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Deborah Lipstadt is Biden’s pick for antisemitism envoy 

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  President Joe Biden is set to nominate Deborah Lipstadt, the Emory University Holocaust historian, to be the State Department’s antisemitism envoy, according to media reports.  The White House alerted top Biden supporters of the pick, which has been expected for weeks, on Thursday night, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned.  Lipstadt is perhaps best known for defeating Holocaust denier David Irving after he sued her in a British court for defamation for calling him a Holocaust denier. Her 2005 book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” was made into a...

Wisconsin pro-Israel gathering slated for Sunday 

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  A partnership of agencies and programs in Wisconsin is organizing a pro-Israel public gathering, as the current crisis in Israel continues to escalate.  “Our Wisconsin Jewish community is watching in despair as we observe our Israeli family living in grave danger,” read a Milwaukee Jewish Federation statement issued Tuesday, May 13.  The public gathering will […]

Yom HaAtzmaut – or Israeli Independence Day – to be marked with Israeli music star Kobi Oz

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  This year, you can virtually celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut Israeli style, with a renowned Israeli musician’s performance.   Yom HaAtzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day, is often celebrated in Israel with barbecues and family time in the park. The nighttime features stages with music, like Summerfest, but spread across 20 to 30 different cities in Israel, according […]

Kobi Oz sings for unity 

Kobi Oz sings for unity 

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  Kobi Oz, singer for the Teapacks of Israel, can’t wait for the pandemic to be over.  “We are very, very hungry for the big stages, for the big concerts,” he said.  “We are just getting out of the ‘corona’ crisis. The big lights and the smell of the stage. I just want to dance […]

2021 Yamim is a chance to stay connected 

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  MILWAUKEE – Yamim events this month will be virtual, and people can help build community when they participate, said Rabbi Hannah Wallick, vice president of outreach, Israel and overseas for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  She recalled one recent Zoom event: “When you got onto it and you looked in the chat, people said things […]

Shin shin Noam has Milwaukee observations 

Shin shin Noam has Milwaukee observations 

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  Israeli Noam Rabinovich  has been in Milwaukee for three months now and she’s arrived at two key takeaways: the snow is like something out of a movie and the community here is amazing.  “Let’s talk about the winter,” the 18-year-old said. “In Israel, you just need to pick which beach you want to go […]