Israel

For new Israeli emissary, America is a classroom and sports is a passion

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You might say the new shaliach has come to America because, for his family, he wanted to try a whole different ballgame. Uria Roth, an enthused sports fan, arrived in August of 2019 to serve as an emissary from Israel. The sabra, or native-born Israeli, will be here connecting with community and assisting Milwaukee Jewish […]

Six things to know about the shin shinim

Six things to know about the shin shinim

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This year’s young Israeli emissaries have arrived and if you see them at local events, remember that they’re here for you! Two new shin shinim, Khen Alkaslasi and Omer Maatuf, arrived in Milwaukee in late September, 2019. They’re here for a year to connect with Milwaukee. “We really want to get to know everybody,” Alkaslasi […]

Students for Justice in Palestine national conference set for Twin Cities

Students for Justice in Palestine national conference set for Twin Cities

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National Students for Justice in Palestine is set to hold its annual conference at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities from Nov. 1-3, 2019, and some in the Jewish community are expressing deep concern.   National Students for Justice in Palestine accuses Israel of “colonialism.” Dr. Hatem Bazian has incorrectly accused Israel of genocide […]

The challenges of Israel education — how some schools are approaching Israel

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I want to tell you about Israel education initiatives at several North American day schools, two years into the Center for Israel Education’s Day School Initiative, with the support of the Legacy Heritage Fund. At this time, the Atlanta-based program does not include any Wisconsin schools. (Editor’s note: We happen to know that many of […]

Editor’s Desk: On Israel, the truth takes a beating in local media

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I’m usually a passionate defender of the media. I’ll be with friends or family or out in the world somewhere, or on the phone with a reader. I’ll be told the New York Times or some other media organization is anti-Israel. They say it to me in particular because I’ve worked in the media most […]

Local law students visit Israel

Local law students visit Israel

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Led by Professor Andrea Schneider, Marquette University program is an ‘inspiration’ . . For Cole Altman, Israel has never been a foreign place. A Jewish kid from Fox Point, the 25-year-old had twice been to the country before heading back this March as part of a Marquette University Law School seminar centered around conflict resolution […]

Twenty years later, back at the Tiberias marathon

Twenty years later, back at the Tiberias marathon

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In 1999, Heather Polan Berken of the Milwaukee area’s North Shore ran the International Tiberias Marathon on a whim. It was three years after her first, the Madison Marathon. She ran that one on impulse, clutching the race receipt and change in her hand for the entire route. The ensuing years haven’t dampened Berken’s enthusiasm […]

Man with a swastika near UWM Israel event

Man with a swastika near UWM Israel event

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MILWAUKEE – A man with a swastika sign paraded back and forth beside a pro-Israel event at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee on Monday, May 6, 2019. The event, which attracted 200-250 students throughout the day, celebrated the anniversary of Israel’s birth this month. The celebration was sponsored by Students Supporting Israel at the […]