CREATE YOUR JEWISH JOURNEY
Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, Federation will meet you there. From the time we introduce children to Jewish holidays right up until they’re ready to create their Jewish legacy, Jewish Federation delivers memorable experiences that explore and expand your Jewish roots.
Federation is here to nurture each generation’s relationship to Judaism – making connections to each other, Jewish life, and Jews the world over.
It’s never too early to introduce your kids to the joys of Jewish experiences. Federation’s Shalom Baby program welcomes families with expectant parents, new babies and young children by helping them make connections and engage in the vibrant Jewish life in northern New Jersey. Frequent programming includes holiday themed gatherings, sing-alongs, crafts projects, and for the youngest, mommy and me playdates. Likewise, Federation supports PJ Library which sends free Jewish children’s books to young families in our area. Something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. In addition, Jewish Right Start offers incentive grants to families choosing a Jewish preschool for their children. Contact Dustin Hausner, Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, at DustinH@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3937
Jewish teens of all backgrounds, denominations, gender, sexual orientation, or those with disabilities can connect to Federation through various programs that Federation funds including BBYO, iCAN, travel experiences, exchange programs, Sinai schools, and volunteering. Create a meaningful experience that will inspire a lasting connection to Jewish living. For more information, please contact Adina Fadis, Manager, Center for Israel Engagement at AdinaF@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3955
College & Beyond
The college campus can be a hotbed of challenges for Jewish students. By supplementing their education with meaningful Jewish experiences including Hillel, travel opportunities, and intern programs, college becomes another important stepping-stone in building active Jewish adults. For more information, contact Talia Jordan, Director of Jewish Student Life at Talia@hillelnnj.org or 973-885-3433, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Federation’s Synagogue Leadership Initiative is here to fortify the future of synagogues across all denominations. We offer hands-on learning laboratories for synagogue leaders, both lay and professional, to develop and share important skills on synagogue management, governance and leadership development. Jewish Federation staff is also available to consult and collaborate with congregational leaders to explore and help resolve issues and challenges specific to its membership. For more information, please contact Josh Keyak, Manager, Synagogue Leadership Initiative at JoshuaK@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3914.
Jewish Day Schools
Federation supports the thriving Jewish Day School community in northern New Jersey. Families who send their children to the outstanding selection of schools can be assured their sons and daughters will receive a rigorous Jewish studies education combined with a strong secular curriculum. Federation funds innovative educational programs, provides security guidance and advocates for educational opportunities. For more information, please contact Sheryl Sarin, Director, Planning and Allocations at SherylS@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3913.
A trip to Israel can be a life-changing event- especially for Jewish young adults. Federation’s Birthright Israel offers a free ten-day trip to Israel for 18-32 year-olds. They see Israel from top to bottom, hang out with Israelis of the same age, explore new cities and hike on breathtaking trails. Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, nightlife, land and people of Israel and come back to New Jersey with 39 new friends.
Ten days not enough? Dive in with an incredible eight-week summer internship through Onward Israel in the field of your choice gaining valuable career experience and build your resume. Jewish Federation sponsors and subsidizes this low cost eight-week summer program for Jewish young adults ages 19 – 27. Not only will you “live like a local” in the center of Tel Aviv, the cosmopolitan gem of Israel, your weekdays will be spent working while weekends will be spent experiencing all Israel has to offer. For more information, please contact Adina Fardis, Director, Center for Israel Engagement at Adinaf@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3955.