Since 1929, The Jewish Agency for Israel has worked to secure a vibrant Jewish future. The Jewish Agency was instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel and we continue to serve as the official link between the Jewish state and Jewish communities everywhere. This global partnership has enabled us to address the Jewish People’s greatest challenges in every generation.
Today, we connect the global Jewish family, bringing Jews to Israel, and Israel to Jews. We build a better society in Israel - and beyond - energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose. The Jewish Agency continues to be the Jewish world’s first responder, prepared to rescue and bring Jews home to Israel from countries where they are at-risk.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Founded in 1914, today JDC works on behalf of the Jewish communities of North America in Israel and more than 70 countries across the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, and create lasting connections to Jewish life. JDC builds Israel’s human capital by empowering its most vulnerable citizens – youth at risk, the elderly, people with disabilities, the ultra-Orthodox, Israeli Arabs, and new immigrants – with the tools they need to participate in the country’s future. Additionally, JDC provides a robust Jewish response to natural and man-made disasters and engages in long-term development project worldwide.
World ORT works for the advancement of the Jewish People through education and training for employment in Israel, CIS and Baltic States, Latin America and other countries. Its mission is to provide individuals worldwide with the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with the challenges of their environment and to foster economic self-sufficiency, mobility and a sense of identity through the use of state-of-the-art technology. World ORT works in partnership with JFNA and other major Jewish organizations and educational institutions to deliver the best practical education for those in need.
Ethiopian National Project (ENP) is a shared initiative- between Diaspora Jewry, the Government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community itself- whose goal is to ensure the full integration of the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Israel. This unique and important partnership includes JFNA, the Jewish Agency, JDC and Keren Hayesod-UIA, representatives of Ethiopian Jewish Community Organizations, and the Government of Israel. ENP currently focuses on the teen population, offering assistance to approximately a quarter of all Ethiopian-Israeli students in junior and senior high schools in Israel, and operating 19 Youth Outreach Centers nationwide. ENP scholastic assistance reaches more than 4,400 students and their families, and some 1,200 teens participate in ENP Youth Outreach Centers. Evaluations reveal that multi-year participation in ENP’s programs produces a significant boost in scholastic and matriculation performance that can lead to improved tracking placement of and elite faculty university acceptance. ENP is a “long term partner” in the new JFNA Global Planning Table, and as a recognized partner of JFNA, obtains its funding from designated Israel and Overseas allocations and special donor gifts.
Taglit-Birthright Israel believes that the experience of a trip to Israel is a building block of Jewish identity, and that by providing that gift to young Jews, we can strengthen bonds with the land and people of Israel and solidarity with Jewish communities worldwide. The idea of providing the gift of a trip to Israel was initially endorsed by the philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, who shared the belief that it was the birthright of all young Jews to be able to visit their ancestral homeland. Since its inception in December 1999, Taglit-Birthright Israel has sent nearly 300,000 Jewish young adults to Israel. They come from 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and Canadian provinces, and from nearly 1,000 North American colleges and universities. “Taglit” means “discovery” in Hebrew. And that, in a word, is the goal of the trip – a discovery of Israel and its people, discovery of one’s own personal connection to Jewish values and tradition, and discovery of the ways in which one can be a part of the larger Jewish community.
National Federation/Agency Alliance
The Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (AJFCA) is a membership organization for Jewish human service agencies in the United States and Canada. AJFCA has approximately 125 member agencies in 35 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. AJFCA is the voice of human services within the Jewish community and the Jewish voice within the human services sector. Through advocacy, consultation, education and networking, the Association promotes services and policies that assist Jews in need, sustains healthy Jewish individuals and families, and strengthens individual and family connections to the Jewish and general communities. The public policy arm of AJFCA is located in JFNA’s Washington Office, which advocates on behalf of Jewish family and children’s service agencies and provides training and support to assist those agencies with their advocacy efforts before Congress and the Administration.
The Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (AJFCA) is a membership organization for Jewish human service agencies in the United States and Canada. AJFCA has approximately 125 member agencies in 35 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. AJFCA is the voice of human services within the Jewish community and the Jewish voice within the human services sector. Through advocacy, consultation, education and networking, the Association promotes services and policies that assist Jews in need, sustains healthy Jewish individuals and families, and strengthens individual and family connections to the Jewish and general communities.
The Foundation for Jewish Culture invests in creative individuals in order to nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community. Our various flagship programs include domestic fellowships for extraordinarily talented and passionate members of several populations: emerging artists (The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists), PhD students finishing their theses (Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies), and recent PhDs eager to improve Jewish academic and cultural life on college campuses throughout the U.S. (The Jewish Studies Expansion Program). We offer an international fellowship and residency in Israel for established artists and planners (The American Academy in Jerusalem) and give substantive merit-based grants to brilliant artists chosen through rigorous panel processes, including documentary filmmakers (The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film), writers (The Goldberg Prize), and performing artists to commission and tour original productions throughout North America (The New Jewish Culture Network). Lastly, our Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards honor luminaries such as Arthur Miller, Maurice Sendak, and Liz Lerman for their role in keeping contemporary Jewish culture rich, vibrant, and relevant to our everyday lives.
HIAS is the global migration agency of the American Jewish community. Guided by Jewish values and history, HIAS brings more than a century’s experience of working with mostly Jewish refugees to provide a lifeline to today’s most vulnerable refugees worldwide. HIAS protects those whose lives are in danger for being who they are – including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. Working in 15 countries on five continents, we help them take control and rebuild their lives in safety, and we advocate for the protection and dignity of all refugees and displaced people.
Hillel is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, engaging with Jewish college students at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America. Hillel also serves students in Israel, South America and the former Soviet Union. 85 percent of the American Jewish community attends an institution of higher education, and Hillel welcomes Jewish college students of all backgrounds, fostering a personal connection to Jewish life, learning and Israel, and commitment to the Jewish people and the world. Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Through a range of services and resources for professionals, lay leaders, and students, Hillel delivers the Jewish future.
As the continental leadership agency for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which is comprised of almost 350 JCC, YM-YWHA, and day and overnight camp sites in the United States and Canada, the mission of JCC Association is to provide programs, services and expertise to enable local JCCs to enrich and elevate Jewish and communal life. Accordingly, JCC Association offers a wide range of resources to help its affiliates provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity building, wellness and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, JCC Association provides services to help JCCs enhance their operational efficacy. JCC Association supports the largest network of Jewish summer camps – both day and overnight – in North America, one of the largest networks of early childhood centers, and is also a U.S. government accredited agency for serving the religious, spiritual and social needs of Jewish military personnel through JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is dedicated to repairing the world through Jewish activism. JCPA safeguards the rights of Jews worldwide and promotes a just, democratic and pluralistic U.S. society. As the community relations arm of the organized Jewish community, the JCPA represents 14 national agencies and 125 local community relations councils. The JCPA and its member agencies shape consensus and inspire grassroots action on the most essential issues of interest to the Jewish community, including major campaigns to fight Israel delegitimization, promote civility and confront poverty.
JESNA works to create a community of passionate lifelong Jewish learners who use their learning to live more purposeful, fulfilling, and responsible Jewish lives. JESNA works with communities to help them expand and improve learning opportunities for children and families. We identify and disseminate cutting-edge ideas and innovative models and promote heightened collaboration and the redesign of educational systems to increase participation and impact. We provide direct support to local federations and central agencies for Jewish education and their volunteer and professional leaders, and partner with a wide array of national organizations and creative educators across the continent.
JTA is the definitive, trusted global source of breaking news, in-depth analysis, opinion and features on current events and issues of interest to the Jewish People. It is the main source of national and international news for local Jewish newspapers, and is the only agency in the organized Jewish community dedicated to providing Jewish leadership, opinion-makers and activists with the information and analysis needed to make decisions and take action on behalf of the Jewish People. In addition, JTA is increasingly focused on strengthening Jewish communities by reaching a wider and younger audience through various digital initiatives. The organization recently launched the JTA Jewish News Archive (archive.jta.org), a website featuring more than 250,000 articles worldwide dating back to 1923, searchable by keyword, topic or date – providing easy access to stories big and small from every corner of the globe, that together tell the story of the Jewish Diaspora and the creation of Israel during one of the most momentous centuries in Jewish history.
When Soviet Jews were at risk and desperate to move to Israel, the American Jewish community rallied behind NCSJ to help Soviet Jews gain their freedom. Today, NCSJ helps secure the well-being of over one million Jews rebuilding Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. NCSJ works to ensure full access to Jewish tradition, education, culture and communal life for Jews who live in Russia and Eurasia. NCSJ membership includes nearly 50 national organizations and more than 300 local community councils and Federations.
The Alliance now includes most of the large U.S. Federations, about half of the large-intermediate Federations, and about a dozen intermediate and small Federations.
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
Columbus Jewish Federation
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
UJA Federation of Greenwich
Jewish Federation of Jacksonville
Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach & West Orange County
Jewish Community of Louisville, Inc.
Memphis Jewish Federation
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Minneapolis Jewish Federation
UJA Federation of New York
Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey
Jewish Federation of Ocean County
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington