JCC offers Pickleball
Beginning in September, Pickleball is coming to the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and will be offered three days a week for teens and adults ages 16+.
Pickleball is a fun and competitive sport that is a mash up of tennis, ping pong, wiffle ball, and badminton, and it’s one of the fastest growing sports in America, according to the JCC. Feel free to bring your own pickleball equipment, although equipment will also be provided on site. For more information, contact Jake Klavens, JCC Recreation Manager, at JKlavens@JccMilwaukee.org
or call 414-967-8174.
Federation grants for synagogue security
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation is offering grants for synagogue security for the third year in a row.
Participating synagogues will be reimbursed up to $7,500 for security personnel. Applications are due Sept. 13, 2021.
The cash is typically used for former or off-duty law enforcement, or people with military experience, to provide synagogue security. The security can be used for the High Holy Days, Shabbat services, b’nei mitzvahs or other needs.
For more information, contact Federation Director of Security and Community Properties Ari Friedman at 414-588-9027 or AriF@MilwaukeeJewish.org.
Jewish Social Services could assist Afghans
Refugees, fleeing Afghanistan’s swift regime change in August from a democracy to Taliban rule, could arrive in Wisconsin or may have already arrived.
“Agencies like the Jewish Social Services of Madison have been told it might have as little as 24 hours to confirm it can accept a refugee or family,” according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report in August.
“This is an immensely difficult time for Afghan citizens and those with ties to Afghanistan, and our hearts go out to all individuals and families that are suffering,” said Jewish Social Services, in a statement after the report was published.
“We wanted to clarify that at this point, we do not have any information about whether JSS will have a role in resettling Afghan SIV recipients who are being processed at Fort McCoy. If we are called upon to resettle SIV recipients being processed at Fort McCoy or any other U.S. military base, we will do our very best to accommodate these individuals and families.”
Fort McCoy is a U.S. Army base 35 miles east of La Crosse. “SIV recipients” refers to Special Immigrant Visas, which are available to some who have worked with the United States.
JSS resettled about 24 Afghans in recent months, the newspaper reported. The Madison agency has also previously resettled Russian refugees and Muslim families from Syria.
Teens can apply for Philanthropy Board
Applications are now open for the Milwaukee Jewish Federations Teen Philanthropy Board.
The Board is open to 9-12th graders interested in learning about philanthropy through a Jewish lens, to make social change.
The Teen Philanthropy Board is a community-wide program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation that engages Jewish teens from across the community in a communal giving and learning effort to achieve the goal of tikkun olam (repair the world).
The students attend sessions on grant making, non-profit functions and the philanthropic model through a Jewish lens.
Returning board members will have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program with lay people and professionals in local Jewish non-profit organizations. Also, the Board will be partnering with teens in Israel to learn about philanthropy there.
For more information about the program and for an application, go to Milwaukeejewish.org/Teens.
Applications are due Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.
Rebecca Donner to discuss book
Award-winning author Rebecca Donner will discuss her book on a woman in the German resistance to Hitler at Boswell Book Company, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Donner will discuss her newly published book, “All The Frequent Troubles Of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman At The Heart Of The German Resistance To Hitler.”
This book details the life of Mildred Harnack, who was born and raised in Milwaukee and became an American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany during Hitler’s regime.
This event will take place in person at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue in Milwaukee, and will include a book signing.
This program is in partnership with Boswell Book Company, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center.
To purchase the book, visit Boswellbooks.com.
Racine shul to host New Year’s dinner
Congregation Beth Israel Sinai in Racine will be hosting a pre-New Year’s dinner and DJ concert at 6 p.m., Sept. 6. Erev. Rosh Hashanah services to follow at 8 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by the renowned Howard Wallach of A to Z Entertainment. The concert will be live, barring further negative COVID-19 developments, and on Zoom, according to the congregation. Email Rabbi Marty at RabbiMartyn@icloud.com for the zoom link. To cover the costs, donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel Sinai, 3009 Washington Ave., Racine, WI, 53405.
Beth Israel Sinai bills itself as southeastern Wisconsin’s only “egalitarian, trans denominational congregation welcoming ALL faiths and beliefs.”
More information at BethIsraelSinai.org, NewJewishOutreach.org or call Congregation Beth Israel Sinai at 262-633-7093.