The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester serves to enrich the quality of life for Jews in Rochester, Israel and around the world. The Federation meets this goal through financial resource development, planning, education, community relations, and volunteer recruitment and training. The Federation convenes agencies, synagogues and organizations to address issues of common concern. Together, we transform Jewish tradition and values into action.
Over 2,600 generous Rochester donors support the Federation’s UJA Federation Campaign, contributing approximately $4.5 million annually. Locally the Campaign supports Hillel Community Day School, Hillel at SUNY Geneseo and RIT, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Home.
The Campaign supports social and humanitarian services in Israel and in over 60 countries around the world, including education and training for new immigrants to Israel and food and medicine for 160,000 needy elderly in the former Soviet Union.
Federation programs include: Interfaith partnerships encouraging dialogue and understanding; initiatives benefiting the general community such as the Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy; the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Understanding (CHAI), providing Holocaust resources to educate thousands of public school students annually; and Jewish education for families, adults and synagogue youth.
The Federation’s planned giving program, The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, holds approximately $43 million in assets. Foundation donors support Jewish education and humanitarian relief worldwide; nonsectarian organizations in health and human services, culture and the arts; and scholarships for youth.