Everyday, your Federation works tirelessly to support the many organizations that enrich our community. Often, our work is challenged by the question, “How can we better serve our community's unmet needs?” Much like the symbiotic relationship between a cloud and a lake, we need water in order to give back rain so our community can flourish.
Without a doubt, the impact of Federation dollars can be felt throughout the community. We are heightening engagement among our community members through ongoing programs, as well as new initiatives.
• By bringing OneTable to Silicon Valley, we are facilitating meaningful Shabbat dinner experiences for adults in their 20s and 30s. Almost 300 young adults have already connected over a Friday night dinner, starting a Shabbat tradition of their own.
• We funded JFS’s young adult volunteer engagement program, YA-LIVE, helping it expand its programs and boost membership by 150%. With strength in numbers, they lead service projects, such as Adopt-A-Family, which eased holiday pressures for those in need.
• We provided funding to Chabad Young Professionals helped raise visibility of Jewish community for Young Adults in the South Bay. This resulted in increased attendance by over 50% at events attracting millennials who were previously uninterested in Jewish community involvelement.
• In partnership with other Bay Area Federations, our Federation raised funds to combat BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). As a result, Hillel Silicon Valley received a 4-year grant of $47,000 annually to fight anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism on college campuses, and create meaningful engagement with Israel.
• Your donor dollars allowed us to continue funding the Hebrew language courses at San Jose State University.