Mission: The federation fosters jewish communal life through the spirit of tzedakah righteousness and tikkun olam social justice. The federation's mandate is to initiate, to coordinate and to preserve activities, which strengthen jewish life locally, in israel, and throughout the world.
Programs: Overseas - the majority of our overseas funding goes to three organizations: the jewish agency for israel jafi, which is responsible for the absorption of immigrants from around the world and their integration into israeli society; the jewish distribution committee (jdc), which helps support impoverished jewish communities in over 60 countries around the globe and the jewish federations of north america (jfna), our umbrella organization that coordinates the whole process. Additional overseas allocations support programs in arab-jewish coexistence and religious pluralism in israel and additional support for elderly jews in the former soviet union.
local services - local allocations support a network of beneficiary agencies in washtenaw county, primarily the jewish community center, our cultural activity hub, the hebrew day school, a k-5 private school with a hebrew immersion educational program, and jewish family services, a full service social service agency serving the entire community. Additional monies support jewish life on the university of michigan and eastern michigan university campuses, a community wide hebrew high school program, scholarships for jewish summer camps and israel trips, etc. In addition, a 33,500 impact fund grant program encourages innovation each year. These allocations provide the core funding for jewish life in ann arbor.
jewish community foundation - the federations jewish community foundation offers our members an opportunity to engage in planned giving and to make contributions beyond the scope of our annual campaign. In this fiscal year, we distributed 1,040,193 in donor directed gifts to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and additional funds to local agencies and synagogues through donor restricted funds in addition to our annual campaign.