Yamim 2022

Three special days – YAMIM – for our community to come together to honor the resilience and miraculous journey of the Jewish people.

Thank you to everyone who attended Yamim 2022.

Yom HaShoah | Holocaust Remembrance Day
Wednesday, April 27
6 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Dr. Amy Shapiro & Leo Kleiner
Held in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall

Stand with the Milwaukee community in memorial to the Six Million and in remembrance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and all resistance.

Special Guest: Pinchas Gutter

Pinchas Gutter was born in 1932, in Lodz, Poland, into a Hasidic family that could trace their Polish roots back 400 hundred years. His father and grandfather owned one of the largest wineries in Poland. Pinchas, his parents, and his twin sister lived in the Warsaw ghetto during the uprising, before being discovered and deported to Majdanek, where all but Pinchas were murdered. Pinchas would go on to survive six concentration camps before his liberation in 1945 in Theresienstadt. Pinchas will reflect on what was lost during the Holocaust and on why preserving Holocaust survivor testimonies are so important.

Yom HaZikaron | Israel’s Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, May 3
6 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Bobbi Rector & Peter Klein
Held in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall

Join us in honoring Israel’s victims of terror and fallen soldiers and other Israeli security services.

Special Guest: Shulamit “Shuli” Mualem-Rafaeli

Shuli is an Israeli nurse and past member of the Knesset. In 1997, her husband Moshe was one of 73 Israeli soldiers killed in what is known as the “helicopter disaster.” After his death, she served as Deputy and Acting Chairman of the IDF Widows and Orphans organization.
She also wrote several posthumous letters to her husband, which were
published in a book, “My beloved Mualem.” Shuli will reflect on the 25-year commemoration of the tragic collision of two Israeli Air Force transport helicopters ferrying Israeli soldiers.

Artwork by students will be shown at the beginning of the program. The artwork was created by the following schools to commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers: Bader Hillel Academy; Congregation Beth El of Sheboygan; Milwaukee Community Hebrew School; and Milwaukee Jewish Day School.

View the artwork here.

Yom HaAtzmaut | Israeli Independence Day
Sunday, May 15
2 p.m.
Co-Chairs: Robin & Steven Arenzon
Held on the outside grounds of the JCC

Join us IN-PERSON for Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel!

Event Details:
Opening Ceremony & Walk for Israel – 2 to 3 p.m.
Celebration – 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Family Activities
Israeli/Kosher food available for purchase



Annual Yamim funds come from these generous endowment funds of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation:

Arthur & Rose Chrustowski Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund 

Raye & David David Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund 

Sam & Edith Kopel Family Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund 

Eva & Leon Lepold Family Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund 

William & Franka Neufeld Holocaust Education Memorial JCC Endowment Fund 

Walter W. Peltz Memorial JCC Endowment for Furthering Holocaust Education 

Luba Szlosberg Memorial JCC Endowment Fund 

Pincus & Bluma Weinstock Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund 

Yom HaAtzmaut/Walk for Israel – Schuster

Metals/Atid Properties JCC Endowment Fund

Community Donors

Cheryl and Mark Brickman

Betty Chrustowski

Robyn and Marc Eiseman

Idy Goodman

Laura and Menachem Graupe

Moshe and Deb Katz / Atid Properties

Joan and David Kazan

Judi and Michael Ketten

Donna and Leo Kleiner

Rachael and David Marks

Larry and Ronna Pachefsky / Mr. P’s Tires

Jeanette and Bruce Peckerman

Bobbi and Paul Rector

Jodi Habush and Dan Sinykin

Julie and Yoni Zvi

Organizational Partners

Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah

BBYO – Wisconsin Region 

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid 

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun 

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha

Congregation Shalom

Congregation Sinai

Hillel Milwaukee

Lake Park Synagogue

Milwaukee Jewish Day School

Ovation Communities

Temple Menorah

This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator.