Israeli 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.



Milwaukee Jewish Federation Israel Center's Volunteer Appreciation Event

March 1 * 7-9 pm

Mark Nagurka and Harvey Altshull


Karma Bar and Grill

600 East Ogden Ave., Milwaukee


Honoring Israel Center's volunteers and committees.

Kosher hors d'oeuvres and drinks by Karma Bar and Grill will be served.


RSVP with Zabrina at, 414-390-5724.



Cutting Edge Israel - Inventing Our Life

March 12 * 7 pm

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


The 100-year-history of the kibbutz movement in Israel is explored - from its idealistic beginnings to its fight for survival in present day.


Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Film Length: 72 min. 

Instructor: Amit Yaniv-Zehavi


At 7 pm on Thursdays: March 12, March 26, April 16 and May 7.


Email or call Laurie Herman at 414-967-8212.


United Synagogue Youth Israeli Game Night

March 15 * 6:30-8:30 pm

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid

6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale


Join us as we partake in Israeli themed games and snacks!


For more information contact Jessica at 

RSVP to Debbie at 



In the Rabbi's Study with Special Guest: Hannah Rosenthal, President/CEO of MJF on Global Anti-Semitism

Hannah Rosenthal

March 22 * 10 am - 12 pm

Congregation Sinai

8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point


For more information or to RSVP email 


Israeli Cooking Demonstration @ Chai Point with Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

March 25 * 3 pm

Chai Point Senior Living

1400 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee


Open to the community.

RSVP to Trish Cohn, 414-289-9600, 



Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front

March 25 * 7-9 pm

Marcus North Shore Cinemas
11700 North Port Washington Road, Mequon


This film is part of the Jewish Community Relations Council's "Our Israel Now: Connect, Engage, Advocate," a program for young adults.


Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at


Register for this free event here


For more information contact Elana Kahn-Oren at or call 414-390-5736.



Cutting Edge Israel - Life in Stills

March 26 * 7 pm
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay


In this unique intergenerational documentary, Miriam,  a feisty 96-year-old and her grown grandson Ben join  forces to save her photography store in Israel. Miriam's husband shot and sold classic photographs of Israel, and the store holds almost one million negatives of many of Israel's defining moments.


Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Length: 60 min. 

Instructor: Jody Hirsh

At 7 pm on Thursdays: March 12, March 26, April 16 and May 7.


Email or call Laurie Herman at 414-967-8212. 



Roey Gilad

Young Leaders Interested in Israel

March 28-29

Midwest NextGen Conference on Israel in Indianapolis


Includes a geo-political briefing by the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Roey Gilad, on ways to combat the delegitimization of Israel, workshops on how to talk about Israel in any situation, the US-Israel alliance, and the rise in global Anti-Semitism.


For more information contact Rabbi Hannah at, 414-390-5764. 



Young Adult including College Student, Interested in Learning Hebrew?

Email Stefanie Sager, Young Jewish Adults Milwaukee (YJAM), for details about a newly forming group.


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 - 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.




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 Missions 2016


February 2016

Milwaukee's 2014 Heart to Heart mission participants

Jewish Federations of North America Women's Philanthropy Heart to Heart Mission

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



April 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 trip with options for everyone. Questions? Email or call Rabbi Hannah Greenstein at 414-390-5764. 




Israel News    

Israel Elections:
Bennett dominant, Liberman hesitant, Arab leader Ouda eloquent in TV debate

Netanyahu's Speech: 
Divided over that speech, not over a lousy deal with Iran

IDF thwarts stabbing attempt in West Bank

Palestinian Authority:
Verdict against Palestinian Authority could spell trouble for Abbas at ICC

Abbas rejects Western push to restore PA rule over Gaza

Israel and Jordan sign 'historic' water deal to save Dead Sea

Boycott Israel Movement Stunts The Palestinian Economy


Israel on Campus  

UCLA Student's Jewish Background Questioned During Vote For Judicial Board

Report: Anti-Semitism Soaring on U.S. College Campuses


FEATURE STORY- Connect with Israel and Overseas FeatureStory   

By Rabbi Hannah Greenstein, VP Outreach, Israel and Overseas


Appreciate unique, and meaningful travel experiences?


SHOFAR KRAKOW by sculptor Richard Edelman

August 31-September 7 MJF leads our community in a once in a lifetime trip to Krakow, Poland. Inspired by the donation of a shofar sculpture to Krakow by local artist Richard Edelman, Hannah Rosenthal expanded this trip by gathering community support for Father Patrick Desbois to locate a previously unidentified mass grave of Holocaust victims. Our community will dedicate this grave and shofar as symbols of despair and hope. For more information about this trip, call 414-390-5701 or email


Womens Philanthropy Heart to HeartYou are invited to join our Milwaukee delegation on the seventh annual Heart to Heart Women's Mission to Israel, a unique journey that will feed your soul and engage your mind. Spend five brilliant days traveling Israel, visiting sites of historical significance and enjoying access you can't get anywhere else: meeting women of innovation who are national influencers and change agents; participating in hands-on programs that are changing the face of Israeli society and helping those most at risk; and enjoying Israel's wonderful culture, fashion, and food.


You will share this trip with amazing women from across North America who are engaged leaders in their own Jewish communities. Heart to Heart 7 is scheduled for early February of 2016; exact dates to be announced. Organized by National Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America. For more information, please contact Amy Blumenthal at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, (414) 390-5713 or


On April 4-7, 2016 Partnership2Gether celebrates 20 years of worldwide participation. Communities from all over the world will gather and celebrate our love and connections with Israel. In advance of this mission, our community will have three add-on opportunities: the first for young people (under 45) from all partner communities: Milwaukee, Tulsa, St. Paul, and Madison; the second, our George Weinstein Fellowship young leaders' Israel trip; and the third a community delegation to Israel. For more information contact Rabbi Hannah,, 414-390-5764.


We are proud that through our community campaign and Israel and Overseas Committee, we can provide limited subsidies for all three of these trips.  




What's in a Shlichut?


I tried to find an analogy for Shlichut and the first thing that came to my mind  was: "Hummus!"

Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

Why? Well, there is almost nothing more Israeli than fresh hummus (and it's one of the things my family misses the most and Doron, my husband, learned to make). Second, it's a spread, and when I thought of how I reach different sections of the community, I think of myself spreading, sometimes thick, sometimes thin, yet trying to cover new areas of "the bagel."

So, I thought I'd share with you a bit of what the shlichut day is made up of (what are the garbanzo beans, olive oil and sesame of shlichut?)

On a typical day, I could start with a Shinshin update (with Elsie, Itamar & Shani) over mint tea in my kitchen. Then on the way to my office at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, I would talk to my family at home to hear what's new in Israel, 8 hours ahead. The scenic drive ends quickly, and I am ready to tackle my inbox, with 40 new emails, many of which suggest new and creative ideas for Israel outreach. I call Chicago (Cultural Affairs Division of the Israel Consulate) to discuss venues for our upcoming Modern Dance performance. I schedule a meeting with a family planning their trip to Israel to go over their itinerary and see if I can help "tweak" it. I talk to an individual contemplating Aliya. I add some great black and white pictures from the 50s to my PowerPoint for my lecture: "The Evolution of Kibbutz." I contemplate along with Women's Philanthropy regarding planning an Israel fashion event. I post pictures from our music program at Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun for "Koach" and plan for my film talk back and Chai point art activity.

This time of year I am also busy with Yamim. Yom Hazikaron means a lot to me. The young leadership delegation from Israel (Yaad Shoshani) created a film commemorating the four soldiers from our Partnership area of Sovev Kinneret, who lost their lives this summer. I am translating it, and we will show it to the community during the ceremony. Yom HaAtzmaut activities bring out all my creative sides and, though it entails hundreds of details, I am enjoying putting the Israeli marketplace together.

I go back into my inbox and brainstorm ideas regarding a new initiative to bring Wisconsin's Israelis closer to Federation. I look out the window at the lake and the snow and smile, recalling the hundreds of snow pictures posted by enthusiastic Israelis on Facebook last week, since snow is so rare there.

Before I know it, it's dark out, and it's time to go home and help with homework and enjoy Doron's home- made hummus, before meeting one of our devoted committees to plan ahead. Inevitably, I will leave some things for tomorrow.

If you have ideas and would like to connect, or get Doron's hummus recipe, please feel free to contact me at






Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

Community Shlichah 




Yamim 2015

Yom HaShoah - April 19 Yom HaZikaron - April 22 Yom HaAtzmaut - April 26


Questions? Contact Zabrina Tamarkin at or 414-390-5724. These events are a partnership between the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC.






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.