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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Jewish Federation of Delaware does an outstanding job of keeping our community informed and active, with resources and programming that benefit our local community as well as relationships abroad. Seth Katzen's strength as Executive Director goes beyond his leadership role to include skills in public relations, advertising, promotion, and relationship building. The results are well-designed communications that include monthly issues of The Jewish Voice, weekly Shabbat eblasts, and programming and activities that are well-thought out, managed professionally, and marketed expertly. Seth's team of leaders, including Wendy Berger and Ellisha Caplan, and his Board President, Robin Saran, extend their leadership roles beyond their active roles with the JFD to the community at large, actively participating and supporting the Jewish community as a whole.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former Federation professional, I can honestly say Seth Katzen and Wendy Berger are tremendous assets to our community and we're lucky to have them. I recently volunteered to lead a program and their day-to-day efforts lead to the success. With limited time like everyone else, I wouldn't hesitate to volunteer again. Very proud to be part of the team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Delaware five years ago I didn't know anyone and was looking to meet people. The Jewish Federation of Delaware has a wide variety of programs that facilitates meeting new people and forming friendships. There is something for everyone. The opportunity to get involved in programming has helped me gain a sense of community in my new home.

kimfelzer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I moved to the area a little over a year ago. Not knowing anyone, I started going to the JFD and immediately felt like I was a part of a community. It means a great deal to have a place to go for me and my family where we can be Jewish, celebrate Holidays, make new friends, volunteer, send our children to school and know we always have somewhere to feel welcome.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jewish Federation of Delaware is a wonderful organization that makes this world a better place to live. Good communication leads to successful fundraising, and JFD knows how to reach out to the Jewish community and explain the importance of giving back to society. I have been honored to serve as the Chair of the Ben Gurion Society for the past year, and hope that even more 25-45 year old adults get more involved in charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with JFD for over 10 years and am impressed with the organization's ability to get projects completed. They have established an excellent connection within the community so that volunteers are usually available. Even more importantly, the staff understands how to coordinate events and projects so volunteer time is not wasted and the volunteers feel fulfilled and wanting to do more.

Ken_9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jews help Jews. I've been a donor and volunteer fundraiser for JFD since I moved to Delaware in 1974. Forty-two years later I continue to enjoy that rewarding feeling of knowing my efforts and dollars are well-managed and carefully allocated to benefit Jewish people locally and around the world. JFD is a cornerstone organization that serves our entire worldwide community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great group of dedicated volunteers and staff, with a real commitment to the community as a whole and their mission.

Amie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Delaware a few years ago--I had never really been involved with Federation. The JFD really welcomed me into the community. I feel a much closer bond in the Jewish community and I now enjoy volunteering my time and donating money to grow and support JFD. It is so gratifying to have made so many close friends now because of my involvement.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have lived in Delaware for about 28 years and have been impressed with JFD for all of that time. I have seen the organization continually improve, especially under the current staff leadership. As a volunteer I have received incredible support from the staff. Everything is handled in an efficient and professinal way. There are so many examples, such as the mission to Israel, Mitzvah Day, Bagels and Briefings, Passover in the Ailes, Outreach, the Jewish Voice, and especially the communications witht the volunteers and the affiliate agencies. I am continually impressed with everything the JFD touches.