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Exploring Social Justice

Help us educate, inform, and convene important social topics from the following menu:  

Ongoing Virtual Programs  

Due to Covid-19, JMM is not currently able to have onsite programs, which generate significant earned revenue. Your support ensures that JMM will use culture, art, and history to teach important stories, develop relevant social justice programs, and collaborate with diverse groups and individuals.   

Sponsorship includes your name on our weekly e-blasts to 5,100 people, mention on Facebook to 3,600+ followers, mentions during the selected program(s) and on JMM’s website.  

Museum Moments: JMM staff highlight archival collections, exhibits, and compelling stories in a live format twice per week.  
Highlights: Moments of Advocacy and Jewish Admission Quotas  
Metrics: Over 20,000 views; average viewership of over 500 people on Facebook

Sponsor 1 week for $150 or the series through Winter 2021 for $2,500

Conversation Starters: JMM staff conduct in-depth interviews of authors, artists, activists, and leaders on a regular basis.  
Highlights: Fierce Urgency of Now:  Jewish Commitment to End Racism and Milwaukee Bucks: On & Off the Court  
Metrics: 8,874 views; an average viewership of 550

Sponsor 1 program for $200 or the series through Winger 2021 for $1,000

From the Archives: The Archives Director highlights a story in the Museum’s weekly e-blast from the JMM’s extensive collections and oral histories.   
Highlights: Oral histories; Civil Rights memorabilia; Artist, Annette Hirsh  
Metrics: Sent to over 5,100 households in museum e-blast, shared on Facebook and YouTube  

Sponsor 1 week for $50 or the series through Winter 2021 for $1,000

Global Museum Passport: Virtual Home Edition: Explore the world from the comfort of your couch with Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s new online adventure series. We kicked off this series in August with a visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum. Upcoming venues include Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Yemen’s Sephardic Community led by the American Sephardi Institute, and Yad Vashem’s Art Collection. All programs include an exclusive tour by the museum’s staff and a live Q&A.  

Sponsor 1 for $700 or a package of 4 tours for $2,800

Virtual Tours / School Field Trips: JMM posted its virtual tour of The Girl in the Diary online two days after the Museum closed for the pandemic; over 1000 people have experienced this tour, some featuring live instruction with our Education Director. JMM has created a compelling virtual menu that will connect with Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Fine Arts curriculum, offering teachers and students an important way to connect with the Museum, even when it is closed to groups. JMM has expanded its partnership with The Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) to offer Holocaust-related professional development classes to educators from around the State to broaden the reach of Holocaust Education Statewide.  

Sponsor 1 tour for $250

Exhibits 2020-2021

Building on its tradition of bringing thought-provoking and issues-driven exhibits to the community, JMM has a unique slate of exhibits scheduled for 2020-2021. Each exhibit costs between $80,000 to $120,000 and any contribution is important. All donors will be recognized on the JMM website and donor board. Gifts at $10,000 and above will be recognized in ads and major sponsors at $25,000 and above will be recognized on the large-scale building exhibit banner with over 4 million views annually.  

To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, Winter-Spring 2021

Through 70 pieces of original art this exhibition highlights the life and works of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, a Czech Jewish painter whose promising career was shattered following the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. While imprisoned in Theresienstadt, Lichtblau-Leskly used art to express himself. His satiric, cartoonish representations of daily life juxtapose shocking scenes of banal brutality with an ironic style, exposing the absurdity of his experience while remaining jarringly human. Miraculously kept secret and saved by his wife, Lichtblau-Leskly’s originals are collected and displayed next to restored, detailed pieces created after the war.  

SOCIAL JUSTICE VALUES: Artistic Response to Inhumanity, Issues Surrounding Fascism  

Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling, Fall 2021

This exhibit tells the significant role that people, many of them Jewish immigrants, had in creating the scrap industry. It also tells the story of how almost everything that becomes worn, useless, or obsolete can be changed into something useful again. Through hands-on activities, visitors will experience the sights and sounds of one of America’s largest industries, its innovative technology, and the stories of the immigrant families that built it.

SOCIAL JUSTICE VALUES: Environmental Action, Sustainability, Immigration   

Then They Came for Me: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, Winter-Spring 2021

20,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. The accounts in this multimedia exhibition illustrate the impact this unjust incarceration had on those who experienced it and the lasting effects on the generations that followed. Then They Came for Me contextualizes Japanese immigration to America, and the American legal and community response.

SOCIAL JUSTICE VALUES: Immigrant Rights, Challenges to Civil Liberties  

Exhibit-Centered Programming  

Luba Lukova: Designing Justice, Fall 2020

Critical Conversation Starters Series: Building on the success of our Conversation Starter series, JMM will explore issues of equity and racism affecting our city and country amid a time of unrest and uncertainty in an expanded format.

Sponsor 1 program for $850, package for $2500

Charlottesville and the Case Against White Supremacy: Integrity First for America (IFA) is holding hate groups accountable in federal court for the violence they brought to Charlottesville in 2017.  Join IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and a member of the legal team for an overview of this landmark case and the fight against white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and racism. The program includes a screening of the short film, Reawakening, by Alexandra Horowitz in which rabbis and members of Charlottesville’s only synagogue voice responses to the 2017 Unite the Right rallies. 

The Evolving Role and Impact of Philanthropic and Non-Profit Organizations: The pandemic and protests against systemic racism have amplified disparities in employment, education, and transportation. Community non-profit leaders will detail their organizational responses and the resulting efforts. Panel participants include: Bader Philanthropies’ Frank Cumberbatch; Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Ian Bautista; and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Nicole Angresano.   

Milwaukee Civic Response Economic Recovery Team: Explore the collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and local non-profit organizations that established an Economic Recovery Team. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color, who were struggling to access fundamental needs. The Team will address their response to urgent issues surrounding education and technology, mental and physical health, food, housing, and transportation.  

To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, Winter-Spring 2021

Ghetto Chronicles – Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto: Join Sam Kassow, historian, and author of Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto, for an in depth look at the unique culture of ghettos and how Lodz fits into the broader history of ghettos including Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto.

Sponsor the entire program for $1,200

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Holocaust: Simone Schweber, Chair of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will lead an interactive workshop to develop how to talk to kids about the Holocaust. The workshop is designed to ensure we balance the competing pressures of protecting children’s idealism while being truthful about the historical harms of the past and implications for the present.

Sponsor the entire program for $500

Fashion Metropolis Berlin: Something unique emerged in the heart of Berlin in the nineteenth century: a creative center for fashion and ready-made clothing. After 1933 most Jewish clothing industrialists were confronted with hatred and violence. Many of their companies were “Aryanized” while they were robbed, displaced, and murdered. Join author Uwe Westphal, as he brings to life Berlin’s fashionable past describing the rise and destruction of the Jewish fashion industry from 1836 – 1939.  

Sponsor the entire program for $750


Museum Interactives: JMM needs to update the interactive hardware in the Museum to ensure that it is supported and can continue to run smoothly. This equipment is twelve years old and a possible risk to our facilities.  


Website Upgrade: As more of JMM’s work lives in the virtual realm, we need to upgrade our website to match our peerless programming. The website poses the following challenges: it crashes if we attempt to incorporate new plug-in platforms to expand our work; there are no vehicles for audience response; the font and formatting are hard to read; and it is unresponsive on mobile devices. Our search engine optimization on Google has been downgraded, making JMM harder to find on the web.   

This is an opportunity to expand our web presence by making our archives more accessible via an upgraded website. JMM looks for a funder to both update our website design and implement a new collections software that will make our archives available to the public outside of the Museum.   

Website Upgrade with Past Perfect (archival software) $25,000  

Most of the visitors to the JMM are not Jewish, and yet the museum strives to ensure every visitor can find his or her own story reflected in the narratives told in our exhibits. These narratives focus on humanity’s resilience, generosity, ingenuity, creativity, and connections to the natural world — human traits seen in cultures across the globe, as well as here at home. Our mission is to build steadfast bridges to soar above the deep divides dug by ignorance, intolerance, and hate.   

Anneliese Dickman
President, Jewish Museum Milwaukee  

Help us meet the challenges of 2020, while expanding our impact. Support Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s 2020 and 2021 programs, exhibits, and educational initiatives. All donors will receive the following recognition including the items listed below the selected level.  

Social Justice Champion: $25,000 – Listed on the outdoor building banner with 4+ million views per year  
Social Justice Crusader: $10,000 – Listed in all paid advertisements  
Social Justice Ally: $5,000 – Verbally thanked at events and programs  
Social Justice Advocate: $1,000 – Listed on postcards to events  
Social Justice Partner: $500 – Thanked on a Facebook post  
Social Justice Defender: $100 – Listed on the donor board at JMM  
Social Justice Backer: $25 – Listed on Jewish Museum Milwaukee website; receives Two “History Matters” bumper stickers


Thank you to our generous donors:

Social Justice Champion
Sheldon and Marianne Lubar

Social Justice Ally
Richard and Nina Edelman

Social Justice Advocate
Jane and Stephen Chernof
Robin Cohen
Howard and Eileen Dubner
Joseph Gettinger
Susan A Lubar
Louise Stein
Jody and Jeff Steren

Social Justice Partner
Mort Blutstein
Sharon and Richard Canter
Michael Friedman and Joan Becker Friedman
Leslie Hayes
Audrey Laufman
Karen Loeb
Carl Mueller
Betsy and Richard Rosenblum
Nancy and Greg Smith
Florence Steinberger

Social Justice Defender
Steve and Judy Baruch
Ann Becker
Irving Becker
Patti Berhens
Joel and Gerry Biller
Chad Blumenfield
Ruth Braun
Karen Clemins
Congregation Shalom
Sam and Peggy Dickman
Sue Effron
Annette and Ralph Evans
Audrey Faber
Rene Gratz
Sharon Guten
Barbara Halpin
Steve Lampe
Phyllis Lensky
Sheri and Lloyd Levin
Tee Gee Levy
Rita Lewenauer
Julie and Tedd Lookatch
Paula and Mel Lorant
Norm and Sherry Malmon
Pat Martin
Darryl Morin
Cathy Nemerovski
Elaine Nelles
Richard and Lynne Pearson
Barbara Peltin
Beth Peterman
Kimberly Redding
Pat and Allan Rieselbach
Judy Saichek
Howard and Barabar Schnoll
Victoria Schwartz Mided
Wendy and Tony Selestow
Shirley and Jonathan Slomowitz
Eileen and Bernie Staller
Libby Temkin
June Wallace
Leonard and Susan Weistrop
Richard and Kay Yuspeh

Social Justice Backer
Mary Avery
Mel and Barbara Besman
Rachel Dickman
James Elsby
Suzy Ettinger
Shannon Evans
Claire and Kenneth Fabric
Nancy Freiman
Denni Ann Gershaw-Smith
Josh Gimbel
Brittany Hager-McNeely and Peter McNeely
Rachel and Dennis Hafemann
Barbara Halpin
Joanne Hepp
Nancy Johnson
Kerstin Lanser
Grace LaRayne
Arthur and Gloria Leon
Barbara Lodde
Katharine Loveland
Jill Goodrich
Judy and Charles Lerner
Nancy May
India McCanse and Lisa Randerson
Tammy Mihalyi
Nick and Janet Padway
Ewa and Neal Pease
Sheryl and Claudio Pelc
Kim Perry
Bonnie Rappaport
Lin Reading
Kathryn Reed
Pat Rierson
Lori Salinsky
Charles Schudson
Barbara and Al Simon
Bea and George Strick
Sharon Styler
Bonnie Klein-Tasman and Marc Tasman
Marvin and Barbara Tick
Rodney and Dee Dee Ugent
Danniel Wilke
Mary Wurzburg
Dean and Debbie Zemel