Volunteer Opportunities



Volunteers are vital to meeting our mission to inspire, build, and sustain vibrant Jewish life by fostering diverse opportunities to connect at every age and mobilizing our community in common purpose, in Madison, Israel, and around the world. By contributing the gift of time, volunteers make it possible for the Jewish Federation of Madison to enrich Jewish life and assist those facing hardship through support of more than 20 essential local programs and agencies, as well as rescue, relief, and development programs and services to Jewish communities in need globally.


Please fill out the volunteer interest form so we can find the best volunteer placement for you.

Here are a few ways you can volunteer and make a difference!


PJ Library: Currently filled. Seeking a volunteer for 5 hours per week to help with the administration and programmatic tasks as part of the PJ Library program. PJ Library is an established National program that sends free Jewish-themed books to children each month, as well as offers in-person and virtual programming.



Campaign: Each year, our community raises close to a million dollars through the Jewish Federation of Madison Tzedakah Campaign, which supports critical Jewish community programs and services locally and around the world. Make an impact during this annual fundraising effort by engaging potential donors, planning campaign events, and assisting with marketing and direct solicitation mailings.


Gan HaYeled Preschool: Help Gan grow and continue to be a place where children and their families create connections and build community that form lifetime friendships and networks of support. Expand the programming and recruitment efforts at Madison’s beloved Jewish preschool since 1970, serving children 18 months through 5 years old of all backgrounds.


Camp Shalom: Serving over 1000 elementary and middle school-age children each summer in a Jewish environment welcoming to all, Camp Shalom has never had to deny a child a camp experience because of financial need. Change a child’s life and help us continue this tradition by assisting with the annual scholarship fundraiser, securing prize donations and selling tickets for the summer raffle, and advising on camp procedure and policy development.


Midrasha Hebrew High School: Enhance our post B’nai Mitzvah leadership program, the only one of its kind in Madison. Midrasha is open to all local Jewish youth in 8th through 12th grade, who need not be affiliated with a synagogue to enroll. Midrasha offers experiences and educational opportunities that will strengthen teens’ Jewish identity and inspire their desire to learn about their heritage.


Community Relations: Shape our outreach efforts to the Jewish and general community. Strengthen our partnership relationships with other Jewish community organizations. Serve as a liaison between the local Jewish community and the larger population.


Programming: Assist with planning and creating a variety of programming for adults, families, PJ Library, and community events. 


Additional committees are listed here >



Help Plan Annual Special Programs or Volunteer The Day Of (i.e., set up, welcome guests, sell food, run activities, clean up). These events include Yom HaShoah Service and Program, Yom HaAtzmaut, Hava Nagila Jewish Community Picnic, Annual Tzedakah Campaign Kickoff, Madison and Dane County King Holiday Observance, and Community Purim Carnival.


If you don’t see it listed here and you have a special interest or talent you’d like to share, let us know. For more information, email Marni Ginsberg at engage@jewishmadison.org.

  • Hava Nagila Jewish Community Picnic

    Help make the fun at our annual community summer celebration with fun for all ages! Volunteer to run activities, serve food, and welcome attendees.