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1360 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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The Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. We are committed to sharing this story and the life lessons it brings with it, so that we may enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Jewish life and culture.
 
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Oct. 31, 2019
Linking Houdini: A Halloween Séance

Houdini died on Halloween of 1926. Every year since his death, a séance has been held to see if he could cross the veil and prove the spiritual afterlife existed. This year, Jewish Museum Milwaukee will try to connect with Houdini in the state where he learned the literal tricks of his trade, and perhaps he will once again make an appearance! Find your fortune with roving tarot card readers and get your spook on with a moody museum tour. Dress up in your best Halloween costume; prizes will be selected for “Best in Show” and “Best Houdini Look-Alike” costumes. Imbibe your favorite drink at our cash bar provided by Pour, Inc. Our séance will be presented by Milwaukee’s best psychic, Mary Ellen Pride. Mary Ellen will also give four 10-minute individual readings throughout the evening at a premium. Up to three people can be in the room for individual readings.

Nov. 14, 2019
The American Dream: A century of Eastern European Immigration

Between the 1820s and 1920s some 3 million Jews migrated from Europe to the United States, giving rise to one of the largest Jewish communities in the world. Although restrictive legislation drastically reduced the number of Jews (and others) who could settle in the U.S. after 1924, immigrants continued to come, at times illegally. Among these multitudes was Harry Houdini; he was four years old when he arrived in Appleton in 1878 and bore the name Erik Weisz. He was a testament to the “American Dream,” but also felt the imperative to claim American birth, saying often in interviews that he was born in Wisconsin. Why did Jews like the Weisz family come to the U.S. in such large numbers? What kinds of challenges and barriers confronted them? How did America shape the Jews and how did they change the society around them? Join Tony Michels, Director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for an exploration of the odyssey of American Jews through the immigrant experience.

 
 


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