Israel

Poll: How many times have you been to Israel?

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How many times have you visited the Jewish state? Let us know and let's see how connected Wisconsin is with...

Birthright extends age range to 32

Birthright extends age range to 32

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  NEW YORK – Birthright Israel, which gifts trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, has created a new age category for the first time since the organization’s founding in 1999. Birthright Israel trip options for 27 to 32-year-olds are to be introduced this summer, in addition to the standard programming available for 18 to 26-year-olds. The increase in Birthright Israel’s maximum eligible age […]

Land of Milk and Honey? Milwaukee man can sell you some of that.

Land of Milk and Honey? Milwaukee man can sell you some of that.

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  The Torah tells us that when G-d spoke to Moses at the burning bush, He said the Israelites would be redeemed in “a land flowing with milk and honey,” referring to the Land of Canaan, which became known as the Land of Israel. According to Justin Lubin — a Milwaukeean by way of Worcester, […]

Poll: Give part of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state?

Poll: Give part of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state?

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Would you support giving part of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state as part of a peace deal? After peace talks were launched by Israel and the Palestinians in 1993, the U.S. position has been that the sides should hash out what the boundaries are in and around Jerusalem. Since the Camp David talks in […]

Jewish Community Relations Council statement on Jerusalem

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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation issued the following statement on Friday: “Since 1949, when Israel established its capital in those parts of West Jerusalem under its sovereignty, nations of the world have refused to recognize it. This refusal has singled out Israel amongst all nations, denying Israel the right that every […]

Settler and Palestinian find common ground

Settler and Palestinian find common ground

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  MILWAUKEE – It’s not every day you get to meet an Israeli settler and a Palestinian who can talk comfortably together, so more than 100 people turned out to hear one such pair speak. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Palestinian Fody Abuayyash, both affiliated with an organization called Roots, spoke at […]

Wisconsin’s water advocate signs agreements with Israel

Wisconsin’s water advocate signs agreements with Israel

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TEL AVIV — The Water Council of Wisconsin signed two agreements during Gov. Scott Walker’s trade mission to Israel, one with a university and the other with an innovation-oriented arm of the Israeli government. The governor’s trade mission, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, also included meetings between Israeli and Wisconsin leaders in business and technology. […]

Walker signs anti-boycott order, meets with Netanyahu

Walker signs anti-boycott order, meets with Netanyahu

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  MADISON – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an anti-boycott executive order on Oct. 27, just before his trade mission trip to Israel and a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The order prohibits state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that boycott Israel. The move is a clear rejection of the boycott, […]

Israel’s Reform schools are in crisis, with former Milwaukee emissary on the front lines

Israel’s Reform schools are in crisis, with former Milwaukee emissary on the front lines

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  New government rules in Israel are shuttering Reform schooling for children, creating a woeful situation for the nation’s small progressive Jewish movement. “It’s not just unfair,” said Rabbi Nir Barkin, executive director and spiritual leader at Kehillat Yozma, a Reform congregation in Modi’in, Israel. His congregation is affiliated with one of the affected schools. […]

Poll: Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doing a good job?

Poll: Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doing a good job?

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We last ran this poll in April and we’d like to compare results. Tell us how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing for Israel.  

Did you serve in Israel Defense Forces?

Did you serve in Israel Defense Forces?

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  MILWAUKEE – Yom HaZikaron event planners are seeking people in Wisconsin who have served in the Israel Defense Forces, to provide information to students before the spring community remembrance ceremony. Yom HaZikaron, the Israeli remembrance day, will be marked in April in the Milwaukee area with a ceremony at the Harry & Rose Samson […]

Opinion: Who was Balfour of the Declaration?

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  Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) held many posts in the British government, including prime minister (1902-05) and foreign minister. Even so, contemporary British journalist Harold Begbie wrote that Balfour “has said nothing, written nothing, done nothing, which lives in the heart of his countrymen.” But Balfour is one of the non-Jews who lives in the […]

High school in Israel is ‘transformative’

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  Rhyan Orenstein sat on a tank in what had been a desert battlefield. It was her classroom that day. Ross Bordow learned some Israeli history by walking through tunnels in a foot of water, dug by hand thousands of years ago in the Old City. “The major formula of our success is how we […]