About Us


Jewish Federation of Madison is part of the Jewish Federations of North America, a nationwide humanitarian network that serves millions of Jews and non-Jews everyday around the world. The Jewish Federation network includes 157 Federations and 400 network communities.


As part of the Federation community, Jewish Federation of Madison has been helping enrich Jewish life and assisting those facing hardship here at home and around the world since 1940.

Jewish Federation of Madison helps support more than 20 essential local programs and agencies, including the Hilde L. Mosse Gan HaYeled Preschool, Camp Shalom, Midrasha Hebrew High School, Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus, University of Wisconsin Hillel, and Jewish Social Services.

Through its overseas partners, Jewish Federation of Madison also helps provide rescue, relief, and development programs and services to Jewish communities in need in Israel and 70 other countries, including the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe. Jewish Federation of Madison and its overseas partners also provide non-sectarian aid to overseas communities in times of crisis.

Our Mission

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Madison is to work toward building a strong and unified Jewish community in order to ensure the survival, well-being and continuity of the Jewish people in this area, in Israel and throughout the world.

Our History

The first Jews came to Madison - then a village of 2,300 - in the early 1850s. Today the Madison Jewish community numbers more than 5,000 individuals (not including the estimated 5,000 students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus).

Our Beneficiaires

In a formal allocations process, volunteers determine how to distribute funds raised by the Annual Tzedakah Campaign by evaluating which local, national and international agencies and programs are most in need.