Jewish Community

Jewish Family Services was founded in 1876 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.

Services for Crime Victims

We offer comprehensive, advocacy and case management services to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of crime victims and their families. Our clients have experienced different types of crime, including anti-Semitic hate crime, domestic violence, physical injury, and sexual assault.

Our advocacy services are FREE and open to all people who have been victimized, regardless of income level. Recent victims of any crime are welcome, but even when a crime occurred years earlier, victims are welcome to request services. The crime does not have to have been reported to law enforcement.  For people experiencing anti-Semitic hate crime, our advocate is available to provide support, regardless of location in Wisconsin.

Services include:
· Advocacy services and help navigating court processes
· Assistance with crime victim compensation application process
· Crisis counseling and emotional support
· Safety planning
· Information about the courts and criminal justice system
· Connection with mental health counseling

To get started complete the 
Jewish Family Services VOCA Intake Form.

VOCA Intake Form

VOCA Intake Form

First Name
Last Name
Address *
Address
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
City
State
Zip Code
Type of Victimization

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

 

Jewish Community Case Management

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 us at 414-390-5800

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 call 414-390-5800.

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.

Social Services for Russian Speaking  (SSRS):

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.

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