THI & #GivingTuesday: November 28, 2017- Double you gift!

 Donate on Facebook and have a deeper impact!

This year, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Tikkun Ha-Ir is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. You even have a chance to double your gift when made through Facebook.
We invite you to join the movement and to help out your Milwaukee Community neighbors TOMORROW!
Some ideas include:
All gifts are appreciated! Some suggestions:
  • $54 = 3 gift bags for people living in shelters at Christmas
  • $100 = 50 adult & children’s summer outfits through the Glean Machine
  • $250 = 2 weeks of fresh produce delivered to meal sites next summer and fall
  • $500 = 6 weeks of the Chop Shop which prepares fresh produce for easy usage at meal sites and food pantries
  • $1000 = 4 learning programs that create a Jewish context for our programs
  • Donate on our website or by mail: P.O. Box 090287, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Each winter, Tikkun Ha-Ir member congregations collect and distribute holiday gifts to families in homeless shelters or crisis programs. Please participate in this act of love and tzedakah to the many families in poverty. Your donation makes a real difference!
DATES:   Friday, November 17 -Sunday, December 17
Drop off locations:
Congregation Sinai
Congregation Emanu-El Bne Jeshurun
Congregation Shalom
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
Temple Menorah
Lake Park Synagogue
Anshe Lebowitz
Congregation Shir Hadash
It’s Not To Late to Donate The Following Items including: 
        • Hats/scarves/gloves
        • Men’s and Women’s sweatshirts
        • Children’s books and puzzels
        • New stuffed animals
        • Socks (men/women/children)
        • and more!
Learn more on or contact Karen Royster or Sami Stein Avner for more information.
Thank you for your support!


Milwaukee, June 19, 2017 – Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee has been selected to cohort ten of the UpStart Accelerator = the Jewish community’s leading engine behind the success of innovative, early-stage organizations. Selected from the Accelerator’s largest applicant pool ever (92 from across the world), Tikkun Ha-Ir will join a cohort of eight other organizations that are opening up new access points to Jewish life.

Since 2006, the UpStart Accelerator has served as a launch pad for 38 Jewish organizations, providing them with the training, network, and funding needed to transform vision and passion into game-changing Jewish social ventures. Current organizations and alumni include Moishe House, Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, 30 Years After, Jewish Kids Groups, and Urban Adamah.

“We are deeply humbled and so grateful for the opportunity to examine, develop, and expand the impact that Tikkun Ha-Ir will have both within the Jewish community of Milwaukee and toward the greater Milwaukee area,” says Tikkun Ha-Ir Executive Director Sami Stein Avner. “As a developing organization with big plans, this support will deepen Tikkun Ha-Ir’s opportunities to build community through study and action.”


Below is the full list of this year’s cohort, including Tikkun Ha-Ir, which will join the thirty-eight organizations and alum already in the UpStart Accelerator network:


  • Eshel (New York) – Creates community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.
  • JQ International (Los Angeles) – Builds and strengthens a community that nurtures a healthy fusion of LGBTQ and Jewish identities.
  • Makom Community (Philadelphia) – Creates family-centered Jewish experiences where parents are empowered to build a Jewish life that is personally meaningful for their family.
  • No Shame on U (Chicago) Works to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health conditions in the Jewish community.
  • Olive Tree Arts Network (Chicago) – Uses creative expression to promote understanding, cooperation and peace in our multi-faith society.
  • The Open Temple (Los Angeles) – Inspires individuals and families towards a life of Jewish curiosity, creativity, and critical thought.
  • Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation (Israel) – Teaches Torat Chayyim, a Torah of insight into everyday life and the practice of skillful living.
  • Pico Union Project (Los Angeles) – Brings diverse cultures together through song, story, art, food and prayer.
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir (Milwaukee) – Encourages the Jewish community to build a more just Milwaukee through study, action, and civic engagement.

“This is an exciting time for Jewish innovators. We’re seeing an unprecedented demand for – and investment in – organizations bringing something new and fresh to Jewish life,” says Aaron Katler, CEO of UpStart. “This Accelerator cohort represents some of our community’s most forward-thinking and creative organizations. We look forward to partnering with them to accelerate their growth and enabling them to reach their community-changing potential.”

More information can be found at .


About Tikkun Ha-Ir:

Tikkun Ha-Ir, Hebrew for “Repairing the City,” is built on the Jewish tradition of TIKKUN OLAM – repairing the world. Established in 2003, Tikkun Ha-Ir is made up of diverse Jewish congregations and organizations in the Milwaukee area working together to confront and help solve problems facing impoverished families. The goal of THI is to help build a more just and supportive community in Milwaukee through study and action.


About UpStart:

UpStart partners with innovators to redesign the experience and expression of Jewish life. UpStart recently announced a merger with Joshua Venture Group, Bikkurim, and the U.S. programs of PresenTense, creating a one stop resource for nurturing Jewish innovation nationwide. Since its inception, UpStart and its merging partners have fueled the impact of over 1,300 organizations and trained nearly 3,000 of the Jewish community’s most inspiring leaders. UpStart now hosts programs in 13 communities across the country, supporting entrepreneurs and communal leaders looking to generate and nurture community-changing ideas.

The Glean Machine is Back! May 21-25

“Let her glean even among the shelters and put her not to shame…” Ruth 2:15

Inspired by the book of Ruth which is read during the harvest festival of Shavuot, THI asks our community to glean from your own homes to restock the necessities of local shelters and social service agencies. A clearly marked van will be at the following drop-off locations between May 21-25 Please see  the complete wishlist below:

Dates and Times:

  Drop off      Location Drop off     Timing
Sunday 5/21 Congregation Emau-El B’ne Jeshurun 9:30-11:30am
Monday 5/22 Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid 12-2pm
Hillel Milwaukee 2-4pm
Tuesday 5/23 Congregation Shalom 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday 5/24 Congregation Sinai 12-2pm
Thursday 5/25 Temple       Menorah 10am-1pm


Here is the Complete List of Wishlist Items:

Baby Items

  • Baby wipes
  • Assorted baby items
  • Diapers, multiple sizes

Read more The Glean Machine is Back! May 21-25