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1991 – 2005


  • The Habush Family donates to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation an apartment complex for housing developmentally disabled adults... now named Habush House.


  • JFS procures over $1,000,000 as a result of its first Endowment Campaign.


  • JFS opens its first North Shore satellite office.
  • Lifetime Services are implemented as a distinct service.


  • Betty and Sidney Lieberman donate an apartment building to be used for housing for those with chronic mental illness.
  • The Board approves the employment of a Director of Development and Planned Giving.
  • The JFS KEYS office is opened - an outreach facility for Soviet immigrant adolescents who are enrolled in the Shorewood School system.


  • The Agency assists in development of the Coalition on Violence and opens a Hot Line staffed by volunteers.
  • A nurse is employed to enhance the well being of elderly clients.


  • The LinkAges program is developed to assure continuum of care, primarily for older adults.


  • An Infant Day Care program begins at the Child Development Center.
  • A Separate department called Services to Refugees and Russian Speakers is established to more effectively serve that population.


  • The Kosher Mobile Meal program begins, providing home-based clients who are elderly or disabled with a Kosher meal in their home or an area hospital.
  • KESHET, a program which supports individuals with diverse abilities, becomes part of JFS. Through educational, cultural and social services within the Wisconsin Jewish community, Keshet provides each individual with high quality services to enhance the quality of life for themselves and their family.
  • Jewish Family Services raises $4.7 million, which enables the Agency to purchase, renovate, furnish and endow its new headquarters building at 1300 N. Jackson Street.
  • Jewish Family Services opens its new facility on Monday, November 26, 2001.
  • That spring, the Boards of JFS and Keshet vote to make the Keshet program part of Jewish Family Services.


  • The JFS Jackson Street Child Development Center opened in February, caring for 9 infants ages 6 weeks to five years.


  • Because of the success with older adult Russian immigrants, JFS, in collaboration with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, provides care for frail older adults (Family Care). This is a highly successful program, saving lives and maintaining a quality of life for over 300 clients. JFS is the second largest care management unit in the community.
  • Pathways to Wellness, a program of JFS which cares for the mind, body and spirit, is funded by a grant from the Jewish Outreach Institute, who is in turn funded by the Helen Bader Foundation.


  • Our Child Development Center program merges with the JCC in June and the day care facility at 1300 N. Jackson St. is closed.
  • The new Adoption Services program receives a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to offer adoption services, counseling and support for families looking to adopt or who have already adopted.


  • Golda Meir House, a 125-unit apartment building for the elderly, celebrates 25 years! JFS provides various social services, as well as educational activities for and with the residents, through a collaborative effort with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
  • Six Critical Conversations: Talking with Your Teen receives funding from the Helen Bader Foundation, to provide programming to parents of pre-teens and teens. The focus is on creating a dialogue on sensitive topics such as sex, dating abuse, internet safety, character development and media literacy.
  • Elliot Lubar retired as the Executive Vice President. Sylvan Leabman is appointed as the President/CEO.
  • The Masterpiece: Style & Speed Showcase holds its first annual show on Milwaukee's Lakefront. This is an effort of the Wisconsin Region Classic Car Club of America with proceeds benefitting the Exceptional Needs programs of JFS.
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