Yamim 2015 - Journey of a People


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   Yom HaShoah Photos        Yom HaZikaron Photos        Yom HaAtzmaut Photos

The eight-day journey from Yom HaShoah to Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut reflects the great journey of the Jewish people – from winter to spring’s renewal, from slavery to freedom, from victimization to sovereignty.

Each holiday is individually significant, but together they guide us in remembering 2,000 years of exile and celebrating our freedom and sovereignty.

As Jews, we are survivors. At Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, we mourn those who died, and we give renewed respect to those who survived. We do not choose the path of bitterness and despair. Rather, we recommit ourselves to life.

This is the real meaning of the Yamim. They define us as a people who crossed the desert on a journey to freedom. They command us to embrace life individually and collectively. This is Israel. This is the legacy of our past and the challenge of our future.


For additional information on these events:

Mona Cohen - 414-967-8249

Rabbi Hanah Greenstein - 414-390-5764


Dr. Shay Pilnik - 414-963-2719




 Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, April 19, 2015
3:00 pm at the JCC
Co-chairs: Leo Kleiner and Dr. Rachel Baum

Special Features

Teen Program at 1 pm — History Face to Face: Talk with a Survivor, coordinated by the Milwaukee Jewish Youth Council.

Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Phillip Lazowski - Dr. Philip Lazowski, Rabbi, was born in 1930 near Vilna in Bielice, Poland (now Belarus). He arrived in Brooklyn in 1947 after surviving the Holocaust by hiding for almost 3 years in the White Russian woods. Along with serving roles as spiritual leader from 1955 to present, Rabbi Lazowski has written six books, including “Faith and Destiny” (2006).

Winners of Holocaust Youth Essay Contest

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Yom HaZikaron: Israel’s Day of Remembrance

Israel’s Day of Remembrance honors veterans and fallen military personnel of the Israel Defense Forces, other Israeli security services and victims of terror. This year, we honor children of the Milwaukee community who serve in the IDF.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the JCC
5:30 PM - a chance to learn more about 2014's fallen soldiers from our Partnership2Gether region and write a note to their families. 
6:00 PM: Ceremony - Attendess are encouraged to wear white shirts - Guest Speaker Uri Minash
Co-chairs: Monica Arnstein and Amy Bazelon

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Yom HaAtzmaut: Israel’s Independence Day

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the JCC
· Walk for Israel: 1:30 PM
· Community Celebration: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Theme: How Israel Makes the World Better
Co-chairs: Alex Blumin and Laura Graupe

Family Fun

Shop with shekels at an Israeli-style shuk (marketplace)
Create a recycled art map of Israel
Test your endurance with an IDF obstacle course
Decorate and taste fresh Israeli desserts
Take your picture anywhere in Israel
And more

Adult Celebration

Taste Israeli wine and cheese
Learn Israeli folk dances
Relax with Dead Sea spa products and massage
Meet with Yom HaZikaron speaker, Uri Minash
Shop Israeli art

Israeli food from Ronny Stroli’s Falafel Guys

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T-shirt Design Contest for Yom HaAtzmaut: Israel Independence Day

Aspiring artists in 8th -12th grade submited a design for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center T-shirt contest for Yom HaAtzmaut 2015.

Click here to see the designs and vote for your favorite one. Votes will be tallied March 31 and the winning design announced April 3.

The T-shirts for this contest have been generously donated by Ink to the People.