Israel

Children of fallen Israeli soldiers visit Chicago, New York and the Dells

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  WISCONSIN DELLS – Every summer since 2010, the Jewish Community Center Chicago Camp Chi in the Dells has opened its bunks to a group of Israeli campers. Between the water sports and top-of-your-lungs singing, the (kosher) bug juice and ropes course, the biggest reason for these campers to be here is the simplest: it’s […]

Shlichah: Artist, mom and Israeli, Keren and her family are here for you

Shlichah: Artist, mom and Israeli, Keren and her family are here for you

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  MILWAUKEE – She’s outdoorsy, with a love of art and a career in Israeli galleries, and her family lineage is so cemented to Israel, she comes to Wisconsin representing her country with an unbridled passion. “We need to create strong connections because we are different, but we are one people,” said Keren Weisshaus, the […]

Israeli diplomat’s Wisconsin message: Mispacha (family) matters

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It’s easy to forget that Israel is over 6,000 miles away when standing in front of 700 supporters at our annual Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. It’s moments like these that make me feel like I’ve been a member of the Midwest Jewish community forever. It reminds me what I already know – that the Jewish people […]

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is back home, admiring Israeli optimism

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Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman returned from his first trip to Israel with admiration for Israeli optimism and an unflagging support for the Jewish state. The incumbent in the Sixth Congressional District won more than 57 percent of the vote with two opponents in 2016. For 2018, Dan Kohl of Mequon, the nephew of former […]

For Dan Kohl, supporting Israel is nothing new

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GRAFTON – Dan Kohl, candidate for Congress, is no stranger to thinking about solutions to Israel’s most difficult problems. The incumbent in the Sixth Congressional District is Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman, who won more than 57 percent of the vote with two opponents in 2016. For 2018, Dan Kohl of Mequon, the nephew of former U.S. Sen. […]

Candidate for Congress sees Israel through economic lens

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Scott Olmer, a candidate for Congress who knows he faces an uphill battle, is a supporter of Israel, based largely on economic grounds. In an interview, he said he very much views the United States relationship with Israel through an economic lens. “Obviously having an ally and a friend within the Middle East is essential. […]

Poll: Should there be a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall?

Poll: Should there be a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall?

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Mixed-gender prayer at the Western Wall has been a topic of controversy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet this summer froze a government decision to create an official egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall. The suspension came after haredi Orthodox political parties put pressure on Netanyahu to scrap the agreement.

American leaders oppose Netanyahu’s Western Wall decision

American leaders oppose Netanyahu’s Western Wall decision

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American Jewish leaders are reacting in a way rarely seen – speaking critically of current Israeli policy. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reneged in a Cabinet vote Sunday, June 25, effectively canceling the deal and […]

Get healthy: Be inspired by an Israeli hiker in Wisconsin

Get healthy: Be inspired by an Israeli hiker in Wisconsin

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  If you’re looking to get healthy this summer, try bringing hiking into your heart like Shin Shin Omer Brymok has. As a shin shin, Brymok is a young cultural emissary from Israel. He is now at the tail-end of a year spent in Milwaukee – with side trips elsewhere. He took nature walks wherever he went […]

First person: Ecological delegation to Israel comes away wiser

First person: Ecological delegation to Israel comes away wiser

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  What was the ecological delegation? Three visitors to Israel from the Milwaukee area were part of an ecological delegation earlier this year. The Partnership2Gether program, a cooperative venture of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel, created the trip to encourage human connections among people who work in ecological development and environmental education. More […]

The force of truth: films from Israel

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  Fran Assa of Shorewood reviews current film and finds a reveal of women’s experiences in ways that are achingly true, for the most part. * * * Something is happening in Israeli/Israeli-Palestinian film production that is unique. It is the deliberate and forceful exploration of fundamental philosophical questions: what is a man, and what […]