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Your Gift to JCNCF Helps Sustain Jewish Life Globally 

Last year’s Annual Campaign raised over $41,000 that went to The Jewish Federations of North America, which distributes funds through the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).

Your gift to the Annual Campaign supports our brothers and sisters in Israel and wherever there are Jews in need around the world. Your dollars help Ukrainians, like the family in the photo above, who are trapped in a war, to receive regular visits to ensure they are safe and have food and fuel for heating. The Annual Campaign also provides resources for Jewish families leaving Europe or other areas where they fear anti-Semitic violence and discrimination.

$10,000 was sent to the Jaffa Institute, which has numerous programs to help the poor in Jaffa-Tel Aviv, ranging from after school programs for at-risk kids (photo below) to supplying food packages for Holocaust survivors.

$10,000 went to the Beit Ruth Educational and Therapeutic Village, supportive home and innovative community for abused and neglected girls and young women in Afula, Israel.​

Over $1,000 was raised for the Lone Soldier Program, and JCNCF sent 36 ​care packages to Lone Soldiers - young men and women who made aliyah to Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Hundreds of handmade cards and notes lovingly created by grateful community members were also sent.

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Local Grants  

Nearly $12,000 in local grants allowed area congregations and organizations to supplement their educational and social program offerings. A sampling of grant-funded offerings this past year:

  • Community members were challenged and inspired by the timely and provocative topics discussed during the speaker series, Smart Conversations with the 92nd Street Y hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel.
  • Temple Beth Shalom members visited the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.
  • Over 200 people attended the Center for Jewish Studies’ East & West Cantorial Concert, which was sponsored, in part, by a grant from JCNCF.
  • Congregation Beth Israel hosted scholar Alice Bolocan, Ph.D. for a ‘Lunch and Learn’ on the Jews of Kaifeng.
  • Youth group and parents from Temple Shir Shalom took a Civil Rights trip to Jewish Atlanta.
  • Chavaya at Congregation B’nai Israel program hosted a community-wide Israeli Culture and Arts Festival.

Your Gift to JCNCF Helps Sustain Jewish Life Locally 

These JCNCF Signature Programs were made possible by generous gifts to the Annual Campaign:

  • 125+ children and their families received PJ Library books and CDs featuring Jewish content to enjoy together - that’s over 1,500 for the year! Additionally, they gathered to learn about Tu B’Shevat at DoArt and celebrated holidays with Rick Recht (shown above) and Captain Character!​
  • Over 100 seniors attended holiday programs co-sponsored with Friendship Circle (photo below), and 125 mishloach manot bags were delivered to Jewish seniors for Purim.
  • Nearly 500 tickets were sold for 12 screenings at the Fifth Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival.
  • Over 200 people healed the world through their service at the Seventh Annual JCNCF Community Mitzvah Day. And nearly 500 meals were served to hungry and homeless women through JCNCF’s monthly mitzvah project at the Helping Hands Clinic.
  • Over 1,100 people experienced The Protest Requiem, a successful collaboration with JCNCF, Hadassah, the College of the Arts, and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida.
  • Over 200 people remembered the Holocaust together at the community Yom HaShoah event featuring Roger Grunwald’s very special one-man play, The Mitzvah.
  • Nearly 100 people attended a Middle East update with Eran Singer, Arab Affairs Correspondent from Reshet Bet, Israel’s Public Radio.
  • One hundred and fifty people enjoyed homemade falafel and danced to the sounds of the Klezmer Katz at the annual Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut gathering at Westside Park in April.

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  • Eighty people heard a talk about the future of Jewish communities from Laurence Kotler-Berkovitz, Ph.D., a lead researcher for the Pew Study on American Jewish Engagement.

JCNCF’s wonderful signature programs and community-wide events are made possible through donations from you! Your gift to JCNCF is an investment in our Jewish Community!

To all of our donors, THANK YOU for your generosity and your support. Every dollar JCNCF raises is critical to the continued growth and health of our Jewish community. Together, we create the foundation for our children and their Jewish futures.