Tuesday, Feb. 1
Virtual fine arts program
RUACH, a Milwaukee-based Jewish arts and music nonprofit organization, will present a virtual program called “A Journey Through Jewish Music with the Amernet String Quartet.” This virtual program will sample the spectrum of Jewish-related works and composers over the last 150 years, connecting the European Jewish experience with that of Jews of the Americas. The program will include compositions by Schulhoff, Gershwin and Krein and will feature “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” by Osvaldo Golijov. Will be available on-demand to the public through Sunday, Feb. 27. To view this program, visit RUACHMilwaukee.org.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Lessons from Tanakh
Learn about the modern lessons from the Tanakh. Co-taught in alternating sessions by an Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Hillel Brody of Yes Connections, and a Reform rabbi, Rabbi Shari Shamah of the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC. The course will use stories from across the Jewish tradition to examine how they offer guidelines and modern-day lessons concerning women in Torah, sibling relationships, family sagas, work, interpersonal relationships and understanding ourselves. Thursdays. 10 a.m. Contact Reva Fox, JCC Arts & Culture Director, at RFoxJCCMilwaukee.org.
Flamenco is a Spanish art form consisting of three parts: guitar playing (guitarra), song (cante), and dance (baile). The Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC’s Tapestry Arts & Ideas will explore the Jewish history and connections to this complex and beautiful art form. Featuring internationally acclaimed Flamenco artists Marija Temo and Kerensa DeMars. Feb. 3. 7:30 p.m. $18 for JCC members. $24 for community participants. Contact JCC Arts & Culture Director, Reva Fox at RFox@JCCMilwaukee.org for more information. JCCMilwaukee.org.
Sunday, Feb. 6
Berkson Blood Drive
Third Annual Debbie Carter Berkson Blood Drive. Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun will host an annual blood drive in loving memory of Debbie Berkson, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Debbie dedicated her life to helping others. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. A strict COVID-19 protocol will be in place. All donors must wear a mask. Feb. 6. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 2020 W. Brown Deer Rd. Call 877-232-4376 to make your appointment.
Sunday, Feb. 6
The Holocaust and Basketball
Hear the story of Ernie Grunfeld, who is the only player in NBA history whose parents survived the Holocaust, from son and author Dan Grunfeld of “By The Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, A Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream.” Feb. 6. 2p.m. Virtual program. More information at HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
The Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC’s Tapestry Arts & Ideas invites author Brad Aronson to talk about his book “HumanKind.” Aronson’s life changed in an instant when his wife was diagnosed with leukemia, and he started writing about the people who rescued his family from that dark time. “HumanKind” provides dozens of ways you can make a difference through the simplest words and deeds. Feb. 8. 7:30 p.m. Contact JCC Arts & Culture Director, Reva Fox at RFox@JCCMilwaukee.org for more information. JCCMilwaukee.org
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Japanese museum tour
Virtual visit to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee will virtually explore the Japanese American experience from the 1860s through the post-war era with an emphasis on the World War II incarceration experience. The program will be followed by testimony and Q&A time from a survivor of America’s concentration camps. Feb. 9. 12 p.m. Free for members. $10 for nonmembers. Accessible by Zoom Programs@JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.
The Story of Moses
Join a virtual discussion about the story of Moses in the Torah. All educators and community members are invited to join the LOMED cohort to explore this famous Jew. Feb. 9. 12 p.m. TziporahA@MIlwaukeeJewish.org.
Thursday, Feb. 10
The Shoah and soccer
Tune in to a conversation with Matthias Thoma, director of the Eintracht Museum in Frankfurt Germany about the history of Frankfurt’s premier soccer league club during World War II. The sports museum works today to address the soccer club’s Holocaust legacy through public education and programs. Thoma will explore how sports in general and his museum specifically work to combat contemporary antisemitism and bigotry. Presented in partnership with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. This program is presented as part of the Conference for Holocaust Education Centers through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Feb. 10 at 11a.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register at HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org.
Taste and Tradition
Join the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC’s popular Tapestry series “Taste and Tradition” led by Chef Michael Solovey, owner of Sage Harvest Cooking School. The chef’s pedagogy implements approachable science to help his participants understand why different cooking techniques render a variety of results in the kitchen and develop individual culinary instincts. The Feb. 10 session will focus on shakshuka. Thursdays. 5p.m. Prices vary. Key ingredients available for curbside pickup. JCCMilwaukee.org/Programs/Art-Ideas.
Friday, Feb. 11
Grandchildren of survivors
The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, invites grandchildren of survivors for a virtual coffee date to learn about a course that empowers them to tell the story of their grandparents. Grandchildren of Holocaust survivors will meet over the course of four weeks to learn to confidently share their family Holocaust experience. Participants from this program will connect with their family history, meet others with similar family stories, and explore how the Holocaust has shaped their lives, values, and perspectives. Once they are comfortable, participants will have the opportunity to share their family stories with students in the classroom. Feb. 11 at 9:30 a.m. Learn more at HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 16
Equity, diversity and inclusion
Educators from local Jewish schools will discuss Jewish Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the classroom. Class will be co-taught by Kai Gardner-Mishlove of Jewish Community Relations Council and Tzipi Altman-Shafer of the Coalition for Jewish Learning, both of Milwaukee Jewish Federation Feb. 16. 6:30 p.m. TziporahA@MIlwaukeeJewish.org.
Thursday, Feb. 17
New Exhibit: Japanese Americans
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, will unveil its newest exhibit “Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” that examines the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry. The accounts in this multimedia exhibition will illustrate the impact this action had on those who experienced it firsthand and the lasting repercussions on the generations that followed. Exhibit to feature imagery by noted American photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, works by incarcerated Japanese American artist Toyo Miyatake and artifacts from the Chicago-based Japanese American Committee collection. Feb. 17. 7 p.m. More information at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org
The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights will partner together to offer a virtual program about Black-Jewish relations in the 21st century. The program will feature Phillip Thompson, executive director of the Idaho Black History Museum. Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register at HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org.
Sunday, Feb. 20
Torah Academy Performance
The students of Torah Academy of Milwaukee (TAM) will perform “Can You Imagine That,” a presentation by women for women and girls. Feb. 20. Performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nancy Kendall Theater at Cardinal Stritch University. Patron tickets $54. Advance tickets: Adults $18, students $12. Tickets at the door: Adults $22, students $18. For more information, call TAM at 414-352-6789 or email TAMOffice@TorahAcademyMil.org.
Tuesday, March 1
Comedy for Peace
Milwaukee Jewish Federation will a lead a series of programs in March that initiate conversations across audiences and faith groups within the general Milwaukee community. The first of this series is an event where Muslim and Jewish stand-up comedians will come together to inspire audiences while making them laugh. March 1 at 7 p.m. Learn more at MilwaukeeJewish.org/IsraelinMilwaukee.
Thursday, March 3
Museum of the Jewish People
Join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee on a virtual tour of new building of ANU – Museum of the Jewish People. The tour will include one of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lace collars, a Sephardic megillat Esther from the 12th century, and a modern take on kapparot (or a customary atonement ritual practiced by some Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur). March 3 at 12p.m. Free for members. $10 for nonmembers. Accessible by Zoom. Programs@JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org. 414-390-5730. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.
Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun will launch a three-part series about environmental peace efforts in the Middle East. The guest speaker will be peace activist Dr. David Lehrer who will discuss how Israelis, Palestiniansand Jordanians are working together to build a more sustainable and peaceful Middle East. March 4 at 6:15 p.m.; March 5 at 9 a.m. and March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call CEEBJ at 414-228-7545 or visit CEEBJ.org for registration information.
Sunday, March 6
Salute to Jewish Educators
The Coalition for Jewish Learning will honor Milwaukee Jewish educators from all community schools. Find details about this annual event at MilwaukeeJewish.org/CJL.