March Events at Chai Point

Art. Design. History. Music. Chai Point offers all this and more with its March programs.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Alan Borsuk presents “Behind the Headlines” on Thursday, March 3, 1:30 pm. Borsuk is also a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School. During his newspaper career, Borsuk covered a wide range of subjects including federal courts, environmental issues, Milwaukee city government, and philanthropy and foundations in Milwaukee.

Concert pianist Zoya Makhlina Goldenberg performs on Tuesday, March 8, at 3:00 pm. The program will include classical, contemporary and jazz selections, including the music of Chopin and Mendelssohn. A native of Ukraine, Goldenberg studied piano from the age of five. After the Chernobyl disaster, she moved from Kiev to Milwaukee, where she established her piano studio.

On Wednesdays in March at 3:00 pm, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music staff members will conduct interactive classes with Chai Point residents. The lineup is: March 9, Singing with Lynn Roganske; March 16, Drumming with Julio Papon; March 23, Guitar with Marija Temo; and March 30, Harmonica with Steve Cohen.

The series “From Soup to Nuts,” featuring Milwaukee culinary professionals, continues on Thursday, March 10, at 1:30 pm, with an appetizer demonstration from Hannah Sattler. Sattler is the former catering manager of Kehillah Catering at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid. Her cuisine can be described as traditional Jewish with a healthy twist.

Musician and educator Rick Aaron and piano and vocal instructor Karen Horwitz present “Music Meditation” on Friday, March 11, at 1:30 pm. Aaron and Horwitz will touch upon music to aid in the practice of meditation as well as music performed as an act of meditation.

On Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 pm, join new Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Yaniv Dinur as he speaks about his experiences in Israel and America and performs Israeli and American music – and some Chopin – on the piano. Dinur has performed with orchestras in Israel, Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is a winner of numerous conducting awards, as well as a passionate lecturer and music educator. He also founded the conducting studio at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. This program is presented as a part of RUACH’s Rubin Sharpe Tribute Series. RUACH’s mission is to enrich and educate Greater Milwaukee with creative arts programming, rooted in Jewish values.

Milwaukee filmmaker Leendert “Wim” Leydes presents his documentary A Tribute to Harry Makowski on Monday, March 14, at 2:00 pm. In 2011, Leydes, an immigrant to Milwaukee from the Netherlands, met Harry (Hersh Zvi) Makowski, and they clicked instantly, referring to each other as “grandfather” and “grandson.” Leydes, who has a long-standing interest in the Holocaust and related subjects, discovered that Makowski served in the Jewish Brigade organized by the British Army during the final months of World War II and served in Israel’s War of Independence of 1948. Leydes gave a presentation about Makowski’s life at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear on June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of the World War II landing at Normandy in France in 1944. The film chronicles Makowski’s remarkable biography.

“Jewish History Journey at Chai Point” continues on Monday, March 14, at 2:45 pm, with “Medieval Jewish Life: The Ghetto;” and Monday, March 21, at 2:45 pm, with “Enlightenment: Reforms in Western Europe.” Facilitated by Rabbi Steven Adams, the series explores the culture and religion from its beginnings to today and beyond. “Jewish History” runs through May 2016; stay tuned for future dates and topics.

On Sunday, March 20, at 2:00 pm, Marc Davis, pianist, presents an afternoon of jazz standards. Davis has been a mainstay of the Milwaukee jazz scene for over 25 years. His performances display a strong sense of tradition, incorporating the innovations of the bebop masters while still keeping an ear to more modern sensibilities.

Musician Jeff Winter performs Jewish and Israeli Music on Monday, March 21, at 3:30 pm. Winter is one half of the Chicago-based duo Jeff & Janis, known for bringing a lively and engaging interpretation to traditional and contemporary songs. He has combined his love for Jewish and American popular music to create a repertoire that includes standards, folk, popular music and more.

Chai Point favorite James Slauson, Professor of Art History and Humanities at MIAD, returns for another insightful art history lecture on Tuesday, March 22, at 3:00 pm. His publications include articles on Mediterranean art and culture, as well as writing on art and design locally and internationally.

The “Designs of Our Lives” series continues with a presentation from photographer Eric Oxendorf on Thursday, March 31, at 1:30 pm. An experienced architectural, industrial and location photographer, Oxendorf is presently celebrating his 36th year serving the design, construction and materials professions. His studio is based in Milwaukee, yet he travels throughout the planet on assignments for many varied clients. His work has been seen in many editorial, professional and trade magazines and has won awards for clients since graduating from Layton School of Art in 1974. The “Designs of Our Lives” series focuses on the appreciation of design and how it has enhanced our daily living. Speakers will include area architects, product designers, interior designers and photographers.

All programs and performances are free unless otherwise noted. Free parking is also available under the building at 1414 N. Prospect Avenue. These events are in addition to regularly scheduled activities such as yoga and NIA. As always, attending a class, a concert or special event at Chai Point Senior Living is a great way to sample the “Chai” life!

Chai Point Senior Living offers assisted and independent living apartments in an elegant high-rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Geared for today’s active and engaged older adults, Chai Point residents are sophisticated and culturally, socially and politically engaged.