2018-04-25 / Federation

Spotlight on Federation’s Global Connections

The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey creates global connections through its partnerships with agencies like The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), which ensure that Jewish identity continues to thrive and that the safety, security, and well-being of Jews is maintained throughout the world. Over 18 percent of the Jewish Federation’s annual allocations go to programming and services in Israel and underserved Jewish communities in 70 other countries.

One such program is Youth Futures, which helps at-risk children. It’s one of Israel’s leading positive-intervention programs, creating opportunities for the strengthening of children, teens, families, and communities by the unique model of mentorship. Youth Futures Mentors are local young adults, professionally trained to guide 16 children in personal, familial, social, and educational intervention, emphasizing full parental involvement and partnership in a long-term process. More than 12,000 at-risk children receive mentoring in 36 Israeli towns, and graduates of the program overwhelmingly say that Youth Futures helped them succeed in life and become happier people.

One in five Israeli families live in poverty despite Israel’s economic success. The Jewish Federation helps provide a safety net for the most vulnerable and advocates for those in distress. The Jewish Federations of North America collectively raise and distribute $3-billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs around the world.

This is only a snapshot of how the Jewish Federation family makes an IMPACT through global connections.

Learn more at jewishsouthjersey.org/global-connections.

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