At 9:00 AM November 8th, a bus load of congregants and friends headed up to the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee (JMM)-to see the temporary exhibit called The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat. Part of an exhibit curated bythe Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum of New York, the show included photography, sculpture, painting, and multi-medium artworks through which 30 contemporary artists from around the world reflected on the meaning of Shabbat and new ways of engaging the idea of rest and rejuvenation.
As none of us had visited this museum previously, we were immediately impressed with the modern, open, well-lit space inside the 1970’s building. Before visiting the Shabbat exhibit, the director described to us the huge, stunning woven Chagall piece, jointly created by Chagall and the weaver, commissioned by the museum for its opening nearly 50 years ago. An image of Golda Meir was even included in the piece; we later toured the exhibit on her years spent in Milwaukee and her influence there.
Other exhibits we viewed included prominent members of the Milwaukee Jewish community and their contributions to the larger community, as well as a section on immigration and one on the Holocaust. This featured a multi-media sculpture reflecting one survivor’s experience in Auschwitz, where her sewing prowess saved her life.
Before returning to Lombard, we enjoyed a delicious Middle Eastern lunch buffet at a local restaurant, Casablanca.
If your travels take you to Milwaukee, the Jewish Museum is definitely worth a visit. It is located near the Milwaukee Museum of Art designed by Calatrava.
Submitted by Barbara Turner