2015-09-16 / Columns

As the JFund Campaign closes, join me in supporting our community

Jewish Federation CEO

The High Holidays are always a special time of year, both personally and professionally. It is a time to reflect and take stock of the year that has passed. And, it is an opportunity to look to the future. Here at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the High Holidays always coincide with the close of one fiscal year and the start of a new one. It also coincides with a whirlwind of programming throughout the Federation family of agencies. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year for us!

With the close of the 2015 fiscal year in just two weeks on September 30, we are hard at work also closing out our fundraising campaign for JFund. It takes millions of dollars to meet the needs of our neighbors and all those in Jewish communities around the world. JFund is your pathway to giving Jewishly to touch all of these lives. Through direct programming and allocations to our family of agencies and partner agencies, the Jewish Federation is here to help anyone in need with whatever challenges life throws at us. With a gift to JFund, you can do good everywhere, from anywhere. Visit www.jewishsouthjersey.org/jfund to make a difference in someone’s life today.

We are also looking ahead to the new year and wrapping up our allocations process to give the necessary financial support to our family of agencies and partner agencies. Part of this process is looking back over the past year at our successes and our misses; looking to see what worked and what didn’t. This allows us to start the new fiscal year looking to the future and providing the best programming we possibly can throughout our South Jersey Jewish community, and to the larger Jewish community through our partner agencies.

We have some new programming in the works, which you will learn more about in the coming months. And, of course, our usual fall programming through the Young Adult Division (YAD), Women’s Philanthropy, Lions of Judah, PJ Library, and the Jewish Business Network (JBN). Next month, we’re partnering with our local synagogues for Community Mitzvah Day—an opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and do a little bit of hands-on good. Also next month, we’re partnering with the Shabbos Project, an amazing grassroots effort that brought together over 350 communities on all seven continents last year for a worldwide Shabbat celebration.

Each year, when I sit in shul on the holidays, I pray for our community and for all it takes to keep us strong and thriving—the patience, the intelligence, the leaders, the funders. It is my prayer and wish to finish our JFund campaign for this year strong so that we do not have to make difficult funding and allocations decisions, and that our next year is prosperous.

I want to wish you and your loved ones my deepest blessing for a Shana Tovah, a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year, and I pray that all will have a year full of love and support. The Jewish Federation and our Family of Agencies look forward to continuing to be there with you this year, to laugh together, to cry together, and to join together as a community, so no one need face the ups and downs of life alone. . jweiss@jfedsnj.org

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