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Evaluation Reveals Boost in Performance for Participants in Federation supported the Ethiopian National Project’s Scholastic Assistance Program (Myers-JDC-Brookdale Report, 2010)

In Israel and 60 countries overseas, donations to Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Annual Campaign provide funding for many activities, programs, and initiatives. The members of Jewish Federation's Overseas Committee review requests for funding, make site visits to Israel and other countries, and hear presentations from overseas partners in order to make allocation recommendations to the Jewish Federation Board of Trustees.  Among the programs supported by Jewish Federation  are:

Resettlement (Aliyah) and absorption (K’litah) programs:  which enable émigrés from Ethiopia, Yemen, Argentina, France, and the former Soviet Union, to begin new lives in Israel;

Programs for at-risk Youth in Israel:  which help reverse a cycle of dependence and assist disadvantaged and at-risk youth to become contributing members of Israeli society;

Hunger relief and basic needs for older adults in the Former Soviet Union:  which insure that hot kosher meals and needed medications are received by the nearly 240,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union, who live on meager pensions;

Renewal of Jewish Life in the FSU and Eastern Europe:  which train children and young adults abroad to be the future Jewish leaders in their communities by engaging them in Jewish activities as well as enabling their participation in Jewish summer and winter camp programs, Israel experiences, and Leadership Development courses;

Community Centers in Israel: which strengthen their two disadvantaged neighborhoods (Neve Yosef in Haifa and Dora in Netanya) by providing social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs for individuals of all ages.

Other Overseas Programs including the following:

  • Partnership 2000: linking our community with Nahariya 
  • Shlichut: providing emissaries from Israel to our community
  • Encounter programs between secular and religious teens, which promote tolerance and plurality of Jewish expression. 
  • Special programs for Ethiopian olim.
  • Chesed programs in Nahariya.

The specific programs and agencies supported by UJA NNJ are the following:

Overseas Agencies and programs

Core Allocation
Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
Focuses on three main areas:  Aliyah, Jewish Zionist Ed. and Partnerships with Israel

MASA Study – a report from the Jewish Agency for Israel

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Provides relief, rescue and renewal for Jewish Communities throughout the World.

Center for Israel Engagement (Overseas Portion)
UJA NNJ Shaliach
Provides programs throughout NNJ that bring Israel into the Community

Youth Shaliach
This Shaliach focuses on reaching young people throughout our Community

Partnership 2000 NNJ Staffing
Provides funding for staffing in NNJ in order to implement the P2K programs

Partnership 2000
Basic Funding
Facilitates the connection between NNJ and Nahariya through activities and exchanges

Living Bridge Programming
Provides support for Partnership activities for which P2K funding can not be utilized

UJA NNJ Israel Office
Director, UJA NNJ Israel Office
Provides a variety of services that facilitate the work that we do in Israel

Project Renewal Community Centers
Neve Yosef Community Center (Haifa)
A hub of activities and community services to those living in the neighborhood

Dora Community Center (Netanya)
Provides informal ed. for residents  (includes $25,000 for  Youth Outreach Coordinator)

Ethiopian Olim
SPACE - Scholastic Assistance Program -ENP
After school tutoring for at risk Ethiopian children so that they can pass the matriculation exams

Nirim - JDC
Counseling, after school activities and trips for troubled at-risk teens modeled on Outward Bound

Former Soviet Union
Hunger Relief - JDC
Provides food packages and other assistance for elderly Jews in the FSU

Minsk Hillel - JDC
Provides programs that enable young adults to develop a strong Jewish identity

Other Electives
Gesher - Encounter Seminars
Brings together Religious and Secular youth so that they can better understand each other

Nahar Deiah Chesed Programs
The "Machsan Chesed" (Thrift Shop) provides clothing and food at low cost to those in need


February Report from Israel

Ofer Lichtig
Jewish Federation Israel Office Director

Dear Friends,
The following is an update on the latest developments here in Israel:

  • Nahariya
  • Hands-on opportunities in Israel
  • IEC/NNC+ - Supportive Community for the Disabled in Sderot