Federation Impact

Finding Family in Israel

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Hannah Larson has a unique perspective on serving in the Israeli military given that she was born abroad. “As Israeli soldiers, we are creating a safe haven for Israelis, and for anyone that wants to come to Israel. We don’t just protect Israel, we pro…

Journey Complete: Ethiopian Jews Arrive in Israel

Bryan Drowos, a young Federation volunteer, stepped into a room filled with dozens of Jews praying at a Shacharit service. Men wearing tefillin rocked gently back and forth, prayer shawls draped around their shoulders. The sound of voices chanting in Hebrew filled the air.


But Bryan was no…

Birthright Sweethearts

With each Federation-supported Birthright bus on the road in Israel, there’s a little something special in the air. Every climb up Masada and dip in the Dead Sea, every spiritual discovery, sublime falafel and new friend seems unforgettable. And often, these connections—​to Israel and …

PJ Library Is The Gift For This Mom and Son

Robyn and Daniel Raskin had never seen a tzedakah box like it before.


It was white. Flat. And made of construction paper.


But since they started receiving books from PJ Library six years ago, mother and son are used to getting unexpected surprises delivered right to their door.


Funded …

Across an Ocean, a Jewish Community Plants New Roots

Olga Abezgauz was only 10 when she immigrated to America—a world away from her hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Almost overnight, she and her family were transplanted to a radically different place, where people spoke a language they didn’t understand. They knew restarting their live…