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RUACH, Inc. presents Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ on May 19th
Thank you to all who attended RUACH’s two successful performances of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. The morning show was performed before more than 200 students from six schools located throughout the Greater Milwaukee area. The evening presentation drew an audience of over 130 attendees, many of whom first listened to a presentation on ‘The Jewish Perspective of Good and Evil’ by Rabbi Michel Twerski, followed by the final performance of ‘The Soldier’s Tale.’
Special thanks go to Alexander Mandl (the conductor), the musicians and the actors for their superb performances; the students, teachers and chaperones from ALBA Elementary School, Bruce Guadalupe School, I.D.E.A.L. Charter School, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, U.S. Grant Elementary School and Westside Academy II for their attendance; and Congregation Beth Jehudah for sponsoring Rabbi Twerski’s presentation.
Thank you to Rabbi Twerski for his outstanding talk, and to our hosts at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, led by Brad Bingheim and Matt Whitmore, for the wonderful job they did, as always.
Thank you to David Becker for playing the hero’s role, not just by playing the title character, but by creating a very creative and engaging version of the original libretto.
And last, but certainly not least, thank you so much to our sponsors: The National Endowment for the Arts, the United Performing Arts Fund, and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, as well as The Helen Bader Foundation for their help in producing the morning performance for the schools.
Project: VITAL Bringing Art and Values to Diverse Organizations
An outgrowth of RUACH’s extraordinarily successful Project: Positive Speech, Project: VITAL (Values In The Arts & Life) is RUACH’s latest city-wide program that combines two critical elements: the arts, and positive values. Recently, RUACH has been commissioning lesson plans for this program from talented visual artists, creative writers, dancers, and musicians. These lesson plans help to generate creativity while teaching about worthwhile values, set against a Jewish context, such as Generosity, Kindness, Overcoming Adversity, and Unity. Currently, one of the lesson plans, centered on the theme of ‘Community’ and uniting multiple schools and organizations under a common banner, is being implemented. The participating schools and organizations include: ALBA School, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Westside Academy, Chai Point, I.D.E.A.L. Charter School, U.S. Grant Elementary School, Yeshiva Elementary School, and North Division High School. Artists-in-residence include Sally Duback, Adria Rosenthal Willenson, Karen Reiffman, Arlene Becker, Yaffa Karan, and Joel Beck. Project: VITAL is sponsored by grants from The Helen Bader Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund. Please contact Karen Reiffman, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 367-4890 if your organization is interested in participating.
Yiddish Music Series Brings Joy to Jewish Home and Care Center Residents
RUACH and its Core Partner, the Jewish Home and Care Center (JHCC), have been bringing art and music programming to JHCC residents through the Rubin Sharpe Tribute Series for almost two years now. This program was made possible by a bequest left to the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation by Rubin Sharpe, of blessed memory, the grandfather of RUACH Executive Director Josh Richman, to fund a partnership between the two organizations. One of the most successful outgrowths of this project is the Yiddish Music Series, which brings live Yiddish music to patients with early to mid-stage dementia at the Helen Bader Center of the JHCC. The Yiddish Music Series has proven to be therapeutic for many of the residents, helping them to engage and stimulate warm memories. RUACH and the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation have continued Yiddish Music Series programming, led by Adam Margolis, thanks to The Helen Bader Foundation, which approved a grant to the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation to sustain the successful program for another two years. For more information, please read this article recently published in The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.
RUACH Benefit Event Honors Rabbi Benzion Twerski and Steve Richman
RUACH honored two of its key volunteer leaders, Rabbi Benzion Twerski and Steve Richman, at its annual benefit event this year. The tribute event, entitled “Take A Bow: A RUACH Encore Revue,” took place Sunday, November 17th, at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (325 W. Walnut Street). A 2:00 p.m. dessert reception was followed at 2:45 p.m. by a varied program of featured acts relating to RUACH, including: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Principal Trombone, Megumi Kanda, and acclaimed pianist (and RUACH Board member!) Jeannie Yu; a new segment from RUACH’s ‘Stories that Unite and Delight: A Jewish Story Project;’ music from The Flying Camels, featuring Adam Margolis (guitar), Rick Aaron (flute), Linda Siegel (percussion), and Jim Paolo (bass); gifted young harpist Devorah Fisher; and mime performed by Nancy Weiss-McQuide, accompanied by storyteller Robert Rubovits.