The People We Help

Changing Lives Every Day

 

80-something, Edie, was malnourished until a neighbor connected her with Federation-supported kosher meals on wheels. Middle-schooler Stacie did not want to be Jewish until a Federation-supported summer camp made her feel she belonged. Viktor was trapped without medication in war-torn Ukraine until a Federation partner arranged for him to safely see his doctor. 

 

Impact stories show how the Federation, partners, and supporters like YOU change people's lives every day. 

Impact Story 9: Helping Holocaust Survivors

Charlie’s a widowed Holocaust survivor, determined to live out his life as independently as possible. His daughter visits often, but realized she could no longer deal effectively with her dad’s increasing day-to-day needs. Charlie’s daughter called JFS’s Fay Roth, MSW. Fay  arrang…

Impact Story 8: Need-Based Camp

Mark’s wife, Miriam, lives in a long-term care facility for mental illness. Mark cares for their children 9, 12, and 13. He works two jobs and had two heart attacks in the last 5 years.  Jewish Social Services sends Mark a food card each month and once in a while, he needs help with a uti…

Impact Story 7: Second Chances

We all know that kid – the one who shines a little brighter, does things just a little better, makes people feel good about themselves. Erez was that kid. Then something changed, and by his third year in high school, he was a different kid.

Poor grades were the least of his troubles. He…

Impact Story 6: All Jews Belong

Jordan liked attending Shabbat services with her dad. Until one day, she was asked to leave – and not come back. She liked palling around with the kids at Hebrew School – then one day, she learned she would not be going back.  …We simply can’t meet her needs, Jordan’s parents were…

Impact Story 5: Making Jews Safer

“It could never happen here” no longer applies. ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents reported assaults up more than 50 percent nationwide in 2015. State-by-state, New Jersey ranked third in all kinds of anti-Semitic incidents -- with 137 in 2015, up 30 percent.  This Rosh Hash…