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Atlanta Jewish Community
April 10, 2024

Because Of You, Ali Found Jewish Connection For Her & Her Family

I am a wife and mother to a 4-year-old, currently residing in Atlanta but originally from South Florida. When I first moved to town, I encountered numerous challenges such as…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityAtlanta Jewish FoundationFederation News
April 3, 2024

Important Update on Federation Leadership

Eric Robbins, who has served as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for eight years, has announced his resignation and will be stepping down. Eric has graciously…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityAtlanta Jewish Foundation
March 28, 2024

Because Of You, 22 Israeli Children & Their Families Found Refuge at The Epstein School

"We've never done this before, but that's what you do as a Jewish organization. You jump in and help." After October 7th, dozens of Israeli families fled to Atlanta, some…
Gather Grants
March 25, 2024

Winter Gather Grants

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Federation News
March 25, 2024

March 15 Federation Five

Federation is thrilled to announce that Jack Halpern will be the recipient of the 2024 Lifetime of Achievement Award! Jack's dedication to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for nearly four decades,…
Beth-Weiller-Arogeti-head-shotAtlanta Jewish CommunityFederation News
March 21, 2024

Women’s History Month with Beth Weiller Arogeti

March is Women’s History Month and we couldn't miss the opportunity to highlight a woman who has shaped, inspired, and led our Federation community, Beth Weiller Arogeti, the Chair of…
Global NewsShinshinim Atlanta
October 13, 2023

Words of Reflection from an Atlanta Shinshin

In August of this year, Greater Atlanta welcomed eight Israeli emissaries to our community thanks to the Schoenbaum Shinshinim program. Shinshinim are 18-year old high school graduates from all over…
Federation News
September 12, 2023

Looking Toward 5784

By Eric M. Robbins As we stand at the precipice of 5784, a year brimming with promise and opportunity, I'm reminded of the boundless potential residing within each of us.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation InnovationJewish Abilities Atlanta
August 21, 2023

Innovation Initiative and Jewish Abilities Atlanta Team Up

Jewish Atlanta’s growth and development depend on our ability to address the ever-changing needs of our community with creativity, foresight, and courage. Federation’s Jewish Innovation Initiative offers local changemakers the…
steven-cadranel-headshotAtlanta Jewish Foundation
August 7, 2023

Atlanta Jewish Foundation’s Year in Summary

by Steven Cadranel What a year of growth and progress it has been at Atlanta Jewish Foundation! We have hosted numerous events that amplified our impact across the Atlanta philanthropic…
Dear Melissa, Thank you so much for giving me the chance to go to camp year and year again. While this may have been the last year for me as a camper, I feel the need to go back again and give the same/better experience to another kid. This is all because of you and the work you put into letting me come to camp. Because of you, I have had experiences I will remember forever, and friends that will last me a lifetime. Thank you so much!Jewish Camp Initiative
August 7, 2023

Thank You For Creating Camp Magic

Jewish Summer Camp is one of the most impactful experiences a young person can have. The magic of a Jewish summer doesn’t stop when kids go home, or even when…
Secure Community Network
August 7, 2023

Prepare for the High Holidays with Security Webinars

The Secure Community Network (SCN) is holding a High Holidays Safety and Security Webinar Series for members of the Jewish community.     Please join SCN, security executives, law enforcement, and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 7, 2023

A Federation Love Story

Last Tuesday, we celebrated Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love. Deborah Jacobs, our new President of Women’s Philanthropy, is part of a classic love story—and it couldn’t have happened…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 7, 2023

Summer Gather Grants Bring People Together

Federation’s Gather Grants program has been celebrating all things summer! We love hearing the stories that our hosts and participants share with us every day. Gather Grants are gifts of…
dog-sitting-with-student-in-class-helping-teachJewish Education Collaborative
July 24, 2023

My Canine Teacher

The teachers at the Mitzner Family Religious School at Temple Kehillat Chaim have found some new assistants that keep students engaged in class—and their salary is paid in ear scratches.  …
dawid-revell-israel-posed-picture-in-black-hatAtlanta Jewish Community
July 24, 2023

My Experience on Federation’s Domestic Allocations Committee

By Dawid Revell Israel When I was first asked to join Federation’s Domestic Allocations committee, I felt honored. I was humbled to assist with deciding how much to allocate to…
allison-sam-honeymoon-israel-posing-in-front-of-western-wallJewish JourneysNextGen Atlanta
July 21, 2023

Connect Jewishly Through Honeymoon Israel

"I never could have predicted the true impact of this experience—we had the most incredible trip that I am certain has changed our lives forever. We found new ways to…
Federation News
July 21, 2023

Atlanta Rides for the Living

By Eric M. Robbins I had the privilege of participating in the Ride for the Living in Poland earlier this month, along with a delegation of 12 Jewish Atlantans, including my…
Atlanta Jewish Community
July 7, 2023

Federation Launches JTech

Federation is excited to offer J-TECH, a new affinity group for Jews working in the technology sector that aims to help professionals network, hear from leaders in the industry, and learn…
kids-splashing-in-pool-on-floatPJ Library Atlanta
July 7, 2023

PJ Library is Splashing into Summer

PJ Library is making a SPLASH this summer with Splash Pad meetups around town! Come play with other PJ Library families at these fun-filled gatherings; our meetups are the perfect…
Beth-Weiller-Arogeti-head-shotAtlanta Jewish Community
July 7, 2023

A Message from Board Chair Beth Weiller Arogeti

Hello, I’m Beth Arogeti, the newly appointed Chair of the Board for Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. As a 5th-generation Jewish Atlantan, it means so much to me to serve…
Brian DavisSecure Community Network
July 7, 2023

Meet Our New Security Director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Secure Community Network Announce Hiring of Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent Brian Davis to Bolster Community Safety and Security  Davis Will Advise,…
teacher-and-student-wearing-crownsJewish Education Collaborative
July 6, 2023

Our Jewish Community Needs Amazing Teachers Like You

Are you looking for rewarding part-time work? Or do you know someone who loves spending time with kids and helping them grow? Atlanta's part-time Jewish education programs need you! The…
Secure Community Network
June 26, 2023

Update on Community Safety

Federation and the Secure Communities Network (SCN) want to update Jewish Atlanta on community safety following activity by antisemitic groups over the weekend. We also want to remind our community…
lynn-saperstein-hilary-goldberg-posing-togetherPHILANTHROPY
June 24, 2023

A Legacy of Philanthropy

For Lynn Saperstein and Hilary Goldberg, giving back is a family affair. Mother Lynn and daughter Hilary are two women in a beautiful Jewish Atlanta family legacy. Their dedication to…
PLOT-leaders-speaking-in-groupAtlanta Jewish Community
June 24, 2023

PLOT Builds Bridges in Atlanta

Last week, we observed Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday for the third year. This holiday commemorates the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received news of the Emancipation…
jonah-robleto-with-mom-elyseJewish Camp Initiative
June 23, 2023

Federation Makes Happy Campers

Elyse’s son Jonah is currently experiencing his first summer at Jewish sleepaway camp, thanks in part to a One Happy Camper grant from Federation’s Jewish Camp initiative. “I heard about…
Federation News
June 23, 2023

We’re Almost There

By Eric M. Robbins Our Community Campaign ends June 30th, and today, I am filled with gratitude. I’m so proud of our community, which came together and met our funding…
antisemitism-on-the-wallAtlanta Jewish Community
June 12, 2023

White House Unveils Antisemitism Plan

On May 25, the White House released the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism: a whole-of-society, inter-agency plan to address rising antisemitism. The plan includes more than 200 recommendations…
gap-year-swimming-dead-seaJumpSpark
June 12, 2023

Gap Years Change Lives

Atlanta’s most recent group of 28 Atlanta Israel Gap Year Fellows has just returned home from an incredible, transformative year in Israel! These adventurous teenagers didn’t start college straight out…
shira-colsky-gather-grants-selfie-of-groupGather Grants
June 8, 2023

Gather Grants Empower Us

by Shira Colsky My name is Shira Colsky. I live in Smyrna, and while I don’t belong to a synagogue, being Jewish and expanding my circle of Jewish friends is…
ALEF Fund
June 7, 2023

ALEF Fund Update

ALEF Fund, Inc. (“ALEF Fund”) is pleased to announce it has successfully resolved recent issues related to the submission of pledges to the Department of Revenue this year. This resolution will provide…
teacher-and-students-sitting-down-together-in-classroomJewish Education Collaborative
May 22, 2023

Jewish Education Collaborative Names Teachers of the Year 

Federation’s Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) is proud to name the winners of the 2023 Sylvia Newman Memorial Teachers of the Year Award. This prize was established in 2021 by Howard…
mental-health-holding-handsPeople in Need
May 22, 2023

How Federation Supports Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. After the tumult of the last several years, there is, thankfully, more focus than ever on the importance of proper mental healthcare in all…
gail-heyman-pictureAtlanta Jewish Community
May 18, 2023

Matan to Honor Gail Heyman

Atlanta’s own Gail Heyman is being awarded with Matan’s Leadership Award. This honor, presented since 2009, is in recognition of an individual’s efforts in promoting inclusion, respect, dignity, and services…
People in NeedPHILANTHROPY
May 18, 2023

Project Dignity Collecting Products for Menstrual Hygiene Day

Project Dignity, an initiative of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, raises awareness about period poverty and its effects on women and girls. This year, Project Dignity is observing National Menstrual Hygiene Day…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 5, 2023

JIFLA Offers Free Online Financial Coaching

The Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta (JIFLA), in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, is proud to offer free one-on-one financial coaching services with financial coach Shay…
adults campingNextGen Atlanta
May 5, 2023

Adult Summer Camp Is Almost Here

Do you ever wish you could escape the daily grind and go back to Jewish summer camp? Well, now you can! Relive your days in the sun with s’mores, swimming,…
robert mann headshotPHILANTHROPY
May 5, 2023

Welcome Our New Frances Bunzl Chief Philanthropy Officer!

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is thrilled to announce our new Frances Bunzl Chief Philanthropy Officer, Rob Mann. Rob grew-up in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. He comes from,…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 5, 2023

Survey Results Teach Us About Federation’s Community

In February, Federation conducted a Community Snapshot Survey to help us learn a little more about Jewish Atlanta. We received 1,367 responses to the survey, all from adults over 18…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 5, 2023

Thank You by Matt Bronfman

My term as Board Chair ends this month. Since I accepted this position, we have experienced a global pandemic, unprecedented rising antisemitism, and (generally speaking) more requests for aid than…
kids learningJewish Education Collaborative
April 21, 2023

Fellowship Trains Jewish Educators to Teach Israel in New Ways

Do you ever wonder how educators stay on top of best practices and research in their field? In Atlanta and Chicago, one option is the “Shifting the Paradigm” Israel Education…
JumpSpark
April 21, 2023

Chesed Student Awards Honor Standout Teens

Teens and families, mark your calendars: the Chesed Student Awards are on May 7! JumpSpark and Hadassah are thrilled to honor these outstanding young people from across metro Atlanta.  The…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 21, 2023

Federation Celebrates Israel @75!

Yom huledet sameach! The State of Israel is turning 75 years old, and Jewish Atlanta is ready to party! Here are a few activities happening in Atlanta this week where…
Federation News
April 21, 2023

This Year, In Jerusalem

Shalom! We just finished Federation’s long-awaited Community Journey, and I am writing this piece while I am still here, in Israel. To be here on the cusp of the country’s…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
April 17, 2023

The Advocacy Efforts of Jewish Abilities Atlanta

Jewish Abilities Atlanta advocates for Jewish people with disabilities and works to ensure that Jewish spaces are accessible to all people. The JAA community is full of bright, talented individuals…
Federation Innovation
April 17, 2023

The Innovation Initiative Invests in Local Jewish Changemakers

The Jewish Innovation Initiative funds cutting-edge ideas that come from and benefit Jewish Atlanta. Programs can be new, or hosted by existing organizations like synagogues, day schools, and more. Innovation…
PJ Library Atlanta
April 17, 2023

PJ Library Gives Micah a Lifelong Relationship to Judaism

There are PJ Library resources for children and parents at every stage of life—from supporting new parents with JBaby, to engaging kids from 9-12 years old with PJ Our Way. PJ Library books, resources,…
AgeWell Atlanta
April 17, 2023

AgeWell Helps Older Adults Navigate Their Changing Needs

AgeWell Atlanta was created to offer assistance-finding resources for older adults. Through a unique collaborative partnership, four Atlanta Jewish agencies—Aviv Older Adult Services of Jewish Family & Career Services, Jewish HomeLife,…
camp-initiative-donate-logoJewish Camp Initiative
April 17, 2023

The Power of Jewish Camp

Summer just isn’t summer without overnight camp! Federation’s Jewish Camp Initiative sends kids to Jewish overnight camp by providing necessary grants and scholarships. The experiences kids have at summer camp…
Global News
March 28, 2023

Federation shared our support for the suspension of Judicial Overhaul Legislation in Israel

In response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he would delay a vote on judicial reforms in order to seek compromise, the Jewish Federations of North America released the…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPeople in Need
March 27, 2023

Jewish HomeLife Offers In-Person Caregiver Support Groups

“Caregiver burnout is real, particularly for those caring for loved ones with dementia or other age-related conditions,” said Jeffrey A. Gopen, President and CEO of Jewish HomeLife. “Just being with others facing…
PJ Library Atlanta
March 27, 2023

PJ Library Goes Beyond Books

If you grew-up in a Jewish home, you may already be familiar with PJ Library, which connects Jewish kids and their families to the diversity and richness of the Jewish…
JumpSpark
March 27, 2023

Calling All Jewish Teens—We want to hear from you!

JumpSpark, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s teen initiative, is conducting a survey to better understand the needs and experiences of Jewish teens in our area. Findings from this survey will…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
March 27, 2023

Celebrating Women-Led Innovation

Jewish Atlanta is constantly evolving. Our city changes a little bit each day, and with those changes come people who are determined to solve problems and make our community richer…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
March 27, 2023

Celebrate Women-Led Innovation

Jewish Atlanta is constantly evolving. Our city changes a little bit each day, and with those changes come people who are determined to solve problems and make our community richer…
lois-frank-headshotAtlanta Jewish Community
March 27, 2023

Lois Frank to be Honored with Federation’s Lifetime of Achievement Award

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is thrilled to announce that Lois Frank will receive the 2023 Lifetime of Achievement award at our Annual Meeting on May 31, 2023. “Lois Frank’s name…
Global News
March 13, 2023

Celebrating and Educating about Israel

Many of us have been watching the news from Israel over the past few weeks as the debate on the judicial reforms proposed by the current government spills over into…
pj-library-donate-buttonAtlanta Jewish CommunityPJ Library Atlanta
March 13, 2023

Learning Women’s History with PJ Library

Each month, more than 4,700 children in Atlanta receive the gift of a free Jewish-themed book from PJ Library that shares holiday traditions, Jewish values, and more. In honor of…
Federation Innovation
March 13, 2023

Why Innovation Matters in Jewish Atlanta 

Innovation is essential in any field—workplaces, industries, and communities should constantly be evolving and trying new things, otherwise, they stagnate. Federation’s Innovation Fund is one vital tool that keeps Atlanta’s…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 13, 2023

Contact Your Georgia State Senators About House Bill 30

Federation, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the ADL and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta want residents of greater Atlanta to be aware that House Bill 30 passed the…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 13, 2023

Happiness from Helping Others

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair  On Purim, we celebrate by drinking, eating and making merry. According to the Talmud, this entire month of Adar is known to be an…
JumpSpark
March 10, 2023

A Day In the Life

Bev Lewyn is an author
Jewish Camp Initiative
February 27, 2023

Start a Campfire is Ending Soon!

They say that Jewish overnight camp is one of the three most effective vehicles for attracting and engaging young people in Jewish life. Kids who attend camp:  Feel a deep,…
Atlanta Jewish Community
February 27, 2023

Combatting Food Insecurity in Atlanta

Federation is proud to join with other faith-based organizations from across Greater Atlanta to reduce the impact of food insecurity across our communities. In proud partnership with the Atlanta Food…
Gather GrantsJewish Abilities Atlanta
February 27, 2023

Making (Accessible) Jewish Places

When Eleanor Pearlman heard about Gather Grants last fall, she knew she had to do something that involved kids. “I love working with kids, being around them,” she says. Gather…
CARINGGlobal NewsPeople in Need
February 27, 2023

How Federation Supports Ethiopian Jews

During Black History Month, we celebrate and commemorate the history of the African diaspora. In the United States, we often think of this month through the lens of African Americans,…
Atlanta Jewish Community
February 27, 2023

Applications Are Open for Women’s Leadership Grants

The Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) is accepting applications for their new Women's Leadership Grants. JWFA seeks to promote social change and creates positive opportunities for Jewish women and…
Jewish Camp Initiative
February 14, 2023

Let’s Start a Campfire!

Did you know that the Jewish Camp Initiative has been sending kids to Jewish overnight camp for 10 years? It’s true! And you can be part of that legacy. The…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
February 14, 2023

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month

Did you know that nearly 20% of the population lives with a disability and/or a mental health condition? February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), and all…
Atlanta Jewish Community
February 14, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month in Jewish Spaces

By Victoria Raggs, Co-founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Jews of Color Council Happy Black History Month! The Atlanta Jews of Color Council is extremely thankful to be in our…
People in Need
February 14, 2023

Give to Earthquake Relief in Turkey and Syria

Last week, Turkey and Syria were struck with a deadly earthquake, with a death toll above 11,000 and still rising. The Jewish community in Turkey has been hit hard; the…
Secure Community Network
February 14, 2023

Combating Antisemitism

Last week, residents of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody awoke to a chilling sight—antisemitic flyers had been strewn across driveways, lawns, and sidewalks. It is clearly no accident that these flyers…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 24, 2023

Don’t Miss The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The largest Jewish film festival in the world is back for another incredible year! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) showcases vital and thought-provoking Jewish stories from across the globe,…
Secure Community Network
January 24, 2023

Federation Awarded LiveSecure Grant to Enhance Community Security

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has awarded a substantial security grant through LiveSecure to Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The matching grant, secured thanks to donations raised by our…
Global NewsJewish Journeys
January 24, 2023

Atlanta Israel Gap Year Fellowship Registration is Open!

Many teenagers look for exciting opportunities to grow and learn after high school, rather than jumping directly into college. They want to explore their interests; they want to travel, manage…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 24, 2023

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat with a Tree Planting and Seder

This year, Jewish Climate Action Network of Georgia (JCAN GA) and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) are celebrating Tu B'Shvat, the “New Year of Trees,” in Atlanta with two…
JumpSpark
January 24, 2023

Navigating Parenthood Workshop—Helping with the Transition to High School

During the pandemic, JumpSpark, Atlanta’s Jewish teen initiative, started a program to help parents of teens prepare for the transition from high school to college. On February 1st at 7…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 12, 2023

Creating an Inclusive Jewish Ecosystem

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)  Amy Murphy, Jewish Abilities Atlanta Manager  Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) has become a unifying factor in…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 12, 2023

Happy New Year!

Rich Walter Understanding the needs of our community is a critical piece of the work of Jewish Federation. Last year, our ecosystem collectively looked at the data from the Pew…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 9, 2023

Federation’s Employee New Year’s Party Hits the Mark!

On Friday, Federation rang in the New Year with a staff party that had everyone looking sharp! The Culture Club planned a fun afternoon at Throw, Inc. to celebrate the…
Jewish Camp Initiative
January 9, 2023

Day Camp Registration is Open!

It might be cold outside, but it’s already time to start planning for summer! Day camp registration is now open for the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Day…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 9, 2023

Neranenah to Host a Musical Shabbat with Hannah Zale

On Friday, January 20, Neranenah is hosting Spirit & Soul, a Musical Shabbat with Hannah Zale, at the Distillery of Modern Art. Neranenah describes the evening as “A combination of…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGather GrantsNextGen AtlantaPJ Library Atlanta
January 9, 2023

Sign Up Now for a Shabbat Gather Grant

Applications are open now for the next round of Gather Grants! Are you looking to grow your community? Have you considered hosting a Shabbat dinner, but feel like it might…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
January 9, 2023

Commemorate MLK Day with a Weekend of Service

Repair the World and Federation are calling on the Jewish community to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day “a day on, not a day off.” Beginning this Friday, Federation, Repair…
eric-robbins-headshotAtlanta Jewish CommunityFederation News
December 28, 2022

Antisemitism’s rise endangers all of us

By Eric M. Robbins as originally featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution One of the most dangerous undercurrents in the midterm elections was the rise in antisemitic rhetoric by some…
Atlanta Jewish Foundation
December 28, 2022

We Need Your Philanthropic Support!

Jewish Family & Career Services Receives $500,000 Matching Grant from The Zalik Foundation to Address Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing  One of the most troubling side effects of the COVID-19…
Jewish Journeys
December 28, 2022

RootOne Lets Teens Experience Israel 

RootOne is a program powered by The Jewish Education Project and seeded by the generosity of The Marcus Foundation. Each summer, RootOne helps thousands of Jewish teens travel to Israel…
Secure Community Network
December 28, 2022

New Online Form Makes It Easier to Report Threats Against the Jewish Community

Federation is partnering with the Secure Community Network (SCN) to launch an online form for the public to report threats, incidents, and suspicious activity related to the Jewish community. This…
PJ Library Atlanta
December 28, 2022

PJ Library is Hosting a “Grand” Getaway

Calling all grandparents and grandkids! PJ Library is hosting its second Grand Getaway in partnership with Ramah Darom from January 27 to 29. This weekend is designed for grandparents and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
December 28, 2022

Happy New Year from Our Campaign Chairs

By Joel Arogeti and Seth Greenberg, 2023 Campaign Chair and Campaign Vice Chair  As we approach the end of 2022 and begin 2023, we wish you and your family well.…
Global News
December 12, 2022

Operation Ethiopia Helps Thousands See Clearly

Very soon, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is launching a new quarterly magazine: Generosity. Generosity will highlight stories of philanthropy and community in Jewish Atlanta. Here is an excerpt of…
Jewish Camp Initiative
December 12, 2022

Summer Camp Professionals Meet in Atlanta

It may be winter, but summer will be here before we know it. Luckily, the hardworking professionals behind Jewish Summer Camps don’t hibernate til spring. Last week, hundreds of them…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPeople in Need
December 12, 2022

Pinch Hitters Step in on Christmas Day

There are several stereotypes about what Jews do on Christmas Day—like eat Chinese food or go to the movies. But what about acts of community service? For many Jews, Christmas…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
December 12, 2022

Partner Spotlight: Jewish HomeLife

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Community Campaign is underway. But what happens to the funds that are raised? The answer is, they are granted to our community partners—incredible organizations in…
Atlanta Jewish Community
December 12, 2022

Chanukah Events Roundup!

The Festival of Lights is almost here, and Jewish Atlanta will be celebrating for eight crazy nights! On Monday, December 19 at 6 pm, Chabad of Smyrna-Vinings is hosting a…
JumpSpark
November 21, 2022

JumpSpark Events for Parents of Teenagers

Debra Siegel is a mother of two: her son, Zack, is a sophomore in high school, and her daughter, Zoe, is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.…
Global NewsJewish Journeys
November 21, 2022

A Transformative Women’s Retreat in Israel

By Ghila Sanders, Senior Philanthropic Officer, Atlanta Jewish Foundation Last week, sitting under a communal tent in Israel’s Negev desert at sunset, I cheered as 15 women took on Jewish…
PHILANTHROPY
November 21, 2022

Linda Selig Awarded the 2022 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

On December 11, 58 Lions of Judah from Atlanta will travel to Phoenix, Arizona for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Lion of Judah. The International Lion of Judah Conference…
community security training - jewish atlantaSecure Community Network
November 21, 2022

Federation Helps Jewish Atlanta Receive Security Grants

Did you know that Federation’s Community-Wide Security Program protects the entire Atlanta Jewish community? Jewish Day schools, camps, synagogues, and more benefit from the expertise and assistance of the national…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
November 21, 2022

Their Daughter Knew that Hunger Doesn’t Take the Weekend Off

In the coming weeks, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is launching a new quarterly magazine: Generosity. Generosity will highlight stories of philanthropy, charity, and community in Jewish Atlanta. As a…
Jewish Camp Initiative
November 8, 2022

Camp Barney Medintz Announces a New Executive Director

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has announced that Danny Herz will be the new Executive Director of Camp Barney Medintz, following a nationwide search. Herz’s role will…
Global News
November 8, 2022

Israel@75 Student Competition Celebrates Creativity

The Center for Israel Education (CIE) is holding a competition in honor of Israel’s 75th birthday. In May, 2023, Israel will celebrate its 75th year as a sovereign nation, and…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
November 8, 2022

Welcome Amy Murphy to Jewish Abilities Atlanta

Meet Amy Murphy, our new Manager of Jewish Abilities Atlanta (JAA). Amy joined the Federation team in September, and we are thrilled to have her onboard. JAA works to make…
Atlanta Jewish Community
November 8, 2022

Federation Shabbat

After a long hiatus, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is pleased to announce that on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, synagogues across metro Atlanta will observe Federation Shabbat!…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
November 7, 2022

Paying it Forward with Philanthropy

By Matt M. Bronfman I recently had the good fortune to attend the Women’s Philanthropy Fall Event featuring Ana Sazonov as a speaker. Ana was born in Ukraine, and with…
Atlanta Jewish Community
November 2, 2022

2022 Federation Shabbat

Antisemitism and the Ukrainian war are just two of many issues that Federation tackles. If you’re receiving this email, you are probably aware of Federation’s work, but many people in…
CARINGGlobal News
November 2, 2022

Winter Bears Down on Ukrainians

Winter is quickly approaching in Ukraine, and sadly, the war continues. In recent weeks, critical infrastructure that provides power and water throughout the country has been destroyed. Meanwhile, refugees continue…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
November 2, 2022

Fighting Antisemitism on College Campuses

This past Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida, following the University of Georgia (UGA)/University of Florida (UF) football game, there was yet another high-profile instance of antisemitism in the United States.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPeople in Need
October 24, 2022

AgeWell Atlanta to Hold Informational Webinar on Dementia

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 9 adults over 65 (and 1 in 3 adults over 80) experience cognitive decline? Dementia is a common health…
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October 24, 2022

Why One Family is Grateful for ALEF Fund

Many families would love to give their children a Jewish education but doing so can be prohibitively expensive. That’s where ALEF Fund steps in. Here is why one family is…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Journeys
October 24, 2022

RootOne Sends Teens to Israel

Bess Needle is a junior in high school and is active with the Jewish Student Union (JSU). This summer, she embarked on a trip to Israel with a group of other teens…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
October 24, 2022

Federation Celebrates Sukkot!

Nothing says “fall” like sitting under your sukkah with your loved ones and enjoying a beautiful evening. Last week, Federation celebrated Sukkot in a variety of ways, including through Gather…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 24, 2022

Federation’s Festive Fall Shabbats

Federation is always striving to connect Jews around the world. No matter what part of the globe someone calls home or what other communities we are a part of, we…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 12, 2022

Welcome to the PJ Library Library!

This new resource was created to allow educators greater accessibility to PJ Library books. We’ve collected and organized hundreds of books donated back by our subscribers.  The books are sorted…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 10, 2022

October 2022 Legislative Update

Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, JCRC As part of a nationwide effort to engage the Jewish community in protecting the electoral process, JCRC Atlanta, Congregation Etz Chaim and Congregation Shearith Israel…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 10, 2022

Happy New year and Hag Sukkot Sameach!

By Rich Walter  Sukkot is my favorite holiday because of its timing in the calendar, its emphasis on welcoming guests, and its deep connection to the land of Israel.  At…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 7, 2022

 JFF Celebrates Sukkot with 10 Local Jewish Organizations 

On October 2, the Jewish Fertility Foundation (JFF) came together with 10 local Jewish organizations to create the largest family event of the season. What began as an idea to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
October 7, 2022

 ”A New Perspective in Israel” – An Onward Hillel Blog

This summer, Georgia Tech rising junior Talia Segal explored Israel through the Birthright Israel and Onward Israel programs. After enduring anti-Israeli and antisemitic comments from a roommate her sophomore year,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
October 7, 2022

Atlanta Created Federation’s Model for Disaster Relief

You probably know that the Jewish Federations of North America are uniquely poised to respond to domestic disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, and terrorist attacks. But did you know…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Abilities AtlantaPHILANTHROPY
October 7, 2022

Honoring Karen Botnick Paz With a Fund in Her Name

Karen Botnick Paz has spent much of her adult life advocating for people with disabilities in the Jewish community. This month, she is retiring as the Donor Research and Special…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
October 6, 2022

Fall Holidays and Reveries

By Matt M. Bronfman As I write, we are amidst the most festive time of year. Between the High Holidays, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, autumn is full of…
Jewish Education Collaborative
September 28, 2022

JEC is Reinventing Supplemental Jewish Education

Do the words "Hebrew school" conjure less-than-pleasant memories? You're not alone. Federation’s Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) wants you to think about supplemental, part-time Jewish learning differently—and they want places of…
Atlanta Jewish FoundationPHILANTHROPY
September 28, 2022

Debbie Kuniansky on Why She Endowed Her Annual Lion of Judah Commitment

Debbie Kuniansky recently spoke to the Federation's Women's Philanthropy Board on why she chose to endow her annual gift to Federation and how others can accomplish the same. Debbie has…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
September 28, 2022

How Federation Partners with Jewish Day Schools

Atlanta’s Jewish Day Schools are a cornerstone of our community. The lessons that children learn and the friends they make while attending school will stay with them their whole lives,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
September 28, 2022

Josh Comiter Moved to Atlanta and Made His Mark

Josh Comiter moved to Atlanta from South Florida in 2021. He’d been an active member of the Jewish community there. When he relocated, he wanted to continue his involvement in…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
September 27, 2022

My Rosh Hashanah Reflections

It's the start of a new year, 5783, and I find myself asking, "Where do we go next?" A new year offers a blank slate, a chance to make one's…
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September 12, 2022

Three Generations of Giving

Albert, Gary, and Jeffrey Marx are part of a proud lineage. Grandson Jeffrey is in the fourth generation of Marxes to call Atlanta home, and this Jewish family has made…
Atlanta Jewish FoundationPHILANTHROPY
September 12, 2022

Engaging Teenagers in Jewish Life

Being a teenager is hard. Hormones, increasing responsibilities, and long school days can make teens feel overwhelmed and cause them to disengage with their community. Federation supports many programs for…
Secure Community Network
September 12, 2022

Security and Preparedness for the High Holidays

Neil Rabinowitz, Federation’s Community Security Director, recently spoke with the Atlanta Jewish Times about how synagogues are preparing for the increased traffic of the High Holidays. Neil’s position not only…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
September 12, 2022

18Doors Invites Interfaith Families into Jewish Life

18Doors aims to connect interfaith families with Jewish organizations and to help them feel at home in the Jewish community. This program lets couples and families learn about Jewish life…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
September 8, 2022

My Father’s Legacy

By Matt M. Bronfman As some of you know, I lost my dad at the end of August. He was my best friend and role model. Throughout his life, my…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 22, 2022

CPI Education Series

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Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
August 22, 2022

Second Round of Gap Year Scholarships are Sending Teens to Israel

JumpSpark's Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship is helping to build a bridge between Atlanta and Israel. Last year, thanks to the generosity of Federation's community, 25 Atlanta teens were able…
Global News
August 22, 2022

Hillel International Student Cabinet Spotlight

The Hillel International Student Cabinet is a selective leadership opportunity for current undergraduate students. The cabinet serves as a vehicle to connect the global Jewish student community and as an…
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August 22, 2022

Meet your 2023 Community Campaign Chairs

The 2023 Community Campaign will begin very soon, on September 6, and we have new campaign leadership, Joel Arogeti and Seth Greenberg. Learn about the dedicated leaders who will be…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
August 22, 2022

Reflecting on a Year of Great Work

By Matt M. Bronfman We are full speed ahead on our Community Campaign goals for 2023! While we are forward-focused, we must remind ourselves of our great work this past…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal News
August 22, 2022

Ana Sazanov is Leading Relief Efforts for Ukrainians

Ana Sazonov is the Executive Director of the Columbia Jewish Federation in South Carolina and one of the Southeast's most prominent voices on the humanitarian crisis facing Ukrainians. This issue…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 9, 2022

August 2022 Legislative Update

Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, JCRC America was founded on basic principles of democracy that encourage - require, really - active civic engagement to complete the social contract between government and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 9, 2022

Reflecting on the Challenges and Successes of Last Year

By Rich Walter  I hope that you had a restful and productive summer.  Here, we spent the summer reflecting on the challenges and successes of our previous year and planning…
Global News
August 9, 2022

An Update on Recent Hostilities in Gaza

We are grateful a cease-fire agreement was reached following a weekend of fighting in Gaza. This was the worst flare-up of violence in over a year and, unfortunately, led to…
Secure Community Network
August 8, 2022

Free Security Training for Jewish ATL

At the end of August, Federation's Community-Wide Security Program is offering two virtual classes designed to educate our community on proper safety protocols in emergencies. These seminars are meant for…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 8, 2022

Exploring Jewish Contributions to Art and Culture in “Side By Side” Series

The Breman Museum and Neranenah Concert and Culture Series are thrilled to announce a new live performance series called "Side by Side." This week of live performances and conversations will…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
August 8, 2022

Community Love Stories

We asked our readers to submit their tales of romance, and you delivered! Read these sweet stories from our Federation family.  "My husband and I met in Etz Chaim preschool…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
August 8, 2022

Wisdom in a Pairing 

By Erica Greenblatt and Matthew Borenstein   It wasn't a typical first date, and certainly not a typical first-date conversation. But technically, it wasn't even a first date. Jewish Federation of…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGlobal News
August 5, 2022

AURA Receives Matching Grant

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $73,000 matching grant from the Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the…
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July 25, 2022

How Camp Led Me to my Career at a Jewish Nonprofit

By Jessie Schwartzman   In the fall of 2007 I was watching a  presentation about a sleep away camp at my synagogue. The five minute video immediately captured my attention…
Jewish JourneysNextGen Atlanta
July 25, 2022

Volunteering in and Exploring Mexico with Project TEN

By Amanda Budd Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Hillels of Georgia in Mexico City for a trip with Project TEN. Project TEN is an initiative of the…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPJ Library Atlanta
July 25, 2022

PJ Library Atlanta Heads Intown

For the past 4 years, PJ Library Atlanta has been meeting families where they are—with an emphasis on those living OTP. This summer, PJ Library Atlanta has been spending time…
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July 25, 2022

Welcome Our New Deputy Security Director

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is pleased to welcome our new Deputy Community Security Director, Bryan Underwood! Bryan comes to us with an extensive background in law enforcement and we…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
July 22, 2022

Camp is such a special time for kids

When you think of “summer camp,” what comes to mind? Swimming, singing songs, roasting marshmallows over a fire? When I think of Jewish summer camp, I think of smiling faces.…
Atlanta Jewish Community
July 11, 2022

Have a Jewish July

We’re in the dog days of summer, and while it’s tempting to chill out by the pool or stay cool in your air-conditioned digs, there’s also a tempting array of…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Camp Initiative
July 11, 2022

Working Hard to Have Fun at Camp

By Allyson and Mark Tibor Our daughter, Rachel, has attended Camp Barney Medintz since she was a rising 3rd grader. There was no two-week session for her, as she was…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
July 11, 2022

Inside the Allocations Process

By Avery Kastin I’ve always heard that a gift to Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta supports the entire Jewish community. But what process ensures that those funds are wisely distributed?…
Global NewsPeople in Need
July 10, 2022

AURA Funding Needs Increase as More Families Arrive in Atlanta

Many Ukrainians are arriving in Atlanta with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are not eligible for government relief programs and have no access to food stamps, medical…
Atlanta Jewish Community
July 8, 2022

A Sanctuary for our Children

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair It is summer, which for many of us means Jewish summer camp. More than ever, camp is a sanctuary for our children and many…
CARINGPeople in Need
June 29, 2022

Yokneam Opens Arms to Ukrainian Olim

By Eliad Ben Shushan, Israel Partnership Director Yokneam has welcomed over 100 Ukrainian refuges who escaped from Europe, most of them carrying only a small bag and a lot of…
Atlanta Jewish Community
June 28, 2022

Pride Reflections

Pride lives in the present moment. It draws breath through whole-hearted people, here and now, celebrating the joy of love, and the freedom to do so without fear. I want…
Global News
June 27, 2022

Confessions of a Jewish Gap Year Mom

By Robin Rosen My son Jack was just beginning to find his way socially when COVID hit in March of 2020. He is a fairly reserved kid with a late…
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June 27, 2022

Ethiopia: Where Jews Cling to Hope and Promise

In a trip that inspired a wide range of emotions, Federation board member Michael Kogon visited Ethiopia’s community of devoted Jews in Gondar. He, along with other Jewish leaders from…
CARINGJewish Education Collaborative
June 27, 2022

Online Hebrew Instruction for Unaffiliated Families

Atlanta Hebrew Connection is growing! This exciting online program for Hebrew language learning is the product of a partnership between the Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) and ShalomLearning, a nationally renowned…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Camp Initiative
June 27, 2022

Never Underestimate the Power of Jewish Day Camp

By Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez,  There is no question that summer is in full swing in Atlanta and summer means day camp for so many of Atlanta’s families. Each summer, approximately 3,000…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
June 27, 2022

Meeting the Moment Together

Summer is here and July lies before us with its promise of fun, family, travel, and leisurely light-filled nights. Friends, we have earned it! As Campaign 2022 closes, I am…
CARINGGlobal News
June 17, 2022

Walking In . . . Reflections on My Trip to Ethiopia

June 2022 By Michael Kogon Why am I in Gondor, Ethiopia with Jewish Federation board members, Federation leadership from Europe and Canada, members of the Jewish Agency leadership, and community…
Atlanta Jewish Community
June 9, 2022

Atlanta Jews of Color Reflect on Juneteenth

Juneteenth (the 19th of June) commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, and also is a celebration of African American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
June 9, 2022

18Doors Offers Innovative Wedding Tool

18Doors helps interfaith couples build confidence in their relationship with Jewish tradition. They have now created a brand new, first-of-its-kind wedding tool and script builder. It is designed specifically for…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
June 9, 2022

SOJOURN Celebrates Pride in Atlanta

Atlanta is a bit of an outlier when it comes to celebrating national Pride month in June. In Atlanta the Pride parade and related events happen in October. Nevertheless, SOJOURN,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
June 9, 2022

Ben Massell Clinic Offers Lessons for Dentists

The Ben Massell Dental Clinic of JF&CS is the most advanced free dental treatment facility in Georgia. Yes, that’s right – treatment is free. The Clinic changes the lives and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
June 9, 2022

Atlanta: Always Punching Above its Weight

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair People always lament that time is going by too fast. I have that same feeling about being the board chair of Federation. It’s only…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsPeople in Need
June 2, 2022

Hadassah’s doctors dispense medicine and expertise

After Russian shelling intensified last month and a rocket exploded close to the Zhytomyr home of Nina, 76, she fled for Ukraine’s Polish border. When she arrived several days later…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Education Collaborative
May 27, 2022

A Gift to Honor Religious School Teachers

Howard Newman had the idea to create a gift in honor of his late wife, Sylvia. He knew that Sylvia’s passion was Jewish education and she taught in the religious…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGJewish Camp Initiative
May 27, 2022

Scholarships Send Hundreds to Camp This Summer

Federation’s Jewish Camp initiative has lots to celebrate as 2022 summer camp season approaches. As of mid-May 2022, our generous donors have raised $960K to help send nearly 700 kids…
CARINGGlobal NewsPeople in Need
May 27, 2022

A New Phase in Ukrainian Relief

Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund has been essential in helping vulnerable Ukrainian Jews find safety and shelter in Europe and make aliyah to Israel. In record time, you helped us…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
May 27, 2022

Thanks to MJP, Atlanta is Full of Welcoming Jewish Places.

Wherever I go in the Federation world, people ask, “What’s that thing you’re doing in Atlanta with neighborhoods and mini grants? Something about Making Jewish Places?” I’m genuinely proud to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
May 16, 2022

Plan Now to Take the Israel Trip of a Lifetime

It has been years since Atlanta traveled to Israel as one united community. Now plans are well underway for us to return together on Federation’s 2023 Community Journey to Israel,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGather Grants
May 13, 2022

Moishe House Without Walls Energizing Jewish Life OTP

When you think of Moishe House programming, your first thought might be one of the four physical locations inside Atlanta’s perimeter, or one of the 150+ Moishe Houses spread across…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityAtlanta Jewish Foundation
May 13, 2022

How Baby Jack Launched a Legacy

Adam Kazinec has a long history of engagement with Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the wider Atlanta Jewish community. He currently serves on the Federation board and in the…
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May 13, 2022

Collaboration Celebrated at JPro Conference

Earlier this month, 20 Atlanta Jewish professionals gathered in Cleveland for the JPro Conference, along with their counterparts from around the country. The theme was collaboration – a chance to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
May 13, 2022

He Hadn’t Been to Israel Since His Bar Mitzvah. What a Journey!

Seventeen men have just returned from Federation’s Men’s Journey to Israel, and they have some stories to tell! On their ten-day adventure, they grappled with the many challenges, achievements, and…
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May 13, 2022

Host a Shinshin Next School Year!

Last year the Davis family opened their hearts and their home to host Yael Yankelevitch, one of Atlanta’s Schoenbaum Shinshinim. It was a decision that impacted everyone in the family…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
May 2, 2022

Time to Laugh with Pamela Schuller

The Jewish Abilities Alliance of Atlanta (JAA) is proud to present Time to Laugh, a free, live comedy and storytelling event featuring Pamela Rae Schuller, Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm…
Global News
May 2, 2022

A Safe Haven in Israel for Ukrainian Refugee Teens

Twenty-two Ukrainian teens who have escaped the war are finding safety and refuge at Yemin Orde, Israel's home for at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world. Many of them…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGlobal News
May 2, 2022

Help Resettle Ukrainian Refugees in Atlanta

As the U.S. begins to open its borders for immigration, we will likely see many refugees come to Atlanta. If you would like to be on JF&CS’s list to help…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal News
May 2, 2022

Remembering my Father-in-Law

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair The State of Israel was born seventy-four years ago on May 14, 1948. Coincidentally, my father-in-law, Ben Walker, who was living in a small…
CARINGGlobal News
April 21, 2022

Passover Seders in Ukraine and Ethiopia Target Future Olim

The Jewish Agency for Israel held a special Passover seder for hundreds of Ukrainian refugees who are staying at the organization’s Aliyah (immigration to Israel) processing centers in the region…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGather Grants
April 15, 2022

Get a Gather Grant to Elevate Your Shabbat

Jewish Federation of Great Atlanta’s Making Jewish Places (MJP) initiative is pleased to offer a new round of $180 Gather Grants to make Shabbat experiences extra special. MJP grants are…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
April 15, 2022

Propel Grantee a Leader in the “Maker” Movement

More than a year ago, Federation Innovation sponsored a Propel Pitch funding competition for social entrepreneurs in Atlanta. The first-place winner was a team from Georgia Tech known as Tikkun…
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April 15, 2022

More Family Camp Weekends!

Earlier this month 27 families totaling nearly 100 people gathered for Family Camp: Passover Edition at Ramah Darom. Once again, Federation helped create and convene an immersive family camp weekend…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 15, 2022

Announcing our 2022 Community Award Winners

It is a special joy to announce the names of Federation’s 2022 Community Award Winners. They are passionate people who thrive on collaboration and volunteerism in service to Jewish Atlanta.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
April 15, 2022

Loving the Stranger. Paying Our Privilege Forward.

Nataliyah Fleshler and Masha Vaynman came to America with their families from Kyiv as young girls. They were part of the wave of Jews from the former Soviet Union who…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 12, 2022

Community Seder Recipes

Global NewsPeople in Need
April 8, 2022

JF&CS Supports Ukrainian Holocaust Survivors in the Southeast

By Cherie Aviv, Founder Holocaust Survivor Support Fund (HSSF) The news out of Ukraine is heartbreaking for all, but there is one group that has been deeply impacted: Holocaust survivors.…
Federation NewsGlobal News
April 6, 2022

‘Nobody wins in a war’

Seeing the Ghosts of Our Grandparents It’s a seven-hour drive from Warsaw to the Ukraine border crossing at Medyka where thousands of people are seeking safety and refuge in Poland.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
April 1, 2022

Matching Fund to Feed Hungry Jews at Passover

With Passover ten days away, many community members will need extra funds to purchase Passover food items. Jan and Marsha Spector, longtime supporters of the Jewish community, have created a…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 1, 2022

So Many Seders & Celebrations!

Now that people are returning to in-person Passover seders, we are delighted to share the many traditional and unique Passover celebrations happening around the Atlanta Jewish community. Many of them…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
April 1, 2022

Nataliya and Masha: Helping Ukraine, the Country They Once Fled

Nataliya Fleshler and Masha Vaynman both came to America from Kyiv (the Russian name is Kiev) as young girls -- part of the wave of Russian Jewish refugees who were…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
April 1, 2022

Federation is for Good Times Too!

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair We talk a lot about how Federation is built to carry us through difficult times. Whenever and wherever Jews are in crisis – from…
JumpSpark
March 30, 2022

Amplify Israel Spring 2022 Project: Books with Jewish Representation

When a person thinks about Judaism represented in literature,they often think of Holocaust books. Many of these books are incredible and definite must-reads. However, sometimes we could all use a…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 21, 2022

Poland / Ukraine Solidarity Mission

An email from Steven Cadranel on his flight to Poland For  those of you that haven’t read Eric Robbins’ Facebook or Linked-In post, I hope you will find it and…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
March 21, 2022

Mexico on My Mind. Ukraine in My Heart.

While my friends and colleagues are working around the clock to save lives at the borders of Ukraine, The Jewish Agency for Israel’s (JAFI) work around the globe isn't stopping…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 21, 2022

Empathy and Action at the Strong Women Fellowship

JumpSpark’s Strong Women Fellowship is an affinity group of 40 female identifying teens who meet monthly to discuss what it means to be a strong Jewish woman. Topics have included…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 21, 2022

Ukrainian Refugees Resettle in Yokneam

In recent weeks we have been overjoyed to see hundreds of Ukrainian refugees airlifted to Israel to make aliyah (immigration to Israel) and begin new lives. Among them were seven…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 20, 2022

Private Virtual Ukrainian Briefing

Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 18, 2022

Planting Seeds for Future Generations

Growing up in the tight-knit Jewish community of Charleston, South Carolina, Ellen Arnovitz learned early on that serving, leading, and giving were priorities in her family. All four of her…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 18, 2022

Two Atlanta Nonprofits Receive National Recognition

Tomorrow: Say L’Chaim to our Winning Partners The Slingshot Fund, which works with young philanthropists to promote Jewish innovation, has released its 2022 “10 to Watch,” a list of 10…
JumpSpark
March 16, 2022

A Day in a Life as an Israeli Teenager

Hi! My name is Oria Yosef, I’m 11th grader and I live in Yokneam Illit.  My day starts at school at 8:30 and sometimes I study on zoom. My two…
JumpSpark
March 9, 2022

Amplify Israel: Teen Music Playlist 2022

Our project is to show each other what songs we like as well as songs that will represent our countries and their cultures. We decided to make a playlist: 5 songs…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPJ Library Atlanta
March 4, 2022

Camp is for Families!

Family Weekend: Passover Edition April 1-3 Jewish camp isn’t just for kids anymore, it is for entire families! Federation wants you to experience the fun, freedom, and Jewish community that…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 4, 2022

Making an Impact in a Crisis

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair Part of the premise of the Federation is to have an organization that is ready to step in when emergencies arise. Federation has the…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 4, 2022

Real Estate Professionals Drive Mentorship & Generosity

Federation’s Jewish Commercial Real Estate Network (J-CREN) only launched this fall but it has taken off in a huge way, connecting a fresh new generation of real estate professionals to…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 4, 2022

Federation Professionals are Lifelong Learners

Three Federation professionals have been chosen to participate in selective cohorts with three national Jewish organizations. Congratulations to Danniell Nadiv, Senior Director of Jewish Journeys, Places and Welcoming; Rabbi Elana…
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March 2, 2022

Lupercalia Celebration

At my school, I'm taking Latin as a language and I'm in the club for it called JCL. (Junior classical League(Otherwise known as Latin Club). Recently we had an event…
JumpSpark
March 2, 2022

A Day in My Life

Hello, my name is Eyal Amzaleg and I’ll be telling you about a day in my life, so lets get started. The first thing I do is wake up at…
Global News
March 1, 2022

From a Bomb Shelter in Kyiv

Below is a message received from Vitaliy Novikov, the director of elderly welfare programs at JDC’s Halom Jewish Community Center in Kyiv, written from in a bomb shelter. “The most…
Global News
March 1, 2022

Ryan Kaplan: On the Ground with Refugees in Poland

Ryan Kaplan is a former Federation professional who led Birthright Israel and other initiatives before taking a position at the JCC in Krakow, Poland. Right now, Ryan is in Krakow dealing…
CARINGGlobal News
March 1, 2022

How Jewish Federations are Supporting Ukrainian Jewry

As air raid sirens sound and Ukrainians run for cover, see how JFNA supported efforts in Ukraine are helping Jewish families cope with the crisis. Learn how your dollars are…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 1, 2022

Built for This

For generations, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has cultivated worldwide partnerships supporting Jews and their loved ones around the world. With your dollars, and our incredible partners, Ukrainian Jews have…
JumpSpark
February 28, 2022

My Gap Year Journey

I've recently begun my journey into Jerusalem after 4 months in Tel Aviv. Through the months in Tel Aviv I learned about the differences of culture, ecological aspects in industrial…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
February 27, 2022

Your Astounding Support for the Jews of Ukraine

On Friday afternoon, February 25, when it was clear that a full-on Russian invasion of Ukraine was underway, Federation launched its Ukraine Emergency Fund. Literally within minutes of sending out…
JumpSpark
February 24, 2022

Living 5-9

For those in America, many are familiar with the Dolly Parton song “9-5”. For those unfamiliar, the song reflects an average American woman who works “9-5” to support herself and…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Camp Initiative
February 22, 2022

The Southeast is Making Jewish Camp a Priority

In October 2021 the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) opened its Southeast Center in Atlanta. I am grateful to have been selected as its inaugural Director, and also to the…
JumpSpark
February 22, 2022

Giving Back with Repair the World

In December of 2021, Jumpspark’s Strong Women Fellowship gathered at The Weber School to meet with Lily Brent, the Executive Director of Repair the World, and Emma Burns, who is…
JumpSpark
February 16, 2022

Shayna’s Day In the Life at School

The first thing I do is wake up at 7:00 am and go straight to the bathroom to wash my face, do my hair, and make my face presentable for…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
February 16, 2022

Join Team “Feederation” at Hunger Walk Run

  Sunday, March 6 | 12-4 pm | Home Depot Backyard Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk Run benefits local hunger relief organizations  that operate and support hundreds of food…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGJewish Abilities Atlanta
February 16, 2022

Jewish Abilities Alliance Celebrates Very Inclusive People

Atlanta is blessed to have many remarkable advocates for people with disabilities and many programs that include people of diverse abilities in all aspects of Jewish Life. The Jewish Abilities…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Camp Initiative
February 16, 2022

You Can Help Send More Kids to Camp

“Though he's attended Jewish day camps since Pre-K, our son's experience at overnight camp last year was deeply impactful. Our little boy came back a strong, confident, independent young man,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
February 16, 2022

Why I’ll Always be a Camp Guy

February is JDAIM, which stands for Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, Inclusion Month. It’s also the time of year we launch our Start a Campfire Campaign to support scholarship for Jewish…
JumpSpark
February 9, 2022

My Day in the Life of An Israeli Teenager

My name is Lidor I'm from Israel, I think my life is good and I want to tell you why: I am able to learn something I like - to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
February 7, 2022

For the Love of Jewish Atlanta

Carol Cooper to be Federation’s Lifetime of Achievement Award Recipient Federation is delighted to announce that Carol Z. Cooper will be the recipient of the 2021-2022 Lifetime of Achievement Award.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityAtlanta Jewish Foundation
February 7, 2022

Do a Major Mitzvah with Negligible Risk!

Atlanta Jewish Foundation is helping the Jewish Interest-Free Loan of Atlanta (JIFLA) expand its pool of guarantors for interest-free loans by sharing an Impact Investing opportunity with its donor-advised fund (DAF) holders. Impact…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGJewish Abilities Atlanta
February 7, 2022

Our Commitment Runs Deep

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month. This subject is personal to our family, and we have experienced firsthand how the Federation helps…
JumpSpark
February 2, 2022

A Day in My Life as an Israeli Teenager

Hi, my name is Noa Allouch and I live in Yokneam Illit in Israel. I'm in 11th grade. Today I’ll tell you about a typical day in my life. These…
Atlanta Jewish CommunitySecure Community Network
January 31, 2022

Jewish Atlanta Turns Out in Big Numbers for Security Training

420 people attended an online security training, Countering an Active Threat, presented on Sunday by Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Neil Rabinovitz, Community Security Director, conducted the training, along with…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
January 24, 2022

We Went to the Mikvah Together Before Our Wedding

By Shari Rabin & Matt Berkman Note: MACoM is the only mikvah in Atlanta open to the entire Jewish community regardless of affiliation, observance level, sexual orientation, or capacity for…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 24, 2022

Celebrating Jews in Civil Rights

With the MLK weekend and the hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel still fresh in our minds, we want to lift up the historic role Jews have played in advocating…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
January 23, 2022

Ready for Whatever Comes Next

Many Jewish leaders around the country tell me they are exhausted and dispirited. I am not. It is a blessing to be a part of Jewish Atlanta. There is a…
JumpSpark
January 18, 2022

No Age Requirement for Political Engagement

In November, the Strong Women’s Fellowship had the opportunity to meet with the co-founders of the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon, Valerie Habif and Joanie Shubin. They started their organization amidst…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 14, 2022

On a Mom’s Trip to Israel, Carla Takes the Mic | Israel Trip Experience

By Carla Birnbaum, Federation Relational Engagement Manager I recently traveled as the Federation representative on the Jewish Women’s Connection of Atlanta (JWCA) Momentum Trip, along with 40 other women. Our…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
January 13, 2022

2021: A Year of Impact and Generosity

Thanks to Atlanta Jewish Foundation fundholders, 2021 was a year of tremendous generosity and impact. They made grants totaling more than $40M to 5,4000 nonprofits in Atlanta, the U.S., and…
JumpSpark
January 12, 2022

Exploring Gender and Judaism with SOJOURN

Many teens who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community struggle daily with accepting their own identities due to the hetero-normative society that we live in. Learning about the…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 10, 2022

Eat Environmentally & Deliciously on Tu B’Shevat

By Anastasia Pixler, Federation Social Media Coordinator Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar, is known as the New Year for Trees. It…
CARING
January 10, 2022

Eliad Ben Shushan Completes Mandel Leadership Program

Eliad Ben Shushan, our Israel Partnership Director in Yokneam and Megiddo, has recently enjoyed some major milestones. Eliad completed a fellowship in the elite Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leaders in…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 6, 2022

NEW Feature: What I’m Reading

Ana Robins, Executive Director, Jewish Kids Groups  If you are interested in contributing to a future issue about something you are reading (or listening to), please contact Rich Walter.   Teaching…
JumpSpark
January 3, 2022

My Gap Year in Israel

My gap year has been absolutely incredible so far. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to live in Israel for the year, and I am truly seeing and…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
January 3, 2022

Gather Grants Made Hanukkah Even Brighter

It’s amazing what a mini grant of $180 can do! For Hanukkah, Federation awarded 70 Gather Grants of $180 to people in 18 zip codes throughout Atlanta and the Northern…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation News
December 23, 2021

My Scorecard for 2021

Here comes 2022! I love how the secular new year gives us a chance to revisit the resolutions we wrestled with at Rosh Hashanah. Now, nearly six months later, I…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
December 23, 2021

Bloom Grantee Brings Bagels to Intown Atlanta and Beyond!

By: Nichole "Niki" Hetchkop, Founder of Beeline Bagels “By making bagels more accessible and on-demand, Beeline Bagels is an innovative idea that celebrates Jewish culture and creates community. We are…
ALEF FundAtlanta Jewish CommunityJewish JourneysPHILANTHROPY
December 23, 2021

Atlanta Day Schools Maintain Enrollment Uptick

A unique silver lining of the pandemic has been a significant spike in enrollment at Atlanta’s Jewish day schools. Last year and this year, many Atlanta parents who were frustrated…
JumpSpark
December 20, 2021

Celebrating Chanukah in Israel

Chanukah was in the air everywhere for a couple of weeks before the holiday started. The stands in the shuk and different stores were filled with selections of different sufganiyot.…
Atlanta Jewish FoundationPHILANTHROPY
December 16, 2021

How a Donor-advised Fund Can Honor Your Family’s Legacy

Nancy Jacobson Freedman enjoyed an iconic and idyllic southern Jewish girlhood in the Atlanta of the 1950s and ’60s. As the daughter of Jewish community pillars, Harvey and Betty Ann…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGather Grants
December 16, 2021

Canton GA’s Shalom Club — Way More Than Mah Jongg

The name Soleil at Laurel Canyon has a bit of a California ring to it, but actually it’s a 55+ residential community in Canton, GA.You might be surprised to learn…
JumpSpark
December 14, 2021

$10K Scholarships Available For Gap Year In Israel. Apply Now!

This article was originally published in Fed5, a publication of the Jewish Federaiton of Greater Atlanta. Read the original article here. Did you know your high school student doesn’t have…
JumpSpark
December 13, 2021

Making Jewish Memories

What comes to mind when you think of your earliest Jewish memory? For me, I remember my dad teaching me the Shema when I was five years old. The last line instructs us to…
NextGen Atlanta
December 10, 2021

$10K Scholarships Available for Gap Year in Israel. Apply now!

Did you know your high school student doesn’t have to start college right after completing high school? In fact, taking a year-long break between high school and college — known…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
December 10, 2021

You Bring Light to Jews in Belarus

As winter bears down in Belarus, it is not just the cold and darkness weighing on its Jewish community. Belarus is a nation where barely 25% of the population is…
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December 6, 2021

Atlanta Jewish Community High School Tuition Grant

Atlanta Jewish Community High School Tuition Grant High School Students To Recieve 50% Tuition Atlanta professionals working at eligible Jewish non-profits may receive up to 50% tuition at an SACS…
Gather Grants
December 2, 2021

The Sex Positivity Series Jewish Parents Asked For!

Many Jewish families want their kids to be exposed to sex education classes that take a “body positive,” Jewish approach to sex and puberty. Now, with grant support from Federation’s…
JumpSpark
November 23, 2021

My Gap Year Experience

My gap year experience in Israel so far has been nothing short of the best year of my life. I have explored so much of Israel and so much about myself…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
November 19, 2021

Eight Lights of Gratitude

Remember back in 2013, when Hanukkah began on Thanksgiving Day? The mashup of holidays was dubbed “Thanksgivukkah” and we had fun with it. My friend Jennie Rivlin Roberts created a…
JumpSpark
November 16, 2021

Zalik Foundation Renews Its Commitment To Gap Year Experiences In Israel

This article was originally published in Fed5. Read the original article here. If you have a high school senior thinking about a gap year in Israel, JumpSpark has wonderful news!…
NextGen Atlanta
November 15, 2021

Zalik Foundation Renews its Commitment to Gap Year Experiences in Israel

If you have a high school senior thinking about a gap year in Israel, JumpSpark has wonderful news! The Zalik Foundation has renewed support for a second year of the…
JumpSpark
November 8, 2021

My First Month In Yokneam

Shalom! My name is Zoe, I’m 18 years old, and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I currently live in Yokneam Illit in a communal apartment with six other people and am…
Atlanta Jewish Community
November 5, 2021

Your Support Saved Lives in Haiti

On August 14th, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake crippled southern Haiti, killing at least 2,200 people. Over 12,000 people were injured, and 130,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Haiti was…
Shinshinim Atlanta
November 1, 2021

Funukkah

Sunday, December 5 | 11 am-3 pm | The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Shinshinim are recent Israeli high school graduates taking a gap year in Atlanta before their military…
Shinshinim Atlanta
November 1, 2021

Shinshinim Professional Conference

Friday, December 3 | 9 am - 12 pm | congregation Or Hadash Address Please join us for our annual Shinshinim Professional conference, an opportunity for relationship building with Shinshinim…
CARING
November 1, 2021

$100 Off J-Screen’s New Genetic Cancer Screening Test

No one likes to think about cancer, and you hope it won’t happen to you. But the fact is, half of all men and one-third of all women will get…
Atlanta Jewish Community
November 1, 2021

Get a “PhD in Parenting!”

JumpSpark’s popular “PhD in Parenting Tweens and Teens” program is back for a second year.The program helps parents of tweens (10-13) and teens (14-18+) manage the stressors and complexities their…
PHILANTHROPY
November 1, 2021

Be More Philanthropic in 2022. Open a DAF in 2021!

You’ve probably heard the term donor-advised fund (DAF) in this newsletter, but do you really know what a DAF is, and how it can be a personal financial planning tool?…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
October 21, 2021

The Joy of Face-to-Face Conversations

It has been pure joy to attend the in-person outdoor events that are gradually returning to the Federation calendar. Two weekends ago an amazing crew of BBQ pit masters, competing…
JumpSpark
October 20, 2021

JumpSpark Havayah Israel Experience Grants RFP

About JumpSpark  JumpSpark, as part of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, offers unprecedented collaboration to develop, nurture and scale new approaches to teen engagement.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityAtlanta Jewish FoundationCARING
October 15, 2021

Expanding Inclusion is My Calling. Atlanta Jewish Foundation Helps Make It Happen

By Michelle Simon Atlanta Jewish Foundation Operations Committee After our middle son Kyle was born, we quickly discovered that he had differing abilities. They were not always visible to others,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
October 15, 2021

A 21st Century Response to the Shmitah Year: Forgiving Medical Debt

By Rabbi Sam Kaye, The Temple By the reckoning of our sages, this Jewish year 5782 is what we call a shmita or sabbatical year. Shmitah literally means a “release.”…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 11, 2021

Jessica Mehlman’s Bio

Jessica joined JFNA in March 2021 after almost 22 years at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. She started her career at Federation, first working in planned giving and…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
October 8, 2021

Impact Israel & Yemin Orde: Transforming the Lives of At-Risk Youth

For 450 at-risk youth from around the world, Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel is a transformational place. Located on 77 acres atop Mount Carmel, the village serves as a…
JumpSpark
October 5, 2021

The Impact Of A Gap Year In Israel

This article was originally published in Fed 5, a publication of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Read the original article here. Sheryl Korelitz, Director of Gap Year Recruitment for…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
October 4, 2021

Equity Can’t Wait

By Victoria Raggs Executive Director, Atlanta Jews of Color Council As a professional Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) consultant, I was very excited that Atlanta Jewish of Color Council…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 1, 2021

Abe Besser: A Life Rooted in Philanthropy

The Atlanta Jewish community lost a very special person and an outstanding philanthropist when Abe Besser died on April 26, 2021. Abe was fervent in his love for Jewish Atlanta…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
September 27, 2021

Confronting Antisemitism in Cobb County 

Photo Credits to Atlanta Jewish Times By Dov Wilker, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee,  Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, and Rabbi Dan Dorsch In the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur,…
JumpSpark
September 24, 2021

Student Activists Honored at Hadassah’s Chesed Awards

This article was originally posted in the Atlanta Jewish Times. Celebrating the best and brightest local teen mensches. Leora Frank, nominated by Congregation Shearith Israel, surrounded by proud family. On…
Atlanta Jewish Community
September 20, 2021

JumpSpark Signature Programs – Back for 5782

JumpSpark, Atlanta’s Teen Initiative, is excited to launch a new year with signature program: JumpSpark’s Strong Women Fellowship, JumpSpark Teen Boys Program, and the Amplifying Israel Teen Fellowship. JumpSpark’s Strong…
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