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Impact of Your Gift

A single gift to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign helps ensure that Jews here and around the world have the programs and services that sustain and nurture Jewish life. Your gift will reach to every corner of the global Jewish community to serve those in need. No gift changes more Jewish lives. We are hard at work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in Milwaukee, in Israel and in 70 countries around the world.

See where the money goes when you donate to our Annual Campaign.

Local Impact

Here’s how the funds raised in the 2021 Annual Campaign were put to work in southeastern Wisconsin.

General

Your investment enabled us to have a profound impact on the health and welfare of our people and the organizations that serve them. All local organizations benefited — our traditional partner agencies, synagogues and other Jewish organizations — in Milwaukee, in Israel and around the world.

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Security

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s mission is to care for the needs of the Jewish people and build a vibrant Jewish future. Sadly, security has become one of our community’s basic needs over the past 20 years.

Since 2018, MJF staff has assisted over 30 organizations in securing FEMA grants for security. MJF staff provided consultation on the grant process, assisted in completing the grant application, and facilitated walk throughs of facilities with FEMA staff. This accounts for $3.3 million in total grant funding. In 2021 alone, MJF staff secured $2.1 million in FEMA grants for 22 organizations.

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Antisemitism

Every year, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation conducts an audit of verified antisemitic incidents in Wisconsin. Sadly, in the most recent audit, Wisconsin saw a 36% increase in incidents from the previous year. Activity on social media doubled, and it increased by 75% on college campuses. MJF is actively addressing this crisis in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

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Global Impact

Here’s how the funds we raise are put to work around the world, caring for the needs of the Jewish community and building a vibrant Jewish future.

American Jewish World Services (AJWS)

AJWS was founded in 1985 by American Jews to help the poorest and most oppressed people throughout the globe. The organization is committed to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world. A portion of every Milwaukee Jewish Federation Annual Campaign dollar supports AJWS as part of our global investment in caring for the needs of the Jewish people.

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Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

A portion of every Annual Campaign dollar goes to HIAS, which was founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. HIAS has touched the life of nearly every Jewish family in America and now welcomes all who have fled persecution.

HIAS’ 18-site network throughout the country will receive at least 2,500 Afghan “humanitarian parolees” through March 2022. Due to urgent humanitarian reasons, “humanitarian parolees” are granted admission into the United States without the typical visa process. It would not be safe for these individuals to remain in Afghanistan under Taliban control.

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