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Jewish Federation of Delaware Inc

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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 2017 Annual Campaign raised $1.63 million thanks to the generosity and support of our community. Our planned giving and endowments continues to grow with managed assets surpassing $24.6 million. Thanks to you, 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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer at this excellently run Jewish Federation of Delaware. I have met wonderful people who are dedicated to serving the community and Israel, two important interests close to my heart.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated, in a volunteer capacity, with the Jewish Federation of Delaware since at least the early 1990’s. I have served in many capacities with the Federation including President, Co-chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (presently) and I am a Board Member. Throughout this entire tenure, regardless of its leadership, the Jewish Federation of Delaware has been motivated to assist persons of all background and faiths to improve their lives, ease suffering and promote education. Its interaction with the community at large has always been one of its strongest points and is a prime reason I still maintain my active association with the Jewish Federation of Delaware. What impresses me most about its present leadership is the efficient and skillful manner by which it performs its tasks in allocating precious resources for Delaware’s Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the JFD since the early 90's in multiple capacities including past President and current Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee. The ability of the Federation, through its staff and volunteers, to positively impact Delaware's Jewish Community and its reach into Israel and the general community through its various partnerships never ceases to amaze me. Through my involvement I have the satisfaction of being part of something bigger than I am and, in the process, I have become a better person.

jgsteinberg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As co-chair of the Women's Philanthropy Division, I was encouraged to take part in the February 2018 Jewish Federations of North American Heart To Heart mission to Israel. Not only has the Jewish Federation of Delaware gave me amazing opportunities but the staff is so very invested in making sure everyone who is involved feels valued.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

JFD has been a part of our lives from the moment we arrived in Delaware many years ago. Federation supports several of the community agencies that have been a very important part of our family's lives. We have been active volunteers also a now serve on the board. Federation is an exceptionally well run organization administered and staffed by people who really care about their mission and run a very efficient agency. It is an honor to be a part of JFD.

grampszeke

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Federation has grown and improvd in the 40+ years I have been associated with them. Today's JFD continues to do so! I am proud to be a volunteer on occasion. Thank you to the staff and fellow volunteers for making us "4.0 squared away"

zeke

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is difficult to sum up in a few words the amazing work that Jewish Federation of Delaware does. They are an organization with a heart. From educating our young (Albert Einstein Academy) to Jewish Family Service to caring for our seniors (Kutz Home), JFD is there. The programming efforts are ongoing, interesting and plentiful. JFD's connection to the national and international organization makes one feel a part of a large family. The staff is caring, friendly and efficient. Our community is truly blessed to have JFD in our lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am co-chair of the Annual Campaign along with Barb Blumberg. I can't say enough about Jewish Federation of DE in terms of both the organization itself and how much great work that it does to support Jews through its vital programs. The CEO is so capable, and so effective, besides being a mensch. Wendy Berger in Development could not be more hardworking, dedicated and resourceful, besides being a mensch too. The staff is all great; upbeat and fun to engage. All in all I'm very very proud to spend time volunteering to support the excellent work that JFD does locally and all over the world.

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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

I have been a volunteer for many decades with an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Delaware-The Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee-and have seen the Federation thrive and grow to become an amazing organization, comprised of individuals who are driven by passion and heartfelt commitment. Over the years, under the leadership and devotion of Seth Katzen, the JFD has expanded its reach, to provide a vast array of needed services to Delaware and Brandywine Valley community. I am honored to be part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my Opinion, this agency has evolved into a beacon of light in the world of nonprofits, under the leadership of Seth Katzen. The staff and volunteers are awesome. It is an honor and pleasure for me to serve as a volunteer, which I have been, for more than two decades.

Ellisha C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware does an outstanding job of convening the Jewish community, supporting the Jewish agencies and organizations in our area, and representing our interests on a local level, and, through their allocations, in Israel and around the world. I'm especially thankful for Federation's PJ Our Way initiative, and the impact that program has had on my son.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've seen them touch lives through the full life cycle. Their outreach is enormous and the good they do is even bigger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware has provided myself and family a warm Jewish community. We've been blessed with great friends, a great cause, and an incredibly well run non profit that is doing the right things. We intend to be involved forever and are thankful for what the Federation stands for.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Some nonprofits bring people together to build community. Others fight for a cause. And some raise money to help those in need. Then every once in a while you fine a nonprofit like the Jewish Federation of Delaware that not only does all of the above, but they go beyond to become a change agent to better their community, partners, and the wold. Because as this top-notch organization states, “We are stronger together.”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly enjoy doing volunteer work with the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Our CEO has created an amazing organization with staff that is well trained and always helpful. The committees that I am on are well run and accomplish a great deal. The combination of volunteers and staff allows our community to accomplish a great deal in a very positive way.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I was the Office Manager at JFD for 7 years before moving to Florida. I know how transparent they were and continue to be. The best job!
As a donor, I receive all communication, which is professional and informative. Kudos!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization. Run by top notch professionals with the leadership of talented lay people. The professionals are always responsive, open to new ideas, and show great leadership. They do this while "running lean", thereby maximizing funds flowing to beneficiary agencies.

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"

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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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best! I have been a member of the JCC for 6 years now. Great gym, facilities and community!