While there is much to be done here in Baton Rouge, the needs of Jews around the world, most especially in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia, remains great. Federation has maintained its level of funding to United Jewish Communities and other partner organizations in providing aid to Jews throughout the world.
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
Jewish Federations of North America 189 Jewish Federations and 400 independent communities across North America. In 2004, 700,000 people contributed over $2 billion to enable the JFNA to provide life-saving and life-enhancing assistance to millions of vulnerable Jews and non-Jews through a wide range of social service delivery programs. A gift to the JFNA Federation Annual Campaign provides unrestricted funds to meet urgent, ongoing humanitarian and social service needs of the global Jewish people, to encourage and support Jewish education and Jewish community, and to strengthen the relationship between North American Jews and Israeli people. Part of your gift remains in our own community, helping to strengthen our federation, a premier provider of programs to safeguard and enhance Jewish life at home. Part goes to meet overseas needs through partners like JAFI and JDC. These dollars help build the Jewish homeland and rebuild strong Jewish communities in over 60 countries around the world (from www.jfna.org)
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
For more than a century, HIAS has had an extraordinary impact on millions of Jews. For generation after generation, HIAS has provided essential lifesaving services to world Jewry, through its mission of rescue, reunion and resettlement. As an expression of Jewish tradition and values, HIAS also responds to the migration needs of other people who are threatened and oppressed. Since its founding in 1881, HIAS has assisted more than four and a half million people in their quest for freedom. This includes the million Jewish refugees it helped to migrate to Israel (in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel) and the thousands it helped resettle in Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. As the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the U.S., HIAS also played a major role in the rescue and relocation of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and of Jews from Morocco, Ethiopia, Egypt and the communist countries of Eastern Europe. More recently, since the mid-70s, HIAS has helped more than 300,000 Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union and its successor states escape persecution and rebuild new lives in the United States. As the migration arm of the organized American Jewish community, HIAS also advocates on behalf of refugees and migrants on the international, national, and community level.
Israel Action Network
Increase resources available to local federations and CRCs, the backbone of any community-based response. The project will work alongside Israel and key organizational partners in the US and Canada, not only to stand up against anti-Israel initiatives, but also to anticipate and prepare for future challenges and actively promote a fair and balanced picture of the Middle East among key constituencies.
The Hadassah Medical Organization continues to march forward to make the world a better place through healing, teaching and research. From Hadassah’s first hospital on Jerusalem’s Street of the Prophets, the Hadassah University Medical Center, now includes two university hospitals in Jerusalem – on Mt. Scopus and in Ein Kerem.
Ethiopian National Project
The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) is a unique endeavor that unites organizations assisting the Ethiopian-Israeli community, in true cooperation and partnership with the Ethiopian community in Israel itself. ENP is a partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the Government of Israel, representatives of Ethiopian Jewish Community Organizations, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Israel (JDC-Israel) and Keren Hayesod-UIA.
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