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RUACH, Inc. is in the running to benefit from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program – Miracle on Canal Street. Half of each $3 Miracle Bingo game played goes to the Miracle fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year!
Miracle on Canal Street began in 1994 as a way to carry on the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives. Since its inception, Miracle on Canal Street has donated more than $13.6 million to hundreds of local children’s charities.
You can give the gift of a promising future to area children by playing the Miracle Bingo game now through December 11. Visit paysbig.com/miracle to learn more.
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September 2, 2014
Understanding Struggle Through Music: A Jewish Perspective
On September 2, RUACH, Inc. kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration with a concert featuring a performance by the Philomusica String Quartet. The concert, entitled Understanding Struggle Through Music: A Jewish Perspective, featured music by composers Hans Krása, Sholom Secunda and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Approximately 125 people were in attendance, including Russian immigrants from six senior residences managed by Jewish Family Services.
Prior to the performance, Dr. Alexander Mandl, a Philomusica violinist, and Yaffa Karan, RUACH Program Manager, gave pre-concert lectures about the featured composers and music to the general audience and to Russian-American attendees, respectively. Yaffa’s presentation and the concert’s welcome and opening remarks were translated by Lena Vusiker of Jewish Family Services.
Thank you to our volunteers and a special thanks to Viktoriya Rubinshteyn and Lena Vusiker of Jewish Family Services for their assistance in connecting to and engaging with their constituents. And an extra special thanks to the Philomusica Quartet and to all of our concert attendees, including the residents of Bradford Apartments, Convent Hill, Golda Meir House, Jefferson Court, River Park and Surlow senior residences.
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.