Federation Impact

The Words That Changed Rebekah's Life

Rebekah’s earliest Jewish memories aren’t the most positive. Her mother converted to marry her father, but was never accepted by his family or their community. After years of being excluded from Passover seders, Rebekah wanted to distance herself from Jewish identity entirely. When she a…

Reclaiming the Comforts of Home: How JDC Helps European Survivors in Need

Oszkár, 94, vividly remembers his Budapest childhood. Passover seders with family, singing in the synagogue choir, studying at vocational school--and the Nazis storming in and destroying all of it. Though he had dreamed of one day becoming a bank officer, the new anti-Jewish legislation tur…

Bringing the Torah Home: Yemen's Last Jews Come to Israel

Yechiya Ya’akov Dahari’s whole family diligently kept the Torah in Yemen even under the most trying of circumstances.  As a metal worker who raised nine children through poverty and prejudice, he felt he was tough enough to handle life in Yemen. But as time went on, the situation became…

Livnat and Federation: Revitalizing the Negev Through Creative Placemaking

Livnat Kutz loves to make things grow, and living just five kilometers from Gaza in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, she’s seen enough destruction. So a few years ago, she helped a group of high school students suffering from post-conflict trauma plant a community garden. But rocket barrages destroyed ev…

A New Kind of Jewish Song Leader

Sam’s heart beats rhythm through his Jewish soul. His fondest memory is of sitting on the edge of his friend’s grandmother’s bed, guitar on knee, singing songs that transported the elderly woman back to her past. Though Alzheimer’s made it difficult for her to recognize the once-fami…