Community Shlichim / Israel Program Specialists

Jewish Federation of Madison began its Shlichah program in 2003 to strengthen our community’s connection to Israel and the Israeli people.

 

Shlichim serve as Israel program specialists and share their time between Federation and the UW-Hillel. Shlichim provide educational programming for the entire Madison area Jewish community, and also serve as advocates for Israel within both the Jewish and broader community. They typically teach at Gan HaYeled, Chug Ivrit and Midrasha, and provide programming during the summer at Camp Shalom. Three of Madison's shlichim have earned well-deserved recognition for their work here. Our first Shlichah, Shirin Ezekiel, received the JDC’s Ralph Goldman Fellowship, often referred to as the most prestigious post-graduate fellowship in Jewish communal work. Diklah Cohen (2005-2007) and Nilli Glick (2008-2010) were named JAFI’s outstanding Shaliach for their work in Madison. In August 2015, Madison's Jewish community welcomed our current Shlichim, Shirly and Daniel (pictured right).

 

SHALOM FROM THE NEW SHLICHIM

Shalom! We are Shirly and Daniel, your new Shlichim. Daniel will work mainly at the Jewish Federation of Madison with community programs and Shirly will be working primarily at UW Hillel.

 

So the countdown is coming to an end. All of the boxes are packed and we are almost ready to start our adventure on Shlichut in Madison.

 

This will be the first time for us to live in the USA and there are no words that can explain how excited we are for the experiences we are about to have. We can’t wait to meet you all! We both were born in Israel and met through a good mutual friend. We got married two and a half years ago and have been living in Jerusalem in a cute apartment. Below we have taken some time to tell you about ourselves…each through our spouse’s words.

 

Let me tell you about my red-headed husband – Daniel is 28 years old and was born and raised in the city of Bnei-Brak. After he finished his army service he got a B.E.D and started to teach history, Hebrew and bible studies. He is a professional tour guide specializing in Jerusalem. He has many hobbies, such as playing the guitar and painting on canvas, and is just a great handyman for all the things that need to be done. He has a great sense of humor and is outgoing and just a great people-person.

 

Let me tell you about my other half, Shirly – She is one of a kind; you will know what I mean when you meet her. She was raised in Jerusalem by a Spanish mother and an Israeli father. Because of her Spanish background, she spent her national service as a Counselor on the gap year program in Israel. She is now in the middle of getting an MA in conflict resolution at the Hebrew University. During her studies she worked as a writer for an Israeli newspaper and in the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. Between studying, working and having a social life, she also volunteered as the spokesperson of 'Wakeup,' a Jerusalem-based political social organization with the aim to promote Jerusalem to become a more pluralistic place. Shirly also has many hobbies, such as love for dancing (which she is AWESOME at), and she loves to learn about new places and and cultures. She may seem very Israeli but can't stand even the smell of hummus. We started to settle in Jerusalem so living in the USA will be an interesting experience.

 

We expect to learn another perspective of the Jewish way of life, get the opportunity to share our Israeli experience and create an ongoing relationship with your community. Moving to the United States and joining your community is something we are looking forward to. We are eager to learn and get a new perspective on the Jewish way of life.

  • Adult Hebrew Classes and Conversation

    Ivrit Kala offers Beginner and Advanced Hebrew Classes. Cafe Ivrit is a great place to chat in Hebrew about Israel or Jewish issues.


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    Ivrit Kala offers Beginner and Advanced Hebrew Classes. Cafe Ivrit is a great place to chat in Hebrew about Israel or Jewish issues.


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  • What's Your Movie?

    Host a party with your friends or family at your home and our Shlichim, Daniel and Shirly, will bring an Israeli movie of your choice to watch - then lead a follow-up game or discussion afterwards.


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    Host a party with your friends or family at your home and our Shlichim, Daniel and Shirly, will bring an Israeli movie of your choice to watch - then lead a follow-up game or discussion afterwards.


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  • The Israel Committee

    Join our Community Shaliach, Daniel, on the JFM Israel Committee if you are interested in bringing Israel to Madison.

    For more information contact:
    Daniel via

    Email

    Join our Community Shaliach, Daniel, on the JFM Israel Committee if you are interested in bringing Israel to Madison.

    For more information contact:
    Daniel via

    Email
  • Planning a Trip to Israel?

    Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us!

    For more information contact:
    Daniel and Shirly via

    Email

    Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us!

    For more information contact:
    Daniel and Shirly via

    Email

CONTACT

Daniel Gill or Shirly Gill-Raiz at israel@jewishmadison.org

STAY INFORMED
Learn What's Happening in Israel

http://www.dailyalert.org

http://www.timesofisrael.com

http://www.ynetnews.com

http://www.haaretz.com

http://www.jpost.com

http://www.iba.org.il/world

 

For questions on how to support Israel and information about what is happening, please contact our Israeli Shlichim: Daniel - Jewish Federation of Madison Shaliach at israel@jewishmadison.org or Shirly - UW Hillel Israel Fellow at israelfellow@uwhillel.org

 

SCHMOOZE
With The Schlichim

Daniel and Shirly are here for year 2 of their Shlichut and they are looking forward to meeting even more members of the Madison Jewish Community. Host them for a vegetarian or Kosher meal this fall. Tell them about your favorite parts of living in Madison, get to know more about Israel, and meet this fabulous couple! To make arrangements, email Daniel at israel@jewishmadison.org.