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

Levy Summer Series – Larry Kohn @ Nakoma Country Club
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Larry Kohn

Education Director of Temple Beth El from 1979-2014

And the Fine Blade Gleamed with the Fury of Live Coals: Twentieth Century Poets Confront the Akedah”*

The Torah’s story of the sacrificial binding of Isaac (Akedah) has been addressed by a number of Twentieth Century American, Yiddish and Israeli poets. The Akedah (Genesis 22) will be read in English translation along with a sample of Rabbinic and contemporary Torah commentary. This will be followed by a reading and discussion of poems in English or English translation written by Anthony Hecht, Marge Piercy, H. Leivick, Hayim Gouri, Amir Gilboa and Yehuda Amichai.

As Education Director of Temple Beth El, Larry Kohn facilitated the temple’s Shabbat morning Torah study for the last two decades of his tenure. Beginning in 1976 a dozen of Larry’s poems under his given name, Lawrence, have appeared in small press publications including Green’s Magazine, Response: A Contemporary Jewish Review, The Journal of Reform Judaism and Neo-Victorian/Cochlear edited by Esther Cameron in Madison.

* Title quote from: “Isaac” in The Darkness and the Light by Anthony Hecht, Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 2002

Lunch: Quinoa and Spinach Salad (with Chickpea, Tomato, Egg, Feta, Artichoke, Olives, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Artisan Rolls with Butter, Baked Tilapia, Cucumber-Red Pepper Relish, Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Green Beans or Vegetable Quiche. Dessert: Tiramisu

Levy Summer Series – Marion Usher @ Nakoma Country Club
Aug 6 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Marion Usher

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry – George Washington School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences – Washington, D.C.

One Couple Two Faiths: Stories of Love and Religion: A Program Addressing Interfaith Couples and Families”

Dr. Marion Usher joins us to discuss her new book, “One Couple Two Faiths: Stories of Love and Religion,” a guide to interfaith relationships. Through her workshop, “Love and Religion; A Workshop for Jews and Their Partners,” Dr. Usher has worked with over 700 interfaith couples in the past 25 years. Her workshop is conducted on an on-going basis in 10 cities across the country. Her DVD and manual illustrating her workshop model premiered at the Washington DCJCC Film Festival in 2009 and can be seen on her website:

She will share her observations of the changes occurring in our Jewish community and the work that still needs to be accomplished in becoming an inclusive community. Dr. Usher consults with synagogues, and JCC’s helping them to develop creative programming for interfaith couples and families. At George Washington University, she helped develop the Family Therapy training program for residents in psychiatry. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Week, Sh’ma, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian,, and On Faith.

Lunch: Fresh Fruit Plate, Artisan Rolls and Butter, Sea Bass with Toasted Kale Beurre Blanc, Cous Cous with Butternut Squash or Goat Cheese and Spinach Strudel, Dessert: Cookie and Bar Platter

Levy Summer Series – Stu Levitan @ Nakoma Country Club
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Stuart Levitan
Author and Journalist

Madison in the Sixties – Jews in the News

Madison historian Stu Levitan will discuss the influence of Jewish students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin, anti-Semitism, and the local progress for civil rights, in a talk adapted from his new book Madison in the Sixties (Wisconsin Historical Society Press).

Stu Levitan is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, a former Dane County Supervisor, and long-time leader of several city land use commissions. Descendent of several generations of Orthodox Lithuanian Rabbis, Stu graduated from the UW Law School, and retired in 2015 after 27 years as a state labor mediator/arbitrator. Stu is also vice president of the board of listener-sponsored community radio WORT-FM, and hosts Access: City Hall on the Madison City Channel.

Lunch: Caprese Salad, Artisan Rolls and Butter, Red Snapper with Tomato Caper Beurre Blanc, Green Beans and Barley Pilaf with Steamed Carrots and Asparagus or Angel Hair Pasta Tossed with Asparagus, Basil, Garlic in Plum Tomato Sauce and Cheese, Dessert: Rainbow Sherbet with Pirouline Cookie