Coming events, August 2022 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, August 2022

Monday, Aug. 1 

The Fight to Vote 

The National Council of Jewish Women – Milwaukee Section and Movement Voter Project will present an Advocacy Movie Night, featuring an outdoor screening of the filmSuppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote.” There will be opportunities to connect with local grassroots groups who are organizing volunteer opportunities to enable more voting access. Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Rain date of Tuesday, Aug. 2. Private residence. Register at 

Tuesday, Aug. 2 

Maestro lecture  

Presented by Tapestry Arts & Ideas at the JCC, Maestro George Stelluto will discuss the influence of Jewish composers – such as Ernest Bloch and Leonard Bernstein – and their impact on the evolution of Western art music, as well as how we can achieve true diversity, equity and inclusion in the art music world. Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Contact JCC Arts & Culture Director Reva Fox at for more information. 

Wednesday, Aug. 3 

Touch a truck  

A fun, family-friendly event where the young and young at heart have a chance to touch, sit in and learn about these large trucks and heavy-duty machinery they see throughout their community. Aug. 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Call (414) 967-8258 or email Rachel Pressman at for more information.   

Jews and India 

The ancient Bene-Israel community in India dates back 2,000 years. Hear about their story and place within the larger narrative of Jewish migration to, residence within, and emigration from India — largely to Israel. With scholar, author and Georgetown University Professor Ori Z. Soltes. Explore the history of Jewish India, connecting the chronicle of the Bene-Israel with Siona Benjamin, an award-winning artist from within that diminishing community. Presentation followed by book signing of “Growing Up Jewish in India.” In connection with “Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – Sept. 25, 2022. Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Museum members $5. Nonmembers $10. 414-390-5730. 

Tuesday, Aug. 9 

Federation Annual Meeting 

Join Milwaukee Jewish Federation for its 2022 Annual Meeting honoring Mark Brickman with the inaugural Distinguished Leadership Award. Dessert and wine reception included (dietary laws observed). Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. RSVP by Aug. 2. Register at  

Wednesday, Aug. 10 

Moving history forward 

“The Torah of Zion: Moving History Forward.” ASKT will host its 2022 Annual Event, honoring Hollie and Armin Nankin, Joel and Chana Eckhardt and Young Leadership Awardees, Mara and Matt Kleiman. Featured speaker is Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University, who will present on “YU the basketball powerhouse, the State of Israel and the Responsibility of Being Chosen.” Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at 

Ukranian newcomers 

Milwaukee Jewish Federation is hosting a webinar on how to assist Ukrainians, fleeing war, who come to Wisconsin. Here’s how you can get involved. Included will be a brief overview of the Ukrainians who have applied to enter the U.S., how to formally sponsor newcomers and how to start a Welcome Circle. Speakers from Jewish Family Services, HIAS and the Jewish Federations of North America are slated to participate. Noon-1 p.m., Aug. 10.  

Thursday, Aug. 11 

Maxwell Street Klezmer 

A Trio of the Maxwell Street Band: Enjoy a program designed for adults 55+ and socialize with friends old and new. This is an online program, part of the JCC Koach program. Free with lunch options for $8. Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. Call the KOACH hotline at (414)-967-8258 or email Rachel Pressman at 

Friday, Aug. 12 

Shalom Summer Music  

Join Congregation Shalom for its summer music series featuring Yaniv Dinur. Yaniv is the 2019 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow, resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the music director of the New Medford Symphony Orchestra. Joining Yaniv will be Peter J. Thomas, cellist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, adjunct cello faculty at Carthage College and the co-founder of MusiConnect. Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Learn more at 

Sunday, Aug. 14 

Jewish Food Festival 2022 

The Peltz Center for Jewish Life will host the 4th Annual Jewish Food Festival that unites the community in the greater Mequon area by sharing cultural and ethnic foods. This year’s festival will feature a new lineup of local entertainers, more activities and a fun zone for children. Aug. 14 and 15 from 12-7 p.m. Rotary Park, 4100 Highland Rd., Mequon. Learn more at  

Wednesday, Aug. 17 

Back to School training 

The Coalition for Jewish Learning will offer a back-to-school professional development workshop for teachers from all Jewish community schools through the LOMED (Learning Opportunities for Milwaukee Educators) program. Aug. 17. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Program starts at 6 p.m. To learn more, contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Jewish Education Community Planner at 414-963-2718. 

Thursday, Aug. 18 

Ravinia field trip 

Ravinia Outdoor Amphitheater Field Trip. Join the Tapestry Arts & Ideas at the JCC to enjoy an evening of music at the beautiful Ravinia outdoor amphitheater in Highland Park, Ill. The evening will start with a private lecture with Maestro George Stelluto followed by a concert with world-renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Transportation to and from Ravinia, dinner, and admission fees are included in price. JCC Member $175. Community Participant $185. Adults ages 18+. Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. Contact Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC Arts & Culture Director Reva Fox at for more information. 

Sunday, Aug. 21 


Pedal for a cause that empowers a community of love, support and belonging for children and individuals with special needs at the Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. Cyclists will bike from Fox Point to Door County in two days. Minimum fundraising requirements. Transportation, bike rental and gear are the responsibility of the biker. Learn more about how to participate at or  

UMatter Gala 

Join the Friendship Circle of Wisconsin and local teens for the UMatter Gala featuring guest speaker Pamela Rae Schuller. UMatter is a once-a-month support group where teens express themselves and talk about mental health without judgement as well as receive support from other teens. Aug. 21 from 6-8 p.m. Register to attend at or call 414-755-5855.   

Thursday, Aug. 25 

‘Blue Like Me’ 

Join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee and America’s Black Holocaust Museum for a screening of the film “Blue Like Me.”  This documentary profiles Indian American artist Siona Benjamin who was raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India. “Blue Like Me” travels with Benjamin to Mumbai, revisiting the Bene Israel Jews portrayed in her recent Fulbright project. This event includes a post-screening conversation with Chelsea Cross, a consultant with Crossroad Solutions, member of the Board of Directors of Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee, Milwaukee’s point person for Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity and Racial Justice Collaborative, and Nirmal Raja, an interdisciplinary artist, mentor for the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, recipient of the Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year 2022 award from the Milwaukee Arts Board. They will discuss themes explored in the film including issues of identity, gender, and notions of inclusion and exclusion. Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Free for JMM & ABHM Members. Nonmembers $10. 414-390-5730. 

Sunday, Aug. 28 

Back to School BBQ 

Mequon Jewish Preschool will hold a back-to-school BBQ before the first day of school on Sept. 1. Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. Learn more at or by calling 262-242-5437.