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I’m at Tufts, but I’m still part of Mitzpe, Israel 

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  Wisconsinite Julia Appel, 19, recently completed a gap year, including spring and summer in Israel, before starting as an undergraduate at Tufts University. She wrote this article about her participation in a four-month program in the fall and summer called Project TEN with NEXT. The program offers young adults the chance to “give of yourself while living in an authentic kibbutz-based or desert-based community,” according to the organization. It is affiliated with the Jewish Agency for Israel.  I’m a spreadsheet person, and so one of the first things I did after arriving in Israel...

Solidarity mission to Israel during crisis: Post-war, pandemic-era visit was meaningful to Milwaukeeans and to Israelis  

Solidarity mission to Israel during crisis: Post-war, pandemic-era visit was meaningful to Milwaukeeans and to Israelis  

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    When five local Jewish leaders went on a pandemic-era Milwaukee Jewish Federation Solidarity Misson trip to Israel in June 2021, the experience was heartfelt and met with warmth at a time of great pressure for Israel. The trip occurred following the May 2021 ceasefire in the war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.  “We wanted to show the Israeli people that […]

Israel’s new representative to the Midwest wants to reach people drifting away 

Israel’s new representative to the Midwest wants to reach people drifting away 

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     Yinam Cohen, the new consul general of Israel to the Midwest, has arrived with goals.   He said he’d like to reach Americans who have drifted away from the traditional United States-Israel alliance. He wants to oppose antisemitism. He wants to better connect the Midwest and Israel economically.   And having arrived in Chicago this […]

New Israel Fellow was inspired by Havdalah  

New Israel Fellow was inspired by Havdalah  

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  Or Eliaz, 26, joined Hillel Milwaukee as an Israel Fellow this summer; the visiting Israeli is pursuing his dream, to engage students and represent Israel.   “Israel needs to have the backs of the Jews in the Diaspora and they need us against antisemitism,” Eliaz said.   The Israel Fellow program is a project of Milwaukee […]

The Chudnow family project: Timna Park 

The Chudnow family project: Timna Park 

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  Does your family have a project? Maybe you do puzzles together, or maybe you work to improve a Wisconsin lake house?  For the Chudnow family, the project is Timna Park, a desert park in Israel offering camping, hiking and archeological finds. No, no, their family project is not just visiting the park. They’re devoted […]

Young emissaries are thinking about Israel’s relationship with you 

Young emissaries are thinking about Israel’s relationship with you 

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  The two shin shins who arrived to start their year of Milwaukee service in August came for similar reasons – they’re thinking about Israel’s relationship with the world and the Jewish people.  Gal Garti and Itay Rokban, both 18, also say people back in Israel are excited that they’ve come to the city of […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]