Ever since Lizzie Kander formed the Jewish Mission in 1895 to serve newcomers to our beloved city, we have been partnering to build a healthier Milwaukee. Today’s Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC is a destination for excellent programs and services, but it is first and foremost a non-profit, social-services agency committed to serving the ever-changing needs of the entire community. Beyond religion, race, background, ability, and geography, we believe that our community is stronger when we are supporting one another with shared values on a shared journey.

fighting food insecurity

The Jewish Community Pantry provides emergency food to individuals and families in Milwaukee. Connecting guests to community resources, while increasing our community’s awareness of hunger’s impact and working to alleviate its impact, the Pantry is our Jewish communal response to hunger.

Volunteers help stock shelves, interview guests, and assist with our guest-choice food allocation process.

making camp connections

Road to Rainbow brings thousands of children from underserved communities up to Fredonia each summer for an immersive week at the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp – all free of charge thanks to generous contributions. The summer program includes swim safety lessons and a counselor-in-training program, and during the school year we offer our Road to Rainbow partners and Milwaukee Public Schools hands-on experiences that support classroom learning. Recent partner organizations include Hmong American Peace Academy, Journey House, Meta House, Milwaukee Public Schools, Operation DREAM, and United Community Center.

A girl is playing with a ball in a swimming pool.

creating an inclusive community

We work together to build a JCC that is inclusive to all, founded upon the belief that we are stronger when everyone has access to our programs regardless of background, ability, or means. Our Disability Inclusion Services provide accommodations, resources, and support for individuals and families of all abilities to make full use of the JCC.

Programs like Chaverim, Wellness 360, and Bonim Farms build community for adults with developmental disabilities.

We are also blessed to be stewards of our community’s Scholarship funds and take seriously our responsibility to make these funds available to all who may need assistance.

Partnering to Build a Healthier Milwaukee

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