Israel in Crisis: Community Gathering

The crisis in Israel continues to escalate, and our Wisconsin Jewish community is watching in despair as we observe our Israeli family living in grave danger. It’s time to bring our community together to both show solidarity as a community, and to learn about what is actually happening on the ground.

Join us at a virtual community gathering on

Sunday, May 16 at 1 pm

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  • Featured speaker Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.
  • Milwaukee Shaliach Rabbi Nir Barkin of Kehillat Yozma and a leader in Israel’s movement for progressive Judaism.
  • Israel Consul General to the Midwest Aviv Ezra
  • Current Shaliach Uria Roth, current Israel Campus Fellow Shaked Ram, and current Shin Shin Noam Rabinovich

This program is brought to you by partners from across the state of Wisconsin. Scroll down to see a list that is still in formation.

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and co-director of the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. His latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, is a New York Times bestseller. He writes for leading op-ed pages in the US, including the Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic.

Rabbi Nir Barkin, a sixth generation Jerusalemite, was Milwaukee’s community shaliach from 1999 to 2003. His encounter with Reform Judaism in Milwaukee inspired him to enroll in the Israeli rabbinic program of Hebrew Union College, and he was ordained in 2007. He now serves as senior rabbi and executive director at Kehillat Yozma in Modi’in, Israel. Nir is also a leader in the movement to bring progressive Judaism to Israel.

Presented by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Madison.

Program Partners (In formation)

Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah
Bader Hillel Academy
Bader Hillel High
Beth Hillel Temple
BBYO – Wisconsin Region
Beth Israel Center
Chabad of the East Side
Coalition for Jewish Learning
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
Congregation Beth Jehudah
Congregation B’nai Israel
Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun
Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha
Congregation Shalom
Congregation Sinai
Congregation Sons of Abraham
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
Hillel Foundation at UW-Madison
Hillel Milwaukee
Israel Center
Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool
Jewish Community Foundation
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family Services
Jewish Federation of Madison
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Lake Park Synagogue
Lubavitch of Wisconsin
MAJOR (Milwaukee Alliance for Jewish Reconnection)
Mequon Jewish Preschool
Milwaukee Jewish Day School
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center
NCJW Milwaukee Section
Ovation Communities
Peltz Center for Jewish Life
Temple Menorah
The Shul
Torah Academy of Milwaukee
Wisconsin Council of Rabbis
Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
Wisconsin Jewish Conference
Women’s Philanthropy
Yeshiva Elementary School

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