Federation Impact

A Couple Finds Connection with Music

A Klezmer band plays the traditional melodies of Eastern Europe. People clap and move their bodies to the lively rhythms of their past. Others, hearing familiar words, join their voices. Boris, a Holocaust survivor who comes weekly to this music program, sits up front.

The healing qualities…

Supporting Survivors on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day falls annually on January 27. Enabling Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable seniors to live with greater comfort and dignity continues to be a key Federation priority – both here at home and across the globe. The Amigour Housing Program, suppo…

In Mexico City, Back to School is Everything for this Jewish Wunderkind

Alberto Buzali Berner is one of Mexico City's most accomplished young engineers. He's an award-winning innovator in robotics. He's also helped implement a biodiesel program that fuels local school buses.

And he just celebrated his 18th birthday.

"Since I was a child I've liked technology, …

Spotlight on Chicago: Local Federation Leaders attend JFNA's FedLab

David Brown and Wendy Abrams can tell you that FedLab, a deep dive laboratory, wasn’t an ordinary conference.

Nor was it designed to be.

Last winter, the leadership of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) asked themselves, “What would happen if, instead of our annual General …

The Miracle of Chanukah in Odessa

The menorahs in the Hesed social welfare centers in Odessa, Ukraine are alight with an added glow this Chanukah.


The joyful lights match those in Ira Sborovskaya’s eyes. She can’t help but marvel at the progress her country has made in the years since Soviet oppression ended.