Tzedakah Days




The Hebrew word Tzedakah means “justice”.  Others translate Tzedakah to mean charity.  The definition of Tzedakah that we are using means doing our part to make the world a kinder, better, more gentle place; it means making sure that we treat others in a “just” way. 

This summer, we are excited to bring back Tzedakah Days for the JCC . Teaching children the value of tzedakah is an important part of our year-round programs. We hope you will see if you have any extra items at home or will pick up some items while you are out running errands. It is important that your child be a part of this process, so that they will know that they have done a mitzvah (a good deed) and learn the important value of helping others and making the world a better place.

Every other week, there will be a new collection, so be sure to look at the list of upcoming Tzedakah Days below. Thank you in advance for your help! For more information about Tzedakah Days or if you have questions, contact Rabbi Shari Shamah at 414-967-8229 or


June 20 - July 1 - Coins for Camp Kesem

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. By offering innovative, fun­filled programs that foster a lasting community, we aim to ensure that every child affected by a parent’s cancer is never alone. Click here to learn more.


July 4 - 15 - Alex's Lemonade Stand

Campers will be making lemonade and selling it to JCC members and guests at various times during the week.  All proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade stand. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation's mission is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. Click here to learn more. 



July 18 -29 - Gently Used Book for the Next Door Foundation

Celebrating 25 Years! Next Door’s Books for Kids program was established in 1990 with the hope that all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of family income or education levels, could have books to call their own. Books for Kids distributes over 70,000 books each year!  We give two books a month to our early education students here at NEXT DOOR and we also distribute books to neighborhood families and teachers throughout the city -- FOR FREE! Click here to learn more.


August 1 - 12 - Baby Supplies (wipes, diapers, food, formula) or non-perishable food items for the Jewish Community Pantry

The Jewish Community Pantry, an effort co-sponsored by the JCC and the Women’s Division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, seeks to provide emergency food to individuals and families in crisis throughout the greater Milwaukee community.  With a focus on connecting clients to community resources, and increasing our community’s awareness of hunger’s impact while educating on how we can alleviate that impact, the pantry is our Jewish communal response to hunger in Milwaukee.  The Jewish Community Pantry reflects our commitment to the values of Tzedakah (justice) and Tikkun Olam (repair the world) and to serving community members in need of Kavod (respect.) Click here to learn more.

August 15 - September 2 - New School Supplies for the United Community Center (UCC)

The United Community Center is a comprehensive social service agency serving the families of Milwaukee's south side. Programs range from education to elder programs, meeting the needs of three year olds to 93 year olds and everyone in between. Click here to learn more.