Explore the world without leaving Milwaukee

Great ideas, robust dialogue, and – yes – sometime vigorous debate. The world around us is complex, diverse, and ever-changing.

To meet those needs, advance our community, and reflect the entire spectrum of those we serve – the JCC is committed to opening its doors wide for new voices and experiences.

From political dialogues to discussions on the Israel – past, present, and future – the JCC Tapestry program offers an array of regularly scheduled classes, special events, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In partnership with experts – local, national, and international – we provoke new concepts, challenge stereotypes, and build stronger communities.

Authors, pundits, politicians, and more. The JCC remains a home for open dialogue affecting Jewish life here, in Israel, and throughout the world.

Questions about our Tapestry: Arts & Ideas programs?

Contact Mona Cohen, Director of Adult Programs & Community Services, at 414-967-8249.

Fall Jewish Education Courses

Challah Studio: Fall 2019
Learn to make an extraordinary challah right before Rosh Hashanah with the Challah Mavens - artist, Marc Tasman, and Rabbi Shari Shamah - at the new Scout Gallery on Historic Mitchell Street. We’ll share seasonal variations for Shabatot and festivals and provide you with a ball of dough (and a glass of wine). Learn about di erent shapes and artistic techniques beyond the three-strand braid, and also have the chance to experiment. After shaping the dough, you will be able to take it home for baking. We will also have a chance to be inspired by the current exhibition at Scout Gallery and learn about Mitchell Street’s unique Jewish Milwaukee connection.
Dates: Sep 23, 2019 - Sep 23, 2019
Days of the week: Mon
Times: 06:00pm - 08:30pm
Ages: 17 - 99
Exploring Innovation: Year 2020
What is innovation? How is it reflected in Jewish history and Jewish culture? When do we as artists and as Jews innovate and look forward? When do we preserve and celebrate the past and look backwards? This mini course will examine the topic of innovation through a Jewish and an artistic prism. This is the theme of this year’s exhibit and will help spark ideas for the exhibit.
Dates: Dec 16, 2019 - Feb 17, 2020
Days of the week: Mon
Times: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Ages: 17 - 99
Intro to Judaism: Year 2020
Do you want to fill in the gaps o your Jewish education? Do you want to learn more about Judaism and being Jewish? Are you considering becoming Jewish and want to learn about what being Jewish is and how you become Jewish? This lively course, co-sponsored by The JCC and the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, will teach you all the basics: Jewish ritual, values, history, denominations within Judaism, calendar, holidays, and even basic Hebrew reading skills. Instructor: Jody Hirsh, Joyce Gutzke, and local rabbis
Dates: Nov 12, 2019 - Mar 31, 2020
Days of the week: Tue
Times: 07:00pm - 09:30pm
Ages: 17 - 99
Back to the Sources Following Elijah the Prophet: Year 2020
A full year (2 semesters) of Back to the Sources: Following Elijah the Prophet
Dates: Oct 17, 2019 - Jun 4, 2020
Days of the week: Thu
Times: 09:30am - 11:15am
Ages: 17 - 99
Back to the sources: Following Elijah the Prophet: Year 2020
In the Biblical account of Elijah, he never actually dies – he is taken to heaven in a fiery chariot. This detail has excited the mystical imagination: Since Elijah never died, maybe he wanders among us visiting the poor and performing miracles. He figures in Jewish rituals such as the Passover Seder, circumcision ceremonies, and the Havdalah ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath. In this innovative year long course, the key element will be the Biblical account in Kings 1 & 2, but we will also study Elijah’s significance in Jewish ritual, in Islam, and in Christianity. We will read some of the amazing folk tales about Elijah, as well as Elijah’s appearance in modern fiction and poetry. Who WAS Elijah? And . . . why do we still talk about him?
Dates: Oct 17, 2019 - Feb 13, 2020
Days of the week: Thu
Times: 09:30am - 11:15am
Ages: 17 - 99

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