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.



Screening of the documentary, " Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation," by Doc Emet productions. 

June 7 * 4 pm

Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC

6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay


This powerful documentary sets the record straight by showing the undeniable historical connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, and by debunking the propaganda, myths, and misinformation that have become accepted truths by so many. Free admission and open to public. Film length: 65 min. 


Presented by The Committee for Truth and Justice (CTJ), co-sponsors-- Advocates for Israel , JCRC of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 



Summer Movie Nights at the J: Something Sweet (Mashehu Matok)

June 9 * 7:00 pm  

Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC

6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay


This charming romantic drama, set in a village in Northern Israel, focuses on three sisters in a close-knit Mizrachi family. When the oldest sister falls in love with her younger sister's fianc?, the family dynamics start to sizzle. Something Sweet also includes some mouth-watering cooking scenes - so don't come to this film hungry! Free admission and open to the public. Film length: 94 min. Suitable for ages 13 and up.


Co-sponsored by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.



David Broza Concert

June 15 * 7 pm Israel Bonds logo

Nicolet High School

6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd., Glendale



Concert free with a minimum investment of $36 in Israel Bonds. For more information, contact Debra Gorra Barash,, 414-716-0094


Jewish National Fund's 

Annual Community Breakfast

June 23 * 7:15-9 am

University Club of Milwaukee

924 East Wells Street


The event is free to attend and dietary laws will be observed. Register online at or call 414.963.8733.



Kinneret People Photo Exhibit on display

June 28 - July 31 * 10 am - 4 pm (Sunday-Friday) 

Opening Event: June 28 * 2-4 pm 


An exhibit of 75 photographs from the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv that focuses on the early, everyday life in Kibbutz Ein Gev and surroundings will be on display June 28 - July 31 at three connected locations on the East Side of Milwaukee.


"Kinneret People" by Naftali Oppenheim (1912-1953) will start at the Sally and Phillip Askotzky Art Gallery in the Jewish Home and Care Center's Peck Hall, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., then along the walls of the Nita L. Corr? Dor L' Dor Corridor, as well as in the Chai Point Senior Living Art Gallery. The exhibit will be open 10 am - 4 pm Sunday through Friday. An opening event, free and open to the public, will take place from 2-4 pm on Sunday, June 28. During the opening, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee's curator, Molly Dubin, and educator, Ellie Gettinger, will provide guests with an introduction on photography in Israel, and docent tours will be available. Light refreshments will be served.


Questions? Contact Zabrina Tamarkin at or 414-390-5724



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.


Chug Ivrit

June 12 * 1 pm

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.



Jewish Council for Public Affairs Spring Meetings

June 28 * 2-6 pm

June 29 * 10 am - 2:30 pm

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

Ben Gurion Way * 30 S. Wells Street

Chicago, IL


Join the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in Chicago!  

  • Faith to faith: partners repairing the world, with presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America

  • Discussions to set our community action agenda (topics will include race, Israel, Iran, anti-semitism, hunger and poverty, and more)

  • Conversations with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) & Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)

  • Workshop: Talking about Israel in the face of disagreement

June 29th will include:

Talking about Israel in the Face of Disagreement - JCPA's Resetting the Table Civility Initiative will bring participants a shortened version of its celebrated Speaking across Conflict workshop, used by dozens of Jewish communal institutions across the country to surface differences on Israel and practice tools for speaking constructively across them. The workshop will include exchange of personal experiences and views on Israel among participants, and will touch on how these exercises can be brought back to communities to open up honest, respectful Israel conversations in the face of disagreements. 


More information at



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 2016

Jewish Federations of North America

Women's Philanthropy Heart to Heart Mission


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







April 2016

In April of 2016 Milwaukeeans will be invited to celebrate 20 years of P2G people-to-people connections throughout the world in Israel. Each day of the P2G@20 conference will be held in a different part of Israel (north, south and center) with multiple tracks to choose from according to personal interest.In addition, our community will have two add-on opportunities: the first, our George Weinstein Fellowship young leaders' Israel trip; and the second, a community delegation to Israel.


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



Israel News and Opinions/Perspectives



Israel Warns Gaza Will Pay Heavy Price if Rocket Fire Continues (Haaretz)

'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal  The Atlantic)


Obama: Denying Israel's Right To Exist as a Jewish Homeland Is Anti-Semitic (Tablet)


Amnesty International: Hamas Guilty of Torture, Summary Executions (Washington Post)


Former FIFA vice-president Warner blames Zionism for downfall (Reuter)


ISIS Slaughters 400 Mostly Women and Children in Ancient Syria City of Palmyra Where Hundreds of Bodies Line the Street (Daily Mail)


Israel's First Jordanian PhD Wants to Bring Peace Through Water (Times of Israel)



In case you missed it...  

Campus Debates on Israel Drive a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities (New York Times)


Opinions and Perspectives

Ruth Wisse: Anti-Semitism Goes to School (Mosaic Magazine)

J.J. Goldberg: What Israel's Chief of Staff is Worried About -- No, It's not Iran (Forward)


Peter Beinart: What Obama Got Wrong about Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism (Haaretz)





Israelis in Wisconsin

Amit Yaniv-Zehavi


One of the goals I set for myself, here in Milwaukee, during my Shlichut term, was to reach out to the Israelis in Milwaukee, which soon became Israelis in Wisconsin. Someone told me there were 70 of us, some said more or less.

Where were they? What were the needs? Was there an Israeli "community" or just bunches or individuals? Did they even want to be reached out to? What is an Israeli? All of these questions fascinated me.

In my opinion, if you feel you are an Israeli, you are one, even if you left many years ago. There are all kinds of life circumstances that cause people to immigrate such as marriage, relocation, health, finances etc...& sometimes "My heart is in the East, and I am at the ends of the West" as Yehuda Halevi put it. I certainly feel that way, even when most at home here. It is part of being bicultural, which all Israelis outside of Israel are.

They say you can take a person out of Israel but you can never take Israel out of the person. This may be true of people who have visited Israel for any amount of time.

That is why, I believe, there is a yearning to reconnect and that is exactly what the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Israel Center, together with the Israeli American Council aimed to do on May 10th, when we had our first "Israelis in Wisconsin" event: A mother's day picnic.

I was impressed by the large number of RSVP's (104) and even more excited when 110 people arrived, regardless of the rainy day. We had falafel, Israeli wine and dry fruits, music, board games and we gave out herbs (that grow in Israel) to all 36 mothers who attended. Outside, we had a Pitot making station in the traditional style with Israeli zaatar and Hashachar chocolate spread. I watched as people got to know each other, exchanged contact details and chatted in Hebrew. The goal of networking was accomplished.

There were a few families from outside Milwaukee that attended: Appleton, Oshkosh, Racine and Madison. For them especially, this was an opportunity to connect with fellow "Tzabars" (Native Israelis).

See pictures from the event here 

Join the Israelis in Wisconsin Face Book page here.

There will be additional events. Please feel free to contact me if you have ideas or know Israelis who would want to connect!  





Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

Community Shlichah 


PS Feel free to contact me 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.