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Milwaukee Jewish Federation Rothschild Society

The Rothschild Society is an honorary society of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The Society was created to celebrate the commitment of donors in the Milwaukee business community to the Annual Campaign for the Community and to the principles of the Federation: fellowship, dedication, and support for Jews locally and throughout the world. Any business professional who gives between $1,800 and $9,999 is eligible for membership in the Rothschild Society.

The first local chapter of the Rothschild Society (and the first in the Federation system) was established in 2004 to provide the same honorary recognition for donors in the business community that is currently afforded to attorneys and healing arts professionals through the Benjamin Cardozo Society and the Maimonides Society, respectively. 

Future long-term plans for the Rothschild Society include developing a social action component and creating a mentoring program, whereby Society members would mentor young professionals in the field of their practice.

The Rothschild Society is named for the world famous Rothschild family, the banking and finance dynasty of German Jewish origin that established operations across Europe, and was ennobled by the Austro-Hungarian and British governments. Rothschild family banking businesses pioneered international high finance during the industrialization of Europe and were instrumental in supporting railway systems across the world.  They were also involved in complex government financing for projects such as the Suez Canal. The Rothschilds were great supporters of the state of Israel, and Baron Edmond James de Rothschild was a patron of the first settlement in Palestine, Rishon-LeZion.  In 1917 Lionel Walter Rothschild was the addressee of the Balfour Declaration, which committed the British government to the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. As prominent Jews active in politics as well as in business, the Rothschild family has been a target for anti-Semitism throughout its history. The Nazis executed one family member, Elisabeth de Rothschild, and persecuted others during World War II.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For further information about the Society, please e-mail Debra Gorra Barash, Campaign Manager, at debrab@milwaukeejewish.org.