PRIMARY SERVICE PROVIDERS
Since 1929, the Jewish Agency for Israel has been partnering with world Jewry to strengthen the people and State of Israel. This global Jewish partnership has enabled Jewish Agency programs, which are focused on three primary realms of activity: facilitating the aliyah and integration of Jews in their ancestral homeland, connecting the next generation of Jews to Israel and their heritage through Israel-based educational initiatives, and shaping an Israeli society of opportunity and development by confronting the challenges in Israel’s social and geographic periphery. Read the JAFI Annual Report.
Founded in 1914 on behalf of North America’s Jewish communities, JDC is a non-political humanitarian aid organization that gives global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. Working today in over 70 countries, JDC rescues Jews in danger, provides relief to those in distress, supports the renewal of self-sustaining Jewish community life, and helps Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens. Read main facts and figures about JDC.
World ORT’s mission is to work for the advancement of Jewish and other people through training and education; to provide communities wherever they are, with the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with the complexities and uncertainties of their environment; to foster economic self-sufficiency, mobility and a sense of identity through use of state-of-the-art technology. Through International Cooperation programs, ORT supports non-sectarian economic and social development in under-developed parts of the world, with vocational training and the provision of technical assistance. Read the annual report.
ADDITIONAL OVERSEAS BENEFICIARIES OF ELECTIVES OR SPECIAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS
The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) is a unique initiative that unites organizations assisting the Ethiopian-Israeli community, in full partnership with the Ethiopian community itself. ENP is a partnership between the United Jewish Communities (UJC), the Government of Israel, representatives of Ethiopian Jewish Community Organizations, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Israel (JDC-Israel) and Keren Hayesod-UIA. ENP is steadily bettering the future of the Ethiopian-Israeli community and preventing the formation of a black underclass through its unique and proven-effective work with Ethiopian-Israeli teenagers, parents and leaders.
Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)
The Israel Trauma Coalition was initiated in 2002 by the UJA Federation of New York, with 7 funding organizations in order to create coordination between a wide variety of trauma related interventions at all levels. The plethora of responses had resulted in duplication of services, an inefficient use of resources, and at times even gaps in appropriate responses. The ITC ensures not only a comprehensive view of needs but the delivery of services in a timely fashion. Today, the ITC brings together Israeli experts from 60 organizations with many years of experience in this field to provide a continuum of trauma care. The organization is involved in direct care, training and supervision, and creating responses and preparedness at both the municipal and national levels. No organization can do this alone; it takes a Coalition.
ALLIANCE PARTNERS WORKING ON OVERSEAS ISSUES
Since an estimated 85 percent of the American Jewish community attends an institution of higher education, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is well positioned to influence young Jews at a point in their lives when they are making critical decisions about family, faith, and their future. Hillel seeks to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.Hillel welcomes Jews of all backgrounds to its 251 affiliated foundations, program centers and Jewish student organizations on 513 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. Hillel foundations are also located in Israel, South America, and the republics of the former Soviet Union.
As the community relations arm of the organized Jewish community, the JCPA represents 14 national agencies and 125 local communities. Under the JCPA’s umbrella, these organizations meet to shape consensus and inspire grassroots action around the globe on the most essential issues of interest to the Jewish community. The JCPA is committed to safeguarding the rights of Jews worldwide and promotes a just, democratic and pluralistic American society.
The Hebrew Immigration Aid Society or “HIAS” is the American Jewish community’s international migration agency. Founded in 1881, HIAS assists Jews whose lives and freedom are at risk, through rescue, relocation, family reunification, and resettlement. HIAS’ offices in eight countries, including Israel, provide a wide array of legal and support services. In Vienna, HIAS assists Jews and other religious minorities who have fled Iran and applied for refugee status in the U.S. As an expression of Jewish ethics and values, HIAS also protects vulnerable non-Jewish refugees in countries such as Chad, where, together with IsraAID, HIAS provides trauma counseling to Darfuri survivors of the genocide in Sudan. Since its founding, HIAS has helped more than 4.5 million men, women and children.
Jewish Educational Service of North America (JESNA)
JESNA was created as a service agency for the federated system, and this connection to the federations is central to its identity. Today, JESNA is a community-focused agency that works with local and national partners to facilitate and promote the delivery of engaging, inspiring Jewish education across the denominational spectrum and in many settings, for learners of any age. JESNA’s board is drawn from the leadership of local federations, central agencies, and other educational institutions in communities across North America and JESNA is proud of the integral part it plays with partners to constitute the Jewish educational “system” in North America and Israel.
JTA is the definitive, trusted global source of breaking news, in-depth analysis, opinion and features on current events and issues of interest to the Jewish People. JTA is the only agency in the organized Jewish community dedicated exclusively to providing Jewish leadership, opinion-makers and activists with the information and analysis needed to make decisions and take action on behalf of the Jewish People.
This year marks two historic anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry movement and the 20th anniversary of the Freedom Sunday Rally for Soviet Jewry in Washington, D.C. When Soviet Jews were at risk and desperate to move to Israel, the American Jewish community rallied behind NCSJ to help Soviet Jews gain their freedom. Today, NCSJ helps to secure the well-being of over one million Jews who are rebuilding Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. Comprising nearly 50 national organizations and over 300 local federations, community councils, and committees, NCSJ works on behalf of federations to ensure that political conditions in the Former Soviet Union allow Jews to live freely as Jews.
Founded in 1960 to re-establish on American soil the scholarship and scholarly institutions lost in the Holocaust, The Foundation for Jewish Culture now supports artists and scholars exploring the Jewish experience. It funds creative individuals who envision the Jewish future while honoring its past, advancing the expression of Jewish peoplehood in all its diversity, promoting Israel engagement and enriching Jewish life in North America. The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film has funded numerous projects about and from Israel. The Foundation-sponsored Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist program places Israeli artists and scholars in communities throughout the country and the Six Points Fellowship program supports several Israeli artists working in New York. The Foundation also works with the Israeli Consulate’s Cultural Division to promote Israeli artists in North America.