Federation Impact

Raising the Tide for Interfaith Families

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When Meredith fell in love with someone who wasn't Jewish, she knew their relationship’s future depended on his agreeing to raise Jewish children. They talked it out—he was on board. 

 

Years later, Meredith and her now-husband are the proud parents of a toddler. But living in a neig…

Nurturing Pride in the Face of Fear

Jewish life in Hungary has long been fraught with difficulties. The rise of far-right extremism today reminds the 120,000-strong Jewish community of the oppression they faced under Communism in the twentieth century. “Everybody is worried. Only the blind are not,” says community leader …

An Ally in Federation

Though Asher Gellis and Idit Klein only met as adults, they felt like they’d known each other their entire lives.

 

As children, both felt at home in their respective Jewish communities. Asher attended a Conservative day school, youth groups and summer camps. Idit, the child of secular …

A School—and a Student—with Heart in Haifa

To the adults at Tom’s school in Haifa, it seemed that the seventh grader wanted to disappear.

 

At a meeting with a coordinator for a new program, Tom hid his face and spoke quietly. It was obvious he carried some deep emotional wounds that were affecting his behavior and his relations…

Camp Taught Him the Greatest Jewish Value of All

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

 

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