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Where Your Money Goes: Family and Women's Issues

Group Photo of WomenJewish federations work in partnership with government agencies to provide a social safety net for Jewish families. That includes child and adult day care, child protective services, counseling, employment services and education.

  • Federation-supported Jewish Community Centers serve one million members at 275 JCCs and camps. Another 600,000 people participate in JCC programs and events.
  • 60,000 Jewish children ages three to six attend federation-supported early childhood programs.
  • More than 6,000 Jewish teens participate in the Jewish federation-supported JCC Maccabi Games every year.
  • Federations provide support for 100,000 North American youngsters to participate in JCC day and overnight summer camps each year.
  • Federation-supported JCCs offers a primary outlet for seniors 60 to 90 and above to stay physically and mentally active and involved in traditional Jewish life. Among those activities offered are: lectures, exercise classes, bridge, choral and drama groups, and intergenerational classes.
  • Federations support "Shalom Baby" programs that provide first-time parents with referrals for federation and community support services such as day care centers, playgroups, and other family-oriented activities.
  • Federations and more than 145 affiliated Jewish family service agencies sponsor programs to help victims deal with domestic violence and to provide crisis intervention to both Jewish and non-Jewish families.
  • Federations support federal and state funding for services, intervention, legal action and education aimed at preventing and stopping domestic violence, and the Violence Against Women Act in the U.S. Congress.
  • The federation system offers state-of-the-art career counseling, including assessment of skills, interests, aptitudes, values, personal style, educational and vocational counseling, job search coaching, interview skills training and resume preparation. There are employment services for dislocated workers, youth, adults, and women entering or re-entering the labor force, older workers, new immigrants, individuals with disabilities and others.

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WHO CAN HELP NOW

National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-621-4000

Rape, Abuse, Incest Nat'l. Network: 1-800-656-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons & Significant Others

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