A Milwaukee Jewish Community Emergency Assistance Fund

J-Help is the new name for an emergency fund that's been offering assistance for many years and which became the Jewish Community Emergency Economic Assistance Fund in 2009 when a small group of donors responded to the worldwide economic downturn by setting up a fund to help members of the community pay for life essentials.  Jewish Family Services, with its knowledgeable staff and strong infrastructure, has the responsibility of administering the fund and providing intake services.

Since its restructuring in 2009, the fund has distributed nearly $300,000 to members of the Milwaukee Jewish community and existing clients of Jewish Family Services.  Monies are used to cover utilities, food, shelter, medical services, phone, transportation, clothing/essential merchandise and miscellaneous basic living expenses.

If you need help from J-Help, please call (414) 390-5800 for a confidential conversation with a J-Help Intake Coordinator.

View the J-Help brochure online


J-Help.  This time, the emergency is local. 

A new reality.

Most of us never believed that financial troubles would find their way to our doors.  But the past few years - an economic downturn, a tentative recovery, a slide in the markets - have shown us a new reality.  There are people right in our own neighborhoods, in our own community, who are having difficulty making ends meet.  For many, the decision to seek help is a difficult one, the more so because they never thought they would need the assistance of their friends and neighbors.

You can help.

As Jews, we are taught that we are responsible for one another.  We strive for social justice and work to "repair the world" (Tikkun Olam).  As children, we learn the importance of Tzedakah.  These values give meaning to our lives and guide us in the choices we make.  Today, your neighbors and members of our community need you to make the important choice to offer help.  Make a gift to J-Help today.

J-Help Achievement

As of this week, the J-Help Campaign has raised $742,597 with 692 gifts in.


MJDS Learns About J-Help

J-Help Chair Rick Ruvin spoke with the students of Milwaukee Jewish Day School about the J-Help program and how everybody can help.  View a video of the discussion.



Make a gift to J-Help Online

Your gift can help people, your neighbors right here in southeastern Wisconsin, meet life's challenges with dignity.  There are few higher expressions of Jewish values than taking responsibility for one another.

Make a gift to J-Help today!


Planned Gifts to J-Help

If you are interested in learning about planned gifts to J-Help, please call Caren B. Goldberg, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Foundation, at (414) 390-5737.



J-Help in the News

Read a recent article about J-Help in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Read an article about J-Help and an Op-Ed piece by J-Help Chair Rick Ruvin in the October Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.

View a recent news story on WISN Channel 12 about J-Help.





Rick Ruvin, J-Help Chair

Milwaukee Jewish Federation
1360 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3094
414-390-5705, Fax: 414-390-5782
E-mail:  erics@milwaukeejewish.org
Contact:  Rabbi Eric B. Stark, Campaign Director