Federation Impact

Helping Young Israelis Choose Tomorrow


Shai Pinhasi had just served four years in the IDF. He had enrolled in Bar-Ilan University, a first step toward achieving his dream of earning a master’s in clinical psychology. But he felt something missing.


Looking for a way to advance his studies and give back to the community, t…

In Mexico City, Back to School is Everything for this Jewish Wunderkind

Alberto Buzali Berner is one of Mexico City's most accomplished young engineers. He's an award-winning innovator in robotics. He's also helped implement a biodiesel program that fuels local school buses. 


And he just celebrated his 18th birthday.


"Since I was a child I've liked te…

Giving Back to Those Who Give Their All for Israel

Eliran ben Shitrit—husband and father of two young children—was working and studying full-time at the Technological College of Beer Sheva when Operation Protective Edge broke out in 2014. Suddenly, rockets were raining down across the south of Israel, and he was called to serve in the ID…

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…

In the Wake of Disaster, No Village Is Too Remote

After two earthquakes devastated Nepal this spring, Dunnbahabur, a mason, could only look at the ruins of Bhumlichowk, his village in the Himalayan foothills, and wonder, “Why did every house crumble?”


All 20 homes in his neighborhood were destroyed. Hundreds of families throughout …