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Understanding Select Core Priorities 2013


Select Core Priorities (SCP) is the temporary overseas allocations model as called for in the November 4, 2010 agreement of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the Jewish Agency for Israel (Jewish Agency), and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).  SCP gives Federations the opportunity to direct up to 10% of the funds previously allocated via the core split model to one or more of the four programmatic "core" areas within the Jewish Agency and JDC agendas.  SCP expands opportunities for designated funding and is being implemented in addition to the existing framework for supporting Elective programming.


Through Select Core Priorities, communities will better understand the missions and programs of the Jewish Agency and JDC.  Federations may weigh one programmatic area over another and thereby express their community's overseas priorities.  Launched in January 2011, SCP is a directed allocation model that represents  a major step towards the mission-based philanthropic decision-making to be enabled and facilitated by the Global Planning Table.  SCP will be completed at the end of 2013.


This document provides an overview of the rationale behind Select Core Priorities and answers to frequently asked questions. View this document as a PDF.




What came before?


Why Select Core Priorities?

What are the Select Core Priorities Thematic Areas?


Are the Select Core Priority Areas the same in 2013 as in 2012? 


What is the difference between Select Core Priorities and Core Funding? 


Select Core Priorities is 10% of what? 


Must my community participate in Select Core Priorities? 


Can a community designate to more than one Select Core Priority?


Can allocations be made to specific programs within the Priority areas?


What is the difference between Select Core Priorities and Community Electives? 


Does this new model affect elective programs? 


What does this mean for other organizations? 


What is the relationship between Select Core Priorities and the Global Planning Table?


How do Select Core Priorities relate to the JAFI-JDC split?


If the Select Core Priority Areas are Core, what is the purpose of Core? 


Is there a possibility that all Federations choosing a particular area will overpay the core budget on one of the areas? What happens if the Jewish Agency or JDC receives more dollars than they need for one of their Select Core Priority areas?


Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please email Maya Kroitoru at

For questions about your community’s available funds for allocation, please email Pamela Zaltsman at

Who do I contact at JDC and JAFI for questions about the thematic areas?

Detailed program information for JDC and JAFI is available on our website. If you would like more information, or to discuss coordinating a presentation for your community, please contact:

§  JDC: David Zackon,

§  JAFI, Arthur Sandman,