April 1, 1901 is the day that the Settlement Cook Book was published. The cookbook appeared in numerous editions, but here is the story of the first.
Artist-activist Arthur Szyk dedicated his career to standing up against injustice and defending universal freedom, so it is fitting that he chose to illustrate the ‘Book of Esther’. In a provocative piece showing Haman hanging from the gallows meant for the Jews, Szyk inserts himself into the Purim story.
Arthur Szyk was an immigrant to the US, but felt deeply for African Americans and portrayed their struggle in his artwork.
By: Patti Sherman-Cisler, Executive Director, Jewish Museum Milwaukee This editorial appeared in the February 2016 edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee will present the work of mid-20th century artist and activist Arthur Szyk, (pronounced “Shik”), through the originally curated exhibit, Arthur Szyk: The Art of Illumination, which will be on display […]
When the Democratic candidates for president face-off tomorrow in the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we are fairly certain that this is the first time a debate will take place in a former synagogue. (If anyone can counter this, we are excited […]
By: Ellie Gettinger, Education Director In researching and developing Southern Exposure: The Jews of Argentina, one of the stories that really stuck with me was that of Adolph Eichmann and his presence in Argentina. Following World War II, Juan Peron, who had been sympathetic to the fascist governments in Europe, re-opened immigration to Argentina. This […]
By Ellie Gettinger, Education Director In thinking about Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, I always consider how the warmth and light of our hanukiahs brighten the cold and drab December days. As the days at this time of year get shorter and shorter with night falling progressively earlier, we add a candle each night, […]
This piece came to us from one of our allies in the community, teacher extraordinaire Kelly O’Keefe Boettcher. Kelly learned about the museum when she staffed the Ulster Project and has continued to connect us with her school, Rufus King High School. Learn why she thinks you should get on the bus, both as funders […]
Turner Classic Movies shows films with Jewish themes. The following is a list of related films showing this November. Monday, November 2 12:00 AM Great Dictator, The (1940) A Jewish barber takes the place of a war-hungry dictator. Dir: Charles Chaplin Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Godard, Jack Oakie. BW-125 min Thursday, November 5 7:00 […]
Stitching History From the Holocaust, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s originally curated exhibition, about Hedy and Paul Strnad and the loss of their talent due to the Holocaust continues to make news and receive accolades. The Museum received the prestigious History in Progress (HIP) Award from the American Association of State and Local History, one of […]