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NUMBER 34
WINTER 2012
jewishmuseummilwaukee.org
President’s Message
By Penny Deshur, President
Revealed: Private Collections
from the Jewish Community
December 13, 2012 - February 28, 2013
By Molly Dubin, Exhibit and Program Coordinator
ollections provide insight into history, curiosities,
experience, personal passions and values. Some collectors
are generalists, exploring a diversity of artifacts and topics,
while others are drawn to specific objects and themes. People
collect for a variety of reasons: whether it’s summoning the
nostalgia of a favorite childhood pastime, the thrill of
rediscovering old ephemera or simply wanting to surround
themselves with items and ideas which resonate in emotional,
intellectual and instinctual ways. Through this exhibit, Jewish Museum Milwaukee
will showcase an eclectic range of fine art, Judaica, and memorabilia from local collectors. Many of
the pieces on display will make their public debut in this exhibit. Take a peek behind the collector’s
curtain and see hidden treasures from throughout the Jewish community Revealed!
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Penny Deshur
n April, we will celebrate Jewish Museum
Milwaukee’s 5th Anniversary. My how time
flies! We have accomplished so much in such
a short time. Our archival collection is
continuously expanding, our membership is
increasing, more and more visitors are coming to
see our museum and changing exhibits, the
number and variety of programming choices are
increasing, and our staff is growing, too.
Our most recent exhibit, Exclusionary Measures:
Mt. Sinai Hospital & Brynwood Country Club was
extremely well-attended, drawing hundreds of
new faces to our museum. It was interesting to
learn how two different institutions could have so
much in common.
This fall we participated in Doors Open
Milwaukee. We were one of 125 historic,
architectural, cultural or commercial buildings to
open their doors to the public. Hundreds of
people took advantage of this event and were able
to enjoy our Museum’s treasures. It was a great
opportunity to showcase Jewish Museum
Milwaukee to a wide variety of Milwaukeeans.
Our newly formed Genealogy Committee
will determine how the Museum can expand its
offerings in this area. The Museum website
features a number of databases, including a
death and burial index, marriage records, and
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Obituary index.
We also help people with their personal
genealogy research. We hope to additionally
offer “how to” classes.
Soon we will open a new exhibit, Revealed:
Private Collections from the Jewish Community. The
variety of private collections is amazing – fine art,
stamps, coins, Kiddush cups, Tzedakah boxes, and
much more. Come in and see what unusual items
your friends collect. This will be an eclectic
exhibit not to be missed.
Elaine Appel, Chair of the 5th Anniversary
Committee, has assembled an excellent
committee with many great ideas. Stay tuned for
details. A major event will be the Spirit of
Community award luncheon on July 2nd. This year
the Peck Family will be honored. Bernie Peck was
instrumental in the initial idea and planning for a
Jewish Museum, and his family members have
been very supportive.
Our Museum has so much to offer. I hope that
all of you are taking advantage of our varied
educational and cultural programs.
—Penny Deshur
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Jewish Museum Milwaukee
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Exciting Programs Related to the Exhibit
Please plan to join us. All programs are held at Jewish Museum Milwaukee unless otherwise indicated.
Members Only Sneak Preview Event
Thursday, December 13, 7 pm
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee invites you to
a special members-only sneak preview of our
next exhibit Revealed: Private Collections from the
Jewish Community. Be among the first to see the
exhibit and hear from three of our community
collectors as they reveal what they collect and
why. Ellen Flesch will converse about
contemporary art, Sheri Levin will discuss
dreidels and Bob Melton will chat about
political memorabilia.
Dee and Ken Stein, Event Chairs
Wine and light refreshments will be served.
While this event is free, please let us know if
you are coming, RSVP by December 7 to
414-390-5730 or
[email protected]
Public Exhibit Opening
Sunday, December 16th from Noon-4 pm
Experience an exhibit tour offered throughout
the afternoon and our “BYOM” event, Bring
Your Own Menorah, for a ‘collective lighting’
at 3:00 pm.
Cost: Free for members, non-members, regular
admission applies.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Milwaukee Art
Museum’s Grete Marks Exhibition and Other
Jewish Artists of the Bauhaus, with Mel Buchanan
Thursday, January 3rd, 11 am
Mel Buchanan, Mae E. Demmer Assistant
Curator of 20th Century Design of the
Milwaukee Art Museum, will break down the
methods used to prepare for her Grete Marks
exhibition. In connection with the JMM’s
‘Revealed’ exhibit, she will share details about
searching through private and museum
collections to gather material for the exhibition
of the Jewish artist’s Modern ceramics made in
Weimar Germany. She will also explore the
experiences and influences of other Jewish artists
who worked and taught at the Bauhaus such as
Paul Klee, Annie Albers and Marcel Breuer.
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members
1360 North Prospect Avenue
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Jewish Identity in the Arts, with Doug Rosenberg
Thursday, January 24th, 11 am
Join Doug Rosenberg, one of the Founding
Directors of the Conney Project on Jewish
Arts at the Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish
Studies and an award-winning visual artist in
exploring contemporary movements in Jewish
art and thought amid trends in
multiculturalism as well as Jewish identity in
art and its depiction in various mediums.
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members
Appraisers Fair
Sunday, January 27th from Noon-4 pm
Have you ever wondered what sort of
treasures your house contains? Meet with
local appraisers specializing in items from fine
art, glass, china and ceramics to coins and
gold, sports keepsakes and more. Come to
Jewish Museum Milwaukee to have your
curiosities and questions answered.
• No firearms, furniture, books or clothes three item per person limit.
• As space is limited, pre-registration and
payment is required by Friday, January
18th, 2013.
Cost: $15 per participant (includes admission
to the Museum)
Kids’ Kollection Day
Sunday, February 24th from Noon-4 pm
Many collections start when we are young when curiosity and imaginations run wild.
Let’s celebrate and foster the fledgling and
upcoming collectors in our community!
Whether it’s a family affair you’re after or an
adventure with friends, bring your comics,
toys, trading cards, and any other exciting
collections for a fun-filled afternoon of story
swapping and show and tell.
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3094
JMM’s New Immigration Trunk Program
takes the Museum out of the Case
By Ellie Gettinger, Education Director
magine that everything you own needs to
come in one suitcase - what would you bring?
Blankets, clothes, and pictures begin the
imaginative answers. Immigration is central to the
story we tell at our Museum, and we wanted to
deepen our approach to this topic. We designed
an immigration trunk that showcases how and
why Jews came to Milwaukee. The trunk’s
Resource Guide provides historical narratives,
connections to primary sources, and a detailed
timeline to help teachers. We also created Oral
History packets in which we use stories from the
Archives to detail personal stories related to all of
the waves of immigration to Milwaukee.
This trunk will leave the Museum filled with
educational materials and Judaica to provide
insight into Jewish life and culture.
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We need more of the following:
• Tallit/Tallis
• Woven, Velvet Yarmulkes/Kippahs
• Mezuzah
• Menorah
• Candle Sticks
• Kiddush Cup
• Challah Cover
If you have one of these items or you think of
something else that the Museum can use in the
immigration trunk, please contact Ellie Gettinger
([email protected]). Use
this contact also if you would like to bring a trunk
to your school or program. We understand in this
difficult economic climate that not everyone can
come to the Museum, but with this new mobile
program, we are thrilled to be able to take the
program into the community!
Director’s Report
By Kathie Bernstein
pril 28, 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Five years may not be long in the life of an organization, but in just five years we
have presented highly successful exhibitions and programs that have benefited the entire Milwaukee community. Docents have led hundreds of tours;
archives volunteers have catalogued thousands of paper materials and artifacts; committee members have planned luncheons, parties, exhibitions and
exhibit openings. The Board of Trustees ensures we meet the goals of the Museum and provides new ideas to strengthen the Museum and its programs. Without
volunteer and financial support from the hundreds of members these past five years, we absolutely would not have been able to accomplish all that we have.
Throughout the coming year we will celebrate by providing dynamic new programs and exciting physical changes within the Museum. We will
continue to increase the visibility of the Museum across the community through continuing collaborations and through new collaborations, too.
Our Museum has helped change the face of Milwaukee. We are proud of all that we have done and look forward to sharing the future with you.
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Thank you for your support.
Looking Back
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s we look to the future, we also want to
highlight our accomplishments since the
Museum opened in April 2008.
• 6500 students have been part of 212 school
groups; there have been 140 adult groups from
synagogues, churches and others
• Nearly 50% of our visitors are not Jewish.
• Since 2010, our docents have led 417
separate tours
• As of today, there are 600 membership households
• The Wisconsin Jewish Genealogical Society
became a program of Jewish Museum
Milwaukee with everything under one roof.
We Provided Seven Exhibitions and
Related Programs:
• August 2009 - Growing Up Milwaukee:
Youth Groups
• July 2010 - Growing Up Milwaukee: Camping
• March 2011 - The Children of Israel Journeyed:
Selections from the Chagall Bible Series
• August 2011 - Mildred Fish Harnack: The
Story of a Wisconsin Woman’s Resistance
• December 2011 - One World - One People:
Jewish Photographic Portraits by Arnold Newman
• May 2012 - Mazel Tov! A Celebration of
Jewish Weddings
• August 2012 - Exclusionary Measures: Mount
Sinai Hospital & Brynwood Country Club
• December 2012 - Revealed: Private Collections
from the Jewish Community
Programs and Series:
Book and Author Lectures
Coming to America Series
Distinguished Author Luncheons
Genealogy Workshops
Memoir Writing Workshops
Museum Book Talks with Dr. Sherry Blumberg
Oral History Video Days
Special Programs:
Concerts by the Fine Arts Quartet
Day Trip to Illinois Holocaust Museum &
Education Center
Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture
Historic Jewish Milwaukee Bus Tour with
John Gurda
Jews in Sports Lunch
Madison Day Trip to visit Hillel Center and
Houdini Exhibit
Publication and Launch of One People, Many
Paths by John Gurda
Spirit of Community Luncheons honoring
Suzy Ettinger and Marianne Lubar
Trip to National Museum of American Jewish
History - Philadelphia
Community Collaborations:
As we increased the number of programs and
exhibitions, the number of collaborations
throughout the community has also expanded
and includes:
• Cardinal Stritch University
• Coalition for Jewish Learning
• David Barnett Gallery
• Hadassah
• Haggerty Museum of Art at
Marquette University
• Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish
Community Center
• Hillel Milwaukee
• Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, Mosse
Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Milwaukee Art Museum
• Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
• Milwaukee County Historical Society
• Milwaukee Museum Mile Partners: Charles
Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art
at St. John’s On the Lake, Villa Terrace, North
Point Lighthouse
• Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
• Milwaukee Turners
• Mosse Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at
UW-Madison
• Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education &
Resource Center
• RedLine Milwaukee
• Renaissance Theaterworks
• Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
at UW-M
• UWM Libraries
• UWM Peck School of the Arts
• Wisconsin Public Television
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Group Visitors
Since opening in April 2008, the Jewish
Museum Milwaukee has welcomed over
9300 group visitors. Here is a list of our
group visitors so far this fiscal year
(July 1-November 8)
Adult Daycare
Anne Frank Cast Tour
Camp Ramah
Wisconsin Machon
Cardinal Stritch Irena’s
Vow Cast Tour
Cardinal Stritch Trunk
Program
Cardinal Stritch-First
Year Experience
Milwaukee History
Cardinal Stritch-World
Civilization
Chai Point
Concordia University
Social Work
Congregation Beth
Israel Sisterhood
Congregation Shalom
High School
Connects Learning
Center
Cudahy High School
Minority Studies
Deerfield High School
(Deerfield, WI)
East Troy High School
FUN Group
(Local Chavurah)
Hadassah Chai Tea
Israeli Teen Mifgash
MacPherson
Teachers Training
Immigration
MacPherson Teachers
Training
Multiculturalism
Marquette University
Identity and Museum
Representation
Marquette University
Jewish Thought
and Practice
Midwest Region,
Women of Reform
Judaism
Mildred Harnack
Oberschule (Berlin,
Germany)
Miller Coors Diversity
Training
Mrs. T’s Academy
MSOE Transcultural
Nursing
NOVA Collected
Stories Group
Port Washington
Women’s Club
Sarah Chudnow
Community
Shalom Federation of
Temple Youth
The Ulster Project
(Northern Ireland
and Milwaukee
teens)
Thomas Jefferson
Middle School
University School 4th
Grade Immigration
Waukesha STEM
Academy
Death Certificates Hold Secrets
By Marilyn Lane, President, Wisconsin Jewish Genealogical Society
eath records can tell you a lot about how your ancestors lived. Often you take two steps
forward followed by one step backward—but in reverse. It’s taking baby steps back in time to
uncover secrets of your past. One document can unlock doors to secrets and documents
earlier generations.
There are differences between death certificates that record information pertaining to a person’s death
and death indexes that only include selected details from death certificates. Use details from a death
index to order an original death certificate from the issuing authority. Even a sparse index often contains
the information needed to order a death certificate. In some instances you’ll also have to prove your
relationship to the deceased or genealogical purpose to obtain the actual document.
Things that you may find on a death certificate include: name, residence, place and date of
death, birth date and place and cause of death. Birthplace and age can help uncover a birth
certificate or record. Quantity and quality of information on a death certificate can vary greatly
depending on the informant.
The informant is the person who provided information about the deceased. Research may reveal how
they’re connected. The person may be a relative, neighbor or friend. CAUTION: Information about
deceased’s occupation, age and family may not be entirely accurate since it was reported by the
informant, not the deceased. Search for other records to verify details. Disposition of effects lists the
person who was initially in possession of the deceased’s personal belongings. His or her family may still
own photos or mementoes today.
Parents are often listed with their birth places and mother’s maiden name.
A listing of occupation could lead to official occupational or association records or could explain
earlier work–related migration.
The cemetery, and funeral home if known, can be contacted directly for their burial records and to
inquire about a designated family contact as well as other family members interred in the same
cemetery. Funeral home records of who paid burial expenses may likely be a relative. Researching this
person can reveal more about how the two were connected.
Also search death, burial and obituary collections to find additional records. Search for census records
and city directories associated with the place of death and other addresses listed.
Tombstones may state the spouse’s name—a clue to uncovering a marriage record and other
documents. Research all symbols. They may merely be decorative or they could be clues about the
person’s life.
Location of a deceased person’s household can be a clue to look for newspapers or property
records. Remember, though, that this is usually a report from the household. The individual may
have died elsewhere!
Unusual causes of death, such as an accident, may be a clue to search for a newspaper article, court
case or a coroner’s report.
Approximate date of death and city of residence can lead to additional death records on
JewishGen.org or Ancestry.com.
Newspaper death notices and death date can be used to locate a published obituary, which will help
piece together indexed information. Locations may indicate places where the deceased or the deceased’s
relatives lived. Research can uncover affiliations with synagogues or other groups. Look for obituaries or
death notices in the deceased birthplace, the last residence and the towns where other relatives lived.
Research all family members listed to determine how they’re related and if they have
more information.
Happy trails!
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I Remember
n Monday, November 12th, Museum
Board member Barbie Blutstein and
Museum Education Director, Ellie
Gettinger, were interviewed by Jim Peck on
MPTV’s I Remember program. They discussed
Exclusionary Measures: Mount Sinai Hospital &
Brynwood Country Club. It was an informative
program that highlighted the work of our
Museum. We invite you to view this excellent
program by visiting Milwaukee Public
Television’s website: www.mptv.org. — find
Local Shows, then I Remember, and then
click on Program 1908. We think you will
enjoy this interview.
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WINTER 2012
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NUMBER 34
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee is a program
of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
Please address all correspondence
and suggestions to:
Kathie Bernstein, Executive Director,
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
1360 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3094
414-390-5730
www.jewishmuseummilwaukee.org
[email protected]
Penny Deshur, President
Jody Sussman Steren, Editor
Did you know…
new museum opened in Moscow,
Russia—the Jewish Museum and Center
of Tolerance. It was founded by the
Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia.
The Museum includes information on
contributions of Jewish politicians, engineers,
artists, writers and poets and includes
information on the Holocaust where 2.5 million
Russian Jews perished.
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The Los Angeles Times has an article on the
new museum which may be read at
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
world/la-fg-russia-jewish-museum20121112,0,746244.story
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Celebrating our
Fifth Anniversary –
Our Birthday Wish List
Everything has a price, and our Museum is
no exception. Our memberships represent
about 25% of our revenue. We receive
support from the Milwaukee Jewish
Federation, and the balance comes from
individual and foundation support, grants,
admissions, tributes, program and event
income and development appeals. While we
operate within our budget, we do not have
funds for special items that will greatly
enhance the Museum. Consider giving us a
fifth birthday gift from the list below and
know that your support will help the
mission of JMM.
Contact Kathie Bernstein,
[email protected]
or 414-390-5730 to discuss these
special opportunities.
Increasing the profile of the Settlement
House in the Museum:
As part of the 5th anniversary, we want to
replace the back of the WWII panel
containing newspapers and a picture of the
War Bonds truck with images, articles, and
cook-books to highlight the tremendous
influence of Lizzie Kander and the Settlement
House on the Milwaukee community.
Estimate $10,000
Exhibition: Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form,
Jewish Content
March 14-June 16, 2013
Lembersky, a Russian-Jewish artist, addressed
Jewish themes, symbolism and identity. His
paintings depict small towns, labor, industrial
workers and ordinary people with references
to Judaic life and texts. He explored the
junction between reality, philosophy and
spirituality expressed as modernist metaphor
while remaining true to his vision rooted in
the Jewish tradition that was part of his
earlier years.
Cost $5,000
Statewide Death and Burial Index
Website Update
This important component of the Jewish
Museum Milwaukee website is the most
visited part of the site by people from
around the world. The formatting and
coding for this index was done more than
six years ago; it is dense and lengthy,
making it challenging for users to load the
pages of the index. The initial base of this
redesign took between 30-40 hours. We
would like to complete the second phase of
this process to ensure that the database is
more “web friendly.”
Cost $4,500
Purchase, replacement and signage for
two 1918 original post cards handwritten
by Golda Meir in Denver to her friend
Regina Hamberger in Milwaukee
These rare post cards are for sale at $1500
each and are part of the update plans for the
Israel portion of the permanent exhibit. They
will replace various newspapers in the
current case and will greatly strengthen the
Milwaukee story of Golda’s journeys.
Cost $3,600
Exhibit Barriers
As Jewish Museum Milwaukee expands its
public programs and exhibitions, it finds a
need for freestanding barriers to keep visitors
within a safe distance from various artifacts.
The Museum needs two sets of barriers, one
set 16" high and the other set 39" high plus
elastic cording to create barriers for a variety
of situations.
Cost $3,000
Exclusionary Measures: Mount Sinai Hospital
& Brynwood Country Club
ewish Museum Milwaukee hosted two special events to kick-off its new Exclusionary Measures
exhibition. Sponsored by Aurora Sinai Medical Center on August 16th, a diverse audience
attended a Special Exhibit Preview featuring Sarah Dean, former President and CEO of
Mount Sinai Medical Center. Sarah oversaw the merger of Mount Sinai with Good Samaritan and
the eventual establishment of Aurora Health Care.
And on September 6th, while “Looking Back at Brynwood,” another large group gathered to
enjoy the exhibit and reception. Ken Berke, Joel Lee and Rita Lewenauer provided interesting
information about Brynwood and why and how it was sold to The Wisconsin Club, also a generous
sponsor of the exhibit.
Jewish Museum Milwaukee thanks all of those who attended and those who were unable to
attend but supported us with special donations. We also thank Exhibit Chair Barbie Blutstein and
her committee for creating an outstanding exhibit and parties.
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Penny Deshur, Howard & Barbara Schnoll
Elaine Maly, Aurora Foundation Development Director & Milton Cockroft
Stan Kritzik, Burt & Anne Friedman
Debbie Wolf Lurie & Jodi Lurie
Sarah Dean discussing Sinai merger
Gert Palakow, oldest Brynwood member & Marley Stein
Mimi & Harold Paley, Leon Joseph
John Constantine, General Manager, Wisconsin Club & Lloyd Levin
Barbie Blutstein, Joel Lee, Rita Lewenauer, Ken Berke
Joan & Pat Kerns
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We Appreciate Your
Contributions
Thank you to the following individuals
for donations of materials to the
Archives of the Jewish Museum
Milwaukee from July 12th, 2012
through November 9th, 2012:
Shirley Aprison
Joan Barnett
Mort and Barbie Blutstein
Della Bornstein
Reesa Boyce
Sheldon Burchman
Bobbie Cohn
Ron Corlyn
Sarah Dean
Jim and Penny Deshur
Harriet Dizack
Judy Edelstein
Helen Eglash
Judy Eglash
Mike Fefferman
Joan Becker Friedman
Sara Gimbel
Richard Kane
Joel Lee
E. James Lieberman
Maureen Lipton
Debbie Wolf Lurie
Arlene Mann
Brian Miller
Susan Powers
Lillian Rakita
Toby Recht
Rena Safer
Reva Reitman Schlonsky
Lawrence Schwartz
Bernard Siegel
Diane Sobel
Bernice Spivek
Jeff and Jody Steren
Sharon Styler
Jewish Museum
Milwaukee Board of
Trustees 2012-2013
Penny Deshur, President
Neena B. Florsheim, Vice President
Pat Rieselbach, Secretary
Esther Ancel, Treasurer
Elaine Appel
Jane A. Avner
Amy Bazelon
Barbara Blutstein
Alan Borsuk
Sharon Canter
Jane Chernof
Amy Croen
Daniel Einhorn
Suzy B. Ettinger
Ali Florsheim
Joan Becker Friedman
Mark B. Garber
Beverly Greenberg
Marvin Lauwasser
Lloyd Levin
Marjorie M. Margolies
Amy Newman
Ellen Friebert Schupper
Michael J. Spector
Ken Stein
Jody Sussman Steren
Marianne Lubar,
Founding President
Rebecca Peltz,
Honorary Board Member
More Exciting Programming for 2012-2013
In addition to the activities connected to the new exhibit, your Jewish Museum Milwaukee has
many other programs, wonderful collaborations and explorations scheduled for the upcoming months.
For information, contact [email protected]
Christmas Day Movie & Popcorn – An American in Paris
Tuesday, December 25
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee will be open 12:004:00 pm. The musical film, An American in Paris, will be
screened starting at 1:00 pm. Running time: 113 minutes
Cost: Free with Museum admission; free for members.
The story follows Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly), an
American World War II veteran, now living as an
exuberant expatriate in Paris trying to make a
reputation as a painter. His friend, Adam (Oscar
Levant), is a struggling concert pianist. Their
relationships with several women include a French
singer, a lonely society woman, and a French girl
encountered in a restaurant, and love, heartbreak and
imagination take center stage in the city of lights.
An American in Paris, was made by MGM in 1951,
and stars Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant,
Georges Guetary, and Nina Foch, and is directed by
Vincente Minnelli. The music is by George Gershwin,
with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by
Saul Chaplin, the music director.
“EXPLORING JEWISH VOICES”:
A COLLABORATION WITH MILWAUKEE
CHAMBER THEATRE
Join us for performances held at the Broadway Theatre
Center. Tickets for the performances below are
available at a 25% discount. Call 414-291-7800 or go
online at www.milwaukeechambertheatre.com and
include the code ‘JCOMM25’ to purchase your tickets.
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies
November 21-December 16, 2012
ViewPoints Lecture: Wednesday, November 28,
6:30 pm, featuring Jane Avner, Elaine Berke, and
Molly Dubin discussing Jewish women and their
contrasting generational voices.
Jewish Community Ticket: Thursday, December
6, 7:30 pm; talkback with Jody Hirsh, Judaic
Educator at the Harry & Rose Samson Family
Jewish Community Center.
Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger
February 21-March 17, 2013
Jewish Community Ticket: Sunday, March 10,
2 pm; talkback with Jody Hirsh, Judaic Educator at
the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish
Community Center.
ViewPoints Lecture: Wednesday, February 27,
6:30 pm, featuring Joel Berkowitz, Director of the Sam
& Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM,
discussing Yiddish theatre and myths.
OTHER THEATER COLLABORATIONS
Theatrical Writing Workshop: “Your Own Dramatic Story”
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 1-4 pm at Jewish Museum
Milwaukee
Jacque Troy, local actor and educator, will lead an
interactive playwriting workshop which includes an
opportunity for participants to write short scenes.
Costs: $6 for Museum members, $12 for nonmembers (before 2/22/13, reduced price for early
registration); $9 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers (after 2/22/13). Contact Molly Dubin for
more information
([email protected])
2nd Annual Purim Party Event
Saturday, February 16th, 8:00 pm
Join the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, the Young
Leadership Division and the Young Jewish Adults of
Milwaukee for an evening of costumes, festivities and
fun. Drink specials and light refreshments will be
served and prizes given for the best get-ups! Watch for
more details coming in an e-vite soon!
SPRING EXHIBIT SPOTLIGHT:
Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context
Thursday, March 14 – June 16, 2013
Felix Lembersky (1913–1970) was a Poland born,
Russian-Jewish artist whose creations address Jewish
themes, symbolism and identity. His paintings depict
A Woman in Recline: The Siege of Leningrad, 1964, oil on canvas by
Felix Lembersky
rural scenes and city-scapes, labor workers and
portraits of ordinary people interconnected with
references to Judaic life and texts. Growing up amid
war and revolution, his images of Soviet miners and
refugees merge with those of Jews, revealing the
difficult conditions into which both were placed by
their society. Lembersky explores Russia’s historical
circumstances through his unique lens and
perspective and focuses on social justice while
working in styles ranging from Realism to the
Avant-Garde.. In his later pieces, Lembersky
explores the junction between reality, philosophy
and spirituality expressed as modernist metaphor
while remaining true to his vision rooted in the
Jewish tradition that was part of his earlier years.
Over 500 pieces of Lembersky’s work were
smuggled out of the Soviet Union after his death.
This exhibit will also tell the story of the struggle of
Soviet Jews under Communism and describe how
Lembersky’s work was rescued after his death.
Accompanying this exhibit of some 30 selected
paintings, drawings and sketches of people and
places, will be a panel of scholars, including the
artist’s granddaughter, Yelena Lembersky, Christine
Evans, History Professor specializing in Russian
Society and Politics and Soviet and Post-Soviet
Cultures, and Joel Berkowitz, Professor in the
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and
Director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for
Jewish Studies at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. The panelists will help illuminate the
painter’s life and times during a special Sneak
Preview event on Thursday, March 14. Additional
programming including lectures, concerts and
workshops will be offered throughout the exhibit run,
and a curriculum will be developed for school groups.
This exhibit is co-curated by the Jewish Museum
Milwaukee and the UWM Sam and Helen Stahl
Center for Jewish Studies and is co-sponsored by
the UWM Art History Department in connection
with the UWM/ Peck School of the Arts Year of the
Arts initiative.
COLLABORATION WITH UWM AND
UWM YEAR OF THE ARTS
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is excited to be a cosponsor of the 2012-2013 Year of the Arts initiative
of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. This
enriching collaboration, including 30 on-campus
partners and 25 community
partners, as well as arts,
education and conference
organizations, was organized
50 ANNIVERSARY!
to mark the 50th anniversary
of the Peck School of the Arts
and highlight its contributions
to the Wisconsin arts
community. Several of the
planned programs address
Judaic subjects and themes;
for a complete listing go to
www.arts.uwm.edu
Marlene Lauwasser,
Ex-Officio/Board Chair,
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
jewishmuseummilwaukee.org
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Save the Date: Spirit of
Community Award
Luncheon
From The Archives
By Jay Hyland, Archives Director
ecently, Shirley Aprison shared some photos with us of
the farming community at Arpin, Wisconsin. In 1904,
Milwaukee businessman Adolph W. Rich purchased
several acres of farmland in Arpin for five families of Jewish
refugees. At its peak, approximately 80 settlers lived in the tiny
settlement. Shirley’s grandparents, Louis and Rivkah Reder,
farmed there from about 1913 until the late 1920s. After leaving
Arpin, Louis operated a newsstand in downtown Chicago. Most
of the photos in the collection were taken by Jack Reder, Shirley’s
father. Thanks
to Shirley for
sharing these
fascinating
images with us!
We are
honored to
have acquired
the records of
Beth El Ner
Louis J. Swichkow, longtime rabbi of Beth El
Tamid
Ner Tamid Synagogue
Synagogue,
whose roots as
Temple Beth
El date back to the early 1920s. Beth El was
Wisconsin’s oldest Conservative congregation and
recently joined Congregation Beth Israel to form
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid. The
collection includes an extensive set of temple
bulletins, confirmation photos,
board meeting minutes, and
Sisterhood activities. Special
thanks to David Kazilsky for
coordinating this acquisition
and providing further guidance
about the historic materials.
We encourage individuals
to consider donating
information about local
Jack Reder at Arpin
synagogues to our Archives.
Materials needed include:
bulletins, meeting minutes,
newspaper articles, photos,
sermons and tribute books.
Contact Jay Hyland at
414-390-5759 or email
[email protected]
for further information.
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Unidentified building at Arpin
Grants and Special Donations
We thank the following for grants and donations received for operations, exhibits
and programs during the summer and fall of 2012:
Albert & Ann Deshur Family Foundation
Elaine & Bill Appel
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Barbie & Mort Blutstein
Cheryl & Mark Brickman
Doris Chortek
Penny & Jim Deshur
Erlien/Miller Family Donor Advised Fund
Ettinger Family Foundation
Suzy Ettinger
Eugene Eder Foundation
Neena & Rick Florsheim
Ruth & Jim Fromstein
Inez & Gene Gilbert
Anne & Franklyn Gimbel
Dr. Jay & Terry Goodman
Dr. Gary & Judy Guten
Mimi & Bob Habush
Dr. Joseph & Barbara Himes
Lynn & Bill Hurwitz
Jacob Bernheim Endowment Fund
Joan & Pat Kerns
Ellin & Gerald Levy
Rita Lewenauer
Ann & Marvin Margolis
Nancy & Bob Miller
Beth & Bob Peterman
Jill & Jerry Polacheck
Toby Recht
Dr. Morris & Barbara Sable
Sally Waters Exhibit Fund
Barbara & Howard Schnoll
Lynne & Jeffrey Schuster
Dr. Corey & Rabbi Shari Shamah
Sherwood & Libby Temkin Donor Advised Fund
Nita Soref
Harris Turer
Margo Winter
Wisconsin Club
Wisconsin Humanities Council
Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
Barbara & Jerry Zall
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Please mark your calendar now for Jewish
Museum Milwaukee’s third annual Spirit of
Community Award Luncheon which will take
place on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Jewish
Community Center. This year’s event will
honor five generations of the Peck Family
and their impact in Wisconsin.
In Their Own Words
“Thank you so much for the Milwaukee
Jewish History book. What a meaningful
bat mitzvah gift. I find history fascinating
but it is even more interesting because, as a
Jew of Milwaukee, I am directly connected
to these people and events. I am proud to
be a part of Milwaukee Jewry.”
(Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
commissioned John Gurda to write,
One People, Many Paths: A History of Jewish
Milwaukee. Local synagogues give the book
to their b’nai mitzvah as a gift from Jewish
Museum Milwaukee)
Oral History Participants
2012
Joan Barnett
John Baron
Eliot Bernstein
Robin Cohen
Suzanne Derzon
Judy Eglash
Gene Gilbert
Caren Goldberg
Richard Goldberg
Teresa Hirschbein
Nate Holman
Judy Kaplan
Doris Karp
Marvin Lauwasser
Karen Loeb
Sheldon Lubar
Sandy Mallin
Maryl Pittleman
Sheryl Primakow
Ann Raskin
Rena Safer
Sydelle Shulkin
Bud Siegel
Muriel Silbar
Richard Silberman
Mike Spector
Barbara Stein
Shlomo Stillerman
Nancy Weiss-McQuide
Sandra Zetley
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