Israel in Milwaukee Events

Upcoming Events

L’hitraot to Uria, Moria, and Family

Over the past four years, our community has built a stronger connection with Israel thanks to our Milwaukee Community Shaliach Uria Roth, his wife Moria, and their children, Nadav, Roni, and Yuval. Wish their family farewell and celebrate with them.

Bring your family photo to the party for Uria and Moria’s scrapbook!

Sunday, June 4 | 4-6PM
Sprecher Brewery
701 W Glendale Ave.,
RSVP requested. Questions? Contact Allison Hayden at (414) 390-5724 or AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

Past Events

Yom HaAtzmaut

Opening Ceremony & Walk for Israel 2 pm
Celebration 3 pm

Sunday, April 30 | 2 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center,
Held on the outside grounds of the JCC,
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.,
Whitefish Bay

Questions: AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5724.

Yom HaShoah

80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Friday, April 17 | 6-7:30 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center,
Daniel M. Soref Community Hall,
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.,
Whitefish Bay

Questions: MichaelM@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-963-2716

Yom HaZikaron

50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

Monday, April 24 | 7-8:15 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center,
Daniel M. Soref Community Hall,
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.,
Whitefish Bay

Questions: AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5724

Yalla, Let’s Eat!

Join P2G for a holiday-inspired virtual cooking series designed to share different cooking styles and recipes from each of our 3 partners – Sovev Kinneret, St. Paul, Milwaukee.

A local chef from each partnership region will demo and discuss traditional holiday recipes and their history. Recipes will be shared in advance for you to follow in real-time.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with others from our partnership communities, learn how others celebrate, and expand your culinary skills.

Hanukkah: Sovev Kinneret – December 11th | 12 – 1:15 PM

Recipes & Ingredients

Mediterranean Latkes

About the Chef

Bassal Shama is 25 years old from Nazareth and today lives in Kibbutz Kinneret. He graduated high school from the Baptist school in Nazareth. Bassal studied biotechnology and food engineering at FH Aachen University in Germany. And for the last three years, he has been working and studying culinary. Today I work with “The Altmans cook an experience” as a sous chef for Gili Altman.

Tu B’Shvat: St. Paul – January 29th | 12 – 1:15 PM

About the Chef

Zehorit Heilicher was born in Israel to a Yemenite immigrant family. Growing up in multi-cultural Givat Olga, she experienced Israel’s rich ethnic diversity through food and celebration.

Zehorit brings to the kitchen her Mediterranean roots, her passion for healthy and flavorful dishes and her love of people and storytelling. Teaching in the Twin Cities for over 20 years, she shares her appreciation for the way in which culture, geography and history shape our food and the way we gather to eat it.

Passover: Milwaukee – March 26th | 12 – 1:15 PM

Recipe & Ingredients

Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

About the Chef

Heni Bizawi is the Israel fellow at Hillel Milwaukee. She is from Holon, Israel and is passionate about sports, education, and community work. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

Heni’s mom is Moroccan and her dad is from Tunisia. She grew up with all kinds of foods and started to cook when she was twelve years old. She worked in the kitchen of “Reviva and Celia” in Tel Aviv. For Heni, food is the best way to connect people and especially family. Artichoke with meatballs is a popular dish in her family and one she hopes you will all love.

P2G: PARTnership2Gether

Join PARTnership2Gether for a unique virtual showcase of traditional and underground art from each of our partnership regions – Sovev Kinneret, St. Paul, Milwaukee.

A local artist from each partnership region will showcase their work, share their inspiration, and discuss what art means to them. Each session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A featuring all 3 artists.

Urban Art: January 8th | 12 – 1:30 PM

Tia Richardson

Tia Richardson is a Milwaukee artist and educator, who uses the medium of art to bridge divides between people, involving people of all ages, and envisioning a better future. Tia’s murals can be seen throughout the community and beyond. She works both independently and with organizations to create her art.

Hillel Smith

Hillel Smith is an artist and graphic designer focusing on engaging communities with their heritage in innovative ways. Street art made an early impression on Smith when he used to cycle past the graffiti-covered Melrose Alley in West Hollywood. Today, his work has taken him all over the world- to Jerusalem, and Venice, as well as cities across the United States. He leads workshops on Jewish art and Jewish street art. Hillel will share his experience working with the JCC in St. Paul after it had been defaced with antisemitic vandalism.

Ziv Yanco

Ziv is 24 years old and lives in Tiberias, Israel. He was first introduced to graffiti by a friend, and it was at that time that his journey with art and graffiti started. He used to travel throughout the country to meet his friends and paint walls. Today he continues to do graffiti and also does graphic design. His style is a collection of colorful images, funky letters, and characters. For Ziv, art is always about the connections we have with other people and places.

Photography: February 19th | 12 – 1:30 PM

Peggy Kipp

When Peggy was in high school, her dad brought home an Olympus Pen FT camera from Japan and she’s been hooked on photography since. Peggy loves doing nature and travel photography and will get in the car and take off on day trips just to take photos. Photographs are memories that she takes with her to share at a moment’s notice. Peggy lives in a suburb of St. Paul, MN and is married with two adult sons (one who lives five minutes away and the other who lives in Tel Aviv), and a dog. All of them are very patient whenever she stops to take pictures.

Janet McMillan

Janet is a professional photographer with 20+ years of experience serving clients in Milwaukee and around the world. She specializes in portraits, corporate and non-profit events, festivals, places of worship and spirituality. She’s a mom of two, an avid triathlete, and a lover of all things Milwaukee.

Elad Mental

Everything starts with spark! Elad is founder of Spark Media, who specializes in creating content worlds and social media management, consulting, and accompanying internet marketing processes. Elad is a social media expert and creative person, specializing in building a presence in social media, marketing writing, and a lecturer on media, graphics and marketing content.

Galleries: March 19th | 1 – 2:30 PM

Yael Nitzan

Yael Nitzan specializes in art production, curating, and public relations. Nitzan studied for a bachelor’s degree in literature, education, and history at the University of Haifa (1976) and a bachelor’s degree in literature and art from the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa (1979). She has curated over 120 exhibitions and has founded multiple galleries. Now the managing director and founder of The Israeli Women Museum. Also serves as the manager of the Organization of Israeli Mosaic Artists, which she founded in 2006.

Dan Haumschild

Dan Haumschild, Ph.D is the Education Director at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. A public historian with 15 years of university education to his name, he enjoys creating thought-provoking experiences in any setting. His current project at the museum includes building opportunities to learn about cultures of violence through the historical lens of the so-called ‘Degenerate Art Exhibits’ of the Nazi period.

Carolyn C.S. Kleinberger

Carolyn C.S. Kleinberger is an imaginative realist who paints with oils on linen, canvas, or wood panel. Her choice of individual subjects is eclectic. She has painted pets being held by their owners and a dog in the uniform of an officer in the Tsar’s army, strangers in a mudbath becoming friends, and the angry strength of a fearless woman contrasted with the fearsome presence of a male lion. She usually works within one general topic at time, and her choice of topics is also eclectic – From the Curiosity Shop – Landscapes – Global Cuisines. Her Jewishness is core to both her life and her art, and her series Strong Women of the Bible is one of her most notable.

Faces & Voices of Israel: Film Screening

Celebrate Israel’s 75th anniversary through film
Join the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, and MJF in January 2023 for three film screenings that examine various aspects of life in Israel. This mini-film festival commemorates Israel’s 75th anniversary as a nation and the Jewish Film Festival’s 25th anniversary in Milwaukee.


Jan. 5 | 7 PM
Marcus North Shore Cinema
11700 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon

Meir and Tova live a middle-class life in a sleepy suburb, plagued by an unspoken sense of disappointment and regret. When Itsik Marziano, a former Miami-based modeling agent, moves into their building, their lust for life is reignited.

Concerned Citizen

Jan. 12 | 7 PM
Marcus North Shore Cinema
11700 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon

A man decides to improve his neighborhood by planting a tree on his street, which triggers a sequence of events leading to the arrest of an Eritrean immigrant.

Let It Be Morning

Jan. 26 | 7 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

A gently satirical tale of a man and his family trapped by a military blockade inside a tiny Arab village in Israel. 

The Lesson: Israeli TV Show Screening

Event: The Lesson – Israeli TV Show Screening
September 8 | 7-9:30p
Marcus North Shore Cinema
11700 N. Port Washington Rd.

Highlighting a politically charged learning environment in Israel, this series navigates the complex world of facts, opinions, and beliefs, and how these conversations permeate all aspects of our lives, including our children’s education. We’ll watch the first two episodes in a six-part series and then discuss how the story relates to local issues here in the U.S.

Questions? Please contact Uria Roth at UriaR@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

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