The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is the leader in mobilizing our community’s response to the local and global needs of the Jewish people.
We fund programs that strengthen our people, advocate on behalf of our shared values, and educate every generation to ensure our traditions endure. By supporting our community at all levels, the Federation enhances Jewish continuity and sustains each of us.
Through the support of our generous donors, the Federation is pleased to offer funding to support organizations and programs that serve the Jewish community of Houston, Israel, and around the world.
Federation Virtual Awards to Celebrate Community
The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is rolling out the red carpet to honor six community leaders and spotlight the good work happening in and around Jewish Houston. The virtual awards ceremony, which honors both lay leaders and Jewish communal professionals, will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
All community members and Jewish communal professionals are encouraged to logon as the people and organizations who power Jewish life in Houston take center stage.
PJ Library Young Chef Program Connects Houston’s Suburbs
Eight-year-old, Autumn Welch, is loving the Jewish Federation’s PJ Library Young Chef program. Her mom, Janessa Welch says Autumn was especially excited to learn how to make Israeli cheesecake. “I loved that it was really geared towards her. She’s never been confident in the kitchen and this was something she could do all by herself,” mom Janessa shared with us.
Moments that Matter - Caring for our Elderly
As we continue sharing with you moments of strength from across the community, this week we turn our attention to critical agency partner, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, each of our Houston Jewish organizations had to quickly pivot to make their operations feasible. As a nursing home serving a vulnerable population, Seven Acres had perhaps the greatest challenge of all. Even so, we have watched the exceptional leadership and staff of this organization as they implemented extraordinary safety precautions – including making the difficult decision to close the campus to visitors in early March – while still providing a high level of care to residents.
IT IS THE MOMENTS THAT MATTER
On a recent Sunday, Aerin Kalmans (pictured with her mother Elyse), a 20-year-old college sophomore who is currently back home in Houston, picked up the phone on behalf of the Federation to call a 93-year-old man she had never met. She was calling just to check in.
“How much time do you have?” he asked.
“All the time in the world—literally,” she replied.
A VIRTUAL EMBRACE FROM THE FEDERATION THIS PASSOVER
There is no question this Passover will feel different for all of us. As we miss the physical embrace of family and friends, let us use this moment to embrace our traditions. Let us make this Passover one we remember not because we were apart, but because no matter where we are – we are bound by our common traditions and history.
May this time allow us to take a collective breath and may it give us space to reevaluate what’s truly important in life – our family, our friendships, and our connection to community.
Next year, whether we are in Jerusalem or in Houston may we be healthy and may we be together.
Wishing you a Chag Pesach Sameach.
SCHOOL’S OUT HELP OUT GIVES BACK ON PRESIDENT’S DAY
Thank you to our volunteer families who spent Presidents’ Day making a difference. This awesome group learned about sayver panim yafot (intentionally greeting others with kindness) before delivering approximately 50 Meals on Wheels and baking challah for hungry neighbors in need. Because of these generous volunteers, all 350 clients received their meals!
A SHABBAT MESSAGE
Some 2000 years ago Rabbi Hillel taught us, Al tifrosh min hatzibur, “Don’t separate yourself from the community.”
And yet, here we are a society at the most hyperconnected point in a millennia, and we are forced to physically separate. While these physical barriers may be necessary at this time, the Federation is doing its best to keep you connected to community because at its heart, Jewish life is about community.
In today’s Shabbat message, I share with you what the Federation is doing keep our community connected, help those in need, support our partners, and find a way for us to get through these challenging times together.
YOM LIMMUD - JEWISH LEARNING MAKES OUR COMMUNITY STRONGER
The Federation’s 26th Annual Yom Limmud drew more than 1,300 of our community members who joined for a day of Jewish learning. This is one of the ways our Federation keeps us connected to Judaism and promotes lifelong learning. Thank you to the Barish family, Chair King Backyard Store , Congregation Beth Israel – Houston, TX, our chairs Steve & Sandra Finkelman, and all our volunteers for making it possible.
EDUCATING IN ISRAEL
YEDA is just one of many programs we support to fund what matters most in the lives of Jewish families here and in Israel. The schools, located in Northern Haifa, are inspired by Houston’s KIPP: Knowledge Is Power Program. YEDA believes that their students’ demography should not determine their destiny. The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has committed to fund YEDA with $250,000 over 5 years.
The work of the Federation makes our world a better place.
Our work provides grants to local organizations that support the basic needs of our community as well as initiatives focused on ensuring a vibrant Jewish future in the Greater Houston area.
Israel & Overseas
Our work in Israel and Overseas provides grants to support those most in need around the world and keeps our community connected Jews worldwide and to Israel.