Events & Gatherings


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

All events will be held at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, WI.

Yom HaAtzmaut

Opening Ceremony & Walk for Israel 2 pm
Celebration 3 pm

Event details:
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 HaZikaron

50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

Event details:
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

Yom HaShoah

80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Event details:
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

Israel at 75: Understanding This Moment

Featuring author and journalist Matti Friedman

With 15 weeks of protest, a pause on judiciary reform, and rising emotion, it’s time to gain a deeper understanding about the political structure that has led to the current crisis in Israel. Join us as author and journalist Matti Friedman addresses the Israeli social makeup, concerns for democracy, and the role of diaspora Jews in supporting Israel through this crisis.

Event details:
Tuesday, April 25 | 6:30 PM

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Milwaukee

Advance registration is now closed, but registration can be made in person at the event with I.D. 

Questions? Contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer at TziporahA@MilwaukeeJewish.org

Matti Friedman, who served in the IDF, is a journalist and the award-winning author of four works of non-fiction.

A former Associated Press correspondent, Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. Two critical essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war, for Tablet and The Atlantic, triggered intense discussion. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, Smithsonian, and elsewhere.

Matti was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

NextGen Comedy Night with Noam Shuster-Eliassi

Join MJF’s NextGen for an evening with acclaimed Israeli comedian Noam Shuster-Eliassi. Enjoy a laugh with Noam as she addresses controversial topics through comedy. The show is laugh-out-loud hilarious and aims to entertain Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. You won’t want to miss this one!

Event details:
Tuesday, March 28 | 7 PM
Shank Hall
1434 N Farwell Ave

This event is intended for those ages 22-45.

Event Co-chairs: Tyler Borkin and Chelsea Cross

Questions? Contact Kelly Biedinger at KellyB@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

DUGRI: Let’s Talk Straight

Join MJF in welcoming the iconic rap duo Dugri to Milwaukee. In a country where Arabs and Jews often live parallel lives, a rap duo consisting of an Israeli and a Palestinian hope to challenge some of the pre-conceived barriers to reach a “mutually beneficial reality.”

Event details:
Tuesday, March 21 | 7 PM
Kendall Theater
Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Rd., Fox Point, WI

Israel in Wisconsin: The story of the Israeli Mishlachat in Milwaukee & Madison

Join MJF as we bring the current Israeli Shlichim from Milwaukee and Madison together to hear their personal stories about what it means to bring Israel to Wisconsin.

A full Israeli dinner will be provided.

Event details:
Thursday, March 9 | 6:30 PM
Congregation Emanu-El B’Ne Jeshurun
2020 West Brown Deer Road, River Hills

Chanshi TV Screening

Join MJF as we screen the first two episodes of the TV show Chanshi. The screenings will be followed by a virtual discussion with creator and star, Aleeza Chanowitz.

About Chanshi: A girl from the Jewish community, immigrates to Israel and embarks on a wild journey, but the transition from a life with clear rules to a life without any rules at all, throws her into a whirlwind of life experiences.

Event details:
Tuesday, February 21 | 7 – 9 PM
NO Studios
1037 W. McKinley
Milwaukee, WI 53205

MJF welcomes Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in welcoming Rabbanit Mirvis to our community to share her story on being the first-ever woman appointed to be the sole spiritual leader of an Israeli Orthodox community. Shira will be speaking at a series of events over the course of three days in February. Learn more.

Community Meet & Greet
Feb 2 | 5 PM
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Helfaer Community Service Building
1360 N. Prospect Ave.

Lunch & Learn
Feb 3 | 12 PM
Friendship Circle Café & Bakery
8649 N. Port Washington Rd., Fox Point

Conversation & Kiddush Lunch
Feb 4 | 9:30 AM
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
6880 N. Green Bay Rd., Milwaukee

About Rabbanit Mirvis:

Shira grew up in Jerusalem to parents who made Aliyah from Morocco. She has studied Torah in the Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, the Women’s Beit Midrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion, Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership, and Beit Hillel’s Beit Midrash for Communal Leadership. In addition, she holds a BA in Psychology and Information Sciences from Bar-Ilan University.

ISR@75 Film Screening: Faces & Voices of Israel


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.