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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

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.

Ginger12

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been inspired by the leadership at JFD. They are committed to serving our local Jewish community and worthy projects in Israel. They produce exciting, relevant events that bring the community together.
I'm especially excited about the effort that has been made to promote the Create a Jewish Legacy program. And I'm proud of the success that our agencies have achieved with the support of JFD.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be impressed with the leadership and community support of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Each staff member goes beyond his/her job description to energize the community and engage our member agencies. And Board Members, volunteers and lay leaders generously support all JFD activities with their time and money. There has been increasing community,collaborative involvement to achieve the goals of the Create a Jewish Legacy campaign. And we are beginning to see the fruits of that effort, with wonderful participation from all member agencies. I applaud the work of this organization and am proud to support 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.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Jewish Federation of Delaware for over six years. It is filled with thoughtful staff and committed volunteers, with a passion for working with the whole community to find ways to make a difference in the world. I see that through the way they support other organizations (Jewish and non-Jewish), through their own programming, and especially through the way people who engage in JFD are transformed.

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.



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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Delaware is a special state, and the Jewish community here is special as well, both in no small part due to the Jewish Federation of Delaware. It is a wonderful outlet for volunteerism that really makes a difference in people's lives. My particular interest is in public policy issues of concern to the Jewish community here and around the world. The Federation gave me the opportunity to pursue this interest through its Jewish Community Relations Committee. When I served as president of a local synagogue, relationships between the Federation and synagogue were excellent. Seth Katzen has put an emphasis on cooperation among the various institutions in the community, for the benefit of all. He has also added to the professionalism of Federation, particularly its marketing and communications efforts.

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