KAVOD: Ensuring Dignity for Holocaust Survivors

Presentation and Discussion: Friday, July 30 from 10 – 11 am

Did you know that ⅓ of Holocaust survivors in the United States live at or below the poverty line? What can we do to ensure their dignity? 

John and Amy Israel Pregulman are co-founders of KAVOD. KAVOD’s mission is to ensure dignity for Holocaust survivors. 

KAVOD’s impact in filling over 26,000 Emergency Requests over the last 5 and a half years for survivors in cities stretching from New York to Charlotte to Los Angeles to Denver has been life changing for the Survivors struggling with day to day needs. Join Josh, Amy, and John for an enlightening conversation regarding KAVOD’s story. 

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Any Questions: contact Paul Borowsky, paul@jssmadison.org, 608-442-4083

KathyArt Gallery

“Kathy Mazur has a unique ability to combine her passion for art and nature with her desire to make the world a better place. Her creativity, open heart and generous spirit have enhanced the Jewish Social Services Chaplaincy program in immeasurable ways.

I feel lucky to have her as a partner in the work of easing the burden of life’s hardships for people in our community.”

Rabbi Renee Bauer, Director of Chaplaincy and Outreach

View her new gallery website www.kathymazurart.com

A Different Kind of School Year: What Can We Do as Parents?

We know how difficult it is to be a parent. And COVID-19 is not making things any easier. Life is complicated and adding the education of your children into the mix because of virtual or hybrid classes only makes things worse. Please join Jewish Social Services of Madison and the Jewish Federation of Madison for part II of our Parents’ Panel

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm

How do we build in structure if we are working and helping our children with classes? How can we reduce their feelings of social isolation? How can we help our kids deal with a shift in school plans mid-year? How do we help when we can’t remember the subject (or maybe never learned it)?

Join Marla Becker, Gan Ha Yeled Director and teacher and Zach Galin, Founder, President and College Admissions Counselor of Galin Education, as they share ways to keep kids engaged in virtual learning, identify ways to support outside the box educating and discuss how kids can thrive in these uncertain times.

Marla and Zach will take questions so please send ahead of time so they can be addressed! Questions can be sent to Caren@jssmadison.org.

Marla Becker is a dynamic and passionate educator who believes in a child focused education philosophy. She attended Whitman College for her undergraduate degree and Pepperdine University to earn her Master of Arts in Education. Marla has worked as a teacher and school director in Madison, WI and Los Angeles, CA. She has 25 years of teaching, curriculum development and mentorship experience. Marla is currently the director and kindergarten teacher at the Hilde L. Mosse Gan HaYeled Preschool. For more information about Marla and Gan HaYeled, visit https://www.jewishmadison.org/hilde-l-mosse-gan-hayeled-preschool.

Zach Galin, has spent more than a decade working independently with students and families in the college admissions process. From academics and test preparation to college matching, applications, and financial aid Zach is dedicated to supporting students’ and families navigate the education system. Zach graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Learning and Organizational Change and holds a master’s degree in education from Bank Street College of Education. Zach currently works with students and families across the country at Galin Education. For more information about Zach and Galin Education visit https://galined.com/.

Jewish Social Services’ vision is for a community of people living with dignity and hope. If you would like to learn more about our work and our community, please visit www.jssmadison.org.

Thanks to a generous grant by the Jewish Federation of Madison, JSS can offer these panels free of charge.  

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Jewish Grief Support Group (virtual)

With Rabbi Renée Bauer and Nancy Feingold, MSSW 

Tuesdays 4-5 PM: November 17, 24, 2020 & December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 & January 5, 12, 2021

$54 fee for professional facilitation, reading packet and book* (No one will be turned away for inability to pay.) 

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 8-week group will support those on the journey of grieving with tools from the Jewish tradition. All are welcome no matter how long it’s been since you lost your loved one. 

*Fee includes copy of Mishkan Aveilut: Where Grief Resides, a book of readings, poems, and meditations edited by Rabbi Eric Weiss. 

Registration now closed.

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

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

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