Israel

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 Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee. The event was a program of the church, Friends of Roots and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council. The men didn’t detail any possible solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian...

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. […]

Holocaust survivors, former Wisconsinites, celebrated 70 years together

Holocaust survivors, former Wisconsinites, celebrated 70 years together

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  Feiga and Felix Bandos just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, which is quite a feat. Making it even more notable than their 70 years together is that both survived the Holocaust before moving to Milwaukee, then Israel. Melanie Bandos of Bayside said her father-in-law, Felix, was having health issues before 2015 and it made […]

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 […]

Hillel Milwaukee offers Israel Spring Leadership Mission

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  Hillel Milwaukee is offering an Israel Spring Leadership Mission for the first time. The trip is open to all Jewish students from every university and college in the Milwaukee area through an application process. The trip is scheduled for March 16-25, 2018. “This is a deep-dive into Israel to further develop students’ leadership skills […]

State senators oppose BDS with bill

State senators oppose BDS with bill

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  MADISON — Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga, both Brookfield Republicans, released a bill in October that would prohibit businesses from engaging in boycotts of Israel as a condition of any state contract. “Boycotts of Israel must be fought because they do not just attack the Jewish state. This propaganda campaign is also […]

Poll: Do you have hummus in the fridge?

Poll: Do you have hummus in the fridge?

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Is Israel obsessed with hummus? Does that filter down to those who read the Chronicle? Help us solve this important mystery, please, by answering this question …

Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates hummus, visits 1945

Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates hummus, visits 1945

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MEQUON – The Marcus North Shore Cinema will again be home to the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. The eight-film festival runs Oct. 22 – Oct. 26. This year’s festival includes films from Belgium, France, Israel, United States, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Subjects include […]

Join an Israeli-American study group 

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MILWAUKEE – An Israeli-American study group is forming to help bridge the gap between the two. The Jews of Israel and of the U.S. each face their own cultural and societal challenges and triumphs, and group organizers seek participants to learn from each other and strengthen their communal ties. Rabbi Hannah Greenstein, vice president of […]

Opinion: Objections to Israel’s BDS law are overwrought and hypocritical

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JERUSALEM – In July, five leaders of the virulent BDS groups Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine were barred at Dulles International Airport from boarding a flight to Israel. The move reportedly was the result of an amendment to Israel’s Law of Entry denying admission of senior activists of leading BDS organizations to […]

Opinion: Why rabbis like me oppose Israel’s ban on BDS activists

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  MADISON – In March, the Israeli Knesset passed a law that denies entry to foreigners who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS. At the time, the law felt so insidious because it introduced a political litmus test designed to exclude those who object to Israel’s policies. It served to stifle legitimate […]