Education has been central to Jewish life since biblical times. To ensure a vibrant future for our Jewish community, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation supports education by funding Jewish schools and through our own programs and services.

Holocaust Education

The Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), a program of the Federation, is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, education and the preservation of the memory of its victims. By teaching about the Holocaust, HERC aims to promote awareness of the evils of hatred and prejudice and to inspire ethical behavior.

HERC taught the lessons of the Holocaust to 21,000 students, teachers and community  members last year.

Coalition for Jewish Learning

The Coalition for Jewish Learning (CJL), the education department of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation,provides education consultation and advocacy to educators, schools and congregations.

Through professional development services, CJL improved the education of more than 1,000 students in 17 Jewish schools and synagogues last year.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The Museum committed to enhancing the public’s awareness and appreciation of Jewish life and culture.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee educated and entertained 10,000 visitors last year.


The Milwaukee Jewish Federation helps students access education through the Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund, which helps Jewish students fund their freshman year of college, and the Sarah B. and Louis M. Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship Fund, which helps fund study in Israel. (Learn more.) In addition, our Coalition for Jewish Learning administers $500,000 in scholarships provided each year by the Helen Bader Foundation to make Jewish day school education more affordable to Milwaukee families.

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation distributed more than $600,000 in scholarships last year.

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