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Jewish Federation of Delaware Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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 2019 Annual Campaign raised $1.9+ million thanks to the generosity and support of our community. Our planned giving and endowments continues to grow with managed assets surpassing $29 million. Thanks to the generous support of our vibrant community, We Grow 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

134 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in various capacities for Jewish Federation of DE for several years and am a Board member. I am so very impressed by this organization and it's incredibly great staff.
We are the luckiest Federation in NA to have Seth Katzen as our CEO. He is so smart, so capable, so hardworking and so successful, and always a mensch!
Wendy Berger, our Senior VP of Financial Resource Development is extraordinarily hard-working and tireless in her fund-raising and event planning efforts.
The entire staff is highly competent and hardworking, while still maintaining a positive and fun environment which is always welcoming and warm.
My husband and I are major donors because we know what our money will be used for and how much good it will do for so many.
The vital programming and funds help change the lives of so many of our fellow Jews and non-Jews, locally and all over the world.
I feel immensely proud of the fact that JFD's main mission, Tikun Olam, Repairing the World,
is so effectively carried out by this fabulous organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The longer I am affiliated with Jewish Federation of Delaware, the more I learn about how far-reaching and effective it is as an organization. I could not be more proud or more impressed with the scope and magnitude of its work to benefit those in need! It has never been better!

The CEO Seth Katzen and Sr. VP Wendy Berger and President Bill Wagner never stop working to make JFD the top notch organization that it is. We are so very fortunate to have them and the entire extraordinary staff!
It's very enjoyable to work with them all as well as with the Board of Directors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so incredibly proud to be a part of this organization in my role as a volunteer! I co-chair the J-Voice committee, and I am always in awe by the dedication of the staff and volunteers. I regularly hear that the J-Voice publication is a valued resource in our community and a staple in homes and businesses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We in Delaware are so fortunate to have such a fantastic organization in Jewish Federation Delaware. From the award-winning JVoice publication (If you don’t subscribe to it, you really should!) to the incredible programming, we are constantly benefiting from this non-profit. The support this umbrella organization gives to other Jewish agencies makes a huge difference in our community. We really are Stronger Together!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The services provided by the Jewish Federation of Delaware continue to positively impact our community in so many ways. This organization's leadership team always finds creative ways to meet the diverse needs of our community here in Delaware and around the world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Jewish Federation of Delaware. This organization's leadership team always finds creative ways to meet the diverse needs of our community here in Delaware and around the world. I am proud to be a part of, and to support, this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware truly represents the values and priorities of the Jewish community, writ large, in our state. Their team of professionals are not only talented, but also thoughtful and kind. I am thankful for the opportunities and services they make possible in Delaware, and for the impact I feel my donation is able to have, both here and around the world, through their stewardship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking to have an impact on the Jewish community of Delaware, look no further than the Jewish Federation of Delaware. From cradle to grave, the Jewish Federation supports Jewish continuity and our communal responsibility to take care of one another through its support of agencies like our community center, Jewish Family Services and day school, as well as in-house programs like the Israel shlicha, Jewish Community Relations Council, PJ Library and PJ Our Way , Shalom Baby and the j-Voice Monthly. I am a proud to serve as a volunteer and donor!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our Jewish Federation is the great convener- they know how to unite our community - and they are SO relevant in our collective lives. As a rabbi, I try to be all things to all people and as a flawed human being, mostly fail — but as a thoughtfully structured organization, the Jewish Federation of Delaware mostly succeeds in being all things to all people— both in their own wonderful work and because of the community funds they redirect to their beneficiary agencies, aiding Jews and non-Jews alike, from cradle to grave. When it comes to my own charitable giving, after my own synagogue — I give the majority of my charitable funds each year to the Jewish Federation of Delaware. It’s where my heard-earned dollars can do the most good!
— Rabbi Michael Beals
Congregation Beth Shalom
Wilmington Delaware

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have benefited from the Jewish Federation of Delaware for the past eight years! It was the fine institutions which they support which helped our family make the decision to relocate 3,000 miles from our home in southern California. The Jewish Federation of Delaware is the glue which keeps our Jewish community of 12,000+ together. I am especially impressed with the Jewish Federation's CEO, Seth Katzen. He truly understands the importance of community-building. His warmth and loving nature has made the Jewish Federation of Delaware responsive to the needs of so many: from the very, very young in our Jewish Community Center's Early Education Center, to the growing minds of our Albert Einstein Academy to the elderly, housed at our Kutz Home. His staff new outreach efforts to young professionals and young families, under the exemplary leadership of Ellisha Kaplan has been most appreciated. Through their sustained efforts, with programs like PJ Linrary, we will be able to continue attracting new families of our vibrant Jewish community in Delaware.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The mindset of the Delaware community is warm and caring. Nowhere is this more evident than with the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Whether I am attending an event, a meeting, or just dropping in to the office, there is a feeling that radiates from the professionals of JFD that makes a person want to be a part of this amazing organization. Their far-reaching impact is critical to the community. JFD serves as the glue that helps the Jewish community of Delaware effect stability and change at the same time. Whether it's for the benefit of the local community, Israel or the Jewish Community worldwide, JFD provides us with the way to "get it done."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware is truly wonderful. Their programming serves the entire community, from the children (PJ Library), through young adults (i.e., a symposium about Jewish genetic diseases and what to do about them), historical perspective (Holocaust education), and the international Jewish community (Jewish life in Argentina). They have something of interest for everyone. Their financial support for Delaware organizations, national Jewry, Israel and other Jewish communities around the world is amazing. The staff headed by CEO Seth Katzen and Wendy Berger, Senior Director of Philanthropy, is responsive to the needs of the community, making each person feel a special part of it. Delaware is really fortunate to have JFD!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is one of the finest organizations I've had the privilege of supporting. Leadership is outstanding. And, all employees and board members provide worthwhile information and resources to our community. JFD has worked with all beneficiary agencies in the most collaborative way and there is more unified support than ever before. The success of the Create a Jewish Legacy campaign is an excellent example of the strides that have been made to unify our Jewish community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've served on sub committees of the board, through the years, and on fund-raising committees, as well. And, I've always been impressed with everyone I've worked with in leadership roles. The staff, continually, inspires volunteers to become more engaged in programs and events. And they provide great direction and support in all they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Now more than ever, it is so important to have an organization that represents the entire organized Jewish community of Delaware. The Jewish Federation of Delaware is a resource and a voice for all things Jewish in our community. As the chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation, we've been able to respond to a variety of issues and to build the relationships we need to address future issues. We wouldn't be able to do that without a strong, central organization behind our efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the past year, I have seen the Jewish Federation of Delaware bring our community together both financially and practically. The Federation unifies our Jewish community, giving everyone a place they can look to for guidance and support. In the wake of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, it is more important then ever that our Jewish Federation is strong and active so that we can tackle the problems and embrace the wonder that is Jewish Delaware.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The breadth of what JFD does is so enormous that it's hard to summarize, and most people don't realize even half of the activities it does itself or that it supports through its beneficiary organizations and others it assists. It's part of the Federation system, which means that it provides relief for US disasters (e.g., Houston hurricane) and for Jews in need around the world and of course in Israel. It assists its Delaware beneficiary organizations, thereby supporting education, Jewish Family Services, the JCC, the Jewish assisted living and skilled nursing center, and more. These are all things it has done well for many years, but the impressive thing is that it continues to do more. Examples are its support of the PJ Libraries program for youngsters; it's concept of bringing in popular music acts as a way for the local Jewish community to enjoy activities together and further their sense of community; or its recent assistance of the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware's needs as it is set to move, even though this has not traditionally been a beneficiary organization. The staff of JFD is highly competent, transparent, friendly and welcoming. All of this and more -- we are lucky to have such a great organization in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The breadth and reach of what Jewish Federation of Delaware does is as great as any organization I know. Within Delaware, it acts as a community facilitator to bring Jews of all denominations together -- whether at a community Shabbat (in what other State does every congregation, of all denominations, annually pray together?), through music festivals, film festivals, speakers, women's events and other great events. It also supports our fabulous beneficiary agencies that make our community special -- the JCC, the Kutz Home, our incredible Jewish Family Services, the thriving Hillel at University of Delaware, and Albert Einstein Academy. The JCRC is active, and PJ Libraries has exploded onto the scene. In addition, as a part of JFNA, JFD is there when disasters strike in the hurricanes of Houston and Florida, the fires of California, etc.; and we support our wonderful, growing sister city in Arad, Israel. And I didn't even capture it all! This takes incredible leadership, and we have it in Seth Katzen and Wendy Berger. In short, this is a truly amazing organization that I am proud to be a part of.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

JFD is an excellent non-profit with staff and volunteers who show deep dedication, commitment, and stewardship of its agencies. The JFD is managed ethically, professionally, and with complete attention to its mission, goals, and engagement of the community at large. All in all, a highly respected and exemplary organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The JFD represents its members and community well. Lead by talented lay leaders, professional staff, and volunteer community members, it stays true to its mission and values. JFD has excellent operational and financial controls. It continuously "kicks the tires' to test existing controls and improve both financial and operational results. JFD establishes performance goals and measures / reports performance against those goals. The organization works well with other community organizations and prides itself in doing both the big and little things well. This organization is the among the best of the best in non-profits.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware and our connection to Community, Israel , and world-wide Jewry is a life-long commitment now passed generation to generation in our family. We continue to grow closer and stronger together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Jewish Federation of Delaware is an organization that brings the community together in many ways. An example was this past Chanukah there was a community event that included food, candle lighting, and a craft fair. It was wonderful, many people attended and had a great time being part of this wonderful community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware Inc. makes a huge difference in Delaware. This organization touches so many people on so many ways. I participate in many of the programs and organizations, currently serving on the board of Hillel at the University of Delaware and Gratz Hebrew H.S. grant program. I am a member of the Israel and Overseas committee and others. This organization supports the creation of a strong community of people that care about each other and help each other. I love being a part of this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is a professional non profit organization with a huge heart.
I learned from my parents that it is important is to give and to give back no matter where you live.. With the volunteering I do, I feel like I am helping to make an impact in our community and the communities around us.
I am very proud to be a part of, and to work side by side with people who care and want to make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware headed by Seth Katzen who is a tireless and dedicated leader,continues, every year to educate, and touch the lives of not only the Jewish community and Israel, but all communities in our State. I am a proud volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Delaware for nearly 3 decades-the longest I have volunteered with any agency- That, should speak for itself. Over the years I have seen JFD thrive and bloom expanding programs and activities to help "repair the world."
Seth Katzen, the current Chief Executive Officer, has brought a new vibrancy to JFD and been the driving force behind major new programs and activities, to benefit greater Delaware and the Brandywine Valley community. He is a true visionary, who treats volunteers and staff with mutual respect that is unrivaled. I hope to be a part of JFD family for many years to come.

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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

The Jewish Federation of Delaware is the “glue” that binds our small yet vibrant, inclusive and forward-looking Jewish community. “Stronger Together” is not just a slogan, it is the way in which we make the whole greater than the sum of our parts - though professional gatherings, education for all ages, community events and a cross-community commitment to the sick and needy. Federation is not complacent but rather committed - through strong professional and lay leadership - to proactively managing the threats and opportunities that will drive and determine our future.

David U.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation pf Delaware, with the help of Seth Katzen and others, has helped me forge connections with the Jewish Community in Delaware and connected me with people who understand my desire to retain my Jewish identity despite moving to a place that was unfamiliar. My work with j-Voice and on the Federation's Board has been rewarding and fun, and I hope to continue using my newfound connections to facilitate good relations between the organization and my own congregation in Rehoboth Beach.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is the most outstanding non profit in Delaware. They have assisted the Dover Interfaith Mission, a men's homeless shelter in Central Delaware for the past many years. DIMH has sheltered over 2500 men in the last 10 years, over 85% have found employment and have been able to get their lives together,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am affiliated with the Jewish Federation of DE through attendance at various events and meetings. JFD exemplifies an organization of inclusiveness, community coalition building, and tireless campaigns to help those in need locally, nationally, and around the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Delaware Jewish community is unique in the degree of comity, cooperation, and collaboration among its many institutions. The Jewish Federation of Delaware is the "glue" that makes it possible. Their CEO, Seth Katzen, makes the resources of JFD (for example, its wonderful jVOICE Weekly and Monthly publications) available to Jewish community agencies, institutions, and congregations to promote their own programs, as well as encouraging collaborative programs. My family has been touched by, and touches, many JFD programs and agencies, including the Jewish Community Relations Committee, jVOICE Monthly, Albert Einstein Academy, and Lodge Lane.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that the Jewish Federation of Delaware (JFD) acts with a mission not just to benefit itself, and not just to benefit its agencies, but to benefit and unify the entire community. Their Create A Jewish Legacy program is benefiting numerous synagogues and Jewish institutions, providing training, resources, and financial incentives to build legacy bequest programs to ensure the future of the community and its institutions. I participate in that program as a representative of a synagogue. I am also on the editorial committee of JFD's publication, the Jewish Voice. It is truly a community-wide communication tool for both events as well as issues of concern.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that works hard to bring a diverse community together and share resources in a way that moves everyone forward.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware works tirelessly within the Jewish community--and partners beautifully with the non-Jewish community--to make a meaningful difference in the First State.

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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.

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

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.”

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!

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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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am enormously grateful to Seth Katzen, the talented team of staff and volunteers at Federation, and to the Federation Community for their important work and dedication. As a relative newcomer, I was so appreciative of the warm and gracious welcome I received upon moving to Delaware. Federation provides the community with much-needed resources and incredible learning opportunities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Seth Katzen has proven his support for Congregation Beth Sholom in Dover in many ways. While we are located an hour away from Wilmington, Seth is always available to assist with guidance and information or to listen and respond to our needs. He has made sure we are included in the Federation grant awards that help our extremely small shul cover our programs and to encourage more Jewish offerings in Central Delaware. We are very grateful for his leadership and continued support. When we visit the larger Jewish synagogues and the Jewish Community Center upstate we always feel welcomed and part of the bigger Jewish picture by Seth. He knows us by name and makes certain we are introduced to the other members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a volunteer on two JFD committees. More than programs (which are great) and fund development (which is outstanding), what makes this Federation a 5 star agency is really the staff. They are dedicated, willing to try new things, and ALWAYS pleasant to be around. Having passionate volunteers is important but a professional and highly competent staff is priceless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for 15 years, I've found the current Federation staff in Delaware to be of the highest caliber and willing to do anything to help our community be stronger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware (JFD) is the foundation that the entire Delaware Jewish community is based on. Without the JFD, the Delaware Jewish community would not be able to thrive in the way it does now. The JFD does not just serve the Jewish community, but the Delaware community at-large. They work to promote cultural understanding, equality and togetherness with a very diverse community. The work is crucial to bring Delawareans of various backgrounds together to promote the "Delaware Way."

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the Delaware Jewish Community my entire life. The Jewish Federation of Delaware does an outstanding job to financially support the community as well as work tirelessly in continuing the sense of closeness throughout the Delaware Jewish Community. We are extremely lucky to have a dedicated staff at the Jewish Federation of Delaware lead by Seth Katzen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware is just an amazing organization! From the many programs it offers, such as Shalom Baby, PJ Library, to Creating a Jewish Legacy, there is something for everyone to get involved. I became involved in the JFD after moving to the area, and looking to connect with other Jewish families. I have made so many great friends from serving on different committees and volunteering, I am so grateful for that. I love that the JFD provides my kids with the opportunity to learn what it means to give back and just a sense of a warm Jewish community.
I am always impressed by the Leadership of Seth Katzen, and all of the dedicated staff and volunteers. They always demonstrate strong commitment and have open arms to welcome you.
The JFD is definitely the center of the community and I am so proud that my family is apart of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation is many things to many people, which is why it is the anchor of our community. From my time as a young JCC camper to now working as a young professional in Wilmington, the Jewish Federation has always provided support and community. Recently, the Federation provided me with an opportunity to meet all the movers and shakers in our community and get more involved. It is these type of unique leadership opportunities that exemplify what the Federation can do for a young professional looking to get more involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the volunteer chair of the committee that oversees The Jewish Voice, Federation of Delaware's magazine-like publication. Under the leadership of the executive director, editor and staff, we have taken this publication to the next level. You need to see it, read it and feel it to understand its impact! We know that the community (both Jewish and non-Jewish) is reading it because they're talking to us about the content. Therefore, we must be committed to providing accurate and current information. The commitment to this publication from both Federation leadership and staff is proof that keeping the community informed of issues, milestones and events is a top priority. Federation of Delaware is an important and instrumental presence in our community. While the role I play is small compared to the work others in the organization, I can say that I am proud to be a part of Federation of Delaware.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Under the leadership of CEO Seth Katzen and his amazing staff, our Jewish Federation of Delaware has truly become the great convener of all things Jewish in Delaware, from when we rise up in the morning, with Bagels and Briefings featuring the likes of our country's only Jewish governor, Delaware's Jack Markell, to just before we go to bed at night, with Wine and Wisdom, featuring the likes of the highly entertaining and moving Rabbi Emeritus Peter Grumbacher. When it comes to thoughtful scholars on Israel to local politics, the Jewish Federation of Delaware feeds our stomachs, minds and hearts -- all while also helping to support our local JCC, Jewish Day School, Jewish Home for the Aged, local Hillel, Jewish Family Services, Jewish communities both here and abroad, and special funding for Israel - especially in times of peril. Our Jewish Federation is truly the greater convener of our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an active volunteer with JFD for several decades, I am honored to be able to express my thoughts about this non-profit. I have volunteered with other non-profits over the years and state without hesitation that the dedication and kindness of the staff at JFD outshines the others. The current CEO and staff members who I have direct contact with have always treat me with respect and step up to the plate in times of need, both in personal matters and in my capacity as a volunteer with the agency. I have received many letters and comments about how JFD programs and affiliates have had a positive impact on their lives.



Board Member

Rating: 5

Federation serves as the steward for the Jewish Community of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley. I continue to be impressed with its professional and lay leadership and its ability to adapt to the constantly changing needs of our agencies and recipients as well as the constantly evolving world and technology. In particular, Federation has effectively used technological advances to better serve its missions in ways we could not have imagined 10-20 years ago. Through innovative programming, Federation touches the lives of thousands of people in Delaware as well as around the world. As a result of its transparency, I clearly know that my time and philanthropy is being wisely invested through Federation and support their efforts in improving the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware is a well run, professional organization that manages to accomplish an incredible amount of work supporting numerous community members. Seth Katzen, CEO, has assembled an experienced team and each person manages to carry out multiple jobs and do them all well. Whether they are planning community events or educating the agencies and their constituents about legacy giving, they manage to do everything well. People spread the message by word of mouth and more people become informed and engaged. In fact, with every event or accomplishment they manage to improve upon everything they have done in the past!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so very proud of JFD for all that it does to help our fellow Jews, both locally and abroad.

The staff is highly motivated, effective, personable and successful. I reap a lot of personal satisfaction through my volunteer work for JFD, not only because I am achieving tikun olam, but also because I am very appreciated.

The programs and events that JFD coordinates are both meaningful and worthwhile.
Can't say enough good things about this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization with excellent leadership and clear direction on how to best help the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seth Katsen and his mighty force of workers are amazing! They are available to answer questions, share information and lend support!

Richard L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dedicated organization which lets people get involved to follow their passions. Listens to everyone who is willing to speak and trying to build and support the Jewish community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SInce moving to the Wilmington, DE area 13 years ago, I have been involved with the JFD on an increasing role over the past few years. It all started after a day of volunteering during which my sons became involved in some activities and met other Jewish children in a non-academic environment. I've had the joy of helping out when and how I can. They are always so appreciative of whatever skill and time I can lend, that I don't feel bad (well too much) when I can't do all that I want to to help. It is a great connection to the Jewish community in Delaware, in the US, in Israel and the world.

Yair R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is an amazing organization. It brings the Jewish community together in support of Israel, through acts of Tikkun Olam (Social Action), to commemorate sacred moments and support those in need, and create engaging cultural and musical programming. In the greater community, it is a voice for reason and justice. It supports and sustains schools, synagogues, Jewish Family Services, The Siegel JCC and other organizations and institutions serving the greater Delaware community. It's Shalom Baby, PJ Library and YLD programs ensure the next generation of engaged Jews contribute meaningfully to the First State.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is a wonderful organization. Their staff are kind and helpful, their lay-leadership have a vision for Delaware, and their impact on both the Jewish community and the community as a whole is enormous. Seth Katzen and Wendy Berger are fantastic executives who show their passion for what they do and Ellisha Caplan is an amazing programmer. The Jewish Voice, their print newspaper, as well as the electronic version of it, are timely and represent the community well. While there is always room for growth and development, JFD is well on its way from good to great!

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization with a gifted staff and a broad array of programs. I

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Federation staff is professional, thorough and completely engaged in myriad community activities. Volunteers are valued and always have fun working on social programs and fund raising events.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Growing up in the area i was always aware of the Federations involvement but i never realized how far they reach and how many they touch. I am honored to work with this group and help support any way i can. They are top notch all the way around.

Herb K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The best non profit in the State of Delaware

Caters to all Jewish people in Delaware

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Past President of Congregation Beth Sholom in Dover, Delaware, the Jewish Federation of Delaware has been a tremendous help to our congregation in educating our population in central Delaware.

We are the only Conservative Synagogue within 40 miles of the metropolis of Wilmington.

Thanks you, Federation.
Herb Konowitz
Vice President Finance

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wrote the following review in 2013. It's now 2014 and I still feel the same way so continue reading the following:
Our Jewish Federation is truly AMZING! It all begins with Seth Katzen and Wendy Berger who are at the helm. Jewish Federation of Delaware is the backbone of support for our local Jewish agencies. JFD has brought our community together through its fantastic programming. We have the most incredible leaders and professionals here in Delaware. They pave the way to help improve the lives of individuals and families locally and around the world. I proudly wear my Lion of Judah pin for the past 6 years and feel great to know that I am helping people in need. Our family has been part of JFD for many years. We are so lucky to have a strong JF. It has greatly impacted our lives along with so many others in our community. JFD has the best programs that attract volumes of volunteers. It's a welcoming organization that inspires you to get involved. The Wilmington Delaware community is truly blessed!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active and engaged supporter of the Jewish Federation of Delaware for over 15 years, most recently finishing my fourth year as co-chair of Women's Philanthropy.This passionate group of women give their time, knowledge and financial commitment to improve the lives of so many jews throughout Delaware and the Brandywine Valley as well as Israel and around the world.
It is empowering and inspiring to support such a worthy cause that truly makes such a difference.
I feel blessed and honored to have the opportunity ti be a part of the Jewish Federation of Delaware.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Federation serves as the convener and umbrella organization for our community. I have been impressed with its professional and lay leadership and its ability to adapt to the constantly changing needs of our agencies and recipients. Through innovative programming and engagement opportunities, Federation touches the lives of thousands of people in Delaware as well as around the world. I know that my time and philanthropy is being wisely invested through Federation and support their efforts in improving the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved back home to Delaware and I was looking for a Jewish Place to call home. The Federation of Delaware was just what I was looking for. It was not just a place for me but for my family as well. The Federation has become a very special place in my heart over the last 4 years. Our Federation is just AMAZING! It offers something for everyone and I love being involved in the Young Leadership Division, Women of Wisdom, PJ Library, Shalom Baby and much more! The Delaware Federation is my home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Jewish Federation of Delaware was the first agency that reached out to me when my family and I were newcomers to the area. The warmth and enthusiasm continued to grow, as did my relationship and involvement with the JFD. I embrace it's mission and ongoing support of our community and the community abroad! The great staff and lay leaders work endlessly to reach goals that are collectively set forth. We are very fortunate to have the JFD in our community where it IS making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years I have volunteered in various capacities for several of the umbrella agencies under Jewish Federation of DE.
Most recently I have agreed to chair/co-chair events for Jewish Federation of DE itself.
I am very impressed with the degree of organization and professionalism that the staff of JFD maintains.
Every person that I can think of that works there, from the CEO, to the Director of Development, to virtually every one in the office, maintains this standard.
Not only are they smart, creative, hard-working and committed, but they are kind and lovely people.
They are wonderful to work with because they are mensches and they run beautiful and effective programs that effect powerful positive changes in peoples' lives.
I feel very fortunate to be associated with all of these wonderful people at JFD.
Lisa Dadone-Weiner

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Delaware a few years ago, the Jewish Federation welcomed me with open arms. Since that day I have been involved in the Jewish community thanks to the programs available through Federation. It has been an incredibly enriching experience and I have never worked with such a wonderful non-profit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with JFD as a participant in the Community Leadership Institute in 2006. My family and I have benefited from our association with this amazing organization. I have served as President of JFS and a board member of JFD. My daughter is also a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute, serving on the board of AEA and Hillel. Best of all, my grandchildren, who attended JCC Preschool and Camp JCC, have been impacted by JFD. They are presently students at AEA and are thriving as a result of their experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having many volunteer opportunities through the JFD has allowed me to stay involuted in a community I feel very dedicated to. Working with the staff and lay leaders has been effortless. They love what they do and pass that feeling on to everyone with whom they come in contact. The limitless opportunities allow volunteers from preschool to geriatrics become involved to the extent they are able to. No small amount of time is overlooked. The appreciation one receives for giving their time, knowlegdge or financial contribution is heartfelt and sincere. This encourages me to stay involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having moved to Delaware as middle-schooler in the early 90s, I quickly became involved with the JCC and my family joined a local synagogue. While I felt a connection to the Delaware Jewish Community, it was not until my husband and I returned to the area, after a short leave from 06-09, that my true sense of connection began. I hit the ground running after being nominated to join an impactful Jewish Federation of Delaware leadership program. Since then, my husband and I have continued to grow our involvement by helping to initiate programming, join agency boards, volunteer, and otherwise become connected with our local Jewish community and beyond. But, more importantly, we our raising our 2 young sons with a sense of identity and involvement so that we can continue to build our capacity locally and abroad, with the assistance and commitment that JFD provides. Under the strong leadership of Seth Katzen, Wendy Berger, Ellisha Caplan, other professionals, and an amazing team of lay leaders, Jewish Federation of Delaware is an wonderful resource with plentiful opportunities for engagement and possibilities for paying it forward.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Jewish Federation of Delaware since I have been a member of the Delaware Community. Seth Katzen and the entire JFD team have been one of the best groups I have worked with. There is no substitute for the gratification that I feel when I know that my time and donations go to groups making a difference. Hillel at the University of Delaware and The Kutz Home in Wilmington are just two of the organizations that we help improve life daily not just in donations, but also in volunteer time and mentoring.

On a personal side, I have made some of the most wonderful friendships as being part of the JFD. I would recommended to anyone getting involved with the Jewish Federation of Delaware .

Susan185

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The cohesiveness of the Delaware Jewish community is due in large part to the actions of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Opening up leadership and other programs to not only member agencies but also to non-affiliated organizations like synagogues, Chabad, Hadassah, etc., is a hallmark of JFD. JFD has very good community communications, via weekly emails, monthly newspaper, and targeted emails to particular interest groups. As a consultant to nonprofit organizations, both Jewish and secular, I find the fact that leadership is open to exploring ways to make a very good organization even better to be a strong positive.

Hayim W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a word, the Jewish Federation of Delaware is one of more positive forces for change in Delaware today. Not only is the organization linking volunteers with professionals, but businesses with other businesses. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, the Jewish Federation and its agencies are a wonderful asset to our community. Keep on striving and serving us so well.