Every three years, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, in collaboration with our partner JAFI, brings a new Shaliach (cultural emissary) to live and work in our community. The goal of Shlichut is to make meaningful connections with Milwaukeeans.

The Legacy of 50 Years of Shlichut in Milwaukee

The shlichut program in Milwaukee is the oldest continuous shlichut program in the United States. Watch a film that reviews the 50-year unbroken chain of shlichim who have become integral parts of the Milwaukee Jewish community.

Meet Amit, Milwaukee Community Shlichah


Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

Born in Westchester, New York, Amit moved with her family to Israel when she was 10 years old, and grew up in Rehovot. She was active in a local youth movement and served as head of her chapter, and performed her army service in the Nahal brigade. Amit holds a BA in English Literature from Hebrew University, a certificate in non-profit management from Hebrew University, and an MA in Group Leadership Through the Arts from Lesley College. She lives on Kibbutz Tzora, in the Judean foothills, not far from Jerusalem. She is married to Doron, and has three children: Yonatan, Daniel, and Neta.


Amit and her family

Prior to her shlichut, Amit worked for Partnership2Gether: The Jewish Agency Peoplehood Platform. She was in charge of missions, student leadership, and marketing and communications for the Beit Shemesh – Washington DC – South Africa Partnership. Prior to joining The Jewish Agency for Israel, she established and directed a Recycled Art center. She also has experience in summer camp work (in Interlocken, New Hampshire), and in informal experiential education. Amit says that it has always been her personal and professional dream to go on shlichut, so she could bring together all her worlds and interests. She looks forward to bringing Israel to Milwaukee in a personal way, using art and culture, and developing meaningful connections and lasting relationships throughout the community.

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Amit Yaniv-Zehavi

Meet Pnina, Israel Campus Fellow

Israel Fellow 2016

Pnina Erza

Pnina Ezra is the new Israel Campus Fellow at Hillel Milwaukee, funded by Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Jewish Agency for Israel. Pnina is from Ness-Ziona, a small city in the center of Israel. From 2013 – 2016, she lived in Jerusalem and loved it! For her IDF service, Pnina served as infantry instructor, training combat soldiers. This is Pnina’s second shlichut in the United States. The first time was in 2011 where she worked at a JCC summer camp in New Orleans. Although she has traveled in the east coast and southern parts of the United States, this is Pnina’s first time in the Midwest and Milwaukee.

From 2011 -2013, Pnina used to work as a co-manager of a youth movement, supervising 250 kids and teenagers, where she created an educational and fun environment and planned activities and experiences. She has a double major B.A in international relations and sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before moving to Milwaukee, Pnina worked at a boutique hotel in Jerusalem as a receptionist, concierge, and guiding tourist to Israel and Jerusalem in particular.

Here in Milwaukee, Pnina works full-time on Milwaukee’s eleven campuses, engaging students of all backgrounds in Israel education and travel. She chose to come to Milwaukee because of the amazing people, and she is very excited to be here and to get to know everyone.

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