Jewish Community Fund (JCF) FY22-24 Israel Agencies
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has long been guided by our mission of mobilizing financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world. We take care of vulnerable people who need help, engage informed and compassionate communities in repairing the world and energize Jewish life and Jewish learning.
To advance this mission, Jewish Federation works closely with partner organizations who share
our values and offer programs that sustain members of our communities, strengthen
connections to Jewish life, and promote a universal responsibility for Jews both in Israel and
across the globe. Jewish Federation’s focus for this time period centers around the following
●All of Israel are responsible for one another (Talmud, Shevuot 39a).
Serving Vulnerable Populations: As Jews, we are required to care for others in our community, in Israel and around the world, ensuring food security, safe housing, financial independence, and appropriate support for aging with dignity.
●Teach a child according to their way, when they are old, they will not depart (Proverbs, 22:6).
Shaping our Jewish Future: As a community, we are responsible for providing immersive educational and experiential opportunities that create deep and long-lasting connections to Judaism and the Jewish people and inspire the next generation of leaders.
●To be a free nation in our land, the land of Zion, Jerusalem (Hatikvah).
Connecting with Israel: As Zionists, we believe in the centrality of Israel and work tirelessly to create deep connections to the land, ensuring her safety, security, prosperity and existence as a homeland for all Jews.
The goals for Jewish Federation’s investments in Israel for Fiscal Years 2022-2024 are the following:
●Increase social cohesion through improving the social mobility of vulnerable populations in Israel such as new immigrants, the elderly (including Holocaust survivors), Haredi population, minorities, and youth at risk with a focus on communities in the periphery.
●Expand the multitude of Jewish expressions, practices and opportunities in Israel and enhance opportunities for traditional connections and new forms of engagement between community members and Israelis and Jews around the world.
●Ensure that every Jew in Philadelphia, in Israel and across the world, can practice Jewish life safely, openly and with no fear. The Jewish Federation also seeks to enhance resiliency among communities in Israel and globally facing security threats, trauma and natural hazards.
- Support legacy partners to help maintain a global Jewish safety net infrastructure, while facing new challenges and using new methodologies.
Specifically, Jewish Federation is seeking partner organizations that work in the following areas:
●Reducing food insecurity and loneliness of elderly and immigrant populations in Israel, especially among Holocaust survivors.
●Addressing food insecurity for Jews in despair around the world.
●Addressing poverty in Israel by providing quality education and job opportunities for communities at risk.
●Supporting infrastructure and programs that create increased acceptance of various types of Jewish expression.
●Deepening engagement opportunities between Jews in Philadelphia with peers in Israel and around the world.
- Creating meaningful Israel travel experiences.
- Developing programs to combat Boycott and Divestment Strategies (BDS), combat antisemitism and strengthen resilience.
●Supporting Jews who seek to make aliyah.
Priority consideration will be given to organizations that:
- Work In multiple locations.
- Have projects that operate in the Negev
- Currently or have plans to cultivate strategic partnerships and collaborations with other philanthropies.
- Promote creative platforms for social justice led by and catering for young adults.
- Demonstrate a commitment to continuous and deep learning.
- Embrace advocacy as a means to create long-term social change.
Applications are accepted BY INVITATION ONLY. For more information, contact Tali Lidar, Manager, Israel Office of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 52.613.0757.
To qualify for a grant from the Jewish Community Fund, organizations must be a registered Amuta with 46 Status. Programs must align with the funding priorities as outlined in this LOI. All grants from the Jewish Community fund are programmatic grants.
●Friday, October 30, 2020-Letters of Intent Due
●Monday, November 30, 2020-Selected applicants invited to complete a full application during our Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.
●Friday, January 29, 2021-Proposals Due
●End of May 2021-Selected grantees notified of awards.
The purpose of this LOI is to give Jewish Federation a general sense of your organization’s mission, capacity and the program for which you are seeking support. If selected to submit an RFP, we require a detailed organizational and program budget, and a clear articulation of how your organization evaluates program impact. Applications will be judged on program content, alignment with our funding priorities, proven performance or explanation of the evidence-based practices that informed the program design, and data collection methods.