Federation Impact

The Miracle of Chanukah in Odessa

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

 

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

 

I…

Amid Chaos in Ukraine, Federations Provide Comfort for Vulnerable Jews

Raisa Liebenson believed she and her family would be safe when fighting broke out in her hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine. But when the 78-year-old’s apartment was destroyed by a mortar shell that rendered her temporarily deaf, she and her husband knew it was time to leave.

“Shell fragments…

A Federation Model For Success: Chicago’s Israel Children’s Zone

When the Chicago-Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir Partnership was looking to maximize impact with a flagship project six years ago, it didn’t take much effort to identify education as the one area in which the gaps were the most apparent and where our community could have the greatest influence. …

Jess and Emet: Coming Out From Jerusalem

Jessica was in search of something. Just what that was, she wasn’t sure. She was comfortable in her queer identity but didn't know how Judaism played into it. And while she didn’t grow up religious, a Federation-supported post-college Taglit-Birthright Israel trip woke up something Jewis…

Repairing the World, One Farm at a Time

Mudin Makaria, a small farmer in Ethiopia, has struggled to make his crops grow. His land is desert-like; sandy, mineral poor and far from an adequate water supply. It’s been a challenge to feed and support his wife and seven children. Like all of the farmers in his community, he doesn’t …