Israel

A Wisconsinite’s gap year in Israel: Lauren Cayle saw Israel in pandemic, conflict 

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  Lauren Cayle’s decision to postpone her first year of undergraduate education at American University was an easy one.   “The coronavirus,” she explained bluntly. “It hit, and I’m someone who learns much better in person — I’m a very visual learner — so being online was not going to be very good for me.”   Instead, […]

Shaked Ram says goodbye to Hillel Milwaukee 

Shaked Ram says goodbye to Hillel Milwaukee 

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  Hillel Milwaukee Executive Director Deb Fendrich laments the departure of a good friend.  Marquette University graduate Amanda Krahn said she feels like she is losing a sister.  Both say that Shaked Ram, a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, has made a lasting impact on college-age and young adult Jews in Milwaukee. Her exit last month […]

Sophie Packman took a gap year in Israel; she found a path despite pandemic, conflict

Sophie Packman took a gap year in Israel; she found a path despite pandemic, conflict

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  The coronavirus pandemic led Nicolet High School graduate Sophie Packman to think about what she really wanted out of her college experience.   “As things just kept getting worse, I started to question more and more what my freshman year would look like in a world like this,” Packman said. “And whether I wanted to […]

We must make it work – I’m an ER doctor in Israel, from Wisconsin, and I was here for the rockets

We must make it work – I’m an ER doctor in Israel, from Wisconsin, and I was here for the rockets

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 A May 21 cease-fire ended 11 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas, which rules Gaza. Jeffrey Green, author of this article, is a Wisconsin physician who was there during the conflict. More photos at end of article.  As an emergency physician and a dual American and Israeli citizen residing in Tel Aviv, I want to live life, […]

Memories from a Walk for Israel with unwanted visitors 

Memories from a Walk for Israel with unwanted visitors 

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  At age 13, I joined the Walk for Israel in Milwaukee. Israel was 25 years old and in the early years of the walk, its distance was measured in a mile per year of the independence anniversary.  In 1973, the walk widely looped from the JCC on Prospect Avenue to the Temple Shalom parking […]

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 […]

Sinai hosts monthly discussion with Israeli shul 

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  About 25 people from Congregation Sinai in Fox Point and Emet veShalom in Nahariya, Israel, are connecting on a monthly basis through Zoom to discuss coping with uncertainty.   The group reads and discusses, in English, Jewish texts relating to the theme “ ‘I just don’t know!’ – Dealing with (and Embracing) Uncertainty.”   In addition […]