Education Organizations

Coalition for Jewish Learning

The Coalition for Jewish Learning, the education department of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, supports high quality Jewish education throughout the greater Milwaukee area and within all streams of Jewish life.

-Global Day of Jewish Learning brings together more than 400 communities around the world in a day of study.

-Through the new program LOMED-Learning Opportunities for Milwaukee Educators (formerly CSI), CJL provides professional training to teachers throughout the Jewish community. Services are provided at no cost, and educators receive a stipend for their participation.

-CJL provides education consultation and advocacy to educators, schools and congregations.

-CJL acknowledges the achievements of local Jewish educators through its annual educator recognition event.

The Coalition for Jewish Learning is a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Executive Director: Tziporah Altman-Shafer
Chair: Roger Carp

414-963-2718
414-390-5747
1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Nicolet High School Foreign Language Department

Nicolet High School is the only public high school in Wisconsin and one of a handful of public schools throughout the U.S. to offer modern Hebrew as a foreign language option. A full five-year program is offered to students.

In addition to the Hebrew language, students study the culture, history and geography of Israel. Small classes and individualized instruction help students advance in the acquisition of language skills, and all experience levels are welcome.

414-351-1700
414-351-7526
6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd., Glendale, WI 53217
Ohr HaTorah

Ohr HaTorah Jewish Heritage Center is a great resource for those interested in engaging in an exciting Jewish learning experience.

We offer a broad array of classes, seminars, study groups and retreats covering Jewish topics from A-Z, Partners in Torah, Milwaukee Institute for Jewish Ethics, Hebrew classes, Teen Education Programs and much more.

Director: Rabbi Akiva Freilich

414-228-8930
414-228-8933
7020 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, WI 53209
PJ Library Milwaukee

Parents of small children know that stories are for more than just bedtime. The wonderful habit of ending your child’s busy day by reading together inspired this popular national program funded in part through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  The PJ Library offers free, high-quality Jewish books and music each month to children ages 6 months through 8 years all across North America.
The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center offers this program to the Milwaukee Jewish Community. For more information on PJ Library Milwaukee or to become a PJ Library family, visit https://www.jccmilwaukee.org/pjlibrary or contact Rabbi Shari Shamah, Jewish Family Specialist and PJ Library Coordinator at 414-967-8229.

414-967-8229
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, WI 53207
Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies actively fosters an intellectual community among faculty and academic staff at UWM and nearby colleges and universities, and among our students. The expertise of Jewish Studies faculty covers a broad range, with particular strengths in modern history, literature, and culture, especially in Europe and North America. UWM students hold Jewish Studies faculty in high regard for their stimulating and challenging courses, and their engagement with and mentoring of each individual student.

Director: Joel Berkowitz

414-229-6121
414-229-5499
3367 North Downer Avenue, Greene Museum, Milwaukee, WI 53211
The JCC/CJL Reading Room and Library

The JCC/CJL Library/Media Center is an exciting resource available to the entire Jewish community. Newer fiction and nonfiction can be found in the joint JCC/CJL Reading Room on the 1st floor, across from the Café. The Reading Room also houses an extensive Judaic DVD collection of dramatic, foreign and documentary films; a children’s Judaic picture book collection; Judaic music CDs and a sampling of books on CD. Periodicals are also displayed in the Reading Room. Books and CDs may be checked out for free – DVDs can be checked out for a nominal fee for a one week period. The Reading Room sponsors many free film classes during the year, open to the community. To be added to our film class email list, please send your email to Laurie Herman at lherman@jccmilwaukee.org.

On the 3rd floor of the JCC is the Bursak library – our main collection of both Judaic fiction and nonfiction books. The extensive nonfiction collection includes Judaic reference books as well as biblical commentaries, and books on Judaic subjects such as: Jewish thought, Jewish holidays, cookbooks, the arts, history, some Holocaust, and Israel. Our online library catalog can be accessed through the CJL website at www.cjlmilwaukee.org,
under “Library”.

The JCC/CJL Reading Room and 3rd floor Library are open during regular JCC hours.

Library/Media Center Director: Laurie Herman, lherman@jccmilwaukee.org

414-967-8212
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53217-3877