Israel

Rabbi Nir Barkin makes surprise visit, raises Israel issues

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  FOX POINT — Rabbi Nir Barkin, a former Israeli emissary to Milwaukee, made a surprise visit to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Meeting, to honor his friend Moshe Katz. Katz has been nominated by committee to serve as the next Federation board chair. “You are a leader in the spirit of your namesake, Moses,” Barkin said from the podium to Katz, in the audience. “Your actions and your words are in sync, Moshe. I trust you completely.” Barkin also expressed a mix of disappointment and hope regarding developments in Israel, speaking at the Aug. 15 meeting of...

Hillel Milwaukee Israel campus fellow started Aug. 6.

Hillel Milwaukee Israel campus fellow started Aug. 6.

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  MILWAUKEE – Shaked Ram’s cousin said to her, “You should do it.” She’s a lifelong Israeli. Her cousin was a student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and he’d really gotten to know and appreciate his campus Israel fellow. Ram, having grown up in a town of about 800 families in central […]

Poll: Do you support the law recently passed in Israel?

Poll: Do you support the law recently passed in Israel?

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s adviser for world communities said in an op-ed that critics of the nation-state law that passed last month in the Knesset often are “mistaken and misinformed.” “The accusations about the new law’s effects on Israeli democracy have no connection to the actual content or context of the law,” Sara Greenberg wrote in […]

Poll: What should El Al do when haredi Orthodox men refuse to sit?

Poll: What should El Al do when haredi Orthodox men refuse to sit?

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  Here’s a recent story on the issue: El Al says haredi Orthodox men delayed flight by minutes, not an hour, for seat switches JERUSALEM (JTA) — El Al said a flight last month on which haredi Orthodox men refused to take their assigned seats next to women was delayed only minutes by the required […]

First-time visitors are awed by Israelis

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  Jerusalem. The Western Wall. Masada. Tel Aviv. The Sea of Galilee. The Dead Sea and many other historic sites — these are the places that typically leave the greatest impression on first-time Jewish visitors to Israel. However, that wasn’t necessarily the case for four members of Congregation Shalom, who joined 28 other members for […]

When college students taught us about being pro-Israel on campus

When college students taught us about being pro-Israel on campus

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  Our world is in the hands of powerful teens everywhere. In light of recent events, active citizens know it, political leaders know it, students at University of Wisconsin ­– Madison know it, and now, more than ever, so do the teens in BBYO-Wisconsin Region. In April of 2017, the University of Wisconsin student government […]

First person: My trip with 20 UWM leaders, inexperienced on Israel

First person: My trip with 20 UWM leaders, inexperienced on Israel

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  In the last six months I have gone to Israel three times and in two weeks I will be making it a fourth. My mom always asked me why I continually go on these trips that are in theory all the same – going to Israel to be a tourist and learn the land, […]

Opinion: Are you not watching ‘Fauda’ on Netflix?

Opinion: Are you not watching ‘Fauda’ on Netflix?

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  If you are not watching “Fauda” on Netflix, I must ask, are you seriously not watching “Fauda” on Netflix? “Fauda” is an Israeli-made TV show about the conflict. It’s a work of fiction, about the undercover efforts of an Israel Defense Forces unit, trying to outsmart elements of Hamas. The best parts of the […]