FRIENDS OF THE JEWISH CHAPEL INC

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 326 First St Ste 22 Annapolis MD 21403 USA

Mission: Friends of the Jewish Chapel (FOJC), a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation, has been established to enhance the religious and cultural lives of the Jewish Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy. While intended principally for the benefit of Jewish Midshipmen, FOJC-Sponsored activities will be open to non-Jewish Midshipmen, faculty and staff as well, in order to offer them the opportunity to learn about the religious customs and ethical values of their Jewish shipmates

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have be associated with the FOJC for about 14 years. It all started with going to services when we first moved to the area. We went with the Lindauers and found out so much about the All Faiths Chapel and the bridgade. When Rabbi Panitz was here, I started to help, then took over, the onegs for after services and other times. I continued to do this until a year ago. While doing the onegs, I realized how much the FOJC does for the Midshipmen. Now that our beautiful chapel is completed and in use, I see how much more they are able to help with. Donations make all this possible. FOJC sponsors the weekly onegs,send the Mids on trips and supplies the needs of the Rabbi's. It is a very good cause to donate to. The more they have, the more they can do. Join all of us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sponsoring these young men and women while they were at the Academy and seeing them grow into capable Naval officers, serving their country.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and devoted!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

If ever there was a "guardian angel" to a Rabbi, the Friends of the Jewish Chapel are it. As the Navy Jewish Chaplain for the Naval Academy from 1998-2002 and again from 2003-2005, the FOJC was ALWAYS there to support all of my programs for the midshipmen, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. I cannot think of one time when the FOJC did not step up to the plate when asked and when needed. Providing everything from funding, to advice to admin support, the FOJC has been the guardian angels of the Naval Academy rabbis since it was founded. This is an organization who "gets" what these midshipmen are going thru and what their needs are. I feel very fortunate to have been involved with them!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Naval Academy as the primary point of contact between the Midshipmen at the Academy and the Friends of the Jewish Chapel.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the Board of Directors to include a more diverse segment of the Jewish community, i.e. JCCA, Hillel, etc.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion that each of the Board members feel about the mission of the FOJC and of the Naval Academy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

EXTREMELY helpful and motivated. No challenge was too difficult!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the Israel programs for midshipmen of all faiths; it could endow a Chair of Israel studies at the Naval Academy; it could create an endowment to expand the Jewish chapel support staff at the Academy.

Ways to make it better...

More people knew about the mission of he FOJC.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

- Raising awareness within the Jewish community about Jews serving in the military. - Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Friends of the Jewish Chapel (FOJC), a 501(c)(3) organization was established to enhance the religious, cultural, educational and social lives of the Jewish Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. The Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel was completed in 2005 and includes a dedicated space for Jewish worship, a library, fellowship hall, conference rooms and the Honors court for the Naval Academy. We now offer all midshipmen, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about the religious customs and ethical values of their Jewish shipmates thus becoming more aware of Jewish issues and concerns. I am blessed to be involved with this worthy organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the wonderful young men and women who graduate from the Naval Academy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund many of the programs for the benefit of the Midshipmen at the USNA.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Friends of the Jewish Chapel (FOJC) a 501 (c)(3) organization was established to enhance the religious, cultural, educational and social lives of the Jewish Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. The Uriah P. Levy Center was completed in 2005 and includes a dedicated space for Jewish worship, a library, fellowship hall, conference rooms and teh Honors Court for the Naval Academy. We now offer all midshipmen, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about the religious customs and ethical values of their Jewish shipmates thus becoming more aware of Jewish issues and concerns. I am blessed to be involved with this worthy organization

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the wonderful young men and women who attend the Naval Academy and the programs that enrich their educational experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The FOJC is quite unique in that it operates on the model of being Volunteer driven with minimal administrative support staff and no Executive or Fund raising Staff. And yet they have successfully achieved the elusive goal, of having matched their results and impact to their mission as efficiently and effectively as any of the more than 50 organizations I have worked with in the U.S. or abroad.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amazing level of dedication that has developed from so many donors in such a relatively brief time, due their doing what they say they will do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

We have the extraordinary good fortune to live near the US Naval Academy. Through Friends of the Jewish Chapel, we have been able to share meaningful spiritual, social, and ethical experiences with the midshipmen. Through the tenures of several rabbis, we have heard stories tht have awed and inspired us. We have participated in and sponsored the after-service gathering which encourages interaction between these dedicated young men and women, far from their own homes, and been a source of support for them. The Friends of the Jewsish Chaptel (FOJC)has facilitated this experience and given both the civilians who participate, visitors from all over the world, and the Academy enrollees and faculty and opportunity to hear outstanding speakers and opportuniites to learn through special programs. They have made it possible for unaffiliated Jewish families to be part of someting meaningful in several dimensions and have been welcoming to all. The site iteself is inspiring and evlokes emotions that one does not expect at a military installation. Kudso to the dedicated individuals who have made this all possible. They are worthy of recognition and deserving of our thanks.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through our membership, we have participated in significant programs, including hisotrical and spiritual events that have broadene our knowledge and enhanced ourunderstanding of Jewish spritiaul life in the military and civilian spheres.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

We have enjoyed watching the maturartion of the young meds from the plebe year to graduation and seeing how they grow into their spriitual lives and prepare to serve our nation They are inspring and renew our faith in our country with each encounter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The office staff has been remarkably responsive to all requests. The chaplin has been understanding of all needs brought to his/her attention. The FOJC is an excellent representative of the vacility.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Such a windfall would permit FOJC to broaden its support activities for our young men and women overseas, many serving in harm's way. It also would be able to bring new cultrual and social programs to the Chapel and broaden such programs abroad.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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