ALEF Fund, Inc., established in 2008 by your Federation, is a registered Georgia 501(c)3 Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) supporting Jewish education in Georgia. The fund helps Georgia taxpayers obtain a tax credit that redirects a portion of their state taxes to become scholarships at our Jewish preschools, day schools, and high schools. ALEF turns money you would normally pay in state taxes into meaningful scholarships, at no additional cost to you.
ALEF helps make a stellar Jewish education more affordable for hundreds of families every year. Since 2008, the ALEF Fund has raised more than $20.7 million in needs-based scholarships for students attending 16 Jewish schools. ALEF lets you designate the school of your choice, and you don’t have to have a child in a Jewish school to apply for the credit — ALEF is for every Georgia taxpayer who values Jewish education!
The ALEF Fund is an excellent way for a taxpayer to support the Jewish community at no cost. To learn more about making a contribution or applying for a scholarship, go to aleffund.org.
The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy
Using donations to ALEF and also through allocations, your Federation awards scholarships to help students pay tuition to The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, an accredited Reform Jewish Day School. This respected institution provides an academically challenging environment with enriched curricula, integrating general academics and Judaic studies from Mechina for students attending kindergarten prep through eighth grade.
At The Davis Academy, dedicated faculty encourage children to reach their highest potential in a nurturing, secure environment. Collectively, they strive to create a community in which children develop a life-long love for learning and commitment to Jewish life founded on morals, values, and ethics that are grounded in Torah.
Atlanta Jewish Academy
Students can use scholarship funds from your Federation’s allocations as well as the ALEF program to attend the Atlanta Jewish Academy. This college preparatory, co-educational, preschool-12th grade, independent Jewish Day School is guided by modern orthodox values and principles. Faculty and staff strive to embody the ideals of community, tradition, individual development, and educational innovation. The goal is to develop the whole person for college and life by fostering a love of Torah, Israel, and all Jewish people through an excellent secular and Judaic education within an inclusive, nurturing community.
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
Today’s Jewish music is alive with more genres, styles and innovation than ever. The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF) explores all this creativity and brings our community together through the transcendent power of Jewish music. Your Federation supports AJMF so they can offer an incredibly diverse roster of events all year long. There’s something for every musical taste – from live concerts and performances to learning programs, from holiday events to Shabbat services in chant and song.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Guided by the principle of Jews helping other Jews, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Through a longstanding partnership, your Federation and JDC empower Jewish Atlantans to help alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, as well as provide immediate relief, long-term support, and Jewish continuity for victims of natural and man-made disasters in more than 70 countries and in Israel. JDC also supports Jewish engagement and leadership development through Jewish family camp experiences and young adult programs aiming to help strengthen the Jewish community.
Atlanta Jewish Education Directors Council
Education Directors from Atlanta’s Jewish supplementary schools work together through the Greater Atlanta Jewish Education Directors Council to foster learning for our diverse institutions, families, teachers, and children. The Council hosts a teacher’s convention (kallah) yearly, which is heavily funded by your Federation. The convention creates a valuable opportunity for various religious schools’ staff, teens, lay leaders, and committee chairs to gain and share knowledge.
Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative – JumpSpark
JumpSpark is a Federation Innovation initiative for teen engagement that reaches teens, their parents, and Jewish educators throughout Jewish Atlanta to provide meaningful, interactive learning opportunities. JumpSpark offers grants and strategic support to empower and educate Jews from every part of our city, and to help teens grow to discover their best selves. Innovative programs include the Strong Women Fellowship, Navigating Parenthood workshops, the Community Partner Network, and Spark Grants.
Working with community partners, JumpSpark is developing and scaling fresh new approaches to teen engagement. A part of the national Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative of the Jim Joseph Foundation, JumpSpark depends on donor investment to raise the local share of funds for this initiative, which is redefining the landscape and the lives of Jewish teens in Atlanta. To nurture future Jewish leaders we must provide teens with positive Jewish experiences today.
Beit Hillel (Modern Orthodox Movement)
In an effort to promote all forms of Judaism, your Federation supports Beit Hillel, the Modern Orthodox Movement. Beit Hillel believes an authentic, enlightened, and inclusive Judaism — whose ways are pleasant and peaceful — is critical for Israel today.
This collective of Modern Orthodox scholars and leaders, including women, provides a unified perspective on issues that could otherwise be divisive. As new developments in human society, culture, science, and technology emerge, Beit Hillel’s Orthodox Attentive Leadership forum keeps pace, reconciling them with the teaching and studying of the Torah.
Birthright Israel Alumni
Birthright Israel Atlanta Alumni Network is the home for all Atlanta area Birthright Israel programming. It recruits for Birthright Israel trips and provides a network for Birthright alumni when they return, connecting them socially, professionally, through Jewish life and culture, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Creating Connected Communities
Creating Connected Communities (CCC) empowers Atlanta Jewish teenagers to serve our community in meaningful ways. Programming celebrates children in need while providing valuable community service opportunities for Atlanta’s teens. By involving teens in volunteerism and service, CCC believes they will develop into our next generation of activists, problem solvers, and compassionate contributors to our community.
The Epstein School, Solomon Schechter School of Atlanta
Scholarships from your Federation’s annual allocation and ALEF program help to fund The Epstein School, Solomon Schechter School of Atlanta. This school focuses on blended learning and language immersion taught by a talented, compassionate faculty and bolstered by cutting-edge technology. Guided by the principles of Conservative Judaism, The Epstein School is a caring community that fosters a strong partnership among family, home, and school to endow students with a strong sense of identity and preparedness for higher education.
Atlanta’s Jews with special needs and their families are able to play an active role in the Jewish community with help from the Friendship Circle of Atlanta. This non-profit Jewish organization strives to engage every individual with special needs by offering support and friendship. Through a vast network of volunteers, the Friendship Circle provides social, educational, and Jewish programming to promote inclusion. Your Federation provides funding and refers volunteers to the Friendship Circle.
Greater Atlanta EDC
Jewish Education Directors Council (JEDC) unites education directors from Atlanta’s Jewish supplementary schools (synagogue schools and preschools) to share best practices. The JEDC provides a collegial forum for professionals and fosters learning for our diverse institutions, families, teachers and children. JEDC hosts an annual kallah (convention) where religious school staff, lay leaders and committee chairs can gain and share knowledge.
Hillels of Georgia
College is an exciting time for young adults. If you’ve sent your child or grandchild to college, you also know it can be stressful for them without the support of family and community. That’s why your Federation supports the work of Hillels of Georgia with funding, leadership programs, and community services.
This organization empowers students to build vital Jewish communities on campus and inspires them to embrace Jewish values and our heritage. It helps students create a Jewish home away from home, from organizing Shabbat dinners to hosting mixers and volunteer opportunities that unite Jewish students. For some Jewish students, Hillels of Georgia activities provide their first opportunity to connect with other Jews and become part of a Jewish community.
Hillels of Georgia also provides leadership training, internships, and employment opportunities to help Jewish students enrich their lives and their communities.
Funds from your Federation support programs serving more than 5,000 Jewish students at universities such as Emory, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, and the University of Georgia.
Honeymoon Israel is a national Jewish organization with a growing presence in Atlanta. It provides trips to Israel for couples with at least one Jewish partner. Each trip includes 20 diverse couples from the same city - couples with one Jewish partner, couples where both partners were born Jewish and couples where one partner is converted/Jew-by-choice. The goal is to help couples and their families feel welcome in the Jewish community and to inspire them to incorporate Jewish values into their lives in whatever way works best.
Interfaith Family Atlanta supports couples and families in interfaith relationships. Through classes, small group discussions and online opportunities, the Atlanta staff helps couples grapple with sensitive questions about religious life together, including: “Where can we find Jewish clergy to marry us?” “Can our children be Jewish if one partner does not convert?” “Can we have a bar or bat mitzvah for our child?” “How can we respect both religions in our home?” Federation supports Interfaith Family’s outreach programs which help people explore Jewish life and deepen their connection to our tradition.
In The City Camp
Looking for the benefits of Jewish overnight camp, in a day camp setting? In the City Camp (ITCC), with the help of your Federation, gives children the identity-building experience of Jewish overnight camp right here in Atlanta. ITCC offers campers ages 5-14 the ability to choose their activities daily. At In the City Camp, kids connect with other Jewish kids and build friendships that can last a lifetime. They begin each day singing Hebrew songs and spend their day with confident, energetic counselors who are selected to be Jewish role models.
Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
In an effort to promote all forms of Judaism, your Federation supports the educational initiatives of The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). As Israel’s liberal Jewish religious movement, the IMPJ uses educational programs to nurture a Jewish way of life in the Jewish society of the State of Israel, as well as a love of Israel and the creation of a culture that rests on Jewish sources.
IMPJ is a constituent member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. It aims to strengthen the connection of Jews to their Jewish heritage, and to reform the State of Israel according to the principles of the individual and social morality of Judaism.
Israel Trauma Coalition
Jewish Atlantans help Jews around the world through your Federation’s partnership with The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC). The ITC was created in 2002 to help communities heal from terrorist attacks in Israel. Since then the organization has expanded to help communities worldwide recover from natural and made-made disasters. Today’s ITC creates a continuum of care in the trauma field and promotes crisis preparedness and response by leveraging diverse resources. While relief organizations focus on immediate crisis care, the ITC focuses on long-term recovery and restoration by collaborating with local organizations and resources.
For example, since the 2011 tsunami, ITC has utilized Federation funds to travel to Japan six times to lead training sessions for a total of 1,000 volunteers and professionals. ITC also sent a six-person team of Israeli experts to Massachusetts a month after the April 2012 Boston Marathon terror attack. The team led 17 workshops for clergy, school, and hospital personnel.
Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA)
Only your Federation looks across Atlanta’s entire Jewish community to identify unmet needs and answer them. An intensive planning process revealed our Jewish families lacked support for their members with disabilities. We created the Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) because inclusion is an important part of our mission. This network provides the backbone support community partners need to plan for and implement a more collaborative, coordinated, inclusive Jewish community.
JAA also helps link Jewish individuals with disabilities and their families to resources, services, support groups, workshops, clinics, and recreational programs within the community. The website features information and resources on everything from advocating for a child with a learning disability to navigating the transition to adulthood. JAA’s content is a “how to” resource, developed by a team of skilled disability-service providers. Information on early identification, behavior management, special education, health services, financial resources and benefits, housing, legal resources, transportation and so much more make JAA a unique one-stop-shop for families. The resource directory is comprehensive and easy to navigate, providing quick access to local services, with the ability to filter by age and type of service.
For more information about JAA, please contact us.
Jewish Agency for Israel
By partnering with the Jewish Agency for Israel, your Federation empowers Jewish Atlantans to help address some of the Jewish people’s greatest challenges. Created in 1929, the Agency was instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel.
In the realm of education, the Agency’s Makom: Innovative Israel Education initiative gets Jews thinking, studying, and talking creatively and deeply about Jewish history and culture. Makom is the Agency’s central resource for Israel education, providing programming, content, and workshops for global Jewish communities, institutions and leaders, rabbis, activists, and informal educators. In 2012, Makom’s professionals in Israel and abroad trained approximately 800 educators in Israel education.
Your Federation’s relationship with the Agency links Jews in Atlanta with the global Jewish family. Together, we help bring Jews to Israel, and Israel to Jews, building a better societyToday the Agency is the Jewish world’s first responder, addressing emergencies in Israel and rescuing Jews from countries where they are at risk. in Israel — and beyond. Your support helps young Israelis and their worldwide peers rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose.
A fun way for Jewish children or youth to develop confidence and a strong Jewish identity is to attend Jewish Summer Camps. We know that Jewish campers are more likely to celebrate Shabbat, attend synagogue, support Jewish charities, and feel a connection to Israel as adults. Your Federation makes overnight Jewish Summer Camp accessible to more of Atlanta’s Jewish children with needs-based scholarships, One Happy Camper first-year and second-year grants, PJ Goes to Camp grants, and grants for campers with special needs. Get the details at atlantajewishcamp.org.
We assist metro Atlanta’s Jewish families with the cost of camp tuition based on financial need. The Scholarship Review Committee awards scholarships through a confidential and anonymous review and allocation process. There are no restrictions on the type of school a child attends or the number of children in a family who can apply.
One Happy Camper grants
We offer One Happy Camper grants of up to $1,000 for first-time sleepaway campers ($500 for a second year). Jewish day school students are not eligible. Grants are first come, first served and are NOT based on financial need. To apply, complete the One Happy Camper application.
PJ Goes to Camp
Jewish day school students may be eligible for grants up to $1000 towards first-time camp tuition if they are a past or present PJ Library family.
Jewish Early Childhood Council of Atlanta
If you have a family member in a Jewish pre-school in Atlanta, you’re already benefiting from the work of the Jewish Early Childhood Council of Atlanta (JECCA). Your Federation proudly supports JECCA because it provides innovative and cutting-edge staff development, respectful support, and innovative resources to the area’s Jewish early childhood educators. JECCA uses an action-oriented approach to integrate best practices into Jewish early education programs, helping to ensure that highly competent professional leaders and educators shape your child’s first educational experiences.
For more information, please contact Amy Glass.
Jewish Educational Loan Fund
Higher education is one of the strongest predictors for future economic success. If you have children bound for college, you know that paying for their education isn’t easy. Thanks in part to your Federation, you and your child can get that extra boost.
The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) provides need-based, interest-free, “last dollar” loans to Jewish students who are pursuing higher education, including college, graduate school, and degree-granting vocational programs. These loans bridge the gap between financial aid received and the total amount a student needs for school. In 2017, JELF granted 273 loans to a total of 273 students, 71 of whom were from Atlanta. By supporting your Federation, you help to provide loans to applicants from the Atlanta area.
Jewish Family & Career Services
Your Federation is proud to support the Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) of Atlanta with funding, training, and community services. This organization’s “Tools for Living” has impacted the lives of thousands of Jewish families, quite possibly yours. It is an organization that prides itself on being there when your Jewish friends and neighbors experience difficulty — diagnosing a child with developmental problems, providing shelter and food to a family in crisis, helping a senior transition to a group residence, or guiding someone who is unemployed through the hiring process.
With more than 40 programs and services aimed at enhancing the well-being of Jews of all ages, faiths, cultures, and lifestyles, JF&CS of Atlanta rarely encounters a challenge it cannot overcome. When the Federation has identified emerging needs in the Jewish community, JF&CS has stepped up with a solution.
Jewish Home Life Communities
If someone you know is encountering challenges due to aging, then you’re probably familiar with Jewish Home Life Communities. For more than 60 years, this incredible organization has helped Jewish Atlantans transition through the stages of aging in an engaging, caring, and dignified manner consistent with Jewish heritage and values.
Having earned many prestigious national and regional awards, Jewish Home Life Communities truly sets the standard for superior long- and short-term care in Atlanta, Georgia. In all, Jewish Home Life Communities operates eight communities across Atlanta. The first and most recognized community is the William Breman Jewish Home. Through your Federation, you help these communities provide a full spectrum of care, including long-term care, rehabilitation services, assisted living, private home care, and hospice care.
Jewish Interest-Free Loan of Atlanta
For families living from paycheck to paycheck, an unexpected expense can force them to resort to high-interest payday loans to make ends meet. These loans can easily trigger a vicious cycle of borrowing and repayment that rapidly drains away a family’s future.
As a Federation supporter you help fellow Jews avoid this situation. The Jewish Interest-Free Loan of Atlanta helps Jews maintain or achieve financial stability through short-term, interest-free, emergency loans. Partially funded by your Federation, this nonprofit is a member of the International Association of Jewish Interest-Free Loans and is professionally managed by a local Director and a Board of volunteers from Atlanta’s Jewish community.
Jewish Kids Groups
Your Federation supports the work of Jewish Kids Groups (JKG), Atlanta’s independent Hebrew school. JKG is creating a brand new educational model that re-imagines Jewish education and community for affiliated and unaffiliated families. The JKG philosophy is to create a warm, immersive community that meets students and their families where they are Jewishly and works for their busy lives.
Jewish Student Union
Jewish Student Union (JSU) reaches Jewish teens who know little about their Judaism and are disconnected from the community. JSU runs in-schools programs in 16 Atlanta area high schools. It reaches more than 4,000 teens a year with hands-on activities that build community and strengthen Jewish pride. JSU is absolutely free and open to any teen, regardless of their Jewish background or denomination.
Jewish Women's Renaissance Project
The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) seeks to inspire women to transform themselves, transform their families, their communities, and the world. JWRP believes that women are the ultimate influencers. They offer immersive eight-day trips to Israel that give women an opportunity to deeply explore themselves. Many Atlanta women have already experienced this life-changing trip, paying only their own airfare, and returning home with a deep, eternal connection to Israel, a profound kinship with each other, and a heart filled with Jewish values.
Leket Israel (national food bank)
Caring for Jews in need can be as basic as helping them put food on the table. Through your Federation, you help Israeli Jews who struggle to feed their families. With Federation funds, Leket Israel provides a lifeline to the hungry, working to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel’s diverse populations. Founded in 2003, this organization operates Israel’s largest food bank and food rescue network, and it serves all Israeli populations regardless of gender, ethnic background, or religion.
As an umbrella organization, Leket Israel also assists at-risk population groups and the non-governmental organizations who serve them with nutrition education, capacity building, and food safety projects designed to improve professional operating standards.
You help to enrich the lives of Jewish Atlanta’s seniors by providing medical escort transportation through Lifespan Resources, a partner of your Federation. This organization also helps seniors maintain their dignity and independence, as well as provides them opportunities to feel and remain useful.
LOTEM/Jewish National Fund
You help Israeli children with disabilities connect with nature and Jewish values through your Federation. Thanks to the work of LOTEM, a partner of the Jewish National Fund and a Federation beneficiary, educators can access lessons specially designed to get disabled students in grades 2 – 5 out of the classroom and into parks and natural areas where they learn three important values. First, respect nature — to work and to guard it. Second, hold holy the differences in individuals. And, third, help the weak, the vulnerable, and the helpless.
MACoM (Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah)
A mikvah is a pool of water or bath that is used for Jewish ritual immersion and purification. It must contain a minimum quantity of water which has been gathered without being “drawn” by human hands or tools, or becoming subject to ritual impurity. Not all congregations have the space and resources to support a mikvah, forcing individuals to forgo sacred cleansing rituals.
Through your Federation, you help Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah (MACoM) maintain a beautiful, sacred mikvah on the grounds of Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs that is available to Atlanta’s entire Jewish community. This community mikvah provides a safe, sensitive, welcoming, and aesthetically pleasing environment for Jewish ritual immersion and conversion. Its purpose is to support ongoing fulfillment of spirituality, Torah awareness, healing, and wellness.
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
One hundred years ago, with little more than their passion for a better life, Jewish Atlantans built a safe, secure, and vibrant community center for their families and the families who followed. This became the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). Its mission then and now is simple — to ensure a vibrant Greater Atlanta Jewish community by providing programs and services of distinction that attract, involve, and inspire meaningful connections and promote Jewish values.
Today you would be hard-pressed to find a Jewish family who hasn’t benefited from MJCCA programs and services. From preschools, camps, and fitness programs, to theatre, art, and continuing education, the MJCCA offers something for all ages and interests.
Your Federation supports the MJCCA with funding, leadership training, and community services.
Masorti (Conservative Movement in Israel)
In an effort to promote all forms of Judaism, your Federation supports Masorti, the Conservative Movement in Israel. The growing popularity of the Masorti Movement provides a valuable opportunity to build a stronger Jewish community. Masorti engages tens of thousands of Israelis each year, young and old, native-born as well as migrating from around the globe. Its pluralistic, egalitarian, and democratic vision of Zionism represents a “third” way. Not secular Judaism or ultra-Orthodoxy, the Masorti Movement integrates secular beliefs into Jewish life, recognizing the realities of today’s world.
Through your Federation, you help to build a Jewish future worldwide. An example of this is Moishe House. This pluralistic international organization provides meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s through home-based communities.
Federation funding helps Moishe House train, support, and sponsor young Jewish leaders who create vibrant Jewish homes that engage the community in Judaism. Today Moishe House supports 84 houses worldwide. From Shabbat dinners and learning retreats, to book clubs and sporting events, Moishe House activities and events engage more than 90,000 Jews a year.
Specifically, your Federation funds two Atlanta houses: the Toco Hills house and the Inman Park house. These houses host more than 150 diverse programs each year, collectively engage a minimum of 2,500 young adults, and collaborate and partner with local Jewish organizations for at least 20% of all programs.
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) help older adults remain in their homes safely for as long as possible.
Your Federation works with multiple partners to support the three NORC communities: Toco Hills- Jewish Family & Career Services, East Point- Fulton County, and Meyer Balser- Jewish Family Life Communities, enabling Jewish and non-Jewish seniors to age in place.
The NORCs provide trained specialists to evaluate what services/programs senior residents or their caregivers need to safely remain in their homes. Relying on professional and volunteers, NORCs fill the “gaps” with services such as yard work; transportation to shopping, medical appointments, etc.; home safety assessments; repairs; and meal delivery.
To prevent isolation, NORCs encourage activity and engagement with educational and social programs that connect residents to each other and experiences outside their community. The NORCs also deliver exercise and preventive health programs. Many residents are actively involved in planning programs and outings.
To support the NORC, your Federation secures funding, provides financial oversight, and has members serving on the NORC Advisory Committee.
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As a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, you may be familiar with the much-loved PJ Library program. PJ Library was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Its magic lies in its ability to unite every generation with moments of discovery that enrich a family’s Jewish journey regardless of the level of observance or affiliation.
PJ Library in Atlanta is a gift to young families from Federation, supported by donations from the greater Atlanta community. For almost a generation, Atlanta’s Jewish families with young children (ages 6 months to 8 years) have been exploring their Jewish heritage and building their Jewish identity through books and CDs with reading guides that arrive at their homes each month.
Reading is a powerful way to connect with children, and it also opens up a world to explore with your children what lies beyond the pages of the book. Your Federation provides these books as a gift, but that’s just the beginning. We offer programs and activities to bring families together through experiences that enrich the connections outside the pages of the books. Songs, social opportunities, and even more stories all come together through PJ Library events to enable young Atlanta children and families to connect to their heritage and engage in the community.
This program provides books and CDs for more than 3,300 Jewish children within a 50-mile radius of Atlanta. Your gift can make PJ Library possible for more children.
For children age 9-11, PJ Our Way brings monthly Jewish chapter books into the homes of Jewish families around Atlanta. Each month, the child goes online to choose one of four available PJ Our Way books and 6-8 weeks later, that book will arrive at that child’s home.
For additional questions concerning enrollment, partnerships, and giving, please explore the links below or contact PJ Library at email@example.com.
New Spirit Pluralistic Young Communities
In 2009, 7,000 people left Jerusalem. Sixty percent of them were Jewish young adults and families. Through your Federation’s support of New Spirit Pluralistic Young Communities, you are helping to revitalize Israel’s capital. New Spirit is working to stem the flight of young professionals and activists ages 24-35 from Jerusalem by cultivating a young Jewish lay leadership. Using targeted projects and events, New Spirit is mobilizing the young adult community to drive change in the cultural life of their city.
Temima — The Richard and Jean Katz High School for Girls
Scholarships funded by your Federation’s ALEF program and annual allocations help students attend Temima — The Richard and Jean Katz High School for Girls. The school’s mission is to enable each student to reach her full potential as a committed, G-d fearing Jew, and a productive member of society.
Temima graduates receive an excellent general studies education that prepares them for entrance into college, provides them with practical life skills, encourages a life-long love of learning, and equips them to pursue the career of their choice. The outstanding Torah education trains them for the meticulous observance of mitzvos, provides them with skills for self-study, instills within them a commitment to life-long growth, and inspires them to revere G-d. It also provides young women with a rich understanding of Jewish history and their place in it.
Torah Day School of Atlanta
Funds from your Federation’s annual allocation and ALEF program are distributed through scholarships to help families pay tuition for Torah Day School of Atlanta (TDSA). Since the school’s inception in 1985, TDSA has continued to build upon its commitment to teach, nurture, and support Jewish students and their families in Atlanta. This respected school inspires each student to love G-d, to observe the Torah, to strive for personal excellence, and to pursue life-long learning. The guiding philosophy of TDSA is to teach each child according to his or her way. Faculty and administrators customize instruction to help each child develop academically, socially, physically, and spiritually, according to his or her individual needs.
The Weber School — Felicia Penzell Weber Jewish Community High School
Scholarships from your Federation’s annual allocation and ALEF program help to fund students’ tuition for The Weber School — Felicia Penzell Weber Jewish Community High School. The school prepares students for success in college and in life by inspiring them to be knowledgeable, thinking, responsible Jewish adults. The Weber School’s experience weaves together the pursuit of academic excellence; a commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish people and Israel; and a responsibility to serve the community and improve the world.
Educational “innovation” thrives at The Weber School where the curriculum expands and develops to meet its mission of being a 21st Century Jewish high school. Examples include a senior year interdisciplinary Capstone Project in general and Jewish studies with honors diploma, expanded AP course selection with AP Psychology and AP Human Geography, and additional options for community service (tikkun olam).
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, affectionately called “The Breman,” celebrates and commemorates the Jewish experience and the universal themes of diversity and human dignity. With support from your Federation, The Breman staff collects, preserves, interprets, and teaches Jewish values, culture, and history.
Inspired by the dedication and courage of the Jewish people, The Breman works to impact behavior and promote mutual respect and understanding by presenting the complex relationship between minority and majority communities within a culture. The Breman experience strives to underscore the need for every individual to make moral choices for the benefit of the entire society.
The museum is home to the permanent exhibition “Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1945,” the Blonder Family Gallery dedicated to Southern Jewish History, and the Schwartz Gallery which hosts a variety of traveling and rotating exhibitions. The Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education provides a wonderful educational resource for students, teachers, and lifelong learners.
Through your Federation you help people in Israel, Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Asia acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be economically self-sufficient. Established more than 135 years ago, World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organization (NGO), and it relies on Federation funding and matching funds from development agencies and national governments to transform the lives of more 300,000 people each year. World ORT delivers training through a global network of schools, colleges, training centers, and programs.
World Union for Progressive Judaism
Through the Federation you can support the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive, and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries.
Headquartered in Jerusalem, the WUPJ represents the largest body of Jews in the world who seek a traditional yet contemporary expression of their Jewish spiritual, cultural, and religious identity.
The WUPJ supports the Progressive Zionist Youth Movement, Netzer Olami, and the TaMaR Progressive Young Adult Movement. Progressive Judaism extends the scope of religious observance by granting full equality to all Jews, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation, while championing the values of the ancient Hebrew prophets, calling for justice, equality, and commitment to peace.
The goal of WUPJ is to ensure that all Jews have access to a vibrant and personally meaningful Jewish life that inspires them spiritually and ensures the future of the Jewish people, whether in the State of Israel or throughout the Diaspora.
Yemin Orde Youth Village
Through your Federation, you can help children from across the world recover from trauma. Following a crisis, young people find a home, a family, and a future at Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel. The Village is a safe harbor for more than 400 children from around the world — France, North Africa, Iran, India, Yemen, Eastern Europe, and South America. These children are adolescent survivors of trauma and displacement, many of whom have been separated from their family and are far away from their native land and culture.
The children live in 20 houses on a campus that includes a high school with a complete academic curriculum, an art and music center, a modern computer center, a fully equipped carpentry shop, a library, and sports facilities. Caring staff work to help the children understand their connection to Judaism and Israel while also helping them find their place in a new country, where they need to learn a new language and culture. The children of Yemin Orde build a connection to their new homeland through field trips and hikes all over Israel, where the Bible and modern Zionism and the State of Israel come together.