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Jewish Council of North Central Florida

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 have helped Ukrainians, 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.

$20,000 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.​

In previous years fund were raised for the Lone Soldier Program,  and JCNCF sent ​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 Florida Humanities funded One Nation Under God lecture series, which explored the history of religion in American and featured lecturers from the University of Florida as well as experts in other topics related to Christianity and Islam.
  • JCNCF provided over $5000 for community children to attend Jewish summer camps.
  • Allocated $4000 to four North Central Florida Jewish organizations with a religious school/youth program
  • Co-sponsored annual Yom HaShoah commemoration event. For the first time, a separate educational event was held for school age children. The JCNCF Yom HaShoah Committee worked with the organization Stand With Us to also bring a Holocaust education program to a local private schoo.
  • Provided funds to the local Shabbatones Jewish chorus for annual music rights purchase.

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Your Gift to JCNCF Helps Sustain Jewish Life Locally 

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

  • 250+ children and their families received PJ Library books and CDs featuring Jewish content to enjoy together. The North Central Florida community has one of the most active and largest PJ programs relative to our community size. Monthly events were held including Havdalah at the Santa Fe Planetarium, Noah's Ark at the zoo, a Tu Bishvat Seder. Additionally two new PJL community playgroups were created this year.
  • Over 100 seniors attended holiday programs and over 200 mishloach manot bags were delivered to Jewish seniors for Purim.
  • JCNCF launched the "Good Deeds" program intended on carrying out mitzvahs all year round. This year the JCNCF sponsored food drives for Peaceful Paths, Bread of the Mighty and Family Promise. Donations of kitchen and office items were also provided to Partnership for Strong Families. Quarterly events for serving the unhoused also took place at the Helping Hands Clinic.
  • Over 100 people remembered the Holocaust together at the community Yom HaShoah event featuring speaker Dr. Nili Alon Amit, Associate Director of the StandWithUs Holocaust Education Center. Dr. Amit spoke on Women's Resistance in the Holocaust. Roger Grunwald’s very special one-man play, The Mitzvah.
  • Almost 100 families attended the Israel at 75 Celebration at the Gainesville Women's Club. Fun was had all around with a bounce house, PJ Library Story Walk and book swap, and a "travel around Israel" event with a giant floor map of Israel.

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  • A new social group for young, postgraduate adults was created in partnership with UF Hillel.

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.