Levy Summer Series 2020

The Levy Summer Series will not be taking place in 2020 due to COVID-19. For virtual community resources please visit the Jewish Federation of Madison webpage.

Jewish Social Services established the Levy Summer Series in 2013 with the generous support of Jeffrey C. Levy. We continue this partnership to bring you this years’ six-part program series. It is an opportunity for lifelong learners to interact with scholars, artists, and community leaders over a broad range of topics of interest. Join us for presentation and discussion followed by lunch at Nakoma Golf Club. Announcement of speakers and menus will be out soon. We look forward to seeing all of you at this years’ Levy Summer Series!

Liesl M. Blockstein Memorial Lecture Featuring Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

Sunday February 9th, 2020 from 9:45am to 11:00am

Antisemitism on the College Campus: Executive Orders, Free Speech, Inclusivity, Exclusivity and Safe Space

Rabbi Steinberger will talk about recent campus culture – here in Wisconsin and internationally. She will address what has changed in the campus dialogue and awareness – about the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and cultural norms, from one generation to another. She will discuss ideas like Intersectionality, identifying as a Jew on campus and how anti-Zionism and antisemitism often end up in the same conversations, thinking about some subtle and not so subtle attitudes and behaviors, and end with optimism about the future.

Rabbi Steinberger serves at the Hillel at the University of Wisconsin. Since 1999 she has provided opportunities for students on the UW campus to explore spiritual practices, experience Jewish learning, ask difficult questions and come together for Shabbat and holidays. Andrea helps students create and expand their Jewish lives and practices during their college years at the University of Wisconsin. Andrea and her husband, Greg, have three children: Abby, Emma and Sari Steinberger.

This event will take place at Temple Beth El 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison, WI 53711.

Advance Registration Requested: www.tbemadison.org/event/blockstein

Jewish Grief Support Group

The loss of a loved one is both a universal human experience and a deeply personal one. People experience grief on many levels: physical, psychological, and spiritual. This 6-week group will support those on the journey of grieving with tools from the Jewish tradition.

Professional facilitation by Rabbi Renée Bauer, Community Chaplain and Nancy Feingold, MSSW

When: Tuesdays January 7th through February 11th, 2020, 3:00-5:00pm
Fee: $54* includes snack and a copy of Mishkan Aveilut: Where Grief Resides by Rabbi Eric Weiss (*no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Location: Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St, Madison

To register, please call Rabbi Renée at (608) 442-4088

Where Healing Resides

Learning to lean on Jewish wisdom when life gets hard

with leader, chaplain, author and modern sage
Rabbi Eric Weiss, CEO of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

From the religious to the secular, our natural spiritual hunger seeks nourishment.
-Rabbi Eric Weiss

Join us on Sunday, November 17, 2019, 11 AM -1 pm, at the Blackhawk Country Club for a full vegetarian buffet brunch and an interactive program with Rabbi Eric Weiss.

Online registration is closed for this event. Please call 608-442-4060 to register.

The cost is $12.00 for buffet and program* including a copy of Rabbi Weiss’ book, Mishkan R’fuah: Where Healing Resides.

*Everyone is welcome! Please call 608-442-4060 about fee reductions, rides or other accommodations.

JSS thanks Tim and Kathy Mazur for their generous sponsorship.

Read a Jewish Journal interview with Rabbi Weiss

JSS at the US-Mexico Border

We will send Carrie Fox-Kline, MSW, our Immigration Legal Services and Quality Assurance Director to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez for the week of September 22nd. Carrie will teach asylum seekers about their rights and provide legal screenings to asylum seekers in Ciudad Juarez

We know how important it is for asylum seekers to have legal support. Right now more than 13,000 individuals are stuck in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, either waiting at the border to request asylum, or because the US sent them back to Mexico to wait for their asylum claims to be decided.

Community Action for Refugee Arrival (CARA)

Since JSS restarted its refugee resettlement program, we have had dedicated volunteers who have prepared homes, meals and basic necessities for our newly arriving families. This is hard work that happens with little advanced notice. The CARA program, in which Congregations and other community organizations volunteer to partner with our resettlement staff to do the pre-arrival work, is a way for us to share the burdens and privileges of preparing for new families while harnessing the power of existing community organizations.

If you know of a community group or organization that would like to become a CARA team, please reach out to Becca, our Resettlement Director, at becca@jssmadison.org.

The 2018 Liesel M. Blockstein Lecture

Sunday, February 11, 2018 • Temple Beth El

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Maha Mohamed, MD is the featured speaker at the 2018 Leisel Blockstein Lecture on Sunday, February 11, beginning at 9:45 am. Dr Mohamed’s presentation, The history of women in leadership: the past, present and future, will reflect on the current diversified background of humanity and past common geographic existence.

Dr. Mohamed earned her medical degree from the University of Khartoum School of Medicine, Sudan. She completed her residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and Clinics, Cooperstown, NY, and completed her geriatrics fellowships at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Nephrology fellowship at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; and Transplant Nephrology fellowship at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Dr. Mohamed is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Currently Dr. Mohamed is an assistant professor of Medicine at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and she is the Director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program.

The Leisel Blockstein annual lecture is a joint program of Temple Beth El and Jewish Social Services. Liesel M. Blockstein was a beloved member of the Beth El community and deeply involved in Jewish Social Services. Her husband, William L. Blockstein, also of blessed memory, established this lecture and scholarship fund to celebrate the achievements of Wisconsin women in politics, public service, religion, arts, literature, and music, as well as in other areas of endeavor. Beneficiaries of this fund also include Wisconsin residents (women) who are admitted to an accredited course of study at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in the rabbinate, the cantorate, Jewish education, and Jewish communal service. There is no charge for the brunch. However, we ask that if you plan on attending, that you register no later than Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Register Here: https://www.tbemadison.org/event/Blockstein


General Volunteer Opportunities

The following are some general volunteer opportunities that are needed on an ongoing basis:

Drivers Needed: Help seniors remain independent by providing rides to medical appointments and other destinations on an as-needed and as-available basis.  Requires copies of proof of insurance and driver’s license, plus a driver’s record check.

Designated Shopper: Providing assistance and companionship by taking clients shopping or running errands helps older adults remain independent. At times, clients may also need someone to pick up groceries or other items for them.

Back-up Volunteer Photographer: Take photos at JSS events which will be used for promotional materials and social media.

Bikur Cholim/Friendly Visitor: Opportunities to visit with people in rehabilitation, hospital, or memory care. These visits can be made when convenient for you.

Computer/ Odd Job Help: Help seniors and others by doing small jobs such as changing light bulbs, fixing a loose hinge, etc. Also, help clients learn to perform basic computer funtions and to use electronic devices such as television and remote controls.

Volunteer at holiday, social events, and Oakwood Shabbats: Help the residents of Oakwood Village welcome Shabbat one Friday per month from 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. Seat guests, pour wine and juice, and distribute challah, interact with the residents of Oakwood Village and their families.

Please contact Paul Borowsky if interested. Please stay tuned or call Paul at (608) 442-4083 for updates regarding other holiday opportunities including Menorah delivery for Hanukkah.