Israel

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 […]

1968: Do you remember?

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  Are you old enough to remember what was happening 50 years ago? Here are some of our top headlines from the July 12, 1968 Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, with some 2018 perspective. Welfare fund buys land at Good Hope Road The 1968 Chronicle told us about the Jewish Welfare Fund’s purchase of a four-acre site […]

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 […]

Exclusive interview: What is Israeli ambassador’s greatest challenge?

Exclusive interview: What is Israeli ambassador’s greatest challenge?

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  MILWAUKEE – When asked if he could name the most challenging part of his job, the Israeli ambassador to the United States didn’t say all the traveling or the conflict or the politics. No, he said the challenge is getting people to recall the facts. Ron Dermer visited Milwaukee on Tuesday, June 5, when […]

Local and Israeli students study together – virtually

Local and Israeli students study together – virtually

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  The sixth and eighth graders of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale and the third and eighth graders of Nofei Arbel School in Kibbutz Ginossar, Israel were jumping and singing together on Jan. 18. Well, kind of together. “They had a Skype conference,” explained Lori Abramson. “The Nofei Arbel kids learned a Tu […]

Israel’s ambassador to the United States to speak in Milwaukee

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Israel’s ambassador to the United States will speak in Milwaukee on Tuesday, June 5. The Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee have joined together for a special lunch program with Ambassador Ron Dermer. The June 5 luncheon is set to take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the War Memorial […]

Ben-Gurion visiting Milwaukee. No, really.

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  Carrying the Ben-Gurion name was not a childhood burden for the grandson of Israel’s first prime minister. “For me and my two sisters, it was a normal life,” said Alon Ben-Gurion, who grew up in Israel. “The kids in my neighborhood were like, ‘If you can play soccer, come with us.’ They didn’t care […]

Visiting doctors treat Syrian children

Visiting doctors treat Syrian children

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  MILWAUKEE – When a community group from the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul visited Israel in November 2016, they visited the Kinneret College, a winery, a water management installation and a hospital, among other spots. When the group of about a dozen from the St. Paul Jewish community visited Baruch Padeh Medical Center, […]

Longtime rock for Israel to speak

Longtime rock for Israel to speak

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  You can’t put Israeli Aryeh Green in one category. He’s many things. He’s the former executive director of a nonprofit devoted to assisting journalists in Israel. He’s chief strategy officer for an Israeli company that works to bring renewable energy production to developing nations. He’s even just published a book on his long walk […]

I never expected what happened at Yad Vashem

I never expected what happened at Yad Vashem

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  Shlomo sent us. The soldiers inquired why we were in the special line for the memorial ceremony at the most solemn place in Israel. Security at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum, was tight. “Shlomo sent us.” Where is your invitation? Your badge? “Shlomo sent us.” So…who is Shlomo? “Shlomo is from Bolechiv.” So… […]