Our Impact

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation is committed to nurturing and sustaining a vibrant Jewish community for today and into the future. We accomplish this important mission through our own programs and services and those of our partner agencies locally, in Israel and around the world. Here are just a few highlights from 2017-2018.

Caring for people in need

  • 40,000 individuals fed by pantries, mobile meals and food drives
  • 30,000 elderly Jews receiving food, medicine and shelter in Ukraine
  • 7,300 mental health counseling sessions in Milwaukee
  • 5,730 Houstonians assisted in recovery from Hurricane Harvey
  • 700 individuals receiving case management services
  • 500 elderly Jews from the former Soviet Union receiving social services in the Milwaukee area
  • 300 residents in affordable housing
  • 5 residences for low-income seniors and individuals with special needs

Strengthening Jewish life

  • $56,000 to send students to Jewish camp in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 10,000 free Shabbat dinners for college students
  • 12,000 visitors to Jewish Museum Milwaukee
  • 1,800 children and teens at local Jewish day and overnight camps
  • 1,037 children in Jewish preschools and day schools (PK-8)
  • 500 teens in Jewish youth groups

Creating Israel connections

  • $30,000 to send young adults on Birthright trips
  • 10,200 hot lunches at Branco Weiss High School in Sovev Kinneret, our partner region in Israel
  • 3,500 Milwaukee participants in Israel cultural programs
  • 600 children and teens engage with our Shin Shins (young Israel emissaries)
  • 300 Milwaukee attendees at programs with Ron Dermer,
    Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S.

Pursing a just world

  • $40,000 invested in educating students on campus about
    Israel and anti-Semitism
  • 20,000+ individuals learned the lessons of the Holocaust
  • $15,000 invested in promoting religious pluralism in Israel
  • 400 individuals at the Greater Milwaukee hunger walk
  • 40 anti-Semitic incidents addressed

Community planning

  • $20,000 distributed for Jewish education innovation grants
  • 918 unique visitors to our Jewish education website GoJewishMKE.com
  • 621 followers of our Instagram account aimed at teens and young adults
  • 539 hours of professional development for Jewish educators from synagogues, preschools and day schools
  • 140 subsidies to encourage teens to attend any Jewish youth group overnight retreat
  • 39 grants to help children attend Jewish overnight camp for the first time

Financial resources

  • $6.35 million total campaign achievement
  • $1.6 million raised by Women’s Philanthropy
  • $950,000 contributed from endowed Annual Campaign gifts held at the Jewish Community Foundation
  • 200 new donors

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