Annual Tzedakah Campaign

Help meet the critical needs of our local and worldwide communities. When you donate to the Jewish Federation of Madison Tzedakah Campaign, your single gift helps support more than 20 essential local agencies and programs, as well as humanitarian programs in Israel and 70 other countries around the world. 

The 2018 Tzedakah Campaign ~ I Heart Jewish Madison has officially come to close and we are pleased to report that $935,945 was raised thanks to the generosity of 586 donors.


Thank you, thank you, thank you for investing in a place for everyone in our community, at every age and stage, with your contribution.


We would also like to thank our incredible volunteers, without whom the success of this campaign would not have been possible. We are inspired and humbled by the commitment, passion, and hard work contributed by our Campaign Co-Chairs: Jeremy Tunis and Michelle Poliak-Tunis & Dan and Carey Weiss, as well as our dedicated team of donor engagers.


We cannot say enough how full our hearts are of appreciation and gratitude for your partnership in supporting what we love and together making sure our local and global community thrive. Todah Rabah!

Thanks to you, your single gift to the Jewish Federation of Madison Tzedakah Campaign helps support something for everyone in our community.


Your generosity helps create connections and strong Jewish experiences that build lifetime friendships and networks of support for our children and their families through Gan HaYeled Preschool and Camp Shalom. You build community and keep it strong through shared celebrations of Jewish life such as the Hava Nagila Jewish Community Picnic, by collectively honoring shared history through the Yom HaShoah service and program, and by providing a serene and welcoming space to those who mourn through the Jewish Burial Association of Madison. You nourish education by supporting Judaic studies for teens through Midrasha Hebrew High School and Hebrew classes for kids and adults. You ensure a Jewish future when you support the development of young leaders through Future Directions and a Jewish home for college students through UW Hillel and Chabad at UW. You strengthen bonds with Israel through people to people exchanges like our Community Israeli Shlichim and Partnership2Gether.


What’s more, through our innovative partnership programs, you help those in need by supporting struggling families and enriching the lives of seniors here in Madison through Jewish Social Services and feeding, clothing and comforting people throughout the world through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. You make sure Jewish voices are heard by local and state leaders through Wisconsin Jewish Conference and federally through Federation's Washington DC office.

You help ensure all this and more when you donate.


Thank you in advance for the compassion and commitment to community you extend when you pledge to this year's campaign. Your support improves lives. It makes us, the Jewish people, stronger, vibrant and more secure.


Support what you love about Jewish Madison and help make sure our community, both locally and worldwide, thrives this year and in the years ahead. Please give generously to the Annual Tzedakah Campaign.

The Federation Network

Jewish Federation of Madison is part of the Jewish Federations of North America, a worldwide network that serves millions of Jews and non-Jews everyday. During both ordinary and extraordinary times, our strong extensive network of agencies and volunteers is uniquely positioned to assist those facing hardship here and around the world.


How Your Annual Contribution Makes A Difference Locally And Globally

Locally, your gift helps support more than 20 essential agencies and programs that serve both the Jewish community and the community-at-large, including Jewish Social Services, UW Hillel, the Hilde L. Mosse Gan HaYeled Preschool, Camp Shalom, Midrasha Hebrew High School, and the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus.


Worldwide, your contribution helps provide rescue, relief, and development programs and services to Jewish communities in Israel and 70 other countries including the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe. A portion of your gift is also dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to non-Jewish overseas communities in times of crisis.


See more about the programs and agencies your annual contribution supports >


Annual Appeal

Each year, volunteers from all parts of the Madison Jewish community offer every community member an opportunity to make a contribution to the Tzedakah Campaign. Then in a formal allocations process, volunteers determine how to distribute these funds by evaluating which agencies and programs are most in need.


Here are some of the ways you can annually contribute to the Jewish Federation of Madison Tzedakah Campaign. We welcome your individual gift, or your gift combined with a household member.

Prime Ministers Club: $100,000+

Nevi'im [Prophets] Society: $50,000 - $99,999

Theodor Herzl Society: $36,000 to $49,999

Maimonides Society: $10,000 to $24,999

Chai (Life) Club: $5,000 to $9,999

Moreshet (Heritage) Society: $2,500 to $4,999

Shofar (Ram’s Horn) Society: $1,000 to $2,499

Magen David (Shield of David) Society: $500 to $999

Kehilla (Community) Club: $250 to $499

Bonim (Builders): $100 to $249

Chaverim (Friends): $18 to $99


Tzedakah means righteous giving in Hebrew. Performing the mitzvah of tzedakah is one of the central pillars of Jewish tradition. In Judaism, tzedakah is much more than an act of generosity; it’s an obligation and is part of seeking a just world.

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