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Serving the greater Madison area with all Jewish needs, Chabad of Madison offers the community daily, Sabbath and holiday services, social events, Torah classes, mitzvah and holiday needs: tefillin, mezuzot, lulov, and esrog, shalach manot and shmurah matzah. It conducts community-wide Chanukah, Sukkot, and Purim holiday celebrations and monthly Jewish Woman Circle.
Chabad of Madison maintains a mikvah open to women upon appointment (see Mikvah section of this book). The Chabad of Madison is an affiliate of Lubavitch of Wisconsin.
Contact: Rabbi Yona Matusof
Hillel at the University of Wisconsin, the Jewish student center, serves nearly 5,000 Jewish students. The Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life provides a home and support to over 25 independent student organizations. Every expression of Jewish life and interest is represented — religious, cultural, political, traditional and alternative. Hillel is also home to Café O, a full service kosher café that features daily specials, student meal plans and catering services.
Hillel Foundation is a partner agency of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
Directors: Greg Steinberger, Rabbi Andrea Steinberger
President: Peter Weil
JEM is a student organization that provides a Jewish home away from home. All students are welcomed into the vibrant JEM community, regardless of background or affiliation. JEM has grown to be the largest birthright trip provider on the UW campus. Students are hosted by JEM families for home cooked Shabbat and Yom Tov meals both in our new Langdon St. center and at their homes. JEM has high holiday services, as well as many quality Jewish educational programs.
Executive Director: Rabbi Rocky Anton,
firstname.lastname@example.org • 414-708-6353
Program Director: Rabbi Eliyahu Fink,
Efink@jemuw.com • 570-677-8084
The Jewish Federation of Madison, founded in 1940, is committed to building our community and helping those facing hardship here and around the world.
Among the Federation’s major programs and services are:
• Community Relations Committee, which fosters a positive Jewish presence in the community, among other issues
• Camp Shalom, serving more than 1,000 children each summer
• The Hilde L. Mosse Gan HaYeled Preschool
• Midrasha Hebrew High School, which provides post bar and bat mitzvah Jewish and Hebrew studies
• Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus, a 154-acre year-round recreation and educational facility
• Madison Jewish News, a 10 issues a year newspaper
Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor is for the Jewish 20- & 30-somethings community in and around Madison. (Dor means “generation” in Hebrew.) We’re open to all young adults and are organized through Temple Beth El Madison. We hold monthly “Meet & Greet” dinners on the third Thursday of each month at a different restaurant each time, as well as various ad hoc events such as board game nights, outdoor activities, and Shabbat gatherings.
Contact: Aleeza Hoffert, Director of Community Engagement at Temple Beth El
With faculty from over a dozen departments, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies offers students and scholars a vibrant, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jewish civilization and a thriving intellectual and cultural community at one of the best public universities in the world. The Center offers students major and certificate programs in Jewish Studies, courses in a variety of subjects, and numerous undergraduate and graduate scholarships. In addition, the Center presents a wide range of community programming, including lectures, the Greenfield Summer Institute and the Conney Project on Jewish Arts.
The Chabad Rohr Jewish Student Center is a Jewish home away from home and center for Jewish learning and activity at the UW-Madison.
Chabad’s Shabbat and holiday meals are extremely popular. Chabad sponsors social events and organizes free trips to Israel with Birthright. Chabad offers classes, counseling, and guest speakers. Chabad also runs Linking Hearts, a volunteer program to help children with special needs.
The Chabad UW is an affiliate of Lubavitch of Wisconsin.
Directors: Rabbi Mendel & Henya Matusof
Madison’s award-winning klezmer ensemble performs its festive mix of traditional and contemporary klezmer music at festivals, parties and concert venues throughout Wisconsin.
Yonim is Madison’s Israeli dance performing troupe. Yonim teaches many of life’s important experiences through Israeli folk dance. Participants learn to tolerate differences, be supportive of each other, work together as a team, enhance individual coordination, self-confidence, respect and responsibility. Older dancers have the opportunity to learn how to teach others and choreograph. All dancers, regardless of skill, are treated equally on the dance floor. Children entering kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome; no prior dance experience necessary.
For more information about Israelis Dance Troupe, please contact the Jewish Federation of Madison.