Israel Folk Dancing 
Mondays * 7:30-9:30 pm
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay
Teaching and dancing for beginners is often held from 7:30 to 8:15 pm 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.  
Jewish National Fund Annual Wisconsin Tribute Banquet  
September 2 * 5 pm - Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres | 6 pm - Dinner
Wisconsin Club
6200 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee
An annual banquet honoring JNF lay leaders. This year's honorees are Ellyn and Ellis Bromberg, Julie Feldman, Dee and Ken Stein, Amanda and Hazzan Jeremy Stein, Debbie and Howard Callif and the Marquette University Jewish Student Union.
For more information, visit:
Hillel Milwaukee/Young Jewish Adults Milwaukee (YJAM)
September 9 * 7-10 pm - Israel Night with Jam Session, Falafal Bar, Hummus-off, Firepits and S'mores   
Hillel Milwaukee
3053 Stowell Ave, Milwaukee
For students and professionals 21 and over.
For more information, visit:
Facebook/Hillel-Milwaukee or Facebook/YJAM
Milwaukee Jewish Federation Campaign Kickoff
Supporting Jewish community and Israel engagement in Milwaukee, Israel and around the world
September 17 *  6:30-8 pm
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr. - Milwaukee 
Joan Lubar, 2016 General Campaign Chair and Lauri Roth, 2016 Women's Campaign Chair cordially invite you to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's 2016 Community
Campaign Kick-Off Celebration!
Special Guest Speaker: Alina Spaulding
  • Enjoy docent-led tours of the Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels exhibit 
  • Dessert buffet (dietary laws observed)
  • Campaign volunteers can pick up their cards
  • Make your pledge at the event and help jump start this year's campaign!
  • Valet parking will be provided 
  • To register and for more information, click here.
    Film Screenings and Talkback with Filmmaker, Yehuda Yaniv
    *Yehuda Yaniv is the father of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Shlichah, Amit Yaniv-Zehavi
    eptember 24 * 7-9 pm
    Rubenstein Pavilion
    1400 North Prospect Ave., Milwaukee
    Unetane Tokef
    The film follows the process of composing the song/prayer (piut) "Unetane Tokef" by the late Israeli composer Yair Rosenblum while living in kibbutz Beit Hashita in Northern Israel. Eleven of the kibbutz members were killed in the Yom- Kippur war, more than in any other kibbutz. The musician wrote it in their memory. The ancient words, which have become a symbol for Israeli and Jewish identity, get a completely new meaning when talking about the dead soldiers.
    Free admission, open to public | Film Length: 52 min.
    Questions? Contact Zabrina Tamarkin at 414-390-5724
    Sponsored by the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
    September 30 * 7-9 pm
    Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
    6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

    The Crucial Choices of N. Bezem
    The Israeli painter Naftali Bezem is considered by many to be one of the giants of Jewish art of the 20th century. Bezem had refused, until this film, any real exposure of his personal life or explanations of the symbols in his art. The film follows the 87-year-old Bezem along a span of 15 years, in Israel and abroad. 
    Free admission, open to public | Film Length: 52 min.
    Questions? Contact Zabrina Tamarkin at 414-390-5724
    Co-sponsored by the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.


    Young Adult including College Student, Interested in Learning Hebrew?

    Email Stefanie Sager, Young Jewish Adults Milwaukee (YJAM), for details.


    Modern Hebrew Language Class

    Wednesdays * 7 pm

    Pelz Center for Jewish Life

    2233 West Mequon Road, Mequon 


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


    ISRAEL CONFERENCESIsraelConferences


    Jewish National Fund
    2015 National Conference

    October 23 - 26, 2015

    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

    200 North Columbus Drive
    Chicago, IL

    Jewish National Fund's National Conference brings together hundreds of committed Jewish leaders from across the country to learn about the key issues of the day that affect us in the U.S. and in Israel.


    Honoring: Ambassador Michael Oren with The Shalom Peace Award

    Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Ron Prosor, Permanent Rep. of the State of Israel to the United Nations

    For more information, call 855-356-0224 or email

    Register here


    Milwaukee Missions 2016


    Womens Philanthropy Heart to Heart


    February 7-11, 2016

    Heart to Heart 7 Women's Mission to Israel

    National Chair: Andrea Schneider

    Milwaukee Chair: Jody Herbert


    In February 2016, National Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America will lead its seventh annual Heart to Heart mission. Come join our Milwaukee delegation and experience this life-changing journey with a multigenerational group of engaged Jewish women from across North America. Learn about how Israeli women and their families are moving forward after last summer's conflict, and how we can continue to support them. Meet amazing women who are playing leading roles in fields like medicine, fashion, art, business and spirituality. Experience groundbreaking, Federation-supported programs that are improving the lives of vulnerable Israelis. Enjoy Israel's unique culture, fashion, and food. And return home empowered to be a leader in your community. 

    Questions? Email or call Amy Blumenthal at 414-390-5713.




    March 27 - April 7, 2016


    Milwaukee will celebrate 20 years of Partnership2Gether's people to people connections with a community mission to Israel. The mission includes behind the scenes looks at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, including conversations with Israeli journalists, study and volunteering with Tel Aviv's immigrant populations, and giving back to Israel through at Leket food bank. We will spend time with Israelis in our partnership region as well as former shlichim and shinshinim to Milwaukee. The four days of P2G at 20 celebration includes more than 550 communities from all over the world celebrating the ongoing the strength of partnerships with Israel.  Subsidies are available on a first come first serve basis. Register here.


    Questions? Email or call Rabbi Hannah Greenstein at 414-390-5764. 



    Israel News and Opinions/Perspectives
    For background and analysis about the Iran nuclear agreement, visit our Iran Resource Page .
    Opinions and Perspectives  
    Dov Hirth: With Great Light Comes Great Responsibility  (Times of Israel)
    Dennis Ross and David H. Petraeus: How to Put Some Teeth in the Nuclear Deal with Iran  (Washington Post)
    Daniel Gordis: A Dose of Nuance: What if we stopped 'hasbara'?  (Jerusalem Post)
    The above articles reflect a range of opinions and do not reflect the position of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

    Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

    Israel as a charger:

    I recently returned from a 2 week visit to Israel.
    My trip surrounded our family simchah, Daniel's bar mitzvah.
    Within moments of my arrival, I was immersed in all the familiar sights and smells of my home.
    The Hebrew language, the lack of personal space as I waited for my M&M filled luggage, the heat and humidity all left no doubt as to my whereabouts.
    This is what my two weeks looked like: rehearsals for the bar mitzvah performance, ice-coffee with friends, Shabbat dinner with my family, salad with former colleagues, hiking & swimming up north,  Doron's mother 80th birthday, cuddling with my cat, weeding our herb garden, spending  time with my neighbors and kibbutz friends, listening to heated arguments over the props, a wedding in which I danced barefoot for three hours, browsing stalls and haggling at the Ramla market, eating falafel, fresh hummus and crushed Syrian olives (my weakness), switching between cooling off at the pool and the air conditioning, more hugs, more home cooked meals, more coffee, some tears, packing, Daniel's bar mitzvah class's performance in front of the whole kibbutz and guests, and finally, the pain of separating for many months again multiplied by five, as I watched each family member prepare to follow me back to Milwaukee to continue what we began one year ago: bringing Israel to you!
    I am now fully charged with Israeli fresh fruit & vegetables, Vitamin D from all the sun, Doron's family beautifully music making and singing Israeli songs, lots of hugs from my far away friends, who I miss so much, the easiness in which a conversation is formed, the direct humor and candid remarks that sometimes burn like the hot Israeli sun, but are earnest, the spontaneity in which a sidewalk chat with three becomes a potluck dinner with 15. My battery is refilled.
    I invite you to plug in as well! When you visit Israel, you experience what it is to belong to a large Jewish people. Your home expands, your perception alters a bit so as to include more. Talk to anyone who has visited and hear stories. The thing about Israel is that it leaves no one indifferent. I will be on the Milwaukee Jewish community Israel trip in late March. Come experience Israel with me!
    And for those who can't visit Israel right now, I invite you to join any of the upcoming Israel Center activities: Israeli documentary films by my father, Yehuda Yaniv visiting next month, Partnershp2Gether beer/cheese/chocolate makers delegation from Israel, come listen to a lecture on the evolution of kibbutz, or join me in an a recycled art workshop, or just meet me for coffee.

    Amit Yaniv-Zehavi
    Community Shlichah 

    PS Feel free to contact me at

    SAVE THE DATESavetheDate
    Michael Anderson

    American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Middle East Update 
    October 13 * 7 pm - Dessert & Coffee
    Lake Park Synagogue 
    3207 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee 

    Featuring Michael Anderson, Midwest Synagogue initiative Director.

    For more information please contact Ashley Abramowicz at



    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.