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 every corner of the global Jewish community to serve those in need. We are hard at work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in Milwaukee, in Israel and in 70 countries around the world.

It’s Moments Like This . . .

(in 2022-2023)

Tackling increased Antisemitism

  • MJF responded to 101 antisemitic incidents in Wisconsin. This reflects a 494% increase since 2015.
  • With Holocaust and other genocide education now mandated in state schools, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center expanded its lessons to 96,075 children and adults.
  • Jewish Museum Milwaukee educated 3,000 students, 90% of whom are not Jewish, about the Jewish journey.
  • Trained 840 Northwestern Mutual executives and Harley-Davidson employees on antisemitism and the Holocaust. Also introduced a new program to business leaders on how to include Judaism in corporate DEI programs.

Enhancing the security of Jewish Wisconsin

  • MJF is dedicated to enhanced security across the state, with 1,700 individuals across 23 organizations trained by our professional security team.
  • 28 synagogues received MJF grants for security guards to cover the High Holidays and other large gatherings throughout the year.
  • Secured $1.3 million in federal security grants for 10 organizations in Wisconsin, in turn being able to use donor dollars for other critical needs in the community.
  • MJF provided cybersecurity awareness testing and training to 420 employees from 8 Jewish organizations throughout Milwaukee and Madison. Additional training will be expanded throughout the state.

Supporting our Jewish homeland

  • $1,250,000 granted to 950 victims of terror in Israel to recover and rebuild, carried out by the Jewish Agency for Israel, and many times within 24 hours.
  • 600,000 Israelis benefitted from programs supporting religious pluralism in Israel, through MJF programs such as Olim Beyahad, which supports new Ethiopian immigrants integration into Israel’s workforce.
  • MJF supported hundreds of Jewish college students and young adults experience Israel for the first time through Birthright Israel.
  • Heading into its 55th year, our shlichut program (Israel engagement emissaries) that is funded through our partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, is the oldest continuous program in the U.S.

Enhancing Jewish life in Milwaukee

  • NextGen MKE’s premier George Weinstein Fellowship cohort celebrated 16 graduates who are now each volunteering for a local Jewish nonprofit organization.
  • 534 students were educated at our K-8 partnership schools, which includes Bader Hillel Academy, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and Yeshiva Elementary School.
  • Over 1,200 children and teens attended summer camp at the Camp Interlaken JCC and Rainbow Day Camp. The Foundation for Jewish Camp states hat past campers are 25% more likely to donate to Jewish philanthropy.
  • More than 1,500 seniors attended Ovation Communities Adult Day Services program for classes, clubs, support, and wellness groups.
  • Over 70 attendees from 35 diverse Jewish organizations helped MJF launch the Jewish Community Study, which will guide informed, data-driven decisions about programming, resource allocation, goals, and the impact of our collective efforts.

Caring for Jews everywhere they live

  • 111 Ethiopian Jews immigrated to Israel with the support of Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s partner agency, The Jewish Agency for Israel.
  • 20+ million hours of home health care provided to vulnerable Jews living in the former Soviet Union.
  • Over 71,000 individuals received social service support each day in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
  • 76,261 people made aliyah to Israel and made it their home in 2022, the highest number in a single year since 1999.
  • Within the first three weeks of the earthquake in Turkey, Federations and partners at the
  • American Joint Distribution Committee supplied 23,285 meals and 10,000 thermal blankets.