Coming events, January 2023 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Coming events, January 2023


Thursday, Jan. 5 

Film: ‘Karaoke’ 

“Faces & Voices of Israel: Film Screening of ‘Karaoke.’” First in a three-part film series presented by Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, and Milwaukee Jewish Federation examining aspects of life in Israel. Films followed by talk-backs and group discussions featuring Community Shaliach Uria Roth. In this film,  Meir and Tova live a middle-class life in a sleepy suburb, plagued by an unspoken sense of disappointment and regret. When Itsik Marziano, a former Miami-based modeling agent, moves into their building, their lust for life is reignited. This series commemorates Israel’s 75th anniversary as a nation and the Jewish Film Festival’s 25th anniversary in Milwaukee. 7 p.m., Jan. 5. Marcus North Shore Cinema. 11700 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon. Contact Uria Roth at to register. See Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 for additional films in this three-part series. 

Sunday, Jan. 8 

Climate change 

“Cleaning Lakes & Fighting Climate Change: Two Bird – One Stone?” Oori Weisshaus, PhD, is chief technology officer at Blue Green Water Technologies, an Israeli company focused on restoring, safeguarding and optimizing the health, safety, accessibility and biodiversity of water bodies worldwide including their wildlife, aquatic life, ecosystems and economies. Oori (husband of former MJF shlicha to Milwaukee, Keren Weisshaus) will discuss BGWT’s technology that rids water of harmful algal or cyanobacterial blooms and CO2. 10 a.m., Jan. 8. Rescheduled from an earlier date in November 2022. For Zoom link, email Bobbi Rector: 

Urban art 

“Urban Art.” Join “pARTnership2gether” for a showcase of traditional and underground art from P2G communities Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Sovev Kinneret in Israel. A local artist from each partnership region will showcase their work, share their inspiration and discuss what art means to them. Each session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A featuring all three artists. P2G is a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel. 12 p.m., Jan. 8. Virtual event. Contact P2G Coordinator Susie Rosengarten at 414-390-5762 to register.   

Wednesday, Jan. 11 

Children and Israel 

Join Coalition for Jewish Learning and the Israel Center for a book club on “My Second Favorite Country: How American Jewish Children Think About Israel” by Sivan Zakai. Sivan reveals how young American Jewish children come to develop their views about Israel. 7 p.m., Jan. 11. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer for more information at 

Questions on death 

“What Happens to Us After We Die? Moshiach, Olam Haba, and the Afterlife According to Jewish Tradition.” New series of classes taught by Rabbi Wes Kalmar. 7:30 p.m., January 11, 18 and 25. Anshe Sfard Kehilat Torah, 6717 Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Open to the public. Questions? Email 

Thursday, Jan. 12 

Concerned citizen 

“Faces & Voices of Israel: Film Screening of ‘Concerned Citizen.’” In this film, a man decides to improve his neighborhood by planting a tree on his street, which triggers a sequence of events leading to the arrest of an Eritrean immigrant. 7 p.m, Jan. 12. Marcus North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon. Contact Uria Roth to register at See Jan. 5 and Jan. 26 for additional films in this three-part series. 

Saturday, Jan. 14 

Salsa dancing 

“Sangria and Salsa Dancing.” Join the JCC’s Adult Social Programs for an evening of salsa dancing with Danceworks, Inc. Learn the basics of salsa and the art of making mojitos from a mixologist. La Masa Empanada Bar will provide sangria and nosh to enjoy during class. Promoted in partnership with NextGen, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 7 p.m., Jan. 14. Danceworks, 1661 N. Water St., Milwaukee. $45 JCC members, $55 community participants. For more information, contact Rachel Pressman at 

Sunday, Jan. 15 

Baby yoga 

“Prenatal & Baby Yoga and Community Building.” Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC yoga instructor Senta Metz and Certified Infant Massage Specialist Angie Biersach are partnering with the Milwaukee Diaper Mission to offer an afternoon of health, wellness and education. Join Senta for a dose of healthy yoga-based movement, MDM as they educate and spread awareness on diaper need, and Angie as she guides families through the benefits of infant massage. Pre-natal yoga, cloth diaper introduction, baby yoga and movement, and infant message. Free and open to the community with a suggested donation of diapers or cash contribution. 1 p.m., Jan. 15. Gan Ami Early Childhood Education at the Linda & Fred Wein Family Center, 10813 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon. Questions? Contact Rachel Pressman at 414-967-8258 or register online at 

Thursday, Jan. 19 

Auschwitz and its architects 

“The Architects of Auschwitz.” Perhaps no other concentration camp informs our understanding and memory of the Holocaust more than Auschwitz. Yet how was it built, and who were the architects who made it physically possible? Featuring Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, a professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture, was an expert witness in Deborah Lipstadt’s defense in the civil libel suit brought against her by British author and Holocaust denier David Irving in 1996. Organized by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Sponsored by Bradley and Marilyn Shovers with support of the Coalition for Jewish Learning and Milwaukee Turners. 7 p.m., Jan. 19, via Zoom. More information at 

Friday, Jan. 20 

Free museum admission 

Community Free Day for “Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit.” Jewish Museum Milwaukee will host this community day for anyone living in Milwaukee County to visit the current exhibit for free. Jews in Space tells the epic story of the Jewish relationship to outer space. From as early as Genesis, Jews have pondered the heavens that surround our planet. Jews explored astrology and other sciences, coined the term “science fiction,” and were shot into orbit as part of the space race, which also utilized the work of Jewish scientists and engineers to reach the breathtaking milestones that transfixed our cultural imagination. Jews appear in depictions of space, space travel and all manner of science fiction, starring in groundbreaking television shows such as “Star Trek,” and creating beloved movies like “Spaceballs” by Mel Brooks. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jan. 20. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. More information at or 414-390-5730. 

Sunday, Jan. 22 

Space and time 

“Sand to Stardust: Resurrecting Stories Burned by Space and Time.” When the Columbia Space Shuttle exploded on Feb. 1, 2003, it took the lives of seven astronauts, including Israeli Ilan Ramon. Most of what Ramon carried with him into space was also lost, including a miniature torah scroll and a copy drawing by Holocaust victim Peter Ginz titled “Moon Landscape.” Though badly damaged, one of Ramon’s prized possessions was recovered and restored: his astronaut crew notebook which served as his diary. Hear from conservator Michael Maggen who was tasked with the mission to restore and decipher Ramon’s personal writings. 12 p.m., Jan. 22. View this virtual program in audience at Jewish Museum Milwaukee and get free admission for the day. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. For virtual program only, $5 for museum members, $12 for non-members. More information at or 414-390-5730. Sponsored by Linda and Eli Frank. 

Ice Skating 

“Inclusion Club: Adaptive Ice Skating.” Join Friendship Circle for adaptive ice skating. Inclusion Club is for kids of all ages and abilities. Lunch will be served. 2 p.m., Jan. 22. Wilson Park, 4001 S. 20th St., Milwaukee. More information at  

Thursday, Jan. 26 

Polish Rescuers 

“Polish Rescuers during the Holocaust.” On Sept. 1, 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland and immediately instituted their violent and antisemitic policies. Michael Morris of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, will highlight a number of Poles who risked their lives to help Jews. 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26. Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., Milwaukee. Registration recommended at Sponsored by the Polish Center of Wisconsin. 

‘Let It Be Morning’ 

“Faces & Voices of Israel: Film Screening of ‘Let It Be Morning.’” A gently satirical tale of a man and his family trapped by a military blockade inside a tiny Arab village in Israel. 7 p.m, Jan. 26. Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. To register, contact Uria Roth at See Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 for additional films in this three-part series. 

Tuesday, Jan. 31 

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation for Jewish Heritage Night with the Milwaukee Bucks as the world champs take on the Charlotte Hornets. Tickets $92 in Sections 101, 102 and 121. Tickets $63 in Section 221. Tickets include a limited-edition Milwaukee Bucks Jewish Heritage Night T-shirt. 7 p.m., Jan. 31. Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.