Israel

Milwaukee’s community shaliach returning to Israel

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  When Amit Yaniv-Zehavi led a recent Jewish Federation staff trip to Israel in March, she scheduled a stop at Kibbutz Tzora. “We were on kibbutz and in my own house, the place where I will be sitting in three months and drinking coffee,” she said. Yaniv-Zehavi, her husband Doron and their children Yonatan, Daniel […]

Returning to Israel, I hope for better

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  In 1978, when Israel was 30 and I was 10, my Israeli parents decided to return to Israel after 16 years in New York. I encountered a naïve, un-cynical and optimistic Israel. My peers were very accepting. I spent many hours outdoors, “unattended,” barefoot, climbing trees, playing. I rode my bike to school through […]

After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

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    I was born on a kibbutz one year after the Six Day War and grew up during the post-war days. I can still remember the atmosphere in the kibbutz on Yom HaAtzmaut then: the colorful bicycle parade, the party into late night hours, with everybody singing and dancing. There was so much pride […]

‘The Wedding Plan’ film to open in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE – “The Wedding Plan” is a comedy about a young woman with an elaborate wedding planned – and just one month to find a groom. The Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, sets the plot in motion with the breakup of an ultra-Orthodox couple. The film opens May 26 nationwide, with showings at the […]

Not Jewish, but flying an Israeli flag in Oshkosh

Not Jewish, but flying an Israeli flag in Oshkosh

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    OSHKOSH – Ben Ganther isn’t Jewish. But no one would blame you for driving past his family’s business Ganther Construction and assuming he is. On the top of a flag pole on the sprawling grounds of the construction and architecture firm – just below Old Glory itself – waves an Israeli flag. The […]

Walk for Israel is now Walk of 1000, ready for RSVPs

Walk for Israel is now Walk of 1000, ready for RSVPs

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MILWAUKEE – For the first time, organizers of the large, annual Yom HaAtzmaut event and its companion activity, the Walk for Israel, are asking attendees to sign up in advance. Advance sign-ups help with planning (especially as free food and T-shirts will be offered this year). Although drop-ins are welcome, it’s best to text “Israel” […]

Poll: Falafel or shawarma?

Poll: Falafel or shawarma?

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Students: Ethics aside, Madison Student Council criticizes Israel

Students: Ethics aside, Madison Student Council criticizes Israel

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  MADISON – Unethical, intimidating and undemocratic tactics preceded the approval of a Student Council resolution critical of Israel on Wednesday night, according to pro-Israel students at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Pro-Israel Jewish students were feeling hurt and disappointed after student government approved a resolution calling attention to various progressive causes while also criticizing […]