The Fund for Jewish MKE

The mission of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has never been more relevant in our lifetime: Caring for the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future.

As the center for Jewish philanthropy in Milwaukee, we are leading our Jewish community’s response to the coronavirus. We have launched a $3 million fundraising campaign called The Fund for Jewish MKE, a centralized source of support to benefit our whole local Jewish community.

Your donation to The Fund will offer critical help to our people – from caring for our elders to feeding the hungry. You’ll also give much-needed assistance to Jewish organizations that need our help now, and over the coming months, so our Jewish community comes out of the crisis as strong as ever.

Already, The Fund for Jewish MKE has raised $2,134,926!

Help us reach our goal by giving generously.

The Fund for Jewish MKE has already invested over $1.4 million to date in our Jewish Community!

Here are just a few examples…


  • $25,000 donated to Jewish Family Services to deliver 1,200 bags of groceries to 400 unduplicated seniors, adults with disabilities, and low-income families.
  • $20,000 donated to Jewish Community Pantry, operated by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, for physical upgrades to allow safe curbside pickup of food for 257 people each week and 10,000 unduplicated households annually.
  • $18,000 donated to purchase Passover food.

Emergency supplies

  • $25,000 donated to Ovation Communities to protect staff and residents from COVID-19, including personal protective equipment, cleaning equipment, and cleaning supplies.
  • $3,295 donated to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid/Second Home Cemetery for a rolling carriage that will make it possible to move caskets safely and with dignity given the limited number of mourners who can be present at a funeral.

Emergency financial support

  • $50,000 contributed to Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association to provide interest-free loans to Jewish communal professionals.
  • $50,000 invested in tax and legal consultation resulting in more than $10 million in SBA loans and grants flowing into Milwaukee-area Jewish nonprofits.


  • $51,500 donated to three Jewish schools to purchase Chromebooks for distance learning.

Virtual connections to community

  • $45,000 donated to the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center for innovative virtual and in-home programming.
  • $10,000 donated to a synagogue for remote worship.
  • $25,000 donated to Friendship Circle materials and remote programming for children with special needs.