Yamim 2016

Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut, together called Yamim or “days,” reflect the great journey of the Jewish people — from slavery to freedom, from victimization to sovereignty. People from all faiths and backgrounds can find meaning in the Jewish experience. Join us, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the rest of the Milwaukee Jewish Community for our three Yamim events.  For more information about each event, click on the buttons below.

 May 1                                May 11                               May 15


If you or your organization can help financially support these efforts, please donate.

Or text: Yamim16 to 41444 (You will be listed as a sponsor in event publicity)

For additional information on Yamim 2016 events contact

Mona Cohen at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 414.967-8249

Amit Yaniv-Zehavi at the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 414-390-5705

Dr. Shay Pilnik at the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 414-963-2719.

We are partnering with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation for all of our Yamim 2016 events.

Sam Gingold and Jacob deJong at last year’s commemoration

Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm - Community Commemoration at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.) Co-Chairs: Rachel Baum & Bonnie Klein-Tasman.

Special Features:

Keynote Speaker: Sam Harris

Sam Harris is a child survivor of the Holocaust.  He was born on May 13, 1935, in Deblin, Poland, and was only four years old when World War II broke out in 1939.  As a young child, he survived four years in the Deblin ghetto and in Czestochowa concentration camp.

Sam lost his parents and five brothers and sisters, who were killed in Treblinka death camp.

Sam is an active member of the community, and is a past President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.  Sam continues to speak extensively on the local and state level about his experiences and lessons of the Holocaust.  Sam is also the author of Sammy: Child Survivor of the Holocaust.

Winners of Holocaust Youth Essay Contest.

Click here to learn more about the Holocaust Essay Contest.


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Doron Zehavi & students at at last year’s ceremony

Yom HaZikaron – Israel Remembrance Day

May 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm - Day to Remember Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.) Co-Chairs: Monica Arnstein and Amy Bazelon.

Special Features:

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 will give special honor to victims of terror.

Guest speaker: Ephraim Shapiro

Ephraim Shapiro grew up in Milwaukee until 2004, attended Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and visited Israel many times with his family. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in political science and Arabic, he made Aliyah and joined the IDF with the program Garin Tzabar in August 2012. His group of 27 lone soldiers lived on Kibbutz Urim in the southern Eshkol region that borders Gaza. In December 2012, he joined an elite combat unit in the Intelligence Corps. After two meaningful years, he finished his service and currently works in Israel’s booming startup industry.


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Hundreds joined in solidarity for the Walk for Israel 2015

Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel Independence Day & Walk for Israel and Celebration

May 15, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:30 pm - Starting at a NEW location! The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Opening Ceremony, under 2-mile solidarity walk and continue with food, music, and family-friendly activities. Israel supporters of all ages and backgrounds welcome! Co-Chairs: Alex Blumin and Laura Graupe.

Opening Ceremony: 4:00-4:30 pm

Walk for Israel (under 2 miles): 4:30-5:30 pm

Concert, Food & Activities: 4:30-6:30 pm

Special Features:

- All walk for Israel participatns will receive a free t-shirt

- FREE Parking at event and FREE transportation available from various North Shore locations. Click here to sign up for your spot on one of the busses.

- Walk for Israel is under 2 miles in the Veterans Park area

- Celebration, Concert, Food & Activities for all ages


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