Earning A Living

The United States offered unprecedented freedom to Jewish immigrants, allowing them to hold occupations that were restricted in Europe. These people arrived nearly penniless, and most started working immediately as peddlers. They hauled hardware, tobacco, clothing, eyeglasses, and countless other goods through Milwaukee and the communities nearby. Once they earned enough capital, they opened small stores and other entrepreneurial ventures. Capitalizing upon the educational opportunities in the US, some early Milwaukee Jews also became doctors and lawyers.

Through artifacts and personal stories, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee shows the involvement of the Jewish community in the city’s growth. From Harley Davidson to Manpower, Jewish business leaders have contributed to the growth of this city.

This section features a kiosk where visitors can explore the breadth of Jewish businesses in Milwaukee as well as Jewish organizational life.

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1360 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Friday 10am-2pm

Sunday 12pm–4pm

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Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to cultivating awareness of the past and preserving our Jewish heritage for future generations. Membership helps us with that mission.