WHY GIVE?

 

 

 

The Augusta Jewish Federation is the one place that belongs to every Jew in the CSRA.  We are the heirs to the efforts of generations who built the institutions in our community and made the CSRA a good place to live Jewishly. 

 

For more than 90 years, our Federation has helped sustain and improve the quality of Jewish life in the CSRA, in Israel and around the world. With strength in numbers, along with the other 156 Federations, we have the resources to act nationally and globally on challenges such as anti-Semitism, Israel advocacy and the quality of Jewish life for Jews everywhere and we are there to support those affected by natural and man-made disasters.

 

According to Jewish tradition, the highest form of tzedakah is giving to a community fund, or kuppah. Throughout Jewish history, it was the custom of Jewish communities to create an address for centralized giving. This guaranteed the privacy and dignity of the poor, as well as the successful maintenance of communal "agencies." 

 

Now it is our turn to do our share.  The Annual Community Campaign of the Augusta Jewish Federation is our central fund to ensure the vitality of our local Jewish community, as well as the support needed for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world ; our Kuppah.

 

We continue the tradition. Click here to contribute today. Your contribution saves lives and helps feed the flame of Jewish identity so it will shine brighter every day. Thank you.

 

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

 

 

The Annual Community Campaign supports a wide variety of programs. The Allocations of the 2017 Community Campaign allowed to provide for the following (see details of programs below)

 

JFNA Fair Share membership                                             $  10,671   (5.65 %)

LOCAL ALLOCATIONS

AJCC                                                                                          $   90,000   (47.62 %)

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES                                              $   21,500   (11.37 %)

CAMPERSHIPS                                                                        $    7,248    ( 3.83 %)

PJ LIBRARY                                                                              $    3,000     ( 1.59 %)

TOTAL LOCAL ALLOCATIONS                                         $ 121,748    (64.41 %)

 

NATIONAL ALLOCATIONS

BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL                                                         $    2,370   (1.25 %)

ISRAEL ACTION NETWORK                                              $       800   (0.42 %)

JEWISH COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS                   $       250   (0.13 %)

TOTAL NATIONAL ALLOCATIONS                                 $    3,420   (1.81 %)

 

ALLOCATIONS TO ISRAEL AND GLOBAL JEWISH NEEDS

JFNA (OVERSEAS)                                                            $    40,000   (21.2 %)

NEVE MICHAEL                                                                  $      5,000   (2.65 %)

AMAL SCHOOLS                                                                $      2,500   (1.32 %)

KREMBO WINGS                                                                $      2,500   (1.32 %)

YAD SARAH                                                                          $      2,000   (1.06 %)

ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PROJECT                               $      1,176  (0.62 %)

TOTAL ISRAEL AND OVERSEAS                                $     53,176  (28.13 %)

JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA

 

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents 147 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually and through planned giving and endowment programs to support social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

 

In the fields of caregiving, aging, philanthropy, disability, foreign policy, homeland security and health care, we are thought leaders and advocates. 

 

We lobby in Washington, DC to secure $10 billion in public funds that flow to Jewish communities. These funds support thousands of agencies serving people of all backgrounds, including hospitals, nursing homes, community centers, family and children’s service agencies, and vocational training programs. 

 

We partner with the Government of Israel and a variety of agencies to secure the Jewish State; help the most vulnerable groups, including immigrants and Holocaust survivors; and strengthen and rebuild Jewish life throughout the world.

 

At a time when Jews are less economically and politically secure than we were a decade ago, JFNA leads a continental response, providing assistance and rapidly raising and distributing funds. We have provided immediate relief and long-term assistance to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe, including Nepal, Ukraine, the Philippines, Haiti and Japan.

 

JFNA provides services that build the capacity of local Jewish communities. We help Federations learn from one another, build affinity groups, and provide training, collateral materials and seed funding for innovation.

 

 

AUGUSTA JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

 

For over 160 years, the Young Men Hebrew Association (today the Augusta Jewish Community Center) has been serving as the gathering place for Jews from all walks of life and accross denominational lines. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and unaffiliated Jews have found a home at the AJCC.

 

The Center provides through the year a variety of programs for families, older Adults and children. Cultural and Educational programs to reinforce and enhance Jewish life through the CSRA. It is home to the JAWS swimming team which won in 2018 the regional competition, and it is also the home for the offices of the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Family Services. It provides a common address for all Jews in the area.

 

THE JEWISH COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS

 

JCPA is the national hub for more than 125 local Jewish Community Relations Councils, and 16 national Jewish agencies. Our mandate is to advance the interests of the Jewish people; support Israel’s quest for peace and security; to promote a just American society; and advocate for Human Rights around the world. JCPA leads the field in outreach to legislators, civic, racial, ethnic, and faith-based leaders. Backed by an unparalleled capacity to mobilize grassroots Jewish activism, we convene the organized Jewish community on key issues.

 

ISRAEL ACTION NETWORK

 

The Israel Action Network (IAN) is a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, created to counter assaults made on Israel’s legitimacy. Israel today faces an intensive and increasingly sophisticated assault on its right to exist as a sovereign democratic Jewish state. The IAN was created to educate, organize and mobilize the organized North American Jewish community to develop strategic approaches to countering these assaults and develop innovative efforts to change the conversation about Israel and achieving peace and security for two states for two peoples. Our work is grounded in building strong relationships with people of faith, human rights advocates, political and civic leaders, and friends and neighbors in our communities. With the help of these allies, we are developing a broader understanding of Israel and Israelis and are working together to address these issues.

 

TAGLIT - BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL

 

Taglit-Birthright Israel (Hebrew: תגלית‎), also known as Birthright Israel or simply Birthright, is a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for young adults of Jewish heritage, aged 18–32.

 

Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.

 

Since trips began in the winter of 1999, more than 600,000 young people from 67 countries have participated in the program. About 80% of participants are from the United States and Canada. The number of participants has not grown beyond 40,000 a year due to budgetary constraints.

 

NEVE MICHAEL CHILDREN'S VILLAGE

 

Neve Michael Children’s Village is the only multi-disciplinary children’s home in Israel to offer a wide range of professional services on one site, such as psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, conventional and para-medical therapies and education. Established in 1943, this 7-acre campus in Pardes Hanna is a safe haven for children 5 to 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes by Israel’s Welfare Department due to extreme traumatic circumstances such as family dysfunction or neglect, violence in the home or mental, physical and/or sexual abuse. Neve Michael’s mission is to provide each child with the love, care and professional treatment to overcome the abuse they have endured and to offer them a chance at a better future, they so deserve.

 

THE ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PROJECT

 

The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) unites global Jewry, the Government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community in its mission to advance the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into Israeli society. 


 
ENP is a partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America, the Government of Israel, representatives of Ethiopian Jewish community organizations, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Israel (JDC-Israel) and Keren Hayesod-UIA. ENP works in true partnership with the Ethiopian-Israeli community, involving them at local and national levels at every stage of the creation, implementation and evaluation of ENP programs. 


 
After an extensive review of the needs and programs available for the Ethiopian community and a broad process of consultation, ENP decided to focus its efforts on youth ages 13 – 18. In 2004, ENP launched a major multi-year effort in order to provide quality opportunities for Ethiopian youth. ENP's programs includes after school scholastic assistance, neighborhood outreach centers for youth-at-risk and workshops designed to empower parents and community leadership.

 

The Ethiopian National Project strives to provide social and educational opportunities to help Ethiopian-Israeli teenagers realize their full potential. ENP programs take a "big picture" view of the cultural, social and emotional challenges faced by Ethiopian-Israeli teens that constrain their advancement. Today, the Ethiopian National Project operates in 23 communities across Israel, serving approximately 3,413 youth in its scholastic assistance programs and almost 1,900 youth in 14 outreach centers.

 

KREMBO WINGS

 

Krembo Wings is the only inclusive youth movement in Israel for children and youth with and without disabilities, providing weekly social activities for young people with all types of mental and physical disabilities together with their able-bodied peers. Established in 2002, Krembo Wings operates tens of branches across Israel, and welcomes thousands of young people aged 7 to 22 from all cultural, 
religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

 

AUGUSTA JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

 

The Augusta Jewish Family services provides Social Services in support of people in the CSRA region. This support can be financial emergency help, legal assistance, Case Management, Social programming for Seniors, Volunteer Transportation system, counseling, etc.