies the live performance of Edelson, a pianist, as he performs his interpretations of the songs that inspired his journey – together reliving a story that will resonate with all of us who have “wandered” a day or two in our lives. Light buffet. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. at The Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road. Information at  

Thursday, Aug. 19 

Art lecture 

Join Raoul Deal, Senior Lecturer at the Peck School of the Arts and artist, for a presentation about the work and lives of some of artists who participated in arts programs. Relates to government support for the arts in Mexico and programs in the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, such as the Public Works of Art Program and the Federal Arts Project. Register to get access to the Zoom session. This program is free and open to the public. Aug. 19, 7 p.m. 414-390-5730. 

Friday, Aug. 20  

Young Shabbat Social 

Young Jewish Professionals of Milwaukee helps host Shabbat. This Shabbat, celebrate at home! Light up your Shabbat candles, say the kiddush, and enjoy Mushka’s challah and matzah ball soup. Email for a Shabbat Social delivery. Next monthly Shabbat is Aug. 20. 7 p.m. Also email if you are able to make deliveries: Young Jewish Professionals of Milwaukee. 414-316-4643. 

Saturday, Aug. 24 

Milwaukee Murals 

“Wall to Wall: How Mural Art is Changing MKE’s Cityscape.” By Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Mural in Milwaukee are changing the face of the city, representing color and stories that were previously untold. Join Stacey Williams-Ng, founder of Black Cat Alley, for a moderated panel discussion featuring three prominent local mural artists. Panelists include: Daisy Gertel, whose murals can be seen throughout Milwaukee including “Westown in Bloom” on Wisconsin Avenue; Reynaldo Hernandez, the creator of one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable murals, the “Mural of Peace” seen while driving Interstate 43; and Tia Richardson, creator of the “Sherman Park Rising” mural on Center Street. Register to get access to the Zoom session. This program is free and open to the public. In connection with Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – Sept. 5, 2021. Event is slated for Aug. 24, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. with Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Contact 414-390-5730. 

Thursday, Aug. 26 

Getting along 

“How to Talk to your Neighbor.” A workshop with One America Movement about how to have discussions and combat toxic polarization. Aug. 26. 7-8 p.m. For more information, contact Allison Hayden of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Milwaukee Jewish Federation at 414-390-5724 or 

Sunday, Sept. 5 

Greendale, New Deal town 

In one of the more obscure New Deal programs of the Great Depression, Greendale was designed by the U.S. government. Built in 1936 and designed as a midwestern town in both its physical character and social organization, its pioneer residents began moving into the village in May 1938. Join Greendale Historical Society to examine Greendale as an outgrowth of public policy. The story is told by Greendale’s first residents in their own words. Self-guided tour is designed to be walked but you can also drive and use the tour book for reference. Museum Members $10. Nonmembers $15. 
Historic Hose Tower, 5699 Parking St., Greendale. Free parking. In connection with Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – September 5, 2021. Event scheduled for Sept. 05, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Contact 414-390-5730. 

Monday, Sept. 6 

Erev Rosh Hashanah 

May you have a sweet new year!