An investment in the Milwaukee Jewish Federation circles the globe, providing rescue, relief, resettlement and engagement to Jews in every corner of the world. Most of our work is accomplished with our partners on the ground: the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel.


When the crisis erupted Ukraine, JDC activated its emergency response network  to ensure continued home deliveries of food, medicine, heating and cooking fuel to vulnerable families and individuals. The organization increased security at Jewish communal institutions, provided life-sustaining care for the elderly and they activated emergency plans for the region’s estimated 17,000 Jews. At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian immigrants were arriving in Israel aboard Jewish Agency flights and are now being resettled. Because JDC and JAFI were already on the ground, they were prepared to act.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

JDC is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world. Today, JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

Jewish Agency for Israel

Ethiopian immigrant at Jewish Agency for Israel absorption center.
Ethiopian immigrant at Jewish Agency for Israel absorption center.

Since 1929, the Jewish Agency for Israel has been instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel. JAFI continues to serve as the main link between the Jewish state and Jewish communities everywhere. Today, JAFI connects the global Jewish family, bringing Jews to Israel, and Israel to Jews, by providing meaningful Israel engagement and facilitating Aliyah. They build a better society in Israel – and beyond – energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose. The Jewish Agency continues to be a first responder, prepared to address emergencies in Israel, and to rescue Jews from countries where they are at risk.

Read Milwaukee teen Josh Schneider’s story about his visit with Ethiopian Jews.