Jewish Social Services is a non-profit organization working to help Dane County residents get their basic needs met.

We offer services in the areas of short-term advocacy, long-term case management, Jewish spiritual care and immigration services. We serve people of all ages and backgrounds.

Contact Us

Phone: 608-442-4081 – Fax: 608-278-7814
6434 Enterprise Lane – Madison, WI 53719


JSS is currently initiating a new program, Community Action for Refugee Arrival (CARA).

Upcoming Events

JSS Executive/ Finance Committee Meeting @ Jewish Social Services
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Levy Summer Series – Ellie Gettinger @ Nakoma Country Club
Aug 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

“Only Victims: The Hollywood Blacklist” – Ellie Gettinger
Education Director at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Ellie Gettinger will preview Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s new original exhibit Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, which opens to the public in October 2018. The talk will explore the historical events that led to the Hollywood Blacklist and its impact on film, television, and theater. Gettinger will offer insights into the development of the exhibit, connections to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, and contemporary parallels. As described by Dalton Trumbo, “The blacklist was a time of evil…no one on either side who survived it came through untouched by evil…[Looking] back on this time…it will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims.”

Annual Summer Barbecue @ Goodman Jewish Community Campus
Aug 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Annual Summer Barbecue @ Goodman Jewish Community Campus | Verona | Wisconsin | United States

Jewish Social Services Presents: Annual Summer Barbeque

Transportation is available with Transit Solutions

$9 per person for lunch: Kosher hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, potato salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit salad and brownies

The beautiful swimming pool and lounging deck will be open at no charge

Funds are available to make it possible for those with low incomes to attend. For all questions and registration, contact Paul Borowsky at 442-4083 or at; all information will be kept confidential. Programs underwritten by Jewish Social Services.

Rosh Hashannah Tea @ Oakwood Village
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bus Trip to Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Sep 13 all-day

Bus Trip to Jewish Museum Milwaukee

We will leave Madison at 9:30 am, have an early lunch, attend talk and tour from 1-2:30 pm, and then return to Madison. Lunch location and menu will be announced shortly. Cost is $25 and will include all transportation, lunch and museum fees. This program is generously subsidized by Jeff Levy. If cost is prohibitive, funds are available through Jewish Social Services. Contact Paul Borowsky at JSS:, 608-442-4083. We will have a chance to tour core exhibits as well as the traveling exhibit which is ending soon:

Traveling Exhibit:Stitching Histories From the Holocaust tells the story of Hedwig Strnad and her husband Paul through the letters to their Milwaukee cousin and the dress designs they sent in the hopes of getting visas. Hedy and Paul were ultimately killed in the Holocaust, but her dress designs survived. The centerpiece of this exhibit are the eight dresses lovingly created by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater Costume Shop. These dresses provide visitors with a tangible connection to the loss of talent in the Holocaust.

Accompanying Stitching Histories are two more family stories of immigration:

The Oelsner family fled to Japanese-occupied Shanghai in 1939, the only place that they could go without a visa. Their daughter Edie was born there and the collection reflects the family’s journey from Nazi Germany, to war-torn Shanghai, and ultimately to the United States.
While Mary and George Stern escaped to the United States in 1938 and settled in Racine, WI.

Rosh Hashannah Tea @ Capitol Lakes
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
JSS Board Meeting @ Jewish Social Services
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Shabbat at Oakwood Villiage @ Oakwood Villiage University Woods (in Oaks Community Room)
Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Please join Rabbi Renee Bauer, your neighbors, volunteers and Jewish Social Services staff for candle lighting, challah, wine, songs and discussion to usher in Shabbat.

A program of Jewish Social Services of Madison and Oakwood Villiage.