Tuesday, May 2
Gender Complexity in Jewish Tradition
Rabbi Abby Phelps will guide a discussion of gender in Jewish scriptural, rabbinic and contemporary texts. Phelps served four years as rabbi educator for Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, before relocating to Milwaukee. She specializes in teaching about the intersection of Jewish thought and contemporary ethical challenges. A Tapestry: Arts & Ideas at the JCC Program. May 2-23, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Glazer Board Room, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Register at JCCMilwaukee.org. Questions? Contact JCC Arts & Culture Director, Reva Fox: RFox@JccMilwaukee.org.
Wednesday, May 3
LOMED book club
Join Coalition for Jewish Learning and the Jewish Community Relations Council, together with Tikkun Ha-Ir for a discussion about, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” by Heather McGhee. Open to the community. May 3, 7 p.m. Glazer Board Room at the Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee. Questions? Contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer: TziporahA@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Moishe Pod Milwaukee, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the Holocaust Education Resource Center are teaming up to remember the Holocaust. Gather for an evening of dialogue, song and remembrance with Tama Chaet, granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Bluma and Pincus Weinstock. May 3, 7 p.m. Moishe Pod Milwaukee. Questions? Contact Community Shaliach Uria Roth: UriaR@MilwaukeeJewish.org to RSVP.
Sunday, May 7
Edie Adelman lecture
Women’s Philanthropy welcomes the National Alliance on Mental Illness to discuss how to create awareness for and support people living with mental illness. Interactive mindfulness exercises and information on existing local mental health resources offered by Jewish Family Services and Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. May 7, 1-3 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Questions? Contact Melissa Taylor: MelissaT@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5739.
Zevi Gives Back Blood Drive. One donation can save up to three lives. Appointments encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. May 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Peltz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. Questions? Call 877-232-4376.
Thursday, May 11
Museum art tour
Join Tapestry for a morning at the museum. This exclusive and private docent-led tour will take visitors through the vital cultural center, educational institution, and expanding network of ideas. MOWA collects and interprets American art through the lens of a single state. A Tapestry: Arts & Ideas at the JCC Program. May 11, 10 a.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. JCC Member $42. Community participant $50. Includes lunch. Register online. JccMilwaukee.org. Questions? Contact JCC Arts & Culture Director, Reva Fox: RFox@JccMilwaukee.org.
Friday, May 12
Community free day
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is thrilled to host this community day for anyone living in Milwaukee County to visit DEGENERATE! Hitler’s War on Modern Art for free. May 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. More information at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org or 414-390-5730.
Monday, May 15
Israeli Folk Dancing
Learn and dance the latest Israeli circle dances on Monday evenings. No previous experience is necessary to join. Start off with beginner dances and then transition to advanced dances as the evening progresses. May 15, 7:30 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Register online. Questions? Contact MilwaukeeIFD@yahoo.com.
Wednesday, May 17
Choueke author event
Ezra Choueke author event. After hearing his grandmother’s stories, he knew he had to publish them. “Womb of Diamonds: A True Adventure from Child Bride of Syria to Celebrity Businesswoman of Japan,” by Ezra Choueke. May 17, 7:30 p.m. All author events are free of charge on Zoom. A Tapestry: Arts & Ideas at the JCC Program. Registration required. JCCMilwaukee.org. Questions? Contact JCC Arts & Culture Director, Reva Fox: RFox@JccMilwaukee.org.
Friday, May 19
Congregation Shalom will be hosting the second annual Tikkun Olam Shabbat followed by a “green” Oneg Shabbat. Featured speaker Meenal Atre, advocate of plastics-free communities. May 19, 6 p.m. Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point. Questions? Contact David Wolfson: DWolfson625@gmail.com.
Sunday, May 21
Sunday noon fun
Kids Center Presents: Sunday Noon Live! Teaming up with the Center for Inclusion & Special Needs, The Ability Center and JCC Community Programs for an afternoon of fun. Kids can play in a different pair of shoes and try various adaptive sports before wrapping up the day with an ice cream social. For kids 1st-6th grade. May 21, 12-3 p.m. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. JCC Member $22. Community participant $27. Register online. JccMilwaukee.org. Questions? Contact Shea Beilke: SBeilke@JccMilwaukee.org or 414-967-8100.
End of year party
Join Friendship Circle of Wisconsin for Teen Leadership Board End of the Year Event! An evening of appreciation for volunteers and friends of all abilities! May 21, 5-7 p.m. Friendship Circle, 8649 N. Port Washington Rd., Fox Point. Register at Fcwi.org/rsvp.
Tuesday, May 23
Join National Council of Jewish Women Milwaukee for a celebration of their Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program, which is provided by COA Youth and Family Centers, will hold a HIPPY 25th Anniversary Celebration and Community Breakfast. Featuring state leaders discussing the importance of early education and literacy to children’s success in school. May 23, 8-10 a.m. Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. More information visit NCJWMKE.org/programs. Questions? Contact HIPPY@NcjwMke.org.
Wednesday, May 24
Propaganda Over Pints
Join Professor Edward Westermann to explore how the Nazi Party and the Stormtroopers used Kneipen (bars) and beer gardens to gain supporters and how these locations became centers of political violence during Germany’s Weimar Republic. May 24, 6:30 p.m. Milwaukee County Historical Society, 910 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee. Regular admission $18. student admission $9. This includes one drink ticket for a beer or soda. Organized by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, in partnership with the Milwaukee County Historical Society and Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Register at HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org or 414-390-5730.