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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Religion

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

Geographic areas served: United States

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.