2017-08-16 / Columns

No summertime lull at Federation, as we prepare for an exciting year

FEDERATION 411
JENNIFER DUBROW WEISS
Jewish Federation CEO

There’s a misconception in our community that the summer is less busy here at the Jewish Federation. Believe it or not, it can be one of the busiest times of our year. We are knee-deep in budgets and allocations for next fiscal year, wrapping up our JFund campaign for this fiscal year, planning our fall and winter events, and this year, we’re learning the dayto day operations of Kellman Brown Academy and strengthening the fabulous school it is.

In the midst of all this, we still have our usual day-to-day operations to manage. Too often, we get so caught up in the business of it all that we forget to stop and look at what we’ve accomplished. And, we’ve accomplished a lot here at the Jewish Federation—things we should be shouting from the rooftops, if we’d only take the time.

Last month, our Aleph Home Care department provided over 2,700 hours of services and brought in $63,000 in revenue in just one week. That’s an incredible accomplishment and shows that Aleph continues to be a rising star in our community. Part of what makes Aleph so successful is the top-notch customer service our staff provides day in and day out. We are currently working on a new system for client reassessments and phone call follow-ups with our nursing staff. We’ve always had regular nurse check-ins with our clients, both short- and long-term, but this ensures that we are doing so at least every 30 days to make sure the plan of care with the aide is meeting the client and family needs.

We’re on pace to meet our JFund goal for this year, which means we’re on target to make the allocations we forecasted to our agencies this fall. We’re exploring ways to invigorate our fundraising; ways to make it more focused on our Areas of Impact and meaningful to our donors. By changing our fundraising model, we are positioning ourselves to be sustainable in the changing world of philanthropy. If you haven’t seen our Areas of Impact yet, come visit us. We have a beautiful new wall installation in our upstairs hallway at the Jewish Community Campus on the corner of Springdale and Kresson Rds. This is the future of fundraising and Federation is at the forefront.

A few months ago, the synagogues came to us for help in reaching out to unaffiliated families in the community. Federation convened everyone together and has been hard at work on a campaign to those families in time for the High Holidays. In joining a synagogue, you are finding a community and friendships that can last a lifetime (or for generations). Jewish communities around the world are seeing a change in how people connect— and synagogue membership is one of those areas facing change. We have a strong and vibrant Jewish community here in South Jersey and our synagogues reflect that. This project is a testament that we can all work together towards a common goal, no matter our religious affiliation.

I hope you will join me in basking in these accomplishments… just for a moment. Now, it’s off to the next big thing!

jweiss@jfedsnj.org

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