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Causes: Civil Rights, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the Jewish Federation of Delaware is to mobilize the Jewish community to address issues, meet needs and build an agenda for the future. The Federation fulfills its mission by: raising funds that will meet mutually agreed upon goals; allocating and managing community resources based upon the community agenda; developing leadership; fostering identification with our Jewish teachings and heritage to inspire an informed and involved community; and providing a structure for the Jewish community to interact with the non-Jewish community.

Results: The 2016 Campaign raised $1.36 million thanks to the generosity and support of our community. We Are Stronger TOGETHER

Target demographics: "From Baby to Bubbe"

Direct beneficiaries per year: Siegel JCC, Jewish Family Services of Delaware, Albert Einstein Academy, UD Hillel, The Kutz Home

Geographic areas served: Delaware and the Brandywine Valley

Programs: Jewish Federation of Delaware supports programs that feed, clothe, shelter, counsel and rescue thousands of people here in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, in Israel and around the world. We provide opportunities to educate, inspire and celebrate a vibrant Jewish life. It's our responsibility. It's our privilege. It's who we are.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I have been a donor for many years and have increased my donation every year I have just recently become a volunteer. I have always been exceedingly happy with the services this organization provides to our community and to its sister city in Israel. Being a volunteer has given me a new prospective on the efforts expended by both the professional staff and the "army" of dedicated volunteers that makes these services possible. This is truly a wonderful organization to both support and to participate. I hope I am able to continue to donate and to volunteer.

Ispndmny

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So proud to live in a community supported by the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Their professionalism and attention to detail allows our lay leadership to reach higher and achieve more in every aspect of Jewish communal life. Their outreach spans the state of Delaware and parts of Pennsylvania and is relevant to multi-generational, multi-cultural and inter-faith families, individuals and communities. We may be small but we are mighty or as JFD says...
"WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER"

jgsteinberg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is so caring and dedicated to our community. Over the past year, they have come to me with new ways to be involved Jewishly including a larger role in Women's Philanthropy and encouraging me to apply for a national fellowship. It's great to see how the funds raised have a positive impact on Jewish Delaware.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The JFD staff are amazing and I am proud to work with them AND call them my friends. In the past year alone, I have seen their passion and dedication to our community in action as they work hard to do good work locally and bring the larger Jewish world to Delaware.

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Ellisha C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware does an amazing job of mobilizing our Jewish community as a collective towards the greater good for immediate needs in our local orbit, but also does a formidable job of connecting all of us to Jewish communities around the world that need our collective help. I am a proud supporter! I am actively involved as the co-chair the PJ Library program, which provides free Jewish books and music to children throughout the state and into the surrounding Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania, and most recently participated in a focus group of parents and young professionals where we were given the opportunity to share our thoughts on where the future of Jewish Delaware should be headed. It means a lot to know that Federation takes seriously their role of "speaking" for the rest of us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware is the one organization in Delaware that is truly able to convene the whole Jewish community around Israel, security and continuity. From the PJ Library to the Community Relations Committee, from the Siegel JCC to the Kutz Home, locally, the Federation provides for the needs of of community, cradle to grave. And the Jewish Federation is the only Jewish community organization that I know benefits Jews in need across the globe and here at home. I highly recommend!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware has been an important part of my life and my family's life since we arrived in Delaware over 30 years ago. My husband and I are both active volunteers and proud donors to this very well run organization. Our administration and staff serve the needs of many in our community. Seth Katzen serves as the calm voice in the storm and leads us in setting priorities and supporting the needs of our constituent agencies. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is an extremely well run organization. I've been involved as a volunteer, donor and Board member. The administration and staff are creative, thoughtful and make the most of our community's funds.

Gina15

Donor

Rating: 5

It is hard to put into words how much we love the Jewish Federation of Delaware. It is our home away from home, our community, and our connection to living a Jewish life. We are truly stronger together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I honestly do not know what our life would be like without Jewish Federation of Delaware. Our lives are completely enriched by the support of our Federation. We have made wonderful friends and started amazing traditions. Our 2 year old daughter calls our campus, "MY JCC!" with such love and excitement. Five stars doesn't feel like enough!

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DRRAK

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Jewish Federation of Delaware creates the strong Jewish community in our state. As a volunteer for over 20 years, serving on many boards and committees, I see first hand how well JFD is run and how critical it is. Our CEO, Seth Katzen, has an amazing staff that makes it all run smoothly. There is something available for everyone in the community, and his focus on marketing has made those things more visible to all. The communications are timely and informative. All of the agencies know what is happening. I recently was on vacation in California, but kept up to date with what is happening in DE from my emails. Also, as the chair of the NFC, that includes 6 other Federations and partners in Israel, I always get the support I need from Seth and his staff, as well as helping to communicate our message to DE.

There is so much the JFD offers it is amazing, from PJ Library, to relevant movies and events for the community, the JCC, support for JFS, Hillel ( I am president of the board), education, the Synagogues --it is an outstanding organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today I chaired a very successful joint steering committee meeting composed of volunteers from Delaware and israel at our Federation office. The CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware and his staff enabled the success of this meeting. All the materials needed were ready and available for each participant. Information was also sent out in advance, as well as a reminder. A list of attendees and an agenda was provided. There was coffee and snacks available when our guests arrived. They organized a tour of our campus involving people from other organizations. They arranged for lunch, coffee, deserts and snacks, In summary, the staff attended to every detail which enabled a very successful joint steering committee meeting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the Annual Campaign co-chair, along with Barb Blumberg, I could not feel more proud than I do to feel a part of this extraordinary agency and its vital programs.
Jewish Federation of DE, through the expert leadership of CEO Seth Katzen and DOD Wendy Berger, and the amazing staff, is so very effective at supporting and improving the lives of countless of our fellow Jews here in DE, in Israel, and in over 65 countries abroad.
Which as we all know, is more important than ever before.
I speak for myself and for Barb when I say that I could not be more impressed by nor more appreciative of the quality of Tikun Olam that JFD provides both locally and globally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband Henry and I feel so very fortunate to have Seth Katzen as CEO of Jewish Federation of DE, and Wendy Berger as Director of Development.
Seth constantly strives to make JFD as excellent in its programming as it can be, and it has never been a more powerful organization than it is now because of Seth. He also goes out of his way to help individuals in the community whenever he can, going over above and beyond the scope of his responsibilities. I have personally benefited from this.
Wendy Berger works tirelessly at fundraising to support the excellent programs that JFD administers.
I have nicknamed them Superman and Wonder Woman.
The entire staff at JFD is superb, helpful and responsive.
JFD has never been better than it is now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation headed by CEO Seth Katzen is an outstanding organization serving our community and Israel with passion and love.
I am proud to be a volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be part of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Not only do we support and educate our local Jewish community and Israel, but we also do tremendous work and service within the community at large. Every age group from early childhood to senior citizens and the elderly benefit from our services.

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meredithsrosenthal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware stands out as the best of the best when it comes to non-profits in our community. I'm a volunteer for various organizations and there is something truly special about Federation. Delaware is a tight-knit community that depends on our Federation to support us and unite us, and under Seth Katzen's outstanding leadership, we are certainly Stronger Together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware is a top-notch organization. Its leaders are a part of the community and are always supportive of other agencies' missions. I am a volunteer who truly values my role as the chair of the committee that oversees the Jewish Voice, our Federation's monthly publication. The publication's success is directly related to the fact that it is valued from the top. The CEO/Executive Director and the Editor view it as a priority, and as an avenue for Federation and its sister agencies to have a voice. The community values the Jewish Voice as a source of information and as a way to stay connected to other Jews. In Delaware we are lucky to have such a strong Jewish Federation!