JWV Auxiliary membership is composed of the spouses, children, siblings, and (grand)parents of the men and women who served with honor in the Armed Services, defending the United States. The mission of the Jewish War Veteran Auxiliary (JWVA) is to provide service to: the general community, the Veteran Community, the Jewish Community and to America's youth.
Some of the proudest achievements of the JWVA on record include: Children's Milk Fund for Israel; anti-Nazi boycotts; and the sale of 3.5 million dollars of Liberty Bonds for the purchase of the 35,000 ton ship named Ida Strauss. The National Auxiliary was the first national organization to present two annual scholarships to Brandeis University. It also sponsored many 'Americanism' programs including flag distribution to schools, religious institutions and scouting troops; essay competitions, and arranging for hospital patients to vote. In the 1950s, members of 14 local JWV Auxiliaries worked closely with the USO in Detroit. They logged hundreds of volunteer hours making sandwiches for hungry servicemen that would visit the Detroit USO for lunch. Twice monthly, the JWV would supply the ingredients for 700 sandwiches; the Auxiliaries would provide the power in the kitchen along with baking their own homemade cakes and sweets for dessert.
Over the years, membership in the JWV Auxiliaries within Michigan has declined due to relocations and the passing of members. In June 2011, the remaining three Post Auxiliaries - #333, #510, and #527 - petitioned the National Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary and combined into one unit (#333).
The JWV Auxiliary has consistently visited several Veterans hospitals - Leland Sanatorium in Ypsilanti, Pontiac General Hospital; and the Fort Custer Army Hospital and Percy Jones General Hospital, both located in Battle Creek. Activities include summer picnics and festive visits on Christmas Day. Volunteers distribute candy and gum, socks, stationary and playing cards, puzzles, and toiletries to those vets confined to hospital stay. These dedicated volunteers also organize fundraisers, meetings, and conduct countless charitable works.
Currently, the JWV Auxiliary assists with poppy sales, hosts the annual Chanukah party, and organizes the annual JWV Dept of Michigan Christmas-day trip to the Battle Creek V.A. Medical Center, among many other things.Myra Gross is President of the Auxilliary. if you are interested in joining, contact Myra (248-626-2852) or click on this link for a printable membership form.
2016 JWV Auxiliary and Memorial Home Convention
The historical information on this page is excerpted from pages 9-14 of the 2014 booklet, "Lest We Forget Saluting the Dedication of the Jewish War Veterans of Michigan and their Auxiliaries, A Compiled History" by Andrea M. Gallucci, MLIS with her permission. All photos on this page are owned by the JWV of Michigan. Written permission is required for outside usage. Please contact our webmaster.