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Jewish Social Services of Madison is a non-profit human services agency that provides compassionate and effective support services for individuals and families. Inspired by the values of Jewish tradition, JSS serves people of all ages, religions, backgrounds and lifestyles, with a strong commitment to the Jewish community.

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A Message from the Federation and Madison Jewish Community on Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.

March 10th, 2015

The Jewish Federation of Madison extends its sincere condolences to the family of Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr., the 19 year old African-American young man who died in a police-involved shooting last Friday night.

As our community mourns the loss of this young life, we stand in solidarity with the NAACP whose statement you can read here. We appreciate the work of Michael Johnson, CEO of the Dane County Boys & Girls Club, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Tony Robinson’s family and who is helping our community heal. We value the work of Chief Mike Koval and the Madison Police who serve our city every day. And, our hearts and thoughts are with the citizens of our community as we address the issues of racial disparity that exist here at home. (Read more here...)



 A Message from the Board of Directors

Linda Reivitz, President of the Board of Directors of Jewish Social Services of Madison, announced today that the Executive Director of JSS, Terrie Goren,  has resigned her position effective this spring.

Terrie has served in this position since 2010.  Under her leadership, JSS has served over 900 clients annually, positioned itself as a well-established independent agency, enhanced social programming for seniors, and held several successful community celebrations. 

Terrie, reflecting on her tenure at JSS stated:  “I have enjoyed working with our board, staff, volunteers and entire community to ensure that JSS remains relevant and strong.  During my tenure we have been actively engaged in establishing ourselves as a strong and vibrant social service agency that continually strives to meet the needs of the community.  Our strength is immense and permeates through the staff, the board, our large corps of volunteers and through the commitment of hundreds of donors.  I have seen tremendous growth in our agency. Being at the helm and working with our staff and board as we evolve has been an inspiring process and I am very proud of all that has been accomplished.  I will leave knowing that JSS is well grounded and positioned to continue in its efforts of providing social services in the community.”

Terrie successfully led the agency through a unique time.  “She came to JSS at a time of staff and organizational change,” Reivitz said, “which is always challenging.  She has shown tremendous commitment to the agency and the clients we serve.  And that is reflected in the high regard JSS has in our community.  We wish her every success in her future endeavors.” 

The JSS Board has begun a search for her replacement.  Those interested may look here for the position description. Applications should be sent to


Programs for Seniors

April 27, 2015 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

11:00-12:00 Operations Diabetes & Heart with Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students
11:30-12:00 Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00-1:00   Pretzel Crusted Baked Cod, Cranberry Mustard...

May 01, 2015 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Please join your neighbors, volunteers and Jewish Social Services staff for candle lighting, challah, wine, songs and discussion to usher in Shabbat, with music by Les Goldsmith and the assistance of ...

May 04, 2015 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

11:00-12:00  Free blood pressure screening by Lori Edelstein, RN
11:30-12:00  Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00-1:00    Eggplant Parmesan, Gnocchi with marinara, Warm Garlic Breadst...

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