Events Archive

2017-2018 Academic Year

April 11-13, 2018

Anthony Russell Series
Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a world-class performer who defies preconceptions. Raised in a Christian home and trained as an opera singer, he is now a Jewish vocalist and composer specializing in Yiddish song. His innovative exploration of Jewish and African-American traditional music has brought him to stages all over the world, including Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Warsaw.

Anthony will be performing three different concerts as part of this year's "Colors of Jewishness" series (April 11th, 12th, and 13th). Read more about them below. -- Don't miss them!

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April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

Anthony Russell with Veretski Pass, Convergence
Come see the sold out hit of the 29th Annual Berkeley Jewish Music Festival! Convergence brings together 100 years of Yiddish folk music and African– American spiritual music. This exciting musical collaboration joins elements from classical, jazz, blues, and gospel music with Jewish folk songs, synagogue music, and Negro spirituals. Join us for this remarkable performance with acclaimed Bay Area klezmer trio, Veretski Pass.

Location: Anodyne Coffee, 224 Bruce Street, 7:00 pm.

April 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

Anthony Russell, The Sidor Bilarsky Songbook
Anthony Russell first heard Ukranian–Jewish singer Sidor Belarsky on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film, A Serious Man. The encounter changed the course of his musical career. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Russell’s musical journey from his African–American, Christian, operatic roots to the rich, vibrant world of Ashkenazi Jewish culture and Yiddish song. With piano accompaniment.

Location: Rubenstein Pavillion, Ovation Jewish Home, 1414 N. Prospect Avenue, 7:00pm

April 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

Anthony Russell, "Written In Breath"
Anthony Russell creates an a cappella musical conversation between classic Jewish texts and Yiddish songs. A perfect way to begin Shabbat!

Guests are invited to stay for Shabbat Eve Services at 7:30pm.

Location: Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, 6:00pm

Feb 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Sarah Bunin Benor, "Hebrew in the Sunshine: Language at American Jewish Summer Camps"
Dr. Benor, Professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has conducted over 200 interviews and visits to 36 Jewish camps, looking at how they infuse the camp experiences with Hebrew signs, songs, and cheers. Come and hear about her important insights into modern Jewish-American experience as seen at children's summer camps!

Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd, 2 pm. Refreshments served. Download event flyer

Feb 17, 2018 at 9 pm and Feb 18, 2018 at 7 pm

Le Jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx)
The Stahl Center is delighted to cosponsor Le Jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx) at UWM's Festival of Films in French. Come see this 2017 film by Raoul Peck!

UWM Union Theatre
About Le Jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx)

Sept 17, 2017 at 2 pm

David Makovsky, “In the Era of Trump, What Can Israel and Arab States Agree Upon?”
President Trump has made promises about the ultimate deal between Israelis and Palestinians that have yet to yield results. Meanwhile, Israel’s relations with neighboring Sunni states continue to develop and deepen. Is there potential for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking under the new American administration? Download event flyer

Q&A session to be moderated by Doug Savage, Assistant Director of UWM’s Institute of World Affairs.

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process. Makovsky's webpage

UWM Golda Meir Library Conference Center, 4th Floor. Free & open to the public. Kosher refreshments served.

Sept 26, 2017 at 7 pm

Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture
Dr. Lilly J. Goren, “Is Wonder Woman Jewish? The Power of Superheroines on Screen & Public Stage”

The recent portrayal of the superheroine by Israeli actress Gal Gadot raised the question, but even before this season’s film, Jewish “wonder women” have negotiated power, gender, valor, and a desire for tikkun olam, repair of the world. In her talk, Dr. Goren will explore the concept of a woman of valor in politics and popular culture, looking particularly at what we see and what we understand as consumers and as citizens. Download event flyer

Lilly J. Goren is Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at Carroll University. About Dr. Goren

UWM Golda Meir Library Conference Center, 4th Floor.

Nov 7, 2017 at 7 pm

Siona Benjamin: Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
Location: Milwaukee Art Museum

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, India, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings, she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons. Benjamin’s intent for her viewers is to reevaluate their notions about identity and race, hoping to peel back layers of misconceptions that may result in racism, hatred, and war.
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Siona Benjamin holds two MFAs and has twice been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Art in America, and Moment, among others.

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