‘There Are Jews Here’ on TV
“There Are Jews Here,” directed by Brad Lichtenstein of Milwaukee, will make its U.S. television premiere and streaming debut in early December.
It’s to show through the World Channel and WorldChannel.org as part of the current season of America ReFramed, public media’s award-winning documentary series. It will also be available to stream for free on all station-branded PBS platforms including PBS.org, and on PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
“There Are Jews Here,” a film by Brad Lichtenstein and Morgan Johnson, follows the stories of four once-thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely holding on.
Check local listings for more information.
Jewish experience for grandparents and pre-teens
How does a grandparent create an unforgettable Jewish experience that will be a milestone in their grandchild’s life?
To help answer this question, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center has partnered with the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Global Intergenerational Initiative to help explore meaningful connections, family narratives and legacies around Jewish experiences.
Open to grandparents and their 5th and 6th grade grandchildren, participants will commit to nine sessions from January-December 2019, Sundays from 1:30-3 pm. The program culminates with a trip to Israel.
Learn more by contacting Rabbi Hannah Wallick at 414-390-5764 or HannahW@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Rhea C. Stark is a Rhodes Scholar
Just 32 American students have been chosen as Rhodes scholars for 2019 and one of them is Rhea C. Stark of Milwaukee.
Stark is a graduate of Milwaukee Jewish Day School and Nicolet High School.
She graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a B.A. in Archaeology and the Ancient World and Middle East Studies. She graduated with a perfect academic record, according to the Office of the American Secretary for the Rhodes Trust.
Through her work as an archaeologist and researcher, Stark uncovers buried histories by elevating the narratives of everyday people, particularly women and people of color. She pays particular attention to Islamic heritage, challenging the fallacies and biases that often motivate popular perceptions of the Middle East, according to the Rhodes Trust. At Oxford, Stark intends to study Islamic Art and Archaeology.
NFTY-NO Winter Kallah registration now open
Looking to make more friends, have fun and explore your Jewish identity? If you are a Jewish teen in grades 9-12, register for NFTY-NO Winter Kallah. The event is one weekend long, from Friday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 6.
No need to travel far. The event is local and hosted by Temple Beth El in Madison, Wisconsin.
NFTY is a Reform Judaism “teen-powered youth movement,” said Regional Teen Engagement Director Max Hendrix.
The weekend starts with a Shabbat service on Friday. Socialize with Jewish teens from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Canada and Illinois.
NFTY Kallah is a “distinctly Jewish space,” one that is “always joyous,” Hendrix said.
The “Big Fun” event is on Saturday night. In the past, a few of the events have been a dance party, a trip to a water park or a hockey game, Hendrix said.
There will also be down time. “Let teens be teens; time to be creative and explore who they are,” Hendrix said.
Participants will stay overnight with a host family from Temple Beth El.
The weekend is “very quick; try to jam as much fun and community building as we can,” Hendrix said.
Attendees will discuss a hot-topic, social issue as a group. Last fall, teens explored the topics of gender identity and gender equality. Two years ago, teens talked about racial justice and criminal justice reform.
Hendrix said that this weekend is about personal-growth and empowerment and getting “young Jewish teens looking forward to making a change in the world.”
Judaica exhibit at Ovation Chai Point
A Torah and Judaica exhibit is on display this month at Ovation Chai Point.
The exhibit is a collaboration of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Ovation Communities and the Jewish Home Foundation.
It features pieces from both CEEBJ and Ovation’s collections. It supports the Jewish Home Foundation’s campaign for a new Torah for the Kohl Family Synagogue at Ovation Jewish Home., said Randy Crosby, chief administrative officer for Ovation Communities.
Canstruction charity competition begins
Canstruction challenges Milwaukee-area architects and engineers to design and build giant structures made entirely of canned food, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.
Following a public exhibition of the artistic creations and a juried awards ceremony, the food will be donated to the Jewish Community Pantry.
Milwaukee-area architectural and engineering firms GRAEF, Hunzinger Construction Company, Plunkett Raysich Architects, and Korb and Associates, are scheduled to participate in the competition. They will unveil their designs – under the theme of “Food” – and begin building at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the rotunda of Milwaukee City Hall.
The canned food sculptures will be on display throughout the week, with a juried awards ceremony and reception scheduled to take place on Dec. 5.