Jewish Community

Jewish Family Services was founded in 1867 as the Hebrew Relief Society to meet the emerging needs of the European and Russian Jewish population migrating to the United States. Today we continue to provide social services and programs tailored to meet the unique needs of the Jewish Community.

You are not alone…

Are you in a relationship with someone who…

Keeps track of your time? Makes it difficult for you to see others, go to school, see the doctor, or go to work? Destroys your belongings? Hurts you, your children or pets? Controls your money? Mocks you or your beliefs? Forces you to be intimate?

Resources for Survivors

We offer services to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of survivors of abuse and their families.

We offer advocacy and case management services, free of charge and open to all people.

For people experiencing anti-Semitic hate crime, domestic violence, physical injury, and sexual assault, our advocate is available to provide resources and emotional support, regardless of location in Wisconsin. The incident does not have to have been reported to law enforcement and it could have happened years ago.

We Believe You. Let us help you.

Services include:

  • Emotional support and Crisis Counseling
  • Access to transportation and immediate relocation to domestic abuse shelters
  • Access to mental health counselors
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance with victim compensation application process
  • Advocacy services in navigating the court process and the criminal justice system

We Believe You. Let us help you. Let’s Get in Touch.

To get started please share some information with us.

This form is confidential and will be viewed by our advocate and their supervisor.

You will be contacted within 24 hours.

VOCA Intake Form
First Name
Last Name
Address (This is not required)
Address (This is not required)
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
City
State
Zip Code
Do you feel safe at home?
Do you have children?
Relationship Status
Age
Incident(s) Experienced: Check all that apply
Would you like to speak with a specific professional? (Check all that apply)

For more information, Call JFS at 414-225- 1374 or email Kblackwell@jfsmilw.org or breannaw@jfsmilw.org

Our advocacy services are funded by the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. For more information, please call 800-446-6564 or visit their website  www.doj.state.wi.us for more information about services for victims.

 

 

News & Announcements:

Free Dental Services for Holocaust Survivors: The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program is accepting applications for free dental work to Holocaust survivors in the greater Milwaukee Area. Since 2015, the program has provided hundreds of Holocaust survivors across the United States with free oral care.

Applicants must be recognized by Claims Conference as being a Holocaust survivor and meet certain financial and eligibility requirements. Priority is given to eligible persons based on the need to eliminate painful oral conditions, restoration of function and lack of dental insurance coverage. For more information, contact Jewish Family Services’ Holocaust Services Department at 414-390-5800.

 

Our Jewish Community Case Management program offers supportive case management services for members of the Milwaukee Jewish community in a culturally informed and competent manner.

The program addresses immediate, intermittent and ongoing social service needs of Jewish individuals and families through a formal assessment and strength based culturally sensitive care plan.  Clients receive assistance to secure resources to meet their basic life needs including food, clothing, shelter and access mental health and primary healthcare.

Individuals and families learn how to navigate community resources and develop natural support systems to achieve personal stability and self-sufficiency.

To schedule an appointment contact:

Beth Mumper, Program Coordinator
Phone: (414) 225-1347
Email: emumper@jfsmilw.org

 

Kosher Mobile Meals

Serving: Households and Hospitals in the Greater Milwaukee Area

Scheduled Deliveries: Every Week

Affordable Meal Plans:  $5.00  to $10.50 a meal

Sliding Scale Fee Payment Arrangement for Income
Eligible Individuals

The Kosher Mobile Meals program offers affordable quality Kosher meals delivered directly to  apartments, homes and hospitals in the greater Milwaukee area.  The program is operated under the joint auspices of Jewish Family Services, Ovation’s Jewish Home and Care Center and Va’ad HaKashrus of Milwaukee.

A wide range of entrées are prepared fresh and then frozen for convenient ready to cook meal options.   All meals are cooked under dietary supervision at the Jewish Home and delivered by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Meals plans are affordably priced with a cost range of $5.00 to $10.50 per meal. Bulk orders are available for organizations and sliding scale fee payment arrangements are available for  individuals based on income.

For more information contact: Kevin Boland, Director of Social Services at 414-225-1208 and kboland@jfsmilw.org.

Material Claims/Emergency Assistance for Holocaust Survivors

Funded through a grant from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany, Jewish Family Services reflects a deep commitment to assist the aging population of survivors to receive the care that they need. Our goal is to ensure that our survivors are able to age in place, with basic comfort and dignity.

JFS provides in-home care, counseling, financial assistance for survivors throughout Milwaukee County. For more information about Material Claims/Emergency Assistance for Holocaust Survivors, please contact Lena Vusiker, Resettlement Program Manager at 414-225-1351 and LVusiker@JFSmilw.org

News & Announcements:
Free Dental Services for Holocaust Survivors: The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program is accepting applications for free dental work to Holocaust survivors in the greater Milwaukee Area. Since 2015, the program has provided hundreds of Holocaust survivors across the United States with free oral care.
Applicants must be recognized by Claims Conference as being a Holocaust survivor and meet certain financial and eligibility requirements. Priority is given to eligible persons based on the need to eliminate painful oral conditions, restoration of function and lack of dental insurance coverage. For more information, contact Jewish Family Services’ Holocaust Services Department at 414-390-5800.

Community Outreach, Education and Support for Jewish Women

Sharsheret is a national program that offers a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Have you or a loved one been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis?
Jewish Family Services partners with Sharsheret and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center to promote education and awareness of this vital resource network. Contact us for more information, guidance, education, and family and individual support at every stage of the journey– before, during or after diagnosis.

Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources. Sharsheret offers a continuum of care for the Jewish community – addressing the needs of those who are concerned about the risk of breast cancer in their family, those who have been diagnosed with the disease and are undergoing treatment, and those who face issues of survivor-ship or recurrence.

 

We offer services for a special population of aging adults identified as Russian-speaking immigrants.

These Services include:

  • English as a Second Language Classes
  • SSI, SSI+SS, disability benefits, Medicare and Medicaid and others
  • Restitution to those who were victims of Holocaust
  • Food stamps and systematic monitoring of this program
  • Immigration forms and documents, such as applications for permanent resident status, temporary passport, work permit, and family reunification as well as further assistance when problems arise
  • Housing matters
  • High quality medical interpretation at doctor’s offices and hospitals
  • Translation of important correspondence: medical and other bills, serving as a liaison between our client and different organizations, help writing important letters,
  • Family conflicts (guardianship documentation, medical insurance for children)

In addition to the services offered to Russian-speaking clients, we have interpretation and translation services available for persons who speak Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Serbian and Bosnian/Croatian languages.

For more information contact Lena Vusiker, Resettlement Program Manager at 414-225-1351 and LVusiker@JFSmilw.org

Jewish Family Services provides on-site social services at Maurice Surlow Senior apartments and Golda Meir apartments. These settings offer safe and affordable housing options to seniors, including a large number of Russian-Speaking individuals.

Services Offered:

  • Assessment
  • Information and referral
  • Coordination of benefits
  • Minimal oversight for socialization

A collaboration between the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services. SHOFAR (Safeguarding Healthy Families and Relationships) is an initiative of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation supported by Jewish Family Services that addresses child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

Our goals are to build awareness and share resources with the Milwaukee Jewish community and to train community members on how to prevent and address abuse.

The project is named after the shofar, a ram’s-horn trumpet used by ancient Jews as a battle signal, that in modern times is sounded on some Jewish holy days. It’s a fitting name for this initiative, which is a call to action against abuse.