Our Work in Israel
Working with our organizational partners, we build and strengthen connections among communities around the world.
Our funding in Israel provides support to at-risk youth and creates a civil, democratic, and just society for all Israelis.
Our funding throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union provides food and medicine for homebound seniors and programs that educate and inspire the emerging generation.
Our work in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world is made possible by supporters of Federation’s Community Campaign, and by the following funds at the The Jewish Community Foundation:
- Amalie and Henry Schudamak Fund
- Programs in Israel Restricted Fund
- Rudolph Geringer Programs in Israel Fund
- Dr. Livia Ross Scholarship Fund
- Sam and Dora Ruvkun Advanced Planning Endowment for Projects in Israel
- Alexander & Ethel Levens Fund
Our Partners in Israel and Overseas
In partnership with the Israeli government, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) provides assistance to at-risk youth, elders, immigrants, and other marginalized populations, while also expanding Israel’s capacity for volunteerism, charity, and public service. JDC also helps communities under constant threat of rocket fire in the southern region of Israel.
Choosing Tomorrow, an initiative of the Israel Education Fund and the Jewish Agency for Israel, encourages medical students to begin their careers in the struggling Negev region.
In addition to providing much-needed medical support to the Negev, Choosing Tomorrow also pairs its participants up with social programs aimed at improving life in the region. These programs include sex education programs for area high schools, wellness and mindfulness training for local medical professionals, and training to better equip doctors and nurses to communicate with and treat the local Bedouin population.
Dror Israel is a youth movement that fights for a democratic Israeli society. At its kibbutz in Akko, Dror Israel volunteers mentor at-risk youth in the area, giving them a support network, a social outlet, and the skillset to succeed as Israeli citizens.
The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) helps people like Brancha, an Ethiopian-Israeli olah, who lost her mother when she was in the ninth grade. The ENP gave Brancha the support she needed to process her mother’s death, while also helping her to improve her grades. Now a high school graduate, Brancha serves in an elite IDF unit.
The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) helps the Jewish state and its inhabitants fulfill many of their needs by, among other things, providing financial support to families of terror victims and helping those who’ve made Aliyah to better integrate into Israeli society.
Stories of our work in israel and overseasVIEW ALL
Oleg Salamatov was born in Turkmenistan three years before the Soviet Union dissolved. Although most of his relatives left the country for Israel, Oleg and his mother stayed behind. He grew up living under an authoritarian regime where he was discriminated against for both being Jewish and for speaking Russian. Oleg eventually fled his home […]
On Sunday, July 16, a wild brushfire swept through the Canaan neighborhood in the northern city of Tzfat, fueled by exceptionally hot, dry weather. Hundreds of individuals and families were evacuated from their homes, some of which sustained irreparable damage and will need to be entirely rebuilt. Federation’s overseas partner, The Jewish Agency for Israel, […]
Word of the Day: Ooshy Booshy Our trip leader Shane trying out some graffiti after our graffiti tour in Tel Aviv (Photo by Lauren Frisch) It has been a week since I got back from Israel. I’m mostly recovered from exhaustion and jetlag, so I want to take this chance to share some final thoughts. But first, […]