2018-02-14 / Columns

Federation supports all aspects and stages of Jewish life in South Jersey

Federation President

Every time I arrive at the Jewish Federation, my eye is drawn to the small message carved into our building’s brick: “L’Dor Vador.” In Hebrew, this phrase means “from generation to generation.” To me personally, this means a call for all Jews in our community to pass on their Jewish values to the next generation. That phrase and obligation has largely guided me in my volunteer life. For literally a lifetime, I have been a beneficiary of all that Federation and its agencies have to offer, whether riding on the bus to Camp Hilltop as a child, or playing in the tween basketball league in the 1960s and then in the adult basketball leagues for over 25 years, where I made numerous lifelong friends. To be able to pay it back and pay it forward is both an obligation and a privilege. Here at Federation, we and our family of agencies support literally every aspect and stage of Jewish life.

For our children, the PJ Library program continues to send books to hundreds of families every month. These books teach children about Jewish values and about their Jewish identity. PJ Library also hosts special events for children and their families, such as “PJ Library Purim Fun,” taking place on Feb. 19. Prioritizing Jewish education is also a high priority at Federation. Kellman Brown Academy and Politz Day School, our two Jewish day schools, enable parents to provide their children a Jewish education and helps prepare these young individuals to be the Jewish leaders of the future.

For our “younger” adults, we offer a variety of programming. On Feb. 25, the Jewish Community Relations Council will host the 49th Annual Middle East Institute, featuring guest speakers who will discuss the relationship between the United States and Israel. We are currently accepting proposals for our second Community Shark Tank and encourage anyone with creative, collaborate ideas in our five Areas of Impact to make a submission before the deadline of February 23. Our newspaper publication, “The Voice,” helps keep everyone up-to-date with what is happening within the Federation, its agencies, at the synagogues, and in the community in general.

For “older” adults, our Aleph Home Care program provides essential services so that people can age with dignity in their homes. Aleph’s hardworking team provides custom care plans for these adults. Aleph also holds programs for caregivers and relatives to learn more about caring for their loved ones as they age in place. The next Aleph Home Care program commences on Feb. 21, with a series of presentations about caring for a loved one with dementia. Additionally, Jewish Senior Housing and Healthcare Service offers housing at Saltzman House, Gesher and Dubin House in Cherry Hill, and at Lions Gate at Voorhees. And let’s not forget that the groundbreaking for the Commons at 1721, which will provide additional housing for seniors and people with disabilities over 21, is just around the corner.

Our Jewish Community Center offers a myriad of programs for all ages. These include health and wellness, educational, social and cultural programming. Our Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers a multitude of programs, including counseling for all ages, family assistance, food pantries, LGBTQ+ support, special needs services, and senior services. Sadly, many families go through tough times, but thanks to JFCS and the JCC they do not have to do so alone.

Yes, while Federation makes an incredible impact, it is only possible because of people like you. All of the above programs are funded by JFund dollars, grants and sponsorships. While we are so proud of what we do, it is you who play the crucial role in helping to create, sustain and expand these services and programs. Consider making a gift to the JFund today and become a part of our “L’Dor Vador” team.

To make a donation to the JFund today, visit www.jewishsouthjersey.org/jfund. If you would like to set up an endowment fund, visit our Jewish Community Foundation at www.jcfsnj.org. For information about our upcoming events, visit our Community Calendar at www.jewishsouthjersey.org/calendar. Thank you for your generosity and kindness. 


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