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Printable List of Israel Programs and Events




Noah's Ark Hebrew Puppet Play

Sunday, December 7 @ 10-11am

Preview the production.

Max & Mary Kohl Education Building
6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Fox Point

A live performance by GoshenTV, an Israeli theater company. Come for the family fun entertainment or to test your Hebrew ability. This event is a partnership between the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Israel Center. Questions? Email or call Zabrina Tamarkin at 414-390-5724

Environmental Voices: The Natural Wonders of Israel, a Personal Perspective of Gur Shahar
Monday, December 8 @ 7 pm
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside


A family-friendly presentation by Gur Shahar, father to Shin Shin Itamar, on Israel's birds, flowers, and floods. This event is a partnership between the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Israel Center. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required through Schlitz Audubon at 414-350-2880 x0.



Former Shin Shin Yonatan BenAry with a student.
Thank You Dinner for Past & Present Shin Shin Hosts

Wednesday, December 10 @ 6:30 pm
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale


Have you ever hosted a Shin Shin, young Israel Emissary in your home or, are you hosting one this year? Please accept an expression of gratitude for your support of this important project from the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Israel Center's Partnership2Gether program, impacting youth across. the community. Questions? Email or call Zabrina Tamarkin at 414-390-5724.

Israeli Folk Dancing

Mondays @ 7:30-9:30 pm

Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC

6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay


Beginner teaching and dancing is often held from 7:30 to 8:15 followed by intermediate to advanced level circle dancing of the newest dances from Israel. Ages 12+. No cost.

Email for more information including whether a beginner class is being held on a given week.




Israeli Film: Saga of a Photo
Thursday, December 4 @ 7 pm
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC

6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay 

Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is Elisheva in Shtisel


Israeli filmmaker Mooli Landesman discovers a photograph of his grandparents' wedding that sets off an incredible chain of events and highlights a love story across borders involving one of the founders of the Habimah theater.


Series: Shtisel (2014)
Mondays @ 7 pm: November 24, December 1, 8 & 15 
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay


Watch and discuss a new Israeli hit TV drama, focusing on Haredi Jews dealing with every day-life issues. The winner of nine 2014 Israeli Emmy Awards, including Best Dramatic Series! In Hebrew with subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC and the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.


Questions about the film and television events? Email or call Laurie Herman at 414-967-8212.




The delegation of Israeli medical clowns who visited Milwaukee this past week reached hundreds of local health care professionals and Milwaukee area residents. The delegation was brought to Milwaukee by Partnership2Gather, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Israel Center and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Check out coverage in the Sheperd Express and The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. They will also appear at 6:30 pm tonight on Channel 4. 



Modern Hebrew Language Class

Wednesdays @ 7 pm

Pelz Center for Jewish Life, 2233 West Mequon Road, Mequon, WI 53092 

Questions? Email or call Rabbi Moshe Rapoport at 262-242-2235.


Chug Ivrit

Fridays @ 1 pm - December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, May 8, June 12

Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

An opportunity to practice speaking Hebrew.

Questions? Email or call Zabrina Tamarkin at 414-390-5724.





Partnership2Gether's Steering Committee Meeting in Israel

February 2-4, 2015


Be part of P2G's open decision making process about what projects will best connect the US partners of Milwaukee, Madison, Tulsa, and St Paul to our partner region in Israel, Sovev Kinneret, through people to people connections. This annual meeting rotates locations and this year is in Israel. The meeting is a unique opportunity to see Israel through the lens of our partnership. Questions? Email or call Elsie Crawford at 414-390-5762.



Israel: The Arts Tour

April 19-29, 2015


Join Jody Hirsh, JCC Director of Judaic Education & Milwaukee's Artists' Laboratory Director, for a ten day trip to Israel focused on unique arts and culinary experiences. Questions? Email or call Jody Hirsh at 414-967-8199.



Milwaukee Mission 2016


As we celebrate 20 Years of P2G people-to-people connections, Milwaukeeans from all over the community will celebrate together in Israel on a multi-tracked trip. Questions? Email or call Rabbi Hannah Greenstein at 414-390-5764.





Synagogue attack in Jerusalem


On Tuesday morning, we woke up to learn about the barbaric terror attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Our hearts are heavy with grief, and we join people of goodwill across the globe in strong condemnation of such brutality.


Read a statement by the MJF's Jewish Community Relations Council here.


Local Coverage TMJ4: Rabbi Benzion Twerski reflects on the attack


National coverage and analysis

BDS News








Kate Zimmerman joined the Israel Center staff as part-time Campus Fellow for Israel for the remainder of the academic year. A native Milwaukean, Kate comes us with tremendous campus leadership experience at DePaul University, her alma matter, where she served as Hillel president and founded Chabad DePaul, Students for Israel, and Israel Advocates. Kate will spend most of her time at Hillel Milwaukee serving campuses across the city, including University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Marquette. We are thrilled Kate is part of our team and that she will provide Milwaukee's large student population with pro-Israel support.






The first 100 days = Thanksgiving


Amit Yaniv-Zahavi

When my kids were in 1st grade, the first 100 days were counted and celebrated. We arrived here in Milwaukee on August 17th, so Thanksgiving will be exactly 100 days, and symbolically, my birthday too! So, I have been feeling thankful and grateful for many things:


To my parents for living in NY when I was 0-10, thus granting me my English, which is obviously very useful on Shlichut


Doron, my husband these past 18 years, for halting his fast paced hi-tech career in mid-air to join me on this personal quest and family odyssey because he knew I had to do this - it was mactoub (written in the stars)


My 3 kids (Yonatan, Daniel & Neta) who reluctantly left behind scores of jealous and upset friends and family members and a clueless cat to be thrown into a new reality.


To the amazing Israel-loving Jewish community of Milwaukee who have been welcoming, curious, kind and generous and won't stop asking us: "Are you ready for the winter?" In case you're wondering, the answer is "No." I don't think our barefoot family will ever be adjusted to the Wisconsin temperatures, but that doesn't mean we won't enjoy it!


In these 100 days, I have gotten to know many of you, created meaningful ties and have begun planning way ahead (a good American habit I kept from long ago). I look forward to dreaming and creating meaningful programs together with the community in the future. Stay posted!





Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

Community Shlichah


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The Israel Center, a department of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, serves as Israel's central address in the greater Milwaukee community. Our mission is to create connections between the people of Israel and Milwaukee through cultural, professional, educational and travel experiences. These connections are developed in part through Shlichut and Partnership2Gether, two programs that are made possible through the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel. Learn more.


Questions? Email or call Rabbi Hannah Greenstein, VP Outreach, Israel and Overseas, at 414-390-5764.