Addressing Critical Needs

Supporting Partners and Programs


The Federation provides major financial and in-kind support to programs addressing critical issues in Jewish life. From aid for those in need to investing in a bright Jewish future, these programs and the people who bring them to life help this community thrive together.


The programs listed below receive major funding and in-kind support to address critical needs in four priority areas. Recipients of Opportunity Grant seed funding are listed HERE.


Caring for the Vulnerable
Supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of at-risk and under-served populations

Attracting People to a Vibrant Community
Enhancing access to varied Jewish experiences; attracting those who are unengaged to participate in Jewish communal life

Inspiring the Next Generation to Embrace Jewish Life

Fostering Jewish identity and developing future Jewish leaders through formal and informal educational programs and immersive experiences

Forging Strong Connections with Israel and Overseas

Partnering with Jewish communities worldwide to care for the vulnerable, educate young people, and engage all Jews in a vibrant community

JCC Connects & More
Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County
This is a satellite JCC model which brings Judaic and holiday programming to vulnerable seniors living in assisted living facilities and other "secular" housing arrangements. Each program includes an educational component, entertainment, snack and take-away.


Case Management for Holocaust Survivors
Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County
Provides required funds to match funding from Claims Conference; pays for assessment, coordination & monitoring of care plan.


Counseling for Jewish Clients
Jewish Family Service of M
iddlesex County
Subsidizes the cost of professional counseling for individuals, children & families for those who can't afford it. 


Case Management for the At-Risk
Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County and Jewish Social Services
Comprehensive assessments to determine individuals'  needs & eligibility for services; service requests are initiated at JFS or JESS, JFS screens, documents & evaluates clients for financial assistance from JESS and/or JFS services. 


Kosher Meals on Wheels
Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County
Up to 2 meals/day delivered to 175 seniors and the homebound by 160 community volunteers; clients are reassessed every 6 months to see if they might benefit from additional services.


Monroe Socialization
Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County
A variety of social opportunities for seniors in Monroe Township that includes 2 women's' clubs; a men's' club, educational programs; widow/ear's club; and others with a goal of decreasing isolation and depression among the elderly.


CAMEO Senior Nutrition
Jewish Family Service of Middlesex County
Challenging Adult Minds & Energizing Ourselves offers socialization, kosher lunch & stimulating lectures a total of 6 days/week between 2 locations, Monroe Township and Highland Park.


Rental Assistance for Needy Jews
Jewish Social Services

Provides financial assistance for families and individuals who face eviction due to long term unemployment, severe illness, or diminished mental capacity.


Food Vouchers for the Needy
Jewish Social Services
Provides gift certificates to local supermarkets for people who cannot afford to pay for all their bills. 


Utility Assistance for the Needy
Jewish Social Services

Last resort for families facing shut off of utilities due to nonpayment, often for seniors on limited income.


Automotive Repair
​Jewish Social Service
Pay for automotive repair to allow people without economic means to travel to work and/or school


Needs-Based Camp Scholarships
Jewish Social Services and The Jewish Federation 
Funding for day camp for children whose families require financial assistance so that parents can continue to work. 


Special Needs Camp Scholarships
The Jewish Federation
Financial needs-based grants enable children with special needs to have a summer camp experience tailored to a child's needs. 


Monthly Socialization Groups
YACHAD, National Jewish Council for Disabilities
Federation partners with the National Jewish Council for Disabilities Yachad to offer monthly socialization programs that help children with special needs to integrate socially into their own community and provide respite for their families.


Caregiver Support Group
​The Federation partners with the National Jewish Council for Disabilities/Yachad to offer support, information and resources for caregivers raising a child with disabilities. 


Wilf Community Connects
Wilf Transport
Provide up to 100 trips serving 14 seniors per trip with "programs" run by JFS, EBJC, AEMT, Cong. Beth Mordecai & Temple B'nai Shalom. 


Jewish Family & Children's Service of Monmouth County
Aging in Place • Holocaust Survivor Services • Geriatric Services • Mental Health Services • Kosher Meals on Wheels • Senior Socialization Activities • Emergency Grants


The Friendship Circle of Western Monmouth County
Inclusive Basketball • Summer Camp for Children with Special Needs • Sunday With Friends Program • Loaves of Love Vocational and Jewish Identity Program • Lose the Training Wheels Skills and Self-Esteem Program • Young Adult Division Socialization • Mitzvah Volunteer Program 


Hand in Hand
Inclusion program pairing children with special needs and teen volunteers, providing socialization and friendship for the children; providing respite and support for parents  


Special Education Technology Program
SEAD (The Special Education Academy of Deal)




Jewish Cultural & Holiday Programs
JCC of Middlesex County
Holiday-related programs and interfaith Yom Hashoah commemoration. 


Learning Throughout Life for Seniors
JCC of Middlesex County​
Weekly lecture series for seniors & monthly lectures. 


PJ Library Family Experience
The Jewish Federation and The Grinspoon Foundation
PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish books and music to 600 children age 6 months through 6 years and connects their families with free community programs every month.


Rutgers Jewish Xperience
A collaboration with AEPi, this initiative uses health nutrition and exercise to engage Jewish students at Rutgers in their own environment. The program incorporates speakers and information about Judaism.


Tanzman Fellows Leadership Development Program
The Jewish Federation
Federation's investment in 10 future leaders who will spend a year learning from experts, participate in a mission to Israel and commit to become a cadre of Federation leadership. 


Israel Film Festival • Rising Stars Youth Performing Arts Program • Summer Youth Performing Arts Camp • Senior Adult Outreach
Axelrod Performing Arts Center


Chabad at Monmouth University
Establishing a chapter at the university   


The Generations
CHHANGE - The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education 
Educational program 


The Real Deal    
​Socialization for teens


Shabbat Dinners • LEAD Fellows​
Rutgers Hillel
Peer Network Engagement 


Cultural Connections
Jewish Heritage Museum


The MOMENTUM Israel Experience 
Monmouth Torah Links    


Senior Souls Ignited
Center for Jewish Life



The Jewish Federation
An innovation fund to invest in emerging initiatives that fulfill one of the core elements of Attract People to a Vibrant Community and support the entrepreneurial spirit of those who seek new ways of connecting to Jewish life.

Theater Studio J
Highland Park Conservative Temple - Congregation Anshe Emeth (HPCT-CAE)
Afternoon  program for youth to produce a Jewish-themed play that incorporates an educational curriculum; this project teaches Jewish values in an accessible way to unaffiliated families as well as those affiliated.


Teen Scholarship for IMPACT DC
The Summer of IMPACT curriculum supports grassroots service, advocacy and philanthropy; through skills sessions, leadership exercises and peer-led and developed projects teens learn how to lead in a meaningful way and learn skills that can be applied to their experience in school, life and for years to come.


Chesed Community Project
B'nai Shalom, Jewish Historical Society & East Brunswick Jewish Center​
Youngsters in 7th-12th graders pair with Jewish elderly in an intergenerational activity where students interview & record histories in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior centers, and synagogues, recurring student visits engage seniors; program ultimately creates "living history" of Jewish community. 


CBT Chai School
Congregation B'nai Tikvah
A supplemental program tailored to
post-b'nai mitzvah students that utilizes a curriculum designed by Brandeis University. This program reached beyond the synagogue and is appropriate for students without Judaic study backgrounds.


US Holocaust Annual Memorial Museum Trip
Daniel Pearl Education Center (B'nai Shalom)

Iinterfaith trip to US Holocaust Museum in DC for Jewish teens from B'nai Shalom Hebrew school, EBJC, B'nai Brith & YIEB as well as non-Jewish teens from St. Bartholomew's school, India Assoc of Garden State, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, etc. Jewish and non-Jewish chaperones attend; cost is free to all participants.


One Happy Camper
​The Grinspoon foundation and The Jewish Federation
program is facilitated through the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and provides incentive grants of $1,000 for children who have never attended a Jewish overnight camp and do not attend a Jewish day school. 


Grinspoon Award for Teaching Excellence
​The Jewish Federation
This award is designed to recognize and honor outstanding Jewish educators


Educational Program Support
Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva (RPRY)​
Financial support for educational programs at Netivot Montessory yeshiva and the 110 enrolled students.


Educational Program Support​
Financial support for educational programs at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva day school and the 375 enrolled students.


100 Shabbat Dinners
​Rutrgers Hillel
Shabbat dinner is the most popular program at Rutgers Hillel, serving an average of 225 students per week; weekly free Shabbat dinner is the gateway to Jewish campus life, building community, and connecting Jewish friends.

LEAD (Peer Network Leadership Interns)
Rutgers Hillel
Training, modest programming expenses and stipends for students who reach out to unaffiliated Jewish students on campus. 


Rutgers Jewish Experience
Attracts premed Jewish students to form relationships with like-minded students & exposes them to Jewish learning & social service.


Educational Program Support for Hebrew Schools
Federation synagogue Grants
Financial support for Middlesex's 950 afternoon religious school students, helping children to learn new skills and ideas, struggle with questions of theology, meaning, and connection at an age-appropriate level.


Teen Grants for Israel Travel
The Jewish
One-time grants of $1,000 for teens entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade traveling on an organized youth Zionist trip of 3 weeks or more; teens may also apply for an additional $1,000 competitive grant for summer travel. 


Sheirut Leumi
Hillel Yeshiva    
Arad/Israel school partnership

Technology Suiteo
Shalom Torah Academy

Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County  
Community Outreach • Professional Development • Extra-Curricular Activities Development • Security • Financial Aid • Transportation • Iintergenerational Chesed Program


Judaic Studies Curricular Review and Enhancement and Expanded Preschool Program
Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore     


Yeshivat Keter Torah                    
Hebrew Literacy Program and English Reading Literacy Program


The Jewish Federation​
An “innovation fund” to invest in emerging initiatives that fulfill one of the core elements of ‘Inspire the Next Generation” and support the entrepreneurial spirit of those who seek new ways to participate in Jewish life. 

Jewish Camp in the Former Soviet Union
Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)    
We make overnight Jewish camp a reality for children in the former Soviet Union. The camps are ten days in length and include experiential education activities aimed at strengthening campers' Jewish identities and deepen their connections to Israel. The summer camps will open in June and be held in several rotations until August. In total, 20 summer camps will take place across the former Soviet Union, and 6,000 Jewish children and young people are expected to participate.


Better Together in Neve Alonim
American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Federation works with JDC to transform the lives of youngsters living in one of Ashkelon’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, developing programs to keep children occupied after school.


Cuba Milk Program
Provides milk for infants and young children whose families cannot afford basic food essentials.


Critical Safety Net
We work with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) to fund a critical safety net including social welfare programs, academic enrichment, and food for Israel’s neediest.


Woman to Woman
Jerusalem Battered Women's Shelter    
The Shelter provides physical haven and emotional security for women from all over the country, referred by welfare authorities and social services, the police, hospitals, and emergency centers.


Dental Clinic
Dental Volunteers for Israel    
Funding to provide free dental care and prevention for underprivileged children in Israel. 


Academic Scholarship
Yemin Orde Village    
Many of the children at the Yemin Orde youth village in Israel do not have a functional family unit or network to which they can turn for help. This academic scholarship supports learning opportunities for graduates to further their education at a University in Israel. 


 LGBT Center Targeted Family Interventions
Amutat Noar   


Roaming the Streets
Rescuing at-risk youth who wind up on the streets of Jerusalem


HaNoar HaOved VeHalomed     ​
A multi-year program designed to develop Israeli-Ethiopian-Zionist identity among adolescent Ethiopian immigrants.​


Jerusalem Open House    
Suicide Prevention among
LGBTQ youth at risk


Recruitment and Training for Foster Parents and Placement of Children at Risk
Summit Institute


Program of Support for Caregivers Raising Orphaned Immigrant Children


Shutafim Inclusion Program​
Shutaf, Jerusalem
Recreational, after-school, summer camp, and vacation camp for children with and without special needs