Overseas Impact

The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey strengthens the Jewish people and helps the most vulnerable members of our extended Jewish family whenever and wherever they are in need.  That is why a portion of our philanthropic support goes to helping Jews at risk or in need of help around the world.  
 

We do this in two ways:
 

We provide core support for long-standing Federation partners: The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and we allocate additional funds with targeted overseas grants.

 

JAFI leads the way bringing Jews to Israel, Israel to Jews and helps build a better society in Israel, ensuring the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center. We are proud to support JAFI’s work inspiring Jews throughout the world to connect with their People, heritage, and homeland, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.

 

JDC services Jews worldwide to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief for victims of natural and man-made disasters. In Israel, the JDC gives marginalized Israelis the chance to participate fully in the nation they love. Our support for the JDC make it possible, increasing independence, opportunities, and support for the most vulnerable people. The investment in Israel’s human capital uniquely strengthens her future and ensures her ability to overcome even the most difficult of obstacles.

 

Additional finds are distributed through our targeted overseas grants process. Each year we engage members of our community to determine key challenges and gaps in service in Israel, and to prioritize ways we can have the most impact. For example, in 2016 the committee allocated funds to 12 programs facilitated by 12 different organizations focusing on the basic needs of those living on or near the poverty line, with a concentration on children and at-risk youth (up to age 18). Our funds provided critical aid such as food, medical care, mental health support, crisis management and basic education. Our support helped improve the lives of hundreds of children and adolescents throughout Israel helping them reach their potential.  Without funds received from the Federation, many socio-economic gaps in  Social Services will not get the needed support to sustain programs, some mentioned below, affecting the lives and wellbeing of so many young Israelis who need our help.

 

Crossroads: Roaming the Streets: Help at-risk English speaking teens in Israel navigate their turbulent adolescent years in a language and culture that is familiar to them. Crossroads gives teens the respect and understanding they need, a safe haven from the dangers of the streets and a chance to rebuild and reclaim their lives.                              

 

Ethiopian National Project (ENP): School Performance and Community Empowerment: The mission is to ensure the full and successful integration of Ethiopian-Israelis. Its programmatic focus is on education and empowerment providing supplementary hours of educational support to students in grades 7-12, strengthening their academic achievements, as well as social, emotional and nutritional support.

 

Reut Sderot Association: After School Clubs: Four centers for children at-risk between 6 and 13 yrs. old whose parents are dysfunctional and cannot provide emotional, development, and/or physical needs. The clubs offer a supportive and nurturing environment with opportunities to learn better social skills, practice healthy communication, and improve their behavior.

 

Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem: Inclusive Young Leadership Program for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities: Provide vocational training and paid work experience to young people with disabilities. Assist young adults with disabilities to access and develop independent living. Develop social skills and offer social opportunities. Its founder is the recipient of the 2017 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize for Community and Non-Profit work.

 

The ancient Talmudic phrase, Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, teaches that all of Israel are responsible for each other – that’s what family is all about.  Thank you for supporting our efforts.  If you have any questions or would like more info, contact Dan Rozett at danr@jewishheartnj.org or 732-588-1836.