February 2020
Save the Date : Levy Summer Series 2020

Tuesdays: June 16th & June 30th
Wednesdays: July 15th, July 29th, August 5th & August 19th
Details coming soon!!
Exhibit by University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage  
"This multimedia exhibit features the sculptures of Mohamad Hafez, a Syrian-born, Connecticut-based artist and architect who re-creates war-torn domestic interiors within suitcases. Each piece is based on interviews with refugees who were forced to leave their homes in countries ranging from Syria and Afghanistan, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and who now reside in the United States."-School of Human Ecology

On view in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery from February 5 – March 15, 2020




The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison's services include case intake and counseling, investigative services, attorney referrals, outreach and education, professional support to government agencies, and fair lending and inclusive communities programs.





PBS interview with Fair Housing Council President and CEO, William R. Tisdale.
Celebrate Refugee Shabbat with JSS
Beth Israel Center : Saturday March 21st Shabbat morning service 9:30am to 1:00pm (includes Kiddush lunch)
Temple Beth El : Friday March 27th Shabbat Dinner at 6:30pm & service at 7:30pm
Shaarei Shamayim : Saturday March 28th Shabbat morning service at 9:30am
Welcome Joni

Joni Pico is officially a part of the JSS team and we are delighted to have her on board! Joni earned her Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986. She also earned her Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Joni really loves working with people. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks, reading, and spending time with her daughter who is a student of music at UW-Madison.

February is Black History Month
Celebrate African-American history by visiting the Wisconsin Historical Museum Black History Month Open House this Friday, February 21st between 10am and 4pm. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
JSS Wish List

  • Pillow cases and full size bed sheet sets
  • Blow dryer (does not have to be new)
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It's time for Goodman Lechayim Lunchtime Plus!

Monday, February 24th
11:30 am-12:00 pm: Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Chicken shawarma, saffron rice, Israeli salad, fruit, pita, halvah, birthday cake (veggie option: tofu shawarma)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: “From Uganda and Central Africa to Madison,” presented by Becca Schwartz

Monday, March 2nd 
11:30 am-12:00 pm: Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Honey harissa roast chicken, rice and lentils, corn, fruit, brownie (veggie option - honey harissa tofu)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Pre-1930’s love songs by Blue Accordion

Monday, March 9th
11:30 am-12:00 pm: Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
11:30 am -12:30 pm: Complimentary blood pressure check with nurse, Lori Edelstein
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Smoked brisket, roasted red potato, coleslaw, fruit, hamantaschen (veggie option: smoked BBQ jackfruit and garbanzo)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Marie Pauls and Satoko Hayami: viola and piano

Monday, March 16th
11:30 am-12:00 pm: Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Maple mustard roasted chicken, whipped sweet potato, vegetable medley, fruit, brownie (veggie option: maple roasted tofu)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Currach Trio: Irish music 

Monday, March 23rd
11:30 am-12:00 pm: Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Vegetarian lasagna, Italian dressing with iceberg salad, rolls, fruit, dessert
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: “From Holocaust to Civil Rights” presented by Simon family siblings

Monday, March 30th
11:30 am-12:00 pm: Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Hickory smoked chicken, whipped potato, vegetable medley, fruit, birthday cake Turkish coffee rubbed tofu (veggie option: Turkish coffee rubbed tofu)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm: “How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted,” presented by Madeline Uraneck


Next month dates:  April 6, 20, 27
Save the Date for Jewish Events in the Madison Community

Warner Park Community Center 1625 Northport Drive
Saturday, February 29th from 7pm to 9pm
RSVP: office@shamayim.org

Temple Beth El 2702 Arbor Drive
Monday, March 9th from 3:30pm to 8pm
Presented by Beth Israel Center, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim,
Jewish Federation of Madison, Temple Beth El, and UW Hillel