The Milwaukee Jewish Federation hosted our 2024 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Event featuring Noa Tishby, New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism and Delegitimization of Israel, on December 13, 2023.
Co-Chairs: David & Monica Arnstein, Yoni & Julie Zvi
Wednesday, December 13
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
Daniel M. Soref Community Hall
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay
Cocktail Reception with Noa Tishby: 6–6:45 PM
FREE Community Program: 7 PM
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, actress, producer, writer, and activist Noa Tishby is the New York Times Bestselling Author of “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth.” In recognition of her extensive advocacy work, Noa was appointed as Israel’s first-ever Special Envoy for Combatting Antisemitism and the Delegitimization of Israel, a position she held until 2023.
Captain (Res.) Shimon G. Levy, former COO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is an entrepreneur and the Principal of SGL Acquisitions and LR Partners, boutique investment and consulting groups. Shimon remains an involved partner at MJF, and is an avid community advocate, working and volunteering locally and globally to support Jewish community, fight antisemitism, and change the discourse around Israel. When he’s not spending time with family, Shimon enjoys renovating (while complaining) his 1925 German Tudor, people, traveling, and big ideas that impact.
Israel. The small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot-button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts?
Here to fill in the information gap is Israeli American Noa Tishby. But “this is not your Bubbie’s history book” (Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher). Instead, offering a fresh, 360-degree view, Tishby brings her “passion, humor, and deep intimacy” (Yossi Klein Halevi, New York Times bestselling author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor) to the subject, creating an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, Tishby chronicles her homeland’s evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel’s creation to the disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance of facts, Tishby provides critical context around headline-generating controversies and offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel.