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!
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.