Yamim 2024

Three special days — Yamim — for our community, now more than ever, to stay stronger together.

Stand with the Milwaukee community in commemoration of the Six Million and in remembrance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and all forms of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.

Keynote Address: When accidental Holocaust scholar Danny M. Cohen, Ph.D. found himself in the shadows of what he calls hidden Holocaust histories, his perceptions of the Holocaust and of his family’s past led him to ask unexpected questions. Why do we continue to seek lessons from the Holocaust? And how do we process our emotions when learning about the Nazis’ atrocities? This leads us to the larger question, what does Holocaust history and memory mean today?

Danny is a learning scientist and writer. A distinguished professor of instruction at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, Danny specializes in Holocaust memory and education design. He is the author of the choose-your-own-pathway mystery “The 19th Window” and the historical novel “Train,” a selected text of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Danny is the founder of Unsilence and is co-chair of the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. He is also a member of the folk-rock band They Won’t Win.

Co-chairs: Felicia Miller & Leo Kleiner

Hear a special message from our keynote speaker 

“We’re so far away from the events [the Holocaust], and they can feel so distant, and they can feel like they’re not relevant, but they’re more relevant than ever.” 

Event details:
Sunday, May 5 | 3 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall,
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

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

Join hands with us in honoring Israel’s victims of terror and fallen soldiers and veterans of the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli security services.

The flowers will bloom again

Eitan Spiegel — from our partnership region in Sovev Kinneret — is an Israel Defense Forces reservist team leader for combat responses and founder of a psychotherapy center in Kfar Tavor. A registered clinical psychologist with extensive psychotherapy experience working with children and adults, Eitan will share with our community how Israelis have and will continue to deal with the trauma experienced on Oct. 7. He will discuss how our community’s shared trauma changes with the passage of time, how to deal with the emotions, and look to the future for resilience and hope.

Co-chairs: Bobbi Rector and Tehila Cohen

Event details:
Monday, May 13 | 6:45 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall,
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

For security purposes, RSVP REQUIRED

You can watch the livestream on the JCC’s YouTube Page.

Questions: AbigailS@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5764

Join us for Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel – featuring Israeli musical experience Koolulam!

The international mass singing sensation Koolulam comes to Milwaukee! Koolulam brings people together through a mass singing experience by empowering the audience to raise their voices in joy and harmony. The result is an awe-inspiring immersive and fun journey that builds connections between people. See what millions of people all over the world are raving about. Join the fun, where the audience becomes the star!

Singing is believing! Our Koolulam experience will engage the audience to collectively sing the famed Matisyahu hit One Day

This is an opportunity where the audience becomes the star by creating harmony together.

2 PM Koolulam performance (doors open at 1:30 PM)
Walk for Israel (Approx. 3:30 PM following Koolulam experience)
Food available for purchase and family games (following the Walk)

Event details:
Sunday, May 19 | 2 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC – Daniel M. Soref Community Hall
and on the outside grounds of the JCC,
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay


o  Pre-registration is required
o  Photo ID required at check-in

o  All individuals and carry-ins are subject to search at MJF Security’s personal discretion
o  Security may deny entry at their discretion
o  Approved bags: Non-clear bags 9” x 5” x 2” or smaller, clear single-compartment bags 12” x 12” x 6” or smaller, and one-gallon clear resealable bags will be allowed.
o  Water bottles OK

o  This is not a protest; it is a peaceful family celebration and Walk for Israel

Questions: AbigailS@MilwaukeeJewish.org or 414-390-5764


Annual Yamim funds come from these generous endowment funds of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation:

Arthur & Rose Chrustowski
Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund

Raye & David David
Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund

Sam & Edith Kopel Family
Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund

Eva & Leon Lepold Family
Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund

William & Franka Neufeld
Holocaust Education
Memorial JCC Endowment Fund

Walter W. Peltz
Memorial JCC Endowment for Furthering Holocaust Education

Luba Szlosberg
Memorial JCC Endowment Fund

Pincus & Bluma Weinstock
Yom HaShoah JCC Endowment Fund

Yom HaAtzmaut/Walk for Israel –
Schuster Metals/Atid Properties
JCC Endowment Fund

Program funded in part by a grant from the מתחברים | Mit-habrim | CONNECTIONS initiative of the JCC Association of North America, a partnership with Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs.



Linda and Daniel Bader

Sue and Allan Carneol


Gendelman Insurance Services

Matt and Mara Kleiman

Debra and Moshe Katz

Ketten/Miringoff Family Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Peter & Vered Klein

Ron Miller & Susan Angel Miller

Mr. P’s Tires

Own Your Judaism

Jeanette & Bruce Peckerman

The Rectors

Julie and Dan Rosenfeld

Carrie & David Steinberger Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Julie and Yoni Zvi


Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid

Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun

Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha

Congregation Shalom

Congregation Sinai

Hillel Milwaukee

Lake Park Synagogue

Milwaukee Jewish Day School

Ovation Communities

Temple Menorah