Contact Tikkun Ha-Ir

Mailing Address

Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee
P.O. Box 090287
Milwaukee, WI 53209


Our Staff

Sami Stein AvnerSami Stein Avner, Executive Director
Sami Stein Avner (she/her) is thrilled to take on the role of Executive Director at Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee. She is a native of Mequon, WI and grew up deeply involved in the Jewish community through Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Camp Interlaken JCC and BBYO. After graduating from UW-Madison in 2008, Sami worked at Northwestern University as the Program Manager for the Kellogg Management Education for Jewish Leaders program. She then earned an MBA in Non-profit Management and MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University's Hornstein Program. While in Boston, Sami was a PresenTense Fellow working to create a young adult Jewish community, as well as a volunteer with the JCRC's Reach Out! Program. Most recently, Sami lived and worked in Los Angeles running the Diller Teen Fellowship Program, an international program connecting a pluralistic cohort of teens to Tikkun Olam, Jewish Identity, Leadership and Israel. She and her husband and son are excited to be back in the Midwest and starting this exciting journey with Tikkun Ha-Ir.

Sarah DeNeve, Marketing & Program Director

Sarah DeNeve (she/her) is excited to join the Tikkun Ha-Ir team as the Marketing and Program Director.  She has extensive experience in marketing, creative design, and event planning for not-for-profits in Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee - most recently for the Shorewood Business Improvement District and Mequon Jewish Preschool. Sarah is looking forward sharing those skills with Tikkun Ha-Ir for the betterment of Milwaukee!

JJ Draper, Public Ally
JJ (they/their) is working with THI staff, JCC staff and a collaborative lay-staff joint work group to build and grow programming in the areas of social justice education and volunteerism. Their portfolio includes developing the Racial Justice education and training work through Tikkun Ha-Ir (see page 8), supporting the Jewish Community Pantry through the JCC, and creating a new volunteer training program that focuses on a racial equity lens as a collaborative effort through both organizations. 


Morgan Roberts, Intern
Morgan Roberts (she/her) has joined THI as the new intern through Marquette University’s Psychology Department internship program, focusing on social justice in faith communities. She is one of 4 interns connected to a different faith tradition, and has spent much time learning about Jewish values, practice and ritual as it relates to Judaism and the Jewish community. Morgan joins us for the entire school year, and is assisting with food justice efforts, social media, and supporting our 18th year celebration.


To get more information regarding committees or to join our board, contact Paula Lorant, President.

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