Agencies and Programs

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation sustains and nurtures Jewish life through financial support of our partner agencies and through our own programs and services.

Milwaukee Jewish Federation Programs and Services
Local Partner Agencies
Major National and Overseas Partners

Milwaukee Jewish Federation Programs and Services

Coalition for Jewish Learning promotes and advances Jewish education in our community by providing resources, teacher training and other support. CJL trained and supported teachers from five congregational schools serving 603 students last year.

Israel Center builds and strengthens connections between Israel and our local community by disseminating information about Israel, coordinates educational programs and involved in advocacy and fundraising efforts. Israel Center programs had 2,700 participants last year.

Jewish Community Foundation is the Jewish community’s central address for charitable and estate planning activities. JCF distributed $13 million from funds last year.

Jewish Community Relations Council advocates for the rights and values of Jews individually and collectively, locally and abroad through education, social action and advocacy. JCRC distributed 10,000 copies of its 5-Year Calendar of Jewish Holidays last year.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The museum educated and entertained 10,000 visitors last year.

Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center offers programming centered on Holocaust education and remembrance. HERC taught the lessons of the Holocaust to 16,400 students, teachers and community members throughout Wisconsin last year.

Outreach helps people find their place in our Jewish community. All of our programs and services, such as the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Jewish Museum Milwaukee, serve as ways to get involved, but we also have specific initiatives to connect with Jews in our community like Shalom Milwaukee, Shalom Baby, Passport to Israel, One Happy Camper and J-Pride Milwaukee – LGBT Jewish and Allies.

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is Wisconsin’s only monthly Jewish community newspaper. Published continuously since 1921, The Chronicle covers social events, people and issues relevant to Jewish communities in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Last year 96,300 newspapers were distributed to Jewish households.

Women’s Philanthropy empowers women to become philanthropists. Dedicated to providing women the knowledge to assert their power through philanthropic giving, the skills and confidence to assume positions of responsibility in their communities, and the opportunities to develop and enhance their personal networking and leadership skills.

Young Leadership Division (George Weinstein Fellowship) has become a nationally-recognized program that brings together a diverse group of young adults to learn the leadership skills necessary to becoming an active leader and decision maker in the Milwaukee Jewish community. Weinstein Fellows go on to leadership positions not only at the Federation but at synagogues and other Jewish organizations throughout the city.

Local Partner Agencies

BBYO – Wisconsin Region strives to provide teens with a platform of compelling experiences that foster a love for and connection with Jewish life.

Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center offers a wide variety of health, fitness, spa, enrichment, cultural and recreational programs for individuals and families of all ages, in addition to early childhood education and an array of quality camping experiences.

Hillel Milwaukee offers social, cultural, religious, educational, Israel awareness and social action activities for Jewish students at area colleges and universities.

Hillel Foundation – UW Madison provides Jewish support and programming for college students and offers them a wide variety of Jewish enrichment, advocacy and social justice activities.

Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool provides our youngest students with a love of learning and a deep joy and appreciation of our Jewish heritage.

Jewish Family Services provides supportive services that strengthen families, children and individuals throughout the life cycle within the context of their unique needs and traditions.

Ovation Jewish Home and Ovation Ovation Chai Point offer active living, programs and resources for older adults in the community. Annual Campaign dollars support programs for Jewish older adults through the Lakeside Senior Enrichment Program.

Milwaukee Jewish Day School is an independent co-educational day school offering Jewish children an exceptional high school preparatory, Hebrew and Jewish education.

Bader Hillel Academy offers programs that combine Jewish tradition and a vibrant secular studies curriculum focusing on the development of each child.

Yeshiva Elementary School is the only Jewish day school in the West Side Sherman Park neighborhood offering a comprehensive approach designed to meet the full spectrum of the child’s and family’s needs.

Major National and Overseas Partners

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, working in Israel and more than 80 countries to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life and provide relief for victims of disasters.

Jewish Agency for Israel serves as the link between the Jewish people and Israel, working to ensure the future of a connected, committed global Jewish people with a strong Israel at its center.

Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs.

MJDS Girls Impact3Annual Report 3