Events 2018-2019

Monday, February 4 2019, 7pm-9pm

Film Screening: Who Will Write Our History

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and using the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda by documenting events int he Ghetto as they unfolded. Who Will Write Our History mixes the writing of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto. These courageous resistance fighters risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

UWM Student Union Cinema
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Monday, February 18 2019, 6:00pm

Michael Twitty, The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food

For African American culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking as big as the one in the story of most African American families. Putting the microscope on himself, Mr. Twitty decided to fully trace out his family history through the story of Southern and American food. using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and a front ring seat int eh debate over race and food in American Life. Join us at the Mitchell Street Library to hear Mr. Twitty talk about his book, The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food.

Event is free, reservations required.
For reservations, call 414-286-3011.

Mitchell Street Library Community Room
906 W. Historic Mitchell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Tuesday, February 19 2019, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Michael Twitty Panel Discussion

Michael Twitty Panel Discussion Moderated by Wisconsin Foodie Host Kyle Cherek

Golda Meier Library, 4th Floor
2311 East Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Tuesday, April 30 2019, 7:00pm

Anthony Russell and Sarah Aroeste: Yiddish Meets Ladino

Ladino vocalist Sarah Aroeste and Yiddish vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell join forces to explore common themes and approaches in Ladino and Yiddish music. Accompanied by pianist/accordionist Dmitri Gaskin (of Tsvey Brider) and guitarist Rob Sanzone, Sarah and Anthony will musically reconcile these long lost cousins of Jewish music.

Free and open to the public

Anodyne Coffee Roasters
224 W. Bruce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Wednesday, May 1 2019, 3:00pm

Sarah Aroeste: The Sephardic Experience in Ladino Song: from Past to Present

International Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer/songwriter Sarah Aroeste weaves stories from her personal family history, together with son, in this multi-media presentation. Using sound clips, videos, and live music, Aroeste demonstrates with her unique linguistic interpretations, modern technologies, and contemporary musical arrangements how Ladino culture is developing today and still has a vibrant life ahead.

Free and open to the public.

1414 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Wednesday, May 1 2019, 7:00pm

Tsvey Brider – Anthony Russell and Dimitri Gaskin

Diverse idioms, styles and periods contrast and combine in Tsvey Brider (Two Brothers), creating contemporary, idiosyncratic and unique interpretations of music in the Yiddish language. Recent winners of the Concorso Internacional de Canciones en Idish (Der Idisher Idol) the members of Tsvey Brider have performed and recorded with such noted artists as Anthony Coleman, Daniel Kahn, Michael Winograd, Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Yale Strom & Hot Pastrami and Veretski Pass.

Radio 88.9
220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204


Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium

Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium, a forum for scholars in the Milwaukee area to present their research in progress to Milwaukee-area faculty, academic staff, and graduate students. We plan to meet several times each academic year, with some sessions at Marquette and some at UWM. Over time, the colloquium will showcase research projects covering a broad swath of the field: from ancient to modern times, and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Sessions will take place at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies (Greene Museum, between Greene Hall and Sabin Hall, 3367 N. Downer Avenue) and also at Marquette University. Light kosher refreshments will be served.

Prior Events by Academic Year


For further information:, or call: 414.229.6121