Federation Impact

Camp Taught Him the Greatest Jewish Value of All

Oliver S. is one of just three kids in his grade who will have a bar mitzvah this year. To the rest of his classmates, he constantly has to explain what being Jewish means. It can be a bit lonely, to say the least.   

 

But thanks to Federation, Oliver now spends his weekends traveling…

Displaced Again, One Woman Struggles to Survive

As a teenager during World War II, Aza and her mother fled to Central Asia after the Nazis invaded her native Ukraine and her father was killed on the front lines. Even when it was considered safe enough to return, mother and daughter stayed away. With their hometown destroyed, they had noth…

Building a Network of Support for Israeli Families With Special Needs

Every parent knows how tough it is to balance work and family. But for Bader, an Israeli Arab construction worker and father of eight, the struggles of daily life are multiplied by his eldest son’s many special needs. Problems with hearing and vision as well as cognitive difficulties make …

The Makings of an Ambassador

Growing up, Masha Shumatskaya was eager to become a leader in the Jewish community in her hometown of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. A proud alumna of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)’s Metsuda leadership program for young Jews, she also graduated from her town’s Jewis…

A Journey to Justice in Ukraine

In late 2014, Nikita Didenko was living a dream. In his small hometown of Alchevsk, in eastern Ukraine, he was a counselor at the local Jewish youth club and a proud graduate of Metsuda, a program of Federation partner agency the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that develo…