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 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.
Uria was born and raised in Kriyat Atta, a small town outside of Haifa. When he was 15, he went to a boarding yeshiva outside Hadera in Kfar HaRoeh. In the army, Uria served in a human relations unit in Kiryat Shmonah in addition to continuing with his yeshiva studies. Afterward, Uria started working for the Jewish Agency for Israel on a shlichut in Azerbaijan working for the Jewish community in Baku, connecting them with Judaism and Israel. His second shlichut was in Rome, Italy working with Jewish youth groups. After these two shlichuyot, Uria traveled in India and Southeast Asia. When he returned to Israel, he started his university degree in Political Science and Theater at Tel Aviv University. He completed a Masters Degree in Political Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He continued to work for the Jewish Agency during his studies, coordinating the former Soviet Union summer camps. Uria married Moria in June of 2008.
In 2010, Uria, Moria and their one-year old son Nadav went on another shlichut in Los Angeles working for the Conservative Movement in the Far West region. While in LA, they had their second child, Ronnie. They returned to Jerusalem in 2013 and Uria worked as the summer shlichim coordinator for three years. Most recently, Uria worked for the Fuchsberg Center of United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism running trips to Israel for Jewish High Schools and United Synagogue Youth from the United States. During this time, Uria and Moria had their third child, Yuval.
In his free time, Uria loves theater, music, movies, traveling, watching television and sports. His favorite TV shows include The Good Fight and The Americans. He is a huge fan of basketball, football, baseball and hockey.
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Or Eliaz is the new Israel Campus Fellow at Hillel Milwaukee, funded by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Or is from a Moshav in the north of Israel and is currently studying at Haifa University where he is finishing up with his BA in Education and Jewish History. Or spent a few summers at URJ Greene Family Camp in Texas where he was counselor for 3rd and 10th graders as well as a lifeguard and ropes course instructor. He is also an active member of his local Hillel, Hillel Haifa, where he participated in a program that brought together students from St. Petersburg, New York and Israel to discuss Israel and its relationships with Jews in the Diaspora. Or also loves to swim, run, cook and perform Spoken-word and poetry.
Here in Milwaukee, Or works full-time on Milwaukee’s eleven campuses, engaging students of all backgrounds in Israel education and travel. Or hopes to strengthen students relationship with Israel by taking college students to Israel and bringing Israel on campus.