May Events at Chai Point

Flourish Fest and exploration of Jewish history are among the featured programs at Chai Point this month.

Amit Yaniv-Zehavi, director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israeli Center, presents a screening Israeli film ‘”Zero Motivation” on Wednesday, May 4, at 2:30 pm. The film follows a unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.

Howard Tolkan, Milwaukee attorney and music aficionado, guest lectures on Thursday, May 5, at 3:00 pm. He will discuss the life, career, and music of Theodore Bikel. The presentation will include video clips of Bikel’s concerts, film career, and exclusive interviews.

“Jewish History Journey at Chai Point” concludes on Monday, May 9, at 2:45 pm, with “Today and Beyond.” Facilitated by Rabbi Steven Adams, the series explores the culture and religion from its beginnings to today and beyond.

Chai Point favorite James Slauson, Professor of Art History and Humanities at MIAD, offers an insightful lecture about Brooks Stevens Design on Thursday, May 12, at 1:30 pm. Brooks Stevens Design is a product development firm headquartered in Allenton, Wisconsin. Their services include research, industrial design, engineering, prototyping, project management, and graphic design, with a focus on consumer-facing and heavy industrial products..

On Tuesday, May 17, 3:00 pm, author Paul Geenen discusses his book Milwaukee’s Bronzeville: 1900-1950, which chronicles the history of African Americans in Milwaukee. The book offers an understanding of how this neighborhood can help a community grasp its cultural identity and the enduring qualities of Milwaukee’s African-American community and how it benefits the city as a whole. Geenen is a retired entrepreneur, author and grandfather of eight.

Flourish Festival, a celebration of creativity all life long, comes to Chai Point on Sunday, May 22. The exhibit “Into Your Hands,” featuring the works of student artist-in-residence Rebecca Ebsen and the residents of Chai Point, opens at 1:00 pm. Throughout the year, Ebsen and residents created works of art exploring the meaning and use of hands through sculpture and poetry. After the reception, stay for “A Day of Play & Creativity” from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Try something new, or hone your creativity in a welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy a range of art-making stations with student artists to guide you. While crafting, meet and mingle with the UWM student artists-in-residence from various community sites in 2016-17, including Chai Point, and view photo exhibits of their work. The workshop is free and open to the public. Flourish Fest is in partnership with the Creative Trust MKE, an alliance committed to life-long learning through the arts. UWM’s Peck School of the Arts’ faculty and students collaborate with area aging services providers to build community and well-being through learning and art of all kinds.

Phil Musicant, community volunteer, presents “The Jewish Revival of Poland” on Tuesday, May 24, at 3:00 pm. The revival of Jewish life in Poland exemplifies the changes that have occurred in Poland related to its political transformation in 1989. Musicant will reflect upon the Poles’ increasing interest in Jewish culture and common heritage.

What is Jewish about Cuba? Find out from Cary Silverstein as he presents “Las Judias de Cuba: A Renaissance” on Tuesday, May 31 at 3:00 pm. Be prepared for an hour of history, Spanish, and Cuban culture. Silverstein and his wife Susie are members of the family that established the University of Wisconsin ̶ Milwaukee’s Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. His interest and study in Jewish history and genealogy leads him present fascinating topics at seminars nationwide.

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.