Jewish Federation combines services and resources to create positive, life-changing results for people in need, for our friends in Israel and for the future of the Jewish community. We bring together our people to fulfill the most important needs and aspirations of our community. We care for the vulnerable, forge strong connections with Israel and above all, inspire the next generation to embrace Jewish life and learning.
Creating a strong community requires passion, commitment and support.
No One Should Be Hungry – Hunger, especially among the elderly, is prevalent in our community and a very high priority for Jewish Federation. We support and fund many initiatives to provide Jews in need of access to warm meals, food pantries, hot holiday meals and Kosher Meals on Wheels that can be delivered to those that are home-bound. For more information, please contact Sheryl Sarin, Director, Planning and Allocations Commissions at SherylS@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3913.
Aging with Grace – Our senior population is one of the most vulnerable in our community. Jewish Federation is committed to helping our seniors remain active and involved through a variety of programs and services to meet their needs with socialization. In addition, we help fund a transportation program that offers seniors arm-in-arm, door-to-door transportation to the places they want to go. Whether to the mall, a doctor’s appointment or their grandchild’s talent show, this service is available as a tool to enrich lives. We support and fund resources and services for older adults, their families and caregivers. For more information, please contact Sheryl Sarin, Director, Planning and Allocations Commissions at SherylS@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3913.
Never Forget – Holocaust survivors are a special subset of the aging northern New Jersey population that requires special services geared to their life experiences. Jewish Federation provides significant support that allows this community to age with dignity and helps support their family and caregivers. For more information, please contact Sheryl Sarin, Director, Planning and Allocations Commissions at SherylS@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3913.
Special Needs for Special People – Jewish Federation and our agencies work together to safeguard and support the children and adults in northern New Jersey with special needs. We strive to ensure that an individual with differences will be able to maximize their potential and engage in the Jewish community in a meaningful way. Jewish Federation supports bar/bat mitzvah training for special needs in various denominational venues. For more information, please contact Sheryl Sarin, Director, Planning and Allocations Commissions at SherylS@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3913.
Thinking About Jewish Summer Camp? – Research shows that attending Jewish Summer Camp is a predictor of an engaged Jewish adult life; in addition to being a lot of fun. Jewish Federation provides grants up to $1,000 to first-time campers meeting the eligibility criteria and attending an approved Jewish overnight camp. This grant is for campers who are in public or secular private schools living in northern New Jersey. We’ve made it possible for over 1,000 campers to experience the magic of Jewish overnight camp for the very first time!
Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers
- $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
- $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
- Must be entering grades 3-11 (after camp)
- Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva
- Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp
*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-820-3902.
Center for Israel Engagement
Connect to Israel ♥ – Jewish Federation’s Center for Israel Engagement enhances the American view of Israeli society, life and culture. CIE strengthens our communal and personal connections to Israel. The Center for Israel Engagement engages our community through Partnership2Gether delegations and exchanges, the Israel Film Festival, Israel experiences for young adults, I ♥ Israel Week, and Ulpan, a Hebrew language class. For more information, please contact Melina Rozenbaum, Director, Center for Israel Engagement at MelinaR@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3955.
Free Trip to Israel! – Jewish Federation’s Birthright Israel offers a free ten-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults, 18-26. They see Israel from top to bottom, hang out with Israelis of the same age, explore new cities and hike on breathtaking trails. Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, nightlife, land and people of Israel and come back to New Jersey with 39 new friends. For more information, please contact Melina Rozenbaum, Director, Center for Israel Engagement at MelinaR@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3955.
Israel, Internships…Incredible – Jewish Federation sponsors and subsidizes a low cost eight-week summer program in Israel for Jewish young adults ages 19 – 27. Not only will you “live like a local” in the center of Tel Aviv, the cosmopolitan gem of Israel, but you will also have the opportunity to intern in the field of your choice gaining valuable career experience to build your resume. Your weekdays will be spent working while your weekends will be spent experiencing all Israel has to offer. For more information, please contact Melina Rozenbaum, Director, Center for Israel Engagement at MelinaR@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3955.
Jewish Community Relations Committee
Advocacy, Activism, Your Voice! – Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Committee advocates for the Jewish community with government officials and leaders of other faith, race, ethnic and public policy interests. JCRC designs programs that seek to prevent and/or address anti-semitism and BDS including the iCAN Teen Conference. JCRC sponsors other programs that promote a greater understanding and positive view of Israel, advocates for government programs which benefit seniors, Holocaust survivors and disabled adults and has post-Election forums and a State Legislative Advocacy Day. For more information, please contact Ariella Noveck, Director, Jewish Community Relations Committee at AriellaN@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3946.
Synagogue Leadership Development
Training Leaders to Lead! – Jewish Federation’s Synagogue Leadership Initiative offers hands-on learning laboratories for synagogue leaders, both lay and professional, to aid them in their work. The workshops give leaders an opportunity to develop and share important skills on synagogue management, governance and leadership development. For more information, please contact Joshua Keyak, Manager, Synagogue Leadership Initiative at JoshuaK@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3914.
*Synagogue Leadership Initiative is sponsored in partnership with the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.
Synagogue Consultant Services
Consulting. Strategizing. Collaborating. – Jewish Federation staff will consult with leaders of a congregation to explore and help resolve issues and challenges specific to its membership. Consultations cover a wide range of topics including change initiatives, merger and collaboration facilitation, board leadership development and succession planning, synagogue staffing structure and relationships, synagogue operations, membership development, finance and fundraising. For more information, please contact Lisa Harris Glass, Chief Operating Officer at LisaG@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3941.
Synagogue Professional and Clergy Services
Collaboration for Synagogue Excellence – Jewish Federation’s Synagogue Leadership Initiative hosts meetings and workshops for synagogue professionals in addition to a yearly retreat, exclusively for rabbis. SLI hosts an executive director and administrator group every six weeks to help improve their skills in synagogue management and networking. The religious school directors meet every six weeks to discuss innovative trends in religious school education. For more information, please contact Lisa Harris Glass, Chief Operating Officer at LisaG@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3941.
Purchasing in Bulk – Jewish Federation’s Kehillah Cooperative, our group purchasing initiative, leverages its substantial buying power so local Jewish organizations can receive discounts from a wide spectrum of suppliers. Benefits include significant savings in areas such as utilities, security, telecom and property maintenance, which go directly to an organization’s bottom line. The Cooperative also offers access to preferred vendors and is a resource center for operational needs. Kehillah Cooperative has helped save more than $3 million for its members since 2010. For more information, please contact Debbie Gottlieb, Manager, Community Purchasing; Kehillah Cooperative at DebbieG@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3928.
We have partnered with Laser Save, who can provide major brand toners and major brand-compatible toner products at a discounted price. Laser Save produces thousands of cartridges per year for the vast majority of laser printers, fax machines, desk jets and personal copiers at a fraction of the cost of the major brand toners. If you don’t see the brand of toner that you are using, give us a call and we can get it for you.
To get started, click the button below, create an account and register your organization for a user name and password. Once you receive confirmation that your account has been set up, you will be able to log on directly to the Laser Save site and start ordering! Kehillah members immediately qualify for a 15% discount! For more information, please contact Debbie Gottlieb, Manager, Community Purchasing; Kehillah Cooperative at DebbieG@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3928.
Net2Phone Discounted Phone System… Free Unlimited US and International Calling to 25+ Countries – Net2Phone is a leading national and international unified communications provider. Backed by IDT’s Global Network capability, Net2Phone has over 25 years of providing the most efficient and reliable quality voice and communications experience. Net2Phone offers unmatched value and services all within a single price point. For more information, please contact Debbie Gottlieb, Manager, Community Purchasing; Kehillah Cooperative at DebbieG@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3928.