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Levy Summer Series

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Upcoming Events

Jun
7
Wed
Levy Summer Series – Dr. Tal Elmaliach @ Nakoma Country Club
Jun 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dr. Tal Elmaliach – “Jewish Youth between Zionism and the New Left, 1967-1973: A Comparative Look”

In the second half of the 1960s, a dramatic process of political, social, and ideological revival took place among the members of the young generation of Jews in the Western world. This development was part of the rise of the New Left, in which Jewish youth played a prominent leadership role. However, in the middle of the decade, and especially after the Six-Day War, a rift occurred between the Jews and the New Left. Many of the non-Jewish supporters of the latter expressed objection, sometimes verging on anti-Semitism, to Zionism, and started seeing it as an imperialist movement. Consequently, most Jews in the New Left abandoned it as a political framework, although they continued to adhere to its values and to the interpretation of reality that it offered.

Jun
9
Fri
Shabbat at Capitol Lakes @ Capitol Lakes Retirement Community (in the Grand Hall)
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join your neighbors, volunteers and Jewish Social Services staff for candle lighting, challah, wine, songs and discussion to usher in Shabbat. Music by Les Goldsmith with the assistance of UW students from Hillel.

 

A program of Jewish Social Services, UW Hillel and Capitol Lakes Retirement Community.

Jun
21
Wed
Levy Summer Series – Professor Sunny Yudkoff @ Nakoma Country Club
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

Professor Sunny Yudkoff – “A Tubercular Eden: Yiddish Literature of the American West”

In American Yiddish poetry of the early twentieth century, the skyscrapers, subways, and grit of New York dominate. But the New York skyline was not the only thing that Yiddish writers set their sights on as they worked to find their voices in the American literary landscape. In this talk, we’ll turn our attention Westward, away from the urban center of cultural production to the peripheral Yiddish literary space of Denver, Colorado. There, a cohort of tubercular Yiddish poets would congregate, “taking the cure” in the Mile High City’s mountain air and producing poetry at the foot of the Rockies. As we’ll see, a diagnosis of tuberculosis, perhaps counterintuitively, offered Yiddish poets new natural vistas, new collaborative spaces, and even a new language—English—with which to express themselves.

Jul
5
Wed
Levy Summer Series – Matt Bernstein and Gabe Carimi @ Nakoma Country Club
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

Matt Bernstein and Gabe Carimi – “UW Madison Football and Jews in Collegiate and Professional Sport” 

Reflections and experiences from two of our local athletes. Gabe Carimi played for the Badgers from 2007-2010. As a senior, Carimi won the 2010 Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top collegiate interior lineman. Carimi went on to play professional football for the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons.

Matt Bernstein played for the Badgers from 2002-2005. In 2006, Matt was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Jul
19
Wed
Levy Summer Series – Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy @ Nakoma Country Club
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy – “Jews on Broadway and in Hollywood”

Love a great Broadway show or musical film?  Learn about the backgrounds and achievements of the Jewish talents who have dominated the stage and screen:  actors, singers, dancers, directors, producers, and composers. Featured actors include but are not limited to:  Danny Kaye, Barbra Streisand, Yul Brynner; featured composers and lyricists include Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Lionel Bart, Bock and Harnick, Schonberg and Boublil, and the Gershwins. A multimedia presentation – Cantor Sharon is honored to be accompanied by pianist Ted Reinke and violinist Philip Tietze.

Jul
21
Fri
Shabbat at Capitol Lakes @ Capitol Lakes Retirement Community (in the Premier Room)
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join your neighbors, volunteers and Jewish Social Services staff for candle lighting, challah, wine, songs and discussion to usher in Shabbat. Music by Les Goldsmith with the assistance of UW students from Hillel.

 

A program of Jewish Social Services, UW Hillel and Capitol Lakes Retirement Community.

Aug
9
Wed
Levy Summer Series – Jonathan Pollack @ Nakoma Country Club
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

Jonathan Pollack – “The Roots of Jewish Community at the University of Wisconsin”

Although there had been Jewish students at the University of Wisconsin since 1861, it was not until fifty years later that a significant enough group of Jewish students began to form self-consciously Jewish organizations. These early organizations–the Menorah Society, several student Zionist societies, and a Jewish Student Association sponsored by the Reform movement–attracted Jewish students to Wisconsin from around Wisconsin and around the United States. Like their counterparts at better-studied Ivy League universities, this first large generation of Jewish college students went to excel in a variety of academic and professional fields, and their Jewish experiences on campus translated into leadership in other Jewish organizations.

Aug
11
Fri
Shabbat at Capitol Lakes @ Capitol Lakes Retirement Community (in the Premier Room)
Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join your neighbors, volunteers and Jewish Social Services staff for candle lighting, challah, wine, songs and discussion to usher in Shabbat. Music by Les Goldsmith with the assistance of UW students from Hillel.

 

A program of Jewish Social Services, UW Hillel and Capitol Lakes Retirement Community.